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Archive for July, 2010

Speaking out of Anger


I for one was appalled, shocked, hurt, hoodwinked, and bamboozled when LeBron James left for the Miami Heat. I never once imagined him in a different uniform or could think, that one of our very own would betray the city that has been betrayed for so long. I was wrong and so was Cavs majority owner, Dan Gilbert. Mr . Gilbert wrote a very nasty, harsh letter to the fans of Cleveland, saying basically that we have been betrayed and that no good would ever come of this. There were some explicitness in there, that don’t need to be shared any further as well; but the main focus is that the letter was put on the world wide web of cavs. com.  Everyone in sports could read, and probably did read the letter. Now the Cavs have been vying for free agents and no one seems to wanna come here. I have learned that speaking out of anger is never a good thing to do. You are to emotionally attached to the situation and any and everything can and will come out. This letter has cause some backlash for both the Cavaliers organization as a whole, and the man who was at the root of the message LeBron James.  In an interview with Rachel Nichs on ESPN, James spoke about the letter and said that he will have to pay for it sooner rather than later. It seems those words have rung ever so true. Every free agents the Cavs have tried for has eluded the Cavs as a serviceable team to play for. Time will heal any wounds that may have been caused, but in the mean time it seems the city of Cleveland will once again pain from someone Speaking out of Anger.

Talkin’ Tribe


With all of the hoopla of the departure of LeBron James, the Cleveland Indians have started to click. Even though the Tribe is still 17 games under .500 the team seems to have a different feel about them. The look in their eye is different. The attention to detail is greater, and the quality of “small ball” is heightened. The team has begun the second half of the season with three great performances. 1st Jake Westbrook through a gem, and the bullpen including Tony Sipp with his recent struggles shut the Detroit Tigers down, final score 8-2. Fausto Carmona was given the reigns in game 2, Carmona started out rocky, giving up three runs in 1st inning, but settled down to hold the Tigers scoreless the rest of the way. The tribe had some help offensively and defensively from third baseman Andy Marte. The Tribe came back in the 7th to take a lead 4-3 and never looked back. Game 3 was a treat. The bats were asleep and the pitchers were awake. Mitch Talbot pitched five innings, and Jensen Lewis helped them to a victory. The Indians have won 3 in a row. I won’t say the magic is back, but there is something special about Manny Acta and his ball club. Continue the good work fellas.

Talkin’ Tribe


With all of the hoopla of the departure of LeBron James, the Cleveland Indians have started to click. Even though the Tribe is still 17 games under .500 the team seems to have a different feel about them. The look in their eye is different. The attention to detail is greater, and the quality of “small ball” is heightened. The team has begun the second half of the season with three great performances. 1st Jake Westbrook through a gem, and the bullpen including Tony Sipp with his recent struggles shut the Detroit Tigers down, final score 8-2. Fausto Carmona was given the reigns in game 2, Carmona started out rocky, giving up three runs in 1st inning, but settled down to hold the Tigers scoreless the rest of the way. The tribe had some help offensively and defensively from third baseman Andy Marte. The Tribe came back in the 7th to take a lead 4-3 and never looked back. Game 3 was a treat. The bats were asleep and the pitchers were awake. Mitch Talbot pitched five innings, and Jensen Lewis helped them to a victory. The Indians have won 3 in a row. I won’t say the magic is back, but there is something special about Manny Acta and his ball club. Continue the good work fellas.

All the Kings Men!


With free agency finally really over, the city of cleveland is mourning. What did we do to the King to make him leave? Did we not do enough for him as a franchise, as a city, as an economy? Obviously the answer is NO! The king has left the building. I personally dont know how to feel about this right now. I congratulate the Miami Heat, but this makes no sense to me. How can he leave? The sad thing about this thing is just because all three are there it doesnt mean that they will win. But hey I feel like I am just rambling so I will end my blog like this. One day we will look back and be thankful for everything he has done for our city. Instead of criticizing the man for what he didnt do be thankful for what he brought to the table. I will also say this, many people hold our black athletes in this terrible light that we can never do anything together, three of the biggest black athletes in the game have come together to make something special. I for one will sit back and enjoy the togetherness that Martin Luther King Jr had a dream about.

Thank you and good night!

LeBron’s Scottie


Who will be LeBron’s Scottie Pippen? Who will be LeBron’s Robin to his Batman? What can the Cavs organization to do keep James in Cleveland? Is he going to the Bulls, Heat, Nets, Knicks, Globetrotters, heck is he even going to the Cleveland Browns? With all the speculation surrounding the King during this free agency blitz, one has to wonder how do the Cavs even have a chance. It’s as simple as peanut butter and jelly. This is home and this is where his heart is. The question many sports reporter should be asking is why should he go? LeBron James truthfully has never had his version of a Scottie Pippen to his Michael Jordan; a sidekick that’s in place that will contribute not only in the regular season but also when the game is on the line in crunch time. With all the intriguing possibilities of playing with a Dwanye Wade, there is still much uncertainty. You may ask why haven’t the Cavs tried? But to be honest the Cavs have tried, with Carlos Boozer, but he opted out, Larry Hughes, we all know how that ended. Then there is Mo Williams, a point guard with a scoring mentality of a 2 guard, but one who can’t seem to find it when the game is on the line. Lastly it was Shaq, whom many thought had some left in his tank, but was really derailed after the thumb injury sustained in Boston. My theory is there may never be another tandem quite like Jordan and Pippen or even Shaq and Kobe; I believe that the new sidekick has to be more than just the one extra person, but a collective effort with the same common goal. The effort of the goal must be displayed all the time, in every facet of the game, not just in the post game interview. When LeBron decides to resign with his home town club, his first piece of his Scottie Pippen will already be in place.

Allow me to introduce the newest head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers Byron Scott. Scott comes with a very impressive resume. His resume though does have flaws like many of the other coaches in the league. His career as both a player and a coach is one the Cavaliers haven’t seen since the great Lenny Wilkins. As a player Scott was an instrumental piece in the LA Lakers Showtime offense under Coach Pat Riley. Scott won three titles with the Lakers. As a hometown young man of LA winning the title was a dream come true. It’s a moment he will never forget and one that he has stated feels like no other. This has to be intriguing to LeBron playing in his hometown, and now having a coach that he can relate to in more ways than one. As a head coach, Scott brings tenacity and a will to win. He took the New Jersey Nets to the finals in consecutive Seasons of 2003-2005. He has coached superstars that LeBron both admires and supports in Jason Kidd and Chris Paul. This is a piece of the puzzle that LeBron has never had before. Coaches in the past consisted of Paul Silas, and Mike Brown whom neither could say they have the pedigree of Coach Scott. Although Scott hasn’t won an NBA title as coach, the feeling around Cleveland is that the timing is just right.

As free agency continues the Cavaliers will pitch the final plea to stay home. The argument has become much stronger with Scott in place now as coach. The ball has been and is in LeBron’s hands now. We in Cleveland believe that more changes are to come when he resigns, but we can finally say the we have given LeBron his Scottie. With much respect and anticipation to the days coming ahead of us, as sports analysts, team owners, and fans across this wonderful nation, we now take a deep breath in and simply wait…

 

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