Cavs media day and more…

Well, the off season is officially over and not much has changed with the Cavs roster. Stability has been the buzz word of the organization since Danny Ferry and Dan Gilbert took over, this summer they took it to extreme. So far, they’ve signed Devin Brown and traded for Cedric Simmons. Gone are David Wesley and Scot Pollard, but if most of your time was spent in a suit, were you really here?

Now the big issue. Sasha and Anderson are no where to be seen, two key components from the season and playoff run from last season. It appears the Cavs are playing a hard ball. They have the leverage and the players and their agents know it, so Sasha and Andy are playing their only card, threaten to play in Europe and not sign the qualifing offer. I’m all for players getting what they can, but this isn’t making sense. Both players have entered uncharted waters. We’ll see who blinks first.

Today the Cavs held their media day at their new pratice facility and if you want to see Lebron read some promos for ESPN/ABC, check it out.

Also, Lebron was on Saturday Night Live and it was pretty much a train wreck. Thinking back, he played himself in the first sketch after the monologue, then he played himself, then he played a basketball player, then he played an annoying nerd, then a gay Solid Gold dancer. Nothing to memorable from the show. He did wear a pretty fly velvet suit during the monologue.

RISE UP!!

Couldn’t make to the game yesterday, didn’t want to pay $1000 to get in the door? Well, some dood hooked it up and filmed the last minute of the game and the post game ceremony, all from his center court, lower bowl seat (not jealous, by the way).

Two things, 1.) I can’t believe Gary Glitter’s “Rock and Roll Part 2″ is still the go to song during victory celebrations and 2.) Holy swear word! The Cavs are in the finals. It’s been a ride.

Lebron goes dunking

Lebron may not be interested in the entering the All-Star weekend slam dunk contest, but there’s no doubt he’d be good at it.

LeBron Behind The Back Warm-up Dunk

courtesy of J.E. Skeets at The Basketball Jones

Um Yeah,

That was pretty good.

Playoffs and awards

Eastern Semi-finals:
1.)Cleveland v. 4.)Chicago – Cleveland
2.)Detroit v. 3.)Miami – Detroit

Eastern Finals:
1.)Cleveland v. 2.)Detroit – Cleveland

Western Semi-finals:
1.)Phoenix v. 5.)Denver – Phoenix
2.)Dallas v. 3.)LAC – LAC

Western Finals:
2.)Dallas v. 3.)LAC – LAC

Finals:
Cleveland v LAC – Cleveland
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MVP: Lebron James

ROY: Adam Morrison

6th Man: Andreas Nocioni

Comeback Player: Amare Stoudemire

Most Improved: Mickael Pietrus

Defensive Player: Bruce Bowen

Coach: Mike Brown

1st Team All NBA: Kobe, Lebron, Dirk, Nash, Duncan

Looks good to me.

Season Predictions

It’s time to make some poor predictions for the upcoming NBA season.

Conference Records (wins) and 1st round match-ups and winners

Central
Cleveland 54
Detroit 53
Chicago 49
Milwaukee 44
Indiana 44

Atlantic
New Jersey 49
Knicks 40
Toronto 36
Boston 34
Phila 31

Southeast
Miami 53
Washington 46
Orlando 45
Charlotte 34
Atlanta 28

1.)Cleveland v. 8.)Milwaukee – Cleveland
2.)Detroit v. 7.)Orlando – Detroit
3.)Miami v. 6.)Washington – Miami
4.)Chicago v. 5.)NJ – Chicago

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Northwest

Denver 51
Utah 42
Minnesota 35
Seattle 34
Portland 31

Pacific
Phoenix 55
LAC 53
LAL 45
Sacromento 40
Golden State 39

Southwest
Dallas 53
San Antonio 52
Memphis 47
NOK 43
Houston 34

1.)Phoenix v. 8.)NOK – Phoenix
2.)Dallas v. 7.)LAL – Dallas
3.)LAC v. 6.)Memphis – LAC
4.)S.A. v. 8.)Denver – Denver

More to come later…

LBJ ESPN Magazine Cover #4

Thought the topic was interesting: “Is LeBron MEAN enough to get a championship” but the article was fluff basically.

Check out the cover here on the magazine covers’ page.

Not so special

I was wondering if SI would have a different cover for different regions.

update – found Dwayne Wade’s cover

Guided By Voices and the Cavs:

In the city of Dayton, Bob and Jim Pollard were legendary athlete’s. Bob once threw a no hitter for Wright State University. Jim received a full ride to play basketball at Arizona State, unfortunately knee injuries derailed his career. Combined, no other rocker/rapper/opera singer could beat them on the court or on the stage. Some of their songs could even fit for some of this years Cavs team:

Eric Snow – Bulldog Skin

Larry Hughes – My Kind of Soldier

Z – I am Tree

Drew Gooden – Blimps Go 90

Lebron – Motor Away

Peace out Luke

The Boston Herald is reporting the Cavs will trade Luke Jackson to the C’s for some big guy that will probably be cut by the Cavs. Luke got caught up in a numbers game with the Cavs. Although his injuries didn’t help much either.

You know this is a blah trade when the career highlight for one player involved is being designated to Florida Flame of the D-League for the 2005-06 season and the other doesn’t even have a career highlight.