LeBron Is KING.

LeBron James has been keeping the cavaliers relevant since he rejoined the team. He delivered on his promise of a championship and has done outstanding things in the community. He receives a lot of hate like he is a bad guy but I believe that hates comes from him being so good at what he does.

This season is going to plan but the Cavaliers might want to beef up the roster because they don’t quite measure up to the top teams from the western conference. My sleeper team this year is the Rockets because they are a deep team with a lot of shooting from behind the arch and a few scrappy big guys who are hungry for rebounds and hustle points.I think they can give the Cavs a run for their money but they have to get past the Spurs and the Warriors.

The Cavs are signing Deron Williams who is on the back nine of his career and it is rumored that Andrew Bogut will sign with them as soon as he gets a buyout from the 76ers. To me on paper this does not make them deeper, but it makes them have some names that are now washed up and hoping KING LEBRON can carry them on his back and win them a championship.

I do think he will win it this season because the Warriors are all hype and no bite. They just will have a hard time this year getting past the Spurs and the Rockets and I do see them losing in the playoffs this year. Look for LeBron to get his 4th ring this season and remain the king of the NBA.

written by Melvin Jackson III

Championship or Bust

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By Brandon Thomas

There was no team in NBA history that had ever overcome a 3-1 deficit…. that was until the Cleveland Cavaliers led by LeBron James and Kyrie Irving became the first team to overcome this deficit, not only did they do it they did it against a team that won 73 games in the regular season.

For Warrior fans, this was a long offseason, questions about how team would rebound. Could they make another run with the team as it was constructed?

Then came July 4th 2016.

The Warriors landed the most prized free agent in this year’s class, former MVP Kevin Durant giving the Warriors a record four All-NBA players on one team. Durant’s acquisition made the Warriors the overwhelming favorites to win the championship this season. Durant brings a deadly scorer that teams have to honor down the stretch of games (Cleveland seldom guarded Harrison Barnes in the 4th quarters of the NBA Finals) and Durant provides a major upgrade in all facets of the game. This season all eyes will be on the Warriors, and anything less than a championship will be considered a bust.

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We Are the Champions!

By Amir Wali Hamzah

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Part of me wondered if I would ever be able to say that as a Cleveland sports fan. In every dream I’ve had about winning a championship I’ve pictured myself as an old man. I figured I would get a hoverboard and flying cars before Cleveland won a championship. But, here we are. Champions.

I know the disappointment of being a fan in my city. I was just old enough to start getting into sports when “the Shot” happened. My heart was broken when in 1995 when “the Move” was announced. Made worse by the fact that the Ravens won a Super Bowl just a few years later. 1997 the Indians lost to a pretty much expansion team in the World Series. The Browns came back and had more foibles than I can count or even want to get into. And then we had “the Decision” having LeBron James, the pride of Cleveland, leave to go to greener pastures to chase championships. And then win them. In that same year, the Indians had a damn good season and went on to go up 3-1 in the ALCS and fall apart and lose 3 straight. That’s the closest Cleveland has been to winning a championship since these finals for the Cavs. (Yes, I’m well aware we made the Finals last year, but everyone knew we weren’t winning without Irving and Love).

We’ve had a crazy season in Cleveland. If you are a Cleveland fan, you know what it is like to hear bad things about your team ALL OF THE TIME. We are more critical than anyone else about us. We heard Wiggins of Love trade was terrible. We heard Love and LeBron don’t get along. We heard we had no chemistry. We heard LeBron the GM. We heard he ran David Blatt out-of-town. I have had that sick feeling in my stomach all season that we might fall apart. But I never stopped believing. I wavered when we went down 3-1 against the Warriors. What Cleveland fan didn’t? You can’t live the life of a Cleveland sports fan and not have any doubts. That said, I stuck with my pick. Cavs in 7. Lord knows I did not expect it to be the most difficult way possible, but this is Cleveland we are talking about. At the end of the day we pulled it off.

You may not understand the feeling we have about this if you aren’t from Cleveland. You probably don’t completely get why I was crying like LeBron was about a game I don’t play in a city I don’t even live in anymore. I know you get it Cleveland. I know you understand that no matter how far we go and no matter where we end up, you are still a part of us. Cleveland needed this. We needed this. This certainly doesn’t erase all of the disappointment many us have spent years dealing with, but it is a start.

Today we cry about Cleveland sports, but not because we’ve lost in a most painful and agonizing way. Not because one of our sons or daughters has left our city. Not because we watched a 30 for 30 that brought back all of the painful memories. We cry because WE ARE CHAMPIONS!

What Happened To That Whole Livingston for Finals MVP Talk?

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By Will Stevenson

Remember when Shaun Livingston was going to be the Finals MVP? I Digress… No I don’t. Warriors in 4. Warriors in 5. What happened to that? Lebron’s jumper is broke. Curry is king. Cavs NEED Kevin Love. Blah. Blah. Blah. And this is why I love sports… Opinions get obliterated every day …. Now I digress.

So here we are. Game 7. Everything we have ever wanted in sports; no ties, no maybes, no judges, none of that… Just one winner and one loser. On one side you have the self-proclaimed “King”, Mr. Do It All himself Lebron James, searching for that elusive title Cleveland has been believing for over 60 years. And on the other, the newly anointed King of the NBA, Steph Curry.

Has this series been good? Basketball wise? I mean, as an NBA Finals series, this has been the most noncompetitive in blowouts since the Spurs vs Nets (ew), but somehow both teams have scored the same exact number of points in the series. Now most of these games have been close for a half at the least, but honestly, this has not been a well played series, it only has the extracurricular that keep us fascinated.

I’m excited, I don’t have a rooting interest per say, although I would like to see Lebron win another one just to have folks pipe down about the Jordan comparisons, but I know in truth that will never cease. I would also like to see them come back and win the series after we all buried them during that Game 4 loss.

But If Lebron wins, then what? Are we really going to crown the King once again? Are we really going to hail the Cavs as the best team in the NBA? Or will we dilute them once again by piling on the Warriors for choking (we’ll get to that later) and continue this nonsense about how Lebron is not on Jordan’s level and he only has 3 rings? We will do the latter. And why would we do the latter? BECAUSE THAT IS HOW WE ARE TRAINED! We are not about to sit up here and give Cleveland all the props for winning this series, we will chop them down one by one.

Curry’s knee

  1. Draymond’s Game 5 suspension
  2. Warriors not hitting shots
  3. Bogut’s knee injury
  4. Iggy’s back injury
  5. Lebron is not Jordan
  6. Where will Kevin Love be next year
  7. Is Curry a one-hit wonder
  8. Skip Bayless

It’s what we do.  We have more fun and create more storylines by talking about who failed, rather than who succeeded.  Lebron just posted back to back 41 point games, but all we are talking about is everything but his performance.  It’s commonplace by now, but whatever… I’ll keep writing.

The Warriors. Let’s see… You were up 3-1. You were going back home to close out the Cavs. But wait, Draymond went Nut-Hunting again. You have lost it, up to this point. Your defense is shabby, rotations are terrible, and your one on one defense has suffered. Playing the death lineup is awesome because it’s a lineup, a 85 mph curveball. But when you have to play the majority of the game with that lineup, it’s now a 82 mph fastball. You’re the pitcher in Major League 2, all you have is the soft stuff. There is hope yet. You have the home crowd, Game 7, numbers and Vegas on your side. Maybe a 22-7 start in the first quarter with a couple of 3s may do the trick. Remember Celtics vs Lakers in 08? That was a drubbing from the word go. Maybe The Splash Brothers splash again. Maybe Iggy’s back holds up and he can guard Lebron well enough. Maybe the bench has an outburst. Or maybe the Warriors do what they’ve done this series, be unpredictable. Is karma actually going to come to the Warriors with this choke job? I can’t even believe it for myself.

This series was over, done and forgotten as we would have clowned the Cavs, crowned the Warriors, and moved on the the Ben Simmons draft and “Where’s Kevin Durant going to go”? I mean, my “It was all good just a week ago” was done for the Thunder as they lost in 7 after going up 3-1 on the Warriors. Will I have to do it again?

I’m betting big on Lebron. Logic tells me the Warriors will win, but my pockets are telling me to go with the Cavs. I’m just focused on the points man. (All puns intended).

The Blame Game

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By Will Stevenson

Now the blame game is not an exact science, although it can be calculated with empirical value, we don’t need those numbers to do this sort of thing with sports. With the rise of analytics, the blame game can be narrowed down to the actual truth; Is this person to blame, or not? When someone wins Defensive Player of the Year in the NBA, we can go back and watch all of their highlights; blocks, steals, hustle and so forth. With analytics, we can actually determine what their defensive presence means for them and for their team. You may have DeAndre Jordan as a nominee, but the numbers show that his one on one defensive, pick and roll defense, and closeouts on 3s and jumpshots are not that good. You may think Hassan Whiteside is a big man you need to guard the paint, but then you realize he may just be a weak-side shot blocker and that’s about it.

So who are some of the members of Blame Game in sports?

1. Terrell Owens
2. Lebron James
3. Carmelo and his greediness
4. The Kobe Contract
5. The curse of the Cubs
6. John Starks
7. Detroit Lions Front Office

So for us, as sports fans, we don’t need no stinking numbers… We have the eye test, our gut, and our emotions.

Draymond Green was suspended for Game 5 of the NBA Finals. When I heard this news, my first thought was, “So what? They’re at home, they will win”. Not so fast right there on that one… I was using previous eye knowledge to comfort my bias. See, we don’t really understand what a certain player means to a particular team, and it’s much harder in basketball, because things can occur that have nothing to do with that player being out. Last night, the first half was up and down, with both teams scoring in the 60s. Now the Warriors defense isn’t that bad, especially at home, but there was something missing, Draymond Green. Lebron James was able to do whatever he wanted, whenever he wanted to. Mo Speights has no chance guarding Lebron on the perimeter. James also had 9 rebounds in the first half, which if Green was there, would not be happening. Another thing that occurred was the increased volume of ball handling for Steph Curry. With Green on the floor, Curry is able to run off screens, and have another big to stretch the floor with 3pt shooting. Curry was making awful turnovers, because he had to bring the ball up the floor every time.

The Warriors lost Game 5 because Green was suspended, right? Wasn’t Green playing in Game 3 when the Cavs won by 30? So who do we blame? Kerr? Steph? Draymond? The players on the floor? Draymond is the one player who sets the defensive tone for the whole team. He can and will guard all 5 players, while also rebounding and running the offense. With Green gone, Lebron and Kyrie both went for 41. 41! Is Green to blame? Or is the fact that Lebron has found his jumpshot over the past 3 games…

We don’t need no stinking numbers, we have our eyes, and our eyes tell us…

The Blame Game

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NBA Finals *Insert Meme*

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By Will Stevenson

As I sit here lighting this black and mild, I’m scrolling through my twitter feed looking for the “analysis” of the NBA Finals *insert meme*…

  1. LeChoke
  2. Steph’s Dad Shoes
  3. Iman Shumperts Wig Piece
  4. Draymond Nut Punch #3
  5. Lebron not clutch
  6. Jordan’s Flu Game
  7. 96′ Bulls > Warriors
  8. Finals Memes
  9. Love to Celtics?

….And it hits me *insert meme*… In the spirit of High School Graduation Weekend, Social Media has turned the Finals into a High School scene *insert meme*.

Think about it for a second; it does feel like High School all over again *insert meme*. If you really want it, you can go and get the analysis for Game 4. But why would you want to do that when the memes on Steph’s shoes are so priceless *insert meme* ? I can’t lie, I got a pair of New Balances *insert meme* I got from the Goodwill for 6.50. The joints are all white, low cut, and I tell you what… They comfortable than a motha *insert meme*. I can mow the grass and not feel one pain in my arches *insert meme*. I digress…. Why would you care about the 3pt percentage for the Warriors on uncontested 3s when the Jordan Crying Face Meme is in the middle of Lebron’s Hairline *insert meme* ? What’s easy? Memes. What’s hard? Analysis of Game 4 and Game 5.

We just want to laugh. We just want to make fun of others and their expense *insert meme*. It’s not like we’ll run in to Curry after the Finals. It doesn’t matter that he dropped 38 points in Game 4 (his first game over 20 this series)… I mean look at his shoes *insert meme* ! As if we don’t have a pair of dad shoes or a receding hairline (and I have both) *insert meme* . I suppose we should look at this as a good thing right? I mean, when the underlings have the space and time to make fun of the jock, you have to relish in that opportunity *insert meme* . And for me, I was never the popular kid, so seeing these memes should be forever funny, but they’re not *insert meme* . Now I said forever funny, which is different than instant funny. I can chuckle at a meme once I see it, but after that, I’m good. I can’t say this is a “New Generation” type thing, because we were doing “Yo Momma jokes” back in the 90s *insert meme* . Social Media has become the missing Entertainment that we all longed for back before it was possible for millions of people around the world to laugh at the same thing instantaneously *insert meme* .

Game 4 was the first close game of the Finals, the first game in which both teams went back and forth with the lead. This was the first game in which Klay and Steph actually played to their ‘Splash Brothers’ name. And what did we talk about.. Well you see the list at the top *insert meme* .

Game 5 is Monday, back at Oracle. If you want to think about it, this could be the last time Lebron plays in a Cavs uniform *insert meme*. Kevin love could be in Boston or anywhere other than Cleveland next year *insert meme*. Cleveland could be stuck with Tristan Thompson (max), Iman Shumpert (40 mil), and Irving (Still not a #1) *insert meme*. It could really be over in Cleveland, again *insert meme*.

I could do more lead up to Game 5, but all we want to do is *insert meme*. See how fun that is… *insert meme*.

 

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Repeat or Revenge

By Shawn Buck

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The 2016 NBA championship between the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers will be a rematch of last year’s finals.  As difficult as it is to get to the title series, it’s rare when both teams from the previous year return to it.  When this happens, it makes the finals intriguing to watch. One team has been waiting all the year for a chance to redeem themselves and the other to win another ring.  Will it be revenge or a repeat?

 

Here are some other NBA finals in which the two teams from the year before met again the following year:

 

In 1983 the Philadelphia 76ers and Los Angeles Lakers met in a rematch of the previous year in which the Lakers prevailed 4 games to 2.  But this time the Sixers had Moses Malone with them and he made the difference as the Sixers swept the Lakers and help Julius ‘The Doctor” Erving get his first and only NBA championship.

 

In 1985, the Boston Celtics and the Lakers matched up with one another for second consecutive year. These two have arguably the greatest rivalry in the history of the NBA.   But they may have also had the greatest individual rivalry, Magic Johnson vs Larry Bird, as well.  In 1984, the Celtics won a thrilling series in 7 games. Magic and Lakers had been waiting for a chance for them all year, but after the Celtics won game one, 148-114, it looked like it would be a repeat of the previous season. The Lakers persevered and came out on top 4-2 in another fascinating series.

 

In 1989, The Detroit Pistons and Lakers were set to do battle again after they went 7 games in a Laker win to capture the title.  It was a war. The sports world was looking forward to this rematch.  Unfortunately league MVP Magic Johnson suffered a hamstring injury in game 2 that sidelined him for the rest of the series. The Bad Boys of Detroit went on to sweep the series and capture their first NBA championship.

 

In 1998, the Chicago Bulls were trying to win their third straight title and beat the Utah Jazz for the second straight year. The Jazz had other plans. Michael Jordan and company proved too much once again and won in 6 games. This would be Jordan’s last game as a Bull as he retired briefly and came back and played for the Washington Wizards.

 

In 2014, the Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs collided again after playing in a 7 game series in 2013. The Heat won that one and captured their second straight and third overall.  But this time it was different.  The Spurs dominated the Heat in 5 games with precise passing and great shooting. This victory gave the Spurs a fifth ring and cemented Tim Duncan’s legacy as one of the greatest players of all time.

 

What will be the result of this year’s rematch?  Will Golden State win back to back and place themselves in the argument as one the best teams of all time after winning 73 games in the regular?  Or will Cleveland win their first title and help LeBron James earn his spot as one the greatest players ever?  Repeat or revenge, it should be a great final.