On Game One of the NBA Finals, Danny Ferry and David Lighty

I was in my car for most of the last two days. I drove to Washington DC on Monday, then down to Carolina yesterday. Much of that ride I spent trying to understand how LeBron James could team up with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh and be getting 5 points in an NBA game against anybody. It seemed unfathomable to me until I watched Russell Westbrook play last night. He completely overwhelmed the Heat with his athleticism, and they have absolutely no answer for his speed. He looked more athletic than the most athletic person I’d ever seen in my life. Kevin Durant, at the same time, looked like basketball’s version of an assassin. Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh didn’t appear to be enough help for LeBron James. Somewhere, I concluded, Mo Williams and Delonte West were snickering. Vegas was right again, Miami certainly needed the points.

Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook, left and small forward Kevin Durant participate in a news conference after  Game 1 of the NBA finals basketball series against the Miami Heat, Tuesday, June 12, 2012, in Oklahoma City. The Thunder won...
I also spent some time thinking about the okCLEhoma and okCLE monikers. I thoroughly believe they’re lame, but I also think telling anybody how to cheer is even more lame. Cavs for Mavs was conveniently unforced. It made sense at the time. These two names, while clever to a degree, they just aren’t for me. Oklahoma City and their same shirt wearing diehard fans of five years don’t need my support either. Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant got this. If they need help, James Harden, Serge Ibacka, Thabo Sefalosha, Kendrick Perkins, Nick Collision and Derek Fisher can do more than I can. Additionally, those guys can and will also do much more than Chris Bosh, Udonis Haslem, Mario Chalmers, Shane Battier, and Joel Anthony. I don’t need to cheer for any of that, it’s going the way I hoped it will regardless.

Danny Ferry is being targeted by Sixers: Danny Ferry was a legendary role player for the Cleveland Cavaliers. He was also the unfortunate end of arguably the worst trade in franchise history during his playing days. This, however, has led to an acute understanding as an NBA Executive of what type of players you should not trade for. That knowledge has had his name surfacing in General Manager talks since he stepped down from his post with the Cavaliers back in the summer of LeBron. He’s currently working in the San Antonio Spurs front office, but according to Woj, Doug Collins wants him bad in Philly. Can’t say I blame him either.

Here’s what Adrian Wojnarwoski reported on it yesterday: “Danny Ferry, a front-office executive with the San Antonio Spurs, met with 76ers owners in Philadelphia over the weekend to discuss a president/general manager’s job, sources said. Ferry has emerged as the frontrunner for the position, but still hasn’t been sold that the possible job structure makes sense for him to depart a comfortable situation under Spurs GM RC Buford. Collins has been a strong advocate for Ferry’s candidacy, sources said.”

As always, Danny Ferry holds all the cards. He’ll take that job if he wants it, more on this once he decides.

David Lighty will make an NBA Team this season:

David Lighty has the type of game that will eventually allow him to play ten years in the NBA. I’m not saying this because he went to VASJ, or Ohio State, or because I think he’s good people either. I’m saying this because he has the length and athleticism you want from a perimeter defender in the NBA. He also has the heart and work ethic to want to dig in on that end of the floor. He could be a more athletic version of Tony Allen I think. These aren’t things I decided this morning either, this is what I’ve always thought about David Lighty. 

I believe he would’ve played in the NBA last season too had it not been for the Lockout. He made what was a smarter move financially by going overseas to make some guaranteed money, and I was glad to read this morning that he’s back trying out for a list of NBA Teams at the moment. Including the Cavaliers. Mary Schmitt Boyer at the Plain Dealer had following on that this morning:

Bennet Cantu's David Lighty (L) goes up to score past Fenerbahce Ulker's Emir Preldzic during their Euroleague Group A basketball game in Istanbul November 16, 2011.
Now, with workouts scheduled with several NBA teams, including the Cavs on June 28, the 6-5 swingman from Ohio State is as close as he ever has been to reaching that goal. But it’s not just for him. He wants to make the NBA to please his mom, Emily.”That’s one of my goals — to get her to see me play more,” Lighty said in a telephone interview Tuesday night…He just got back from working out for the San Antonio Spurs, will visit the Indiana Pacers on June 21 and then the Cavs on June 28. He also may work out for Atlanta, or possibly go to the summer league with Atlanta.”

Another NBA comparable I see for Lighty is Dahntay Jones. Especially when Dahntay was playing with the Nuggets a few seasons ago. Come off the bench as 8th, 9th or 10th man, provide a spark defensively, knock down a shot or two if you’re open. Finish when you have opportunity, don’t force anything, contribute to the overall team environment. I’d take him as a member of the Cleveland Cavaliers all day, hope his workout goes well.

Brendan Bowers

About Brendan Bowers

I am the founding editor of StepienRules.com. I am also a content strategist and social media manager with Electronic Merchant Systems in Cleveland. My work has been published in SLAM Magazine, KICKS Magazine, The Locker Room Magazine, Cleveland.com, BleacherReport.com, InsideFacebook.com and elsewhere. I've also written a lot of articles that have been published here.