My conversation at SLAM with Rodney Hood

Back when the Cleveland Cavaliers were slated to select ninth overall in the 2014 NBA Draft, I had settled on Rodney Hood as my primary target. The work that Hood put in this past season, as a 6-8 SG/SF from Duke University, was largely overshadowed by the star of Jabari Parker. For those who were […]

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The day the Cleveland Cavaliers won the NBA Draft Lottery again

I decided to eat lunch with Rodney Hood and Dario Saric on Tuesday afternoon. I had followed the careers of each prospect over the last couple years. I’m a fan of both players. I believe their games will eventually translate at the next level. But with the NBA Draft Lottery looming, I needed to develop […]


Kyrie Irving returns to bolster Cavs playoff chances down stretch

The Cleveland Cavaliers were required to beat the Orlando Magic on Wednesday in order to maintain any hope of qualifying for the postseason. In dominating fashion, by a score of 119-98, they accomplished specifically that. The Magic may not have necessarily wanted to win but that’s beside the point. It was a critical game for this […]



I’m not interested in celebrating the simple fact that the Cleveland Cavaliers are playing meaningful games in April for the first time in four years. But I’m also not opposed that simple fact, either. I understand this moment in Cavs history has arrived almost entirely by default. The Eastern Conference is historically bad and a […]

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Henry Sims Helps Sixers Snap Streak To Stay Tied With Cavs

Henry Sims began the 2013-14 campaign as a member of the Cleveland Cavaliers. He appeared in 20 games for Cleveland, averaging 2.2 points and 2.8 rebounds in 8.4 minutes of work on a nightly basis. The Georgetown product played his last game for the Wine and Gold on February 19. He was then traded to […]

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Cavaliers Overseas: Catching up with Darnell Jackson

Darnell Jackson helped lead the Kansas Jayhawks to a national championship before arriving in Cleveland for the 2008-09 campaign. Despite a wrist injury that forced him to miss time at the beginning of the season, Jackson appeared in 51 games for the Cavs as a rookie. While earning minutes in support of a big man […]


The surreal, nostalgic and memorable from halftime at Z Night

Larry Nance was seated alongside Nate Thurmond. Austin Carr and Bobby "Bingo" Smith were to his left. The cutting-edge video tribute roared through the arena with creativity and grace as the legendary Wayne Embry approached the podium. From the designated media area in section 106, I stood watching, listening and remembering. He recalled a European […]


Spurs beat Cavs by 21 despite Dion Waiters return to lineup

Score: 121-101 Games Back: 4 What we learned against the Spurs: The Cavaliers maybe could’ve made the playoffs if Dion Waiters had been healthy over the last couple weeks. Dion Waiters scored 24 points in less than 24 minutes. If he would’ve been healthy enough to log 30-plus minutes on Tuesday, the Cavaliers might have […]

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LeBron James and Zydrunas Ilgauskas’ jersey retirement

I keep hearing that LeBron James will be attending Zydrunas Ilgauskas’ jersey retirement ceremony on March 8 at Quicken Loans Arena. So much so that I felt obligated to write about it. According to multiple sources I’ve spoken with, there is a very good chance that James will be attending the Cavaliers game against the […]


Cavs beat Thunder on second night of back-to-back in OKC

Score: Cavs 114, Thunder 104 Games Out: 4 What We Learned In Win Over Thunder: Cavs Are Still Fighting This was obviously the Cavaliers best win of the season. Without three of their top-8 players, on the second night of a back-to-back, against the best team in the Western Conference at their place, the Cavaliers […]

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Cavs lose again to Raptors despite 45 minutes from Irving

Result: Raptors 99, Cavaliers 93 Games Out: 5 Behind Hawks Games Remaining: 24 What we learned against the Raptors: Dreams of postseason basketball in Cleveland–sparked by the glorious moment in Cavs' history known forever as the six-game winning streak of '14–are effectively over. This three-game losing streak, powered by Canada's Raptors, has been determined as […]


Shorthanded Cavs drop second-straight to Wittman’s Wizards

Latest Result: Wizards 96, Cavs 83 Games Out: 5 behind Hawks for 8th Games Remaining: 25 What we learned against the Wizards: The Cavaliers do not possess the overall depth required to beat playoff teams while suffering through a collection of key injuries. Even while riding the momentum of an historic six-game winning streak that […]

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Cavs extend winning streak to six, longest in Eastern Conference

The Cleveland Cavaliers are the hottest team in the Eastern Conference right now. In the NBA overall, only the Houston Rockets have won more than the six-straight games Cleveland has through Thursday morning. Last night’s 101-93 victory over the Orlando Magic, without the services of Anderson Varejao and Dion Waiters, also marked the first time […]

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Cavaliers Overseas: Catching Up With Partizan Belgrade’s Tarence Kinsey

Tarence Kinsey was a member of the 66-win Cleveland Cavaliers team that finished with the NBA’s best record in 2008-09. The undrafted forward from Tampa, Florida had previously spent parts of two seasons with the Memphis Grizzlies before arriving in Cleveland that year. Under the direction of Coach Mike Brown, Kinsey made 50 regular-season appearances […]