Cavs in 2010

February 19, 2009

2010, not to be confused with the RUSH album 2112, has become a year of interest for NBA fans everywhere.  Its the year that just about every good young player not named Kobe Bryant become free agents(For the record Kobe becomes a free agent this summer).  Most importantly, its the year that LeBronJames becomes a free agent.  Two years ago, James, and Dwayne Wade negotiated smaller 3 year deals in order to line up the ability to make more money quicker as well as be able to get the “max dollars” from teams.  From there other players like Carmelo Anthony followed.  Now what we have is a dream team list of players on the open market in the same year that teams are clearing their payroll and playing with Y-league caliber players in order to reap the benefits in 2010.

So who’ll be going shopping for a new team you ask?  Try these names on for size, LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, Amare Stoudemire, Paul Pierce, Ray Allen, Tyson Chandler, Manu Ginobili, Richard Jefferson,  Joe Johnson, Tracy McGrady, Yao Ming, Steve Nash, Dirk Nowitzki and Michael Redd all be come unrestricted free agents in 2010.

Alas the crown jewel is King James.  Every radio jockey, beat writer, talking head and blogger for that matter think that LBJ already has his bags packed, and Jay-Z’s  plane all warmed up for New York.  Heck, the Knicks have cut, traded and fired anyone that might cause them not to make an offer to James.  The New York media builds a frenzy around everytime he comes because they know he loves it, and seems to be not a matter of if, but of when and how much it will take LeBron to come.  I’m hear to tell you a different story.  I’m hear to tell you that the Cavs are poised to keep LeBron and even sign another big name this year or in 2010 to complete the King’s court.

First, LeBron James is probably the second most marketable face on the planet next to Tiger Woods.  Aggressive endorsement deals will follow him where ever he goes.  They’ve come to him in Cleveland, they’d come to him in Oklahoma City, they would come, no matter what.  Yes, his exposure to different opportunities would be greater, but companies are already seeking him out to hauck their stuff, he’s in Cleveland, not in hiding.  LeBron has shown that he is very selective when it comes to the items and image he wants when he’s looking at endorsements, so its probably not as huge as we think.  Oh by the way, he would be a big fish in an even bigger pond.  He’d be competing with the Giants, Jets, Rangers, Islanders, Devils, Nets, Knicks and even Rutgers football for attention. Think those teams have a few marketable stars that New Yorkers love?

Second, most of the teams that would have the space to sign him would be worse then his current situation. The Knicks, Nets, and Bulls, all teams that have been mentioned as possible suitors in the LeBron sweepstakes have a combined record of 70-92.  The Cavs are 41-11 and have reached the play offs or been the the finals in the past 5 years. Knicks, Nets and Bulls=0 finals appearances in the last 5 years.  So what does that mean, they don’t have enough talent to make the push at the end.  There is no doubt that LeBron’s skill could take any team into the playoffs, but he’ll need help to win.  Right now the Cavs situation is better the all three of those teams combined.  The other three teams are in the rebuilding stage and don’t really line up with LeBron’s goals of winning multiple championships.  The Cavs have made every move LeBron has asked for in order to find a winning chemistry, and they are closer then ever.  The Knicks, Nets and Bulls have been fighting off scandals, disgruntled players, stadium movement plans and roster re-working every year.

So what can the Cavs do?  They can be just like LeBron and get aggressive.  They’ll get the final swing at the fences when it comes time to sign James, and there is no doubt they’ll match or exceed any offer.  Dan Gilbert is no chump.  Next, they’ll find a big name and sign them.  My vote(despite my cousins opinion) is D-Wade.  You could argue that since the Cavs are in the East that they should get abig like Chandler or Amare Stoudemire.  I want Wade.  Wade and James grew extremely close this past summer at the Beijing Olympics. Can you imagine what Cleveland would be like with D-Wade and Bron Bron lighting up the scoreboard and tossing dimes everywhere at the Q.  Clevelanders would be naming their first borns and quitting their jobs to get tickets.  That combo would be like Pippen and Jordan all over again. Teams have shown it can work to have huge names on the same team.  Insert Boston Celtics here.  Yes the Cavs have a very capable and deep set of Guards, but what that spells to me is leverage.  By packaging picks, Wally, Eric Snow, Anderson Varejou, Boobie Gibson,cash or a few other names together in any combination of deals they could get it done.  They have plenty of depth to make something like this happen and still have a bevy of talent to go and win a title. So two dominate guards isn’t your cup of tea, how about Amare Stoudemire.  You could probably start engraving the letters on the championship trophy now if that happened as well.  Stoudemire would be athletic enough to move some of the Eastern bigs around to open things up for LeBron and his shooters. He could also run the floor and get other PF and Centers out of the game.

So don’t just think the Cavs and the city is going to just sit back and let our King move to another place to rule, we plan on putting up a fight. We plan on getting a ring, and this time everyone else can be a witness.

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Abbreviated What To Watch

February 11, 2009

Ok, so here is a quick version of What To Watch for the rest of the week

Wednesday

7pm  ESPN:  Syracuse at UConn-Thabeet is like Mutombo reincarnated

8PM AMC:  Rambo First Blood part II-Are you kidding me, its RAMBO, just DVR it…

8PM ESPN: Classic Xavier at Dayton-great Ohio rivalry

9pm ESPN:  UNC at Duke-By far one of my favorite games of the year despite the record.  Its intense, athletic, and down right bad ass

7PM ESPN2:  World Cup Qualifier  USA vs. Mexico-Can the Americans get lined up for a trip to South Africa?

Thursday

7pm ESPN: Louisville vs. Notre Dame-Irish are on a losing streak and Patino could just run them out of the gym

8PM TNT: Heat at Bulls-D-Wade is pretty cool

Saturday

8:30 TNT:  NBA All-Star Game

9PM ESPN: UCLA at Arizona-Espn can try all they want, but I refuse to care about this game


Parting Shots

February 11, 2009

Its been a really, really long time since there has been a post from anyone here at Frank-ly sports.  So, its time to whipe the dust off of this Ol’ blog site and take some parting shots at the year that was 2008.

Olympics-The story Michael Phelps. He rewrote the record book with his 8 gold medals, winning every race he participated in.  Phelps basically won every heat he was in as well. Best of all, he was part of a relay team that destroyed the French.  Which, these days is never a bad thing.  Then quickly messed up his legacy with the pictures of him taking bong rips.

I think the best part was getting an amazing inside look into the culture that is China.  While most people picture China as the stereotypes from the movies, we learned that it was in fact far from it.  We learned that its a county that loves sport as much as we do here in the U.S.  A country that treated the US Mens basketball team like rockstars, even after we shredded them in the opening game.  We learned of the beauty if Tai Chi and the communities that help develop it.  Most of all we learned about a country that has people in it that have beautiful views of life, that we’ve never been exposed to.  Its the people that make it great.

Baseball-By far one of the most boring World Series I’ve ever watched.  The weather was a better storyline then the game.  I heard the party in Philly was pretty nice though.

Next you have the ever evolving story about steriods in the sport. Minor leaguers continue to be suspended every month with an occasional position player from the bigs goes down as well.  We still don’t have a solution though.  Barry Bonds is still running around out there saying he can play, no one knows the truth, meanwhile players are already working on new ways to get ahead. Do us all a favor baseball. Bring in an independant testing company, test a sample group from every team monthly, post the results, suspend the guys that fail and move on.  That will be a hardcore way to get after things.  Your rules aren’t tougher then the NFL’s so don’t pretend that they are.

Indians better make a run this year, or I’ve had it with all of my teams.  I’m not taking resumes for replacement favorite teams.

NFL-I’ll eat some crow here.  I said that this would be a blowout game that nobody watched.  While I haven’t seen the ratings yet, this game was competitive right down to the last seconds. Roethlisberger’s throw to win it was phenomanol, Santonio had a pretty decent assist.  The window that Big Ben put it through was ridiculous.  He showed once again, that he’s a gamer and needs to be respected.  The world finally got to see Larry Fitzgerald again, since he’s been out West, people forget about him out there.

The Titans run was pretty nice, with 100 year old Kerry Collins getting hot.  Also on the old man watch was Brett Farve.  Farve looked like the missing piece for the Jets, but then was the cause of the collapse throwing INT’s all over the place.

As for the Browns, the total front office rebuild is just one in several things that showed the Browns were overrated.  They were witout a doubt the sexy pick for the NFL.  People want to see one of the great teams of the past get better, improve and win games.  We had a nice season 2 years ago, only to control our own destiny and blow it.  This year, we were all hype and played like it.  Joshus Cribbs was by far one of our best stories for the Browns, as well as the only bright spot.  He adds a nice change up to the Browns gameplan, and really plays the game it was meant to, especially in Cleveland.  Hard, tough and like every play is your last.