Dear Cavs Court Readers,

I will be extremely busy over the next couple weeks working on new projects for In-Focus Training & Seminars, as well as taking time here and there to migrate the contents of this site over to a new location.

During this time, I ask that you be patient with regards to news updates, and especially email follow ups.  I receive a bunch of email from here, my personal address, as well as, my business address.  Though pretty good at times…I am far from being anywhere close to what Leo likes to call an “Email Ninja,” particularly during chaotic bursts like this when I’m juggling 4 or more hefty projects, and 1 always fun and interesting ongoing project called, “Time For My Fiance.”  🙂

To get the latest on what’s going on with the Cavs, check out Brian Windhorst’s blog, as he always has a steady dose of Cavalier-related news and game reviews.  Also, don’t forget to pick up a copy of “The Franchise,” which Brian co-wrote with Terry Pluto.  If you’re still craving more…my friend, Carolyn Hastings, also runs a fantastic Cavs blog over at And One, or you can always stick around here and skim through a couple of the past posts til I get back (the popular ones to the right are a good place to start).

I apologize for the inconvenience, and I promise to provide you with more information at a later time, including a link to the new place.

Thanks,

~Dee

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New York Fansite to Lure Lebron James

james-against-new-york_215x321.jpgWhen you think you’ve seen it all…Trust me, you haven’t. 

In an effort to to lure Lebron James to opt out of his contract in 2010 and come to the New York Knicks, a fan has created a site requesting donations for the cause.  The money is said to be placed in an account and will be used to purchase a welcome gift basket for James, including his own suite at Yankee Stadium, a Ferrari, and additional salary. 

SIMPLY PATHETIC! 

I will be laughing my butt off when James re-signs with the Cavs and those fools who thought they were paying into a so-called “campaign” to get Lebron, waste their money to a fake New York fan site owner.

Lebron Sets the Garden on Fire, and Receives a Standing “O”

lebron_james_219x328.jpgThe game started as usual for the Cavs, with Lebron looking to pass and get his teammates involved.  On his first shot attempt of the quarter, he drained a baseline jumper off a quick dribble.  Taking only 2 other shots, he would end the quarter with 2 points, shooting 1/3 from the field.

With the 1st quarter in the books, and his teammates warmed up, James would go on to score 18 points in the 2nd quarter and 17 points in the 3rd. 

It was in the 4th quarter, however, that he would take over the game…Not with his spectacular dunks in the open court, not with his power-house drives pass 2 and 3 defenders, not from the free throw line.  No.  He would take over the game from behind the arc.

With under 4:30 left on the clock and the Knicks up 99-98,  James turned to the sidelines and mouthed 50 to Spike Lee, who was sitting courtside at the game (as usual), and began his attack from long-range. 

He hit 2 consecutive 3-pointers to pull the Cavs up 105-98.  Then came another with a little over 2 minutes to play to put the Cavs on top 110-99.  Seemingly, to make good on his promise to Spike, James shot 1 more dagger into the heart of the Knicks, wrapping up his relentless 3-point attack.

James ended the game with 50 points (including four 3-pointers in the 4th quarter), 10 assists, and 8 rebounds.  He shot 16-30 from the field, in his second 50-point game of the season.

The fans loved it!  In a packed house at the Garden, he received a standing “O” and a “MVP” chant as he left the game with under 1 minute left. 

One fan, wearing a #23 Cavaliers jersey, ran out of the stands towards the Cleveland bench and said a few words to James, before being quickly turned away and arrested.  James simply turned and smiled.

He had this to say after the game:

“It was a great feeling. You get a fan to come down there to express the way he feels about you … told me I was his favorite player, that never happens,” James said. “I respect him, I respect his pride and for him to come out there and tell me something like that face to face, it’s like the (most) unbelievable thing that ever happened to me.”

When asked whether or not he was afraid when he saw the fan coming towards him, James said,

“I’m 6-9 and 260…I’m all right.”

Damon Jones pulled in 15 points, and Devin Brown rounded out the Cavs leading scorers with 14 points.

With Big Z, Sasha, and Gibson still out, the Cavs pulled out another win.  But having a player like Lebron James definitely eases the shock of losing players to injuries, as he can, and will, bear the load.

The Knicks fell short in their 4th game in a row, while the Cavs increased their record to 4-2 since the trade, and get their 3rd straight win.

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2007-2008 Regular Season: Cavaliers vs. Knicks
Date: Wednesday, March 5, 2008
Time: 7:30 p.m. ET
Arena: Madison Square Garden
Starters: D. West, D. Brown, L. James, B. Wallace, A. Varejao
Final: 119-105 (W)

The Franchise – Lebron James and the Remaking of the Cleveland Cavaliers

Gray & Company recently contacted me regarding one of their latest published books, entitled: “The Franchise – Lebron James and the Remaking of the Cleveland Cavaliers” by Terry Pluto and Brian Windhorst.

the-franchise.jpg“When the Cleveland Cavaliers drew the top pick in the 2003 NBA draft, an entire city buzzed with excitement. After all, how often does a LeBron James come along? Especially for Cleveland, a midmarket Rust Belt city without a sports championship in forty years. Especially for the Cavaliers, a long-struggling team that had never reached the NBA finals.

Now, it seems everyone has something riding on LeBron—billionaire team owner Dan Gilbert looking for a return on his investment . . . teammates eager for a championship ring . . . the league in need of the next Michael Jordan to promote . . . the shoe company with its multimillion-dollar endorsement deal . . . even popcorn vendors in the stands of Quicken Loans Arena and servers waiting restaurant tables in a downtown that now booms every game night.

Award-winning sports journalists Terry Pluto and Brian Windhorst take an in-depth look at how a team and a city are being rebuilt around LeBron James.”

From the sounds of it, this book will be an interesting read.  The company has offered to send me a copy, and I looking forward to delving into it as soon as I get a chance.  If time permits, I’ll do a quick review of the book once I’m finished…Stay tuned.

For more information, and to purchase your copy of the book, visit their website.

Lebron James Awarded Player of the Month

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In 14 games of play, James averaged 30.2 points, 8.9 rebounds, 8.5 assists (leading all Eastern Conference players), and posted nine double-doubles.  He also won the award in the month of January, averaging 32.8 points, 9.2 rebounds, and 6.4 assists.

Over a 3 game span from Feb. 19-22, James pulled in at least 25 points, 13 rebounds, and eight assists in each game.  He joined Wilt Chamberlain and Oscar Robertson as the only three players to ever reach those levels in all three categories in three consecutive games.

And if that were not enough, on February 27th, James scored 26 points against Boston and became the youngest player in the history of the game to reach 10,000 points.

What an amazing talent we have before us.  Cavs fan or not, you should be enjoying this piece of history that is being carved out right in front of your very eyes.

Who’s On First?

This is a guest post by Carolyn Hastings, Writer of “And One” for Cleveland.com.
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Chicago Bulls v. Cleveland Cavaliers

Cold Coke.  Check. 

Time? 12:30.  Check. 

Cavs pre-game show.  Che . .  what?  Buckeye Basketball Weekly with Thad Matta

No pre-game but surely the Cavs game at 1?  NegativeLarry, Drew, Shannon, Cedric, Ira and Donyell have already gone missing.  And now we can put out an NBA APB for Fred McLeod, Austin Carr, Campy Russell and Jeff Phelps. 

How extraordinary not to have local coverage of this historical who’s-on-first-routine of a game.

RockKing, over at Waiting for Next Year, tells us:

In the history of the NBA, no divisional rivals have played each other for the first time this late in the year . . .these 2 rivals will play one another 3 more times after today. All 4 games should be bitter . . .

ESPN on ABC is broadcasting the game nationally.  Dramatic music plays, LeBron appears walking into the Q wearing a gorgeous scarf and a voiceover intones, “old friends are new enemies.”

LeBron and Larry Hughes hug while it becomes apparent Mike Tirico and Hubie Brown will call the game.  I love Mike.  I love Hubie.  But do they love Cleveland?  Do they know our story?  They talk and talk and talk about Drew and Larry; what about Shannon and Cedric?  So what if they don’t start.  I want to know what’s going on with them.

Damon rubs Drew’s bald head.  LeBron and Larry and Damon and Drew stand together, making a sort of square; it’s clear they have missed each other. 

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Pre-game co-host Stuart Scott says:

“All that ha,ha, hee, hee; all friendly stuff; man, paint it up and go to war.”

6 minutes to tipoff and Z is nowhere to be seen.  Suffering from back pain, he is not on the bench and did not practice yesterday.  Good news – Wally is here.  Flew in this morning and will fly out “at the buzzer” to be with his wife and new baby.

Speaking of babies, what are the odds that two players on any given team in any sport will have children named Maximus?  LeBron has Bryce Maximus and Wally now has Maximus Jack.  Makes me grateful Gladiator wasn’t around when I was born.

Mike Tirico loves the name, exclaiming:

“Max Jack Szczerbiak…. sounds like a shooter . . . came out of the womb with good rotation on his shot, just like Dad . . .”

Tipoff to the Cavs and LB scores.  Hubie chuckles about LeBron feasting on the Bulls.  Wonder how last week’s team tastes.

Larry Hughes answers for 2 and the game is on.  Larry Hughes scores a 3 and I wonder how we can get him back.  LB answers with 2 while Deng waves his arms defensively and I dismiss the thought.

Mike Tirico mentions an encounter between himself, Hubie and Jim Boylen before the game; Mike asked Jim about defending LeBron:

“We’ll start with Deng . . . you know, we really don’t match up well with anybody to guard LeBron . . . who does?”

LeBron runs by Drew; throws it to no one and reprimands Andy.

Mike Tirico says, “Varejao and Noah, an attractive hair matchup here today” and I want so badly for someone, anyone, to shout “from downtown” or “right down Euclid.”

LB Jimmy elevates and fades for a long swishy 2.  “This is just spectacular,” says Hubie.

Wally for 2; Andy steals the ball, hands it over to LB; LB fakes and hands it over to Wally, Wally scores.

The quarter ends; 17-24 Cavs.

During the 2nd quarter, Joe Smith and Damon play hot potato; tire of the game; throw it to Wally; Wally scores.  The Chicago offense appears to be playing poorly, even to these untrained eyes.

Drew draws a foul from Ben; the fans boo.  Drew to the line; commits line violation.  Didn’t know it was possible for a shooter to commit a line violation. 

33-37 Cavs.  3:40.

Andy slaps the ball away; dives on the floor; whips it to Delonte; Delonte misses the layup; LeBron dunks; cheers all around; timeout Bulls.

Damon and Tyrus Thomas collide and suddenly it’s halftime.  39-42 Cavs.

Lisa Salters corners LeBron and asks him how the new configuration affects his decisions regarding aggression.  LeBron says the cutest thing I think I have ever heard a man say:

” . . .  have to be a little aggressive until we get everything wrinkled out . . .”

Third quarter.  Has the music at the Q always been this loud?  Jarring?  Unnecessary?  Devin hits a long 2.  Drew hits a 2.  Delonte for 2.  Devin feeds Delonte for 2.  43-48 Cavs at 10:02.

Larry Hughes hits a 3.  Deng goes for 3 over LeBron; rebound to Devin to Delonte back to Devin to LeBron.  Hinrich does his best to defend while Hubie instructs:

“You have to spot up . . . force the action . . .”

Andy runs over to set a pick and can’t-stop-being-a-coach-Hubie shouts:

“What are you doing?  Stay on the other side . . .”

LB tosses to Devin; Devin for 3.  All ends well.

LeBron misses with his right; scores two with a shot Hubie calls the “little baby lefty hook.” 

Hinrich travels.  Andy commits a foul; yells at the ref for noticing it and is hit with a T.  The Bulls take full advantage, making all three shots.

Andy for 2 – all is forgiven.  LB for 2, Drew for 2.  Hughes for 2; Hughes to Tyrus for an exciting alley oop.  Final minute of the quarter and the universe stands on its ear.  66-65 Bulls.  Dwayne Jones checks in but can’t stop the trend. 68-65 Bulls.

The quarter ends.  Mike Brown, asked what put the Cavs behind, tells Lisa Salters that when we’re up:

” . . . offensively, we get cute with the basketball . . .”

Fourth quarter.  Larry Hughes steals and scores.  Damon answers with a 3. 

Cut to Jim Boylen announcing he has been “holding back” and is going to get a haircut in the style of Damon Jones.  Maybe he and Fred can carpool to Damon’s barber when we win the championship.

Ben pulls an Andy and gets a charge.  A dozen passes and then LeBron “elevated in the middle of the lane and somehow . . . was outside the lane when he released [the shot].  “Drifting backwards, ” Mike Tirico adds to Hubie’s awestruck description.  LeBron for 2.

Delonte for 2 and it’s 81-81.  4:50.

Lisa Salters tells a great story – Mike Brown called out a play and LeBron yelled back, “they don’t know that one yet.”

Mike Tirico, confused, says “Joe Smith, no, Larry Hughes . . .” and I am reminded that they both wear 32.  A week ago they wore 32 for the opposite teams.

LB and another fabulous dunk.  Cut to Eric Snow who looks gleeful. 

Drew scores; offensive foul; no basket.  Wally for 3.  Standing O. 

Cut to a grinning Boobie.  Hinrich travels.  Cavs ball.

A little bitter but mostly sweet victory.  86-95.  Hugs all around.  No hard feelings.  As Hubie said, “This is good basketball.”  Hopefully everyone gets on the right bus.

See you Wednesday at Madison Square Garden.

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This is a guest post by Carolyn Hastings, Writer of “
And One” for Cleveland.com.

James Reaches a Career 10,000 pts in Loss Against Boston

lebron_214x348.jpgGoing into the game, James only needed 19 pts (and we all knew he would get that) to reach the 10,000 mark and be the youngest player to do so, at only 23 years old. 

“I did it in a losing effort and I don’t like that,” said James. “(Personal records) is not what it’s about, but to me, to be in the record books in the biggest league in the world – and all the hard work I put into it, it’s a tribute to my team, myself, my family. And they should all feel good about it.”

The Celtics got off to an early start against the Cavs and won the match each quarter.  Up by 9 after the 1st quarter (25-16)…7 after the 2nd quarter (47-40)…13 after the 3rd quarter (75-62)…and 5 at the close of the game (92-87).

The Cavs new point guard, Delonte West, racked in 20 points, shooting 8/13 from the field, including 2/4 from behind the arc.  He also pulled in 5 rebounds, and 2 assists.  Still, delonte_167x251.jpgin his best offensive game as a Cav, he couldn’t keep Celtics guard, Rajon Rondo, in front of him on defense.  Rondo killed the Cavs with his penetration, hand-offs, and open-court play.

Wally Szczerbiak continued in his struggle to find his shot and maintain any consistency as he went 3/13 from the field, bringing in 12 points. 

Ilgauskas contributed only 8 points and 12 boards as he played through the final stages of the flu after missing Tuesday’s game against Milwaukee, and losing 8 lbs in less than 2 days.  Sasha Pavlovic and Daniel Gibson remained out with injuries.

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  • 2007-2008 Schedule

    (* - Denotes Home Games)

    October
    31: vs Dallas*, 74-92 (L)

    November
    02: vs Knicks*, 110-106 (W)
    04: vs Phoenix, 92-103 (L)
    06: vs Warriors, 108-104 (W)
    07: vs Utah, 101-103 (L)
    09: vs Sacramento, 93-91 (W)
    11: vs LA Clippers, 103-95 (W)
    12: vs Denver, 100-122 (L)
    14: vs Orlando*, 116-117 (L)
    16: vs Utah*, 99-94 (W)
    20: vs Bucks*, 107-111 (L)
    21: vs Minnesota, 97-86 (W)
    24: vs Toronto*, 111-108 (W)
    25: vs Indiana, 111-106 (W)
    27: vs Boston*, 109-104 (W)
    28: vs Detroit, 74-109 (L)
    30: vs Toronto, 82-91 (L)

    December
    02: vs Boston, 70-80 (L)
    04: vs Nets*, 79-100 (L)
    05: vs Washington, 86-105 (L)
    08: vs Charlotte, 93-96 (L)
    11: vs Indiana*, 118-105 (W)
    14: vs Nets, 97-105 (L)
    15: vs Philadelphia*, 86-92 (L)
    17: vs Milwaukee*, 104-99 (L)
    19: vs New York, 90-108 (L)
    20: vs LA Lakers*, 94-90 (W)
    23: vs Warriors*, 96-105 (L)
    25: vs Miami*, 96-82 (W)
    27: vs Dallas, 88-81 (W)
    29: vs New Orleans, 76-86 (L)

    January
    02: vs Atlanta*, 98-94 (W)
    04: vs Kings*, 97-93 (W)
    06: vs Toronto, 93-90 (W)
    08: vs Seattle*, 95-79 (W)
    09: vs Atlanta, 81-90 (L)
    11: vs Charlotte*, 113-106 (W)
    15: vs Memphis, 132-124 (W)
    17: vs San Antonio, 90-88 (W)
    21: vs Miami, 97-90 (W)
    23: vs Wizards*, 121-85 (W)
    25: vs Phoenix*, 108-110 (L)
    27: vs La Lakers, 98-95 (W)
    30: vs Portland, 84-83 (W)
    31: vs Seattle, 95-101 (L)

    February
    02: vs LA Clippers*, 98-84 (W)
    05: vs Boston*, 114-113 (W)
    07: vs Houston, 77-92 (L)
    08: vs Atlanta, 100-95 (W)
    10: vs Denver*, 83-113 (L)
    11: vs Orlando, 118-111 (W)
    13: vs Spurs*, 105-112 (L)
    19: vs Houston*, 85-93 (L)
    20: vs Indiana, 106-97 (W)
    22: vs Wizards*, 90-89 (W)
    24: vs Memphis*, 109-89 (W)
    26: vs Milwaukee, 102-105 (L)
    27: vs Boston, 87-92 (L)
    29: vs Minnesota*, 92-84 (W)

    March
    02: vs Chicago*, 95-86 (W)
    05: vs New York, 119-105 (W)
    06: vs Chicago, 96-107 (L)
    08: vs Indiana*, 103-95 (W)
    10: vs Portland*, 88-80 (W)
    12: vs New Jersey, 99-104 (L)
    13: vs Washington, 99-101 (L)
    16: vs Charlotte*, 98-91 (W)
    17: vs Orlando, 90-104 (L)
    19: vs Detroit*, 89-73 (W)
    21: vs Toronto*, 90-83 (W)
    22: vs Milwaukee, 8:30p
    26: vs New Orleans*, 7p
    29: vs Detroit, 7:30p
    30: vs Philadelphia*, 6p

    April
    02: vs Charlotte, 7p
    03: vs Chicago*, 8p
    05: vs Orlando*, 3p
    09: vs New Jersey*, 7p
    11: vs Chicago, 7p
    13: vs Miami*, 1p
    14: vs Philadelphia, 7p
    16: vs Detroit*, 7p
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