Clearing the decks.

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With the first pick in the 2013 NBA Draft, the Cleveland Cavaliers select…

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NBA Draft items.

Very cool to win the NBA Draft lottery.

NBA Draft picks? Truly.

Alex Lin Len.  7’1″ 255 19 years old from the Ukraine.  We haven’t had a real “5” since Brad Daugherty.  Sign me up.

It’d be one of the more Cleveland things ever for the Cavs to sign Lebron, win 65 games in the 2015 season, blow through the East … and then lose 4-1 to the Warriors who somehow acquired Dwight Howard and employ an offense of Howard abusing Nerlins Noel down low and kicking out Steph Curry/Klay Thompson drilling threes on the perimeter as a baffled Mike Brown looks on.

(That’s a reference to the 2009 playoffs vs. Orlando.) 

But you don’t want to know from me.  In 2011, I’d have taken Derrick Williams and then hoped for Enes Kanter.  (And I still really like Kanter.)  (And I just clicked this link and learned Kanter started two games for Utah last season.)  (See dog at right.)

I’m content to ride with Chris Grant’s call.  In my opinion, he’s been stellar with every transaction he’s made.  Seriously… I can’t think of a move he’s made that looks bad.  And he left himself open for second guessing with the TT and Waiters picks.  He’s got a courage of convictions which, it appears, is derived from doing lots of homework.  We in good hands.

Final draft thought:  gotta give an assist to Byron Scott.  It would have been easy to win three more games and draft in the New Orleans, Sacto range.  But Scott stayed true to the mission:

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Scott did his job and did it heroically.

Only partly tongue-in-cheek here.  We’re not pro tanking.  No not at all. And yet …

The good citizen.

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Good on Chris Perez for dropping twitter.

I know some like the ability to interact with the athlete via twitter but it’s such a double-edged sword, especially for the thin-skinned.  Once you show a chink in the armor, there’s always someone out there to tweak it, just for sport.  (Didn’t anyone have little brothers?)

If you’re an athlete with twitter, it’s pretty good policy NOT to interact.  Take a tip from Alex Mack:  he still hasn’t responded to my request for updates on his contract extension and whether he’ll go into free agency if it’s not done by end of camp.  Wise man that Cal grad.

As you may know I’ve been hard on Perez.  But let the record show that I’ve noted a more focused Perez this year and duly sent the props.

Regarding last weekend, I think I’m willing to chalk up it to a sore shoulder.  And even as I write that, I don’t really believe it.  Perez has always had a lot of loud outs.  With Perez’ commitment to first pitch strikes, it was a matter of time before batters would get the scouting report and starting opening up on him early.  Home runs are to be expected.

To be honest, I’d rather have him giving up homers than walks (if that makes any sense).  You’re the closer:  close.  Attack.  Challenge.  Closers have to have that kind of attitude and sometimes it bites you in the ass. Perez ain’t Gossage and never will be.  He’s not overpowering.  His strength is, ironically, that god damn attitude that I haven’t liked but could grow to as it matures.

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No need to beat this anymore, I know.  But.  Can’t not.
(These are the 17 teams who were shorter than league average in 2012.)

Keep some fire, lose some non-self-aware-ness.  The twitter-dropping shows growing maturity.  Good move.

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Browns waive Eric Hagg.

Wouldn’t be doing my job if I didn’t point out that the Browns’ league-shortest defensive backfield got even shorter yesterday.  It now measures 70.29″ down from 70.57″ after waiving relative giant 6’1″ Eric Hagg.  They’re now more than an inch shorter than the average; the largest deviation from the mean in either direction.

Trolling at this point?  Yeah maybe I guess.  But still… no one else sees a prob… I think it’s a prob.

(Which reminds me, Oakland’s signing of Charles Woodson bumps them up the list.  Now the Browns are the ONLY team who were in the bottom 16 of height in 2012 who have gotten shorter in the off-season.  Analytics, shamalytics.)

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Misc.

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Just good luck blocking Margus Hunt now that he’s been coached into an angle like this.

Greg Popelka’s Indians trade quiz today is a must read.  I got zero correct. … Not sure I’m on board with a big Kevin Love deal.  Brook Lopez though (foreshadow of future post). … The Cavs’ lottery entourage is catching some flak.  Whatevs.  Dan Gilbert is bit of a goof; not afraid to be a silly-ass fan or be seen with some.  That’s fine here. … Margus Hunt’s three-point stance seems remarkable to me.  He’s 6-8/6-9 and looks flexible and much lower than the guys lining up in the background.  He’ll get under tackles’ pads.  Will be a beast.

  • Petefranklin

    I hope Byron lands on his feet. Superb job. Seriously! I’ve always liked Brook Lopez, solid player.

  • lol, with the dog picture. One request: could we get “Browns GMs since 1999” superimposed at the bottom?

    What does it say about me that I was more emotionally involved in the release of Eric Hagg than the Cavs getting the first pick in the lottery? I quite literally had a dream a few weeks ago about Hagg intercepting a pass against the Steelers and running it downfield. I am afflicted. I am a Browns fan.

    • i’m not much better. my favorite browns player in the past 20 years was a fullback.

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