2015 is the year of the super team: a collection of talent and star players that should dominate the competition. The NBA doesn’t have a high volume of superstars anymore and the few superstars remaining can no longer elevate their team to a chip by themselves so they must band together to get it done. Man I miss the 90s…… Anyway what is supposed to happen when these super teams come together and have things blow up in their face? I mean I can’t even tell if the two guys above are on the same team.
Minnesota Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor threw some shade on Kevin Love during a radio interview…
“I think maybe he got away with some stuff not playing defense on our team, I’m not sure that’s how it’s going to work in Cleveland,” … “I would guess they’re going to ask him to play more defense, and he’s foul-prone.”
“I question Kevin if this is going to be the best deal for him, because I think he’s going to be the third player on the team,” … “I don’t think he’s going to get a lot of credit if they do really well. I think he’ll get blame if they don’t do well. He’s around a couple guys that are awful good.”
As I sat in my hotel room watching sports center I saw breaking news come across the ticker that Kevin Love had been officially traded to Cleveland. This bit of news came as no shock to me as this was the worst kept secret in all of sports. The deal had been done weeks ago and agreed upon in principle. The only reason it took this long was the NBA’s rule you can’t trade a draft pick for 30 days following the signing of his rookie contract. Day 31 was today and at about noon I saw the trade that I expected the collective sports world to yawn about. That was until the full details scrolled across my screen in a graphic fitting for a multi-billion dollar company.
In the trade Philly gets Alexey Shved a competent 3rd guard from Russia, Luc Richard Mbah a Moute and a future 1st round pick. Cleveland of course got the big prize in the Rebound (and Love) Machine. The most pausing thing I noticed though was Minnesota’s haul of Canadian top draft picks Andrew Wiggins and Anthony Bennett to go along with Thaddeus Young AND a 6.3 million dollar trade exception. Going into a trade teams normally have a planned trajectory; they say with this trade we want to “Win Now”, “Build assets for the future”, or “Create some money”. Somehow the Wolves managed to do all three!
The Father, The Brother, The Super Hero, LeBron James is all of That and More.
” I understand to these kids I’m more than a role model. I’m a superhero to them. I’m a father to them. I’m a brother to them, whatever the case they want me to be on that particular day.”
Today August 8th In North Eastern Ohio LeBron James held his annual LeBron James Family Foundation Press conference. LeBron expressed how important the foundation is to him and how the condions of his upbringing influenced him to give back. Continue reading LeBron James Family Foundation August 8th 2014
Minnesota agrees in principle to deal Kevin Love to the Cleveland Cavaliers for Andrew Wiggins, Anthony Bennett and Cleveland’s 2015 1st round pick. Continue reading Love to Cleveland, Trade Details.
Brian Windhorst of ESPN said on air that a ‘handshake’ deal was in place between the Minnesota Timberwolves, Cleveland Cavaliers and Philadelphia 76ers. This deal would potentially send Kevin Love to Cleveland, Anthony Bennett to Philadelphia and the combination of Thaddeus Young and Andrew Wiggins to Minnesota. Due to legal issues the teams involved will not be allowed to discuss any details of the trade until the August 23rd contract deadline. If true, this deal puts Cleveland comfortably in the drivers seat heading into next season. Meanwhile the Timberwolves and 76ers look to continue their rebuilding process with more young talent. Stay tuned for more information
Zach Lavine was drafted this past June by the Minnesota Timberwolves with the 13th overall selection. Standing at 6’6 181 pounds Lavine is a young promising talent for the Wolves. He played at UCLA for just his freshman year and he is only 19 years of age. 13th maybe “unlucky” in our society but in the NBA another young high flyer from Lower Merion High, Kobe Bryant, has made tremendous strides after being selected 13th overall. Minnesota can only hope given the inevitable departure of Kevin Love that this Bruin can pan out to be just as skillful and dominant. Continue reading Zach Lavine Is The White Moca Latte Version Of Vinsanity.