Ben Wallace hints at retirement

Ben Wallace said he is thinking about retirement, ESPN reported.

Ben Wallace“I’m going to sit down and talk with my family, weigh my options and come up with a decision,” the 34-year-old Wallace said after Cleveland’s 103-90 loss. “Nothing’s definite, but there’s a strong possibility that this was my last season.”

Wallace has one year and $14 million left on his contract but he said money is not going to be a factor in his decision. His declining health is the main reason. Wallace missed 25 games due to injury this season, sitting out with a right forearm laceration, a fractured right fibula, a bruised left knee and a strained left patella tendon.

“It’s tough being on the sidelines when you’re banged up,” he said. “Then you’ve got to put in all that work to get back in the rotation. It’s becoming a young man’s game.”

Wallace will seek a buyout with the Cavaliers, but if that doesn’t work, that will not change his mind.

“I think I deserve [a buyout],” Wallace said. “But if I don’t get one and I’ve just got to give it up, that’s what I’ll do.”

Wallace averaged 10.3 rebounds and 2.2 blocks for his career, including a career-high 15.4 rebounds in 2002-03. Wallace averaged just 6.5 rebounds and 1.3 blocks for the Cavs this season. Coming off the bench against the Magic, he averaged 2.7 rebounds in 12 minutes this series.

Cavs Season Ends in Disappointment

Lebron James walked off the court after a disappointment performance without looking at the fans or talking to anyone. He dressed quickly in the locker room and put on his headset and left to the team bus without talking to reporters. This is the first time he has done than.

James had 25 points, seven rebounds and seven assists in his least spectacular game of the series. He went scoreless in the second quarter, allowing the Magic to go ahead by 18 points at the half with little help from teammates.

“We can’t put it all on him,” Cavs forward Joe Smith said. “He needs some help.”

“You need a total team effort to win,” Magic forward Rashard Lewis said. “LeBron’s a great player, but at the same time, you need more than one guy. You need five guys. You need guys coming off the bench.”

The Cavaliers only lost 20 games this season. Six of them to the Orlando Magic and five came in Amway Arena.

“We had one goal in mind but we came up short,” Cavs coach Mike Brown said. “Sometimes you need a little luck at time in order win an NBA championship. Everything we did this year wasn’t skill and heart. We had some luck. Not taking anything away from Magic. I felt our guys laid it on the line.”

James and Cavaliers Come Up Huge To Force Game 6

Another game in Cleveland, another huge early game lead for the Cavaliers as they stormed out leading the Magic at one point 32-10 and ending the first quarter 35-18. It’s not the 1st quarter that has given  the Cavs problems as they have have dominated all 1st quarters in the series(140-98) . However, this time the Cavaliers finished with their first double-digit win in this series (112-102).

Mo Williams must have thought his guaranteed win was for tonight as he came out on fire  hitting 3 triples in the first 4:38 .  He scored 24 points nailing 6-9 from 3 and finally giving LeBron James an additional 20+ point scorer.

Then the other pattern soon followed, the blowing of the lead as the Magic outscored Cleveland 37-21 in the 2nd quarter topped off with a 3 from Rashard Lewis with 0.7 seconds left to close the half and shrink the once 22 point margin to 1 (56-55).

Bad memories of the past games  haunted my thoughts  as the Magic yet again dominated the 3rd (133-103) and  pushed up to an 8 point  lead to end the quarter 79-78. That’s when the LeBron James show begin to air. It seemed as if Mike Brown and the Cavaliers threw out any game plan and decided to put their season in the hands of the league MVP. On nearly every possession of the 4th quarter James took the ball at the top of the key and played 1 on 1.

He had his hand in on 29 of the 34 Cleveland points in the quarter 17 of his own and key assists to a cutting Varejao at the rim as well as 3’s from Daniel Gibson and Mo Williams. It was picturesque of the playoff slogan  “Amazing”.

He showed no fear taking the ball directly into the chest of Defensive Player of the Year award winner Dwight Howard drawing Howard’s 6th foul in an And1 situation. “You never want to disappoint the home crowd by not coming out and play as hard as you can.

It was win or go home,” said James. James put up a game for the ages ending up with his 4th career playoff triple double with 37 points 14 rebounds and 12 assists. James joined an illustrious group this being his 16th consecutive 25+ point playoff game tying him for 2nd most with Michael Jordan and only 4 behind Kareem Abdul-Jabbar who holds the record with 20.

James had previously recored 40+ in all three games that the Cavs had lost, he didn’t tonight but they won. So what’s the difference? He finally had help, as previously stated Williams dropped in 24, Delonte West had 13, and Zydrunas Ilgauskas had 16 , it was finally a team effort. In the entire history of the NBA only 8 teams have ever came back from being down 3-1 and now the Cavaliers are one step closer to making that 9.

The pressure is now on Orlando to close it out Saturday on their home court as there is no way Stan Van Gundy wants to play a game 7 in the Q, especially against the greatest player on the planet.

Stan Van Gundy needs to shut the _ _ _ _ up

Stan Van GundyOk… that was Ben Wallace’s answer to a comment made by Stan Van Gundy yesterday:

“Ben Wallace and Mo Williams fell down more times [in Game 3] than a baby learning to walk.”

Ben Wallace, was not in a good mood. And he was asked for a response to this statement

“Come out there and do something about it,” Wallace responded, “or shut the [expletive] up, is what I tell him.”

Van Gundy is going to get in trouble if he doesn’t stop harrasing the big men in the NBA. He made a similar comment to Shaq earlier in the season.
“I heard his comment.” Shaq said responding to Van Gundy’s comment. “Flopping to me is doing it more than one time, and I realized when I tried to take the charge, as I went down, I realized that that play reminded me of his whole coaching career,” O’Neal said of Van Gundy. “And one thing I really despise is a front-runner, so I know for a fact that he’s a master of panic, and when it gets time for his team to go in the postseason and do certain things, he will let them down because of his panic. I’ve been there before, I’ve played for him.”

Then he added: “Now I see why everybody who plays for him doesn’t like him.”

Johnson’s flagrant foul was rescinded

The NBA has rescinded the flagrant foul against Orlando Magic guard Anthony Johnson for elbowing Mo Williams in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals.Johnson drove the lane and extended his elbow in the second quarter of the Magic’s victory Sunday. Williams was struck around the left eye and knocked to the floor.

Williams was called for a blocking foul, and Johnson was whistled for a flagrant foul. Williams’ bleeding, puffy eye needed four stitches.

Magic take 2-1 lead

large_mobloodyjgThe Cavaliers made some defensive adjustment that seemed to actually work. They were right in the game despite VERY poor shooting from everyone including Lebron James. The Cavaliers were able to limit Lewis and Turkoglu and reverted to fouling Howard, who beat the odds, shot 14-19 from the free throw line, well above his normal percentage. Hedo Turkoglu shot just 1-11 from the field but he made 11 of 12 free throws to finish with 13 points in addition to playing an excellent floor game (10 rebounds and seven assists).

Cleveland held Orlando to .429 field goal shooting in this game and that would normally be a winning number–except for the fact that the Cavs shot even worse than that (.372) and committed 15 turnovers, several of which were “unforced errors”.

“Despite some of the numbers we gave ourselves a chance,” coach Mike Brown said. “Our defense gave us a chance.”

Lebron James scored 41 points, nine assists and grabbed seven rebounds. But he shot 11-28 from the field and missed five fourth quarter free throws.

If the Cavaliers want to win this series, players other than Lebron need to start making shots. Mo Williams scored 15 points but shot just 5-16 from the field. Williams is shooting a miserable .321 from the field versus Orlando. Delonte West scored 12 points on 5-11 field goal shooting and he is shooting just .419 from the field in this series. Zydrunas Ilgauskas had just nine points on 3-10 shooting, he attempted 3-three-points shots and missed all. Now he is 2-11 from behind the arc (this need to stop). No other Cav scored more than four points!

“History says the team that wins Game 3 in a tied series ends up winning the whole thing most of the time. But that statistic wasn’t needed Sunday night. The naked eye is enough to tell the direction the Eastern Conference Finals appear to be going. The Orlando Magic just seem to make the Cavaliers look like the underdog, their top-seed status and history-making regular season simply notwithstanding. The Magic outplayed the Cavs again in Game 3, winning, 99-89, to take a 2-1 series edge. The Cavs now need three wins in the next four games to reach The Finals. The Magic seem better equipped. … Unlike during the regular season and first two rounds of the playoffs when his teammates constantly rose to his aid, it is not happening against the Magic. Mo Williams, Delonte West and on Sunday Zydrunas Ilgauskas just aren’t delivering. With much less margin for error, the recipe isn’t working.” Brian Windhorst of the Plain Dealer said.

The Magic have shot down every Cavalier other than James.

For the Cavs to win tomorrow, they need to cut down on the sloppy play and cutdown the turnovers. Mo, Z, Delonte need to start hitting shots and need to get some production from the bench. If the Cavs can steal tomorrow’s game, then this will turn into a three game mini series, two games are played in Cleveland.

Chinese Investors have interests in the Cavaliers


The NBA has been encouraging investment in global market, in particular China. In this case, China is coming to the Cavaliers to get a piece of Lebron James.

According to multiple sources within the Cavs, franchise majority owner Dan Gilbert has a tentative agreement in place to allow a group of Chinese investors to purchase a significant stake in the Cavaliers Operating Company, Brian Windhorst reported.

The group is led by JianHua (Kenny) Huang, a Chinese businessman who has become successful by linking American and Chinese companies.

Huang attended game 1 and game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals and witnessed Lebron’s 3-point clutch shot to beat the Magic.

This deal could be vital to keeping Lebron by providing a huge tie-in with an economy James is eager to tap. At the same time, it might open the door to attracting other major stars to sign with the Cavaliers in free agency.

If the deal comes off, Chinese fans could start to feel a connection to James and it could expand his business interests by remaining with the Cavs past next season when his contract with the team expires.

According to reports, despite record-shattering revenue, including one of the most rewarding local television deals in the NBA despite being in the 17th-largest market — the Cavs are still believed to be losing millions. Their current owners are also heavily invested in industries that have suffered losses over the last two years.

LeBron’s Magic Leads Cleveland To 1-1 Series Tie with Orlando

LeBron James' 3-pointer at the buzzer lifted the Cavaliers to a 96-95 win, knotting the series at 1-1The Cleveland Cavaliers stormed out of the gate yet again as they often do at the Q last night looking to even the series and get the momentum back on their side, and they started early taking a 30-16 lead after only 1 quarter.

The crowd was jumping and it seemed the game 1 let down was well in the past and the Cavaliers that had simply steam-rolled thus far through the playoffs were back on track.

The Cavs had figured out how to contain Dwight Howard, they were putting him at the free throw line (4-8) rather than watching him tear the shot clock down with a thunderous dunk. LeBron James was taking it straight to the rim, as if he was not to be denied.

Sasha Pavlovic, after suggestion by LeBron James to coach Brown, was playing key minutes and delivering both defensively and offensively by putting down 9 points, which had already out numbered the entire Cavs game 1 bench production(5). At one point in the second quarter the roof of the Q was about to come off as the Cavaliers amassed a 43-20 lead.

Then slowly the Magic begin to hit one three, two threes and here they come and they had cut the lead down to only 12 by halftime. Then here it came, that  punch in the gut, that no pro sports championships since 1964 feeling began to arise.

The Magic’s 16  point comeback in game 1 left an eerie buzz in the air,and it was an almost scare of is the same thing going to happen. It only grew worse as the 3rd quarter progressed. The Magic won the 2nd consecutive 3rd quarter 26-21 (30-19 game 1) and by the start of the fourth the once 23 point Cavs lead was down to 7. I began to wonder myself what is happening here? Where are you Mo Williams (6-19 game 1, 7-21 game 2), this is the stage where you prove them wrong for waiting until after injuries to make you an All-Star.

The once ecstatic Q was becoming deadly silent, the fans were wishing the seconds off the clock as the Magic creeped closer and closer. Then with 48 seconds left in the game Hedo Turkoglu nailed a 3 pointer that tied the game at 93.

LeBron James answered with a strong drive to the basket with everyone thinking an And1 just occured but no James had been called for traveling. Then Hedo “MJT” Turkoglu hits a 12 foot jumper with 1.0 second left to put the Magic up 95-93.

It seemed that the Magic had done it, came to Cleveland (43-2)  and taken a dominant 2-0 lead heading back to their homecourt, when the basketball gods shined down on LeBron James.

With merely enough time for a catch and shoot, Mo Williams waited as LeBron made an inside cut to create a little space from Turkoglu, tossed him the ball at the top of the key, LeBron caught,turned, faded and IT’S GOOD!!!! LeBron James hit the 3 pointer as time expired to tie the series and possibly ressurected the Cavs momentum if not their season all together.

James finished the game with 35, William despite poor shooting had 19 including 8 in the 4th quarter. Zydrunas Ilgauskas and Delonte West both added 12.