Off Season

Cavaliers:  Owner Gilbert confident championship is coming

The Cavaliers are going to win a championship and LeBron James is going to be around to help them do it.   That was the message from owner Dan Gilbert, who held a conference call with local media members Tuesday afternoon.

Holdouts by Anderson Varejao and Sasha Pavlovic cost Cleveland Cavaliers in NBA playoffs

Cavaliers’ post-mortem, or who pulled the plug on the championship drive?

Settling for the No. 4 seed, instead of last year’s No. 2, was more traceable to forward Anderson Varejao and guard Sasha Pavlovic than to The Trade.

More than anything else, they compromised the regular season in two of the more nonsensical ways imaginable.

 

 

Open discussion, Cavaliers offseason to-do list

In a tough game 7 loss in Boston, Lebron James scored 45 points and we lost the game. The only other Cavalier in double figures was Delonte West with 15 points. The other starters, Szczerbiak had 0 points Ilgauskas had 8 and Wallace had 3 points.

Most people think the Cavaliers need to create some sort of shake up in this offseason if they expect to win a championship and retain LeBron after 2010 when he becomes a free agent.

Lebron for the first time hinted that we need personal changes, “I think what we have is very good. We need to continue to get better, we know that. if that means some personnel changes that needs to happen, then so be it, we know we need to get better.”

What do you think the Cavaliers need to do in the offseason to improve the team?

Win or Go Home, Game 7 in Boston

Now the series is down to one game. One team will go on to Eastern conference finals and the other team will go home. The Cavaliers in my opinion is the most experienced team. Our best player, Lebron along with Z, Sasha, and Anderson have been together in every  possible playoffs scenario.

Two years ago, the team went to game 7 in Detroit and lost. Last year, they made it all the way to Finals and this year, they are facing the best team in the NBA.

They played them hard in Boston and they had a chance to win game 1 and five. Now they have another chance to win or go home.

I would like to hear from you, do you think the Cavaliers have what it take to win game 7 in Boston?

Cavaliers Vs. Boston 3-3

Cavaliers force game 7

LeBron James had 32 points and 12 rebounds as the Cleveland Cavaliers forced a deciding Game Seven of the Eastern Conference semifinals by sinking the Boston Celtics, 74-69, on Friday night.

Allen needs a reappearing act – and fast

Disappear, that’s what a lot of people think Allen has done in this series, and in the playoffs. His lack of production, the Celtics’ inconsistent play on the road, and some classic home cooking from the officials contributed to the need for a Game 7 tomorrow at TD Banknorth Garden to decide who will play the Detroit Pistons in the Eastern Conference finals.

Big man Allred home at last with Cavs

“In terms of him as a player and a person, he’s off the charts,” said coach Mike Brown. “He’s exactly what we need right now. The reality of it is he’s our 14th or 15th guy, and if I could put in Webster’s what the definition of a 14th or 15th guy is, I’d just put Lance Allred and walk away.

 

Barkley to Pay $400,000 Gambling Debt

According to Ken Ritter of the AP Charles Barkley acknowledged he owes a $400,000 gambling debt to a Las Vegas Strip casino and promised Thursday to repay it after a prosecutor said the retired NBA star faced criminal charges. “My mistake,” Barkley said in an interview at a pro-am golf tournament in Hoover, Ala. “I’m not broke, and I’m going to take care of it.”

Barkley was responding to comments by Clark County District Attorney David Roger, who said prosecutors would file a criminal complaint if he did not pay the debt cited by the Wynn Las Vegas resort.

“He’ll have an opportunity like anybody else to make restitution to the hotel,” Roger said.

The casino alleged in a civil complaint filed Wednesday in a Nevada state court and first reported by the Las Vegas Sun that Barkley failed to repay four $100,000 casino markers, or loans, received last Oct. 18 and 19.

“To date, and despite repeated demands, Barkley has refused to repay the $400,000,” the complaint said.

In a radio interview with sports station WJOX in Birmingham, Ala., Barkley repeatedly blamed himself for letting the debt lapse.

He told radio interviewers and a reporter at the golf tournament that the debt stemmed from a wager on the 2008 Super Bowl. He did not explain why Wynn alleged the loans were made in October.

“I’ve been gambling 20 years. I’ve never had this happen before,” the 45-year-old Barkley told WJOX. “It’s my fault I let the time lapse. I screwed up.”

Barkley, now a basketball analyst for Turner Network Television, denied any personal financial problems, and said the casino didn’t call him before filing the complaint.

“All they had to do is call and say, ‘Hey, you owe us this money,'” he said.

A Wynn Las Vegas spokeswoman did not immediately respond to Barkley’s comments. A hotel official earlier declined comment on the court case, citing ongoing litigation.

Gibson out for two weeks

Daniel Gibson left the game in the fourth quarter Wednesday night in Boston vs. the Celtics with a left shoulder contusion. He received additional examinations Thursday at The Cleveland Clinic, including an MRI, which revealed a first degree left AC (acromioclavicular joint) separation. He is currently listed as Out for Friday night’s game vs. the Celtics at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland. He is expected to miss one to two weeks.

What did Gloria James say to Paul Pierce?

We all know what Lebron James told his mom when  Paul and Lebron stumbled out of bounds, near where Gloria James was seated. Gloria sprang into action and gave Pierce an earful, wagging her finger at him.

“I told her to sit down with some language I shouldn’t have used. Thank God today wasn’t Mother’s Day.

“Even though that’s my mother, the commissioner doesn’t care if it’s your mother or your kids or anybody. You can’t allow fans and players to get involved like that. And I can’t afford for my mom not to be at every last one of my games.”

So what did Gloria say to Paul Pierce?

“I really don’t know,” Pierce said. “She was just coming to her son; that’s how moms are when they see something happening to their kids. My mom probably would’ve done the same thing.”

“LeBron had her under control, though,” Pierce said.

News from the Q – Your Cleveland Cavaliers

Clear Channel/Cleveland and the Cleveland Cavaliers ink a Five-year contract

Clear Channel/Cleveland and the Cleveland Cavaliers ink a five-year contract extension to keep the NBA team on News WTAM-AM through the 2012-2013 season. 37-year play-by-play talent Joe Tait will continue as the “Voice of the Cavs,” and WTAM Sports Director Mike Snyder will host the pre-game, halftime and post-game shows.

 Commissioner wants to scale down noise, pyrotechnicsDavid Stern’s senses have been assaulted, and the commissioner feels it’s time to turn down the noise and scale back the pyrotechnics at NBA games.

 

Stern went on a rant Monday night prior to Game 4 of the Celtics-Cavaliers series when asked if the trend toward loud, fiery in-arena entertainment gimmicks had gotten out of hand.