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PBT Extra: The Cleveland Cavaliers are now on the clock

May 21, 2014, 5:12 PM EDT

For the third time in four years, the Cleveland Cavaliers have the top pick in the draft. After some dubious picks in recent years — hello Anthony Bennett! — new GM David Griffin is on the clock for the Cavaliers.

Kay Adams asks me what direction the Cavs should go and I have three words of advice for Griffin.

After that we talk about the draft night’s biggest loser — sorry Stan Van Gundy — and then we ask if the draft order changes the Kevin Love sweepstakes at all. It doesn’t because Love would not re-sign in Cleveland or the other top teams in the draft (and no, LeBron James is not coming to Cleveland either, that is fun speculation but is about as realistic as alien abduction stories, no matter how much ink some outlets give it, sorry).

  1. jzone954 - May 21, 2014 at 5:27 PM

    The fact that people believe and are running with Lebron returning to Cleveland is laughable.

    • duhwighthoward - May 21, 2014 at 6:13 PM

      No, it’s true. And Dwight Howard is coming back to Orlando too.

    • cantonbound13 - May 21, 2014 at 6:20 PM

      After he loses to the Pacers or Spurs, he’ll be looking for the next easy way to win a ring. Wade will be lucky to have 2 good years left & Bosh is softer than ever.

      • ss3walkman - May 21, 2014 at 7:22 PM

        Maybe, maybe not. But isn’t with Cleveland

    • antistratfordian - May 21, 2014 at 7:43 PM

      It should be laughable, but the problem is that LeBron does want to return to Cleveland eventually. His wildest dream is going back to Cleveland and brining that city a ring. It would probably be considered his greatest accomplishment and one of the most intriguing basketball stories… well, ever.

      Now, that doesn’t mean he wants to do it soon, but he has alluded to the possibility, so it’s on his mind. Because of this, Cleveland is always going to be in the mix whenever James’ contract status comes up, from now until he retires.

      • jkirby317 - May 22, 2014 at 11:22 AM

        that is a bunch of PR mumbo-jumbo for LeBron is open to ring-chasing… AGAIN. What a wonderful story?

      • antistratfordian - May 22, 2014 at 2:57 PM

        Going to the Cavs is not ring chasing. It’s pretty much the opposite of ring chasing.

      • jkirby317 - May 22, 2014 at 3:16 PM

        if he went to Cleveland they would have would have 4 #1 draft selections. LBJ, Kyrie Irving, Anthony Bennett, and whoever they draft this season.

      • antistratfordian - May 22, 2014 at 3:20 PM

        Cleveland isn’t anywhere close to being contenders, regardless of their picks. They’re not even a playoff team, let alone contenders.

        They would only turn into contenders when LeBron arrives. That’s not ring chasing.

      • jkirby317 - May 22, 2014 at 3:22 PM

        Staying put in Cleveland the first place would have not been ring chasing.
        Leaving Cleveland to go to Miami was for a ring.
        Leaving Miami to go anywhere would be ring chasing.
        That is the definition of the term.

      • antistratfordian - May 22, 2014 at 3:46 PM

        Not necessarily. LeBron left Cleveland because they’re a poorly run organization. He really had no choice. A lot of his critics wanted him to stay in Cleveland just so he can remain hamstrung by management.

        And it’s not like he went to the Lakers – who had just won two rings in a row by the end of 2010. He went to the Heat, who hadn’t even won a playoff series in several years before his arrival.

      • jkirby317 - May 22, 2014 at 3:58 PM

        no choice? I thought it was called “the decision.”

      • jkirby317 - May 22, 2014 at 3:59 PM

        They should have called it the “he really had no choice.”

      • antistratfordian - May 22, 2014 at 4:18 PM

        The decision was about which team he was going to play for – it wasn’t going to be Cleveland.

      • jkirby317 - May 22, 2014 at 4:27 PM

        Reggie Miller stayed his whole career with one team. That is a player worth being a fan for. Following LeBron like his shadow is not team sports. Have fun with your man crush though. I voted for it.

      • antistratfordian - May 22, 2014 at 4:36 PM

        Reggie Miller was too scared to leave the Pacers because he knew it would open his game up to criticism. He’d rather be insulated and coddled.

        When you put yourself out there and declare to the world “this franchise is holding me back” you open yourself up for scrutiny and everything you do will be picked apart. LeBron has survived that ultimate gauntlet. His game was picked apart and examined from every angle and he passed each test with flying colors.

        Reggie Miller didn’t want to have to deal with that. He was comfortable with being a loser.

      • jkirby317 - May 22, 2014 at 7:54 PM

        You would know what it takes to be comfortable as a loser. I guess that makes you uniquely qualified.

      • antistratfordian - May 22, 2014 at 4:42 PM

        Reggie Miller was afraid to leave the Pacers because it would open his game up to scrutiny. He preferred being coddled and insulated. He was comfortable with being a loser.

      • jkirby317 - May 22, 2014 at 4:50 PM

        Reggie Miller is the greatest clutch three-point shooter in NBA history. Are you like 12 years old or something? You should google Reggie Miller before responding.

      • antistratfordian - May 22, 2014 at 4:58 PM

        Meh. He played 18 years and couldn’t even make 2nd Team All-NBA. He was a great shooter and a fiery competitor – but not much else.

      • jkirby317 - May 22, 2014 at 5:03 PM

        clearly you don’t understand basketball.
        Reggie Miller is in the Hall of Fame buddy. Look him up kid.

      • antistratfordian - May 22, 2014 at 5:08 PM

        Reggie Miller doesn’t deserve to be in the hall of fame. He’s become incredibly overrated ever since that 30 for 30 documentary came out. Back in the late 80′s and 90′s he was never considered anything more than a 2nd tier shooting guard, at best. He had no defense and couldn’t do anything but run around screens and shoot jumpers.

        But there are a lot of undeserving players in the hall of fame – that’s why people want the NBA to create their own, with higher standards.

      • jkirby317 - May 22, 2014 at 5:12 PM

        I’ll bet you think that Chris Bosh deserves to be in this fictitious Hall of Fame.

      • jkirby317 - May 22, 2014 at 5:12 PM

        Reggie Miller is an obvious Hall of Fame player. He was exceptional.

      • antistratfordian - May 22, 2014 at 5:23 PM

        No, he wasn’t that exceptional. He was never one of the top two players at his position in any year of his career. I can’t support a player for the Hall who has only made three 3rd Team All-NBA selections and no All-Defensive selections in 18 years. That’s just not good enough.

      • jkirby317 - May 22, 2014 at 6:30 PM

        Looks like he got into the HOF without your support then.

      • antistratfordian - May 22, 2014 at 5:36 PM

        Reggie has no hardware, no awards, no trophies – he’s never won anything – he couldn’t even win a three point contest in 5 tries! The only accolades he has on his resume are three 3rd Team All-NBA selections and that he won Player of the Week three times.

        Whoop-de-do. Not good enough.

      • jkirby317 - May 22, 2014 at 6:31 PM

        Reggie Miller> EVERy heat player except LBJ

      • antistratfordian - May 22, 2014 at 7:02 PM

        lol. ok, crazy person.

      • jkirby317 - May 22, 2014 at 3:29 PM

        Wherever LeBron goes next season expect the Heat Bandwagon supporters to join them.

      • antistratfordian - May 22, 2014 at 3:49 PM

        LeBron has fans that travel with him. They are loyal to him. It is kind of like when all those Bulls fans became Wizards fans in 2001. Some players just inspire a different level of devotion from a fan.

      • jkirby317 - May 22, 2014 at 4:00 PM

        Fans that follow him exactly my point. The Heat do not have fans. Fans are forever.

      • antistratfordian - May 22, 2014 at 4:18 PM

        The Heat have fans, and LeBron has fans. Nothing unusual about that.

      • jkirby317 - May 22, 2014 at 4:29 PM

        Fan is short for fanatic. What is fanatical about following one player from team to team?
        What happens to the supporters when LBJ leaves? They no longer support the team do they?

      • antistratfordian - May 22, 2014 at 4:40 PM

        Those people are fanatical about Team LeBron.

      • jkirby317 - May 22, 2014 at 4:30 PM

        LeBron created a new type of bandwagon fans: BACKPACK fans.
        Just jump on his back and follow him from team to team.

      • antistratfordian - May 22, 2014 at 4:39 PM

        Well that’s the power of LeBron James. He is a one of a kind entertainer.

      • jkirby317 - May 22, 2014 at 4:48 PM

        Sports Entertainer? I like my athletes to be athletes and at least pretend to care about the city on the front of the jersey.

      • antistratfordian - May 22, 2014 at 4:57 PM

        LeBron gave everything he had to Cleveland for 7 years. He extended with Cleveland after his rookie contract was up. But Cleveland didn’t hold up their end of the bargain and LeBron is too smart to willingly stay in purgatory forever.

      • jkirby317 - May 22, 2014 at 4:00 PM

        LeBron just has people that downloaded his app

  2. cantonbound13 - May 21, 2014 at 6:22 PM

    Hey Cleveland, want LeBron back? Open a Biogenisis in Akron.

    • sportsfan18 - May 21, 2014 at 7:42 PM

      And people say I need new material on here…

      At least when I talk about MeHog – MeBrick I have real, verifiable stats to back up what I say with respect to him being a ball hogging, inefficient volume shooter…

      • cantonbound13 - May 21, 2014 at 8:07 PM

        And you are?

      • jimeejohnson - May 22, 2014 at 4:47 PM

        leahcima1 – May 13, 2014 at 9:47 PM
        This fool, cantonjerk0, sucked you in like he sucks in others. He has to find something that will get people to look at him and somewhere along the line he found that if he attacked Lebron that he’d get attention. Cantonjerk0 knows less about basketball than anyone whoever wrote on this blog, but more about anyone about drawing attention to himself. He’s a loser who can’t stand himself so he hides behind his own stupidity. I actually feel sorry for him. Can you imagine living in his skin and having to look in the mirror and face what a jerk you are?”

        BEST COMMENT EVER!

    • jkirby317 - May 22, 2014 at 11:20 AM

      BINGO

  3. phillysports1 - May 21, 2014 at 6:55 PM

    They must draft Embiid.

  4. fanofthegame79 - May 21, 2014 at 8:06 PM

    Wiggins has a lot of upside, but if the Cavs intend on keeping Irving, they need someone who can play off the ball, like Embiid or Parker.

    • fanofthegame79 - May 21, 2014 at 8:07 PM

      The caveat with Embiid being his back. I’ll be very interested to see what, if any, news comes out of his team interviews and physicals.

  5. wilmyers09 - May 21, 2014 at 8:47 PM

    guys stop with lebron back to cavs junk he is staying with heat until he retires

    • jkirby317 - May 22, 2014 at 11:23 AM

      he will leave Miami at the end of the summer.

    • jimeejohnson - May 22, 2014 at 4:49 PM

      He might leave paradise to live in the Sh-tzone: New Yawk!

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