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Cavs Should Take Derrick Williams No. 1 in NBA Draft, Not Kyrie Irving

Convention says the Cleveland Cavaliers should take point guard Kyrie Irving with the No. 1 pick in the NBA draft. Irving’s the safe pick, the “smart” choice, the guy who won’t send Cavs fans into the depths of agony again with a Decision-like defection. He’s the rebound girl.

He may not be “the one,” but at least he won’t break your heart.

The scouting report on Duke’s finest ranges from “above average NBA point guard” to “a one-car garage version of Chris Paul.” He’s the anti-LeBron James, a humble “sir” mumbler from a structured background and a pedigree school. He can run an offense and shoot the ball, but he won’t blow you away with his physical tools or his athleticism.

Having just had a long-term relationship go horribly wrong, a LeBron-type is exactly the type Cleveland is trying to avoid. They’re shell shocked. When LBJ took his talents to South Beach, it scarred them. Now they’d rather go with a “sure thing” than be challenged.

They don’t want to get hurt again.

Unfortunately, this is a mindset that’s leading them away from Derrick Williams, the most talented player in the draft and arguably its only true impact player. And that’s bad news because playing it safe never got anybody anywhere in the NBA. Just look at how the 2006 draft worked out for Toronto. Andrea Bargnani’s a good player, but he’s never going to lead the Raptors anywhere significant.

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Ron Artest: Mike Brown Took LeBron James and Bunch of Old Ladies to Finals

Ron Artest supports the Lakers coaching hire of Mike Brown, his former coach in Indiana. Though Artest is disappointed that the players made it tough for Brian Shaw to be considered for the job because they fell apart in the playoffs, he thinks Mike Brown is a good coach. And he expressed his support in a way only Ron Artest can.

During an interview with Mason & Ireland on 710 KSPN in Los Angeles to talk about his hilarious prank by Jimmy Kimmel (watch the video here), Artest shared his thoughts on the Mike Brown hiring.

“I think it’s good,” Artest said. “Mike Brown is a guy who got LeBron and the Cleveland Cavaliers to the championship with just LeBron and a bunch of old ladies in canes. I don’t know how he did that, I don’t know how he did that, but he’s a great coach — I played for him in Indiana. He was a great defensive mind. Rick Carlisle did all of the offense, and Mike Brown did all of the defense.”

If you can get past the hilarious insult of the rest of the ’07 Cavaliers, Artest has some serious confidence in Brown. He also said that if he were more mature back in Indiana the team could have won some titles. Ron Ron also says he’s picking the Heat to win the Finals despite being down 3-2.

You look at his comments about the Cavs being a bunch of old ladies with canes and it’s no wonder he won a sportsmanship award this year. I’m also sure Larry Hughes, Damon Jones, Drew Gooden, and some of the other players from that squad will have some words for Ron next time they see him.

Nick Gilbert Earns Street Cred with ‘Gang Sign’ After Cavs Win NBA Draft Lottery

The Cleveland Cavaliers decided to have Nick Gilbert represent them at the NBA draft lottery Tuesday night. Nick is the son of Cavs owner Dan Gilbert, and the 14-year-old was born with a nerve disorder that causes tumors to grow anywhere in the body at any time. Not only did Nick raise awareness for Neurofibromatosis with his appearance, but he also won the hearts of viewers with his charisma. Oh yeah, he also picked up some nice street credit by throwing up what some people interpreted to be a gang sign.

For instance, Wizards center JaVale Mcgee, tweeting under his alter-ego of “Pierre,wrote on twitter “He just thru up gang signs for the number 1 pick…. Dan Gilbert son a gangsta.”

Like I said, kid picked up some serious street cred with his appearance. Oh yeah, he also helped the Cavs (with his good luck?) get the #1 and #4 pick in the draft. The top pick came from the Clippers in the Baron Davis trade and it only had a 2.8% chance of winning. It’s OK, the Cavs will find a way to screw it up. If not because of their bad moves, but because the pick is partially cursed because of its ties to the Clippers.

Picture courtesy of Jose 3030 on twitter who is a must follow if you already aren’t.

LeBron James’ Entourage Turned Away by Cleveland Cavaliers Security

The hate Clevelanders (or specifically Cavs owner Dan Gilbert) still harbor towards LeBron James is beyond unhealthy and is borderline disturbing obsession. After LeBron left for Miami in free agency, the Cavs owner ripped him in an open letter to the fans. Then when the Heat and Cavs played in Cleveland for the first time in December, the hate from the fans was evident in their posters, but the worst action was putting LeBron bobbleheads in the urinals.

No surprise, the petulant Dan Gilbert broke out a petty move on Tuesday. ESPN’s Brian Windhorst reports that “James was delayed in getting into the arena for the Miami Heat’s shootaround Tuesday morning when he arrived with a driver and a second car at the entrance of the Cleveland Cavaliers’ underground parking garage. Cavs spokesman Tad Carper said visiting NBA players are not normally given private car access to the underground garage, but exceptions are made when requests are made in advance.”

OK, so they’re standing behind the “they weren’t authorized line” which sounds fine to the public but we all know was an intended shot at LeBron. It’s petty, but it’s funny. The sad thing is this is all the Cavs have to hold over LeBron at this point, unless that is they can actually get revenge on the court. Un. Likely.

LeBron Thinks Cavs-Wizards Game Should Be on National Television

LeBron James may think karma is a b**** when it comes to his former team, but that doesn’t mean he is afraid to give them a little plug every now and then.  Since we tend to be extremely critical of LeBron here on LBS, I’ll let you be the judge of whether or not King James was being sincere with his latest comments about the Cavs losing streak.

As we all know, the Cavaliers are amidst the worst losing streak in NBA history, having lost 25 straight.  On Sunday, they will take on the Washington Wizards.  What makes this match-up particularly special is that the Wizards are on quite a humiliating run themselves — they have yet to win a road game.  Washington is a perfect 0-25 on the road this season, and with two home games to play before Sunday that record is going to remain in tact.  The Cavs have two games of their own before the Battle of the Bums, so it’s possible their streak will be snapped by then.

If the Cavs run their streak to 27 straight losses, LeBron thinks the game should be nationally televised. “I think that should be a nationally televised game right there, honestly,” LeBron said. “Something has to give in that game.”  Ya think?

Something certainly does have to give if the Cavs lose their next two games.  There are no ties in basketball.  Either the Cavaliers will snap their losing streak or the Wizards will win a game on the road.  The question is does LeBron really think that is something worth televising, or is he patronizing two horrendous basketball teams?  You be the judge.

Cleveland Cavs Losing Streak Puts Bullseye on Their Back

We knew that when LeBron James took his talents to South Beach he would leave the Cleveland Cavaliers in bad shape.  Nobody could have predicted it would be this bad.  The losing streak has now been pushed to 25 games.  One of the 25 was a humiliating 55-point loss that LeBron particularly enjoyed.  Cleveland continues to build upon the longest losing streak in NBA history, and there’s no telling when the embarrassment will stop.

When teams get ready to play the likes of Boston, Los Angeles, Orlando, San Antonio, and Miami, they do their best to bring their A-game.  Unfortunately, the same can be said for Cleveland at the moment.  It’s hard enough being a horrendous basketball team.  It’s even harder when teams are desperate to win every time they face you.

No team wants to be the one that’s talked about all over Sportscenter for snapping the Cavs streak.  Cleveland might as well be the defending NBA champs at this point.  Who would have thought that was possible with an 8-44 record?  The fact of the matter is If you’re a competitive person, you’d hate losing to the bottom of the barrel.  The Cavs have as big a bullseye on their back as the best teams in the league.

With upcoming games against the Pistons, Clippers, and Wizards, it wouldn’t be unfathomable for the Cavs to snap the skid.  The problem is they need to catch some team on an off day, and even the teams that aren’t motivated would hate losing to a squad that hasn’t won since before Christmas. 

Best of luck, Cleveland.

Cleveland Cavaliers’ 25-Game Losing Streak Inspires Brilliant Twitter Hashtag

The Cleveland Cavaliers’ futility has reached a new low: they set an NBA record with their 25th straight loss Monday night against the Mavericks. They actually played the hot Mavericks closely and had a chance to tie the game with a three at the end, but they were unable to hoist one up — helpless to the end.

The Cavs have lost four games in February, all 16 games they played in January, and 14 out of 15 games in December. They’ve been defeated in 35 of their last 36 games. 35 of 36! You might as well add an appendage to the saying “The only certainties in life are death, taxes, and that the Cavaliers will lose” because that’s a freaking guarantee.

Think about this: it’s February 8th, and the last time the Cavs won was December 18th at home against the Knicks. How pathetic is that?

It’s been so long since they’ve won, a brilliant hashtag on twitter was created called “#lasttimethecavswon.” LBS’ contribution to the tag (follow us on twitter!) was “lasttimethecavswon Dan Patrick and Keith Olbermann called their highlights on SportsCenter.”

There has been much better work done by the masses. Here’s a sampling:

“#LastTimeTheCavsWon We only had VHS and Blockbuster” by PoeticTruth89

“#lasttimethecavswon Delonte West & Mrs. James was on their 1st date at McDonalds” by thegame

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