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Cleveland Cavs Hire Homeless Ex-Radio Announcer Ted Williams

Social media technology has the rare feature of being able to both destroy and resurrect lives.  If you’re Tiger Woods, a few inappropriate text messages can tarnish your image permanently.  If you’re Ted Williams from Ohio, cell phone video cameras and a website like YouTube can potentially save your life.

The Cleveland Cavaliers recently hired Williams after a video of his radio voice that was posted on the Columbus Dispatch’s website went viral.  Check out the Ted Williams radio voice video:

There’s no arguing that Williams’ voice is destined for public airwaves. After the video drew a few million views, it became obvious that this homeless man’s voice would be completely wasted if he had to continue to using it in hopes of making a few dollars for a meal. There have been plenty of inquiries and the Cavs made a job offer on Wednesday. It’s unknown if Williams accepted the offer, but he’s definitely going to be able to get himself off the streets and begin a new career.

I never thought a homeless man could top the “ninjas kidnapped my kids so I need money for karate lessons” guy I once came across in Baltimore, but Williams has done it.

Cavaliers Fans Shouldn’t Get Too Excited About Beating Celtics

Call me a hater, I was one of the people saying the Cleveland Cavaliers would be a 30-win team nowhere near a playoff berth without LeBron James. Call the Cavs fans stubborn, they packed the Q for their season opener on Wednesday night. The fans were rewarded with a 95-87 home win and can already claim one advantage over LeBron — a win over Boston. The 1-0 start is nice and all, but it’s no reason for Cavs fans to get excited.

Forward J.J. Hickson was Cleveland’s go-to player scoring 21 points on 8-11 shooting in 30 minutes. His performance Wednesday night makes one wonder why the only place we could locate Hickson last year in the playoffs was the back of a milk carton, but that’s a question for Mike Brown, not Byron Scott. So if this group of no-names in the starting lineup proved what’s on the front of the jersey matters more on the back, why not get excited?

Because games early in the season are all about meaning.

This game meant a heck of a lot less for Boston than it did for Cleveland. The Cavs were playing their season and home opener, in front of a packed house, and they were eager to prove they didn’t need LeBron. Boston on the other hand was coming off a playoff-like win in their season opener against the Miami Heat. The environment was similar to an NBA Finals game, and it was the season debut for both teams. They traveled from Boston to Cleveland on back-to-backs and put less effort into the game. Take it to Boston and give the Celtics full rest and things will be much different.

As for the Cavs, I did underestimate them. They may be closer to a 35 win team rather than the 30 win team I projected. Either way, you’re not reaching the post-season, Cleveland. Sorry.

Cavs Continue to Move on From LeBron

Maybe the Cleveland Cavaliers planned on coming out with new jerseys whether LeBron James stayed or not.  Maybe they didn’t.  If Dan Gilbert’s letter to the fans is any indication, the Cavs are looking to get past the King James era any way they can.  The Cavs new jerseys are probably a good idea anyway, since the old jerseys could all be burned by now.

The new design could also be a way to generate more revenue now that LeBron has left.  The Cavs still have to find a way to sell jerseys without their star, and there’s no better way to do that than making last year’s uniforms old news.  Whatever the case, I like the look of them.  A lot of teams are going back to a more retro design and I think these are an improvement over the old Cleveland jerseys.

Have a look at the new Cleveland Cavaliers uniforms [Ball Don't Lie]

Cleveland Paper Has Bitter Front Page

The news of  Lebron James’ decision to leave the Cleveland Cavaliers and head for the Miami Heat is still fresh in the minds of every sports fan–especially if you live in Cleveland. The front page of the Cleveland Plain Dealer on Friday morning shows just how bitter the fans and people of Cleveland are about James’ decision.

Pay close attention to the little arrow pointing to James’ hand. I don’t blame the people of Cleveland for being bitter, although Dan Gilbert could have handled it a little better. One of the best things about their city just decided to publicly humiliate them and leave for sunny South Beach. Of course they’re upset. Check out the cover of the Cleveland Plain Dealer the day LeBron announced he was leaving:

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Tom Izzo Is Making the Right Decision by Not Speaking

Tom Izzo, the current basketball coach at Michigan State, is keeping his mouth shut when it comes to potentially the biggest decision of his career. Izzo is reported to be the candidate that the Cleveland Cavaliers are most interested in to fill their head coach vacancy.

Izzo was asked by a boy at a basketball camp on Monday whether he had decided on his future. He replied by saying that it was a “bad question” and refused to give any insight on his decision to his campers.

I think Izzo is making the right move in not speaking about his future plans. Whether he has or hasn’t made up his mind on accepting the job, he is beloved by the students at Michigan State and he should approach the situation with a little more sensitivity than to just answer a reporter’s question if he is to leave the school.

Izzo has a big decision on his hands. He could accept the Cavs position and double his salary to $6 million, but he’ll want to know LeBron’s free agency decision first. If LeBron stays, he would be coaching one of the greatest, if not the greatest player in the league right now. But Izzo has been coached at Michigan State since 1993 and his loyalties may lie with the students who respect and adore him so much.

It’s hard to predict what Izzo will do with out knowing what King James plans on doing. But here’s what I think: LeBron will stay in Cleveland and Izzo will decide that he’s ready for the NBA and announce his acceptance of the position with the Cavs. I’m not a mind reader though, ladies and gentlemen, so don’t go run and bet your buddies based on my thoughts. But if I had an opportunity to coach The King, I just don’t think I could pass it up.

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Izzo won’t answer camper’s query [ESPN]

Danny Ferry Joins Mike Brown Among Nation’s Unemployed

“Would somebody please do something to sign Lebron James?” seems to be the general consensus around NBA front offices this summer. Knowing that change is a necessity for the Cleveland Cavaliers to hold onto their six-time NBA All-Star, the Cavs’ ownership followed up the firing of Mike Brown as head coach with the announcement that they will not maintain Danny Ferry as general manager, opting instead to promote assistant GM Chris Grant to the top executive position. Rumors had been circulating about this move for some time, and the decision became official on the Cavaliers website today with this statement from majority owner Dan Gilbert:

“For five years, Danny Ferry was instrumental in leading the establishment of a culture, process and professionalism that has become part of the fabric of the definition of ‘who’ are the Cleveland Cavaliers. Danny worked extremely hard to create this strong foundation that we will continue to build upon going forward with much gratitude and appreciation. This solid foundation is evident by the natural and clear choice to choose his close associate, Chris Grant, whom Danny worked in partnership with for his entire five years leading the Cavaliers front office, to succeed Danny as the Cleveland Cavaliers new general manager.”

In other words, “See you later Danny, LeBron’s in charge.” Of course, it was abundantly clear that King James was not returning to Cleveland without a new coach and a new general manager, making this a major move in the LeBron summer sweepstakes. Only time will tell if these practical management decisions will be able to compete with the care package of cards, gifts, and signs that Moishe’s moving company is organizing to support New York’s bid for LeBron.

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Danny Ferry Resigns as Cleveland Cavaliers General Manger [NBA Fanhouse]

Cavs Coaching Job Is a Dead End

The Cavs finally made the news we knew two weeks ago official on Sunday night: they fired coach Mike Brown, as reported by Ric Bucher. The Cavs fell short of their goal of winning a title in back-to-back years (they had the top regular season record each year) so I don’t disagree with the move. I don’t think Mike Brown is a bad coach but I do think they can do better. With the Cavs giving Brown the ax, the job becomes available and has a false appeal because the Cavs are thought to be in the running to re-sign LeBron James. I’m entirely convinced that LeBron will leave Cleveland making their head coaching job a dead end.

Without LeBron James, the Cavs will merely be a collection of semi-talented players without a leader and without direction. Take LeBron away from the team and your best players are probably Antawn Jamison and Mo Williams. Jamison couldn’t keep up with Kevin Garnett in the playoffs and Williams was embarrassed by Rajon Rondo and Ray Allen. Neither player is particularly good defensively despite having plus scoring abilities. Furthermore, the last time either player was a team’s top option, their squads were some of the worst in the league (Washington for Jamison, Milwaukee for Mo). The harsh reality is that LeBron James’ brilliance brought out the best in his teammates, gave them open shots, and turned them into winners. Without LeBron there, we’ll end up seeing how average the rest of the team is.

When the Cavs lose LeBron James, they’ll lose their only star player. As if losing LeBron isn’t bad enough, they traded away both of their picks to get Jamison and Shaq, so they won’t even have a chance to improve themselves in the draft. Unless the Cavs completely tank next season and get a top five pick in the lottery, they really won’t have any hope of being good. The Cavs completely mortgaged their future for a chance to win the title while they had LeBron. They lost early in the playoffs twice in a row and all they’ll have to show for it is a collection of decent players. It’s going to be another long decade of dullness in Cleveland for the Cavaliers. They better pray another number one pick comes their way via the lottery. The only problem is the player they get won’t be nearly as good as LeBron James.

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Source: Cavs coach Brown fired [Ric Bucher/ESPN]