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Is LeBron the best NBA player EVER? Maybe!

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NOTE: NOTE: On NNR Samantha Bunten of NBC Sports and I talked about game 1 of the NBA finals.

The Cavs’ “big 3” has turned into LeBron James and a bunch of “guys.” The injury to Kyrie Irving was a serious blow to the title hopes of the team but was not unexpected by Cavs fans. Despite a world of talent, there is an injury history that makes fans wonder when and not if Irving will be gone for the season.

Irving played a hand full of games at his only season at Duke before being hurt. In his rookie year he played in only 51 games due to injuries. In his second year he got into 59 games again due to injury. So his injuries in the 2014-15 season were not a shock to us. Nor was the injury to C Anderson Varejao who went down again this season. Andy has been healthy in only 2 of his 11 seasons with the Cavs.

Now James faces a very high scoring Warriors team with what is left on the roster. Paying the big 3 limited the amount of money that the Cavs had to provide a solid bench. Bench scoring has been erratic at best this season. Now without both Kevin Love and Irving, it becomes much more important.

Timofey Mozgov scored above his average in Game 1. While Tristan Thompson had 15 rebounds, he needs to score more than 2 points to give the team any chance of winning. In addition, J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert have to score more and do a better job of shot selection.

But that brings us back to the question—Is LeBron James the best player ever in the NBA? If he can over come the injuries the team has sustained this year he will have accomplished something that few super star players in the league have—to lead 2 different franchises to titles. And if LeBron can lead the Cavs to a title given these injuries, he deserves that honor.

That is what I think. Tell us what you think by commenting here or tweeting me @NNRonDSN.

NOTE: News, Notes and Rumors podcast are BACK. Check out our thoughts on Fridays about the games coming up and Monday on the results of the weekend. My co-host is Samantha Bunten of NBC Sports. Podcasts can be heard on http://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/. Thanks for your support.

Bill Smith is a former coach of several semi-pro teams, has officiated both football and basketball, done color on radio for college football and basketball and has scouted talent. He edits http://fryingpansports.com. He has also published several novels on and a non-fiction work at http://www.merriam-press.com/. Follow him on twitter @NNRonDSN to get the schedule of Special News, Notes and Rumors broadcasts. You can hear the previous shows on http://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/.

He also edits http://fryingpanpolitics.org/.

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  • Published: May 26th, 2015
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Has anyone seen this man?

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NOTE: On NNR Samantha Bunten of NBC Sports and I analyzed the depth chart of the Browns. There will be no shows until Thursday the 28th. Paul Banks of the Washington Times will be my guest to talk Browns and Cavs. On the 29th Samantha and I will talk about which teams have done the best and the worst with both Free Agency and the draft.

I fully expect to see the picture of Kevin Love on milk cartons soon. He has not been on the bench watching his team struggle to a 3-0 advantage over the Hawks. We assume he has been busy rehabbing the injury.

However, his absence says a lot about the chances he will stay with the Cavs or move on. If he can not be bothered to watch the team try to win him a ring what chance is there that if he gets one he will resign with the Cavs? The answer is clearly not much of a chance we will see him in a Cavs uniform next year.

There are 3 critical questions we have to ask here. First, is there a better chance Love returns if the team wins a ring or if they don’t? I suspect that if he gets a ring he is gone next season. If the Cavs fall short, he could see the team as his best route to a ring in the near future.

Next, will the relationship between Love and LeBron James improve to the point he wants to stay or will be another incentive for him to leave? While we have not heard much recently (in part because Love has been absent) the relationship between two of the “big 3” will be a major factor in Love’s decision.

Last, what will ownership think of a GM that spent 2 #1 picks plus a 1st round pick in 2015 to “rent” Love for 1 year? While Anthony Bennett still looks like a bust, Andrew Wiggins looks like a quality player. General Manager David Griffin could well be on the hot seat. No question that Griffin did a great job getting J.R. Smith and some of the other parts of the team. But some say Griffin gave too much for C Timofey Mozgov (2 first round picks). If Love leaves, Griffin could be in serious trouble.

That is what I think. Tell us what you think by commenting here or tweeting me @NNRonDSN.

NOTE: News, Notes and Rumors podcast are BACK. Check out our thoughts on Fridays about the games coming up and Monday on the results of the weekend. My co-host is Samantha Bunten of NBC Sports. Podcasts can be heard on http://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/. Thanks for your support.

Bill Smith is a former coach of several semi-pro teams, has officiated both football and basketball, done color on radio for college football and basketball and has scouted talent. He edits http://fryingpansports.com. He has also published several novels on and a non-fiction work at http://www.merriam-press.com/. Follow him on twitter @NNRonDSN to get the schedule of Special News, Notes and Rumors broadcasts. You can hear the previous shows on http://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/.

He also edits http://fryingpanpolitics.org/.

To keep up with the News, Notes & Rumors podcasts, follow me on twitter @NNRonDSN.

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  • Published: May 23rd, 2015
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It is snowing in HotLanta!

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NOTE: On NNR Samantha Bunten of NBC Sports and I analyzed the depth chart of the Browns. There will be no shows until Friday the 29th. Have a great Memorial Day and thanks for listening.

While Pres. Obama in concerned about Global Warming, things could not get any colder in Atlanta. No, it is not the weather. It is the Cavs defense that has put the Hawks in cold storage.

Without 2 of the “Big 3” the Cavs on the back of LeBron James totally controlled the Hawks in game 2. James looked like Superman flying through the air and the Hawk defense.

The Hawks look disorganized and confused. They struggle to defend the Cavs and fail to make switches when needed. On offense they couldn’t throw the ball into the Grand Canyon hanging off the edge of it.

This time Cavs didn’t suffer a letdown. They built a lead and held it for the most part. The Hawks were one of the best 3 point shooting teams in the regular season. But they are finding out that the playoffs are a totally different game. They are 10 for 49 in this series behind the 3 point line.

The most interesting factor in last night’s win by the Cavs was the Hawk shooters felt pressure even when they were open. That is what good defense does. The Cavs got in the heads of the Hawk shooters making them take bad or ill advised shots.

The Cavs bench is not deep but it seems like someone steps up to make a difference. Given the injuries the Cavs have suffered, that will have to continue. Tristan Thompson has filled in for Kevin Love and has been brilliant. He has provided the rebounding the Cavs needed and some terrific blocks as well. In game 1 it was J.R. Smith that provided 28 points including 8 of 12 3’s. Iman Shumpert played solid defense and scored 16 in game 2 filling in for Kyrie Irving. Matthew Dellavedova came through for the Cavs in game 2 with 11 points and 6 rebounds. James Jones added 9 points and 2 steals in the game as well.

The Hawks look done. Their biggest problem is they don’t have a “go-to star.” Without a top guy, the Hawks struggle in the half court game the playoffs have become. They have dug a huge hole in their playoff chances and they seem to want to keep digging. The Cavs need to put the Hawks away in 4 games to give their walking wounded time to heal.

That is what I think. Tell us what you think by commenting here or tweeting me @NNRonDSN.

NOTE: News, Notes and Rumors podcast are BACK. Check out our thoughts on Fridays about the games coming up and Monday on the results of the weekend. My co-host is Samantha Bunten of NBC Sports. Podcasts can be heard on http://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/. Thanks for your support.

Bill Smith is a former coach of several semi-pro teams, has officiated both football and basketball, done color on radio for college football and basketball and has scouted talent. He edits http://fryingpansports.com. He has also published several novels on and a non-fiction work at http://www.merriam-press.com/. Follow him on twitter @NNRonDSN to get the schedule of Special News, Notes and Rumors broadcasts. You can hear the previous shows on http://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/.

He also edits http://fryingpanpolitics.org/.

To keep up with the News, Notes & Rumors podcasts, follow me on twitter @NNRonDSN.

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  • Published: May 20th, 2015
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The Key for the Cavs will be shot selection.

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NOTE: On NNR Samantha Bunten of NBC Sports and I analyzed the depth chart of the Browns. There will be no shows until Friday the 29th. Have a great Memorial Day and thanks for listening.

The Cavs are playing better defense than at any time during the regular season. That part of the game will be fine. The question is will the Cavs continue to attack the basket or settle for jump shots and bad 3 pointers?

If they take good shots and move the ball around they will beat the Hawks. If they take long jumpers and fail to attack the basket, they will go down and go down hard.

It is just that simple. They have to use their heads and not take bad shots. Bad shots lead to defensive rebounds and fast breaks for the opponents. That will lead to losses for the Cavs and an exit from the playoffs. Let’s hope they use their heads.

That is what I think. Tell us what you think by commenting here or tweeting me @NNRonDSN.

NOTE: News, Notes and Rumors podcast are BACK. Check out our thoughts on Fridays about the games coming up and Monday on the results of the weekend. My co-host is Samantha Bunten of NBC Sports. Podcasts can be heard on http://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/. Thanks for your support.

Bill Smith is a former coach of several semi-pro teams, has officiated both football and basketball, done color on radio for college football and basketball and has scouted talent. He edits http://fryingpansports.com. He has also published several novels on and a non-fiction work at http://www.merriam-press.com/. Follow him on twitter @NNRonDSN to get the schedule of Special News, Notes and Rumors broadcasts. You can hear the previous shows on http://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/.

He also edits http://fryingpanpolitics.org/.

To keep up with the News, Notes & Rumors podcasts, follow me on twitter @NNRonDSN.

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Note: On NNR today Kelron Sykes College Football Insider & I discussed the NFL & our favorite defensive values in the 2015 NFL Draft. The podcast will be up on http://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/ after 8 tonight.

The Cavs lost but gave the NBA Champion Spurs all they wanted and more last night. The difference was the familiarity between the players on the floor. For the most part the Spurs have been together since 1900 (OK not quite that long) while the Cavs were playing just their 10th game together. Even so the Cavs were just 1 TO from winning the game.

The strength of the Spurs is their knowledge of what every player will do in each situation. That is why they have so few turnovers. It is also what allows their ball movement.

The Cavs are on the shake down cruise portion of the schedule. Add to the new teammates the fact that both the coach and the systems on both ends of the floor are new and the early season is bound to have ups and downs. The Cavs need to work hardest on the defensive end of the floor keeping the guards out of the lane and protecting the rim better. That will come. The Cavs will only get better and the Spurs will only get older.

In the mean time just enjoy three of the best players in the world on the Cavs. This year there will be no discussion of the NBA 2015 Draft in mid December as has been the case since LeBron James left the team. There will be talk of playoffs in the late spring. That will be a pleasant change for all of the Cavs fans. So   R E L A X          A N D    E N J O Y.

That is what I think. Tell us what you think by commenting here or tweeting me @NNRonDSN.

NOTE: News, Notes and Rumors podcast are BACK. Check out our thoughts on Fridays about the games coming up and Monday on the results of the weekend. My co-host is Samantha Bunten of NBC Sports. Podcasts can be heard on http://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/. Thanks for your support.

Bill Smith is a former coach of several semi-pro teams, has officiated both football and basketball, done color on radio for college football and basketball and has scouted talent. He edits http://fryingpansports.com. He has also published several novels on and a non-fiction work at http://www.merriam-press.com/. Follow him on twitter @NNRonDSN to get the schedule of Special News, Notes and Rumors broadcasts. You can hear the previous shows on http://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/.

He also edits http://fryingpanpolitics.org/.

To keep up with the News, Notes & Rumors podcasts, follow me on twitter @NNRonDSN.

 

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LeBron to Cavs fans: R E L A X

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Note: On NNR today David Kay of thesportsbank and walterfootball & I discussed the Cavs and NBA in detail. The podcast is on http://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/.

David agreed that despite the slow start, the Cavs will be just fine. That is not to say that the team is without issues. However, Coach Blatt and the Cavs will work out the rolls of each player.

To begin with SG Dion Waiters needs to buy into his job as primary scorer off the bench. He has been the 2nd option with the Cavs but now is the 6th man. With the addition of Kevin Love, PF Tristan Thompson has to adjust to being on the bench at the start of the game as well. While he seems to get it Waiters seems to be resisting the idea.

There are other issues as well. One that will not be solved any time soon is the lack of a true big man at C. The Cavs brought in Brendan Haywood but so far that has not solved the problem. A second issue has been the 2nd unit’s inability to maintain the leads that the starters created. That should lessen over time as the rolls of the 2nd unit become more defined. If the unit is not able to correct the problem there will be changes on the roster.

But the Cavs will make the playoffs and likely be in the Eastern Conference finals. And I would not pick anyone in the league to carry the team to the finals more than LeBron James.

That is what I think. Tell us what you think by commenting here or tweeting me @NNRonDSN.

NOTE: News, Notes and Rumors podcast are BACK. Check out our thoughts on Fridays about the games coming up and Monday on the results of the weekend. My co-host is Samantha Bunten of NBC Sports. Podcasts can be heard on http://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/. Thanks for your support.

Bill Smith is a former coach of several semi-pro teams, has officiated both football and basketball, done color on radio for college football and basketball and has scouted talent. He edits http://fryingpansports.com. He has also published several novels on and a non-fiction work at http://www.merriam-press.com/. Follow him on twitter @NNRonDSN to get the schedule of Special News, Notes and Rumors broadcasts. You can hear the previous shows on http://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/.

He also edits http://fryingpanpolitics.org/.

To keep up with the News, Notes & Rumors podcasts, follow me on twitter @NNRonDSN.

 

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