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LeBron James has put serious pressure on the Timberwolves.

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Monday we will discuss the return of LeBron James and all the ramifications of that move with David Kay of walterfootball.com 6PM EDT on News, Notes & Rumors on or https://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/.

First let me say I am delighted that LeBron James, the best basketball player on earth, is coming back to the Cavs in the prime of his career. Now there is pressure on Pat Riley and the Heat. But LeBron also put serious pressure on the Timberwolves.

Decision 2 has eliminated nearly all the possible trade options for the Timberkitties’ only asset—Kevin Love. It has also prevented any chance of a sign and trade with anyone other than the Cavs. Love wants to win a title and he has 0 chance to get that in Minnesota. He will only go to Cleveland. He will not sign an extension with any other team even if he is traded.

Without a chance of an extension, Love’s value in a trade is badly reduced. No team will give up something like Andrew Wiggins for a rental player. So expect the Cavs to try to make a deal now and if it does not succeed at the trade deadline as well. It is in the best interest of both the Cavs and Timberkitties to work out a deal before the season. The Cavs need the cap space to bring in Love and the Timberkitties need to get something for a guy that will walk away at the end of the season.

With LeBron on the roster, the Timberkitties realize that the Cavs can recruit a lot of free agents at a discount. The price that I see them willing to accept would be SG Dion Waiters, PF Tristan Thompson,

and perhaps SF Anthony Bennett plus a couple of 1st round picks. That is a deal the Cavs should jump on.

The Heat are now 100-1 odds to win a title. Expect C Chris Bosh to sign a max deal with Houston and SG Dwyane Wade to return to Miami because he has no place else to go. Then we will really see just how smart Riley is at rebuilding a team. Don’t hold your breath for a comeback by the Heat.

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

NOTE: Check out the live News, Notes and Rumors show on Monday, Thursday and Friday at 6 PM Eastern on or https://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/. On Samantha Bunten of NBC Sports, former NFL scout Kelron Sykes and I talk football with just a little Indians and Cavs thrown in. The archive is available on https://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/. Please join us.

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 https://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 https://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/ and the live show Mondays at 6 PM Eastern time on .

He also edits .

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

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The Heat have the LeBron and the Timid 2

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Paul Banks of the Sportsbank joins me at 6PM EDT on NNR. Join us on or https://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/.

In game 3 of the NBA Finals it was LeBron James vs. the Spurs. It is beginning to look like LeBron is giving up on the Heat and the Timid 2. He had the lead in game 1 when he was struck by cramps. He left and so did Heat. The Spurs took game 1. In games 3 and 4 LeBron was the one and only factor for the Heat. As a result the Heat lost both of the home games. The title will belong to the Spurs and LeBron will be looking for help in the off season.

Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh were taking up space for no particular purpose. On the defensive end both looked like dress shop manikins watching the Spurs pass the ball around. On the offensive end they were trying out for the title role in Invisible Man II. The “white out” became “walk out” a couple of minutes into the 4th quarter.

Some apologists will want to blame the little 9 rather than the big 3. But this series has pointed out the age of Wade and the lack of talent of Bosh. LeBron is on his own and he clearly does not like it.

Wade was a step or more behind all game. Wade shot 28% for the game and several times could not jump high enough to jam the ball. Bosh looked lost. He did not even try to block out on missed shots. It looked like the Heat expected the win on their home floor just by showing up. And that is what they did—just show up. When the Spurs got off to another nice lead in the 1st quarter, the Heat folded. They never made a charge to close the margin.

While the Spurs won game 1 because LeBron went out in the final minutes, they dominated games 3 and 4. The ball movement that was lacking in the game 2 loss was back in both of the wins in Miami. Perhaps the worst sign for the Heat was that the Spurs blew them out with all-everything Tim Duncan scored just 10 points. The rest of the Spurs stepped up and dominated the Heat on both ends of the floor. Kawhi Leonard scored 20 points to lead the Spurs. But his work on D was the the difference. He was on LeBron most of the series. Making LeBron work on the O end has helped the Spurs win. He should be the MVP of the series.

The impact of a loss in this series would be huge. There is a good chance that a coaching change would happen. There will be pressure on LeBron to stay but the only way he will is if the Heat can get more talent on the team. One or maybe 2 of the big 3 will likely be gone. Wade looks done. Bosh is soft. Too often he looks like a 5 year old that let go of his mother’s hand in a crowd. Not only is he standing around but he looks like he has no idea what to do to stop the bleeding.

The Spurs have gutted the offense of the Heat by limiting their turnovers. By the 3rd quarter the Heat O was LeBron on 5. He was 7 for 8 and the rest of Heat went 1 for 9. He may will the team to a win in game 5 but this series is over. So may be his stay in Miami.

That is what I think. Tell us what you think.

NOTE: Check out the live News, Notes and Rumors show on Monday, Thursday and Friday at 6 PM Eastern on or https://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/. On Samantha Bunten of NBC Sports, former NFL scout Kelron Sykes and I talk NFL draft with just a little Indians and Cavs thrown in. The archive is available on https://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/. Please join us.

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 https://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 https://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/ and the live show Mondays at 6 PM Eastern time on .

He also edits .

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

The Making of a Die-Hard Knicks Fan

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My husband, a loyal, die-hard Knicks fan, can tell you most every fact about the Knicks dating back to when he first became a fan back in the 1980’s.  I recently asked him what solidified him as a fan for life.  He said it was when the Knicks drafted Patrick Ewing in 1985.  He gets all nostalgic and goes on to tell me how, back then, defense was their game and for 12 years they made the playoffs.  He boldly states that if not for Michael Jordan, the Knicks would have had a chance at the championship title.  The drafting of Patrick Ewing made my husband a Knicks fan for life.

Now, some 25 years later, the next generation of Knicks fans in our family experienced a player acquisition that had the same effect, but quite a different outcome.  My oldest son has followed in his father’s footsteps and is a die-hard Knicks fan.  For several months he told me how the Knicks were going to win it all next year because the Knicks were going to acquire LeBron James.  Now, granted, we are a sports family so I knew who he was talking about but, even if you weren’t a sports fan, after all the fanfare this summer, you would have to live in a box in a remote country not to know who LeBron James is.  My son talked about nothing else for months.

When July finally rolled around and the big announcement was due, we were away on vacation.  Ironically, we were vacationing with family from Cleveland.  We all watched the news reports and listened to the speculation for days prior to the announcement.  As the day drew nearer, and my oldest son waited with the rest of the world, he remained confident that LeBron would seal the deal with the Knicks and bring his favorite team a championship title.

Throughout all the hoopla, my youngest son, who had not yet shown a big interest in all-things basketball and the Knicks, got caught up in the excitement. He listened adeptly as his father and brother talked about the Knicks’ bright future.  He eagerly awaited the big announcement and excitedly shared his enthusiasm with his friends. Then, the unthinkable happened.  LeBron James made the decision not to come to New York and play for the Knicks.  My oldest son was in shock.  He was angry, disappointed and frustrated.  LeBron was somewhat of a hero and he had let him down – big time.  Seeing and feeling his big brother’s pain, my youngest son rallied around his brother and against LeBron James.  He now declares that name cannot be spoken in our home.  And he also declares his die-hard loyalty for his New York Knicks.  They are no longer just his dad and brother’s team, they are his team.  LeBron’s disloyalty led him to be a loyal, die-hard fan for life.  Just like his dad and his brother.  Two generations, two players, with two very different outcomes, created two Knicks fans for life.

Kathy Rothaar is a guest blogger for My Dog Ate My Blog and a writer on online colleges and universities for the Guide to Online Schools.

THE Game turned into THE SHAME–Heat 118 Cavs 90

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The entire NBA world was watching THE Game last night. The fans were great. They cheered their guys and booed with vigor the traitor James. The fans had great and creative signs and despite the national media praying for violence or an act of stupidity by the fans, those that were there did themselves and their city proud.

However, the team that they paid so much to see laid down, rolled over and stuck their feet in the air like a road kill groundhog at the side of the highway. The team and Coach Scott disgraced themselves beyond anything that I could have even believed was possible.

Let me state my bias up front. I have been a Cavs fan since the city was granted a franchise. I was in the old downtown barn the night they beat the Lakers for the first time. When they sold stock to the public, I bought some to support my team. Even through the bad years, and there were a lot of them, I never turned my back on my team. I also never thought they would turn their backs on the fans but that is exactly what they did last night.

The Cavs showed no support for their owner, their fans, or their city. Worse yet, they proved to everyone that LeBron was justified in leaving them because it is impossible to win a championship with these guys. The problem with that is this roster was put together with LeBron’s consent if not approval because Owner Gilbert handed LeBron the keys to castle and told him to invite whoever he wanted to join him on the floor.

What was the ultimate stab in the heart of the fans was the vision of the spurned Cav players joking and chatting up LeBron like he was a long lost brother rescued from a reality show. The Cav players looked like they were hoping LeBron would pick them as a dance partner next year to play in Miami. But by their sickening play, they cut their trade value by 2/3rds. Right now the Cavs couldn’t get a bag of used balls for Gibson, Williams, or even the young Hicks.

The funny part of that is that it is not inconsiderable that LeBron will leave Miami next season. The team is not playing well with all three big names on the floor. HC Spoelstra played a lot of the first half with either LeBron or Wade on the bench. That move allowed the Heat much better spacing on the floor and eliminated the other 4 standing and watching the 1 play against the opponent by himself. The problem with 3 high priced players on 1 team is that the salary cap leaves little room for the 9 other players. Championships require a strong bench and the Heat do not have that.

Time after time, the Cavs let the Heat leisurely stroll to the bucket and score at will. LeBron had a career night and the game was over at halftime. Owner Gilbert left at half time. He just couldn’t take any more. I spent the evening celebrating one of the greatest days of my life, the birth of my daughter Kristina. It was her birthday so being with her made even this debacle tolerable. I gave up on the team and left her house mid way through the 3rd quarter.

I was particularly disappointed in Coach Scott. He never struck me as a coach that would allow the team to snuggle up to LeBron. Reportedly, one of the assistant coaches told LeBron to leave the Cav players alone. But Scott never took control of the situation. He also did not get the Cavs mentally ready to play this game despite knowing how much media interest the contest would get. That is inexcusable. The championship Lakers teams he played on never would have put up with Bird chatting the bench up during the game. But then it would never have occurred to Bird to do that. He was a great competitor and would never have even tried such a punk act.

The question is where do the Cavs go from here?

Gilbert has to blow this team up. The way this club rolled over for the Heat indicates to me they will have a high draft choice next year. They should also look to move anyone that has any value left. There are a few guys around the league that could help this pathetic roster that other teams might be willing to trade. In addition, Gilbert might hold an open tryout to replace those Cavs that have 0 value and must just be released.

It will cost Gilbert a ton of money because NBA contracts are guaranteed but unless he does make major changes on the Cavs roster between now and the trade deadline, he will lose the majority of his fan base. That base backed Gilbert against the world when he issued the famous email criticizing LeBron. Now he has to show the fans that he has their back and take some significant actions to correct the situation and punish those that contributed to the debacle.

If Gilbert does nothing, the fans should stay away from the Q. By continuing to support this team as it stands now makes the fans accessories after the fact. Cleveland fans have been enablers for bad teams for years. It is way past time that we stop enabling and start voting with our hard earned dollars for effort and pride and against meritocracy and gutless players.

That’s what I think. Tell me what you think.

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 is a senior writer for and edits https://fryingpansports.com. His first non-fiction work is at the publisher now and he has also published several novels on

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