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Dave Kay, basketball writer for waterfootball.com joins us to talk about the playoffs and  his article about the Cavs’ needs http://www.thesportsbank.net/nba-draft-stock-report/cleveland-cavaliers-look-to-build-around-kyrie-irving-this-off-season/.

 

Tony Williams, Giants and Knicks beat writer for Metro New York Paper joins us to talk about the NFL and the Knicks needs now that they have been bounced from the playoffs.

 

 

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LeBron is LeGone to Miami

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LeBron announced tonight that he is going to play for the Heat next season. It was a good decision for him but could be fatal to the Cavilers.

In Miami he will play with both Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh and a cast of rejects and no names.

In Cleveland, there is a hole the size of the Pacific Ocean right in the middle of the starting lineup.

Miami now has a total of 6 guys on the roster. PG Mario Chalmers and C Joel Anthony will join the Second 3 (the first big 3 was the Celtics) as starters with utility man Michael Beasley most likely to be traded for multiple vets. James is used to playing 35+ minutes a night and unless the team can find a few cheap vets, he will have to. The starters should be among the best in the league. But very often, championships require a decent if not strong bench. This team will be DEEP into luxury tax land and will have to find a bench willing to play at league minimum. They do have a couple of rookies they can sign.

The Cavs now have enough cap room to sign a top free agent. But they won’t be able to do that. According to multiple reports, LeBron tried to recruit FAs to come to the Cavs including Bosh and G Ray Allen. According to one source he even tried to get the often injured Amar’e Stoudemire to come. He had no success. The result was the same for the Cavs new regime. The question is now that they have a championship quality coach, what will they do to rebuild the team?

The Cavs are rumored to be trying to sign Ryan Gomes, Jonny Flynn and Acie Law. F Gomes was a recent cut of Portland who started 64 of 76 games for the Timberwolves in 09-10. He averaged 10.9 points and 4.6 rebounds last year.

G Flynn also played for the Wolves and started all 81 games he played. He scored 13.5 points and had 4.4 assists per game.

G Law got a lot of airline miles changing teams in 2009-10. He played for Chicago, Charlotte and Golden State but only played in 26 games.

In addition, they have a couple of former draft choices in Europe including Christian Eyenga (1st round 09) and Sasha Kaun (2nd round 08).

The Cavs need some top draft choices. Based on their roster as of now, they will in the lottery for several years to come. New HC Scott should be able to get the most out of whatever talent he is given but I’m not sure that will be enough to make the playoffs next year.

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. He has also published several novels on

and edits .

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Niblets for June 2010

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Best comment of the month:

From Teeth whitening on Analysis: the NFL proposal for the “enhanced season”If the NFL wants more marquee matchups then change the scheduling. Who wants to see a division winner play against a 4th place team in the other conference. Let division winners play the other conference’s 4 winners.”

That is an excellent point. The schedule is based on a formula and that has not changed since the league went to 6 divisions. The NFL should revise the formula to allow more key games particularly if it does go to an 18 game season.

Updates on previous columns:

Previewing the NBA Draft

I got 7 of the 20 I projected. In addition a couple of teams traded up to get guys in front of other teams that were targeting them.

B I G News in football!

The musical chairs in college football conference switches has not stopped yet. There will be another couple of changes announced before the end of the 2010 college season. However, don’t for a minute believe that the increased power of the Big 10+2 or the PAC 10+2 will bring us closer to a playoff. Those two conferences were the leaders in resisting the move toward a playoff.

Is there a teeny tiny silver lining on the Dark Cloud over the Cavs?

LeBron is deep into his national grand tour. However, there is another issue that has come up. In Cleveland, a lot of his posse has been employed by the Cavs. It is very doubtful that any other team would find jobs (and money) for those that shine in the reflected light of his star. In addition, two of the most likely landing spots are Chicago and Miami. In Chicago LeBron will never be able to overtake the icon that is Michael Jordan. In Miami he would be the “new guy” on the block. Even if he wins a couple of titles, it will be for Wade’s team not his own. Only in Cleveland can he be “the” guy who leads “his” team to a title.

Niblets fresh from the cob:

UFA DT Hollis Thomas (Panthers) has been suspended for 8 games in the 2010 season for a second violation of the NFL drug policy. That has been suspected by the NFL GMs and is one of the reasons that Thomas has not gotten a contract.

RB LenDale White (Seahawks) has been suspended for 4 games for the same thing. The Seahawks say that they knew that when they traded for him but that to me seems that is just the new regime trying to cover their posteriors.

Titans QB Chris Simms was arrested for operating a motorcycle under the influence of pot. Simms was on the bubble for making the 53 as it was. This will almost insure his release if he is convicted or suspended bu the Commissioner for being charged.

Chargers WR Vincent Jackson has received a 3 game suspension for a violation of the personal conduct policy of the league. That could be reduced by his appeal. But any suspension will reduce Jackson’s value in a trade. At this point, the best the Chargers could hope to get would be a 4th round pick in 2011.

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. He has also published several novels on

and edits .

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