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The dumpster fire in Cleveland is still raging

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We poked some fun at the Cavs mediocre record in this morning’s Dump, but there’s nothing funny about the revelations in this column from ESPN’s Brian Windhorst:

They see players appearing to run different plays than the bench calls, see assistant coach Tyronne Lue calling timeouts literally behind Blatt’s back during games, and hear Cavs players openly talking about coaching issues with opposing players and personnel. Not once, not twice, but frequently over the past several months.

For weeks now, the small talk when league personnel run into each other at college games, airports or pregame meals has frequently started with: “What the hell is going on in Cleveland?”

Wow. Just wow. Now we know why Doc Rivers relegated Ty Lue to back row when they were coaching in Boston.

This situation with the coaching staff isn’t going to change unless LeBron James buys in. There wouldn’t be any griping if the greatest player in the game told his teammates to shut-up and run the plays.

As for Kevin Love:

Meanwhile, the Love situation continues to befuddle. In the preseason there was a little bobble when Love complained about not getting the ball as much, but after that he’s said nothing but team-supportive things. That includes Tuesday night after Blatt decided to play James Jonesahead of him.

“If you told me I was going to sit out the fourth quarter, maybe I would have thought it would have been tough. But we had a great rhythm going,” Love said. “I thought the group that we had out there was doing a great job of getting us back into the basketball game, and more than anything, they gave us a shot.”

“I’ve seen Kevin fall down with the ball more times this season than the rest of his career combined because he’s always in positions where he’s uncomfortable and he’s forced into trying to make some sort of move to get a shot, and that has never been his game,” said one veteran NBA coach. “They almost never put him in position to get the ball that he did in his last few years in Minnesota and I can’t figure out why.”

Despite what he’s telling the media, Love is going to opt-out of his contract this summer. It will allow him to make the most money even if he plans to resign with Cleveland. He can also keep one eye on the open market.

It’s getting harder and harder to explain away the mess in Cleveland. We are nearing the halfway point of the season. Oh, and according to Elias, no team below .500 at this stage of a season has ever won an NBA championship.

 

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  • bill_nair

    ..

    • Rick Rice

      Those Cleveland and NJ draft picks (to the Celtics) keep looking better and better as the season goes on!! By the way, just curious, where’d you find this recent picture of Danny Ainge?

    • Dave

      Danny agrees

  • Frank Aziza

    Sssssshhhhhh……don’t jinx it, I’m enjoying this. I think it’s the basketball Gods getting Lebron for bailing on a team for his second time.

    • bill_nair

      I think its going to be hard to jinx this. Despite the Heats rough start, at this point in their first year they had won 31 games. They don’t have half of the leadership or toughness that team had. Im still baffled how this was completely ignored and the entire world handed them a championship within a week of teaming up.

      • Astarot

        Yeah exactly. NBA people just didn’t pay attention on the circumstances they’ve forgotten that building the roster and the chemistry it’s a process and this process does not end in a day or two it continues. Everybody just assumed the team where Lebron is gotta win a tittle. It’s really funny. Most of the people acted like they didn’t care that building a championship team it’s a complicated process and having Lebron it’s not everything. There’s always gotta be a lot of things taken into consideration. The funniest thing is that people in Clevelad haven’t noticed that.

  • adam

    Just make Lebron the Player-Coach. Problem solved.

  • KGino

    I’d like to at least point out in the first year the NBA has implemented HGH testing, both Lebron & Melo suspiciously lose 20-30 pounds each, are getting more injured than ever before (at least Lebron was never injured an extended period EVER in his career), and have their teams falling apart. Why is nobody talking about this? Trying to protect “The King” I suppose…

    As further evidence, Lebron had a tumor removed from his jaw in 2009, a major side effect from the use of HGH. Things that make you go hmmm….

    • zippittyay

      I’ve thought that ever since that muscled up 18 year old who looked 30 came into the league.

    • Richard Jensen

      Well, in honesty, Melo’s team is falling apart because the Knicks went out and bought the most expensive and prestigious band-aid they could find in order to fix a severed artery.

      Otherwise, yeah:
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SjbPi00k_ME

    • pihc

      You’re innuendo is like saying after a Christmas present robbery, “After we came home from the Christmas Party officer, we saw footprints in the snow. Therefore, it must be Santa Claus or that little peckerhead, Rudolph and his shiny nose.”

      • KGino

        I want whatever this guy is smoking

        • pihc

          You can’t afford what I’m smoking.

          • KGino

            I hear crack is expensive these days

      • Curt Hays

        peckerhead…a word I thought only ever used by my dad and myself. Thank you for bringing hope to my life.

    • Mikey Amentola

      Come on now, that’s just terrible logic.

    • Curt Hays

      This has been talked about plenty. At the beginning of the season I thought everyone simply accepted that LBJ was off juice finally. I mean, he’s probably still on a similar stack to what the UFC uses, but at least not HGH.

      I’m glad you brought it up again.

  • Richard Jensen

    ” Not once, not twice”

    Haha. I see what you did there Windhorst.

  • pihc

    come on. The only issue is why Brian Fathurts keeps coming up with unaccountable information. I know he’s pissed he didn’t get the story right about James returning, and subsequently any of the other stories about who’s coming and going in Cleveland. He’s also upset his “sources” in Cleveland keeps telling him crap. And the biggest issue with Brian Hurtsalot, is when in Cleveland, he’s not allowed access to the all-you-can-eat buffet.

    • Curt Hays

      Your comments are gold. Where have you been??

      • pihc

        In a state of despair.

        • Curt Hays

          Michigan? or New Jersey?

          • pihc

            The state of dumpster fires. I grew up a Celtic fan in Ohio until the Cavs became a franchise. Why a Celtic fan you say? B/c of Red, Bill and the jones boys were the only t.v. I could see of NBA basketball back in the day and those games where usually tape delay.

          • Curt Hays

            Love it. Real-deal Celtic fan here, guys!

          • pihc

            If it weren’t for “The Wild World of Sports” on Saturdays, I might never have seen a C’s game. I’m a huge fan of several Celtic greats through the years. Even when my Cavs started a franchise, my heart still belongs to some of the greatest match up in the history of the sport. BTW, I was really torn between the Cavs/Celtics after the Cavs took down the then highly favored Washington Bullets in the Miracle of Richfield. The C’s, as we all know now, took down the Cavs in a 4-2 series on their way to yet another NBA Championship.

          • Curt Hays

            If you haven’t seen any comments from the Reds Army reader named RedsLoveChild, you are in for a treat when he finally comes back around.