/ Oct 26, 2014 / 8:30 pm
While assembling Dime’s list of the top 20 power forwards in the league today, we were struck by just how many different candidates merited consideration for various ranking thresholds.
Several players that are among their team’s most valuable contributors were left off this compilation entirely. A certain player who was barely awarded a spot somehow deserves a ranking both 10 positions better and worse. One big man just above the teens was arguably Team USA’s top performer at the FIBA World Cup. Our sixth-place finisher was voted by league general managers as the top 4-man in basketball. No player in these rankings is more accomplished than this list’s fourth-best power forward. We could go on.
Basketball is so stocked with quality power forwards that it’s impossible to deem any of these distinctions right or wrong. Those who missed the cut are that good, and those who made it are so closely comparable that ranking them seems futile. But doing so is also fun, and allows league followers to flex their empirical and analytical muscles just in time for the 2014-2015 season.
Don’t listen to naysayers who bemoan the league’s saturation of deep-shooting, playmaking big men as opposed to lumbering behemoths of the past. Power forwards aren’t dead, but instead have evolved right in line with the game as a whole. They’re better than ever, and the strongest, most versatile position group basketball has to offer. Read More »
/ Oct 23, 2014 / 2:30 pm
Kevin Love opens his exceptional debut for The Players’ Tribune in wholly surprising fashion – by lauding Andrew Wiggins. The Cleveland Cavaliers’ superstar is similarly contrite, insightful, and forthcoming as his article unfolds, thanking the fans of Minnesota, expressing his relentless drive for a title, and detailing an eye-opening flight to Rio de Janeiro with his new team. Read More »
/ Oct 23, 2014 / 12:30 pm
Trouble in the Northeast Ohio paradise? We’re still five days from the regular season, and Cleveland Cavaliers’ third wheel Kevin Love is already griping about a lack of quality touches. Read More »
/ Oct 22, 2014 / 9:30 pm
Kyrie Irving, Kevin Love (photo. r/nba GIF)
Kyrie Irving’s unmatched creative flair can sometimes be more about style than substance. This is not one of those times. In an exhibition against the Memphis Grizzlies tonight, the Cleveland Cavaliers’ dynamo point guard dropped a sick between-the-legs to Kevin Love for an easy fast break layup. Read More »
/ Oct 15, 2014 / 12:30 pm
Kyrie Irving is resting a janky ankle; LeBron James is taking a respite after his emotionally taxing trip to Brazil against his former ‘mates in Miami. That left Kevin Love alone and the supporting cast against the Bucks last night and their rookie sensation, Jabari Parker. It wasn’t a problem, though, with Love leading the Cavs to a 106-100 win. Read More »
/ Oct 9, 2014 / 4:15 pm
Basketball isn’t played on paper. Point guards aren’t pitchers, and centers aren’t goalies. It’s always remiss to expect players on new squads or just-formed super-teams to enjoy the success basic talent levels suggest. The 2007-2008 Boston Celtics are the exception to the rule; the 2010-2011 Miami Heat and certainly 2012-2013 Los Angeles Lakers are the norm. Read More »
/ Oct 8, 2014 / 10:15 pm
Kevin Love (photo.
The Cleveland Cavaliers are in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil for Saturday’s exhibition game against the Miami Heat. Instead of worrying about Chris Bosh not talking to LeBron James or even Kyrie Irving’s walking boot, though, the majority of the team took to the beach for some rest before the grind of the regular season begins later this month. One Cav, in particular, seemed a bit more relaxed than others.
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The Cavs easily handled Maccabi Tel Aviv in their preseason opener and LeBron James‘ first game back at The Q on Sunday, and the troika of James Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love led the way. While Love was a tad tentative in his Cavs debut, he did find time to snatch a tough ricochet and launch one of his patented (Wes Unseld) full-court outlet passes for an easy Tristan Thompson score. Read More »
/ Oct 2, 2014 / 5:45 pm
LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers might be the league newest super-team, but they certainly have work to do to meet expectations. Talent is never enough in the NBA – champions have chemistry, cohesion, and continuity forged by years of trials and tribulations. Perennial contenders like the San Antonio Spurs, Oklahoma City Thunder, Los Angeles Clippers, and even Chicago Chicago Bulls have built those attributes over the past few seasons. James, Kyrie Irving, Kevin Love, and company have training camp to do so before the scrutiny begins and games start to matter. Read More »
It’s only Wednesday during the fist week of training camp and Kyrie Irving has already put it between his legs for a patented LeBron James tomahawk jam. The Cavs held an open scrimmage for the public yesterday and it wasn’t just that sick Kyrie-to-LeBron connection they showed off. Kevin Love got in on the action with a strip and easy two-handed slam on the other end, showcasing just how dangerous this contemporary iteration of the Big Three can look. Read More »