/ Nov 12, 2014 / 1:45 pm
At the conclusion of Cleveland’s 118-110 victory over the Pelicans on Monday, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love engaged in a complicated victory handshake that appeared to end with an homage to toking on a spliff. The Cavs have issued a statement on the cannabinoid *high*-five, and it’s as ridiculous as you’d think. Read More »
/ Nov 10, 2014 / 11:15 pm
Kevin Love, Kyrie Irving (photo. gs2 Vine)
The best part of sporting success? Being able to bust out sick new handshakes, of course! Or at least that’s how Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving seem to feel. After the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the New Orleans Pelicans 118-111 on Monday night for their first home victory, the twentysomething superstars celebrated with some carefully orchestrated patty cake – that ended with the motion of smoking…something. Read More »
Both Kevin Love and LeBron James have the ability to opt out of their current deals with the Cavs next summer and re-sign with them or head elsewhere. Aside from Stephen A. Smith‘s hallucinatory waking dream, James isn’t going anywhere, but Love might be amendable to a second move in as many years — depending on how this year plays out. As Sam Smith at Bulls.com reports, Love could have his eyes set on Hollywood. Read More »
The Cavs face the Nuggets tonight, after dropping three of their first four to open a 2014-15 NBA season with title hopes. LeBron James has looked off his game, and Kyrie Irving has already clashed with James about the way he runs the offense. Kevin Love has complained about getting more touches in the paint and first-time NBA coach David Blatt looks overwhelmed with his rotations. On top of all that drama — whether real, or exaggerated — the Nuggets official Twitter account decided to have a little fun at the expense of the presupposed Cleveland Big Three in their buildup before tonight’s contest. Read More »
/ Nov 4, 2014 / 8:15 pm
It’s only two games, but the star-studded Cleveland Cavaliers have hardly been the free-wheeling, ball-sharing offensive juggernaut that so many predicted early in the 2014-2015 season. LeBron James and company have managed merely average offense thus far; their 103.4 offensive rating ranks 14th in the league. Half of that mediocrity, of course, is due to the season-opening outlier in which the four-time MVP played one of the worst games of his career and Cleveland scored just 90 points. But even the Cavs’ 114-108 overtime win over the defensive-oriented Chicago Bulls on Halloween didn’t spell offensive harmony. Read More »
/ Oct 31, 2014 / 9:45 pm
LeBron James (photo. gifdsports Vine)
Who would have thought that LeBron James’ speed and power combined with Kevin Love’s rebounding and outlet passing would make basketball harmony? Oh. Everyone. After connecting on a pair of beautiful downfield throws last night, the Cleveland Cavaliers’ superstars are at it again on Friday against the Chicago Bulls. Read More »
/ Oct 30, 2014 / 11:00 pm
Who saw that coming? In what will surely rank as one of the most stunning outcomes of the entire 2014-2015 season, the New York Knicks spoiled LeBron James’ homecoming by beating the Cleveland Cavaliers 95-90 on Thursday night. Read More »
/ Oct 30, 2014 / 8:30 pm
LeBron James (photo. SBNation GIF)
Yup. We’ll be seeing a lot of this. Watch LeBron James scores his first basket as a Cleveland Cavalier since 2010 via a pin-point outlet pass from superstar teammate Kevin Love. Read More »
/ 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 »