Swap Meet, Or Swap Meat?
So this was a big deal, in every sense of the words.
All of the “hot take” action the last day or so has been directed towards figuring out who got the better of the Cavaliers-Celtics trade. Is Kyrie Irving the piece the Celtics need to push them over the top in the Eastern Conference? Maybe, but then again, maybe not, since half of last year’s successful Boston team will now be suiting up for Cleveland. At this point, it’s hard to say which team will come out on top in that particular two-way battle.
Then again, again, maybe the trade will wind up weakening both teams, now and in the future, enough that neither team winds up the East’s No. 1 seed. Continue reading Swap Meet, Or Swap Meat?
The Cavaliers’ Conundrum
I did not immediately jump onto this blog in order to comment on the “shocking” news that Kyrie Irving wants to be traded, mostly because the whole thing is mind-numbingly stupid. Where exactly does Irving think he’s going to land that’s a better situation than the three-time defending conference champs for whom he currently plays?
Still, we’ve all had that one co-worker who just drove us crazy, so much so that taking another job–even one that clearly seemed to be a step down–became an attractive alternative. So it would appear with Irving and his time with the Cavaliers, which may or may not be at an end.
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Kyrie Irving: he hates his co-workers, just like all the rest of us
The part of all this that’s truly stupid is the presumably surprising nature of the upheaval in Cleveland. It’s not like anyone couldn’t have predicted that there would be trouble wherever LeBron James goes. Well, actually, it was predicted, a while back…by me, right here in this space. Continue reading The Cavaliers’ Conundrum
Hockey Hustles for the Present—and Maybe the Future
With the NHL trade deadline now in the rear view mirror, it’s worth taking a quick look at a few of the notable points to come out of all the activity—including a possible warning sign about what might lay just over the horizon.
The weirdest part of the deadline had to be seeing the Detroit Red Wings selling for a harvest of draft picks. I guess it’s safe to say that Hockeytown’s latest era has well and truly come to an end. How did Detroit do in their quest to reinvigorate the franchise? Only the most devoted hockey scout could even guess at this point. Continue reading Hockey Hustles for the Present—and Maybe the Future
A Hot Stove Can Burn You
Well, isn’t all that special?
The winter meetings provided a host of answers to a grand series of questions–some of which we never even bothered to ask. As previously mentioned, this space was right about Mark Melancon joining the Giants–but quite wrong about Aroldis Chapman staying with the Cubs. (Spoiler alert: he didn’t.) And Chris Sale’s hard left turn from being on the way to Washington to now joining the Red Sox was quite unexpected. And I never even considered Dexter Fowler joining the Cardinals. Lots of stuff, in both the general sense and in the sense of what a pitcher throws out there on a given trip to the mound.
Which brings us to the ultimate (at least for now) question: what does all this movement amount to? What’s it all mean? Continue reading A Hot Stove Can Burn You
When last we met, I pondered the possibility of Kevin Love being sent packing from Cleveland, with the Golden State Warriors being a very sensible landing spot for him. The biggest fly in that ointment, according to that analysis, would be making the dollars match on a trade that would bring Love’s hefty contract to the Dubs. Whomever the Warriors would give up to pry Love away from the Cavs, there wouldn’t be enough contract going to Ohio to make the deal workable.
Enter the increasingly expendable Harrison Barnes.
Continue reading Closing The Barnes Door