5 reasons the Chicago Bulls could beat the Cavs in the East

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For all intents and purposes, the ‘experts’ have handed the Eastern Conference crown to the Cleveland Cavaliers. Why wouldn’t they after an off-season in which they landed LeBron James and Kevin Love among others?

That’s just the way the Chicago Bulls like it as they thrive on going under the radar and developing into one of the best teams in the NBA almost covertly. There’s one thing Chicago wants to change this season though – regular season wins are nice, but it’s time to go deep in the playoffs. With the way things are shaping up, Bulls fans might just see a return to glory.

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Rick Telander Tied Chicago Violence To NBA Free Agency For Some Reason

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He did it.

It wasn’t easy.

It took a lot of pandering, false parallels, unfair doling out of responsibilities, and a pinch of dog whistle, but Rick Telander managed to connect this city’s position in NBA free agency to the plague of gun violence here. It’s brilliant in its absurdity, magnificent in how dually counterproductive it is to both the topic of sports contracts and to people being murdered en masse.

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What the future holds for Luol Deng and the Cleveland Cavaliers?

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When the Cleveland acquired former All-Star forward Luol Deng, the entire Cavaliers nation was excited. Deng is a proven star, one of the best perimeter defenders in the league and also a great contributor on offense. In fact, he was the leading scorer of his former team, the Chicago Bulls. Now, more than a month after the trade, things don’t look that good for Cleveland.

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Cleveland Cavs must stick to the script this off-season

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The Cleveland Cavs have already brought back a very familiar face this off-season.  Nope, not LeBron James.  Even better, Mike Brown has returned to become head coach!  (Crickets)

Now in year three of the post-LeBron rebuilding effort, the Cleveland Cavs front office must stick to the script of the past few summers; build through the draft and avoid making dumb moves via free agency or trade that will ruin their cap space.

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Cleveland Cavaliers still a couple years away from being NBA playoff contender

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The Sports Bank will be counting down to the opening tip of the 2012-13 NBA season with team by team previews starting with the worst and working our way to the title contenders.  There is no lockout this time around so let’s get going.

Year two of the post-LeBron James makeover in Cleveland is underway.  Led by reigning NBA Rookie of the Year, Kyrie Irving, the future is getting brighter for the Cavs but they are still a couple of seasons away from being a legitimate playoff contender.

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Cavs Kyrie Irving getting endorsements, becoming NBA star

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Skullcandy, Inc. (Nasdaq: SKUL) a lifestyle audio brand, announces the signing of Cleveland Cavaliers standout point guard Kyrie Irving.  Kyrie will be joining a Skullcandy lineup that includes several NBA All Stars such as Kevin Durant Deron Williams, Kevin Durant and 2011 NBA MVP Derrick Rose.
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Cleveland Cavaliers look to build around Kyrie Irving this off-season

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All things considered, there should actually be optimism regarding the Cleveland CavaliersKyrie Irving appears to be the face of the franchise that Cavs fans hoped they were getting with the top overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft.  With four of the top 34 picks in the 2012 NBA Draft and a ton of cap space, management should look to build around Irving this off-season.
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Lakers trade Luke Walton and draft pick to Cavaliers

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We’ve got another NBA trade to report breaking at this hour. The Cleveland Cavaliers have sent Ramon Sessions and Christian Eyenga to the Los Angeles Lakers for Luke Walton, Jason Kapono and the Lakers 2012 first round draft pick.

The Lake show also gets the right to swap 2013 1st round picks with the Miami Heat. This pick is top 14 protected (Hoops World.com)

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Cavs Kyrie Irving backs off earlier remarks about his, Coach K.’s Team USA future

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Kyrie Irving had to clarify remarks he made Monday night on Mike Krzyzewski’s future with the U.S. Olympic basketball program. The Cavaliers franchise point guard and #1 pick in the #NBA draft this past June, had to back off earlier made comments by saying he spoke prematurely in saying Krzyzewski would coach the 2016 U.S. Olympic team.

“I spoke to Coach K (and) he did tell me he was coaching, but I prematurely spoke on that,” said Irving, who played at Duke last season. “But I know he’s going to be part of USA Basketball. That’s the most important thing. That’s what made my decision easier.” He’s going to be part of the USA staff anyway whether he’s coaching or not. That way it’s easy for me,” he was quoted in the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

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Cavs Kyrie Irving MVP of NBA Rising Stars game

Cleveland Cavaliers rookie Kyrie Irving made eight 3-pointers and finished with a Rising Stars game high 34 points Friday night helping Team Chuck beat Team Shaq 146-133 in the NBA showcase exhibition between the league’s best rookies and second year players. It’s the Rookies vs. Sophomores game but now with a new brand.

Yes, it’s an All-Star game, where NO ONE plays any defense, but it’s clear the Cavs franchise point guard will soon be playing in the big boy game. The Indiana Pacers Paul George added 23 points hopefully raising Pacers awareness, because Indy seems to have very little of that right now.

Washington Wizards point guard John Wall earned MVP honors last season as a rookie.

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Cavaliers Kyrie Irving has decent vocal chops (video)

Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving has better vocal chords than you might think. Check out the Cavs’ special Valentine’s Day music video message to their fans. Some of the singing is well….and Irving should stick to hoops and not consider a R&B career, but for a #1 NBA draft pick, he can hit some high notes.

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