Cavaliers Owner Sends Whiny Email to NBA Over CP3 Lakers Trade

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You recall Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert from the night of Lebron James’ “The Decison” correct? The man who made his fortune by exploiting poor people and giving out house loans to the homeless (CEO of Quicken Loans) embarrassed himself that evening with an extremely bitter letter to LBJ.

The comic sans font he used put the unintentional comedy of the situation off the charts. Gilbert is back with another too whiny for a powerful billionaire missive.

Gilbert called the New Orleans Hornets’ now nullified trade of Chris Paul to the L.A. Lakers a “travesty,” and urged NBA commissioner David Stern to let the league’s 29 owners vote on it. an

The email was obtained and published by Yahoo! Sports. You can read it after the jump.

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Cavaliers select Justin Harper with 32nd pick, Trade to Orlando

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UPDATE: Harper was traded to the Orlando Magic for two second-round picks in 2013 and 2014.

With the 32nd pick in the 2011 NBA draft the Cleveland Cavaliers selected Justin Harper, a 6’9 senior power forward out of the University of Richmond.

By: Jeff Beck

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Cleveland Cavaliers select Tristan Thompson with 4th overall pick in 2011 NBA draft

With the 4th overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft, the Cleveland Cavaliers selected Tristan Thompson, a forward from Texas.

Surprised by this pick? Don’t worry, you’re not alone.

After Enes Kanter went 3rd overall to the Jazz, the popular belief was that the Cavs would select Jonas Valanciunas as the 4th pick. Few, if any, predicted Thompson would be selected, but Dan Gilbert is no stranger to stirring up controversy.

For a full feature/interview of Thompson from the NBA draft Combine go here.

For a full scouting report on Thompson go here

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Cleveland Cavaliers select Kyrie Irving with top overall pick in 2011 NBA draft

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With the first overall pick in the 2011 NBA draft, the Cleveland Cavaliers have selected Kyrie Irving, the point guard from Duke.

Though the Cavs kept completely silent about the pick leading up to the announcement, this choice does not come as a surprise. For weeks, experts and insiders have been predicting the Cavs to take Irving first.

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How does Kyrie Irving Compare to NBA #1 Overall Picks Derrick Rose, John Wall?

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It’s only natural to compare Duke and soon-to-be Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving to the Washington Wizards John Wall and the Chicago Bulls Derrick Rose. After Thursday evening, it will mark three years in a row that a point guard went first overall, so this juxtaposition of the three franchise floor generals will continue on for many years.

Irving was been as good as advertised in his 11 college basketball games at Duke similar to what John Wall brought to the floor at Kentucky in ’09-’10. Offensively, he can do it all and shows a tremendous skill set for a young point guard.

Irving hung out with Wall at the NBA lottery, and met him during his official UK visit. Irving articulated the advice Wall gave him.

“He just told me to keep my head high when I go through rookie ups-and-downs, and just enjoy the draft process.”

Go here for the first part of this interview feature

By Paul M. Banks

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Duke’s Kyrie Irving Ready to be a #1 Pick Franchise Player?

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It is thought, but not confirmed that the Cleveland Cavaliers will take Duke point guard Kyrie Irving Thursday night with the #1 overall pick in the NBA Draft.

The Cavs haven’t told him he’ll be the first overall selection, but it is likely between him and Derrick Williams, and conventional wisdom seems to be leaning towards Irving.

With his numbers: 17.5 points per game, 4.3 assists per game, 46 percent shooting from beyond the arc, it’s easy to see why. But he’s only played 11 games of college basketball, so it’s only natural to wonder if he’s ready -physically and mentally- to be a cornerstone for a NBA franchise.

By Paul M. Banks

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What the Cavaliers should do with their draft picks

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The Cleveland Cavaliers are coming off a dismal season in which the team created new records for futility (losing 26 games in a row, in case you forgot). However, with the first and fourth pick the 2011 NBA Draft, the Cavs have been handed a golden opportunity to right the ship. Now, all management has to do is not mess it up. [Read more…]

Duke’s Kyrie Irving, #1 Overall Pick? (NBA Draft Combine Video)

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There seems to be a consensus #1 regarding the 2011 NBA Draft- Duke’s franchise building point guard Kyrie Irving. Although, the Cleveland Cavaliers do have some strength at the position, so they may consider Arizona’s Derrick Williams at the #1 spot. Irving probably will go #1 despite playing in just 8 college basketball games, but if the Cavs don’t take him, I’m sure the Minnesota Timberwolves will at #2.

Here is Irving discussing numerous topics at the NBA Draft Combine in Chicago. Lots of media around him, and many draft issues are touched upon.

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Cleveland Cavaliers Drafting Hometown Kid David Lighty from OSU?

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Former Ohio State Buckeyes wing David Lighty, the last member of the “Thad Five” to enter the NBA, grew up a huge Cleveland Cavaliers fan.

Lighty talked at the NBA Draft combine about the prospect of playing for his hometown team.

“I’m pretty sure I will work out with the cleveland cavaliers, but I’m not sure when. It’s getting set up as we speak,” Lighty said.

“It would be pretty big, I know my mother and grandmother would love it. I would love it as well, to grow up there, go to Ohio State. It would be something that’s rare for a player- never leaving the state.”

Very true. It’s hard to think of many players who have done that, played all their basketball in the same state. Playing college basketball and professional in the same area doesn’t even happen all too often.

By Paul M. Banks

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Cleveland Cavaliers Get #1 and #4 Picks in NBA Draft Lottery

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This NBA Draft Lottery is like working out on a stair-master- guaranteed to make the calves stronger. (That joke works a lot better when it’s said, not typed)  The Cleveland Cavs will get much stronger come June 23rd when they’ll have the 1st and 4th overall picks.

Yes, the Cavaliers have the #1 and #4 overall choices in this year’s NBA Draft.

It’s a nice way for the Cavaliers to start rebuilding their franchise, post Lebron James. Actually, the stroke of phenomenal luck may be the karma police giving Cleveland a get out of jail free card in exchange for the suffering they endured from “The Decision.”

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Baron Davis Still a Dangerous Weapon for Cleveland Cavaliers

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Fans in Toronto got a firsthand look tonight at why teams around the NBA still need to fear the beard.

Baron Davis played like a man possessed as he dished out nine dimes while scoring eight points in the first half. He continued to roll in the second half and finished the game with 19 points and a game-high 12 assists along with a couple of huge daggers in the fourth quarter to ice the win for his team.

Davis got J.J. Hickson going early in the game with some great lobs and by setting him up with some easy looks. Hickson benefitted by the inspired play of Davis by scoring 21 points in the first half while going 7-10 from the field.

Hickson finished with a game-high 28 points and a team-high 10 rebounds.

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The Anti-Bracket: Rachel Nichols Regional

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The Sports Bank’s third annual Anti-Bracket (formerly known as the Douchebracket) celebrates all that is wrong in the world, most prominently in the sports world.  Four regionals will chosen by an esteemed panel of TSB contributors.  With your input, the field will be narrowed down to a Final Four where our readers will choose the winner of the 2011 Anti-Bracket.

Past winners of the Rachel Nichols Regional include Rachel herself and last year’s winner, Luke Harangody.  Help me figure who will earn that honored distinction this season by leaving a comment below as to who you think needs to advance to the Final Four.

By: David Kay
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