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  1. Cavaliers Thread: Embrace The Mediocrity

    Agreed, its also because as long as I have been posting to random strangers on message boards that I cannot remember the last time the Cavs had a legit interior defense to challenge guards driving to the hoop. A guy like Al Horford or Rudy Gorbert playing on the Cavs is a dream. Prime Zydrunas was the last time I saw a legit defensive big on the Cavs.
  2. Cavaliers Thread: Embrace The Mediocrity

    You could tell he struggles a lot with pick and rolls, knowing when to switch, the mental side of defense, ect. I never thought he was physically not trying hard enough or whatever, I just saw that he often got confused with defensive sets and where to be/what to do. It was almost like he was overthinking just chasing guys.
  3. Cavaliers Thread: Embrace The Mediocrity

    Agreed, he has the body type and mentality I feel like to become a very solid defender in 2-3 years from now once everything slows down and he works on his frame to add more muscle. He obviously has the quickness, he just needs to work on his upper body strength to stay in front of people. He was 19 years old last year lol
  4. Cavaliers Thread: Embrace The Mediocrity

    Its what happens to every other player in basketball when they start focusing on offensive development more--their defense suffers. Larry Nance was a rock solid defender when he was a role player but last year he tried to work all summer on his jumper and offensive game to take a next step and since he was focusing on the offensive end as well, his defense dipped from his 1st year in CLE. Kawhi Leonard did the same thing his last year in SA. As soon as he became the primary playmaker on offense, his defense suffered a bit. Not to crazy levels, but Kawhi for the last 2-3 years is not the same defender as he was earlier when he was more of a developing role player around Manu/Parker/Duncan Same with LBJ a few years back. When he hit 30-31 years old he could no longer be a force on both ends of the floor and since all of those Cavs teams desperately needed his offense, he focused all of his energy there and didnt go all out on defense like in his MIA days.
  5. Cavaliers Thread: Embrace The Mediocrity

    I wonder how much coaching can change defenses in the NBA like they can in the NFL. I know Belein has coached always some pretty rock solid defenses at UM and maybe his coaching will translate to having these guys unlock some potential.
  6. Cavaliers Thread: Embrace The Mediocrity

    So is David Nwaba the only player on the team known for playing relatively good defense? And he might not be coming back lol
  7. Maurice Clarett did it to Sean Taylor in the national championship game and Von Miller did it last year when he just took the ball from Chris Carson against Seattle
  8. Which Ex-Player Talking Head is the Biggest Phony

    @Yin-Yang I agree, Chris Simms is awful. He speaks with a weird arrogance for being the level player he was and it annoys me. I think its because his analysis is often very strong in one direction or the other.
  9. If NFL expands again, what cities are possibilities?

    Much rather put a team in OKC over adding another Texas based team. Portland could be another as well as people mentioned but they already share a very close fanbase with the Seahawks. It would be cool if wheverever they choose was a state that currently doesnt have its own team. A lot of that is in the MTN region but outside of Denver, there is not a big enough market city to warrent a NFL team. But I would be out on the SA thing in part because I live in a melting pot currently that is 2 hours from CLE, 2 hours from CIN, 3 hours from PIT and 3 hours from DET. Its sometimes a disaster and feels like there are too many teams stacked ontop of eachother.
  10. Cavaliers Thread: Embrace The Mediocrity

    Maybe, but the Raptors just won the NBA Finals with 1 great player and a bunch of average/above average players who know their roles. They won with depth. Lowry, Vanvleet, Gasol, Ibaka, Green, Powell are all very solid guys who can each hurt you on any given night--but they are all far from guys the Cavs wouldnt be able to get in a similar situation. You could only need to potentially hit on 1 franchise type of guy and then you have to fill in and build the roster around that one person by making smart FA decisions and developing serviceable young talent, hence Altman preaching development this offseason After this upcoming year the young guys will weed themselves out and we will know who is going to be in this for the long term. Cedi, Sexton, Clarkson, Nance, Nwaba, Zizic, 5th pick, 26th pick, ect will all have a good year this year 'proving' themselves. Once a few develop you can ship others off as trade pieces for solid veterans like Gasol, Ibaka or what the Nuggets did with Millsap to glue everything together.
  11. Longtime Broncos Owner Pat Bowlen has passed away.

    7 super bowl appearances, 7 losing record seasons in 36 years. Only owner in the 300 wins club in 30 years. Driver behind SNF, NFLN and overseas games. Insane. RIP Pat
  12. Best 2019 Offense and Defense

    Right but I dont think it can be understated coordinators schemes impact how high or low a defense can go. Pagano is a good DC, but Fangio was over there having his entire secondary playing so far above their heads every single week. Im not sure Pagano can replicate that. .
  13. Best 2019 Offense and Defense

    Serious question, do people really think the Bears defense is going to be the same as last season with the loss of Fangio and secondary players like Callahan and Amos (replacing with Haha).
  14. Cavaliers Thread: Embrace The Mediocrity

    Yes and no. It seems to be the all around package. "Not a physical player on either end of the floor. Effort level, focus and confidence fluctuate. but looks extremely passive on the floor and tends to blend in completely and rarely utilizes his physical gifts and seems to avoid contact around the basket ” --DraftExpress "Deferred to teammates far too often. Competitiveness and toughness came into question during season....Determination and dedication need work ... Disappeared for long stretches in many games at Duke, lacking assertiveness ..." -- NBAdraft.net Ill gladly eat crow if he becomes a monster but he just has waaaaaay more question marks in his game than other guys that can be available. He has a extremely high ceiling which is great, but its a big gamble if he ever reaches it. However, having Beilein might work really well for him so I wouldnt be too upset.
  15. Cavaliers Thread: Embrace The Mediocrity

    Im basing it off of literally every single thing I have ever watched or read about the scouting profile of Reddish. Every single negative on Reddish you read across the internet is 'Does he really want to be a great NBA player?" or "Does he have the toughness to compete". He often shies away from contact and plays passive when hes not given open looks. From what I have read, A LOT of scouting places out there paint him as a Anthony Bennett type of bust candidate if he doesnt catch lightning in a bottle. I can deal with a guy in the draft that has some things to work on, but overall effort and questions about his 'care' and toughness you cannot just work on. That worries me when it comes to a prospect.
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