I'll be on my second tour of duty over at Waiting For Next Year this weekend, so be sure to check in with me there all day today and tomorrow.
Also from 11am to 1pm today I'll be joining our friend Glenn Moore as co-host of The Dugout Sports Show live from Ganley Volkswagen / Subaru in Bedford, Ohio.
Listen live at TheDugoutSportsShow.com.
Have a great Saturday people.
I caught up with ex-Cavalier Donyell Marshall yesterday, who in July, was named to the George Washington University Men's Basketball staff. We talked about his time with the Cavaliers during that '07 Finals run, his thoughts on playing for Mike Brown, as well as his coaching career set to get underway this season with GW. Our conversation is below.
Stepien Rules: A few years ago in that run the Cavaliers team had, you made six threes in that game six of the EC semis and that team ended up going to the NBA Finals. Can you talk a little bit about that team, and that run that season?
Donyell Marshall: That team was a team that was unified, we fought hard for each other. If you look at the regular season we were in the top-10 in defense in the NBA, and in the playoffs we were the number one defensive team in the NBA. You know, its amazing how a lot of people feel that we were lucky to get to the championship. They sit up here and say 'look at the teams we played.' The last time I recalled, you tried to position yourself to get the easiest schedule to get to the championship [laughs]. That's why teams try to get the number one seed, and it's not our fault that we played everybody who was put in front of us and we beat them. Unfortunately, when we played San Antonio they were probably just more experienced and knew what to do when it came championship time.
I think that people don't give that team enough respect, especially in the Cleveland area. I think when you look at it, we were the only team from that area to ever make it to the championship. Whether you thought we were the best Cleveland team or not, really doesn't matter, but what matters is we're still the only team to ever let you experience that. And I think that you don't give enough credit.
These last couple teams, yes they won sixty games, or sixty something games, so yeah they might have been the best regular season team, but we were the best postseason team.
The recently acquired Cavaliers' guard Ramon Sessions was drafted in the 2nd Round of the 2007 draft by the Milwaukee Bucks. He played two years there, the first backing up Mo Williams and subsequently becoming bff's with him, and the second in a breakout campaign where he averaged 12.5 points, 5.7 assists, and 3.4 rebounds per game during the 08-09 season. From there he signed with Minnesota, and his numbers fell off some playing behind Jonny Flynn last season (8.2 / 3.1 / 2.6 in 79 games).What does any of that mean for Cavs fans though? Or more specifically, what can Cavaliers fans expect from Ramon Sessions both next year and the years to come? I wasn't sure, so I sent a couple emails out asking those questions.
I checked in our friend College Wolf from the T-Wolves Blog, as well as Frank from the Milwaukee Bucks Blog Brew Hoop. Their thoughts on Sessions from following him over the last three seasons are are below.
I know, it’s very early to bring out pre-season rankings, I know. Hear me out though; it’s right around eight weeks until the season begins, and in the following eight weeks yours truly will be bringing you such memorable blogs as:
- Ranking the West
- 25 pre-season predictions
- 10 players to watch out for in 2010
- Sophomore’s set to avoid the slump
- MVP Race
- 10 potential funny in-season story-lines
There’ll be a mailbag thrown in I hope, and a few general observations no doubt, so now is definitely the perfect time to rank the Eastern conference – because let’s be honest, if I don’t do it now I won’t ever get the time with my hectic blogging schedule and could you really live without your pre-season Eastern conference rankings from me? I’m just looking out for you guys. So without further ado… no comments
I can't help but look at the timing of these recent stories that have surfaced this week surrounding LeBron James and his "camp" and think that this is only the tip of the iceberg. I say timing because I can't help but watch these guys fall on their face and wonder if stories like these are surfacing now because the real people who actually did the heavy lifting in the cultivation of this "chosen one/king james/next Mike" image are no longer involved in the process. The Cavaliers organization and the Cleveland media are no longer there to protect and shelter the public portrayal of LeBron James. That job rests squarely and completely now on the shoulders of Maverick Carter, who is doing the best job he can. Which is an awful one, and his only client on the planet is being himself publicly hurting matters.
I'm not even talking about the debacle that was 'the decision' or the three hour 'clowning LeBronfest' that was the ESPY's either. I'm talking about this week. You know, the week it seemed things could only get better for the image of this guy who went overnight from the king, to the prince of Wade County. Only things didn't get better this week in the image department, actually they got much worse. And while I never sat next to Darren Rovell in marketing class, I gotta think this isn't the way you go about creating the brand of a global icon...all do respect to the marketing genius of Maverick Carter and company.Anyways, this first example almost isn't really their fault - aside from the fact that they turned they're back on their hometown. But this billboard is now up two miles from LeBron's house:
Just after 9pm Monday night Brian Windhorst confirmed that the Cavaliers trade for Ramon Sessions did go through via twitter:
"Cavs have traded Delonte West & Sebastian Telfair to Minny for Ramon Sessions, Ryan Hollins & future second round pick. Second round pick Cavs get in deal is for 2013."
On this trade, I did want to add to a few things to what I posted earlier on Monday.This isn't a blockbuster trade. This is a trade for Ramon Sessions. It is a significant move in part, though, because its not like the transactions we've seen over the last few years. As compared to acquiring a big name player with a huge contract on the downside of his career, this time the Cavaliers landed a solid young player, with a moderate price tag, on the upside of his career - hopefully.