Larry Drew will not return to Cavaliers next season

The Cleveland Cavaliers and head coach Larry Drew announced today they have mutually agreed that he will not return as the team’s head coach next season. Drew’s current contract expired with the conclusion of the 2018-19 Cavaliers season.

“We have great respect and appreciation for Larry and the job that he did as the head coach of the Cavaliers for nearly the entire 2018-19 campaign. He brought professionalism, class and steady leadership both this past season and prior four years,” said Altman. “Larry and I had a productive discussion about this past season, the future of the franchise and the search process that we will shortly launch regarding the head coaching role. Larry respectfully declined to participate in the search process and will not be returning to coach the Cavaliers. All of us in Cleveland wish Larry nothing but the best going forward.”

Drew was named head coach of the Cavaliers on November 5 and guided the team to an overall record of 19-63, with all 19 wins coming after Drew took over following the team’s 0-6 start to the 2018-19 season. Prior to his arrival to Cleveland, Drew held head coaching stints in Atlanta and Milwaukee before joining the Cavaliers first as an Assistant Coach and later as the Associate Head Coach, which includes the 2015-16 campaign when Cleveland won its first-ever NBA Championship.

“I want to thank Dan Gilbert, Koby Altman, the entire organization, and especially our fans, for what has been a very special and rewarding time here in Cleveland. Koby and I had a good discussion following the season and have both decided that the best decision for each of us was that I would not return to coach the team,” said Drew. “I am very proud of what we accomplished over the last several years together and will always cherish our Championship. I also want to commend our players this season for the bond that they established, the way they approached their jobs and the hard work and growth they had every day. I am very proud of them and wish them the best as they continue to develop for the future.”

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Cleveland to host 2022 NBA All-Star Game

The NBA announced today that Cleveland has been selected to host NBA All-Star 2022, when the league will be commemorating its 75thanniversary.  The 71st NBA All-Star Game will take place at Quicken Loans Arena, home of the Cleveland Cavaliers, on Sunday, Feb. 20, 2022.  The Cavaliers previously hosted NBA All-Star in 1997, when the NBA celebrated its 50th anniversary, and in 1981.

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver made the announcement today during a press conference at Quicken Loans Arena, where he was joined by Cavaliers Chairman Dan Gilbert, Cavaliers and Quicken Loans Arena CEO Len Komoroski, Cleveland Mayor Frank G. Jackson, Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish and U.S. Representative, Eleventh Congressional District of Ohio, Marcia Fudge.

“Cleveland is a passionate sports city with a proven track record of hosting large-scale, global events,” said Silver.  “We thank Dan Gilbert, Len Komoroski and the civic leaders for their commitment, and we look forward to a weeklong celebration of our game.”

With the current, large-scale arena renovations underway that will be completed in advance of NBA All-Star 2022, the game and extended activities in the transformed Quicken Loans Arena will offer fans an enhanced experience.

“We are proud to host NBA All-Star weekend in Cleveland in 2022,” said Gilbert.  “We have been working with the NBA, the City of Cleveland and Cuyahoga County to deliver this iconic event to Northeast Ohio for the last couple of years.  The transformation and new state-of-the-art Quicken Loans Arena was an important factor in the NBA’s decision to choose Cleveland for this exciting classic broadcast across the globe. The world will get to see the modern Cleveland and all of its diversity, innovation and promise for the future.”

“Along with the excitement and appreciation for the NBA selecting Cleveland and Quicken Loans Arena to host NBA All-Star 2022, we want to extend a big ‘thanks’ to our local partners at Destination Cleveland and the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission, and our City, County and Civic leaders,” said Komoroski.  “Their support and energy to always demonstrate what we as a community do best is at the core of bringing these major events to our city.  We have a great partnership that will deliver an experience fitting for the NBA All-Star global spotlight.  We thank the NBA for their confidence in this collective group, and we will put forth the focus and commitment to ensure that the players, fans, corporate partners, media and all who visit have an extraordinary experience in Cleveland and at the transformed Q in 2022.”

 “The City of Cleveland is pleased to host NBA All-Star 2022,” said Mayor Jackson.  “Our city is no stranger to hosting successful, large, global events.  It is a good opportunity, once again, for visitors to come to Cleveland and experience all we have to offer.” 

“This is great news for Cleveland and Cuyahoga County,” said Budish.  “When we made the decision to invest in the transformation of the Q, we were aiming for exactly this kind of result.  I am thrilled to see the NBA All-Star Game coming in 2022 with an expected $100 million economic impact to our region. Once again, our city and county will shine on the national and international stage and our businesses and residents will reap the rewards.”

NBA All-Star on court events will tip off on Friday, Feb. 18 at Quicken Loans Arena with MTN DEW ICE Rising Stars, an annual showcase for top rookies and second-year NBA players.  On Feb. 19, State Farm All-Star Saturday Night will feature the Taco Bell Skills Challenge and the Three-Point and Slam Dunk contests.  NBA All-Star 2022 will culminate with the NBA All-Star Game on Sunday, Feb. 20.

The NBA will host several events for fans of all ages at venues throughout the city, including The Wolstein Center at Cleveland State University and Huntington Convention Center of Cleveland.  These events, including NBA All-Star Practice and the NBA All-Star Celebrity Game presented by Ruffles, will feature basketball programming and entertainment for fans as well as up-close access to NBA players, legends and celebrities.

The league will also continue to celebrate its tradition and commitment to social responsibility with a full schedule of NBA Cares events during NBA All-Star 2022.  Through partnerships with schools, government and local nonprofit organizations in Cleveland and surrounding areas, the league will reach thousands of children and families and provide critical resources to community-based programs.

In 2022, the NBA All-Star Game will be televised in prime time on TNT for the 20th consecutive year, marking Turner Sports’ 37th year of NBA All-Star coverage.  The game will be broadcast worldwide in 215 countries and territories and in 50 languages.

NBA ALL-STAR HISTORY IN CLEVELAND

Cleveland last hosted NBA All-Star in 1997, when the league celebrated its 50th anniversary season.  The NBA’s 50 Greatest Players were honored during a ceremony at halftime of the All-Star Game.

The 1997 NBA All-Star Game featured a historic performance from Charlotte Hornets forward Glen Rice, who set an All-Star record for points in a quarter with 20 in the third period.  Rice finished with 26 points to lead the Eastern Conference past the Western Conference 132-120, earning MVP honors.

Also at NBA All-Star 1997, Los Angeles Lakers rookie guard Kobe Bryant won the Slam Dunk Contest, Chicago Bulls guard Steve Kerr triumphed in the Three-Point Contest and Philadelphia 76ers rookie guard Allen Iverson was named MVP of Rising Stars.

The Cavaliers also hosted NBA All-Star 1981, at Richfield Coliseum, the team’s home from 1974-94.  Behind MVP Tiny Archibald of the Boston Celtics, the East defeated the West 123-120.

Ex-Steeler Woodley: ‘The Browns could be a dangerous team’

The NFL is buzzing after Browns rookie QB Baker Mayfield’s performance in his first preseason action on Thursday night. Mayfield, who was the number one overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, threw for 212 yards and two touchdowns as the Browns defeated the Giants 20-10.

However, former Bills QB Tyrod Taylor is expected to start the season for the Browns. He was solid(5-5, 99 yards, 1 td) as well in his Browns’ debut on Thursday. Furthermore, Cleveland added a big-time weapon in WR Jarvis Landry, who they acquired from the Dolphins, and talented WR Josh Gordon is supposed to be back with the team at some point in 2018.

Will it be the same old Browns in 2018? Maybe not, according to former Steelers LB LaMarr Woodley. He believes the Browns could be a “dangerous team.”

“The Browns could be a dangerous team, man.  They can definitely be a dangerous team,” Woodley told TMZ Sports. “They made some good moves in the offseason with coaches, players. They get Dez Bryant, they going to be a tough team. You would hate to go in Cleveland and play in the playoffs because it’s cold as hell.”

The Browns have been 1-31 in the last two years, so they can’t help but to be better in 2018. No matter how you feel about Taylor, he is an upgrade at the QB position, and Landry helps, too.  Cleveland does need to get better on the defensive side of the ball. They were 31st in points allowed last season, so that has to improve.

Concerning free agent WR Dez Bryant, he will reportedly meet with the Browns next week. The 29- year-old numbers have dipped in the past few years, but he should be very motivated to play well, so if the money is right, maybe Bryant to Cleveland could be a good thing.

Do the Browns make the playoffs? I don’t think so, but things should be better in Cleveland in 2018.

Gareon Conley rape case goes to grand jury; no charges filed!

UPDATE: No charges filed against Conley

 

According to the Cleveland Police Department, the rape allegation against Oakland Raiders CB Gareon Conley is headed to a grand jury to determine whether to indict the 22-year-old rookie.

Conley, who recently signed his rookie deal with the Raiders, was accused of rape by a woman in Cleveland shortly before the NFL Draft in April.

According to NFL.COM:

Conley told Cleveland police in May he had a consensual sexual encounter with the woman who accused him of rape and denied assaulting her, his attorney, Kevin Spellacy, told NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport. Spellacy added that Conley has cooperated “100 percent” with the investigation.

Conley was expected to be drafted in the top 10, but after the rape allegation, he ended up falling to the Raiders at 24.

 

Report: Dan Gilbert did not talk to LeBron before parting ways with GM David Griffin

According to ESPN’s Brian Windhorst, Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert did not talk to LeBron James before parting ways with former GM David Griffin on Monday. Obviously, this is an interesting development. In April, LeBron came out in support of Griffin. Furthermore, you would think LeBron would know about any and everything that goes on within the Cavs’ organization. Is this the beginning of the end of LeBron in Cleveland?  James can opt out of his contract in 2018. Plus, there has been a lot of speculation about LeBron and Los Angeles. Also, according to reports, LeBron’s wife wants to live in Los Angeles.

Dan Gilbert must not like prosperity! This is a very pivotal summer for the Cavs. Whatever happens, Gilbert better not mess this up!

Here is David Griffin’s statement about his situation with the Cavs:

LeBron’s family did not want him to return to Cleveland

Last year, LeBron James fulfilled his promise to Cleveland and won a championship. However, if it were up to the family of “King James,” LeBron still might be in Miami. In an episode of Uninterrupted’s The Shop, James talked about his mom and his wife’s initial reaction when LeBron talked to them about possibly returning to Cleveland in 2014.

“My mama and my wife was like, ‘fu__ that. I ain’t with that.’ My mom was definitely like, ‘fu– that. We ain’t going back,’ explained James.

LeBron’s family did not want him to return to Cleveland because of the nasty letter written by Cavs owner Dan Gilbert when LeBron left Cleveland to go to Miami in 2010. James talked about what he had to do to convince his family why a return to Cleveland was a good thing:

“I had to finally be just like, ‘you know what mom it ain’t even really about that.’ Me going back is more of a bigger picture, and it’s more of all these kids, all these people that need inspiration, and need a way to get out, and I believe I’m that way out. And so, I had to be like as much as like my mom mean everything to me, and my wife mean everything, my kids, my mama she was so like ‘if you go back, I ain’t going back with you.’ she was like, ‘I’m staying in Miami or I’m going somewhere else, send me somewhere else.’ I had to be like, let’s not worry about the small sh–, and let’s worry about us trying to build something bigger than our name.”

Based off what happened last year, LeBron made the right move!

Why the Boston Celtics should be proud of what happened in 2017

In reality, the Boston Celtics really did not have much of a chance to beat Cleveland in the Eastern Conference Finals. Even with a healthy Isaiah Thomas (ruled out for the playoffs w/ hip injury), Boston is not talented enough to dethrone King James and the Cavaliers. However, no matter what happens the rest of the way against Cleveland, this season has been a success for the Celtics. First, you have found a star in Isaiah Thomas. Next, you had the best record in the Eastern Conference, and advanced to the Eastern Conference Finals. Finally, you have the number one overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, and with the way things are going in Brooklyn, you might get another lottery pick in 2018. 

While Isaiah Thomas has proven to be a star, the C’s need more. Can you win a championship when your best player is 5’9? It is very difficult to build around a player that small. Ultimately, Thomas broke down when the Celtics needed him the most. Now, Boston has to figure out how to get to the next level.  Do you stand pat at one and take Markelle Fultz, or do you trade the pick, and try to put together a package to get Jimmy Butler or Paul George? Butler or George brings you closer to Cleveland. If you have an opportunity get George or Butler, you have to give it some serious thought. On the other hand, maybe you keep the pick and try to get soon to be free agent Gordon Hayward this summer. Hayward and Celtics coach Brad Stevens obviously have that Butler connection.  Maybe that connection could be enough to bring Hayward to Boston. According to The Vertical, Boston is expected to go hard after the 27-year-old Hayward in free agency. Obviously, bringing in Hayward and Fultz brings the Celtics much closer to Cleveland as well. 

Anytime you have the best record in the Eastern Conference, advance to the Eastern Conference Finals, and have the number one overall pick in the draft, your season is a success. Nevertheless, sometimes that next step is the hardest step.