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Making a case for the Cavs to get Jose Calderon– “Calderon sees the court exceptionally well, something that Irving struggled with as a rookie without a decent mentor. If Calderon can teach Irving how to see and use the best passing lanes, as well as how to keep his teammates involved and productive, the impact could be amazing. Calderon has the skill set and the experience to help accelerate Irving’s development from an impressive rookie to a truly elite offensive force.
Calderon’s defense is another matter entirely; John Hollinger once compared him to a traffic cone. The Raptors were 7 points worse defensively when Calderon was on the court, and that is not likely to change with Calderon turning 31 before the start of next season. While Irving can learn a lot from Calderon on the offensive end, he (and everyone else) should be required to shut their eyes when Calderon is defending – heck, that’s probably what Calderon is doing. We’re talking Jeff McInnis-bad here.
But the Cavs don’t need a lockdown defender backing up Irving next season. They need a mentor for the young man, and Calderon would be a very good fit.” [Curry/Cavs HQ]
“It’s not easy to accept the quick downfall of Hillis. This was a guy who became the identity of the Browns offense two years ago out of nowhere. Just as quickly as he gained his fame, he lost it. I don’t want to remember the drama-filled season with Hillis. I want to remember the good times, like when he hurdled a Falcons defender or bulldozed over a Panther into the end zone.
After bypassing on Hillis in free agnecy, the Browns made a fast transition away from him. When April’s draft hit, they traded up to the No. 3 pick to take Alabama running back Trent Richardson. We haven’t seen Richardson play a single snap as a member of the Browns, but he has garnered a lot of support for the way he has carried himself around Berea this offseason. Hillis might be a distant memory to some, but this writer has not forgotten about him. I still check out our Kansas City Chiefs affiliate, Arrowhead Pride, every couple of days to see what the latest news is with Hillis. During last year’s offseason, he was pulling trucks as part of his workout routine. As it turns out, he’s doing the same thing as a member of the Chiefs. The Kansas City Star even shot some video of it recently. It almost makes me feel like he’s still a member of the Browns…but he’s not.” [Pokorny/Dawgs by Nature]
Watch this video of Charles Barkley talking about how the SEC works, framed in a story of the first time he met Dirk. [Men of the Scarlet and Gray]
“The Cleveland Cavaliers have been linked to CSKA Moscow’s Alexey Shved as a potential Free Agent target over the last couple days. I wanted to learn more about him so I reached out to some people familiar with Shved and the CSKA organization last night. I asked about Shved’s contract situation with CSKA, as well as how they would describe Alexey as a player. I also asked if they knew anything directly related to Shved and the Cleveland Cavaliers, but they didn’t. ” [Bowers/Stepien Rules]
“Larry Doby walked onto a team whose players didn’t have all that much use for him, and not only due to the age-old scorn of rookies. There were honorable exceptions—Joe Gordon, Jim Hegan, and Bob Lemon being names you might well recognize—but to most of the rest, Doby was an interloper, not a teammate. From opposing players, opposing managers, and fans, he got treatment that is still painful to recount at this far remove. “I can’t see how things were any different for me than they were for [Robinson],” Doby would later say.
He was partly right. The animus against him was comparable to what Robinson suffered, but the support for him in his struggles was much less. For one, the black newspapers of the day, united in extolling Robinson, let Doby fade from their pages. The story was the First Man, not the Next Man. This was short-sighted: that next man mattered very much, in insuring that Robinson wasn’t a fluke, that there would be a next man, and a next, and a next.
But it’s understandable that they might not look too closely at his performance, because in 1947, it did not stand much scrutiny. To be blunt, Larry Doby had an awful 1947. He started exactly one game (the day after his debut), and his .156/.182/.188 line over 33 plate appearances didn’t justify much more.” [Hardball Times]