One draft ends and another one begins. With the NBA Lottery set to pop off on Tuesday night, the chatter surrounding June’s NBA Draft will only pick up steam. Where the Cavaliers will select is yet to be determined, but this hasn’t stopped pundits—both local and national—to peg the Wine and Gold to a select handful of sharp-shooting swingmen, the most consistent of which is Creighton’s Doug McDermott. This past Sunday, Northeast Ohio Media Group’s Terry Pluto waxed philosophical about McDermott, wondering if he will be the next Kyle Korver or the next Adam Morrison. You have to scroll all the way down to the very bottom of the column (this is where the Cavs have apparently been relegated on the Cleveland Sports Discussion Scale), but all of the talking points are there—school size, skill set, you name it.
Run any Chad Ford lottery mock and—assuming you don’t luck in to a top three spot—the Cavs are linked to McDermott. Go to Sheridan Hoops and, you guessed it, the Cavs are linked to McDermott. Only DraftExpress has the Cavaliers going a different direction, but that’s only because they have the Pistons selecting him eighth overall.
While many want to knock Dougy Mac’s athleticism, he put it all out there during last week’s NBA Combine, tallying a 36.5-inch max vertical, an 11.1-second lane agility score, a 3.15 shuttle run and a 3.29 sprint. Conversely, he measured in at just 6-6 without shoes, and has a wingspan of just 6-9 which is typical for a shooting guard. It’s worth directing you back to our Draft Primer from a few weeks ago where Jacob and FOTP1 @CleveTA discussed the pros and cons of the mid-lottery wings. Their comp? None other than Wally Szczerbiak.
Have you heard the new “Johnny Cleveland” song? Well, if you haven’t….
Speaking of things being passed off as music, WFNY will be kicking off our World Cup coverage this week. The only reason I bring this up is because I was subjected to Pitbull’s new song, featuring the lovely Jennifer Lopez. It led off last night’s Billboard Music Awards and it’s nine kinds of awful. Worse, it’s the official song of this year’s World Cup which means that it will be played ad nauseum as a commercial buffer and while video highlights grace our televisions. If you haven’t heard it, here’s the YouTube clip. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.
On the other side of the spectrum, I couldn’t be more excited for the new Roots album which is set to be released on Tuesday. Pitchfork has been streaming it for a bit, and outlets like Spotify have been featuring the new single titled “When the People Cheer.” Following the trend of recent Roots albums, these guys are keeping it short—And Then You Shoot Your Cousin tips in just over 30 minutes. While this may leave some frustrated, it’s somewhat essential for a hip-hop concept album. If you’re looking for club bangers, you’ll want to avoid it completely. But if you’re looking for bold ground-level lyrics about cultural, demographic and theological conflicts intertwined with piano, vocals and Ahmir (Questlove) Thompson’s drums, then this is right up your alley. It’s nothing like what hip-hop is putting out right now, but maybe that’s not such a bad thing. Here’s a peak at the single. (And here’s your requisite ‘Explicit Lyrics’ warning.)
And just because: This kid is exponentially smoother than you.