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Cavaliers announce Fred McLeod’s TV replacement on FOX Sports Ohio

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The NBA season is just around the corner and the sudden death of long-time TV play-by-play broadcaster Fred McLeod at age 67 was a shock.

The tragic news just happened two weeks ago and the team finally made a decision who would replace McLeod and also who would do the radio broadcasting.

John Michael, who replaced fan favorite Joe Tait on the radio after his retirement, has been selected to move from calling Cavs games on the radio to announcing with Mr. Cavalier Austin Carr on Fox Sports Ohio telecasts this season.

Replacing Michael on play-by-play for radio broadcasts will be Tim Alcorn, who has been a part of the Northeast Ohio sports scene for more than thirty years.

The game analyst on radio will be the same as Carr’s former Cavs teammate, Jim Chones, will team with Alcorn.

In a press release issued by the team, Tad Carper, the Cavaliers’ Executive Vice President and Chief Communications Officer, explained the decision to hire Michael as McLeod’s replacement.

The late Fred McLeod of the Cavs 2012 photo By Erik Drost, CC BY 2.0, https

“The loss of Fred McLeod is something that has hurt all of us greatly. Certainly, we will always carry great thoughts and memories of Fred with us forever,” said Carper. “We are fortunate, though, to have John Michael as part of our broadcast family. John is a very talented, dedicated, hard-working and insightful broadcaster who has a great spectrum of experience and perspective to now bring to our TV broadcasts.”



Cavs sign former Orlando Magic power forward Jarell Martin

Jarell Martin at LSU shooting free throws 2015 By Dennis Adair, CC BY-SA 2.0, https

The Cleveland Cavaliers feel that they have enough talent on the roster without having to go out and spend big bucks on famous free agents and thus have had a very quiet offseason.

But Friday, they signed a very good swingman/power forward in Jarell Martin, formerly of the Orlando Magic.

Martin, who is just 25, was selected in the first round of the 2015 NBA Draft out of Louisiana State University by the Memphis Grizzlies, the 25th player taken overall. During his four-year career in the league, he spent the first three seasons with the Grizzlies before being traded in July 2018 to the Orlando Magic.

As a freshman, Martin started 25 of LSU’s 34 games and averaged 10.3 points, 4.6 rebounds and 26.2 minutes per game. He ranked ninth in the SEC among freshmen in scoring, and seventh among SEC freshmen in rebounding. He averaged 11.4 points per game in SEC action with 12 of his 18 double figure scoring games coming in SEC play. For his performance, Martin was selected to the SEC All-Freshman Team.

As a sophomore, Martin led LSU with 16.9 points per game and increased his rebounding to 9.2 per game. He had a career-high 28 points against Florida on February 21. He had 15 double-doubles and helped lead the Tigers to the NCAA Tournament.

On March 25, 2015, Martin declared for the NBA Draft, forgoing his final two years of college eligibility. Many observers from the NBA, felt he should have stayed at LSU one more year.

The talented Martin has played in 184 NBA games, plus in the G League. During his NBA career, he’s started 40, with 36 coming during the 2017-18 season and has averaged 5.4 points and 3.5 rebounds per game.

Cleveland Cavaliers announce 2019-20 Preseason Schedule

2019 CAVALIERS PRESEASON SCHEDULE (all times Eastern):

Monday, Oct. 7 vs. San Lorenzo de Almagro (Argentina) – 6:00 p.m. at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse

Friday, Oct. 11 @ Detroit – 7:00 p.m. at Little Caesars Arena

Sunday, Oct. 13 @ Boston – 3:00 p.m. at TD Garden

Tuesday, Oct. 15 vs. Boston – 7:00 p.m. at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse

All Cavs preseason games will be broadcast on FOX Sports Ohio and carried on the Cavaliers’ flagship radio station WTAM 1100 AM.

The rebuilding Cleveland Cavaliers, led by veterans Tristan Thompson, Kevin Love, Larry Nance Jr., have announced their upcoming preseason schedule. It is comprised of four games, 2 at home, 2 away and starts on October 7 and ends on October 15.

New to the schedule is a foreign team, San Lorenzo de Almagro of Argentina’s Liga Nacional de Básquet (LNB). That matchup will also mark the sixth time the Cavaliers have faced an international opponent in preseason play (2006-Maccabi Elite Tel Aviv, 2009-Athens Olympiacos, 2010-CSKA Moscow, 2012-Montepaschi Siena, 2014-Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv).

The reigning Argentinean championship team, San Lorenzo de Almagro, plays its home games in Buenos Aires, Argentina, as part of the LNB. The game will mark the club’s second time facing an NBA team during NBA preseason and the second game in NBA history between an Argentinean team and an NBA franchise (San Lorenzo de Almagro previously faced the Toronto Raptors in Toronto, Ontario, on Oct. 14, 2016).

Current teams (2018–19 season)

Club City Province Seasons Arena Capacity
Argentino Junín Buenos Aires 10 El Fortín de las Morochas 1,465
Atenas Córdoba Córdoba 34 Carlos Cerutti 3,730
Bahía Básquet [note 1] Bahía Blanca Buenos Aires 30 Osvaldo Casanova 4,000
Boca Juniors Buenos Aires Buenos Aires 29 Luis Conde 2,000
Ciclista Olímpico La Banda Santiago del Estero 13 Vicente Rosales 3,964
Comunicaciones Villa Merceds San Luis 1 Estadio Comunicaciones 3,500
Estudiantes Concordia Entre Ríos 8 Gigante Verde 1,610
Ferro Carril Oeste Buenos Aires Buenos Aires 24 Estadio Héctor Etchart 4,500
Gimnasia y Esgrima Comodoro Rivadavia Buenos Aires 29 Socios Fundadores 2,276
Hispano Americano Rio Gallegos Santa Cruz 2 Boxing Club 2,000
Instituto Córdoba Córdoba 7 Angel Sandrin 2,000
Libertad Sunchales Santa Fe 19 Hogar de Tigres 4,000
Obras Sanitarias Buenos Aires Buenos Aires 21 Estadio Obras (Templo del Rock) 3,000
Peñarol Mar del Plata Buenos Aires 31 Islas Malvinas 8,000
Quilmes Mar del Plata Buenos Aires 24 Once Unidos 3,000
Quimsa Santiago del Estero Santiago del Estero 8 Estadio Ciudad 5,200
Regatas Corrientes Corrientes 14 José Jorge Contte 4,000
San Lorenzo Buenos Aires Buenos Aires 4 Polideportivo Roberto Pando 2,700
San Martín Corrientes Corrientes 6 Raúl A. Ortiz 2,500
La Unión Formosa Formosa Province 10 Cincuentenario 4,500


LBN information produced by & courtesy of Wikipedia Commons

Cavs draft talented Alabama Crimson Tide point guard Collin Sexton with eighth pick in NBA Draft



Collin Sexton as a McDonald's All-American 2017 photo By TonyTheTiger - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https


The Cleveland Cavaliers, with an obvious shortage at point guard, drafted Alabama’s Collin Sexton.

Sexton is one of the young college players that was available that it was rumored on Radio, TV and Talk Shows that LeBron James wanted to see the team draft for him to consider staying put.

He may get plenty of playing time for the Cavs next season.

The 19-year-old played just one season at the Southeastern Conference school.

Sexton is a dominant point guard with top-notch athleticism, plenty of spirit and zeal necessary to be successful in the NBA. In his only season with the Crimson Tide, he averaged 19.2 points, 3.8 rebounds, and 3.6 assists per game.

On November 25, 2017, Collin Sexton scored 40 points while playing shorthanded (3-on-5) during most of the second half in a loss to the University of Minnesota. In the opening game of the SEC Tournament, Collin Sexton scored 27 points against Texas A&M including the game winning buzzer-beater, then 31 points in a quarterfinal win over #1 seed Auburn, and 21 points against Kentucky in a loss during the semifinals. Collin Sexton was named to the All-tournament team after averaging 26.3 ppg, 3 apg, and 5 rpg in 3 games.

Following Alabama’s loss in the 2018 NCAA Tournament, Sexton announced his intention to forgo his final three seasons of collegiate eligibility and declare for the 2018 NBA Draft, where he was expected to be a first round selection and was.

Prior to his stint at Alabama, He was one of the top basketball players in the State of Georgia.

Sexton transferred to Pebblebrook HS, prior to his junior year and helped the Falcons to a 2016 Georgia Region 3-6A title and the 2016 Georgia Class 6A state championship game; averaged 23 points, 7.4 rebounds and 2.9 assists.


Sexton was considered as one of the best players in the 2017 recruiting class by , and ESPN. On November 10, 2016 Collin committed to the Alabama Crimson Tide, on the same day he signed his letter of intent (LOI).

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Collin Sexton
Point Guard
Mableton, GA Pebblebrook High School (GA) 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 182 lb (83 kg) Nov 10, 2016
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:5/5 stars Rivals:5/5 stars 247Sports:5/5 stars ESPN:5/5 stars ESPN grade: 100
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout#6 Rivals#7 247Sports#3 ESPN#6





Cavaliers coaching staff to have new look in 2018-19

With the NBA in its off-season period, there are going to be changes to every team whether you won your division, conference or even the NBA Finals.

Those changes even happens to assistant coaches and support personnel for each team.

The Cleveland Cavaliers, NBA runner-ups for the third time in the past four seasons, have started with their coaching staff.

Jim Boylan 2011 photo By Keith Allison, CC BY-SA 2.0, https

Phil Handy (courtesy Cleveland Cavaliers)

The changes started when former Wright State University star, Vitaly Potopenko, who worked with the Cavs big men, left to become an assistant under new head coach J.B. Bickerstaff last week.

Now, according to TV, Radio and Talk Show reports, Cleveland will not renew the contracts of assistants Jim Boylan and Phil Handy.

Expected to move up are Dan Geriot, who worked with Handy in player development and former Cavs player Damon Jones.

Jones’ promotion is the key here. Because it is widely known that Jones, who played in Cleveland from 2005-2008, is a very close friend of LeBron James. Sources and rumors have it that James might have wanted him on the coaching staff in order to stay. James’ preference is to stay with the Cavs. He has said all season, his preference this time would be for family and winning.

Damon Jones could be promoted to Tyronn Lue's revamped coaching staff. 2006 photo By Keith Allison from Baltimore, USA, CC BY-SA 2.0, https

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