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Posts Tagged ‘Delonte West.’

Cavaliers add Sessions and Hollins; rid themselves of troubled West

 

The Cleveland Cavaliers made a multi-player trade with the Minnesota Timberwolves on Monday, trading away troubled guard Delonte West and seldom-used point guard Sebastian Telfair to the Minnesota Timberwolves for point guard Ramon Sessions, 7-footer Ryan Hollins and a future second-round pick.

Ramon Sessions (nba)

Ryan Hollins (nba)

Sessions is a quick, pick-and-roll specialist who spent last season backing up rookie Jonny Flynn on the Wolves.

Sessions averaged 8.2 points on 45.6 percent shooting with 3.1 assists in a career-low 21.1 minutes per game last season. He signed a four-year, $16 million deal to join Minnesota before last season. The South Carolina native is a very close friend of Cavaliers guard Mo Williams from their days with the Milwaukee Bucks.

Hollins, who is 25-years-old, is a super-athletic, very raw, forward-center, almost like J.J. Hickson was when he came out of college. He averaged 6.1 points and 2.8 rebounds last year for the T-Wolves.

Cleveland did all they could to work with and help keep Delonte West out of trouble, but he was always having off-the-court issues.

West pleaded guilty in Maryland earlier this month to weapons charges. He was sentenced to eight months of home detention with electronic monitoring, two years of unsupervised probation, 40 hours of community service and  psychological counseling.

His sentencing would allow West to attend practices and travel to NBA games as his team’s schedule requires. The NBA is reviewing the case for possible league discipline.

West averaged 8.8 points and 3.3. assists in 25 minutes per game.

compiled from staff, wire, NBA, Cleveland Cavaliers and Minnesota Timberwolves news

LeBron James takes his sideshow and entourage to Miami

compiled from staff and wire reports with commentary

First of all, I never understood why LeBron James was called King James. He has never really lived up to that billing. I was in several press conferences after Cavs games and members of the media called him “King.” He never did because he is and never will be my “highness”.

Secondly, LeBron says that he couldn’t win with Mo Williams, Delonte West and Antawn Jamison. Well he, told the Cavs to go out and get Williams and West. Plus, he had a choice between Jamison and Amare Stoudemire and he picked Jamison, who he said when the trade was announced, “fits our style more”.

LeBron James (nba)

Third, it was James who criticized head coach Mike Brown for his player rotation in the playoffs by not playing J.J. Hickson, Anderson Varejao, Zydrunas Ilgauskas and Booby Gibson more. Thus, Mike Brown is on the unemployment line. And I was told by several people who cover the club more often I do, that he was also critical of former GM Danny Ferry.

Fourth, by not meeting with Michigan State coach Tom Izzo should be that LeBron had no intention of coming back. I deal with Izzo from a media standpoint on teleconferences and phone interviews, at OSU-MSU games and the Big Ten tournament and he is a very nice and decent man, human being and should not have been snubbed by the self-proclaimed King.

I feel that the only mistake that Cavs owner Dan Gilbert made was catering to LeBron James. I don’t think any one player should have a say in player personnel matters. But if he does, “man-up” and admit you criticized and helped make player selections and admit you own play was less than stellar.

Several members of the media have told me over the years that the Cavs did everything possible to please LeBron. They moved the team’s practice facility 20 minutes closer to his Akron home; his management team was able to fly and travel with the team. no other player received this treatment but him.

So, LeBron on his self-righteous ESPN 1-hour special announces that he’s going to play in Miami with Chris Bosh, Dwayne Wade to win an NBA championship.

He talked as if they’ve already have won it. Winning and talking are two different things and it takes 100 games to get the NBA’s final game, that is if every series goes to a 7th game.

James said that all three will be taking less money to win a title.

The Heat’s roster will have 11 players making at least the NBA minimum of $1 million a year.

James will have a five-year, $96 million contract as an outside free agent.

Cavs point guard Mo Williams, who has played the last two of his seven-year career in Cleveland alongside LeBron responded to the news with congratulations but then took two hours to think it through. He disagreed with how James handled the revelation on national TV, telling the entire nation and world he was leaving Cleveland.

Williams believes that the Cavaliers will be good next year and the person he feels sorry for the most in the entire situation is former head coach Mike Brown who was fired after the second round playoff elimination by the Celtics.

With James now a former Cavs player, the franchise must move forward.

The team still have options available through trades and there have been talk of re-signing Shaquille O’Neal and Zydrunas Ilgauskas to share the center position.

The Cavs still have some pieces but most of the top tier free agents have signed but Cavs owner Dan Gilbert says they had a plan all along but won’t reveal it.

One thing is for sure, Quicken Loans Arena will not have the electricity that it once did but the Cavs have to find another star player to lead the way. He is out there, they just have to find him.

LeBron James is rested again; Magic stops Cavs, 98-92

compiled from staff and wire reports

Mikael Pietrus scored all 12 of his points in the fourth quarter and Jameer Nelson hit a big 3-point goal in the closing minutes as Orlando geard up for the postseason with a 98-92 win over Cleveland at Quicken Loans Arena on Sunday.

Cavs star LeBron James was given another day off to rest up for the playoffs.

Mikael Pietrus (nba)

Cleveland’s regular-season home finale was basically a game where two teams went through the motions while getting ready for the playoffs.

Pietrus was a matchup nightmare in the playoffs last season for Cleveland, averaging 13.9 points in the Eastern Conference finals when the Magic eliminated the Cavs in six games. The 6-foot-6 swingman made a pair of 3′s to open the fourth quarter Sunday and Nelson delivered his dagger 3 with 2:53 left to put Orlando ahead 96-88.

“Superman” Dwight Howard scored 22 points and had 6 blocks.

Jameer Nelson (nba)

Delonte West had 21 points,Antawn Jamison 19 and Zydrunas Ilgauskas scored 12 for the Cavaliers, who finished the regular season at 35-6 at home with all 41 home dates being sold out for the first time. They now have 77 straight sellouts.

Cleveland Cavaliers 105 New Orleans Hornets 92; James leads the way with 38

compiled from staff and wire reports

Antawn Jamison scored 11 and had 11 boards for Cavs (Creative Commons /wfe photo)

LeBron James led the way with 38 points on 15 0f 22 shooting and dished out 9 assists as the Cleveland Cavaliers won their eighth straight game, 105-92 over the New Orleans Hornets, Wednesday night in the “Big Easy”, before a sellout crowd of 18,008.

J.J. Hickson scored 20 to backup Lebron. The Cavs led by as many as 17 points and never trailed after James’ floating jumper tied the game at 10 in the first quarter. Delonte West added 15 points and the-ever consistent Antawn Jamison scored 11 and pulled down 11 rebounds as the Cavs won for the 27th time over a team with a losing record.

The Hornets were led by Marcus Thornton with 20 points and Darren Collison added 17 for the Hornets, who will be eliminated from playoff contention if they lose to Portland on Saturday. David West put in 16 and Chris Paul struggled, finishing with five points and seven assists in 32 minutes of action.

Cleveland shot 57,1 percent and outscored New Orleans in the paint, 58-36.

The Cavaliers (57-15), currently holds the best overall record in the NBA, also improved its record away from home to 26-11, which is the best in the league in that category.

Zydrunas Ilguaskas, played his first game in a month and did fairly well. In 9:41 of action, he scored 1 point, grabbed 3 rebounds and dished out 2 assists.

James returns to lead Cleveland past Philadelphia despite sloppy play

compiled from staff and wire reports

Mo Williams Cavaliers point guard (Yahoo)

The Cleveland Cavaliers are the NBA’s best team but on Friday night, a fan not familiar with pro basketball might have thought otherwise. The Cavs played sloppy, shot only 10 of 31 from 3-point land and allowed 66 points in the paint.

But the difference in the Cavs and the 76ers is that Cleveland can win a game even if they play at 50% of their talent level. Thus the Cavaliers won 100-95.

LeBron James returned to score 23 points, grab 6 rebounds, dish out 10 assists and 3 blocks. Mo Williams had 21 points, 16 coming in the 2nd half and Delonte West with 17 points off the bench. West also came up with the game-clinching defensive play by intercepting a pass from Philadelphia rookie Jrue Holiday.

The 76ers are one of the worst jump shooting teams in the league, going 9 of 38 from the outside. But they found that going inside against Cavaliers was their best option. Cleveland playing without Shaquille O’Neal and Antawn Jamison, had problems with their interior defense. Philadelphia received 30 points from Andre Iguodala and 24 from Elton Brand and that kept them in the game.

However, down the stretch, the Cavs were able to switch Jamario Moon and LeBron James on Iguodala and Brand and they were a combined 2-10.

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