Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Can Cleveland Win Their First NBA Title?

At the beginning of the season, the Cleveland Cavaliers were a trendy pick to win the NBA Finals this spring. However, a slow start in the regular season scared a few people off. It took a few trades and roster adjustments, but it seems like Cleveland is heading in the right direction just in time. They are hoping to win the 1st NBA championship in franchise history by riding their stars.

Obviously, everything starts with Lebron James when talking about the Cleveland Cavaliers. He came back to Cleveland after spending 4 years with the Miami Heat. He was able to add what is success with Miami, winning 2 championships and making the finals every single year. He is hoping to keep that streak alive even in a different city. He’s not going to win the MVP in the NBA this year, but he is still playing like the best player in the game. He has complete control of the offense, and he has taken on a bit of a mentor role with a young roster.

Budding superstar Kyrie Irving is really going to be facing a test in his first-ever playoffs in a few weeks. He has been playing outstanding in the regular season the last month or so, but he needs to show that he can do it on the biggest stage. It helps that he does not have to run the offense all the time, and James and Irving have really learned how to play together throughout the year.

The biggest wildcard going into the playoffs is the 3rd star on the Cleveland Cavaliers, Kevin Love. The power forward just can’t seem to really mesh with this team. He has been a catch and shoot player way too much at times, and he can obviously do much more than that. Cleveland has been trying to use them more and more in the offense, but at times he is benched during the 4th quarter. He is never been a great defender, and that is something people are worried about when he is not playing well on offense. This is going to be his 1st playoff appearance of his career as well, and he faces more pressure since he is basically playing for a new contract in the summer.

The Eastern conference seems only have one legitimate contender other than Cleveland right now, in the Atlanta Hawks are starting to cool off. Cleveland is going to enter the NBA playoffs as the favorite in the East, but they will still need to get by whoever comes out of the West. It is hard to say that they are the clear-cut favorite when Golden State is playing so well, but Cleveland will be in the mix with their stars.

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Sunday, December 28, 2014

We Say Goodbye To NBA Unplugged

We say goodbye to NBA Unplugged.  The podcast lasted over 3 seasons and featured amazing guests from all around the NBA sphere.  We’ve interviewed other media members, NBA players, bloggers, European players and everyone else in between.  Below I would like to thank everyone who has ever appeared on NBA Unplugged and would like to invite them to join our new show, The Pull Up Podcast:

NBA Unplugged Guest List:

Sam Amick (SI)
Zach Lowe (Grantland)
Matt Moore (CBS)
Kenny Anderson (NBA)
Natalie Sitto (Need 4 Sheed)
Moke Hamilton (Basketball Insiders)
Frank Madden (BrewHoop)
Alex Kennedy (Basketball Insiders)
Steve Kyler (Basketball Insiders)
Rick Barry (NBA)
Tommy Dee (ChargedFM)
John Karalis (Redsarmy)
Jessica Camerato (Basketball Insiders)
Bryan Crawford (SLAM)
Gerry V (Pelicans TV Anchor)
Bob Rathbun (Hawks Play by Play)
Aaron Preine (Project Spurs)
JR Holden (European Basketball Champion)
Jackie Taylor
Tim Donahue (8 points 9 seconds)
Charlie Yao (Roundball Mining)
All That Amar (SLC Dunk)
JM Poulard (Warriors World/ Forum Blue and Gold)
Isaiah Canaan (NBA)
Ryan Allen (NBDL)
Jackie Carmichael (NBA)
Jeff Garcia (Project Spurs)
Sean Highkin (Hardwood Paroxysm)
Tommy Beer (Basketball Insiders)
JA Sherman (Loud City)
Steve McPherson (A Wolf Among Wolves)
Kalen Deremo (Roundball Mining)
Ish Smith (NBA)
Jarrod Rudolph (RealGM)
Jason Friedman (NBA.com)
Bryan Gutierrez (NBA.com)
Rey Rey (TNLP)
Eric Pincus (Basketball Insiders)
Michael Schwartz (Valley of the Sun)
Maurice (Barstool – Philly)
Jonathan Wasserman (NBAdraft.net)
Zach Harper (ESPN)
Ethan Skolnick (Palm Beach Post)
Royce Yound (Daily Thunder)
A Sherrod Blakely (CSSNE-Boston)
Dan Devine (Ball Don’t Lie)
Chris Sheridan
Tas Melas (The Insiders)
Darius Soriano (Forum Blue and Gold)
Jonathan Givony (Grantland)
Ric Bucher
Lang Whitaker (NBA.com)
Michael De Leon (Project Spurs)
Tim MacMahon (ESPN Dallas)
Kate Fagan (ESPN)
Stephen Litel (Hoopsworld)
Kevin Arnovitz (ESPN Truehoop)
Larry Coon (CBA Expert)
Tom Ziller (SB Nation)

The new show will start in 2015! 

Thursday, December 4, 2014

NBA Unplugged - Dec 4th with NBA All Star Kenny Anderson

NBA All Star, Kenny Anderson stop by to discuss point guards, both modern and old school, we discuss his 14 year career as well as the current projects he is working on, including an upcoming documentary.
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NBA Unplugged - Dec. 2nd with Frank Madden from Brew Hoop

Frank Madden from Brew Hoop stops by to discuss the new and improved Milwaukee Bucks! We discuss Giannis' Youtube channel, the growth of Jabari Parker and what having a group of good veterans can do for young players.

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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

NBA Unplugged - Nov. 25th with Tommy Dee from CHARGEDfm

Tommy Dee from CHARGEDfm stopped by to talk all things Knicks.  We discussed Carmelo's back spasms, Melo's piece in ESPN the Mag and what it meant to New Yorkers, the triangle offense, trade deadline possibilities and how to build a championship roster in New York.

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