Birds of the Week is a weekly column cooked up by RDE senior writer Zak Kolesar. Every Friday, Zak will dig through the depths of Twitter to find what you may have missed regarding your Cleveland Cavaliers and the League as a whole. Wondering about the name? Think of Austin Carr’s famous “bird” calling (it’s something you missed!). If you find something interesting on Twitter that you want to see discussed on this column, tweet your ideas to Zak at @ZKoltrane or @RDECavaliers. Enjoy!
Cleveland’s Birds of the Week
1. Can David Blatt be the man?
— Chris Sheridan (@sheridanhoops) June 6, 2014
I’m sure head coaching news for Clevelanders was making their heads spin in all sorts of directions this week. But most recently, it was announced that Maccabi Tel Aviv coach David Blatt would be leaving his former team to either become an assistant coach with the Golden State Warriors or a head coach with the Cavs. Either or, Blatt’s heading to the NBA, and he’s ready for it. A while back when the New York Knicks were thinking about Blatt as a possibility for their head coaching vacancy, an Israeli correspondent from Sheridan Hoops had penned this insightful note above to Mr. Blatt.
2. SMH x 100
Joel Embiid’s physical with the Cavs didn’t go well, and raised plenty of “red flags” ESPN reports he’s out of the race for the #1 pick.
— NBA Legion (@MySportsLegion) June 13, 2014
Since I didn’t want to post another dime this week from Sheridan Hoops, I decided to go with the opposite side of the Embiid rumors that have been circiling the Interwebs since late Thursday/early Friday. After working out with the Cavs, Cleveland talking head Tony Rizzo decided that he would “leak” information regarding Embiid’s physical with the Cavs.
First off, Rizzo isn’t big on Embiid at all. This just seems like a pity attempt for Rizzo to get people on his side by not rooting for Embiid to go No. 1. According to Sheridan Hoops, though, the Kansas center’s back check out just fine and no red flags were taken note of during his workout. Back off, Cavs Twitter.
3. I don’t like LeBron-CLE rumors/speculation, but this makes too much sense
Also a good point. RT @teamrobhogg: Lebron is in position to send the Heat to the lottery while the Cavs own a Heat 1st rounder……
— Conrad Kaczmarek (@ConradKazNBA) June 13, 2014
With the Heat aging, and showing it against the Spurs thus far, it’s not uncommon for Cavs fans to start speculating whether the King will return to his prior throne. Knowing the current status of the Heat and taking LBJ out of the picture, Miami could be in real trouble if LeBron decides to peace out this summer. And if he would do that, Cleveland could get a possible first-round lottery pick from Miami if they suck so much next year that they enter the lottery. Things are starting to look good for Cleveland, even if we don’t land LeBron. NBA’s Birds of the Week
4. Keep doing you, Landry Fields
— The Source Magazine (@THESOURCE) June 8, 2014
What’s more scary than a Nicki Minaj verse? Landry Fields dressing up as Minaj to perform his rendition of hit song “Starships.” The Toronto Raptors forward may have been doing this to impress Raptors ambassador and label mate to Minaj Drake. All we know from this Sing Your Face Off clip is that nothing will ever be the same.
5. It’s all in the braids
— NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) June 12, 2014
With the Heat on the brink of falling to the Spurs in five games, it’s no secret that Kawhi Leonard is a force to be reckoned with. Even though he doesn’t say or show much, he’s one of the most disciplined two-way players in the League right now. And he’s showing it against the best basketball player on earth. Making LeBron look human is a very difficult task, but Leonard is one game away from completing the job.
Make sure to stop by next week for more birds, and remember to tweet Zak at @ZKoltrane or @RDECavaliers!