Thursday, July 11, 2013

The Low-Risk, High Reward: Andrew Bynum

Okay as everyone knows the Cleveland Cavaliers signed Andrew Bynum yesterday on a 2-year deal (6 million guaranteed and up to 24 million) with the second year optional. Andrew Bynum is only 25 and has shown brilliance on the court but is also cocky as hell. But do you blame him? Right now yes you can, but only cause he hasn't played in so long but when he has balled, he has been a force to be wrecken with in the paint. Here's what I see when i look at this.....

I'll start with the bad (end with the optimistic good possibilities).

The first thing I don't like about it is the fact Bynum hasn't played since 2011-2012 and won't do a workout for the team. I personally don't trust it and more specifically his knee. From what we know Bynum hasn't done much besides go bowling and "re-injuring" his knee. I know athletes re-injure past injuries especially in the knees but bowling? Come on now! He could have spent that time in rehab or attempting to do team type work out drills to try and strengthen his knee not put all his weight on one leg and mess it up again. Not working out for a team seems shady and makes him look like his knee still isn't healthy and is scared to not get his money he desires. Yes, he can easily be worth his 24 mil and maybe even more if he stayed healthy after the 11-12 season but right now 6 mil is fair.

When LeBron was with us our record was 349-225 (60.8% wins) with five straight seasons in the postseason. When LeBron left, 64-166 (27.8% wins), 0 postseasons and at one point had an 8-45 record with a 26-game losing streak.

Another thing I don't like about this pick up is if he does play, how is he going to play? Will he be rusty and look like a rookie being pushed around and look like dare I say Tyler Zeller last year? Or will he look polished and fresh and better than ever with a new relaxed knee and pick up where he left off in LA? The only person that has an idea of how he's going to play is Bynum himself. Even he himself is gonna be nervous about playing whether he says it or not.

Bynum should've did a little work out whether it was play Coach Brown to a game of 10 or even play a game of Around the World or H-O-R-S-E or something to show something to Brown and Grant what he can and can't do. It's not about being scared you're going to bring out a flaw in your game (or knee) but if anything to see what you're worth.

Okay I'm done with that bad stuff that you didn't want to hear.

Let's get to the goods now eh?!

Don't worry there are more positives.

On the whole, it's a good move for Cleveland, the Cavs and the fans. Cleveland needed that boost of confidence when it came to basketball. We have fell off cloud 9 since LeBron left and haven't been able to find our way back up there.

One positive we can all get out of this is when he last played with LA (60 games), he shot 55.8%, averaged 18.7 points and 11.8 rebounds (8.6 on the defensive side) a game and under 2 fouls a game. And he only missed 6 games! 6 games! The postseason was just as good for him averaging 16.7 points (shooting 47.7%), 11.1 boards and about 3 blocks. People can argue that it wasn't a full 82 game season but even that 66 game season is majority of a season and enough to hold up those averages.

Just another stat to throw your way, AB didn't play a single minute last year and still leads the NBA in post-up PPG since the 11-12 season and the Cavs are ranked 29th in post-up PPG since 11-12. Thompson had what I think a break out season last year (11.7 points a game/9.4 boards a game) and stepped up statistically since Varejao went out with his injury. That's not bad for a sophomore year and increased his points and boards by three from his rookie year.

Another thing Cavs fans can smile about is our core group of players is one of the youngest in the NBA, the average age of around 23 years old. Anderson Varejao is one of our oldest players at 30 and Bynum is only 25, if they can stay healthy then we can be a team to compete with. And if we reach the success that we have the potential for then we can have a lethal team for the next 10 years, given if everyone stays and Kyrie doesn't leave.

Andrew Bynum is one of the safest and greatest free agents Cleveland has ever signed. He is a low-risk with a high reward. If he doesn't play, he counts 6 million - of which the Cavs have 14 million to spend this summer or they lose it anyways. If he doesn't play, or does but not at a high level, he will count up to 12 million in incentives. If that happens you have to assume he's healthy and help the Cavs possibly make the playoffs this year. Or maybe even next year and win a round or two.

If AB plays I think the Cavs can win around 35 games, get out of the last place in the terrible Central Division and get a 7 or 8 seed in the weak Eastern Conference.

If Bynum becomes a scary post-player again and everything works out with him and LeBron somehow comes back then Chris Grant and Dan Gilbert are going to look like Gods and might have to change the name of Quicken Loans Arena to The Cloud 9 Arena.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Better Late Than Never

Things were pretty rough but now things are starting to shape up. It takes time and if you think things will get better fast then odds are your going to be wrong but everyone is different. It took a little over a month but I'm better now than I was before and starting to be the old me and happy. Sure I still have my times but they are not everyday like they were. I'm not gonna lie I still do miss her but I've faced reality knowing it won't happen again so there's nothing I can do but move forward. I'm looking forward and not dwelling on the past. I have found strength through pain and have learned a lot from myself. If I drink I don't do it out of depression anymore and when I laugh and all of that I actually am happy and not just laughing to cover up how I really feel. This doesn't mean I'm going to drink like crazy though haha.

But I'm pretty sure I'm done writing about everything now and don't think I need to anymore. Can't make any promises but most likely every post from now on is going to be positive and probably talk about March Madness since it starts in a couple days.

This is my birthday week so why be a downer about it? This week will be my turning point and turn out for the better. It's also spring break so going to try to be as busy as I can be with what I have at home here.

This is the smallest blog I have yet and feels like I've barely written anything lol but until next time I'm out!

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

It's that time again...

Everyday is a struggle but always seem to get through it. I don't know how or what gets me through but I just do. I think it might be that drive or false hope of things changing sooner than later and having things back to the way they were. I'm not one to have a lot of patients and get really frustrated easily but I know this is going to take time and have come to terms with it. The only thing I haven't come to terms with is not knowing what the outcome is going to be and it drives me crazy.

I go from 6 months of knowing what I want and feeling good about life and everything to struggling week in and week out and always have an attitude about everything and know it's not fair to anyone.

I think I'm fine and it helps to know your in my mind but then realize your not in my life and I'm back at square one. I don't sleep the same like I used to and it takes a toll on me during the day. When I do sleep you always seem to pop up in a dream and they are always good dreams then I come back down to reality. 

I knew we'd would spend a lot of time together but never realized how much time we spent until the weekends come. Everyday I feel like I need to talk to you but never know what to say. I've come close a few times calling you just to hear your voice but always chicken out. 

This is the only way I can deal with everything cause I'm not a big talker and just don't feel like talking about it with anyone.

It might have been the dumbest and corniest thing I've ever done but I put those certain songs on that cd because I felt like those songs could explain the way I felt about you and I still do feel that way with you. Also it might be really dumb to say but I'm bummed about this summer because we won't get to spend everyday or almost everyday with each other like we did last summer. 

I want to see you really bad and know if I do I would treat everything as if it was summer and wouldn't want to you to leave my sight and if you did I would just go back to thinking about you like crazy and wouldn't know what to do. If I saw you I know I would break down and would just want to hug you and not let you go.

I figure you don't believe in REAL second chances or any of that because you don't talk to your ex's but feel like if I got another chance every time we would be together would be like the summer. I know you gave me chance after chance the past 6 months but this is a huge slap in the face to me and I don't want to feel like this now and wouldn't let me or you feel like this if we dated again. I don't wish this feeling on anyone no matter what. It really is the worst feeling ever.

Not sure when another blog will come around but until then this is it. See ya later.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

My Therapy.

I guess it is true of the saying "you don't know what you got until its gone." The past few weeks have been really hard to deal with no matter what it seems. I've been miserable ever since it happened and haven't recovered one single bit. Sure it might seem like I'm fine but in reality I'm not even close to being ok. It's at the point where I'm not happy with anything anymore and have way too much time on my hands to think about everything and beat myself up over and over and over again. Times like this is when I was away at school to be with friends and to get my mind off of it but I'm not and its hard and try to get through it but I can't. Sometimes I'll just sit down and drink to ease the pain and other times I'll just stare off into space about to explode. I'm surprised there are not any holes in my walls or door yet because I've come really close A LOT of times or just scream for the hell of it.

I don't know how many times I've said sorry and thought I meant it but I guess I didn't until now. I was scared from the beginning of summer until the 5th of February when it ended. We are complete opposites and your a really good girl and I took complete advantage of it. I did what I wanted and walked all over you. I knew you would get mad about me going to parties and I went anyways and didn't care about you crying and all of that and didn't even think about staying home and showing up at your doorstep to be with you instead. The way I was with you is not who I am. And I know I've told you this before and you don't believe me cause I haven't given you reason to, but I would just get caught up in the moment and go with it even if I knew what the consequences we're going to be. I wasn't fair to you and you don't deserve that. I didn't date you all summer because everyday I would think about everything and was hesitant and thought I would hurt you at some point or another whether it was soon or later and the day I asked you was when I felt really good about everything and felt like nothing could go wrong with us. Then you went to school and then everything just fell apart. Sure you were 45 minutes away and would see you every week but it just wasn't enough whereas summer we saw each other everyday and had nothing to worry about. Every time I saw you I got scared but happy at the same time. You would give me chills in a good and bad way. If I could I would go back in time I would go back to the summer when everything was perfect and there was nothing to worry about.

Sure we always just laid low and watched movies when we hung out but I didn't care at all. I loved taking naps with you and waking up to you right there in my arm and thought I was the luckiest guy in the world to have a girl like you.

I think about you everyday and always end up seeing something or hearing something that reminds me of you. I had a talk with my mom the other day about you and couldn't deal with it so I walked away. She just took the picture of us down and she didn't even tell me you sent a card about my uncle (which meant a lot to me and I told you that). This is taking such a toll on me because I'm so mad that I drove you away from me. I know I poured my heart out to you and said we wouldn't break up but I knew it was going to happen no matter what.

I've said 'I love you' to two other girls and thought I meant it but being with you made me realize I only love you and have never been so attached to another girl like I was with you. I know we're both young and still teens and only basically dated 9 months and it all changed after 3 months. We tried and tried again to make it work but it just wasn't and I take all the blame for it.

You say you don't talk to your ex's but I don't want that to be the case for us. I had a hard time breaking up with you even if it didn't seem like it and knowing we don't talk now is hard for me.

No one can predict the future but all I know is I want you in mine one way or another.

I'm sorry about everything I ever did to you.

I love you so much Lisa.

Bye.

Monday, February 21, 2011

There's A First Time For Everything

Well this is the first of maybe a lot of blogs from me. I figured I'd give it a try and thought maybe it could help me out with writing since I want to become a journalist and write about sports more than anything else. I didn't think I would blog about anything because I thought it would be stupid but I thought twitter was stupid and now I tweet like crazy haha. I also made this because I'm just really bored and want to try something new. And I suppose I can use this as a way to vent and say whatever is on my mind at whatever time and write about whatever is going on with me or in the sports world or whatever.

I still am getting used to this whole thing and don't know how it works exactly or how people even read them so if people read them or not I don't really care. This can be like therapy to me if I need to get things off my mind and have no problems expressing the truth whether its good or bad.

But until my next blog I'm out.