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Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Out of left field

The braintrust at Cleveland Clinic Courts prides itself on shocking the world.

In the perfect world, when they make an offer to a player, they want to announce it. They don't want any leaks of news sneaking out. In the Internet world, that's not always possible.

There are bloggers and reporters sniffing around, as well as chat rooms and websites trying to find out what's going on.

Last Friday, the Cavs signed small forward Jamario Moon to an offer sheet. The Miami Heat have a week to match the offer. Many in South Florida think the Heat won't match the offer.

Yahoo! Sports reported it's a two-year, $6 million offer.

So, if that's true, they are paying Moon more than Anthony Parker.

But back to the Cavs. That's the way Cavs GM Danny Ferry operates. He doesn't want anything to get out.

The signing of Moon wasn't expected. There was little buzz about him. Looking back on it, I did hear his name, but dismissed it.

I've never been a huge fan of "Moon Boy," but he does some things very well. And, fortunately for the Cavs, some of his biggest attributes are things needed by the team. They wanted to upgrade their bench and perimeter defense.

He's a freakish athlete, who can jump out of the gym.

I attended a family reunion over the weekend. Upon meeting 82-year-old Aunt Vincy, she looked at me and asked: "Is LeBron staying in Cleveland?"

I was shocked that she followed the NBA, but the Cavs are so hot now, I guess everyone is paying attention.

My "spies" in Akron tell me they spotted James riding one of those stand-up, two-wheeled scooters up and down the street where he lives. You know, the one Paul Blart: Mall Cop used in the movie.

It must be his new toy.

James also had a major party at his home in Akron around the time Shaquille O'Neal was in town for his press conference.

Shaq spent some time last week in China.


Blogger Kevin said...

Major kudos on the family reunion comment...

Kevin Andexler

July 22, 2009 at 8:55 PM 

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