OJ Mayo is basketball person

by The Cavalier on June 27, 2008 · 38 comments

TJ POTATOWe felt really bad for TJ Potato during the draft last night.

You really just hate to see anyone get drafted by the Timberwolves, especially someone who’s a budding corporation and such.

TJ looked crushed, and rightly so – MINN is for guys who are just gonna disappear anyway, like the 27 guys in the first round of this draft not named Rose/Beasley/Potato.

Luckily, during DRAFT II: AFTERDRAFT, our young glasses-wearer was traded to Memphis, where we’re 15% less sad for him.

Since absolutely nothing else about this draft will ever matter (except that CHI/MEM now have excess PGs to trade to CLE), let’s focus on a discussion we had lasterday with not one, but two people, in various forms: LeBron to the Nets in 2010.

You see, at this point, any time anyone on the Nets ties their shoe, it’s reason for 150 articles about how it’s a sign that LeBron is going there when his free agency hits – travelling to Brooklyn to be the savior in their new arena that still isn’t being built, nor has agreements in place to be built, although it’s been “imminent” for 6 years.

Richard Jefferson gets traded to MIL for garbage – LeBron to the Nets! Yes, because LeBron wants to play in a non-existent building for a team consisting of Devin Harris, Tall Chinese Guy #2, and the Short Haired Frankenstein Twin.

All so he can hang out with Jay-Z more. Because all Jay-Z, owner of a hearty 5% (2%?) of the team, does is sit around at Nets HQ waiting to hang out with LeBron.

It’s simply not realistic, and this isn’t because we’re a Cleveland fan – remember, we soured on LeBron two years ago during the Malaise season. Let’s run it down, AGAIN:

1) LBJ’s focus is on China (and the global market). The Chinese market doesn’t care if he plays in NJ, NY, or CLE. The money will be the same.

2) LeBron is human, and he is from Akron, and he does like it there, from everything we know. He appears to care about his family more than basketball/business.

3) The Cavs are better than the Nets, and are clearly better run than the Nets. They’re also poised to make huge moves and have space next summer wrt the salary cap, so the big overhaul/acquisition is in position to happen right here and now. And he does want to win*, not just hang out with Jay-Z, which he can do all the time, anyway.

4) History/legacy-wise, bringing the city of Cleveland its first championship in 50+ years is far more significant than anything he could do for the Nets. Doubly so since he’s from there.

*This sums up our current feelings on LeBron. During the Malaise season, you may remember that we thought he might be a more talented Vince Carter. We’ve since amended that to something equally as gruesome – he’s kinda A-Rod to us. LeBron wants to win, but only because it’s good for the brand, not because he internally needs to.

The loss to the Celtics in Game 7 was great evidence for this – we believe a correct paraphrasing of his statement is, “The loss is fine; it was great to be a part of a historic battle with Paul Pierce that will be remembered,” or something to that effect.

We could be wrong, who knows. He’s young still. It’s just not want we want from our athletes. We may come around again on him again.


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1 Jordi June 27, 2008 at 12:51 pm

But NJ has an offense! And man with 2 first names is better coach than Coach Mike, right? And when was the last time a great movie was made in Ohio? See, you moved. Why can’t he?

2 The Cavalier June 27, 2008 at 1:30 pm

Honestly, I don’t care if he goes – it won’t bother me at all. I’m just saying that writing that every single thing the Nets do is a sign of that is stoopid.

3 The Cavalier June 27, 2008 at 1:31 pm

And that’s quite a turn-around considering I shed actual tears when Carlos Boozer left!

4 (NOT THE) The Cavalier June 27, 2008 at 1:53 pm

Oh who am I kidding. I really have fallen for the Lakers the past season and am now a Kobe stan. Boo Hoo ~real tears~

5 Jordi June 27, 2008 at 6:36 pm

That’s because Boozer made mean faces while talking to a blind man. Everyone knows that. He was like “Hey, Mr. Keller, you can’t see me! That’s why I am leaving.”

6 fife in the bay June 30, 2008 at 3:37 pm

why would anyone willingly want to go to jersey? i heard their new marketing slogan is “its like new york, but trashier!”

7 Lowered Expectations July 1, 2008 at 10:59 pm

So what about that movie?

8 Yahtzee July 2, 2008 at 11:58 am

NJ is moving to Brooklyn, whose NBA initials would be…

BRK? BK? BR? Brooklyn Nets sounds way cooler and less Jason Kidd/lose in the Finals a million timesish than New Jersey Nets.

Plus, Beyonce can be the captain of the dance team!

9 Jeremiah July 3, 2008 at 4:39 pm

So dumping Jeffersons bloated contract and adding Simmons expiring contract that all lines up with 2010 isn’t a sign that he would move? Especially after saying his favorite state is New York and favorite city is Brooklyn…writing on the wall Cavs fans. When you have that much money and don’t care about winning, moving to Brooklyn for a friend makes sense.

10 Jeremiah July 3, 2008 at 4:40 pm

So dumping Jefferson’s bloated contract and adding Simmons expiring contract that all lines up with 2010 isn’t a sign that he would move? Especially after saying his favorite state is New York and favorite city is Brooklyn…writing on the wall Cavs fans. When you have that much money and don’t care about winning, moving to Brooklyn for a friend makes sense.

11 The Cavalier July 4, 2008 at 9:51 am

I’m in the middle of a move – no internet.

12 joe c. July 7, 2008 at 12:21 am

obviously the cavalier has no internet. cant you tell from the comment he posted on the internet?

13 Yahtzee July 8, 2008 at 2:48 pm

My mom was on a flight to Vegas yesterday, and Rodney Stuckey, Arron Afflalo and Cheik Samb were on the plane. Several players at the summer league are staying at her hotel. While walking down a hallway, she claims that she saw Ben Wallace outside of a window…

14 Sam July 8, 2008 at 3:29 pm

Yahtzee, tell us more! Fascinating!

15 Boney July 8, 2008 at 9:35 pm

I bet Samb, Stuckey and Afflalo joined rode a train with your mom later that night.

16 Yahtzee July 9, 2008 at 6:12 am

Funny you should say that Boney, because they did indeed joined rode a train with my mother after the plane flight.

I was simply excited about the whole Vegas thing because because of the Ben Wallace symbolism. Not to get all FreeDarko on you, but a Michigander randomly seeing Ben Wallace through a window… it’s like he is so visible and so close, yet so far from what he used to be. He’s now like a 6 pt 8 rbnd atrocity of a contract who used to be a hard-workin’ face of a franchise.

So, Brand to Philly…

Poor Baron Davis…

17 Ben Wallace July 9, 2008 at 6:15 am

I’ll kick your ass, Yahtzee. Me and Sam’s sarcasm. Stupid punk.

18 Yahtzee July 9, 2008 at 6:27 am


19 TVBrain July 9, 2008 at 5:35 pm

Elton Boozer!

20 The Cavalier July 9, 2008 at 10:00 pm

Beware the Duke power forward – it is a wily beast.

21 ELTONBRAND-E July 10, 2008 at 2:23 pm


22 Yahtzee July 10, 2008 at 4:55 pm

So now that we’ve seen blog suicide, is blog homicide possible?

What blog would be the easiest/most entertaining to destroy and how could we destroy it???

23 The Cavalier July 11, 2008 at 7:48 am

Hey that’s a good idea!

24 vanillablue July 11, 2008 at 5:53 pm

Destroy all basketball blogs, except for those dedicated to TJ Potato. And this one.

25 The Frankman July 11, 2008 at 9:26 pm

BronBron to the Knicks. Awesome. Cleveland implodes upon heel turn.

26 Sam July 12, 2008 at 2:17 pm

Guys, I think I just saw Elton Brand outside my window.

O, how the mighty have fallen!

27 ARRIBAsports! July 12, 2008 at 7:33 pm

Los NEW YORK KNICKS son MUY ESTUPIDO por no cambiar a ZACH RANDOLPH no mas porque tambien quieren a ERIC GORDON. No saben que RANDOLPH va ser TERRIBLE con MIKE D’ANTONI? Especialmente cuando necesitan el espacio para ganar a LEBRON JAMES. Que Lastima!

28 Excuse me I Mihm'd Myself July 12, 2008 at 10:42 pm

Sorry, but I don’t speak Australian.

29 Jordi July 14, 2008 at 11:21 pm


30 Boney July 15, 2008 at 3:33 pm

umm, I just realized this guys but…

OJ is also short for ORANGE JUICE!

Wow, you learn something new every day!

31 Jay Ross July 15, 2008 at 4:52 pm

Obviously he got traded to the Grizzlies, but the point still remains. Arguably Memphis is a worse destination than Minnesota. Ouch.

32 Jordi July 15, 2008 at 11:24 pm


33 The Infamous T.O.N.Y. July 17, 2008 at 12:30 pm

Crap I forgot this site still exsisted! I seriously forgot all about it for like the past 6 months. And I’m one of the Originals! Same G-rated material, same lame commenters. Boney when’s that blog of yours gonna be up? Mind Of Boney pt.2 ?!?!!!?!11…I’m chilling in Seaside Heights for you clowns who come up to the Shore on the weekends. I’ll be at Club XS on Saturday, so gimme a shout out when you see me (n/h).

34 Jeremiah July 17, 2008 at 4:52 pm

I’m glad my comments were mysteriously erased. After reading them I realized how awkward it was written…and then posted twice…the same thing is about to happen again isn’t it?

35 jonny kilbane, esq. July 21, 2008 at 8:23 am

a PSA for all the haters out there: i was lucky enough to catch WSM? (twice) this weekend, and ya’ll are going to feel mighty stupid when you finally check it out.

and for the rest of you: you are not going to be disappointed…well, well, well worth the wait.

36 Boney July 21, 2008 at 2:38 pm

jonny = douchebag

that is all

37 The Cavalier July 21, 2008 at 8:29 pm

This is the first day I’ve been able to get into the admin areas in 3 weeks, so not sure what to tell you – I haven’t deleted anything.

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