Daily News - August 30, 2014

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Hosting the NBA All-Star Game in 2017 or 2018 is on Cleveland Cavaliers' radar
Author: Chris Fedor
Publication: Cleveland.com

"After an exciting few months, Cleveland has become the center of the sports universe, and the Cleveland Cavaliers would like to bring another event to the city in the coming years: the NBA All-Star Game.

A league official would not offer any specifics on whether Cleveland has made a bid, but admitted it's definitely on the radar and something the team is working toward.

The year 2017 is the next opening the league is looking to fill. The game will be held in New York in 2015. Toronto won the bid for the game in 2016." - CLICK HERE to read full story.

Talking With Cavs Big Man Alex Kirk about His Journey to Cleveland, King Kirk Twitter Handle, and More
Author: Brendan Bowers
Publication: Stepien Rules

"Alex Kirk was born in Los Alamos, New Mexico in 1991. He attended Los Alamos High School before being recruited by Steve Alford to play for the University of New Mexico. Kirk spent four seasons with the Lobos, red-shirting one year, making himself eligible for the NBA this past summer.

As a junior, this past season, the 7-0, 245-pound center averaged 13.3 points, 8.7 rebounds and 2.7 blocks. He is now a member of the Cleveland Cavaliers." - CLICK HERE to read full story.

Plenty to Watch at World Cup
Author: John Schuhmann
Publication: NBA.com

"The FIBA Basketball World Cup is the best hoops you can get outside of the NBA season. Yes, it’s better than the Olympics.

There are twice as many teams, allowing for more depth from Europe and the Americas. And there’s an extra round of single-elimination, tournament play, giving us 15 win-or-go-home games once pool play is completed.

No, the NBA’s top two players aren’t here. But there are 46 guys currently on NBA rosters, a high for any international tournament. And because Kevin Durant and LeBron James aren’t representing the United States, and because there is so much depth among the second tier of teams, the competition for medals will be captivating." - CLICK HERE to read full story.

Cavaliers GM admits concerns about rim protection on defense
Author: Kurt Helin
Publication: NBCSports.com

"You’re not going to have a better summer than the Cleveland Cavaliers had. They got the No. 1 pick in the NBA Draft (thank you lottery gods) and parlayed that into LeBron James and Kevin Love joining newly maxed-out Kyrie Irving. The Cavaliers are suddenly clear title contenders.

But there are questions, almost all of them on the defensive side of the ball. Specifically, who is going to protect the paint. Anderson Varejao is a quality pick-and-roll defender as big men go (when healthy) but he’s not a rim protector. We know Kevin Love isn’t. Brendan Haywood? Tristan Thompson? Nah." - CLICK HERE to read full story.

Power Rankings: 2014 World Cup Edition
Author: Marc Stein
Publication: ESPN.com

"There's only one way to properly prepare for the two-plus weeks of late-summer basketball that starts Saturday all over Espana: A special edition of FIBA World Cup Power Rankings from your trusty and fully international committee (of one). How they rank from No. 1 to No. 24 ...


Who else could sit atop the biggest field in tournament history? The Americans have won 54 games in a row, either in tournaments or exhibitions, since their last loss under Mike Krzyzewski in 2006. And they're widely seen as a lock to win their first eight games in Spain.

That's right: They're a presumed lock to start out 8-0 even after Kevin Durant, Kevin Love, Blake Griffin, LaMarcus Aldridge and Russell Westbrook all removed themselves from the roster ... and after losing poor Paul George, too.

For all the withdrawals and all the USA Basketball-related fretting over the past month, Spain remains the only team of the 23 rival nations assembled here that you'd give a legit shot to beat the Americans, which can only happen if both teams make it to the Sept. 14 final. I think they will, and I think the Yanks will take that game, too, but Spain is also the lone opponent in the field against which Team USA can answer the lingering questions about its lack of continuity, big-game experience or go-to guys in crunch time. So you'll have to be a bit patient as well." - CLICK HERE to read full story.

Record 45 current NBA players to compete in FIBA World Cup
Author: Brett Pollakoff
Publication: NBCSports.com

"When Paul George went down with a season-ending injury during USA Basketball’s showcase in Las Vegas, many wondered how players would react, and whether or not they might choose to sit out international play in the future, foregoing the risk while saving themselves for the rigors of the NBA season instead.

Some may indeed consider things more carefully moving forward. But just about everyone who was already committed this summer decided to stick it out, and the result is a record number of current NBA players slated to compete in the FIBA World Cup which begins on Saturday." - CLICK HERE to read full story.

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