Good evening, Mr. and Mrs. America and all the ships at sea! I’m an Optimist. You guys are probably Cavalier fans. Together, let’s take a tumble down that weekly wabbit hole that we like to call NEWS … AROUND … THE … LEAGUE.

I hope you dummkopfs are strapped in and girded up for our grand journey through the wide, wide world of sports. There will be little-to-no room for pussyfooting in today’s column. And you know how much I love to pussyfoot on a Friday.

Sunday, July 15 - 5:30 PM – Cleveland vs. Charlotte at Thomas & Mack
Monday, July 16 - 5:00 PM – Cleveland vs. NBA D-League at COX Pavilion
Tuesday, July 17 - 5:30 PM – Cleveland vs. Phoenix at Thomas & Mack
Thursday, July 19 - 5:00 PM – Cleveland vs. Minnesota at COX Pavilion
Friday, July 20 - 1:00 PM – New York vs. Cleveland at COX Pavilion
*All Times listed are PACIFIC

The 2012 is exactly two weeks away and the scouts have weighed in on the potential prospects.

Today, we look at some of the top power forwards from the college ranks – from bangers like Jared Sullinger and Thomas Robinson to big men with big range, like Andrew Nicholson and Arnett Moultrie.

The Wine and Gold scored big on the frontline last June with Tristan Thompson. Might they double-down when June 28 rolls around?

With the 2012 NBA Draft fast approaching, multiple sports publications are beginning to compile their mock drafts for the first round. With the Wine and Gold having two selections in the top 24, be sure to check periodically as we highlight and update a handful of these mock drafts leading up to draft day.

As we do each season leading up to the Draft on, let’s take a look at what some of the scouts had to say about the prospects the Cavaliers may choose from on June 28.

Cleveland is set at starting point guard, but the Wine and Gold struggled to replace Ramon Sessions after a deadline deal last season and could be in the market for Kyrie Irving’s backup when they’re on the clock for one of their four selections.

Here’s a look at some of this year’s playmakers …


Good evening, Mr. and Mrs. America and all the ships at sea! Me – I’m an Optimist. I’m assuming you guys are Cavalier fans, but either way, you best brace yourselves for another action-packed installment of NEWS … AROUND … THE … LEAGUE.

Last week, I tormented you readers by working all over the map – touching on off-brand sports like tennis, golf, soccer and spelling.

What the cuss was I thinking?!

Because most Cavalier fans are actually watching the Cavaliers during the winter months – turning half our focus to March Madness when it heats up in late February – we’re never really the college hoops experts we pretend to be when the NBA Draft rolls around.

In reality, there are no true Draft experts. If it was an exact science, Kwame Brown wouldn’t have gone No. 1 overall in 2001 and the man who drafted him wouldn’t have gone No. 3 in 1984. If anyone really knew, the Sonics would’ve chosen Kevin Durant ahead of Greg Oden.