John Michael, play-by-play voice of the Cavaliers Radio Network spoke with Sam and Brad to talk Cavaliers as the majority of the team will get some rest for the All-Star Break.

For the full interview, click here.

 

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Wednesday, 15 February 2017 16:03

AUDIO Fred McLeod Talking Wine & Gold

Cavaliers play-by-play man Fred McLeod from Fox Sports Ohio spoke with Sam and Brad Wednesday to talk about the team's workmanlike win over Minnesota Tuesday and their game tonight against the Indiana Pacers.

  

 The full interview can be heard below.

 

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Tuesday, 14 February 2017 11:21

Kevin Love Out 6 Weeks

After leaving Saturday night's game with a then undisclosed knee injury, an MRI has revealed that Cavs All Star Power Forward Kevin Love required surgery. 

In a statement released Tuesday, the team said that Love underwent arthroscopic surgery to "remove a loose body" from his left knee. The surgery was performed at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City by Dr. David Altchek with Dr. James Rosneck of the Cleveland Clinic present. 

Post-surgery recovery, according to the team, is estimated at about 6 weeks. The Cavs say they'll update his status as appropriate. 

The Cavs have recently made room on the roster by trading Center Chris "Birdman" Andersen. They did acquire former second-overall pick Derrick Williams who has been playing well at Power Forward for the team. 

The Cavs take on the Timberwolves, Love's former team, on Tuesday night in Minnesota and then the Pacers at the Q in Cleveland Wednesday night, before the All Star break. 

 

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Thursday, 26 January 2017 18:44

AUDIO Joe Gabriele Talks Cavs, Struggles

Cavs.com beat writer Joe Gabriele joined Sam and Brad to talk about the Wine and Gold's struggles as of late.

 

The Cavs face Brooklyn on Friday. You can catch the game on 1590 WAKR.

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Thursday, 26 January 2017 15:15

AUDIO J. Mike: "Griff Will Make Move"

John Michael, play-by-play voice of the Cleveland Cavaliers Radio Network spoke with Sam and Brad Thursday to talk about the Cavs' struggles as of late.

He says he's confident  Cavs General Manager David Griffin will make a move before the trade deadline.

For the full interview, click here.

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Cavaliers beat writer Joe Vardon from Cleveland.com joined the Sam and Brad Show ahead of Cavaliers and Kings, a game you can hear on 1590 WAKR.

Could the Cavs be making another championship-garnering move soon? 

We shall see.

 

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Wednesday, 25 January 2017 16:32

AUDIO DeMarcus Cousins? Yay Or Nay?

Lots of rumors floating around about our Cleveland Cavaliers. Sam and Brad discuss if Sacramento Kings' big man Demarcus Cousins would be a good fit for the Wine and Gold.

 

For the full segment, click here.

 

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Play-by-play voice of the Cleveland Cavaliers Radio Network John Michael caught up with Sam and Brad on a Feel Good Friday to talk about the Cavs as they look towards their clash with the San Antonio Spurs Saturday.

 

The Cavs picked up a win last night over the Suns 118-103 at the Q. For the full interview, listen here.

 

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Thursday, 19 January 2017 16:28

AUDIO FSO's Clifton Talking Cavaliers

FoxSportsOhio Cavaliers' Sideline reporter Allie Clifton spoke with Sam and Brad to talk a little Wine and Gold heading into tonight's game with the Suns and the Saturday matchup with the Spurs.

 

The Cavs and Suns tip things off at the Q at 7pm tonight. You can catch the action on 1590 WAKR and Allie on FoxSportsOhio.

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His long NBA head coaching career began a few miles up the road in Richfield, Ohio. Now, he spent a few minutes speaking in his old stomping grounds.

George Karl, long-time head coach in the NBA, joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to discuss his new and controversial book, Furious George. Karl reflected on his coaching career, which included stops in Golden State, Seattle, Milwaukee, Denver, Sacramento, and of course Cleveland. He also talked about working his way up the coaching ranks, and touched on the Cavaliers’ championship run in 2016.

Karl is one of nine coaches who have won over 1,000 games in their coaching careers, finishing with 1,175. He wrapped up his career in 2016 with the Sacramento Kings.

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Tuesday, 17 January 2017 15:01

AUDIO Cavs' Thumped In Oakland, Head Home

Sam and Brad offered their take on the Cavaliers' loss at the hands of Golden State last night in the Oracle, saying they needed to show more fight against their rivals.

 

Cavs' beat writer from Cleveland Scene Chris Parker also joined in on the conversation as well, saying the game meant more to the Warriors than it did to the Cavaliers.

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Sports columnist Brian Dulik from the Medina Gazette spoke with Sam and Brad ahead of the Warriors and Cavaliers tonight.

 

For the full interview, click here. 

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Campy Russell from FoxSports Ohio joined Sam and Brad to break down the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors as well as discuss the budding rivalry between the two teams.

 

The game can be heard at 8pm on 1590 WAKR. The full interview can be heard here.  

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Chris Parker from Cleveland Scene spoke with Sam and Brad to talk about the Cavs' loss to the Jazz in Utah last night.

Parker also addressed the travel problems the Cavaliers and Blazers have experienced heading to the Pacific Northwest due to the inclement weather. 

 

The game is scheduled to tip off at 10:30pm. For the full interview, click here.

 

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Tuesday, 10 January 2017 16:04

AUDIO Jason Lloyd Talking Cavaliers, Korver

Cavaliers beat writer Jason Lloyd of the Akron Beacon Journal spoke with Sam and Brad Tuesday about the Cleveland Cavaliers, their matchup with the Jazz tonight in Salt Lake City, and the addition of Kyle Korver to the lineup.

 

For the full interview, click here. 

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Monday, 09 January 2017 18:19

AUDIO Brad Sellers Talking Wine & Gold

Brad Sellers, News 5 Cavaliers Analyst, also analyst on the Cavaliers Radio Network spoke with Sam Bourquin and Brad Russell Monday after their win over the Phoenix Suns Sunday night. 

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Thursday, 15 December 2016 21:14

AUDIO: Terry Pluto Talks Cavs, New Book

Terry Pluto's new book The Comeback: LeBron, the Cavs, and Cleveland is on bookstore shelves now. It chronicles the departure and return of LeBron James and the run to the 2016 NBA championship. Pluto joined Jasen to talk about the book and some of the lesser-known stories about the Cavaliers.

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Rick Noland, Cavaliers beat writer for the Medina Gazette, spoke with Sam Bourquin Tuesday to talk about the Wine and Gold as they head to face Milwaukee tonight.

 

Game time is set for 8pm with a 7:30pm pregame on 1590 WAKR.

For the full interview, click here.

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Tuesday, 22 November 2016 18:08

AUDIO John Michael Discusses Surging Cavs

Cavaliers Radio Network play-by-play man John Michael spoke with Brad Russell Tuesday ahead of their game with Portland on Wednesday.

 

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Monday, 21 November 2016 19:53

AUDIO Terry Pluto Discusses New Cavs Book

Terry Pluto, longtime sports reporter and columnist joined Sam Bourquin in the studio and talked about his new book,  The Comeback: LeBron, The Cavs, and Cleveland.

 

For the extended version of the interview, click below. For more information on Terry and his book, visit here.

 

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Tuesday, 15 November 2016 18:49

AUDIO Bob Finnan Discusses New Cavs Book

From Stepian to Gilbert. From Carr to King James.  Former Cavaliers beat writer and author Bob Finnan spoke with Sam Bourquin Tuesday to talk about his new book, "100 Things Cavaliers Fans Should Know and Do Before They Die."

 

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Thursday, 10 November 2016 15:38

President Welcomes World Champion Cavs

The Cleveland Cavaliers went to the White House on Thursday afternoon, and got congratulations on their NBA championship from President Obama.

On the White House East Lawn, the President listed some of the key highlights of the Cavaliers' Game 7 win over the Golden State Warriors.

"There was the block, what LeBron has said was the defining play of his career, the shot by Kyrie, putting the Cavs up five, the stop by Kevin Love," he recalled.

And President Obama said he knows the championship ended Cleveland's tortured sports history.

"The city that throughout sports history has been through a lot," the President said, listing some of the more infamous local sports moments, "the Fumble, the Drive, Jordan over Ehlo, a whole lot more...but through it all, Cleveland was always Believeland, and that's why...and that's why the Cavs have always given back to their fans and the community that's been loyal to them."

President Obama mentioned, among other things Cavaliers team members have done for the community, LeBron James sponsoring University of Akron scholarships for Akron school students.

The President got an "Obama / 16" Cavaliers jersey from Kevin Love.

The president says the Cavaliers were already a championship team before last year, and that Cleveland should be proud of them.

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Former Cavalier great and Director of Alumni Relations Campy Russell joined Sammy B from the Q ahead of the ring and championship banner ceremony prior to the Knicks and Cavs at 7:30pm.

 

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Tuesday, 25 October 2016 18:12

AUDIO Cavs Lift Curtain, Repeat In Mind

The promise has been delivered, now it's time for the Cavaliers to deliver once again this 2016-17 season.

Radio play-by-play voice of the Cleveland Cavaliers John Michael dropped by the "Q" to pay a visit to Sam and Aaron ahead of tip-off between the Wine and Gold and the Knicks.

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Tuesday, 25 October 2016 17:45

AUDIO Gilbert: Special Night For Cleveland

David Gilbert, the President and CEO of the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission and Destination Cleveland joined Sam Bourquin and Brad Russell to talk about the biggest night in Cleveland Sports history tonight as the Cavaliers raise their championship banner and the Indians and Cubs start Game 1 of the World Series.

 

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Sure, the World Series is one of the most major events in professional sports. But next door to Progressive Field, the Cleveland Cavaliers will be receiving some shiny jewelry.

John Michael, the play-by-play voice of the Cleveland Cavaliers, called into the Ray Horner Morning Show to preview the first of 82 Cavs games in the 2016-2017 season. Michael looked at the impact from the bench, which added some new faces in Chris “Birdman” Andersen and Mike Dunleavy. The Cavs’ voice also looked at the team’s championship rival, the Golden State Warriors, as well as LeBron James’s impact in his third year back in wine and gold.

Michael also talked about the ceremony itself, in which the Cavaliers will wear their championship rings and the banner will be raised to the rafters. Tipoff is set to start at 7:30 PM. 1590 WAKR is Akron’s home of the Cavs, and you can hear them live on nights when there is no World Series game played.

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Saturday, 15 October 2016 07:41

Smith, Cavs Agree To New Deal

After an extended stalemate that has now cut well into the Cavaliers preseason (there's only one game left), the team and guard J.R. Smith have agreed to terms on a new contract. 

Smith made the announcement via LeBron James's Uninterrupted website Friday night, thanking his teammates and Cavs fans for sticking it out with him throughout this "rough patch of time," as he put it. 

The team has not officially released those terms that were agreed upon, but several outlets are reporting the deal with for four years and worth $57 million. 

Also during the short video announcement, J.R. made it known that he and his wife are having another baby! 

Cavs start their season at home against the New York Knicks on Tuesday, October 25th, when players and coaching staff will receive their 2016 NBA Championship rings and the organization will hoist the NBA Championship banner to the rafters of the "Q." 

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Monday, 03 October 2016 18:05

AUDIO Nate Reinking Takes Reins Of Charge

The Canton Charge have a new coach in the fold after Jordi Fernandez left to take an assistant coaching position with the Denver Nuggets.

Nate Reinking, the new Charge head man, spoke with our own Sam Bourquin Monday to talk about his new gig and getting his players ready for the upcoming season.

 

Reinking , a Galion, Ohio native, played his college baskeball at Kent State University  and overseas as well.

For the full interview with Nate and Sam, click here.

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Monday, 26 September 2016 20:27

AUDIO Dahntay Jones Ready To Roll

Dahntay Jones, one of the veterans on the Cavs' team spoke with Sam during Media Day Monday to talk about what his goals are for the Wine and Gold this season and what he's been up to in the offseason.

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Monday, 26 September 2016 19:00

AUDIO New Cavalier Dunleavy Excited For Season

New Cleveland Cavalier Mike Dunleavy Jr. joined the Sam Bourquin Show Monday to talk about his new squad, expectations for himself and this season, and being another piece to a veteran team in 2016.

 

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Monday, 26 September 2016 18:30

AUDIO LeBron: "We Can't Shorcut Anything"

As LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers get ready to get training camp started for the 2016 season, he knows that he and the rest of the guys have to work their habits and get back to work.

James spoke with the media for the annual Cavs Media Day at Cleveland Clinic Courts. 

When asked about looking back on last year's championship run, LeBron said he hasn't looked back, but is looking forward.

"I haven't had much time to just sit around and look at the accomplishments we made and what we had and what we did, but I know it was an incredible ride, and I was happy to be a part of it."

 

 

For the full interview with LeBron, click here. 

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The 2016 season with the Cleveland Cavaliers will start here very soon, and as defending NBA Champions, the expectations for this team have not changed.

Cavaliers GM David Griffin and head coach Ty Lue adressed the media at Cleveland Clinic Courts Monday and talked about the team moving forward into 2016-17.

Lue said that health was the biggest thing for his team this year.

"It gives us a great boost going into this season, and it's good to have everyone in good health."

Also some news from Media Day this morning is that veteran point guard Mo Williams will be retiring from the NBA. 

 Griffin says he likes where the team sits as far as backup point guard, and with rookie Kay Felder and some of the other players, he feels they're in good shape.

For the full interview with Griff and Coach Lue, click here. 

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Thursday, 28 July 2016 13:37

Cavs Bring Back Richard Jefferson

The Cavaliers have re-signed Richard Jefferson.

(Cleveland Cavaliers, news release) The 2016 NBA Champion Cleveland Cavaliers have re-signed forward Richard Jefferson, Cavaliers General Manager David Griffin announced today from Cleveland Clinic Courts. Per league and team policy, terms of the contract were not released.

"RJ's versatility on the court and leadership off it were core parts of our identity and success last year," said Griffin.

"In many respects, his impact was greater as the stakes got higher. His NBA Finals performance is a testament to his dedicated, steady approach and his presence in our locker room throughout the year and postseason cannot be overstated. We're very thankful he decided to continue his career and we know that his teammates appreciate what he brings to this team at a very deep level."

Jefferson (6-7, 233) appeared in 74 games (five starts) during the 2015-16 regular season, averaging 5.5 points on .458 shooting from the field and 1.7 rebounds in 17.9 minutes per game. Over his 15-year career, he has played in 1,082 games (796 starts) with New Jersey (currently Brooklyn), Milwaukee, San Antonio, Golden State, Utah, Dallas and Cleveland, averaging 13.3 points on .464 shooting from the field, 4.2 rebounds and 2.1 assists in 30.1 minutes per game.

Jefferson played in 21 contests (two starts) during the Cavaliers' championship run in the 2016 Playoffs, averaging 5.4 points on .524 shooting from the field and 3.5 rebounds in 18.1 minutes per game. In his 126 career playoff games (75 starts), which includes three NBA Finals appearances, he has averaged 11.6 points on .474 shooting, 4.6 rebounds and 1.9 assists in 29.0 minutes per game.

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Tuesday, 26 July 2016 12:00

State Fair Goes All In -- In Butter

How do you TRULY know you've "made it" in Ohio? When you are cast in butter for the Ohio State Fair!

This year's event featuring the best of Ohio includes the traditional butter sculptures, and the NBA Champions make the grade. The American Dairy Association display is made from over a ton of butter and took about 500 hours of hard work in a cooler to assemble; it showcases the Cavaliers mascots, logo and the Larry O'Brien NBA title trophy. The Ohio State Fair opens Wednesday at the State Fairgrounds north of downtown Columbus. 

 

(American Dairy Association) Always a highly anticipated Ohio State Fair favorite, the annual butter sculpture display was unveiled today by the American Dairy Association Mideast, and it was a slam dunk. This year, the butter display congratulates the Cleveland Cavaliers for their triumphant and first NBA Championship win for the city.

The 2016 display features the traditional butter cow and calf standing next to the fun-loving and spirited Cleveland Cavaliers mascots "Moondog" and "Sir C.C." Also sculpted in butter is the coveted Larry O'Brien NBA championship trophy. Together, these pieces represent the strength and determination of a team and all of its passionate supporters. The buttery display gives fairgoers a chance to continue the victory party for the Cleveland Cavaliers that came back from a 3-1 deficit to win the NBA Finals on June 19, 2016. It was a historic and epic win for the city, and it made the entire state proud.

06-Logo TrophyMade from about 2,150 pounds of butter, donated in part by Dairy Farmers of America, the display was completed in about 500 hours, which includes approximately 400 hours of sculpting inside a 46-degree cooler.

The sculptors begin by building wooden and steel frames to support the weight of the butter. From 55-pound blocks, the butter is sliced into manageable loaves and layered on the frames. After many hours of molding and smoothing the butter, each sculpture begins to take shape. Fine details are added last.

The 2016 display was crafted by a group of four Ohio-based technical sculptors including lead sculptors Paul Brooke and Alex Balz of Cincinnati, Tammy Buerk of West Chester, Erin Swearingen of Columbus and Matt Davidson, a dairy farmer from Sidney.

Fairgoers can show that they are really over the moooo-n about this year's display with a new Snapchat geofilter that is only accessible to them. They can milk it for all it's worth by snapping selfies with the app in the Dairy Products Building and then choosing the amazing butter cow filter.

The butter display is a long-standing tradition of Ohio's nearly 2,600 dairy farmers. Each year, the theme of the butter display is always the best kept secret leading up to the fair.

The American Dairy Association Mideast selects an icon or theme to feature in butter that is non-political, non-controversial and reflects optimism and broad audience-appeal. The butter display annually attracts more than 500,000 visitors at the Ohio State Fair and often gains media attention nationwide.

The butter display is in the Dairy Products Building at the Ohio Expo Center, home of the Ohio State Fair. While there, fair visitors can also learn about how Ohio's dairy farmers care for their cows, their land and their communities. The Dairy Products Building is open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. and offers a variety of Ohio-produced dairy foods including ice cream, milkshakes, cheese sandwiches and milk. The fair will run from Wednesday, July 27 through Sunday, Aug. 7.

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Doubt him if you will, but the newest (and smallest) Cleveland Cavalier is out to prove some people wrong.

Kay Felder, the Cavs 2nd round pick out of Oakland University joined Brad Thursday to talk about his venture and recap his impressive summer league performance in Las Vegas.

One of the biggest takeaways he took from the Vegas Summer League is the day-to-day grind of the NBA and the work it takes to keep your body in shape.

"The rest you need to get, the treatment you need to do to your body," Felder said. "I just have to stay agressive at all times, not necessarily just scoring, but staying agressive."

Kay was drafted 54th overall out of Oakland, and his head coach with the Golden Grizzlies Greg Kampe called Felder a "5'9 Dominique Wilkins" due to his explosive leaping ability.

 

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Thursday, 07 July 2016 17:38

No More Delly In Cleveland

There'll be no more Delly Treys in Cleveland, but the NBA Champion Cavaliers are getting something back for Matthew Dellavedova.

The fan favorite heads to the Milwaukee Bucks in a trade made official Thursday. The Cavaliers get the Bucks' rights to forward Albert Miralles, and get a $4.8 million trade exemption.

Miralles has played overseas in his entire career, mostly in Spain. He was originally drafted by the Toronto Raptors at 39th overall in the 2004 NBA draft.

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(Cavaliers, news release) The 2016 NBA Champion Cleveland Cavaliers have acquired the rights to forward Albert Miralles from the Milwaukee Bucks in exchange for guard Matthew Dellavedova and cash considerations. The trade also creates a $4.8 million trade exception for the Cavaliers. Cavs General Manager David Griffin announced the trade today from Cleveland Clinic Courts.

"We wish Delly the best as he continues his career in Milwaukee," said Griffin. "Delly is a special person on and off the court and was a very dedicated, hard worker that grew as part of our team and made significant contributions to our success. Our coaches and his teammates will always appreciate his 'all in' approach to the game, as he was ready to contribute whenever his number was called. We know he will continue to grow and succeed as he takes the next steps of his NBA journey with the Bucks."

Miralles (6-9, 240) has spent his entire professional career playing overseas, mostly in Spain. Most recently, he has competed for FIATC Joventut, a Spanish professional basketball club based in Badalona, Spain, since 2013. Miralles was originally drafted by Toronto with as the 39th overall pick of the 2004 NBA Draft.

Dellavedova (6-4, 200), who went undrafted out of St. Mary's in 2013, played his first three NBA seasons with the Cavaliers. In 215 career games (31 starts) with the Cavs, he averaged 5.7 points and 3.4 assists in 21.0 minutes. Dellavedova was a member of Cleveland's 2016 championship team and averaged career highs of 7.5 points, 2.1 rebounds and 4.4 assists in 24.6 minutes in the 2015-16 regular season.

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Thursday, 07 July 2016 09:48

Cavs Top Team NBA Sales

The title wasn't the only top spot the Cavaliers scored iin the NBA this year -- Cavaliers gear topped all teams on the NBA's merchandise shopping list for the first time since January of 2015.
 
Akron's other NBA native son still leads in total jersey sales; LeBron came in second and Kyrie Irving was fourth.
 
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(NBA) Unprecedented demand for Cleveland Cavaliers merchandise following the team’s NBA Finals 2016 win helped land them atop the most popular team merchandise list for the first time since January 2015. Reigning back-to-back Kia NBA MVP Stephen Curry once again tops the league’s list of most popular jerseys, a position he’s held since the end of the 2014-15 NBA season. Rankings are based on overall sales on NBAStore.com from April through June.
 
Rounding out the top five players are three-time NBA Champion LeBron James (No. 2), five-time NBA Champion Kobe Bryant (No. 3), 2016 NBA Champion Kyrie Irving (No. 4) and 2015 NBA Champion Klay Thompson (No. 5).
 
The Cavaliers are followed by the Golden State Warriors at No. 2, Los Angeles Lakers at No. 3, Chicago Bulls at No. 4 and Oklahoma City Thunder at No. 5 on the team merchandise list.
 
Additional highlights:
 
· The Warriors’ Andre Iguodala (No. 14) makes his debut on the jerseys list while teammate Draymond Green (No. 7) earns his highest ranking ever.
 
· The San Antonio Spurs’ Tim Duncan (No. 11) and Portland Trail Blazers’ Damian Lillard (No. 13) place for the first time since June 2015 and April 2015, respectively.
 
Top 15 Most Popular NBA Jerseys: 
 
1. Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors
 
2. LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers
 
3. Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers*
 
4. Kyrie Irving, Cleveland Cavaliers
 
5. Klay Thompson, Golden State Warriors
 
6. Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City Thunder
 
7. Draymond Green, Golden State Warriors
 
8. Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder
 
9. Kawhi Leonard, San Antonio Spurs
 
10. Derrick Rose, Chicago Bulls*
 
11. Tim Duncan, San Antonio Spurs
 
12. Dwyane Wade, Miami Heat
 
13. Damian Lillard, Portland Trail Blazers
 
14. Andre Iguodala, Golden State Warriors
 
15. Kristaps Porzingis, New York Knicks
 
*Denotes players who retired or changed teams after the 2015-16 season.
 
Top 10 Most Popular Team Merchandise:
 
1. Cleveland Cavaliers
 
2. Golden State Warriors
 
3. Los Angeles Lakers
 
4. Chicago Bulls
 
5. Oklahoma City Thunder
 
6. San Antonio Spurs
 
7. Miami Heat
 
8. Toronto Raptors
 
9. New York Knicks
 
10. Boston Celtics
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Wednesday, 06 July 2016 18:43

AUDIO Rick Noland Talks Cavs, Wade

One of the main discussions going on in the sports world is where will Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade will land as a result of free agency.

Cleveland has been mentioned as one of those potential destinations, and Rick Noland from the Medina Gazette spoke with Sam Bourquin Wednesday to talk about the likelihood of Wade coming to the champion Cavs, or spending the rest of his career where it began 13 years ago in Miami.

"They (the Cavs) don't have the money to get this done," Noland said. "When all is said and done he's going to go back to Miami."

Wade and James, who are close friends off the court, won two championships with the Heat during their days in South Beach, when they teamed with Chris Bosh to form one of the league's Big 3. 

 

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The Cleveland Cavaliers, coming off of the NBA Championship, are looking to get back to that elite level and could be adding some new pieces to try and get back to the mountaintop.

Sports columnist Brian Dulik from the Medina Gazette joined the Sam Bourquin Show Tuesday to talk about the Cavs and what possible moves could be made, despite not having a lot of money to spend.

 

The Cavaliers have already parted ways with center Timofey Mozgov and Matthew Dellavedova via free agency, and the rumors have already started as far as Dwyane Wade leaving Miami to come to Cleveland and reunite with LeBron James on the hardwood.

"The Heat need Wade more than he needs the Heat organization," Dulik stated.

Wade and James teamed together in Miami to win a pair of championships with the Heat.

For the complete interview with Brian Dulik, click here.

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Thursday, 23 June 2016 09:38

Joe Tait Touches On 2016 Cavs, His Health

He may not be following the Cleveland Cavaliers as close as he used to, but hall of fame broadcaster Joe Tait is happy for them. Even if he only caught just one game last season.

The long-time play-by-play man for the now-world champion Cavs joined the Ray Horner Morning Show, and he discussed the his viewing of Sunday’s historic Game 7, as well as the leadership growth in LeBron James over the years. Prior to 2016, Joe reflected on the Miracle of Richfield Cavaliers, who, in his opinion, was the best Cavs team he ever called.

In serious news, about a month ago, Joe contracted sepsis and has been in and out of the hospital. Joe says if he waited two more days to get treated, he may not be here. In addition to the blood poisoning, some cancer was discovered in his body. However, Joe says he is feeling a lot better.

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Tuesday, 21 June 2016 18:07

AUDIO Rick Noland Talks Cavs, Parade

Raw emotion. Chills. Relief. A sense that we as a region have arrived.

All of those feelings were felt after the Cavaliers won the World Championship Sunday night in Oakland. 

Rick Noland from the Medina Gazette joined the Sam Bourquin Show to talk about what he felt and some of his biggest takeaways from the night the Cavs won it all.

He said when Cavs guard J.R. Smith broke down at the podium, it gave people an insight into who he really is and not what people percieve.

"He's a really, really likeable guy, who's made some bad decisions in his life, but he's shown the ability to persevere, and it was a really nice moment for him."

 

For the full interview with Rick, click here.

 

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One of the people who celebrated the win was film director and Akron native Kristopher Belman, who joined the Sam Bourquin Show Tuesday to talk about what's been going through his mind since Sunday night's triumph.

"I can't even describe how special it was," Belman said. "To see LeBron achieve that kind of success at a young age and keep grounded all the way to now has been amazing."

Belman directed "More Than A Game" which documented LeBron's run with the "Fab 5" at STVM from their AAU days as middle-schoolers to a Ohio high school and national championship in 2003. 

He says this is something all fans can enjoy together.

For the full interview with Kris, click right here. 

'It's all about family, it's all about community," he says. 

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There's a new video showing the Cleveland Cavaliers and LeBron James' arrival with the NBA championship trophy in Northeast Ohio.

The video from the UNINTERRUPTED site - created by LeBron and Maverick Carter - shows the team and LeBron bringing back the trophy to Cleveland, and then shows LeBron's return to crowds at his Bath Township home.

 

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The details of the Cavaliers Championship Parade have been released.

Wednesday's parade and celebration for the World Champs will kick off at 11 a.m. outside of Quicken Loans Arena on East 6th.

The convoy will head north to Huron and hang a left followed by a left on Ontario.

The route has them taking another left on Carnegie and a left on East 9th, past Progressive Field.

The City of Cleveland says the parade route will turn left on Lakeside Avenue and will end at East 6th Street. The rally will be held on Mall B shortly after the parade.

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(City of Cleveland, news release) In partnership with the City of Cleveland, the 2016 Cleveland Cavaliers Championship Parade & Rally will take place this Wednesday, June 22rd beginning at 11:00 a.m. Cavs fans across THE LAND and everywhere are invited downtown to celebrate Cleveland's first NBA Championship!

The Cavaliers Championship Parade and Rally is presented by the Cleveland Clinic, KeyBank, Phantom Fireworks and KIA, and strongly supported by Sherwin-Williams, Medical Mutual, FirstMerit, FirstEnergy and Toyota. The Cavaliers Playoff Season was presented by Discount Drug Mart.

The community victory celebration will feature a 60+ unit parade complete with floats, specialty vehicles, the OSU Marching Band, and of course, the much anticipated appearance of the 2016 NBA Champion Cleveland Cavaliers.

The parade will start near Quicken Loans Arena and travel through the streets of downtown Cleveland that will be followed soon after by a rally on Mall B. The rally will feature a special program of celebration with an array of entertainment, special presentations and celebrations from the Mountain Dew Stage.

Click here to view a map of the parade route and rally location.

Fans can expect a fun day and celebration the likes of which Cleveland has never seen before! Visit Cavs.com for the official complete, updated information about the Cleveland Cavaliers Championship Parade & Rally.

As the television home of the Cleveland Cavaliers, FOX Sports Ohio will provide extensive coverage of the Parade and Rally from start to finish. The network will be working with FOX affiliate WJW Channel 8, WOIO Channel 19, WKYC Channel 3, and WEWS Channel 5 to partner on coverage. WTAM 1100 and WMMS 100.7 and the Cavs Radio Network with Mike Snyder, John Michael and Nick Camino will also provide complete parade coverage. Rafa Hernandez Brito will provide live reports from the parade and rally in Spanish for La MEGA 87.7 FM.

CHAMPIONSHIP PARADE ROUTE presented by GE Lighting

Fans are invited to line the parade route that will start in front of the Q on Huron Road to (left) Ontario Street, to (left) Carnegie Avenue, (left) on East 9th Street to (left) Lakeside Avenue ending at East 6th Street.

Street Closures

The following STREET CLOSURE will be in place for the Cleveland Cavaliers Championship

Parade & Rally on Tuesday, June 21, 2016. This restriction will be in effect until 9:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 22, 2016

St. Clair Avenue between East Mall Drive and West Mall Drive

The following STREET CLOSURES will be in place for the Cleveland Cavaliers Championship

Parade & Rally on Wednesday, June 22, 2016. These closures will be in effect until 9:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 22, 2016.

Huron Road at West 2nd Street
Huron Road at West Superior Avenue (local access only).
Ontario Street at Prospect Avenue, southbound.
Huron Road at Prospect Avenue
Lorain-Carnegie Bridge at West 20th Street
Orange Avenue at East 14th Street
Sumner Court at East 14th Street
Erie Court at East 14th Street
East 3rd Street between Superior and Rockwell
Rockwell from East 6th Street to Public Square
Prospect Avenue at East 14th Street
Prospect Avenue at Huron Road east of East 9th Street, westbound
Euclid Avenue at East 12th Street, westbound
Euclid Avenue at East 6th Street, eastbound
Chester Avenue at East 12th Street, westbound
Walnut Avenue at East 12th Street, westbound
Vincent Avenue at East 6, eastbound
Superior Avenue at East 12th Street, westbound
St. Clair at East 12 Street, westbound
Lakeside Avenue at East 12th Street, westbound
Lakeside Avenue at Ontario Street, eastbound
St. Clair Avenue at Ontario Street, eastbound
Superior Avenue at West 3rd Street (local access only)
Superior Avenue at East 6th Street, eastbound
Commercial Hill at Canal (local access only)

Parking Bans

The following parking bans will be in place for the Cleveland Cavaliers Championship Parade & Rally on Wednesday, June 22, 2016. These bans will be in effect until 9:00 p.m.

East 9th Street in its entirety
Vincent Avenue in its entirety
Walnut Avenue in its entirety
Huron Road from 800 Prospect Avenue to Ontario Street
Huron Road between Prospect Avenue and Euclid Avenue
Carnegie Avenue from East 14th Street to Ontario Street (both sides of the street)
Sumner Avenue and Erie Court from East 14th Street to East 9th Street
Bolivar Road from East 7th Street to East 14th Street
Prospect Avenue from East 14th Street to Ontario Street
Chester Avenue from East 9th Street to East 12th Street
Superior Avenue from East 9th Street to East 12th Street
Rockwell Avenue from East 9th Street to East 12th Street
St. Clair Avenue from East 12th Street to West 3rd Street
Lakeside Avenue from East 12th Street to West 3rd Street
East 6th Street from Lakeside Avenue to Superior Avenue
West Prospect from West Superior Avenue to West 2nd Street
West 2nd Street between West Prospect Avenue to West Huron Road
West Huron Road from West 2nd Street to west Superior Avenue
East 12th Street from Lakeside Avenue to Superior Avenue
East 13th Street from Lakeside Avenue to Superior Avenue
Transportation and Parking

RTA is your winning ride to the Cavalier's Championship Parade and Rally set for Wednesday, June 22. Park for free at many of the Rapid transit stations, and ride the train to Tower City.

A commemorative Championship $5 All-Day, round trip pass will be on sale at all the Rapid transit stations on the Red, Blue and Green lines.

Please have a $5 bill ready to make your purchase. Keep the card in a secure place – you will have to show the pass on your trip home. Trains will operate every 10 minutes, and RTA staff will be on hand to assist customers.

To reach RTA by car

From the northwest, drive east on I-90 to the Triskett Rapid Station. Ride the Red Line to Tower City.

From the southwest, drive east on I-480 to the Brookpark Rapid Station. Ride the Red Line to Tower City.

From the south, drive north on I-71 to the Puritas Rapid Station at West 150th Street. Ride the Red Line to Tower City.

From I-271, drive west on Chagrin Blvd. to the municipal lot north of the Farnsleigh Rapid Station. Ride the Blue Line to Tower City.

From the east, park at the Green Road Rapid Station. Ride the Green Line to Tower City.

From the northeast, drive west on Euclid Avenue to the Louis Stokes Station at Windermere.

Ride the HealthLine to Public Square, or the Red Line to Tower City.

Statement from Mayor Frank G. Jackson

Mayor Jackson released the following statement on the Cleveland Cavaliers NBA Championship:

"I want to congratulate the Cleveland Cavaliers organization, coaching staff, players, and fans on an unprecedented NBA finals victory. It was against all odds and done in historic fashion. The strength and determination displayed throughout the season, post-season, and championship game are truly the embodiment of our city and its people. A city and a people with heart."

Vendor Rules and Regulations

The Mayor's Office of Capital Project Vendor Rules and Regulations are in effect for The Cleveland Cavaliers Championship Parade and Rally Celebration. A City-issued permit and identification badge is required for each person vending on the designated parade day. This is a one (1) day permit that is valid for only the designated parade day. On this designated day, vendors can begin to vend three (3) hours before the parade, during the parade and remaining two (2) hours after the parade.

Vendors are prohibited from setting up prior to three (3) hours before the parade. Vending is permitted only on sidewalks within the parade route.

Spectator Information

Arrive early to allow time to find a spot and watch the parade anywhere along the route. This is a family friendly event and fans are reminded that public consumption of alcoholic beverages is prohibited. It is best to travel light, bring drinking water and sunscreen.

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Tuesday, 21 June 2016 14:07

Akron's LeBron Celebration Set

There's an official celebration for Akron's LeBron James set in his hometown.

It will be Thursday at Lock 3. Gates will open at 7 PM, and both admission and downtown parking will be free.

The event will feature LeBron, and his students from the Wheels for Education and iPromise Network programs.

(City of Akron, news release) The City of Akron in collaboration with the LeBron James Family Foundation will host a celebration for Akron's own, LeBron James on Thursday, June 23 at Lock 3. Gates open at 7 p.m.

LeBron and his students from the Wheels for Education and IPromise Network will be featured.

Additional details, including program line-up and street closures will be announced in a separate press release. Admission to the event, as well as parking downtown will be free.

Presenting sponsors currently include: Akron Children's Hospital, Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company and Summa Health; along with supporting sponsors; Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations, LLC, Cleveland Clinic Akron General, FirstMerit Bank, GOJO Industries, Huntington Bank and the University of Akron, and media sponsors Channel 3 News and Rubber City Radio Group.

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Dave Zavac from Fear The Sword joined Brad Russell in the Average Sports Show to talk about his feelings during the final minutes of Game 7 of the NBA Finals

Zavac said this was as much Northeast Ohio's victory as it was the Cavs' victory Sunday night.

 

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For the Cleveland Cavaliers, the hard road to an NBA title has ended in celebration, and in their 46-year history, they have finally reached the top of the mountain.

Jim Donovan from Channel 3 Sports joined the Sam Bourquin Show to talk about how he felt last night when Kyrie Irving hit that 4th quarter shot, and how the raw emotion felt by fans all over Northeast Ohio and beyond has been one of the lasting memories from this championship run.

 "When that shot (from Kyrie) went in, it was real," Donovan said. "I felt 'This is actually going to happen.'

The Cavs came back from a 3-1 series deficit to defeat the Warriors in the best-of-seven series. 

For the full interview with Jimmy Donovan, click here. 

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Monday, 20 June 2016 16:06

AUDIO Dambrot: LeBron A 'True Winner'

After 52 years of frustration, the Cleveland Cavaliers have captured the NBA title and have

University of Akron men's basketball coach Keith Dambrot joined the Sam Bourquin Show on a Victory Monday to talk about what the win meant for Northeast Ohio.

"This win was for the whole area," Dambrot said. "I mean it was for Akron, Cleveland, all the suburbs, and I think when you're from here, you really understand it."

He said he was happy for LeBron on many levels, saying he willed his team to win, despite not having his absolute best game, but his defensive presence and smart play led to a Game 7 win.

For the full interview with Coach Dambrot, click here.

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The Cavaliers are playing with a great deal of confidence, and heading into the biggest game of the year on Sunday, that could spell a championship for a city that's been longing for one the last 52 years.

ESPN Basketball Insider Chad Ford joined the Sam Bourquin Show to talk about LeBron's on-court and off-court leadership down this Finals stretch and how they are playing their best basketball at the right time.

"You're seeing just the perfect balance between scoring the ball and passing the ball," Ford said.  "Everyone is better when he is on the floor."

 

Chad says the Cavs are going to need a triple-double from LeBron if they're going to get that first ever NBA Championship,  but it all comes down to them just playing their game.

"If they play the same way Sunday, they did the last two games, they'll beat the Warriors," he said. "It all comes down to LeBron James." 

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With last night's Game 6 win at the Q, the Cavaliers and Warriors are heading for a Game 7 winner-take-all showdown in Oakland on Sunday.

Spencer Davies from Amico Hoops and Fox Sports Ohio joined the Sam Bourquin Show on a "Feel Good Friday" to talk about the Cavs' shot at erasing 52 years of coming up short and finally winning it all.

He said Tristan Thompson was strong coming out of the gate and never let up.

"He set the tone early, getting those 50/50 balls, shooting well on his free throws, it really set the tone," Davies said. 

 Thompson finished with a double-double in both points and rebounds. 

As far as Sunday goes, the Cavaliers will have to keep the officials off their minds and just play their game, but they will have to overcome some calls they might deem questionable and keep doing what they do best.

 

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