Jason Lloyd, NBA Reporter from The Athletic, formerly of the Akron Beacon Journal, joined Sam and Brad Tuesday to talk about the tibia injury to Andrew Bogut and where the Cavs go from here.

 

The full interview with Jason can be heard right here.

 

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Sam Bourquin and Brad Russell spoke with Chris Broussard from FS1 to talk about the Cleveland Cavaliers as they get closer to the close of the regular season. 

Chris talked about the challenges posed to head coach Ty Lue in terms of managing minutes and lineup combinations. 

 

 

For the full interview with Chris and the guys, click here. 

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Cleveland Cavaliers beat writer Joe Vardon spoke with Sam and Brad Friday to talk about the Wine and Gold and what moves they may or may not make to solidfy their spot as one of the premier teams in the league.

 

For the full interview, click here.

 

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Vince Cellini from NBA TV spoke with Sam and Brad to talk about NBA Trade Deadline Day and the moves going on around the Association.

Vince also spoke about the matchup tonight between the Cavaliers and Knicks tonight at the Q. Sam and Brad are broadcasting live ahead of the game.

 

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NBA.com and NBA TV's Lang Whitaker spoke with Sam and Brad Wednesday to talk about the calm before the storm as the NBA Trade Deadline looms Thursday at 4pm Eastern.

He says if anyone's positioned themselves to make a big move,  it's the Boston Celtics, who could be in play for Indiana's Paul George.

As far as our hometown Cleveland Cavaliers,  Iman Shumpert could be on the move, but Lang says they need all their parts for another run at the Larry O'Brien Trophy.

  

For the full interview, click here.

 

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NBA and breaking news reporter Andy Bailey from Bleacher Report spoke with Sam and Brad Monday to talk about the big trade involving DeMarcus Cousins going to the New Orleans Pelicans.

 

For the full interview click here.

 

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The Cleveland Cavaliers have traded Center Chris "Birdman" Andersen and cash to the Charlotte Hornets for a protected second round pick. 

Andersen, who joined the Cavs last summer, was placed on the injured reserve list for the remainder of the season after tearing his ACL during practice back in December, 2016. 

The move, essentially, clears a roster spot for the Cavs if they decide to add another player. Their current needs are a back-up point guard and another "big man." 

Read the official press release from the Cavs below: 

CLEVELAND, OH – The Cleveland Cavaliers have traded center Chris Andersen and cash considerations to Charlotte for a protected second round pick, General Manager David Griffin announced today from Cleveland Clinic Courts. Andersen, who signed as a freeagent on July 21, appeared in 12 games this season with averages of 2.3 points and 2.6 rebounds.

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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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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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Thursday, 14 July 2016 10:32

Cavs Clean Up At The ESPYs

The Cleveland Cavaliers continue their winning ways with a 7 of 7 sweep at the annual ESPY Awards, courtesy of ESPN. 

Before any awards were handed out, however, LeBron James, Dwayne Wade, Chris Paul, and Carmelo Anthony took to the stage with a statement on violence in America and the racial divide; imploring athletes across the country to do their part in fighting injustice and violence in the country: 

(Video Courtesy of ESPN and ABC via YouTube) 

As for the awards the Cavaliers took home: 

- Best Team 

- Best Game, Game 7 of the NBA Finals

- Best Moment in Sports, Winning the NBA Championship 

- Best Coach, Tyronn Lue

- Best Finals Performance, LeBron James 

- Best NBA Player, LeBron James

- Best Male Athlete, LeBron James 

 

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One of the all-time great NBA players retired this week with little fanfare, something that shouldn't be a surprise to those who know of him and know him best.

Tim Duncan has called it quits after a 19-year career with the San Antonio Spurs, which included 5 championships and two league MVP awards among countless other achievements.

Former 13-year NBA vet and World Champion with the Spurs Antonio Daniels joined Aaron Coleman and Ben Genet to talk about who Duncan was as a player and as a person.

When asked what's the first thing that comes to mind when someone mentions Duncan's name, Daniels said "NBA Champion, best power forward of all time."

"He was a great person and a great teammate," Daniels said. "He was very unselfish and put the best interests of the Spurs ahead of his own."

 

For the full interview with Antonio Daniels, click right here.

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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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After much speculation and courting from other NBA teams, Kevin Durant has decided to join the Golden State Warriors after spending the first nine seasons of his career with the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Vern Glenn from KPIX-Channel 5 in the Bay Area spoke with Sam Bourquin Tuesday to talk about the move and how it makes the already-formidable Warriors even better.

"It's all everyone's talking about out here," Glenn said. "I thought he was going to stay with OKC, but at the end of the day, he wants a chance to win a championship.'

Durant announced his decision via the Players' Tribune on July 4.  The 4-time scoring champion and the Thunder lost to the Warriors in Game 7 of the Western Conference Finals after racing out to a 3-1 lead before Golden State took control.

For the full interview with Vern, click here.

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It's the first major sports championship the Northeast Ohio area has seen in 52 years, so naturally thousands and thousands of fans flocked to the IX Center and Cleveland Hopkins Airport in Cleveland to witness LeBron James and the rest of the World Champion Cleveland Cavaliers bring it home. 

The festivities at the IX Center parking lot kicked off early, with the team expected to touchdown aroun 12:30 p.m. The mood was vibrant and the crowd was excited, hoping to get within eyeshot of the Larry O'Brien Trophy. The energy level was maintained by the Cavaliers Dance Team, the Scream Team, the Q-Stix, and in-game announcer Ahmaad Crump, who was the emcee for the event. Despite the heat (it was about 86 degrees on the first day of Summer), the crowd was hyped and stuck it out throughout the day. 

Then, the Champs landed... And the crowd erupted with collective chants of "Let's Go Cavs!" and "MVP", for Akron's own LeBron James. 

As the mobile staircase rolled up to the plane and the door opened, one-by-one the Cavaliers players made their way to flat ground, back in The Land. 

In true fairytale fashion, LeBron was the last player to exit the plane, holding the Larry O'Brien Trophy high above his head, for every Cavs fan to witness. While donning an "Ultimate Warrior" T-shirt, no doubt a jab at the now second-best team in the country, the Golden State Warriors, LeBron swelled with pride as he was finally able to keep his promise and bring his hometown a World Championship.

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Former GlenOak Golden Eagle, Lehigh, and Portland Trail Blazers guard C.J. McCollum joined the Sam Bourquin Show Thursday afternoon to talk about his award, the hard work he put into his game,  the Finals, and the basketball camp he's putting on this summer.

When asked how he felt about receving the Most Improved Award, C.J. said it was a tremendous boost for himself personally, knowing he could contribute more to his team.

"It felt really good," he said. "I felt like I had been through a lot early in my career with the setbacks and the injuries and being in and out of the rotation to being a set part of the rotation and getting to the second round of the playoffs." 

 

McCollum will also be holding his basketball camp this summer for the 2nd year in Ohio June 17-19 at Walsh University in North Canton for boys and girls in grades 4-12. For more information, click here.

He said in reference to the NBA Finals later tonight between the Cavs and Warriors, he expects a high-scoring matchup, and a great individual matchup between Steph Curry and LeBron James.

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The series is tied 2 apiece in the Eastern Conference Finals, and even though the Cleveland Cavaliers lost a pair of games on the road, they head back to Cleveland with a great deal of confidence.

Adi Joseph, NBA writer for the Sporting News joined Aaron Coleman on the Sam Bourquin Show Tuesday to talk about how the Raptors' combo of DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry have been playing well as of late, as well as the emergence of big man Bismack Biyombo.

Joseph said while Biyombo has owned Cavaliers forward/center Tristan Thompson down low, coach Ty Lue has to look at all of his options to make sure Biyombo is less effecitve.

 "If they lose Game 5 and Biyombo dominates inside, you have to look at giving Timofey Mozgov some minutes."

Game 5 between the Cavs and the Raptors will tip off at 8:30 p.m. on 1590 WAKR with pregame starting at 8. 

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Thursday, 04 February 2016 21:38

AUDIO Grant HughesTalking NBA

It's been an interesting NBA Season thus far, and with the Golden State Warriors and reigning NBA MVP Stephen Curry playing at a high level, it doesn't appear that they can be stopped.

Grant Hughes, NBA Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report joined Brad Russell in the Average Sports Show to talk about Curry's 51-point outing on Wednesday night.

Hughes said the only way to slow Curry and the Warriors as a unit is to take them out of their game and slow down their transition game.

"You have to slow it down, muddy the game up a little bit, and be physical, Hughes said.

 

Hughes also commented on the Cavaliers' recent happenings, including their loss to the Hornets last night and their expectations as a team after the recent firing of David Blatt and the insertion of Tyronn Lue to the head coach position.

 

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