Watched the Cavs-Hornets game on ESPN last night. It was the usual stuff that bugs you about ESPN.
All the focus is on the new shiny toy (Kyrie).
Every assessment of Cleveland-related stuff was wrong.
This doesn’t rise to a ‘Why We Hate ESPN’ rant but there were a fair number of ditties that rankled. We’ll catalog our grievances for the sake of posterity.
Scratch that. It rises. Not in an all-caps way. But it was deplorable performance by ESPN’s backup team of Jon Barry and Mark Jones last night.
Intro: “Cleveland is a punch-the-clock rust-bowl town…” etc.
Just hacky. Plus they forgot blue-collar and lunch-pail.
Says here the largest employers in NEO look like this:
- Cleveland Clinic, 34,000;
- US Govt, 15,000;
- University Hospitals, 14,000;
- Summa Health, 8,000;
- Giant Eagle, 10,000;
- Progressive Insurance, 9,000;
- Group Management Services, 7,000.
The Fisher Body plant closed in 1982. Chrysler’s Twinsburg plant closed in 2009. They stopped building Econolines in Lorain in 2005.
I won’t attempt to catalog the closings. I’m just not sure the intro description really works anymore.
Jon Barry: ‘Dion Waiters, Dwyane Wade comparisons are ridiculous.’
That might not have been the exact phrasing, but it was his message. It got me thinking, so I took the time to compare their rookie numbers, age, height, weight.
The premise doesn’t look that nuts from the stats comparison.
Even the Heat announcers see it.
Barry: carping about Tristan Thompson’s free throws.
HEY! Jon Barry!?
TT shot free throws at .487 coming out of Texas. Unlike some (many) NBA youngsters, TT actually worked at his game in several areas — he’s building a post game, he can now shoot rightie. And his free-throw percentage went from 49% in college to 55% last year to 64% this year.
TT’s improvement is so rare and so reflective of a gifted athlete with the right focus on mastering his craft, it should be a pretty big story. But instead we get a free-throw expert on national TV killing him.
It wasn’t a surprise to Cavs fans when TT made two clutch FTs at 0:54 to put the Cavs up seven.
Kyrie clutch at the end, scores 20 in the 4th.
It was a remarkable performance and impressive to Jon Barry. After all Barry said this is the first time he’s seen KI live. And we don’t think he meant ‘in person’ live. He meant ‘I haven’t watched a Cavs game on TV since LeBron left.’
Welcome aboard, world.
We’ve been seeing this for some time now. See the Deron Williams/Kyrie Irving ‘duel’ from March of 2012 below. That’s KI –ROOKIE– schooling $18MM superstar D-Will. If I remember correctly, D-Will’s dunk might have brought some chirping. You can see how Kyrie responded.
But hey, if it takes an all-star weekend to make it official for ESPN, who are we to complain?
Barry: No way LeBron comes back to Cleveland.
Barry referenced a report in a Cleveland paper and made it the object of ridicule. He must’ve missed the Miami Herald’s noticing of these rumors. Not for nothing but the picture below is from Henry Abbot on … wait for it … ESPN. And Abbot’s piece was spurred by … wait for it … Windhorst from ESPN.
But in any event, ‘no way LeBron’s coming back to Cleveland,’ sayeth Jon Barry.
Why would LeBron want to play where he was born and raised and still lives to hookup with the league’s best point guard and an emerging shooting guard who compares to a young Dwyane Wade and a power forward who is committed to his game and who is also represented by his best friend’s agency and when that hometown team can pay his max contract without gutting the team?
You’re right. Makes no sense.
Thanks for the insight Jon Barry.
Keith Dambrot’s rise from black-balled, unhire-able HS basketball coach to SVSM to ten years as Akron’s HC. Now riding 17 game win streak, 12-0 in MAC, 21-4 overall. Must read from Zac Jackson.
‘Reading a defense from your couch.’ Good defense primer by DBN-rufio. Strikes a good balance of informative but not too dense.