Posts Tagged ‘Mary Schmitt Boyer’

Report: Biceps injury could sack season for Irving

By Sekou Smith, NBA.com




VIDEO: Kyrie Irving suffers a biceps injury in last night’s loss to the Clippers

HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS — All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving might have played his last game this season.

The Cleveland Cavaliers’ star suffered a biceps injury on his left arm late in the first quarter of a loss to the Los Angeles Clippers Sunday night and could be done for the season, according to Mary Schmitt Boyer of the Plain Dealer.

More will be known after Irving is examined today, but the fear is that he could have yet another season curtailed by injury. And Irving has a peculiar injury history that seems to impact him season after season. If he gets sacked again this season, that might be the end of the Cavaliers’ last-ditch effort to make a play for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference chase.

Irving’s future, however, isn’t in question. The MVP of the All-Star Game last month in New Orleans, over leading MVP candidates Kevin Durant and LeBron James, the Cavs have surely seen enough from Irving to know that he’s a building block for years to come. That said, his injury history is hard to ignore. More from the Plain Dealer:

Irving, the Cavs All-Star point guard, left the game with a left biceps injury late in the first quarter, and he left the arena with his left arm in a sling. He is scheduled to have an MRI on Monday in Cleveland, but two NBA sources indicated the injury could be severe enough to end his season in the worst case scenario.

That would be a blow to the Cavs, 26-41, clinging to their fading playoff hopes in spite of being 4.5 games behind eighth-seeded Atlanta with 15 games left, as well as to Irving, who worked extremely hard last summer in order to prevent the sorts of freak injuries that have plagued him throughout his career.

He has missed just three games this year with a left knee contusion, and even played through a broken nose suffered when he was elbowed by the Timberwolves’ Corey Brewer at Minnesota on Nov. 13.

Unfortunately for him, that wasn’t the case in his first three seasons. Last year, he missed 11 games with a fractured left index finger, three with a hyperextended right knee and a total of nine after suffering a sprained left AC joint. He played through a broken bone in his jaw that was protected by a mask. Before last season, he broke his hand when he slapped a padded wall in frustration during a summer-league practice.

His rookie season, he missed 13 games with a concussion and a shoulder injury. His one season at Duke was limited to 11 games because of a toe injury.

This is setting up as a potentially huge free agent summer for the Cavaliers, depending on which players make themselves available. James and Carmelo Anthony could headline a bumper crop. The Cavaliers have assets and cap space to work. Having a healthy Irving coming off of his best season as a pro would make the Cleveland an even more appealing destination.

So the results of Irving’s evaluation today could very well have long-lasting ramifications for not only the young point guard but also the entire organization.


VIDEO: Kyrie Irving’s banner season included his first triple-double last month

Pro Hoops Writers Honor 2012’s Top Work

The Professional Basketball Writers Association announced the winners of its annual writing contest at All-Star weekend. The top three finishers, as judged by an independent panel of journalists, were chosen in three categories – game stories, columns and features.

The PBWA also named new officers to two-year terms that run through All-Star weekend 2015. Mary Schmitt Boyer of the Cleveland Plain Dealer takes over as President, succeeding two-term predecessor Doug Smith of the Toronto Star. Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel will serve as Vice President, replacing NBA.com’s Steve Aschburner.

Recently marking its 40th anniversary, the PBWA was formally organized on Jan. 23, 1973, to address access and working-condition issues in members’ coverage of the NBA. It provides a network of men and women who cover the league, initially for newspaper beat writers but expanded through the years to include magazine and Web site reporters. The association handles the voting for the NBA’s J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award, and presents it own annual awards: the Magic Johnson (to a good player who is media-friendly), the Rudy Tomjanovich (to a head coach who meets the same criteria) and the Brian McIntyre (top team media-relations staff) trophies.

The 2012 contest winners are:

GAME STORY

1st Place: Dave McMenamin, ESPN L.A., on Game 1 of the 2012 Western Conference semifinals, Lakers vs. Thunder.

2nd Place: Benjamin Hochman, Denver Post, on Carmelo Anthony‘s first game against his old Denver Nuggets mates.

3rd Place: Steve Aschburner, NBA.com, on Game 7 of the 2012 Eastern Conference finals, Celtics vs. Heat.

COLUMNS

1st Place: Ian Thomsen, Sports Illustrated, on LeBron James‘ championship redemption.

2nd Place: Kevin Ding, Orange County Register, on Jeremy Lin‘s impact on one child.

3rd Place: Fran Blinebury, NBA.com, on Yao Ming‘s visit to Houston.

FEATURES

1st Place: Jonathan Abrams, Grantland, an oral history of The Malice at the Palace.

2nd Place: Kevin Arnovitz, ESPN.com, on Clippers’ general manager Neil Olshey.

3rd Place: Marc Stein, ESPN.com, on Steve Nash‘s move to the Lakers.

LeBron, The Future And … Cleveland?





HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS – NBA players remind me of political candidates during election season. They go from city to city, facing a media throng eager to pepper them with questions that usually result in answers that barely raise an eyebrow they’ve been given so many times.

Every now and then, though, you get something totally bizarre. And that’s exactly what the reporters covering the Miami Heat practice in Cleveland today got when they assembled to interview LeBron James after practice.

You have to wonder how these comments (courtesy of the Twitter feeds of both Tom Reed and Mary Schmitt Boyer of the Plain Dealer and Brian Windhorst of ESPN.com) will go over with the faithful in both Cleveland and Miami? …

He’s happy in Miami, but: “I think it would be great, it would be fun to play in front of these fans again.”

On one day coming back to Cleveland: “You can’t predict future…If I decide to come back hopefully the fans will accept me.”

About Cavs’ owner Dan Gilbert: “He said what he said out of anger. He probably would want to take that back but I made a mistake too.”

Again, the context in which these comments were made needs to be restated. James and the Heat are in Northeast Ohio and will have been for three days before Friday night’s game against the Cavaliers.

So if there is a little nostalgia floating in the air, we understand.

But talking like this so soon into his tenure in Miami, and so soon after the messy divorce  he went through with the Cavs’ faithful, is bound to strike a chord with some folks!

The bigger surprise is that James has actually entertained the idea of returning to his roots someday during his playing career. That alone is reason for pause … anyway, back to Linsanity!

Hang Time Podcast (Draft Special)

HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS – With The Finals in the rear view, it’s time to turn all of our attention to Thursday night’s Draft.

The names change from year to year, but the circumstances remain the same. Some lucky team (Cleveland is the big winner this time around) is hoping to find the player(s) that can deliver them from the necessary evil that is the Lottery.

Kyrie Irving, Derrick Williams, Brandon Knight and Enes Kanter have all been mentioned possibilities for the Cavaliers for one of their two top four picks (No. 1 and No. 4) in this Draft. And that’s if the Cavaliers don’t decide to move one of those picks for more assets and the ability to move down the Draft order and still get what they need with two chances to strike it rich.

With so much on the line, we had to stack the lineup for the The Hang Time Podcast Draft Special. NBA.com’s college basketball guru Chris Dortch, editor of the Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook, breaks down the players. Longtime Cavaliers writer Mary Schmitt Boyer of the Plain Dealer sets the scene for us in Cleveland. And HT’s West Coast bureau chief and NBA.com’s draft specialist Scott Howard Cooper helps us make sense of it all, both the domestic and international draft scene, after his trip to Italy for the adidas Eurocamp.

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Will LeBron cheap shots ever stop?

Now that he’s one step closer to putting his arms around the Larry O’Brien Trophy for the first time, one has to wonder if LeBron James will be able to resist the temptation to take one more shot at his former Cavaliers teammates even as the confetti rains down in the victory celebration on South Beach.

At least, Daniel Gibson wonders. Mary Schmitt Boyer of The Plain Dealer reports that LeBron’s one-time buddy did not take kindly to remarks made by King James at the conclusion of the Eastern Conference finals.

“I wanted to team up with some guys that would never die down in the moment,” James said. “The opportunity presented itself with this great organization and we made it happen.”

Gibson: “Great players shouldn’t have to do that.”

If the city of Cleveland and the Cavs franchise have finally let go of LeBron, shouldn’t he be able to do the same?