Daily News – August 9, 2017

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Cleveland Cavaliers should wait on best Kyrie Irving trade offer: DMan’s World
Author: Dennis Manoloff
Publication: Cleveland.com

CLEVELAND, Ohio — In mid-July, Kyrie Irving asked (or begged) Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert to trade him.

Such a statement no longer needs to come with “reportedly.” That neither Gilbert nor Irving has denied it speaks volumes.

In the wake of the news, many in Cavs Nation expressed their disappointment or disgust with Irving. I absolutely get the sentiment, especially when one of the reported reasons for Irving’s discontent is the burden of being a perceived sidekick to LeBron James. I don’t understand why someone would mind playing alongside LeBron and competing for championships. – CLICK HERE to read full story.

Cavs’ Rose donates $7K to stop gun violence
Author: Ashish Mathur
Publication: Amico Hoops

Derrick Rose no longer plays for the Chicago Bulls, but the Englewood native continues to give back to the city that raised him.

The Cleveland Cavaliers point guard donated $7,000 to a man walking from Chicago to Washington, D.C., to help stop Chicago’s gun violence.

Per DNA Info:

Demetrius Nash, of Bronzeville, hopes his long walk to D.C. can raise awareness of the city’s gun violence and the need for funding for violence-prevention programs. Rose and his partner, Mieka Blackman-Reese, donated to Nash’s campaign through GoFundMe on Monday. – CLICK HERE to read full story.

Come at LeBron James, You Best Not Miss
Author: Rohan Nadkarni
Publication: SI.com

Since he came home three summers ago (as told to Lee Jenkins!), LeBron James has revamped his public image, played three of the best Finals series ever, and delivered Cleveland its first championship in decades. He also hasn’t cared about the regular season.

Look, LeBron doesn’t really have a reason to care about anything besides the Finals. Hell, he can practically sleepwalk through the first three rounds of the playoffs and still be playing for a championship thanks to the sorry state of the East. But as LeBron has let the regular season slide, he’s seen others (Stephen Curry, Russell Westbrook) usurp his MVP status. James, the best basketball player in the world, hasn’t won MVP in four seasons, thanks in large part to his laissez–faire attitude toward the 82 games before the postseason. For the first time in years, though, James may finally have a good reason to care about the regular season: Revenge.

The first year Curry won MVP, LeBron outdueled him in the Finals. The second year Curry won, LeBron blocked the s— out of him in the Finals, won Finals MVP, and turned the 73-win Warriors into an Internet meme. All of this is to say, whenever it’s been threatened, James has reclaimed his rep as the greatest player alive while the stakes were highest. – CLICK HERE to read full story.

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