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Cavs Coach David Blatt Says Kevin Love “Isn’t a Max Player”

After being torched by the Sacramento Kings 96-71, Cleveland Cavaliers head coach David Blatt had an interesting exchange with a reporter.

Sunday night’s loss to the Kings marked the Cavalier’s fifth straight.

Yippee!

Redskins Wisely Hand the Keys to Scot McCloughan

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With the Scot McCloughan hire now official in Washington, here’s a few more notes regarding the Redskins new general manager and the kick in the ass it gives the organization.

– Covering your eyes and withholding your excitement? No one can blame you. While the addition of a proven guy like McCloughan is great for any team, we all know how good the Redskins a are at screwing things up. You have more than enough reason to stay medium and tread cautiously.

As a healthy argument, however, know this: Scot McCloughan didn’t need to take a job. Sure, he longed to be part of a team again, to lead a front office, to build a Super Bowl champion machine, etc. But from all reports and information, he wasn’t desperate. Instead, he required a perfect situation in which he was provided full control of personnel and front office.

That said, we have no reason to doubt b the Redskins have legitimately handed McCloughan the keys to the team, otherwise he wouldn’t have inked the deal.

— As mentioned before, having Bruce Allen serve as team president isn’t necessarily a bad thing. When it comes to crunching cap numbers, throwing political weight, planning team functions, weighing in on uniform choices, and serving as the team ambassador, Allen fits the bill quite well. And his tight BFF relationship with Dan Snyder could eventually serve as a healthy go-between for McCloughan.

— And yes, according to reports, McCloughan and Allen have a good relationship with one another.

— While I do believe this is arguably the best move Dan Snyder has made since purchasing the team over a decade ago, I also don’t expect this organization to be turned around in a summer. If you read about McCloughan’s style and what he looks to do long-term, that described culture change and strong locker room is impossible to create with the flick of a switch.

Additionally, even as a huge fan of McCloughan’s draft classes as a whole, clearly he’s seen his fair share of misses. But you can say the same thing for every other general manager and talent evaluator out there.

No McCloughan isn’t perfect. No he won’t snipe every mid-round gem in every draft class. No he won’t have the Redskins playing in February next year. The point is, he’s the first knowledgeable, respected football brain this organization has had overseeing personnel since Bobby frickin’ Beathard, and hiring him was the first step in the right direction.

If you’re not excited quite yet, you have a better grasp on your emotions than me. But at the very least, it’s almost impossible to not feel the relief.

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Who is New Redskins GM Scot McCloughan?

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Ten things/thoughts/links about new Redskins general manager, Scot McCloughan.

1. First and foremost, if you haven’t already, be sure to read this awesome feature, The Far Sideline, by Seth Wickersham. It’s got everything you need.

2. McCloughan was hired as the vice president of player personnel for the San Francisco 49ers in 2005. In 2008, he was promoted to general manager.

3. After parting ways with the 49ers, McCloughan joined the Seahawks in 2010 as the team’s senior personnel executive, helping build the reigning Super Bowl champion roster.

4. Here’s another piece by Seth Wickersham written after the Seahawks’ Super Bowl victory in early 2014, providing some good nuggets on McCloughan’s background and his body of work in Seattle.

5. As mentioned in Wickersham’s The Far Sideline, McCloughan ran his own scouting business last year in which “a handful of NFL teams paid him $75,000 each to evaluate players.” He’ll hit the ground running.

6. As much as I’m excited about McCloughan the talent evaluator, I’m just as excited (if not more) about his desire to build a strong locker room and generate good team chemistry. Those things don’t always go hand in hand.

7. Given the reports that McCloughan was seeking full control of player personnel in the case he took a job — and the fact that Dan Snyder and the Redskins are Dan Snyder and the Redskins — this is a colossal step in the right direction for pro football in Washington.

8. This sort of move makes fans such as myself feel like a kid receiving the toy he never dreamt possible. For the first time in a very, very long time, the Redskins front office is run by a guy who not only has control, but who has an extensive background in using said control in the right way, to find the right players, to build the right team. It’s important no one underestimates how big of a move this is for this franchise.

9. We could look at it from both sides, but having Bruce Allen stick around and move into the role as team president could work really well for this organization and its structure. With the relationship between Allen and Dan Snyder, there’s no need for McCloughan to get buddy-buddy with the owner. That relationship already exists. And if there’s a move on the brink being pushed by the owner, McCloughan can ring Allen, explain why it’s (more than likely) a terrible idea, and Allen can do his job by approaching his buddy Dan and talking him off the ledge. McCloughan runs football operations, and Allen worries about picking pants, planning picnics, and “winning off the field”.a

10. If the Redskins have taught us anything over the years, it’s to always stay on your toes. Don’t get too excited, don’t get too sad. Just hover right there in the middle and keep your head on a swivel. But despite all the moves that typically crown the Redskins “Winners of the Offseason” (with nothing to show for it), hiring Scot McCloughan feels like the most sure-fire (and perhaps legitimate) home run of the Dan Snyder era.

 

  1. Allen’s words. Not mine.  (back)

Report: Redskins to Hire Scot McCloughan as GM

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At one point we were left thinking, “But Scot McCloughan is too good to come to Washington.”

Now, according to multiple reports on Twitter, the Redskins are set to hire Scot McCloughan as their next general manager. As a result, Bruce Allen would then serve as team president.

It should also be noted, however, that others are saying a deal isn’t done yet.

More to come.

Stephen Curry Pulls Off Beautiful Dribble Drive and Score

Oh, Steph Curry — why you gotta be so filthy?

This lovely slow-motion clip gives us just enough to see the reverse between-the-legs dribble draw in Russell Westbrook like a fish to a shiny lure, before Steph puts the cherry on top with an ever so pretty finger roll, surely too gorgeous to draw any contention from a hypnotized Steven Adams.

For hoops fans, this is an orange purpleish sunset cast upon the cool blue lake — simply breathtaking.

Redskins Finally Ditch Defensive Coordinator Jim Haslett

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There’s still people out there defending Jim Haslett and calling him a good defensive coordinator; and for all I know, maybe they’re right. But in football (as in any business), your production and/or performance dictates whether you stay or go, and for that reason the Redskins have moved on from Haslett after five seasons.

Those defending Haslett will likely use things like “they didn’t invest in the defense” and “lots of injuries” as supporting arguments, but it ultimately boils down to Haslett overseeing a miserable unit. During the Reign of the Haz, the Redskins ranked 30th in points allowed per gamea and 29th in expected points added by team defenseb.

Good riddance. This move was overdue.

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