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Posted: Feb. 16 2019,03:08

Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - Seems like the NBA world is up in arms once again about the Cleveland Cavaliers. Its like beating ones self in the head, but, lets go through the exercise once more. This present edition of the Cavaliers was not going to walk on to the floor and be dominant. There were too many variables going against that notion and its manifested itself on the court. Thats why the latest rumblings, focused on an ESPN report that head coach David Blatt is having a hard time getting through to the team, have risen. That comes after a 23-home blowout at the hands of lowly Detroit Pistons. Since the Cavs have lost two of three games and only rank fifth in the Eastern Conference, its time to bang on this drum. Heads need to roll for this disgraceful start. What a surprise that coaching in the NBA, coaching LeBron James and two other superstars, proved to be a little more difficult than coaching in Israel. Gasp. Remember, Blatt was hired prior to James signing. This is in no way implying that Blatt wouldnt have taken the job, but he got something way different than what he expected. And things arent perfect in Cleveland. The body language stinks. They perpetually look tired, although Blatt said on Monday that the team hasnt practiced in nine days. The have no rim protector. They didnt in camp, havent had one all season. No surprise on that front. Defensively, this team was going to struggle. James is a good defender, although no longer great, but no one else on the roster, save for 250-year-old Shawn Marion, is even remotely solid. Cleveland ranks 14th in opponents scoring. Defense still remains primarily about effort, so maybe its Blatts fault that this mix of veterans and pups arent trying hard enough on that side of the ball. Or, maybe a few veterans need to step up and do their jobs. This nonsense about firing Blatt 30 games into the season really frosts my proverbial cookies. The worst thing the Cavaliers can do at a time like this, you know, a time where theyre playing .600 basketball, is fire a head coach. Blatt was going to struggle this season no matter what. Hes an accomplished man, but he has zero head coaching experience in the NBA. Then, he has to manage the greatest player in the world, possibly the most famous human on this pebble called Earth. He has to turn two perennial All-Stars into winners when theyve won nothing in this league, all while growing into the job on his own. When Blatt thought he was getting a young, scattered Cavs team led by Kyrie Irving, he was still greener than Al Gore carrying a frog through Dublin on St. Patricks Day. Nothing changed with James in town. The job got more difficult. Thirty games is no barometer. If James and the rest of the Cavs preach how this is a process (it is), how would it be considered fair to dismiss the head coach so early in said process? Business isnt fair, but there has been nothing apparent other than an expected growing period and some underachieving that makes this Cavs team a failure punishable by termination. Blatt is taking it somewhat in stride. When things go a little bit bad, naturally, some people want to pin those questions because they seem to be an easy thing to do. I think thats unfair, he said after practice on Monday. I dont listen to things. Im very confident in what I do and what were doing. Smart answer, but lets be fair, there have been unforeseen issues in Cleveland. This offense should be the Harlem Globetrotters. It hasnt been. When the Cavs move the ball, theyre unstoppable. When the offense gets stagnant, its awful. Kevin Love hasnt found his way. When these mega-teams get together, someone always sacrifices his game, or, has it sacrificed for him. Love has been that guy. Wasnt going to be LeBron, and Irving is the point guard with the ball in his hands, so Love was the guy. The rotation has been clunky. Varejaos injury hasnt helped. Against the Miami Heat on Christmas Day, Blatt started Marion. Now, Tristan Thompson is the man, although theres no true center. Brendon Haywood is the only true big man left on the roster and hes played 37 minutes this season, which puts him about a minute and a half behind what 34-year-old Mike Miller played against the Orlando Magic on Friday. The Cavs need to address the problem in the pivot. Dave McMenamin of ESPN, who covers the Cavaliers, said hes heard they dont want to look outside the NBA for a big like Jermaine ONeal, Kenyon Martin or Emeka Okafor. (If healthy, Id look at Okafor.) But, as we all know, the straw stirring the drink, both on-court and off, is James. He had every opportunity to offer effusive praise of coach Blatt and didnt offer it. James was positive and pragmatic. My relationship with the coach continues to get better and better every day, said James. This is two months of us being together. I dont know him fully, he doesnt know me fully ... He has our attention. We know what we want to do on the floor. We have to do a better job of going out and executing what they want us to do. Then, it sort of turned into something a little defensive. Hes our coach. What other coach do we have, asked James. King James was asked, knowing how important an endorsement for coach Blatt would be coming from him, for one. I dont pay no bills around here man. I play, said James. Im happy with who we have at our helm. Hes our coach. For it to make a feud between me and Blatt, or the team and Blatt, its just a sell. Its just a sell and get people to read and put something on the bottom of the ticker, thats all it is. That may be true, but James has a history with a new head coach to the league and there were no whispers back then about his relationship with Erik Spoelstra. Compounding James tepid endorsement was a column written by Chris Haynes for cleveland.com, which included this: Given the massive scrutiny he would endure if he departed Cleveland a second time, if his hand is forced, Im told he wont hesitate to make the appropriate business decision if it means bolting. I can not conceive a scenario where James bolts Cleveland immediately. So, with all due respect, I dont think we are the nuclear option yet in Cleveland. Every day that goes by, the argument that Cleveland needs time to make this work loses luster. But, the reality is, if this is a long-term process with the Cavs, then 30 games is no real test. Its enough of questioning the Cavs this early. Expectations were entirely too high, so reality has set in. Reality is still pretty good with a possibility for improvement. Nothing nuclear, Cavs. Stay the course. Scarpe Stan Smith Scontate . 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The All Blacks, the defending World Series champions, won their third tournament this season in style, running four tries past England to claim their 11th Cup championship in Hong Kong and first since 2011.OAKLAND, Calif. -- Ted Lilly would have loved to keep pitching -- if his body would allow him to start every fifth day, and if he could stay off the disabled list. Instead, the 37-year-old left-hander is retiring after 15 seasons because of further problems with his shoulder and back. He went to winter ball in Venezuela this month with the hope his body would co-operate and he could find a major league job. But Lilly didnt feel right, and he made just one three-inning appearance during a 20-day stint in Valencia. He would have pitched again except he got food poisoning. "It came to a point that, unfortunately, the reality set in where I was in terms of health and effectiveness," Lilly said by phone Friday. "Those combinations are what forced me to retire. If I felt I could still be productive and healthy, I would be playing, for sure. As of today, I dont think its reasonable. I didnt believe I would be able to go out there and be productive and effective for a major league team and stay healthy to make 30 starts." He returned home to California on Wednesday night, and looks forward to spending time with his wife and two young children. A two-time All-Star, Lilly was 130-113 with a 4.14 ERA in parts of 15 major league seasons. He pitched for Montreal, Oakland, Toronto, the New York Yankees, Chicago Cubs and Dodgers. He has struggled with the idea of retirement for months, even though his shoulder didnt recover well. Designated for assignment byy the Dodgers -- the team that selected him in the 23rd round of the 1996 amateur draft -- on July 25, Lily first tried rest.dddddddddddd Late in the season, he saw a spine specialist in Los Angeles and underwent surgery to cauterize the nerve endings in the right side of his neck. He was limited to 13 starts the past two seasons for Los Angeles because of injury problems, going 0-2 with a 5.09 ERA in five 2013 starts. "As I sit here right now Im OK but its been difficult for weeks because Ive had to deal with those thoughts and avoid those thoughts for a long time, and continue to talk myself into it that I could find a way to do it," he said. "I really do not want to spend more time on the disabled list. Ive spent so much time on that dreaded list. It really came down to a matter of being effective. If I believed could produce, I would still pitch. So, it was a decision that was forced on me at where I was physically in my career." He expects to do coach down the line, probably at the youth baseball level initially. Lilly is left to cherish the relationships and friendships he made with both teammates and opponents. "I was so lucky, the game of baseball really changed my life," he said. 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