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January 21, 2015 Updates

Chris Fedor: #Cavs David Blatt says LeBron James will certainly play. Unsure still on Kyrie Irving, who missed shootaround this morning. Twitter @ChrisFedor

When Shawn Marion headed to the Cleveland bench late in last week's game at US Airways Center, "The Matrix" was saying goodbye to Phoenix. Marion said he plans to retire after this season with Cleveland, ending a 15-year NBA career that was mostly spent as a star with the Suns. Arizona Republic

When the Suns drafted Marion in 1999, Marion set a goal to play 15 seasons. The 36-year-old believes he could play another three seasons but being away from his first child, 8-month-old Shawn, has convinced him to retire after this season with the Cavaliers. "I wanted to go out on my terms," Marion said. "The biggest thing is having a son. I got attached to him. Seeing him periodically is hard. Watching him grow up on pictures and videos is hard." Arizona Republic

Well, the former L.A. Cleveland High and USC product grew up idolizing the Lakers and remembers how customary it became for them to host championship parades. But the man who playfully labeled himself this season as the NBA’s best all-time shooter also argued he will play a significant role this offseason in helping the Lakers attract marquee free agents. “I told Goran Dragic on the court, ‘You might be my teammate next year.’” Young told the L.A. News Group shortly after the Lakers’ loss on Monday to the Phoenix Suns. “I’ll talk to Marc (Gasol.) Me and him are cool. Kevin Love, I’ll talk to him.” Los Angeles Daily News

And as Cleveland fans worry that Blatt isn't using his roster properly, Israelis are proudly sticking behind him. Boston-born Blatt, 55, remains one of the country's most beloved figures, thanks to his winning history as a coach in his adopted homeland and national pride in his making it big time. "It means a lot from two perspectives: Number one, I can do something for the people in Israel, and number two, I can do something about bringing seven million new fans to the Cavaliers," Blatt said Monday night after a third straight win put the Cavaliers at 22-20. "I've been very fortunate, we had a great deal of success in Israel the last several years, so people are positive about this and about me and I've got Bron and Kevin and Kyrie and they love the NBA over there so it's a natural tie-in, and it's great." NBA.com

His roots in Israel remain deep. He's married to an Israeli woman, Kinneret, and raised his four children here, with the oldest two having completed their military service. He speaks fluent, albeit American-accented, Hebrew and is a popular pitchman for TV ads who has professed a desire to one day serve as an ambassador for the country. An economic newspaper recently reported Blatt just purchased a pair of high-rise Tel Aviv apartments. NBA.com

January 20, 2015 Updates

After watching his team give another lackluster effort and lose for the sixth time in the past eight games with a 108-94 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers on Monday night, the former MVP delivered some emotional words. "Everybody has to be on the same page," Rose said. "Until then, we're going to continue to get our ass kicked." Asked who was not on the same page, Rose was quick with a response. "It's just the whole team," he said. ESPN.com

January 19, 2015 Updates

Kevin Love says he expects to play tonight when the Cavaliers host the Chicago Bulls. Love missed Friday’s victory at the Los Angeles Clippers after struggling to get through Thursday’s win over the Lakers because of back problems. But he made it through practice on Sunday after a long five-hour flight Saturday from Los Angeles. “Couple pillows lodged under my back, some meds and then try to get up and stretch a few times,” Love said. “When it’s a 4-5 hour flight, that’s never good. It’s not always good for your body, but for your back it’s really, really tough. We have a great training staff here that’s going to keep me ready.” Akron Beacon Journal

Knowing they are a Kyrie Irving injury from more trouble, the Cavs are working to acquire a veteran point guard. Yahoo! Sports

January 18, 2015 Updates

Regardless of what they say now, the idea of parting ways with Blatt was absolutely discussed internally. But the organization dug in its heels and refused to cave to James. For months, I wrote and said on the radio that Erik Spoelstra always had the backing of Pat Riley, even in James’ earliest and orneriest days. I questioned (doubted?) whether Cavs owner Dan Gilbert would show Blatt that same support. To this point, to the surprise of many, he has. Akron Beacon Journal

Griffin’s passionate speech was an enormous risk. The Cavs lost six straight after that, with mixed levels of motivation and effort, and I wondered if Griffin inadvertently put a grenade in his own hand. After all, Gilbert has made emotional, reactionary decisions in the past. How could Griffin salvage any credibility now if Gilbert changes his mind? “I never would’ve said what he said,” one rival front office executive said in the days after Griffin’s bold move. “They would’ve had to fire me first.” Akron Beacon Journal


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