Originally written on Waiting For Next Year  |  Last updated 10/10/13
Cleveland sports fans are waiting. Thus, while we’re all waiting, the WFNY editors thought you might enjoy reading. Because you never know how long we might be waiting. So here are assorted reading goodies for you to enjoy. Send more good links for tomorrow’s edition to tips@waitingfornextyear.com. Video analysis on why Josh Gordon is untradeable: “While Gordon is one step away from being suspended for an entire season under the NFL’s substance abuse policy, he is also one step away from being an elite receiver in the league. The Browns should accept nothing less than a first-round or high second-round draft pick for Gordon. He is that good.” [Will Burge/Bleacher Report] – Kyrie says he’s staying in a cute video with a little kid! He’s really staying! [@cavsforever/Instagram] – Meanwhile, defense from Kyrie, what a concept: “It is only one preseason game to be sure, but Irving appeared focused defensively on a per-possession basis far more often than he was during the 2012-13 campaign. While defending Brandon Knight with just under eight minutes remaining in the third quarter, for example, Irving hustled to stay in front of Knight after the Milwaukee guard gained a step on Irving before swiping the ball away later in the possession. That type of defensive recovery is something we haven’t seen from Irving on a consistent basis throughout his first two years in the league.” [Brendan Bowers/Bleacher Report] – The 2013-14 Cavs: More question marks than you know what to do with. But Tristan ain’t one of them: “Tristan Thompson, the No. 4 pick in 2011, was never expected to carry the franchise. He was drafted to be Kyrie’s defensive-minded sidekick, someone who could anchor the defense and be a finisher on the pick-and-roll. Still only 22 as he heads into his third season, he’s established himself as a legitimate NBA player with a promising future. However, with so many talented young players in Cleveland, his place in the Cavaliers’ long-term plans is unsettled.” [Jonathan Tjarks/SB Nation] – Great point about actually coaching: “The Mike Brown era has returned to Cleveland, and folks, it looks awfully promising. We’ve said it before, but one of the things which makes Coach Brown so unique is the extent to which he actually coaches during games.” [Sam Allard/Cleveland Scene] – Do you miss Boobie already, too? “What if I told you Daniel Gibson was the reason I’m here? By “here” I mean writing about NBA basketball in the wee hours of a Sunday instead of doing homework or hanging out with some friends. By “here” I mean spending hours on Synergy sifting through John Jenkins off-ball movement clips. By “here” I mean loving basketball like no normal person should.” [David Vertsberger/Hickory-High] – Strength of schedule talk, hooray! “Man, you were sick of hearing about how lousy Ohio State’s schedule was back in April. Brace yourselves: It’s about to get justifiably louder. The Buckeyes’ next five opponents have a combined record of 14-12. Their first six victims are currently 14-16. Remove the six losses tied to having had the misfortune of playing Ohio State and it’s still lousy.” [Ramzy Nasrallah/Eleven Warriors] – Hopeful predictions for the Tribe in 2014, including this bold one: “Jose Ramirez needs to become the permanent second baseman, but if they won’t move Kipnis, make him a centerfielder. Let me just say this now: Jose Ramirez becoming a utility player is a mistake. He’s just too good. Could he handle it? Yes. Could he be effective at it? Yes. Should he do it? No.” [Jim Pete/Indians Baseball Insider] – I used to think Kluber would wind up as a reliever, but not anymore: “When training camp broke in April, Corey Kluber was not a part of the Cleveland Indians 25-man roster. By the end of the season, Kluber had proven to be one of the Tribe’s best starters. He has also now become one of the more promising young players on the team.” [Craig Gifford/Did The Tribe Win Last Night?] – Another one of the (so far) disappointing recent pitcher draft picks: “When the Indians made [Mitch] Brown their 2nd round pick in 2012, he became the highest-drafted player from Minnesota since Joe Mauer was the #1 overall pick in 2001. Even as a high school pitcher, Brown had already developed three solid pitches (fastball, curveball, and changeup… he’s also worked on a slider), and He was viewed as someone who could become a #2 or 3 starter in Cleveland with a few years’ seasoning.” [Jason Lukehart/Let's Go Tribe]
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