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Cavaliers fire Mike Brown
The Cleveland Cavaliers have made another move. The beleaguered franchise, playoffs-free since LeBron James took his talents to the Miami Heat in 2010, fired coach Mike Brown after just one year in his second stint on the job. And Brown did better than the last guy (Byron Scott never reached the 25-win mark; Brown's Cavs went 33-49 in 2013-14). Was the coach really to blame? Is Kyrie Irving, the team's anointed franchise player, actually elite? Will LeBron ever come back?
Should Kyrie stay with Cavs?
He's the post-LeBron James face of the Cleveland Cavaliers ... for now. But Kyrie Irving, as ESPN's Brian Windhorst writes, faces an interesting decision this summer: Sign a long-term extension with his team, or decline the offer and effectively start the countdown clock on his stay in Ohio. Doing the latter certainly would hurt him from a PR perspective; James still hasn't fully recovered from "The Decision." But it's hard to deny the struggles of a team that currently is five games out of a playoff spot in the staggeringly weak East.
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NBA All-Star Game thoughts?
Say what you will about the NBA All-Star Game, but this year it wasn't anonymous. The New Orleans 2014 version set the record for most combined points (318), most by a team (163 by the victorious Eastern Conference), most in a half (89 by the Western Conference in the first half) and many, many more. The final was 163-155, with Kyrie Irving taking MVP honors. Meanwhile, the dunk contest didn't exactly earn rave reviews for its East vs. West format. What did you make of the weekend?