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A refresher on Fear the Sword’s community guidelines

A refresher on Fear the Sword’s community guidelines

An examination of our rules and regulations in an effort to become better as a community. The purpose of this post is to review the community guidelines for Fear the Sword and to announce some adjustments to the way they will be enforced. I encourage all those who wish to participate in group discussion in the comment sections on this site to read and abide by the guidelines in this article. Editor’s note: If anyone in this community has questions or concerns, I can always be reached at christopherwmanning@gmail.com — Chris SBNation Community Guidelines These rules apply to all sites...
Aug 18, 2017
Five vs Five: Making sense of the Cavaliers roster construction

Five vs Five: Making sense of the Cavaliers roster construction

The Fear the Sword staff answers questions about the makeup of the Cavs roster. Welcome to Five vs Five, where the the Fear the Sword staff takes on the Cavaliers roster construction. Kyrie Irving played 35 minutes per game last season. Assuming Irving starts the season on the Cavaliers roster, that would only leave 13 minutes per game for Derrick Rose at the point guard slot. Will Tyronn Lue try to play Rose and Irving at the same time, and should he? Carter Rodriguez (@Carter_Shade): I think if Irving returns, they’re going to have to play some minutes together, because Rose won’t be...
Aug 18, 2017
NBA Trade Rumor: Kyrie Irving thought LeBron James wanted him traded

NBA Trade Rumor: Kyrie Irving thought LeBron James wanted him traded

The Cavs offering Irving in a deal lead to his trade request. We knew previously that the Cleveland Cavaliers had offered Kyrie Irving in trade talks and that helped lead to his trade request. But now the actual deal that was offered appears to have been reported. In an appearance on The Herd, Chris Broussard explained the deal that the Cavs had in place to trade Irving. He also explained that this was perceived by Irving to be James pushing him out the door. As transcribed by SLAM: “The final straw as to why [Kyrie] wants out of Cleveland… I’m told that the Cavaliers had a deal done...
Aug 18, 2017
Cavaliers likely out of the running to host NBA All-Star game in 2020 or 2021

Cavaliers likely out of the running to host NBA All-Star game in 2020 or 2021

With rennovations held up, it doesn’t seem like All-Star weekend is coming to Cleveland. In all likelihood, the Cleveland Cavaliers won’t be hosting an All-Star game in the near future. According to a story from Kevin Kleps of Crain’s Cleveland, the NBA’s letter to the team and a recent Ohio Supreme Court decision have made it unlikely an All-Star game will come to Cleveland in 2020 or 2021. From Kleps article: The next step is determining whether the referendum will be placed on the November ballot, or if it will be part of a special election early in 2018, which would cost...
Aug 17, 2017
Dahntay Jones says LeBron James, Kyrie Irving can mend relationship

Dahntay Jones says LeBron James, Kyrie Irving can mend relationship

The former Cavs guard offers his take on the biggest story of the summer. One the ongoing questions about the ongoing Kyrie Irving saga is if he and LeBron James have talked at all or if their relationship is beyond repair. There have been rumblings that they’ve both been in Miami and maybe have met, but the details are fuzzy. One person with insight into the relationship between James and Irving is ex-Cavs guard Dahntay Jones, who has been with the team during the last two titles run. On SiriusXM, Jones said of James and Irving that “Nothing’s to a point where it can’t be fixed....
Aug 17, 2017
Look: LeBron James shares photo of himself in new Cavs jersey

Look: LeBron James shares photo of himself in new Cavs jersey

Here’s the first real look at a Cavs player in the new jerseys. When the Cavs debuted their new jerseys, there were no official shots of players. Screenshots from NBA 2K18 teases were the closest thing we had. Now, we’ve got one. On his Instagram, LeBron James shared a photo of himself in the Cavs’ new wine jersey. Welcome to the Terrordome!! Let's get this thing back going ASAP!! Savage Season 15 #striveforgreatness #savagemode #IFeelSoGoodRightNowItsScary A post shared by LeBron James (@kingjames) on Aug 17, 2017 at 4:47pm PDT LeBron also has a very on brand caption:...
Aug 17, 2017
Podcast: Trading Kyrie Irving to the Nuggets

Podcast: Trading Kyrie Irving to the Nuggets

Would dealing Kyrie to Denver make sense for both sides? Welcome to Locked on Cavaliers, the official Cleveland Cavaliers podcast of the Locked on Podcast network. On today’s episode, host Chris Manning (@cwmwrites) is joined by Adam Mares of Locked on Nuggets and Denver Stiffs to talk about Kyrie Irving possibly being traded to Denver, what would be a fair return and more. For those who were wondering, every episode of ‘Locked on Cavaliers’ is now available on iTunes and on Stitcher. And as always, you can listen or download any episode on the podcast’s AudioBoom page. If you like...
Aug 16, 2017
LeBron listed 4th in early MVP odds

LeBron listed 4th in early MVP odds

Early MVP odds have been released, and LeBron is fourth. Early odds for the 2017 Most Valuable Player award have been released by Bovada, and LeBron James landed among the top five, while Kyrie Irving was listed as a longshot to win. James is at +750, meaning that a bet of $100 for James would pay out $750. It’s not stunning that his odds have been reduced given that the Cavaliers appear to be headed for a turmoil-filled season and might not perform as highly as voters might expect. With that said, if you’re among the Kyrie Irving skeptics of the world and think LeBron...
Aug 16, 2017
Why the Cavs will eventually get the Kyrie Irving deal they want

Why the Cavs will eventually get the Kyrie Irving deal they want

With a view of training camp around the corner, look for teams to get serious with offers for Kyrie Irving. The Cleveland Cavaliers have a little over a month until training camp opens up what could be the most important season in their history. Looming over the team for the moment is the unknown fate of star point guard Kyrie Irving, who has requested a trade out of Cleveland. After a flurry of rumors and an array of potential trade scenarios, things have quieted down significantly. However, it is likely just the calm before the storm. The Cavs and new GM Koby Altman have held their...
Aug 16, 2017
Sources close to LeBron deny report that he is leaving the Cavaliers

Sources close to LeBron deny report that he is leaving the Cavaliers

Has LeBron decided he's leaving? Depends on who you ask. LeBron James future in Cleveland has been the subject of rampant speculation, with the Cavs star being linked to Los Angeles, and former ESPN writer Chris Sheridan reported this today: NBA source said today: "This will be LeBron's final season in Cleveland. He is 100 percent leaving. Relationship with owners beyond repair."— Chris Sheridan (@sheridanhoops) August 16, 2017 Sheridan once correctly predicted LeBron’s return in 2014 in a post that is no longer on his website while missing on some very key details (he said that...
Aug 16, 2017
LeBron James criticizes Trump, calls for love in society

LeBron James criticizes Trump, calls for love in society

LeBron James spoke out about violence in Charlottesville at an event for his family foundation. LeBron James discussed the violence that broke out at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville on Tuesday night at his annual family foundation reunion. From ESPN’s Dave McMenamin: LeBron's full comments on Charlottesville: pic.twitter.com/FJJCT8rkiN— Dave McMenamin (@mcten) August 16, 2017 James referenced the “so-called president,” a dig at president Donald Trump. The president has been criticized broadly for not condemning white supremacists and instead blaming “both...
Aug 16, 2017
NBA Trade Rumor: Kristaps Porzingis not available in possible Kyrie Irving trade

NBA Trade Rumor: Kristaps Porzingis not available in possible Kyrie Irving trade

Porzingis appears to be off the table. Just as more news came in regarding the focus of the Cleveland Cavaliers efforts to trade Kyrie Irving, we have a counter-report cooling the flames of any Irving to New York Knicks talk. While Kristaps Porzingis was identified as the Cavs primary target, it appears as though any odds of the team acquiring Porzingis are slim to none. According to a report from Steve Marcus and Mike Rose of Newsday, the Knicks are not interested in moving Porzingis for Irving: “[Knicks president] Steve Mills and [Knicks general manager] Scott Perry on the record were...
Aug 16, 2017
LeBron James tweets that Donald Trump has made hate “fashionable again”

LeBron James tweets that Donald Trump has made hate “fashionable again”

For the second time in a matter of days, James has critiqued the president. Over the weekend, LeBron James responded to the violence that erupted in Charlottesville, Va., and offered a critique of President Donald Trump. On Tuesday, James tweeted another critique of the president, saying that “Hate has always existed in America. Yes we know that but Donald Trump just made it fashionable again! Statues has nothing to do with us now!” Hate has always existed in America. Yes we know that but Donald Trump just made it fashionable again! Statues has nothing to do with us now!— LeBron...
Aug 16, 2017
Podcast: Running through the Cavaliers’ 2017-18 schedule

Podcast: Running through the Cavaliers’ 2017-18 schedule

Plus, some Cavs news. Welcome to Locked on Cavaliers, the official Cleveland Cavaliers podcast of the Locked on Podcast network. On today’s episode, host Chris Manning (@cwmwrites) runs down the Cavaliers 2017-18 regular season schedule (which you can see in full here) and the latest Cavs news. For those who were wondering, every episode of ‘Locked on Cavaliers’ is now available on iTunes and on Stitcher. And as always, you can listen or download any episode on the podcast’s AudioBoom page. If you like the podcast, please rate and review it on iTunes, as it helps other listeners...
Aug 16, 2017
Fear the Links: Revisiting the Cavaliers’ chronic dysfunction

Fear the Links: Revisiting the Cavaliers’ chronic dysfunction

That and more in today’s links. Happy Wednesday, everyone. Here’s today’s links. Make sure to read David Zavac on the Cavs’ dysfunction. Also at Fear the Sword: the 10 can’t miss Cavs games for next season, the Raptors called about Kyrie Irving, the Cavs want Kristaps Porzingis or another young star in exchange for Kyrie, do the Cavs really need to get a point guard in exchange for Kyrie?, and it seems like Deron Williams was miserable in Cleveland. At SB Nation, here’s Tom Ziller on why waiting to deal Kyrie doesn’t make sense for the Cavs. And here’s SB Nation’s...