Photo: AP/Lynee Sladky
If things go as planned for the Cavaliers next year, Cleveland tailors are going to be incredibly busy. In the presence of Michael Jordan tonight in the American Airlines Arena, LeBron James and Dwyane Wade put on quite a show in-between all-too-frequent whistles, but the take-away media story from all this is not the typical 2010 talk, it's a potential number change... for King James.
Milk carton mainstay: Delonte West missed his second straight game tonight, and the long, strange saga of Delonte West continues. As time goes on, you can see the team making the appropriate adjustments and building chemistry... often without Delonte. I have no doubt that Delonte can step in and contribute in an important way if he can handle the off-the-court issues (which is a tall order). However, seeing West as a starter and the player he was last year is looking like a longer shot day by day.
Do you want the 8x10 or wallets?: With 3:56 to go in the first quarter, Dwyane Wade forever immortalized Anderson Varejao with a posterizing dunk that shook the rim and sent shock waves throughout the NBA itself. After LeBron James missed a potential highlight-reel dunk on one end, Wade took it to the hole with a giant exclamation point. It was probably the best dunk I've ever seen live action, and one of the best of the past few years. LeBron said afterward that it could be a Top 10 all-time dunk, but I'm not willing to go quite that far. Wherever you rank it, Varejao didn't take too kindly to it, and him and Wade got into it a couple of plays later when Wade swatted at the ball after Andy grabbed a rebound. Varejao glared at Wade, and the two exchanged some pleasantries, then Andy continued yapping with Jermaine O'Neal after he and Wade were hit with technicals. I feel for Wild Thing, but after being embarrassed like that, the best thing to do is shut your mouth and keep playing.