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Fear the Links - 10/27/09 - Opening Night Edition

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Opening Night is finally here!  FTS will be there with all the sights and sounds from The Q.  Be sure you are ready.  The Discussion Thread will be up and running 30 minutes before Tip-Off.  I will be posting updaes on Twitter as well, so be sure to FOLLOW ME!  Until then, here are some links from around the web to help you get your Wine and Gold fix!

CLEVELAND.COM

 

Since the first day of training camp, the Cavaliers have been living in a gray area with the status of Delonte West, their valuable but troubled guard.

 

But to listen to the team's players and coaches, you get the impression they aren't exactly thrilled the season is already here. They may be tired of playing preseason games, but after a month of nagging injuries, battling the flu and uncertainty surrounding Delonte West, the Cavs frankly aren't as ready as they'd like to be. Especially with the Celtics in town.

Are you ready for radio broadcaster Joe Tait to say "It's basketball time!" when the Cavs and Celtics tip off at 7:30 tonight? Can you believe the Cavs will have future Hall of Famer Shaquille O'Neal and reigning Most Valuable Player LeBron James in the same starting lineup?

 

Cleveland Cavaliers' Zydrunas Ilgauskas about to join Top 10 longest-tenured Cleveland athletes(Cleveland.com)  Once the Cleveland Cavaliers game-night roster becomes official for Tuesday night's season-opener against the Boston Celtics at Quicken Loans Arena, Cavaliers center Zydrunas Ilgauskas will have achieved a remarkable milestone.

 

MORNING JOURNAL

Shaquille O'Neal spent his final day of free time where any super hero would hang out.

 

From his broadcast position at Quicken Loans Arena, dubbed "The Perch," Cavaliers radio play-by-play announcer Joe Tait has a clear view of the action on the floor.

 

OHIO.COM

Leon Powe said he is begging to get on the floor tonight against the Boston Celtics, his old team.

Anthony Parker likes the position he's in right now with the Cavaliers — right between LeBron James and Shaquille O'Neal.

OTHER

There are plenty of uncertainties surrounding the future of the Cleveland Cavaliers and Boston Celtics as they're currently constructed, and after discouraging playoff exits for both teams, the pressure to win now has only increased.

1st stop: Cleveland(Boston Herald)
It is just the first game of 82 in the regular season, with more to come in the playoffs. After this evening’s game is done, there still will be 3,888 minutes left in the currently scheduled season - and that’s not counting the overtime.

Cavaliers open about rivalry(Boston Globe)
The Cavaliers harbor no hard feelings, just respect for their newest Eastern Conference rival, the Celtics. Not even the brutal seven-game playoff series two years ago and the near brawl last week during an exhibition game could spark any ill feelings toward the Celtics.

Odds are against Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James joining New York Knicks(NY Daily News)
A Las Vegas bookmaker has installed the Cleveland Cavaliers as a 2-5 favorite to re-sign James, who can become an .unrestricted free agent on July 1. According to Bodog.com, the odds of James joining the Knicks next summer are 9-4.

Shaquille O'Neal didn't book serious off-season study time(LA Times)
In between hosting his reality show and entertaining his 2.4 million followers on Twitter, Shaquille O'Neal apparently had little spare time during the off-season to learn the playbook of his new team, the Cleveland Cavaliers.