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Hello everyone and welcome to today's 'Fear the Newsletter', where Kyrie Irving doesn't think the Cavs are underdogs.

If you have questions, concerns or complaints, drop me an e-mail at christopherwmanning@gmail.com. We hope you enjoy. And a special thanks to Carter Rodriguez for filling in for me over the last few days.

- Chris Manning (@cwmwrites), Editor at Fear the Sword

In today's lead story, Kyrie Irving says that the Cavs aren't underdogs heading into next season. Kyrie, even with the Warriors adding Kevin Durant, isn't lacking for confidence. Word to friend of the site Zach Frydenlund (aka @pchopz_) on a really solid interview at Complex.

Adam Silver came out strongly yesterday on two fronts. First, he said the league having two superteams (i.e. the Cavs and Warriors next season) is bad. He also announced changes to the 'Hack-a' strategy. On the latter note, he could have gone much farther and killed the rule. Something tells me that teams will get crafty in intentionally fouling.

In Cavs summer league news, Trevor Magnotti graded performances and, not surprisingly, Kay Felder and Jordan McRae are the best of the bunch. The Summer Cavs next play tonight at 8 p.m. on ESPN 2 against the Celtics.

As a reminder, chat about free agency here and track all Cavs rumors here.

If you need a sick Cavs or NBA t-shirt, go support FtS' Daniel Rowell over on TeePublic. You may or may not see the header of this newsletter on a t-shirt in his store.

What to read today: SB Nation's Mike Prada on Thon Maker, Prada on the weird jerseys you find at Las Vegas Summer League, ESPN's Kevin Arnovitz on lesson's learned from Tim Duncan's career, Arnovitz on why Duncan is the most influential player of his time and The Ringer's Shea Serrano on how things would been different if OKC had won Game 6

That's it for today. We'll talk to you tomorrow.

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