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NBA: Kevin Love Goes East. Now What?

(2) Comments | Posted August 7, 2014 | 5:54 PM

According to ESPN, the Minnesota Timberwolves have finally decided to trade Kevin Love to the Cleveland Cavaliers for the 2014 No. 1 overall pick Andrew Wiggins, last year's No. 1 overall pick Anthony Bennett, and a first-round pick in 2015.

ESPN also reported "according to Yahoo sources, Love has committed to opt out of his contract in 2015 and re-sign with Cleveland next summer for five years and $120 million-plus."

It is further believed that once the deal is made later this month (Wiggins cannot be traded until August 23), the Cavaliers will pursue sharpshooter Ray Allen and big man Shawn Marion to shore up their bench, where they've already included Mike Miller and James Jones.

And so in a matter of months the Cavaliers have gone from bottom feeders to top dogs in the Eastern Conference food chain. They've fashioned themselves a new Big 3 with Love, LeBron James, and Kyrie Irving. They've also got Dion Waiters and Anderson Varejao, giving them one of the strongest starting fives in the league. They've also got plenty of shooting to help open up lanes for James, just like the Miami Heat had the last four seasons.

The question, then, is how does the Cavs' ascension affect the rest of the league?

For one, the Central Division will be stacked for years to come. The Cavs, the Chicago Bulls, and the Indiana Pacers (once Paul George returns) will all be vying for Eastern supremacy, not to mention the Milwaukee Bucks will undoubtedly build around No. 2 overall pick Jabari Parker and potentially become a Central Division hopeful.

The New York Knicks were also hoping to upgrade in the near future, and now that James and Love have both committed to the Cavs their options are a bit more limited. But if this prompts someone like Dwight Howard or Rajon Rondo to move out to the Big Apple, the East suddenly becomes pretty top-heavy.

The Timberwolves are also put in an interesting position, gaining two young prospects on rookie contracts and an additional first round pick, allowing them to build from the ground-up (once again) without much financial restriction. The question will be what kind of talent they can lure in free agency in order to build around a young Wiggins and Ricky Rubio combination.

The Cavs have just as many question marks surrounding their new team. There's no doubt they'll be able to score, but what about the defensive end. Love, Irving, Waiters -- these guys known to be lock down defenders. In fact, LeBron may be the only legitimate defensive player on their team.

They also shipped in new head coach David Blatt from overseas, where he enjoyed lots of success coaching Israel's Maccabi Tel Aviv. But will he be able to draw up schemes that help this group gel on defense? Will he be able to adjust to the NBA game quick enough to see the same success he saw in Europe?

In any case, the NBA has seen great competition among the league's best the last few seasons, and with all these changes things are shaping up to be even more interesting in the coming...

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Trayvon Martin: If You Don't Know, Now You (Need to) Know

(6) Comments | Posted April 11, 2012 | 3:08 PM

Unless you've been hiding under a rock (a really big one), chances are you've at least heard of Trayvon Martin, a 17-year-old boy gunned down February 26th by a neighborhood watchman in Sanford, Florida. Since then, Martin's story has practically owned national headlines. Rallies have been organized

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In Defense of Performance Poetry

(12) Comments | Posted March 25, 2012 | 3:13 AM

While roaming the Internet the other day (a dangerous habit as many well know), I came across an essay titled "Poetry is not a Performance Art" written by Miles Mathis. The essay was a response to the announcement that the White House would host

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Celebrating the New Year With Asian American Poetry

(1) Comments | Posted January 24, 2012 | 5:44 PM

January 23rd, 2012 marked the coming of the-later-than-Solar-but-just-as-important Lunar New Year, more commonly known as "Chinese New Year" (though it is celebrated in many other cultures). In honor of both the solar and lunar calendars, I've put together a slideshow featuring 12 Asian American poets. These...

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Getting to Know Philip Levine, Poet Laureate (VIDEO)

(1) Comments | Posted December 14, 2011 | 12:43 PM

Back in September, I wrote a piece covering the National Poetry Slam and mentioned a poet named Philip Levine, a Detroit native and former industrial worker who just so happens to be the current U.S. Poet Laureate. And for what many believe...

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Finding Humanity in Charles Bane, Jr.'s Chapbook

(6) Comments | Posted October 7, 2011 | 2:22 AM

As we enter a new campaign season sure to be rife with heated arguments and incessant finger pointing, one can't help but be reminded of all the issues that keep America at odds with itself. Our country has been at war for nearly a decade, yet Americans are still in...

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The Super Bowl of Poetry

(8) Comments | Posted September 29, 2011 | 12:58 AM

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On the night of August 13th, just outside the Berklee Performance Center in Boston, Massachusetts Avenue was flooded with eager ears and a few newly minted celebrities.

"Aren't you guys poets?" an excited voiced asked the group waiting in line behind me...

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5 (More) Poetry Slams You Should Know About

(10) Comments | Posted July 31, 2011 | 12:18 AM

Back in May, I created a post including five poetry venues I thought were worth checking out and, in the extremely limited scope of my piece, I neglected to mention many other outstanding poetry venues and events around the country. In the comments it was noted that I...

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Gay And Lesbian Pride Month: Celebrating With Stonewall Poetry

(15) Comments | Posted June 29, 2011 | 2:57 AM

On June 24th, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a marriage equality bill into law after it passed a senate vote 33 to 29. The law will become effective July 24th, making New York just the sixth state to legalize gay marriage in the United States.

The...

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The Untelevised Revolution: A Tribute to Gil Scott-Heron (VIDEO)

(43) Comments | Posted June 8, 2011 | 2:06 AM

On May 27th, poet/singer/songwriter/activist Gil Scott-Heron passed away at the age of 62. Scott-Heron, perhaps best known for his spoken-word piece "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised," released a plethora of records during the 70's, most of them combining jazz, soul, and funk music with socially conscious lyricism focusing on...

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White House Poetry Jam: A Poet's Point Of View

(177) Comments | Posted May 16, 2011 | 1:27 AM

On May 11th President Obama and the First Lady hosted an evening of poetry and music at the White House, the second of such events since the President has been in office (clips of the first event held in 2009 can be found on the White House's YouTube...

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Poetry Slams You Should Know About

(11) Comments | Posted May 6, 2011 | 3:57 AM

Slam poetry is, in itself, a conundrum. Slams are competitions in which poets are judged by random audience members on their poem's content, delivery, and overall performance. The notion that poems can be "judged," as if there were some standard they could be measured against, almost seems to cheapen the...

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