CLEVELAND — What a busy day for sports in Cleveland! When all three pro sports teams generate big headlines, it makes for a great Donovan Live Postgame Show!
The home of the Cavs has a new name
When Jimmy and I first heard the news that the Cavaliers had set a press conference for Tuesday with a 'major announcement,' we were wondering if team owner Dan Gilbert might be announcing that he was selling the team.
Gilbert reportedly has looked at owning franchises in other sports, including the Lions and Tigers in his hometown of Detroit. He also recently sold his Cincinnati-area casino and racetrack, getting a reported $780 million dollars from Hard Rock International.
Instead, Gilbert took center stage to announce that his refurbished arena was going to have a new name moving forward. Quicken Loans Arena is about to become Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse.
This all comes as the Cavaliers are finishing a 19-63 season, one year after playing for an NBA championship. They need to figure out who their coach is going to be long-term, who is staying and who is going from this year's team, and of course...where they will be drafting in June.
The Browns preseason schedule is out
April is always an exciting month for NFL fans. Besides the draft, we can look forward to the release of the regular season schedule.
First things first, we found out on Tuesday who the Browns will play in the preseason. The team will face the Redskins at home, head out to Indianapolis and Tampa Bay, before finishing with the Lions at FirstEnergy Stadium prior to the start of the regular season.
Jimmy and I looked back on some important preseason moments of the past couple of years as we look forward to seeing this year's team in action.
The Indians rotation took a big hit
I closely watched Mike Clevinger pitch against the Blue Jays on Sunday. He was absolutely mowing down Toronto to the point where I asked myself, "is it possible that the two-time Cy Young winner is the third-best pitcher in this rotation?"
He was that lights out. Then suddenly, he's just out.
Clevinger suffered a right upper back/Teres major muscle strain on Sunday and manager Terry Francona revealed that it will be at least six-to-eight weeks before he picks up a baseball and resumes pitching activity.
Thankfully, Trevor Bauer, Corey Kluber, Carlos Carrasco, and Shane Bieber are all healthy. As long as it stays that way, the Tribe should stay atop the American League Central while Clevinger heals up.
Jimmy and I didn't get to react to the late-breaking news that Magic Johnson is stepping down as the L.A. Lakers' president of basketball operations. (We will on Wednesday). I remembered a show that Jimmy and I did last summer talking about Johnson having a two-summer plan to rebuild the franchise as he was trying to lure LeBron James out west.
"We don't know what people (free agents) are going to decide, and we can't control that. So if guys decide not to come here, it's not a failure -- we turn to next summer," he said last June. "It's going to be a two summer thing for the Lakers. This summer and next summer. That’s it. If I can’t deliver I’m going to step down myself. She (Buss) won’t have to fire me, I’ll step away from it, because I can’t do this job."
The timetable clearly changed.
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