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Author Wil Haygood And Tigerland

Oct 5, 2018
Courtesy of CAPA

In 1968, Columbus’s East High School was one of many segregated schools in Ohio.

Columbus native and author Wil Haygood writes in his new book about his experiences growing up amongst racial tensions and witnessing the high school’s basketball and baseball teams win state championships, defeating richer, whiter schools across the state.

Today on All Sides, we discuss “Tigerland: 1968-1969: A City Divided, a Nation Torn Apart, and a Magical Season of Healing,” with Wil Haygood.

Guests:

The Cavs began training camp this week on a much different tone. The face of the franchise, LeBron James, departed in the off season for the L.A. Lakers. 

Terry Pluto said there's lots of mixed emotions. Some players are excited to see more playing time, while fans are bracing for a season of uncertainty. 

Pluto says with James gone, there's no guarantee the team will even make the playoffs.

Cleveland Cavaliers rookie Collin Sexton (from left), head coach Ty Lue and Kevin Love pose for a picture during the team's media day on Monday.
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The Cleveland Cavaliers start practice for the new season Tuesday, the first time in four years without star LeBron James.

The Cavs in the post-LeBron James era are beginning to take shape.

The team has spent the summer developing its young prospects and is keeping a key piece of the 2016 championship team; Kevin Love is now under contract for the next five years.

WKSU commentator Terry Pluto says Love has always been the talk of trade rumors, and now he’s the face of the Cavs.

Love Wants To Stay

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LeBron James is taking his NBA career out west next season, officially signing with the Los Angeles Lakers on Monday night. But in northeast Ohio, James’ philanthropic endeavors will continue.

The View From Pluto: LeBron Leaves With His Legacy Intact

Jul 4, 2018

Emotions have been running the gamut among Cavs fans since LeBron James announced he’s leaving Cleveland for the L.A. Lakers. But our sports commentator Terry Pluto says despite some of the anger and sadness, James’ legacy is intact.

Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James is leaving his hometown team once again.

The four-time NBA most valuable player has signed a four-year, $154 million contract with the Los Angeles Lakers.

Quicken Loans Arena is in the middle of a $140 million renovation, about half financed by the public. The Cavaliers wanted to update the Q for the future—but now that future won’t include the star who carried the team to multiple NBA Finals.

LeBron James is leaving home for Los Angeles. James announced last night that he has agreed to a 4-year, $154 million contract with the Lakers. His management agency Klutch Sports Group announced the deal with a simple short release. 

WKSU commentator Terry Pluto says he has been preparing for James' decision for quite sometime. 

LeBron James is leaving the Cleveland Cavaliers for a 4-year, $154 million deal with the Los Angeles Lakers.

His agency Klutch Sports Group announced the move in a release on Sunday, less than 24 hours after the NBA's free agency market opened.

For the second time in his 15-year career, James will part with his home state team. In 2010, the free agent bolted to the Miami Heat to win two titles over four years, before returning to Cleveland.

Tomorrow’s NBA draft will play a big role in the Cavs’ future. Cleveland has the eighth overall pick, and it’s a decision the team will have to make without knowing LeBron James’ next move. He’s been quiet about what he’ll do when his contract is up at the end of the month.  

WKSU commentator Terry Pluto says this is the Cavs' first meaningful draft pick since 2014, just before LeBron James announced he was returning to Cleveland. 

The Cavs are in Cleveland tonight for a must-win game 3 of the NBA Finals. Cleveland trails the Golden State Warriors 0-2 in the best of seven game series. WKSU commentator Terry Pluto says the Cavs face the pressure of winning tonight while still trying to shake off the dramatic ending to game 1.

Pluto says no team has ever come back from an 0-3 hole in any playoff series. Still, the Cavs have had their share of heroics.

Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James, left, drives against Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry during the first half of Game 1 of basketball's NBA Finals in Oakland, Calif., Thursday, May 31, 2018.
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Stephen Curry and LeBron James spoke their minds last year. They have not changed their minds this year.

 Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry, right, shoots against Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love (0) during the first half of Game 2 of basketball's NBA Finals in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, June 3, 2018.
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Stephen Curry backpedaled in pure joy. He skipped, hollered and let the ball fly from everywhere with that feeling he gets when there's no way it will miss — unwavering even with a defender's hand in his face.

Curry dazzled in outdueling LeBron James as the two superstars traded big shots and celebratory moves, hitting an NBA Finals-record nine 3-pointers and scoring 33 points to lead the Golden State Warriors to a 122-103 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday night for 2-0 lead.

Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James, left, drives against Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry during the first half of Game 1 of basketball's NBA Finals in Oakland, Calif., Thursday, May 31, 2018.
Ben Margot / Associated Press

The Golden State Warriors somehow withstood LeBron James' latest brilliance on the NBA Finals stage.

A costly blunder by J.R. Smith and a disputed foul call involving James himself sure helped.

The View From Pluto: The Cavs' Most Improbable Title Run Yet

May 30, 2018

The Cavs play game 1 of the NBA Finals Thursday night against a familiar foe – The Golden State Warriors. The two teams are playing for the title for the fourth consecutive year.

WKSU commentator Terry Pluto says this Cavs team is much different than the one that lost in the Finals last year. Most notably, the team successfully moved on from Kyrie Irving in a big trade that initially went bust.

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