With the Cleveland Cavaliers’ roster seem to be about set for the 2009-2010 season with the dirt-cheap addition of former Celtics forward Leon Powe, there are questions for the future of former number one pick (1995) and career journeyman forward Joe Smith.
Acquired by the Cleveland Cavaliers in a blockbuster deal that brought the likes of Delonte West, Ben Wallace, Wally Szczerbiak, and Smith himself to Cleveland, Smith averaged 4.6 rebounds and 6.6 points per game.
Smith was then shopped by the Cavs, along with lifelong scrub Damon Jones, for future all-star point guard Mo Williams to the Oklahoma City Thunder in a three team trade.
However, Smith was able to clear waivers and rejoin the Cavaliers in the 2008-2009 season, playing limited minutes while averaging 5.5 points a game. During this period Smith even worked on his three point shot to become a perimeter threat as well.
During the playoffs Joe Smith gained publicity for his latest rap about the Cleveland Cavaliers playoff chances, and explained how “in the biz” he refers to himself as “Joe Beast.”
But now Smith is an unrestricted free agent, and according to Brian Windhorst, the official Cavs beat reporter, a Smith signing is very possible.
But can Cleveland handle Joe Beast?
Now the readers at home/work/Dunkin Donuts may be wondering: Champ? What is this supposed to mean?
Champ: Well I will tell you as soon as I finish this delicious Dunkin Donut…
There could be some chemistry issues with all the rapping personalities on the Cavaliers roster…
Let’s start way back in the day… 1993’s Shaq Diesel:
Who could forget “(I Know I Got) Skillz”? or “What’s Up Doc? (Can We Rock)”? or The Champ’s personal favorite “I’m Outstanding”? (It’s more of a personal anthem really)
So what if Joe Beast pulls a Jay Z on Shaq Diesel and proclaims “Takeover, the break’s over”?
Granted, it’s 2009, and it’s been a long break since 1993, but there could be some locker room tension.
What about Brother Red? Delonte West himself? A recent viral video has surfaced of him freestyle rapping about KFC in a sedan. Shaq has also done some freestyle rapping in his career as well, eh, Kobe?
Colonel West may be looking to establish his name in this rap game as well, leading to competition and possibly infighting.
Or what about Mo Williams?
He’s rapping too in a new commercial with Kevin Durant and Andre Iguodala sporting a nice jerri curl and spraying slick words and hairspray.
The all star point guard may get used to the posh lifestyle of a rap mogul and look to make a name for himself as well, possibly his twitter account name of mogotti.
But if anyone is to emerge out of the Cleveland Cavaliers roster as rap’s heir apparent it is LeBron James himself. From mingling with Jay Z to showing off at the ESPY’s, LeBron is the king at whatever he chooses to do. He even had a minor feud with Soulja Boy (who was nominated for a Grammy? seriously?) spurred by the DeShawn Stevenson feud. (But by the Champ’s standards anything DeShawn Stevenson says is nullified by his participation in the 2000 NBA Draft, the most miserable collection of players in recent history.)
But can LeBron and the Cavs become beasts in the East without Joe Smith? If I were the Cavaliers (which I am not for clarification purposes, I am the Champ) I would throw the veteran minimum at Smith for a one year deal with an option on the second year. If he doesn’t bite I would then offer the BAE or whatever is left of the MLE.
Better keep Joe Beast in C-Town before he joins a contender, because at this point in his career, Smith is hungry for a title.
But in the Champ’s book, for those of you playing at home, Joe Beast fails in comparison to The Beast any day of the week.