— Under Center w MM (@UnderCenterNBC) February 13, 2018 “>’Under Center with Mark Malone,’ on NBC Sports Radio.
Monday evening, I got the bat-signal to join Mark to discuss a pair of topics: the new-look Cleveland Cavaliers and the future of former Cleveland Browns QB Johnny Manziel. As it turns out, those would also be the topics that Jimmy Donovan and I chatted about on the Donovan Live Postgame Show.
Let’s review the Cavaliers first. How impressed were you with what you saw on Sunday in Boston? I mean, I thought the Cavs would play with some spunk, but in no way did I expect them to put that kind of a whipping on the Celtics at the Garden. The new players: Rodney Hood, George Hill, Jordan Clarkson, and Larry Nance, Jr., all seem to fit in perfectly with LeBron James. There was much more of a defensive focus out there. Veterans like J.R. Smith and Tristan Thompson were much more engaged than we’ve seen.
There may be some potholes between now and April, but this newly remodeled Cavaliers team certainly looks like the team to beat in the East again.
Meanwhile, former Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel is back in the news. He told ABC’s Good Morning America that he was recently diagnosed with bipolar disorder and has made his mental health a priority as he continues to work toward a return to football. Would you take a chance on Johnny if you were an NFL general manager? Personally, I’d love to see him go to Canada first. Let Manziel prove that he hasn’t gotten stale after two years away from football, and that he can stay clean and sober for a season. Jimmy and I talked about Manziel’s future.
And final thought about Mark Malone: As I was relating my phone interview to Jimmy, he decided that Malone, the former Steeler QB-turned broadcaster, is a dead ringer for actor Tom Selleck. What do you think?
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