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Eye on Basketball Podcast: J.R. suspended and Cavs' offseason

By Zach Harper | NBA writer

End of the week (shameless plug but we talk about it) and Matt Moore joins me on the podcast today to discuss the suspension of New York Knicks guard J.R. Smith and the offseason of the Cleveland Cavaliers. We kick off the episode trying to figure out how seriously we're supposed to take this J.R. Smith suspension for violating the league's substance abuse policy. How will it affect his impact on the Knicks this season? Will the Knicks start slowly because of his injury and the suspension, possibly costing them a chance at the 2-seed?

After that and a random rabbit hole type discussion that took us through some X Files and Russell Crowe movie talk, we get to the Cleveland Cavaliers and what they did with the offseason. Was Andrew Bynum a no risk, all reward type of move? Is it likely that the duo of Kyrie Irving and Anderson Varejao can stay healthy along with Bynum? Will Dion Waiters' play truly impact the Cavs? Can they make the playoffs and was Mike Brown the correct hire?

We discuss all of that, plus how you classify injury prone, why we're not talking about Anthony Bennett, and why insects are evil.

Have questions for the podcast? Send them to zach.harper@cbsinteractive.com, or ask them on Twitter with the hashtag #EOBPod, and we'll answer them on the show.

You can download the episode here. You can subscribe to us on iTunes, and you should like us on Facebook. Follow Eye on Basketball on Twitter here.

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