Fear the 'Fro: A Cavs and NBA Podcast with Bob Schmidt

Fear the 'Fro: A Cavs and NBA Podcast with Bob Schmidt

A weekly Cavs and NBA-centric basketball podcast from the voice of Fox Sports Radio and lifelong Cleveland Cavaliers fan, Bob Schmidt. Reach Bob at bob@fropod.com, or @fearthefropod on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

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September 27, 2022 34 min

Now we begin!  Bob Schmidt, voice of Fox Sports Radio, is back reacting to everything we heard at Cavs media day.  We talk expectations for the season, break down comments from the Cavalier players, dive into what to think of Caris Levert's role and Dean Wade's new contract, and get ready for preseason debut against skinny James Harden and the new look Sixers.

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Bob is back with Fear the 'Fro's season 2 debut, after an unacceptably long hiatus to talk about the blockbuster news of the day, the trade that brings Donovan Mitchell to the Cavs.  Gone are Collin Sexton, Lauri Markkanen, and Ochai Agbaji, 3 unprotected 1st round picks, and 2 1st round pick swaps.  Was this a good trade?  Where does this leave the Cavs longterm and in 2022-23.

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Bob is back with a pre-postseason pod to discuss the Cavaliers chances of advancing, and what they need to do to get past either the Nets or the Hawks/Hornets.  Then we talk Mobley vs. Cade vs. Barnes, and if Garland has a legitimate chance at MIP. It's playoff time!

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Bob Schmidt, of Fox Sports Radio, is back to pour one out for Jarrett Allen's regular season, which is likely done as he recovers from a fractured finger, suffered in the win over the Raptors.  How do the Cavs respond?  Will their skid continue as the schedule gets harder (Philly, Denver, Chicago, Miami), or will this injury galvanize them?  

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Bob Schmidt, of Fox Sports Radio, is back at the break, talking the Cleveland Cavs first half, including the injury replacement all-star, the 'Fro himself.  Did Jarrett deserve to be selected over Siakam?  Caris Levert has a rough showing the Hawks game.  Then, Bob discusses Ben Simmons introduction in Philadelphia and the deal that sent Harden to Philly and Simmons to Brooklyn.  

(0:00) Where the Cavs stand at the halfway point...

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What a day to be a Cavs podcast!  Bob Schmidt, of Fox Sports Radio, talks about the trade that brings Caris Levert to Cleveland, in exchange for Ricky Rubio, a 2022 1st round pick, and two seconds.  How does Levert change the Cavs approach this summer, and does this impact Collin Sexton?  Then we break down the 20-point comeback against the Pacers, led by Kevin Love, and Cedi Osman.  Will Jarrett Allen be named an all-star replacem...

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Fear the 'Fro is back with Bob Schmidt, following the Cavs 30th win of the season. Can the Cavs chase down 1st place before all-star break?  Where do Garland and Allen line up amongst the 7 reserve spots? Kevin Love appeared on JJ Redick's podcast and Bob discusses his transformation into his elite 6th man form. What should the Cavs do with the Rubio injury exception and the trade deadline approaching?  Is Kyrie driving Har...

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Bob Schmidt, of Fox Sports Radio, is back to talk the Cavs dominant showing against the Utah Jazz, and Lamar Stevens incredible third quarter.  Could Okoro have some competition for wing minutes if Stevens strong play continues?  Cam Reddish has been dealt to the Knicks, ending the rumors of a Cavaliers pursuit, and Bob discusses the abomination that is NBA All-Star fan voting.

(0:00) Cavs beat the Jazz behind Lamar Stevens incredib...

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Bob Schmidt, of Fox Sports Radio, is back after his holiday hiatus with the first episode of 2022 following a rough Cavs loss to Ja Morant and the Grizzlies.  He talks about Kevin Love's recent hot streak, the burden on Darius Garland until Rondo is active, what to do with Rubio's contract, and the all-star debate of Darius Garland vs. Fred Van Vleet.

(0:00) Cavs fall to the Grizzlies after Ja Morant plays hero in the fourth
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Bob Schmidt, of Fox Sports Radio, talks about the giant lump of coal that was the Boston Celtics, who behind Jaylen Brownand Robert Williams III, dealt the Cavs a loss.  We talk about the 2021 Cavs, and what's ahead in 2022.  Can the Cavs get two all-stars in Cleveland?  Why the smart money is on Allen, and who Garland's competition is.

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Bob Schmidt, the voice of Fox Sports Radio, is back with another episode following the Cavs defeat of the hopeless Houston Rockets.  Isaac Okoro has become Mr. Double Digits, as this 5-game stretch has seen him average nearly 70% from the floor.  Is it sustainable?  Where does this put the Cavs in terms of potential roster moves now and in the future?  Bob examines the luxury of balanced depth (the present Cavs) vs. superstar out (...

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Bob Schmidt, lifelong Cavs fan and the voice of Fox Sports Radio, talks the Cavs domination of the shorthanded Chicago Bulls.  Evan Mobley continues to impress with a 5 block performance, the schedule gets easier, and the trade talks are heating up.  Some Cavs fans are eager for an upgrade at SG.  Should Isaac Okoro be shopped?  What would it take to be a player in the Levert/CJ/Dame market?  Is it even wise?  All that and more on ...

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Bob Schmidt, of Fox Sports Radio, is back to talk the Cavs 3-game win streak, as they destroy the Heat in Miami, behind 14 blocked shots, and another dominant outing from Jarrett Allen.  Kevin Love paces the Cavs with 17 first half points in another strong showing, and the Cavaliers may find themselves winning accolades for several members of the team, from an all-star showing for Jarrett Allen to consideration for GM of the Year f...

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Bob Schmidt, of Fox Sports Radio, brings you a Thanksgiving day edition of the Fear the 'Fro podcast.  We recap a truly horribly officiated loss where Devin Booker lit up the Cavs, while talking about the things we can be thankful for, including Jarrett Allen's all-star level play, aggressive Darius Garland taking control of the team, Cedi Osman's incredible leap as the bench sparkplug, Kevin Love being a veteran leader...

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Bob Schmidt, of Fox Sports Radio is back, still reeling from news of Mobley's elbow sprain.  We discuss the good and bad of what we've learned about the Cavs during this Boston back-to-back and what lies ahead as the Cavs have four games in a row against teams with double digit wins (Nets, Warriors, Nets, and Suns).  Bob gets into Ricky Rubio's increased usage, Cedi Osman's rebound from a dismal 2020, Mobley vs. Bar...

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Bob Schmidt, back from his 'Fro nuptials, talks the Cavs unfortunate loss to the Wizards and their schedule ahead.  Kyle Kuzma and a missed Rubio free throw doom the Cavs from climbing to the top of the Eastern Conference, but the front court is surging heading into a tough second half of November schedule.  Bob discusses the Morris vs. Jokic dustup, and Scottie Pippen's ongoing campaign for respect from Michael Jordan, who...

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The Cavs have finished the west coast swing and there were some big highs and big lows.  What are the takeaways with nearly 10% of the season in the books?  Bob discusses the bench play, Evan Mobley being eased into his ascension into a primary option, Jarrett Allen's high and lows, and then is joined by Adam Auslund (@followadama), the pre and post game voice of the Clippers for a discussion about the early season surprise...

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'Fro is back, and Bob Schmidt, of Fox Sports Radio, is talking .500 ball baby!  The Cavs are on a 2-game win streak after they toppled the reigning MVP, Nikola Jokic, and his Denver Nuggets.  Is this new offensive balance here to stay?  Should we be concerned with Sexton's minutes.  Where does Evan Mobley rank amongst his peers in the early ROY discussion.  We're one week in and we've got a lot of Cavs optimism to d...

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Bob Schmidt, of Fox Sports Radio, recaps the Cavs victory over the Hawks and their early season successes and concerns, from the emergence of Evan Mobley against the Grizzlies and Hawks, to the steady leadership of Ricky Rubio, to the shooting slump Lauri Markkanen is in.  It's a podcast full of optimism and excitement for a future cornerstone big in this league.    

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Cavs basketball is back!  Ja Morant torches the Cavs, but there is a ton to be optimistic about. Jarrett Allen goes 11/11 from the floor, Evan Mobley stuffs the stat sheet, Osman looks solid, and Garland puts together a good second half.  Bob Schmidt, of Fox Sports Radio, recaps it all, and discusses Collin Sexton's stalled extension talks, and why Cavs fans should not be worried.  Plus, other observations from around the NBA.

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