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Message To LeBron

Oct 28, 2014 -- 1:52pm

By Tony Rizzo | ESPNCleveland.com

 

Photo/Getty

We all know the impact LeBron James has on the Cavs and Northeast Ohio. His decision to return home impacts so many of us, that many of my family and friends said they wished they could thank him. 

And now you can.

Leave your message to LeBron on voicemail by calling 216-583-9912, email MessageToLeBron@espncleveland.com or Twitter by using the hashtag #CavsGoodKarma. 

 

 

 

 

Brian Windhorst to join ESPN Cleveland’s Cavaliers Coverage

Oct 10, 2014 -- 9:44am

By ESPNCleveland Staff | ESPNCleveland.com

 

Photo/ESPN

CLEVELAND (October 9, 2014): ESPN Cleveland announces ESPN.com’s Brian Windhorst will contribute to its Cleveland Cavaliers coverage during the 2014-’15 season.

Windhorst, a former Plain Dealer reporter, will join local shows on ESPN 850 WKNR at least three times per week. In addition, Windhorst will host a show called “Hey Windy” every Friday throughout the season from 8 to 9 a.m. EST on ESPN 1540 KNR2 and streaming on ESPNCleveland.com. Segments of the show will be available via podcast on ESPNCleveland.com.

ESPN Cleveland’s Cavaliers coverage includes:

•      Opening night broadcast featuring Aaron Goldhammer, Emmett Golden, and Bruce 
Hooley on October 30th live at The Clevelander bar and restaurant on Huron Road in 
Cleveland, presented by Bud Light from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.

•      One hour “King’s Court Post Game” show hosted by Greg Brinda after most games on 
ESPN 850 WKNR

•      Home game coverage on ESPNCleveland.com featuring ESPN Cleveland’s reporting 
team

•      “Where’s Lebron” blog on ESPNCleveland.com, which will focus on Lebron’s moves on 
and off the court 
Fans can listen to the coverage on ESPN 850 WKNR, ESPN 1540 KNR2, ESPNCleveland.com, or through the free ESPN Radio mobile app.

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It Just Feels Right: Notes from the Wine and Gold Scrimmage

Oct 02, 2014 -- 7:41am

By Greg Brinda | ESPNCleveland.com

 

Photo/AP

Welcome to the greatest Cavs scrimmage ever!

30 dollar parking in lot across the street from the Q. Wait until the real games start.

Concession lines 10 deep. Haven't seen that in about 4 years!

Q rocking 20 minutes before the start.

New scoreboard not ready. Temporary video boards up on each end. New court with downtown outline looks great.

Q feels right again.

At 7PM lower and club areas filled. Just a smattering in the upper deck. Didn't think everyone would come.

Fans getting free stuff which always happens.

Blatt addressing the crowd before start of the scrimmage.

Lebron thunderous welcome from crowd...and you expected anything else?

Andy scores first basket of scrimmage.

Lebron hits a 3... We can all go home now....or not.

Looks like a great pickup game. Some are wearing shorts, some sweats, a little of everything.

Even refs are wearing shorts.

Upper deck about a third full now.

Miller hits from 30 feet.

Running clock...yes.

Kyrie with some razzle dazzle.

Lebron with a dunk and a 3 so far. The buffet begins.

There is no holding the ball. Lots of movement. Action.

Wine pounding the Gold but I think there is ice cream for everyone after the game.

New quarter. Score goes back to zero. Wine. 32 Gold 17. 13 points for Lebron.

Lebron showing off his Kareem hook shot.

I don't think the Cavs will have any problem scoring.

Bad teams beware. It's not going to be good some nights.

With this offense, no doubt the Cavs will get real good looks. Just got to make them.

Some Cavs players switching teams. Why? Because they can.

Loges not really filled. Maybe they aren't available or rich people don't like scrimmages.

Thinking Lebron done for the night.

Lebron packed in ice. Yes he's done.

James jones can score a bit too.

Crowd starting to thin out a bit after 3  quarters.

It's over.

 

 

 

Cavs' sellout crowd welcomes LeBron with wild cheers

Oct 01, 2014 -- 8:06pm

By ESPN Cleveland Staff | ESPNCleveland.com

 

CLEVELAND -- LeBron is back and Cavs fans are pretty excited about it.

The team's intrasquad scrimmage drew a full house at Quicken Loans Arena on Wendesday night and, during player introductions, the sellout crowd went crazy for LeBron James.

ESPN Cleveland was there to capture it in the video below:

 

 

 

Cavs sign Shawn Marion

Sep 09, 2014 -- 2:17pm

By ESPN Cleveland Staff | ESPNCleveland.com

 

Photo/AP via ESPN

Via Cleveland Cavaliers

CLEVELAND, OH – The Cleveland Cavaliers have signed free agent forward Shawn Marion, General Manager David Griffin announced Tuesday from Cleveland Clinic Courts. Per league policy, terms of the contracts were not released.

“Shawn brings great versatility, talent and championship experience to the team,” said Griffin. “He will impact both ends of the floor and his ability to guard multiple positions will be particularly important for us. Shawn is an accomplished, high-caliber veteran that will help with leadership on and off the court and we’re very happy to welcome him to the Cavaliers family.”

Marion, a 15-year veteran, has played in 1,106 career games (1,038 starts) with averages of 15.8 points on .485 shooting from the field, .811 from the foul line, 9.0 rebounds, 1.9 assists, 1.6 steals and 1.1 blocks in 35.3 minutes for Phoenix, Miami, Toronto and Dallas. During the 2013-14 regular season, he played in 76 games (all starts) for the Mavericks and averaged 10.4 points, 6.5 rebounds and 1.2 steals in 31.7 minutes per game.

“I’m excited to be a Cavalier,” said Marion. “I can see the hunger and mentality of everyone in the organization and l look forward to being a part of it.  The goal is to win a championship and that’s what I want.”

The 6-7, 228-pound forward has made four All-Star appearances (2003, 2005-2007) and was selected to the All-NBA Third Team twice (2005, 2006). Throughout his career, Marion has notched 427 double-doubles, while averaging double figures in scoring in each of his 15 NBA seasons. The former UNLV star is also one of only four players in NBA history to record at least 17,000 points, 9,000 rebounds, 1,500 steals and 1,000 blocks, joining Hakeem Olajuwon, Karl Malone and current Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Garnett. Marion was drafted ninth overall in the 1999 NBA Draft by the Suns and was an All-Rookie Second Team selection.

A member of Dallas’ 2011 NBA championship team, Marion has played in 103 career playoff games (all starts) with averages of 14.7 points, 9.1 rebounds, 1.2 steals and 1.2 blocks in 37.0 minutes per game. He spent the last five seasons with the Mavericks. Marion will wear #31 with the Cavs.

 

 

 

Cavs acquire Kevin Love

Aug 23, 2014 -- 2:11pm

By ESPN Cleveland Staff | ESPNCleveland.com

 

Photo/via ESPN

Via Cleveland Cavaliers

CLEVELAND – The Cleveland Cavaliers have acquired forward Kevin Love in a three-team trade that sends guard Andrew Wiggins and forward Anthony Bennett to Minnesota and a protected 2015 first round pick (via Miami) to Philadelphia, General Manager David Griffin announced Saturday. As part of the three-team trade, Minnesota will also acquire forward Thaddeus Young from the 76ers, while Philadelphia receives forward Luc Mbah a Moute and guard Alexey Shved from the Timberwolves.

“Kevin joining the Cavaliers represents a very special and unique opportunity for our team. At only 25, Kevin has already firmly established himself as one the NBA’s elite players and his talent, versatility and fit are major parts of our team’s vision for success,” said Griffin. “We want to also wish Andrew Wiggins and Anthony Bennett the best as they will continue the start of their careers in Minnesota. They are both outstanding young men that have great potential on the court and long, very successful careers ahead of them.”

Voted as a starter for the Western Conference in the 2014 NBA All-Star Game, Love appeared in 77 games (all starts) for Minnesota last season and averaged a career-high 26.1 points on .457 shooting, including .376 from beyond the arc and .821 from the foul line, 12.5 rebounds and a career-high 4.4 assists in 36.3 minutes per game. Among NBA leaders, the 6-10, 243-pound forward ranked first in double-doubles (65), first in defensive rebounds per game (9.6), third in total rebounds per game (12.5), fourth in points per game (26.1), tied for fourth in triple-doubles (3) and tied for eighth in three-pointers made (190). In 2013-14, Love became the first player in NBA history to record 2,000 points, 900 rebounds and 100 three-pointers in a single season, while also setting Minnesota’s franchise record for three-pointers made in a season, points per game, and free throws made (520) and attempted (633).

Love is the first player to average 26/12/4 over a full season since the NBA/ABA merger as Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Bob McAdoo had most recently accomplished that feat in 1975-76. He also scored in double figures in all 77 games last season, which includes 57 games with at least 20 points, a Wolves’ franchise record 25 30-point games and six 40-point performances. He collected a league-leading 24 contests with at least 20 points, 10 rebounds and five assists, and possessed the third highest PER in the NBA at 26.97, behind only Kevin Durant (29.90) and LeBron James (29.40).

Over his six-year NBA career, Love has played in 364 games (282 starts) for the Timberwolves and owns career averages of 19.2 points, 12.2 rebounds and 2.5 assists in 36.3 minutes per game. He is a three-time NBA All-Star (2011, 2012, 2014), two-time All-NBA Second Team selection (2012, 2014), Olympic gold medalist (2012) and winner of the league’s Most Improved Player award (2011) and Three-Point Shootout (2012). The UCLA product was selected to the All-Rookie Second Team in 2009 after being the 5th overall pick of the 2008 NBA Draft by the Memphis Grizzlies. He has averaged at least 14 points and 11 rebounds in five of his six NBA seasons and since entering the league, his 12.2 rebounds per game is the second-highest in the NBA (Dwight Howard, 13.3). Since 1980-81, Love is one of only three players to have at least two seasons with 26.0 points and 12.5 rebounds (2011-12, 2013-14), joining Shaquille O’Neal (4) and Moses Malone (2). Love will wear #0 with the Cavs.

Wiggins was the first overall pick by the Cavaliers in this year’s NBA Draft. An early entry candidate from Kansas University, Wiggins, 19, was named Big 12 Freshman of the Year and First-Team All-League in his only year at Kansas.  In 35 contests with the Jayhawks last year, the 6-8, 194-pound guard averaged 17.1 points, 5.9 rebounds, 1.2 steals and 1.0 block in 32.8 minutes per game. In four games during the 2014 NBA Summer League, Wiggins averaged 15.5 points, 3.5 rebounds, 1.3 steals and 1.5 blocks in 29.9 minutes per game.

Bennett was the Cavs’ No. 1 pick in the 2013 NBA Draft, appearing in 52 games and averaging 4.2 points and 3.0 rebounds in 12.8 minutes per game in 2013-14. The 6-8, 243-pound forward out of UNLV also played in four contests for the Cavs’ summer league team with averages of 13.3 points and 7.8 rebounds in 29.8 minutes per game.

 The Cavs will send Philadelphia a protected first round pick in the 2015 NBA Draft. The pick was originally acquired from the Miami Heat and is pick 1-10 protected in 2015 and 2016. The pick becomes unprotected in 2017.

 

 

 

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