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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:

 

 

 

The sight of LeBron James in a Cavaliers' uniform is sensory overload

Sep 26, 2014 -- 4:04pm

By Bruce Hooley | ESPNCleveland.com

 
 
 
Photo/ESPN Cleveland 
 
LeBron James said it was not the first time he's worn the Cavaliers' uniform, only the first time we've seen him in it since his July essay in Sports Illustrated announcing his return to Northeast Ohio.
 
The visual Friday afternoon at Cleveland Clinic Courts in Independence was part surreal, part intoxicating and 100 percent mind-blowing...not only James in wine-and-gold, but ESPN broadcasting live on location and the NBA's biggest national media names among the 300 assembled to chronicle the Cavs' start of training camp.
 
It felt somewhat like a plane touching down in paradise on the vacation of your dreams. Finally, and officially, the Cavaliers not only matter once again, but rank atop professional basketball's priority list, like they did before James departed via The Decision for Miami.
 
Four Finals appearances and two world championships later, he was back in the spotlight in Cavs' colors, looking mildly irritated at the media circus playing out before him, as if he has no patience for anything but getting down to the business of bringing Cleveland its first title in 50 years.
 
James won't go to that happy place speculatively, stressing that before any celebratory June can occur, there is too much work to accomplish in November, December and the months that follow.
 
But he conceded thoughts of hoisting a Larry O'Brien Trophy a third time, this time in Cleveland, occasionally creep in.
 
"Of course you dream about it," he said. "You can't control the mind when you sleep."
 
Very little else appears out of James' control now.
 
He wanted to return to Northeast Ohio and he did, walking away from the Miami Heat.
 
He wanted to play with a championship-caliber roster and he will, summoning here to the North Coast talents like Kevin Love, Shawn Marion, Mike Miller and James Jones through the sheer magnetism of his presence.
 
If James weren't here, much of the talent around him wouldn't be here, and the Cavaliers would be looking to incrementally build on a 31-win season that was their best in the four years without him.
 
But he is here, and using that as the catalyst, the Cavs' constructed the greatest off-season makeover in professional sports history, signing Kyrie Irving to a max contract; acquiring Love via a trade for former No. 1 picks Anthony Bennett and Andrew Wiggins; signing Marion, Miller and Jones; all while positioning their salary cap for future moves via the team-friendly contracts of Brendan Haywood and Keith Bogans that could help another team clear $20 million.
 
That almost assures the Cavaliers will have the assets to acquire the one thing they lack -- a rim-protecting big man -- either this year or next.
 
So, the scary truth around the NBA is that this will likely be the worst Cavaliers team James plays on for the next five years.
 
And it's already the overwhelming favorite in the Eastern Conference.
 
Of course, in the ego-centric world of professional basketball, personal agendas can intrude and collegial relationships in the pre-season can turn frosty and debilitating by mid-season.
 
James, though, comes back a different man than the one who left in the summer of 2010.
 
"Each experience in life is the greatest teacher," James said. "I've been able to learn from my mistakes and grow from them."
 
Being in Miami with Pat Riley's steady front-office leadership taught James he must listen to direction, even if he doesn' always agree with it. Getting embarrassed in the Finals in 2011 taught him the necessity of adding a low-post game to his repertoire and sharpening his three-point and free-throw shooting.
 
He's learned off the court from his clumsy departure and on the court from both his championship failures and successes.
 
All of that will benefit James, the Cavaliers, and perhaps most of all, head coach David Blatt, who comes here from the European League without any NBA experience.
 
"I'm really not worried about adjusting," Blatt said. "I'll go through my learning curve. I'll go through my adjustments. But I certainly think I'm up to the task."
 
A younger James might chafe under a coach who admits, "I've never coached in a multiple-timeout situation....I've never coached in a 48-minute game," but James is all about titles at this stage of his career and any internal strife undermines his highest priority.
 
It's easier to see James reining in the Cavaliers' younger stars if they get selfish than it is plausible to see James rebel and tear the fabric of the team apart.
 
"I believe I bring leadership qualities a lot of guys don't have or don't want," he said. "I can lead by example, I can lead by command, I can lead by just my presence. That's the thing I'm more excited
 
about than anything else -- leading these guys."
 
The ultimate destination, of course, is down whatever street or avenue a Cavaliers' championship parade would traverse.
 
"With LeBron, there is a world of opportunity in front of you that you didn't have otherwise," General Manager David Griffin said. "We're optimistic we can capitalize on those opportunities."
 
Just the site of James in a No. 23 Cavaliers' jersey is enough to make the senses dance right now.
 
"It feels good," he said. "It feels right."
 
 
 

 

Bruce Hooley hosts "The Bruce Hooley Show" from 5-7 p.m. weekdays on ESPN 850 WKNR. He is the author of, “That’s Why I’m Here: The Chris and Stefanie Spielman Story.”

Email Bruce hoolz@espncleveland.com

Follow Bruce on Twitter @bhoolz

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

Cavs 2014-15 schedule includes 29 national TV games

Aug 14, 2014 -- 7:37am

By ESPN Cleveland Staff | ESPNCleveland.com

 

Photo/via ESPN

Via Cleveland Cavaliers

CLEVELAND – The Cleveland Cavaliers will open the 2014-15 campaign on Thursday, Oct. 30 against the New York Knicks at Quicken Loans Arena in a nationally televised game on TNT. It marks the sixth consecutive year the Cavs will kick off the season at The Q where they will play 16 weekend home dates comprised of five Friday games, four Saturday games and seven Sunday games.  The Cavaliers are slated to appear on at least 29 national television broadcasts, 14 of which will originate from downtown Cleveland at The Q, including:

10 games on ESPN (Oct. 31 at Chicago, Nov. 7 at Denver, Nov. 19 vs. San Antonio, Nov. 21 at Washington, Jan. 7 vs. Houston, Jan. 9 at Golden State, Jan. 16 at L.A. Clippers, Feb. 11 vs. Miami, Feb. 20 at Washington and March 16 at Miami).

10 games on TNT (Oct. 30 vs. New York, Dec. 4 at New York, Dec. 11 at Oklahoma City, Jan. 15 at L.A. Lakers, Jan. 19 vs. Chicago, Feb. 5 vs. L.A. Clippers, Feb. 12 at Chicago, Feb. 26 vs. Golden State, March 12 at San Antonio and April 2 vs. Miami).

Five games on ABC (Dec. 25 at Miami,Jan. 25 vs. Oklahoma City, Feb. 8 vs. L.A. Lakers, Feb. 22 at New York and April 5 vs. Chicago).

Four games on NBA TV (Nov. 17 vs. Denver, Dec. 15 vs. Charlotte, March 1 at Houston and March 7 vs. Phoenix).

In addition, the Cavaliers will  have 11 games aired nationally on ESPN Radio (Oct. 30 vs. New York, Dec. 25 at Miami, Jan. 19 vs. Chicago, Jan. 25 vs. Oklahoma City, Feb. 5 vs. L.A. Clippers, Feb. 8 vs. L.A. Lakers, Feb. 12 at Chicago, Feb. 22 at New York, Feb. 26 vs. Golden State, April 2 vs. Miami and April 5 vs. Chicago).
For the 11th time in franchise history, the Cavaliers will play on Christmas Day as they go on the road to square off against the defending Eastern Conference champion Miami Heat. On Monday, Jan. 19, the Chicago Bulls will visit The Q for a special MLK Day game. Cleveland will also compete on Easter Sunday (April 5) when they host the Chicago Bulls at The Q. The regular season will conclude at The Q on Wednesday, April 15 when the Washington Wizards come to town.

The defending NBA Champion San Antonio Spurs will make their lone appearance at Quickens Loans Arena on Wednesday, Nov. 19.  Other marquee opponents coming to Cleveland only once this season include the Houston Rockets on Wednesday, Jan. 7; the Oklahoma City Thunder on Sunday, Jan. 25; the Portland Trail Blazers on Wednesday, Jan. 28; the Los Angeles Clippers on Thursday, Feb. 5; and the Golden State Warriors on Thursday, Jan. 26.

This season’s 82-game schedule again consists of 41 home and 41 road games. Each Eastern Conference opponent will match up against Cleveland four times with the exception of Charlotte (two home, one road), New York (one home, two road), Orlando (one home, two road) and Philadelphia (two home, one road). Each Western Conference opponent will play the Cavaliers twice, once at The Q and once on the road.

Details regarding the Cavs local television and radio schedule will be announced at a later date.

Other ‘stats’ on Cleveland’s 2014-15 schedule include:

  • 16 home weekend games with five Friday games, four Saturday games and seven Sunday games.
  • Seven matinee games at home this season, which include Dec. 21 vs. Memphis (4:30 p.m.), Dec. 28 vs. Detroit (4:30 p.m.), Jan. 4 vs. Dallas (1:00 p.m.), Jan. 25 vs. Oklahoma City (3:30 p.m.), Feb. 8 at L.A. Lakers (3:30 p.m.), March 29 vs. Philadelphia (1:00 p.m.) and Easter Sunday’s April 5 contest vs. Chicago (3:30 p.m.).
  • 20 sets of back-to-back games, including seven home-road sets, seven road-home sets and six road-road sets.
  • A pair of five-game home stands from Nov. 22-Dec. 2 and Dec. 15-23 highlighted by visits from the Washington Wizards on Nov. 26, the Brooklyn Nets on Dec. 19 and the Memphis Grizzlies on Dec. 21.
  • Their longest road trip, spanning five games from Jan. 9-16, is highlighted by a contest with the Golden State Warriors on Jan. 9 and a back-to-back set with the Los Angeles Lakers (Jan. 15) and Los Angeles Clippers (Jan. 16), both at the STAPLES Center.
  • Four times the Cavs have two consecutive road games, twice they have three road games in a row, three times with four consecutive road contests and one five-game road trip.
  • The Cavs will have five two-game home stands, two three-game home stands, one four-game home stand and twice with five home games in a row.
  • 16 occasions in which the Cavs will play three games in four nights.
  • From Nov. 10-Dec. 2, the Cavs will play nine of 11 games at The Q. They also host 10 of 13 games from Jan. 19-Feb. 11.
  • Cleveland will play 10 of 14 games on the road from Dec. 25-Jan. 16, as well as 12 of 15 games on the road from Feb. 12-March 16.
  • After the home opener against New York (Oct. 30), Cleveland will be on the road for four straight contests (Oct. 31-Nov. 7).
  • Six of the last eight games of the regular season will take place at The Q.

Click here for the Cavs' full schedule.

 

 

 

Cavs preaseason schedule includes Heat, Pacers, Bulls

Aug 08, 2014 -- 2:03pm

By ESPN Cleveland Staff | ESPNCleveland.com

 

Via Cleveland Cavaliers

CLEVELAND – The Cleveland Cavaliers today released their 2014 preseason schedule, which is highlighted by the NBA’s second game ever in South America. The Cavs will take on 2014 Eastern Conference Champion Miami Heat on Oct. 11 at HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, as Cavaliers center Anderson Varejao will play an NBA game in front of his countrymen for the first time as part of this year’s NBA Global Games.

The Cavs will compete in two regional home contests in Ohio against a pair of Central Division opponents. The Indiana Pacers will arrive in Cincinnati for a matchup with the Cavs at the Cintas Center on Oct. 15. Cleveland will square off with the Chicago Bulls at the Schottenstein Center in Columbus on Oct. 20.

The seven-game slate also includes three games at Quicken Loans Arena where the team will host Head Coach David Blatt’s former club and Israeli-league power Maccabi Tel Aviv on Oct. 5, the Milwaukee Bucks on Oct. 14 and the Dallas Mavericks on Oct. 17. In their preseason finale, the Cavaliers will travel to Memphis to face the Grizzlies on Oct. 22. 

Ticket sales information, as well as game broadcast details, will be released at a later date.

 

CAVALIERS 2014 PRESEASON SCHEDULE:

DATEOPPONENTLOCATIONTIME (ET)
Sunday, Oct. 5vs Maccabi Tel Aviv (israel)Quicken Loans Arena6 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 11vs Miami HeatRio de Janeiro, BrazilTBA
Tuesday, Oct. 14vs. Milwaukee BucksQuicken Loans Arena7 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 15vs Indiana PacersCincinnati, OH7 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 17vs Dallas MavericksQuicken Loans Arena7:30 p.m.
Monday, Oct. 20vs Chicago BullsColumbus, OH7 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 22at Memphis GrizzliesMemphis, TN8 p.m.

 

 

 

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