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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Forget that No. 23 guy

The Cavs are currently auditioning players at small forward. As I wrote on Wednesday, many expect Joey Graham to be the starter when it's all said and done. It's a matter of whether he can hang onto the job.

He's very engaging, just like his twin brother Stephen. I'd love to see them standing side-by-side. I'm not sure I could tell them apart.

Coach Byron Scott, at times, will get both J.J. Hickson and Antawn Jamison on the court at the same time. In those instances, Jamison will be shifted to the "3" spot. He will struggle defending most small forwards. Moving him there negates any edge he might have against bigger, stronger forwards, who would have to chase him around the court.

Joey Graham has been an underachiever in his career. He came into the league a budding star, but has not played like it. The Raptors finally gave up on him. Their plan was to insert him in the starting lineup alongside Chris Bosh. Well, you all know how that worked out.

Jawad Williams is also in the mix. Given the opportunity, the guy will score. He just doesn't rebound.

Jamario Moon also has talent, but will likely come off the bench, along with Jamison.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Cavs' training camp roster

(as of September 25, 2010)
8 Christian Eyenga G/F 6-5 210 6/22/89 Congo ’09 R
1 Daniel Gibson G 6-2 200 2/27/86 Texas ’06 4
12 Joey Graham G/F 6-7 225 6/11/82 Okla. St. ’07 5
14 Danny Green G/F 6-6 210 6/22/87 N.Carolina ’09 1
21 J.J. Hickson F 6-9 242 9/4/88 N.C. St. ’08 2
5 Ryan Hollins C 7-0 240 10/10/84 UCLA ’06 4
4 Antawn Jamison F 6-9 235 6/12/76 N.Carolina’98 12
15 Jamario Moon F 6-8 205 6/13/80 Meridian CC ’01 3
18 Anthony Parker G/F 6-6 210 6/19/75 Bradley ’97 7
44 Leon Powe F 6-8 240 1/22/84 California ’06 4
24 Samardo Samuels F 6-9 260 1/9/89 Louisville ’10 R
3 Ramon Sessions G 6-3 190 4/11/86 Reno '07 3
17 Anderson Varejao F/C 6-11 260 9/28/82 Brazil ’04 6
31 Jawad Williams F 6-9 220 2/19/83 N.Carolina ’05 2
2 Mo Williams G 6-1 195 12/19/82 Alabama ’03 7
6 Manny Harris G 6-5 185 9/21/89 Michigan ’10 R
9 Cedric Jackson G 6-3 190 3/5/86 CSU ’09 1
10 Tasmin Mitchell F 6-7 240 6/25/86 LSU ’10 R
50 Greg Stiemsma C 6-11 260 9/26/85 Wisconsin ’08 R
33 Loren Woods C 7-2 260 6/21/78 Arizona ’01 6
HEAD COACH Byron Scott (Arizona State)
ASSISTANT COACHES Paul Pressey (Tulsa)
Chris Jent (Ohio State)
Jamahl Mosley (Colorado)
Joe Prunty (Cal Poly San Luis Obispo)
ATHLETIC TRAINER Max Benton (Colorado)
ASSISTANT COACH/STRENGTH & COND. COORD. Stan Kellers (Cleveland State)
1 Daniel Gibson
2 Mo Williams
3 Ramon Sessions
4 Antawn Jamison
5 Ryan Hollins
6 Manny Harris
8 Christian Eyenga
9 Cedric Jackson
10 Tasmin Mitchell
12 Joey Graham
14 Danny Green
15 Jamario Moon
17 Anderson Varejao
18 Anthony Parker
21 J.J. Hickson
24 Samardo Samuels
31 Jawad Williams
33 Loren Woods
44 Leon Powe
50 Greg Stiemsma

Friday, September 10, 2010

NBA gossip

While in my front yard the other evening, all the neighbors came out to gossip. Of course, all the guys feel they must bring up Cavaliers' related items when talking to me.

Neighbor from across the street: "What did you think about LeBron leaving?"

Me: Completely tired of talking about the subject, I offer this: "I can't blame him for leaving. It's how he left that sticks in my craw."

Neighbor: "Is Iglesias coming back?"

Me: Enrique? Julio? "Who the heck are you talking about?"

Neighbor: "The big guy."

Me: "Z? He went to Miami with LeBron."

Neighbor: "Oh, no. I liked him. But I don't care about the NBA. I don't follow it."

Me: Really? You seem so informed on the subject.

Neighbor 2: "The NBA is fixed."

Me: "It's not fixed."

Neighbor 2: "Miami is not going to win it. Bosh and Wade are injury-prone. Their bench sucks. The Cavs bench from last year was better."

Me: I can't take any more of this NBA "talk." I make up an excuse my phone is ringing. In actuality, I just want to go watch "American Pickers," my new favorite show.

It's all starting soon. Cavs media day is Sept. 27. From there, it doesn't stop until April.

Until then, guys, just leave me alone.