INDEPENDENCE: LeBron James has spent more time working with Dion Waiters on the mental side of the game than the physical. Perhaps the most important lesson he’s trying to teach Waiters is to disregard what people say.
Waiters has been blamed for much of the Cavs’ locker room problems the last couple years. Teammates quietly grumbled about him (and to a lesser extent Kyrie Irving) as the locker room and season unraveled last season. James watched it all from Miami.
“Every team there’s a guy they want to kind of place the blame on. It would be Dion on our team,” James said. “I told him, ‘You can’t get involved in that or what people say about you. It’s not what people think of you it’s what you think of yourself.’
“The only way to rewrite the notion of, ‘Can Dion fit in this?’ is to play the right way and dominate his opposition every single night. That’s all he should worry about.”To read more or comment...
INDEPENDENCE: David Blatt is doing his best to pump the brakes on the preseason expectations surrounding the Cavaliers. Whether or not it works remains to be seen.
Despite beginning the season as favorites to win an NBA championship, Blatt said the Cavs aren’t yet an elite team.
“I would just like a little bit of time to see how this comes together so I understand how quickly we’re going to be able to move toward becoming a top-level team, which we are not right now,” he said Sunday. “It’s too early. We have to really see how the combinations go, how the players take to one another, how they take to the system. But obviously there’s a lot to look forward to and a lot to expect.”
Blatt directed a morning workout Sunday dedicated on skill work. The Cavs will complete their first two-a-day of training camp when they return Sunday night for more live work.To read more or comment...
INDEPENDENCE: The Cavaliers are expected to sign guards Stephen Holt and Chris Crawford and forward Shane Edwards for training camp purposes, a league source told the Beacon Journal on condition of anonymity because the moves are not yet official.
Holt, who played with Matthew Dellavedova at St. Mary, is awaiting a letter of clearance from his German club. Edwards played briefly with the Cavs last season and is still property of the Canton Charge, while Crawford recently cleared waivers after the Cavs released him on Thursday.
The Cavs were forced to release Crawford for luxury tax purposes. Had he still been on the books, it would've complicated Thursday's trade for Keith Bogans, whom the Cavs flipped to the 76ers on Saturday for a trade exception.
The Cavs are down to 15 bodies after the recent trades. Teams are allotted 20 during camp.To read more or comment...
INDEPENDENCE: David Blatt’s first NBA coaching job evolved into a super team before he even drew up his first play. There are challenges associated with that, of course, particularly earning the respect of stars such as LeBron James, Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving. But it’s still a good problem to have..
“He could have the alternative and not have me, Kevin and Kyrie,” James joked Saturday after the Cavs’ first practice as a super team. “It’s going to be tough no matter what.”
Blatt conduced his first practice with the Cavaliers on Saturday, and while it was a hard practice, Blatt isn’t expected to wear out his players with an overly grueling camp.
Teams are typically allotted four two-a-day practices, but the Cavs are permitted six since they started early and must travel to Brazil in two weeks. Blatt doesn’t expect to use them all.To read more or comment...