Cleveland Cavaliers forward Mike Miller recognizes what’s happening with his new team. After all, he’s seen it before as a member of the Miami Heat.
That recognition provides some insight and perhaps a look into the future of what could be with the NBA’s latest super team that includes LeBron James, Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving.
“Fortunately for us, we had an almost identical situation in Miami,” Miller said during the team’s media day, “and now we get to take what we learned - the good and the bad - and bring it to a different situation and have a second opportunity at it.”
Their first season together that Heat team – which had James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh as its core – got off to a 9-8 start, not exactly the stuff dynasties are made. But it allows Miller, who played 41 games that first year of the “Heatles” to pump the brakes on the Cavs expectations just a wee bit.To read more or comment...
INDEPENDENCE: Kevin Love has never even appeared in a postseason game, but he understands the expectations on him now are to deliver a title – and he’s embracing it.
“I know a lot of people want to say championship or bust,” Love said Friday during the Cavaliers’ media day. “That’s going to be a good mentality to have because we want the pressure. We want people to look at us as one of the best teams because we’re going to have to hold ourselves accountable for everything that we do and our actions on and off the floor.”
Love was obtained in a blockbuster trade with the Minnesota Timberwolves last month and initially took the high road at his introductory press conference, complimenting the Timberwolves and choosing to focus on the good times.
But after Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor leveled some digs at Love about his injury history and lack of defense, Love slipped in a dig of his own Friday.To read more or comment...
Something still uncertain as the Cavs begin camp Saturday is whether guard Dion Waiters – who LeBron James has offered praise – will start or come off the bench.
“As long as I’m out there, I’m going to do whatever I have to do for this team,” Waiters said when asked about his status.
As for James’ vote of confidence, he said that it provides motivation.
“At the end of the day, you appreciate it and it makes you work that much harder just knowing that he sees the talent and at the end of the day I have to keep doing what I’m doing,” Waiters said.To read more or comment...
INDEPENDENCE: Kyrie Irving ended last season as the face, voice and leader of a beleaguered franchise. Now entering his fourth season, he returns as the youngest player on a dramatically reshaped roster.
Irving is perhaps the biggest beneficiary of the Cavs’ summer overhaul. Despite starting in the All-Star game and earning the MVP award in February, he admittedly failed to meet lofty expectations last season.
He appeared at Cavaliers media day Friday fresh off another dazzling MVP performance, this time in the FIBA World Cup, and one of the pillars that comprises the Cavs’ newly formed Big Three.
“Looking back on my third year, it didn’t go as well as I planned, but I’m OK with that,” Irving said. “I’m OK with learning from mistakes last year, all those things I did well and all those things I did kind of terrible at the time. Like I said, I am a young guy still figuring it out.”To read more or comment...
The Beacon Journal reported earlier this week that Cavs forward Tristan Thompson will seek $11 million a year when he begins negotiations for a contract extension.
That number is similar to that given to Derrick Favors ($49 million) and Larry Sanders ($44 million). In three years with the Cavs, Thompson averaged 10.8 points and 8.6 rebounds per game. He’s in the final year of his rookie deal and can become a restricted free agent next season if he and the Cavs cannot come to a deal this season.
There is reason to believe something could be worked out. Thompson and LeBron James have the same agent: Rich Paul.
When asked about his contract situation, he made it sound as if it is the furthest thing from his mind.To read more or comment...