Jarrett Jack has been through this before. When he joined Golden State prior to last season, the Warriors were coming off a 23-win season. Expectations were much higher, but no one saw them advancing to the Western Conference semifinals.
Now Jack is part of a similarly young Cavaliers team that won only 24 games last season and is expected to fill the identical role he held with the Warriors.
“Looking at the makeup of the team, it’s a very, very young team, but I think with a promising future,” Jack said Friday at his introductory news conference. “That’s something I desperately want to be a part of.”
Jack and Earl Clark were introduced Friday as the newest members of the Cavaliers. Of course, they’re only two-thirds of the Cavs’ summer shopping spree. Andrew Bynum was not at Friday’s press conference because his contract has yet to be finalized. That is expected to occur next week. In the meantime, Cavs officials aren’t allowed to discuss Bynum, but Jack was happy to do it.
“An anchor in the middle is something every team is desperately in need of,” Jack said. “When healthy, he’s one of the best, if not the best, big men in the game.”
Clark is a 6-foot-10 big known for his defense. The Cavs believe he’s athletic enough to defend the league’s best wings, which is why he is expected to play primarily small forward.
“Since I’ve been in the NBA, my M.O. is guarding guys like LeBron,” Clark said. “That’s something that comes easy to me. I like the challenge of guarding the best player out there. It’s exciting to me.”
Clark and Brown were together last season with the Los Angeles Lakers, albeit briefly. Brown was fired just five games into the season.
“I know he’s a defensive coach and that’s what he preaches,” Clark said. “I’m excited to be here and excited to go out and play defense.”