Third day was probably our best practice as far as really getting up and down. Intensity was much better. It probably was brought out because I showed them a tape of things we were doing and I did not consider it to be the type of running that we need to do. Just those guys seeing it I thought made them come out here today with a much better effort during practice. I could also tell they were a little tired and fatigued, but they got through it and it was a good day.
What kind of tape was it?
Tape of yesterday's practice on our transition and what we call a shell drill. I thought they were trying, but the effort could be much better. I just pointed that out to them and let them know if we don't put together every day on the floor maximum effort as far as getting back and protecting our paint and not giving up layups and open jump shots. it's going to be a tough season. If we continue to do that and get better at that, we have a chance to be pretty good.
If you're attending tomorrow night's intrasquad scrimmage at the JAR (7 p.m., doors open at 6) don't expect too much out of the Cavaliers.
Byron Scott accurately called this team a work in progress. Scott is instilling a totally new offense and new concepts on defense, and the Cavs have only had about 12 hours of practice before the scrimmage. It could be ugly at times.To read more or comment...
I am not going to pretend I know what it's like to grow up as a minority. I don't. I'm not going to say LeBron is wrong for feeling his race played into his treatment following the decision. I'm not going to say he is right, either.
The question posed by CNN's Soledad O'Brien was "Do you think there's a role that race plays in this?"To read more or comment...
Maverick Carter admitted in an interview Wednesday night on CNN the execution of the "Decision" could have been better. LeBron James is proud of the $3 million the show raised for the Boys & Girls Club. Both men believe race has played a factor in the backlash James has received.
"I think so at times," James said. "It's always, you know, a race factor."To read more or comment...
Byron Scott said J.J. Hickson came to him this summer and told him he's capable of more than he showed during his first two seasons in the league. Scott asked him to prove it and Hickson did in the summer league, averaging 19 points and 6.3 rebounds. Now Scott is a believer.
"He's going to have an opportunity this year to really shine and be one of the most improved players in the league," Scott said.
Scott believes Hickson is athletic enough to play either forward spot or center. He already proved he can handle himself as a 6-foot-9 center, but he hasn't played small forward yet.
The goal in all of this, of course, is to get both Antawn Jamison and Hickson on the floor together at the same time. Scott is more inclined to play Jamison at small forward than Hickson at center, but the problems could come on defense and rebounding.
After the trade from the Wizards, Jamison led the Cavs in rebounding at 7.7. Putting him on a 3 defensively will often pull him away from the paint, though, and perhaps leave him out of position to grab rebounds. And the Cavs are already trying to make up for LeBron James' 7.3 rebounds last year. They can ill-afford to lose anyone else.
"It just depends on if we're playing a guy who dominates the ball and has the ball in his hands a lot, that pretty much takes me away from the basket as a 3," Jamison said. "There's going to be situations where I'm going to be away from the ball a lot, but you still have to have a knack. That's one thing with myself is I always had a knack for getting rebounds."
* All the running from the first day of practice Tuesday left a mark on today's practice. "You can tell some guys are a little sore,'' Scott said. "That's usual. I wasn't worried about it.'' The 34-year-old Jamison said he fell into bed early Tuesday night and didn't move until he had to get up for practice.
* Single game tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. on Saturday.
* A profile on Maverick Carter, complete with a LeBron James interview, is set to air on CNN at 8 p.m. tonight.
On how the guys bounced back after Tuesday's hard practice:
"You can tell some guys are a little sore. The first thing is guys get a chance to see what you'll do that day in practice. They thought it was going to be relatively hard like yesterday. It was pretty intense. Guys tried to fight through as best they could, but you could tell guys were a little sore today. That's usual. I wasn't worried about it. We'll pick it up again tomorrow."
On concern over being last in the league in free throws last season:
"Not really. All the teams I've had have been in the top five or 10 in free-throw percentage, so I'm not so worried about it. I think we have a pretty good method as far as making free throws on a consistent basis. Guys are rewarded for being good free-throw shooters. Guys who are not have to do more work. It's nothing that concerns me now, but we haven't even played a game yet."
Byron Scott's thoughts following his first day of practice:
On the first day: "Lot of running. Guys were in pretty good shape, though. Guys came in camp in a lot better shape than I expected. So our first real running thing we did today, I kind of cut it short because they were in pretty good shape. The rest of the day went well."To read more or comment...
Anderson Varejao has been excused from practice to return to Brazil for a death in the family. Varejao is still hobbled by a right ankle he injured at the World Championship over the summer, but coach Byron Scott said Monday's MRI came back clean.
"Andy has a family matter that he's taking care of," Scott said. "I talked to him this morning and told him to do just that. Go back there and take care of the family matter. We'll be here waiting for you when you get back."To read more or comment...
Delonte West, who was off-limits to reporters last season in Cleveland and is now back in Boston on a non-guaranteed contract, gave his first interview in more than a year during the Celtics' media day on Monday. It didn't take long for Gloria James' name to surface.
West was asked by a Boston radio reporter if he ever had a relationship with LeBron's mother.To read more or comment...
CNN is tentatively scheduled to air a profile on Maverick Carter during the 8 o'clock hour tomorrow night (Wednesday). It will include an interview with LeBron regarding Carter's career, The Decision and the pair's commitment to the Boys & Girls Club, the charity which benefited from The Decision.To read more or comment...
So what did we learn on media day? The players were stung, badly, by LeBron's decision to leave, but they've been left with no choice but to move forward. Here is the proof.
"Everybody is saying it feels different. The only difference is a lot of you guys aren't picking us to win championships this year. But the challenge is still there. We've got a new coach, new philosophy and new system and couple new faces this year.
On Yahoo! story that reported Williams contemplated retirement: "At some point I'm going to retire. Going into my eighth season, I'd consider myself more than 50 percent done with my career. At some point, you have to think about what you're going to do after you play the game. It makes no sense for me with three years left on my deal to give back money ($26 million) I feel I've earned. It don't make sense. And the article wasn't even about me retiring. It kind of got blown out of proportion."
On whether or not LeBron quit on the Cavs last season in the playoffs: "No, this game is too competitive to quit. We ain't playing checkers. This is basketball. You play this game long enough and anybody who's competitive understands no matter what's going on with you, people don't just quit. I don't care who you are."To read more or comment...
Byron Scott will look you in the eye when he's talking to you. He'll actually answer your question, which is rare among athletes and coaches today. And he exudes optimism. Here are the highlights from Scott's media availability session on Monday:To read more or comment...
So there was LeBron, sitting on the podium in Miami and getting asked again about Dan Gilbert's letter. A reporter asked James if he tried reaching out to Gilbert after that, to which James responded with a grunt that resembled a "mm-mm" and a head shake that resembled a no, but only if you rewinded it a couple times and watched closely. And that was that.
As for James and the Cavaliers, he said he's talked to a lot of the guys he was close to. Boobie Gibson confirmed on Monday that he has spoken to James a few times this summer and that he knew for a fact LeBron would "definitely" miss playing in Cleveland.To read more or comment...
Mo Williams has taken to Twitter to refute this Yahoo story that said he was close to retiring this summer.
"... it's getting a little out of hand. I was misquoted or misunderstood however u want to put it," Williams tweeted. "I will clear everything up Monday on media day. I was never considering walking away rt now. And especially because lbj left. It made a good story though. Though u know I will never walk away prematurely before my contract is up."To read more or comment...
Jawad Williams finally accepted the Cavaliers' qualifying offer and signed to return for a third season with the team, the Cavs announced Wednesday.
Williams, who was a restricted free agent, was extended an offer of a little more than $1 million at the end of June. He searched all summer for a better deal, but couldn't find one. He is expected to compete against Jamario Moon and Joey Graham for the vacancy at small forward.
Williams, 27, averaged a career high 4.1 points and 1.5 rebounds in 13.7 minutes per game last year.
According to several published reports today, forward Jawad Williams has signed a one-year qualifying offer to stay with the Cavaliers.
The deal is believed to be worth $1.02 million, but not fully guaranteed. Williams was reportedly seeking a multi-year contract.To read more or comment...
Almost overnight, LeBron James has become one of America's most-hated athletes.
James ranked sixth on the most-disliked athletes in sports list, according to The Q Scores Company, which conducts popularity polls. The demographics and number of people polled isn't known, but James' popularity dropped a whopping 41 percent from the poll conducted in January.To read more or comment...
Byron Scott is the kind of guy that will look you in the eye and tell you what he's thinking. So when he said in Sunday's Beacon Journal profile he believes the Cavs can win and make the playoffs next season, he's not reading off a PR script. He really believes it.
Scott took over teams in New Jersey and New Orleans with little talent and had them in the conference finals within a couple years. That's not to say he'll have the Cavaliers back in the East finals by 2012, but he likes the pieces already in place.To read more or comment...