I spent a few minutes today talking to Cavs forward Joey Graham, who has to be one of the most fascinating players in the league.
Graham is a licensed pilot, a trained chef and an accomplished musician. He credits his father for making his sons educated and well-rounded. Joey certainly fits that.
Now Byron Scott seems committed to finding out if he can play. Scott confirmed today that Graham has moved ahead of Jawad Williams in his rotation. He wants to give Graham a fair chance and find out what exactly he can give the Cavs besides a low post presence and the ability to hit mid-range jumpers consistently. If Graham can rebound and defend consistently, he could really push Jamario Moon for minutes at small forward.
Pick up a copy of Thursday's Beacon Journal, or log on to Ohio.com tomorrow for an in-depth profile of Graham and his long list of gifts.
On to more pressing matters:
* Mo Williams will accompany the team to New Orleans and San Antonio this weekend, but it still seems (and this is just a hunch) less than 50/50 that Williams will be able to play in either game. Scott wants him there for shootarounds and to see what the players are doing offensively if nothing else.
* Anderson Varejao seemed fine today, Scott said, although the Cavs held a very light practice. Mostly film study and then some shooting.
* Scott said returning to New Orleans on Friday, where he was fired last season nine games into the season, is "just another game" to him. But knowing how competitive Scott is, I find that hard to believe. He remains extremely close with Chris Paul and is looking forward to catching up with his former star, but other than saying hello to a few other old friends, Scott insists it will be business as usual for him. "I won't do anything out of the ordinary. I won’t be staying out all night getting drunk. I won’t be on Bourbon Street," he joked. "That’s just not me anyway."
* J.J. Hickson does not appear to be in Scott's doghouse despite playing just 18 minutes on Tuesday and finishing with two rebounds -- his second consecutive game with just two rebounds. Scott repeated on Wednesday he liked how the guys on the floor were playing.
* I asked Scott if it was a coincidence Jamario Moon turned in his best effort of the season the night Graham played well behind him and shortly after reporters began asking about Moon's lack of production out of the 3. "I thought he was due anyway," Scott said. "He hadn’t been shooting the ball well, but he hadn’t been aggressive, either. He’s had shots he turned down. Last night he came out aggressive from the start at both ends of the lfoor. If he plays that way, then he has opportunities where he can score like that. Last night I thought he looked, when he was open, to take the shot and take iti to the basket. Hopefully that’s a sign of things to come." Moon fell out of Scott's fourth quarter rotation quite a while ago and hasn't been back since.