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Top of the morning: Cavs on right path

By Ron Published: June 26, 2011

Jason Lloyd has chronicled the Cavaliers for more than a year for Ohio.com and the Beacon Journal, and for you, our readers. I think with that knowledge he has gained his column following the draft for Saturday, puts a good ending on a long year for the Cavs.

GM Chris Grant obviously has a plan and is sticking to it. The draft was weak so he went for strong "humans." An odd choice of words by Grant but we can get the point.

Kyrie Irving and Tristan Thompson are the type of players Grant and coach Byron Scott want to add; hard working, solid citizens.

From my conversations with Jason about how Grant works, it is no surprise this is the avenue they are going to take. Grant seems meticulous, and he brings a scout's mentality to the front office. For what Dan Gilbert wants, Grant seems like the right man for the job.

Another factor, moving forward, is the NBA lockout. It seems obvious that there will be a lockout, and somewhat surprisingly, Gilbert is pushing for a hard cap. You would think with his deep pockets, he would be on the other side of this fight, but he is not. If the owners win this battle, a hard cap puts scouting at the forefront, more than deal making.

This next year will show a lot of what Grant, Gilbert and Scott are made of. They have a goal of quickly rebuilding the franchise but they don't want to take any shortcuts. So look for improvement if there is a season and another chance next June to add more talent through the lottery.

Here are links to other coverage on Ohio.com

We named our scholar athletes for the year: Jordan Shaffer of Firestone and Abby Kenyon of Jackson. A special thanks to the area athletic directors who took the time to submit applications.

The Indians struggles continue on the road with a 1-0 loss to the Giants. Shin-Soo Choo heads to the disabled list. Sheldon Ocker also looks at Fausto Carmona, a pitcher who seems easily distracted.

More from Jason on the Cavs, NBA and Tristan Thompson's agent.

Good day, Ron

 

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