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Travis hits a 3; Joyce grabs rebound

By mrasor Published: July 19, 2008

Men's basketball
Romeo Travis and Dru Joyce are slowly working their way into coach John Kuester's lineup.
In Wednesday's loss to Houston, Travis attempted two 3-pointers and made one in 11:28 minutes of playing time. Joyce, meanwhile, had a rebound in 2:08 minutes during Friday's loss to Washington.
It makes me wonder if the statisticians confused the two former Zips.
Travis and Joyce don't mind that everyone thinks they're on the team because of No. 23, according to the Plain Dealer.
Joyce had a quote with which I disagree:

"It's always the team first," he said. "If the team is playing well and you're a part of things, whether you're playing or on the bench, everybody gets success from that."

That's the proper attitude on any other team, in any other league. However, in Summer League, it doesn't matter if you go undefeated or don't win a game (which is where the Cavs' team is heading). The teams are sorely imbalanced with talent, which demonstrates the parent clubs' different goals.
My point is, in Summer League, you have to stand out. You want to win, sure. But being more than just one of the five is crucial if you want the league to help advance your career, which certainly is a goal for Travis and Joyce.
I will agree with Joyce in one respect: When the team plays well, it reflects well on the point guard. However, bench players won't get a lick of success from that.
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