Twenty-six facts about the Cavaliers, covered from A to Z:
A – Alonzo Gee. An avid artist, Gee has designed a number of the tattoos that cover his body. Now he needs to design a dollar-sign tattoo after signing a $10 million contract over the summer.
B – Byron Scott. The Cavs’ coach had his option picked up for next season. Don’t be surprised if an extension is worked out sooner rather than later. His career coaching record entering Saturday was 393-464.
C – C.J. Miles. The lone free-agent signing over the summer, Miles is an accomplished piano player who enjoys architecture. His full name is Calvin Andre Miles, Jr. and the C.J. stands for Calvin Junior.
D – Donald Sloan. He has fought his way to the NBA after a successful 13-1-1 stint as an amateur boxer. His ring nickname was “Shake ’em fast” for his work on the court.
E – Eleven. As in the next number to be retired by the franchise in honor of Zydrunas Ilgauskas. Now that he’s back with the organization, it should happen sooner rather than later.
F – Front office. It has to be the tallest and most imposing in the league. General Manager Chris Grant is 6-foot-10. Ilgauskas, now one of Grant’s assistants, is 7-3. At least assistant GM David Griffin, who stands a little south of 5-9, is around to balance things out.
G – Gibson. Along with being a new reality TV star, Daniel Gibson still holds the record for most 3-pointers (11) during the Rookies/Sophomores game during All-Star weekend
H – Harangody. The second-leading scorer in Notre Dame history (behind only Austin Carr), Harangody was the first basketball player to have his jersey retired by the Irish. Both his older brother and father played football at Indiana University.
I – Inexperience. Seven of the 15 players on the Cavs’ roster have less than two years of service time in the NBA.
J – Jon Leuer. The guard in the big man’s body. Leuer was a guard growing up, then steadily grew 10 inches in high school. Now he’s 6-10 with a smooth 3-point stroke.
K – Kyrie Irving. The Cavs’ flourishing star enjoyed singing and acting in high school. Maybe that’s why he’s such a hit as old “Uncle Drew.”
L – Luke Walton. At 32, Walton has two distinctions: He is easily the oldest player on the team and the only one with a championship. He won two of them during his time with the Lakers.
M – Moondog. The Cavs’ furry mascot has lived a full life. He has an uncanny ability to make half-court shots behind his back, he routinely participates in community walks and runs, he appeared at center court before LeBron James’ return to Cleveland wearing a Kevlar vest … and he got knocked out last year by Indiana’s David West.
N – No excuses. It has been Scott’s theme since he arrived. There are plenty of excuses for why the Cavs entered Saturday 41-109 since he took over, but Scott resists using the youth, inexperience and inferior players as excuses for why the Cavs have been one of the worst teams in the league the last two seasons.
O – Omri Casspi. Being the first Israeli to be drafted in the first round sometimes comes with a target. While he was playing in Sacramento, a mural of Casspi in his Kings uniform was defaced twice within a week by a vandal who painted a swastika over it.
P – Jeremy Pargo. His brother, Jannero, plays for the Washington Wizards and previously played under Scott in New Orleans. Both brothers have one obvious similarity. “They both talk a lot,” Scott said.
Q – Quicken Loans Arena. After enjoying one of the league’s best home-court advantages for years, the Cavs are just 23-51 at home the last two years. It’s hard to get fans excited when the team gets belted at home like they did Friday against the Bulls.
R – Rebounding. The Cavs finished last season averaging 12.7 offensive rebounds per game, which ranked fourth in the league and second in the East. Rebounding, particularly on the defensive end, has remained a focus of Scott’s throughout the preseason and the first week of the regular season.
S – Samardo Samuels. Despite leaving Louisville after his sophomore season, Samuels is still working toward his degree in communications. He took classes last year during the lockout and has the equivalent of about three semesters left.
T – Tristan Thompson. He and Samuels were high school teammates in New Jersey. Back then, Samuels was the rock star, and Thompson was the little knownunderclassman. But Samuels entered the NBA as an undrafted free agent, while Thompson was the fourth pick in the draft.
U – Unrestricted free agency. The Cavs avoid this at all costs. The fear is anytime they begin negotiating with unrestricted free agents, the Cavs inevitably will have to overpay to get players to come here. They have spent less than $7 million total on veteran unrestricted free agents since beginning this roster overhaul.
V – Varejao. The Cavs’ Wild Thing, Anderson Varejao, was the first pick of the second round in the 2004 draft. Among those selected ahead of him? Pavel Podkolzin, Viktor Khryapa, Sergei Monia and David Harrison. Who?
W – Dion Waiters. The Cavs rookie grew up in Philadelphia and attended four high schools, but didn’t play high school basketball until his junior year.
X – X-Factor. LeBron James can be a free agent again in 20 months. Just sayin’.
Y – Youth. The average age of the Cavs’ starters is 23.7 years. The average age of the roster is 24.9 years old. Walton (32 years, 221 days) is the oldest player, and Irving (20 years, 226 days) is the youngest.
Z – Tyler Zeller. The 7-foot rookie finally gives the Cavs a legitimate center alongside Anderson Vaerjao. In fact, Zeller’s emergence could signal the end of Varejao’s time in Cleveland.
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