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Cleveland Cavaliers forward Alonzo Gee (right) strips the ball out of the hands of Boston Celtics forward Paul Pierce during a game at Quicken Loans Arena on Jan. 22 in Cleveland. (Ed Suba Jr./Akron Beacon Journal)
Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Byron Scott instructs Alonzo Gee (33) in the first quarter against the Los Angeles Lakers, Dec. 11 in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)
Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant (24) keeps the ball away from Cleveland Cavaliers' Alonzo Gee in the first quarter Dec. 11 in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)
CLEVELAND: They are slowly becoming Cleveland’s Odd Couple, the Indians’ 57-year-old manager and the Cavs’ 31-year-old shooting guard. On the surface, Terry Francona and J.R. Smith seem to have little in common. But there is an admiration and respect between them that they hope will soon blossom into more — as soon as their schedules allow.