It is probably obvious that Kyrie Irving would want to start at Point Guard for the Cavaliers this season. He should start, he was the first pick of the Draft, he's the future of this organization, all of those things.
However, it is particularly encouraging that he is out in front saying that he does want the ball and opportunity to learn as we go here during this 2011-12 season. Whether that's with Baron Davis around as a mentor, or not.
This Marc J. Spears of Yahoo!:
The Cavs have the option of using their amnesty clause on Davis to waive him and remove the $28.7 million he’s owed the next two seasons from the team’s salary for cap and tax purposes. If Davis stays, Irving said he’d welcome being mentored by the veteran. The Cavs could decide to start both in the backcourt with Irving, the No. 1 pick in the June NBA draft, at point guard.
“It would be a great opportunity, but a little hard to see Baron go just based on having a veteran point guard there to help you make your transition,” Irving told Yahoo! Sports. “That’s something that I’m going to lose. But having the keys to the franchise is something that I’m excited about if it does happen. Either way, it will be a great opportunity with Baron or without Baron.”
When asked specifically if he’d rather take the point guard job now or learn under a veteran, Irving said: “I’d rather try to have the ability to go. I’ve been waiting for so long that I just want to jump right in, learn on the fly and just see how it goes.”
Craig Ehlo Might Be Coming Back:
I mentioned this over the weekend at Waiting For Next Year, but if you hadn't heard, Craig Ehlo could be making his triumphant return to the Cleveland Cavaliers. I am a Craig Ehlo apologist personally, and I think this would be awesome.
Here's the report I referenced, from The Spokesman-Review:
A source close to the Eastern Washington University men’s basketball program confirmed Saturday morning an earlier rumor that Eagles’ assistant Craig Ehlo has accepted a coaching job with the NBA’s Cleveland Cavaliers.
According to the source, the Cavaliers will formally announce the addition of Ehlo to head coach Byron Scott’s staff, where he will serve as a main assistant, on Monday.
And then some stats on Ehlo, who coached in High School for three years before working as a television analyst just prior to this past season:
Craig Ehlo is in the Washington University Hall of Fame, and he is the pride of Lubbock, Texas. He played 14 seasons in the NBA after making his debut with the Houston Rockets in 1983, and was most notably a member of the Cleveland Cavaliers for seven seasons.
Ehlo scored 5,130 points, dropped 1,803 dimes, and collected 2,267 rebounds in those seven seasons with the Cavs from 1986-93. He also averaged double figures in points in four of those seasons, topping out at 14 points, 5 assists, and 5 rebounds per night while playing in 81 games during the 1989-90 regular season.
For his career he averaged 9 points, 3 assists and 4 rebounds in 873 NBA games, 321 of which he started.
Boston Celtics, New York Knicks, Both Want Anthony Parker:
I also mentioned over the weekend at WFNY that the Knicks were interested in acquiring the services of one Anthony Parker. They still are reportedly, and so are the Boston Celtics also.
This from The Plain Dealer on Saturday:
The Cavaliers have made it no secret they want to resign free agent Anthony Parker. They do have competition for his services, however. Several clubs have inquired about the 36-year-old Parker, sources have told the Plain Dealer, including the New York Knicks and Boston Celtics. The Knicks' interest in the 6-foot-6 swingman was first reported by the New York Post.
If Parker does make the decision to leave Cleveland, that immediately enters the Cavaliers into the Free Agent market in need of a SG. It's my impression that the Cavs most likely assumed there wouldn't be much competition as far as re-signing Parker was concerned [no offense AP], and it wasn't necessarily wrong of them to feel that way. However, it turns out that teams do want him, and if they get him, the Cavs will need to sign another two guard.
Shawn Kemp Only Ate So Much Because He Thought There'd Be No Season:
Lastly, former Cleveland Cavaliers Coach Mike Fratello recalled why Shawn Kemp said he ate so much during the extended off-season of '98.
This from The Atlanta Journal of Constitution:
Kemp was under contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers when the start of the 1998-99 season was delayed by a lockout. When he showed up in January to prepare for the 50-game season, Kemp weighed in excess of 300 pounds, some 60 more than the previous season.
“He was really very honest about it,” Mike Fratello, the Cavs coach at the time, recently told the Cleveland Plain Dealer. “I said, ‘Shawn, how did this happen?’ He said, ‘Coach, I didn’t think we were coming back.’”
If only P90X had been invented back then.
It's very encouraging to see Irving so confident. A lot has been made of BD's supposed ability to "mentor" Irving, but people need to think about this. Baron Davis cause problems for a lot of teams he has been on. He has clashed with coaches and reported to camp out of shape on numerous occasions. While his talent is undoubtable, his shot selection and effort on defense have left a lot to be desired over the course of his career. Is that really the mentor you want for a franchise cornerstone? While people can point out his good behavior with the Cavs and even the Clippers last season, does that really outweigh the rest of his career? The only reason Davis may be motivated is the fact that this situation may be a sort of last chance for him. If he doesn't show up in shape and play hard, he may be out of the league. While Jamison conducts himself in a more professional manner, his lack of effort on defense does not set a great example either. In fact, Parker is the only "elder statesman" who consistently shows good effort on both sides of the floor.