Daily News - August 29, 2014

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Cleveland Cavaliers partner with the University of Toledo - which is using sports teams in Cleveland and Detroit to attract students
Author: Karen Farkas
Publication: Cleveland.com

"CLEVELAND, Ohio - The University of Toledo has found an innovative way to recruit students – partner with professional sports teams.

On Thursday it unveiled a two-year agreement with the Cleveland Cavaliers to become its first university sponsor.

It will spend about $100,000 a year in exchange for signs and in-game digital messages at Cavs games, and potential educational opportunities.

In addition, the Cavs will participate in UT's "Tie One On" bow tie program to support prostate cancer awareness." - CLICK HERE to read full story.

U.S. team aims for world basketball title
Author: Brian Mahoney/Associated Press
Publication: NBA.com

"BILBAO, Spain (AP) -- The bad news just kept coming, the only difference whether the culprit was injury or interest.

Some stars couldn't play. Others wouldn't. Then the losses really started piling up for the U.S. national basketball team.

Kevin Love pulled out while awaiting his recently completed trade to Cleveland. Paul George broke his right leg in a horrific collision that shook up teammates and perhaps the future of international basketball. Finally, Kevin Durant, the Americans' best player and the NBA's MVP, changed his mind about taking part in the FIBA Basketball World Cup." - CLICK HERE to read full story.

‘Free Agent’ Coaches Seek Work In Ever-Shifting Job Market
Author: Steve Aschburner
Publication: NBA.com

"One by one, in something approximating inverse order of desirability, the names of NBA free agents have come off the proverbial big board. What began with the likes of LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Chris Bosh and Pau Gasol has dwindled now to fellows such as Andray Blatche, Dante Cunningham and Ekpe Udoh.

This game of offseason musical chairs is played for even more blood among coaches. There are fewer jobs to be had in the first place (five or six per team vs. 15 player positions), and it’s not nearly the meritocracy that it is for players. Abilities, work ethic and results matter less than connections or change for its own sake.

There are a lot of coaching free agents still on the board, both former head coaches and notable assistants. Among the former, we have George Karl, Jeff Van Gundy, Scott Skiles, Mike Woodson, Doug Collins, Vinny Del Negro, Mike Brown, Mike D’Antoni, Keith Smart, Avery Johnson, P.J. Carlesimo, Lawrence Frank and Maurice Cheeks." - CLICK HERE to read full story.

James Harden among NBA stars with the most at stake for USA Basketball
Author: Ben Golliver
Publication: Sports Illustrated

"USA Basketball has been so dominant for so long that any discussion of "what's at stake" for the National Team invariably winds up slanting toward "what's to lose." Indeed, Monday will mark the eighth anniversary of USA's most recent, and only, loss since coach Mike Krzyzewski was appointed in 2005. USA has rarely been challenged during those eight years -- winning by an average of 32 points in the 2012 Olympics, 25 points in the 2010 World Championships and 28 points in the 2008 Olympics -- and any defeat during the upcoming World Cup would bring with it equal doses of disappointment, frustration and shame. Winning gold is generally assumed, it likely won't be celebrated as much as it should be, and any result short of that standard is an abject failure.

That's life as the established favorite boasting by far the most talented roster, even though Kevin Durant, Kevin Love and Paul George won't be part of the chase for gold and the tournament will be held on Spanish soil." - CLICK HERE to read full story.

Cavaliers GM admits concerns about rim protection on defense
Author: Kurt Helin
Publication: NBCSports.com

"You’re not going to have a better summer than the Cleveland Cavaliers had. They got the No. 1 pick in the NBA Draft (thank you lottery gods) and parlayed that into LeBron James and Kevin Love joining newly maxed-out Kyrie Irving. The Cavaliers are suddenly clear title contenders.

But there are questions, almost all of them on the defensive side of the ball. Specifically, who is going to protect the paint. Anderson Varejao is a quality pick-and-roll defender as big men go (when healthy) but he’s not a rim protector. We know Kevin Love isn’t. Brendan Haywood? Tristan Thompson? Nah." - CLICK HERE to read full story.

Shawn Marion on choosing Cleveland, 2011 title with Dallas
Author: Naveen Ganglani
Publication: Rappler.com

"MANILA, Philippines - Shawn Marion has had a pretty notable NBA career thus far.

With four NBA All-Star Game appearances, two All-NBA Third Team awards, multiple stints with contenders in the Playoffs, and an NBA championship in 2011, it's likely Marion's name will be called to enter the Naismith Memorial Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame once he retires from the league and becomes eligible for entry.

But aside from his accomplishments on the court, Marion will also be remembered for his charitable ventures, despite him admitting he doesn't like receiving credit for helping out, as he calls it a pleasure to do so without any strings attached." - CLICK HERE to read full story.

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