Daily News - August 6, 2014

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Cleveland Cavaliers' Kyrie Irving survives first round of Team USA cuts
Author: Chris Fedor
Publication: Cleveland.com

"Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving is getting closer to a spot on the United States National Team.

In an effort to trim the roster down to 12 by Aug. 30, the day before the World Cup of Basketball starts in Spain, Team USA cut Paul Millsap of the Atlanta Hawks as well as Washington Wizards' guards Bradley Beal and John Wall.

With the first round of cuts and the devastating injury to Indiana star Paul George, the roster stands at 16." - CLICK HERE to read full story.

LeBron James meets with Cavaliers coach David Blatt, GM David Griffin for first time, report says
Author: Joey Morona
Publication: Cleveland.com

"Nearly a month after returning to the Cavaliers, LeBron James finally met with his new coach.

James and David Blatt got acquainted at the team's training facility in Independence Tuesday, ESPN reported. The get-to-know was also the first time James met in person with Cavaliers GM David Griffin." - CLICK HERE to read full story.

LeBron James, the Cavaliers and the principle of maximum leverage
Author: Bill Livingston
Publication: The Plain Dealer

"The name of the specific player involved doesn't matter. He was one of the many who were interchangeable, all of them pieces to a jigsaw that never was assembled.

Maybe LeBron James offered the praise for Larry Hughes, or Wally Szczerbiak, or Mo Williams, all of whom could, sadly, be counted on in the end to "die down in the moment," just as James later complained.

On the day in question years ago, he was offering effusive praise for some opposing player or other. Or maybe it was a college player. Anyway, when asked about the possibility of the Cavaliers obtaining the player, James said, "I'm not the general manager."

Cleveland reporters walked away, amused. We knew the Cavs' front office was going all out to win then and convince James to stay. One reporter said, "If he's not the general manager now, when did he stop?"
" - CLICK HERE to read full story.

Kyrie Irving among 16 U.S. men’s basketball roster finalists
Author: Associated Press/Brian Mahoney
Publication: Akron Beacon Journal

"The U.S. men’s national team trimmed its roster to 16 players Tuesday by cutting Washington’s John Wall and Bradley Beal, and Atlanta’s Paul Millsap.

The Americans are off this week after training last week in Las Vegas, where Indiana All-Star Paul George was lost to a broken right leg. They will resume practice for the World Cup of Basketball on Aug. 14 in Chicago." - CLICK HERE to read full story.

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