Daily News - June 17, 2014


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Cleveland Cavaliers Scribbles: What the Cavs can learn from the NBA Finals -- Terry Pluto
Author: Terry Pluto
Publication: Plain Dealer

"1. By wiping out the Miami Heat in five games, the San Antonio Spurs did more than play gritty defense. They played beautiful offense. If you want to know how new General Manager David Griffin pictures his Cavs team playing, notice how the Spurs moved the ball. Notice court spacing. Notice the 3-point shooting. Notice the oldest team in the league rushing the ball up the court.

2. The Spurs have a real foreign flavor. Tony Parker is from France. Manu Ginobilli is from Argentina. Tim Duncan is from the Virgin Islands. Duncan may as well be from another galaxy because he also played four years at Wake Forest. Top picks don't even stay two years in college in the modern NBA..." - CLICK HERE to read full story.

Is the Cleveland Cavaliers coaching search nearing an end?
Author: Mary Schmitt Boyer
Publication: Plain Dealer

"CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Five weeks ago, on May 12, the Cavaliers fired Mike Brown for the second time.

Now it appears they may be closing in on naming his successor, and perhaps general manager David Griffin will have a coach in place before the 2014 NBA Draft on June 26. The Cavs have the No. 1 pick.

Former Maccabi Tel Aviv coach David Blatt will interview with the team on Wednesday, at least the seventh candidate to do so, following Alvin Gentry, Tyronn Lue, Lionel Hollins, Vinny Del Negro, Adrian Griffin and Mark Price." - CLICK HERE to read full story.

Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving feels like a kid again at Progressive Field: Cleveland Indians chatter
Author: Zach Meisel
Publication: Plain Dealer

"CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Seen and heard on Monday at Progressive Field.

Clubhouse confidential: Kyrie Irving placed an Indians jersey over his shoulders, shook his body until it fit comfortably and came to a realization.

"I feel like a little kid," he said, draped in a batting practice uniform that proved to be larger and more cumbersome than he imagined." - CLICK HERE to read full story.

Prospect Profile: Jusuf Nurkic
Author: Joe Gabriele
Publication: cavs.com

"PLAYER SUMMARY – Unlike their American counterparts, international players often come into the Draft with an interesting story of how they got there. For Bosnian big man, Jusuf Nurkic, it began at age 14 – the age when he started playing organized basketball. He was recruited to play the game after his future basketball agent read an article about his tall father, a policeman in Tuzla. The agent tracked him down and asked if he had a son.

That’s how Nurkic got his start in the game as a boy. But in less than two weeks, one of the most productive bigs in Europe on a per-minute basis will make the man-sized leap to the big stage." - CLICK HERE to read full story.

Embiid will be too difficult to resist for Cavaliers at No. 1
Author: Reid Forgrave
Publication: FOX Sports Ohio

"Let’s call the cottage industry of mock drafts exactly what it is: A whole lot of educated guesswork and less-than-educated mind-reading. A bunch of rumors that take hold in the echo chamber and turn into talking points. A lot of well-researched information on future stars – or future busts – that’s intermingled with misinformation or disinformation.

Also, it’s a damn lot of fun." - CLICK HERE to read full story.

Cavaliers All-Star Irving Tries Hand At Baseball
Author: Associated Press
Publication: NBA.com

"CLEVELAND (AP) — Cavaliers All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving tried his hand at baseball, at least for one night.

Irving took fly balls and participated in batting practice with the Cleveland Indians before Monday’s game against the Los Angeles Angels. Irving, wearing an Indians No. 2 batting practice jersey with his name on the back, dressed in an empty locker in Cleveland’s clubhouse before taking the field." - CLICK HERE to read full story.

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