Daily News - June 29, 2014
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Jason Lloyd: Semantics aside, Andrew Wiggins’ arrival kicks off Cavs’ active summer
Author: By Jason Lloydr
Publication: Akron Beacon Journal
"INDEPENDENCE: Near the end of Friday’s news conference introducing Andrew Wiggins, Cavaliers General Manager David Griffin rattled off his to-do list for this summer: improve defensively, increase the basketball IQ and add more shooters.
“All of those moves will be forthcoming,” he said. “Andrew is just the first of what I hope is a monumental offseason.”
Given the availability of a certain free agent in a few days, it was a fascinating choice of words. So I circled back later in the day and asked Griffin about that phrase." - CLICK HERE to read full story.
Bob Finnan’s NBA notes: Andrew Wiggins ‘all the way in with Cleveland’
Author: By Bob Finnan
Publication: The News-Herald
"The selection of Kansas swingman Andrew Wiggins is just the start of things to come.
The Cavaliers are hoping to have a summer fans will never forget and it started with picking Wiggins at No. 1 in the 2014 draft.
“We’re very excited with what we were able to do with the first pick,” General Manager David Griffin said. “It made us appreciably better.”
Wiggins’ athleticism separates him from the majority of his peers in the 2014 draft." - CLICK HERE to read full story.
Cavaliers notes: Harris knows challenge
Author: By Rick Noland
"INDEPENDENCE — Joe Harris won’t have to worry about a nickname change, but he knows the level of competition is about to increase.
The 6-foot-6, 225-pound shooting guard went from the Virginia Cavaliers to the Cleveland Cavaliers after being taken with the 33rd pick in the NBA Draft.
“I have a lot of confidence in my game,” Harris said Friday in a conference call with local media members. “You don’t know until you get into that situation where you’re actually practicing against that caliber of player day in and day out. … It will be an adjustment, but I’m really looking forward to trying to prove as much as possible.”
Harris averaged 16.3 points and earned first-team All-Atlantic Coast Conference honors as a junior, but that fell to 12.0 points and second-team honors as a senior. However, Virginia’s record improved from 23-12 to 30-7." - CLICK HERE to read full story.
Brothers, parents helped mold Wiggins
Author: By Rick Noland
"INDEPENDENCE — Andrew Wiggins was considered the best high school basketball player on the planet when he concluded his career at West Virginia’s Huntington Prep in 2013, but for a long time he wasn’t the most talented athlete in his own driveway.
Wiggins’ father, Mitchell, spent six seasons in the NBA. His mother, Marita Payne-Wiggins, was an Olympic sprinter for Canada. Brother Nick, three years his senior, just finished his career at Wichita State and will be on the Sacramento Kings’ roster in the upcoming NBA Summer League.
“I never used to win games when I was younger because my brothers were bigger, stronger, faster, wiser, more experienced in the game of basketball,” Andrew Wiggins said Friday while meeting local media members at Cleveland Clinic Courts. “Growing up now, it’s battles.”
The 6-foot-8, 200-pound swingman, chosen No. 1 by the Cavaliers in the NBA Draft on Thursday, was a fast learner. He could dunk by the age of 12 and attended a Michael Jordan basketball camp when he was 15, at which time Jordan told Mitchell Wiggins he “had something.”
“I didn’t judge him against players his own age,” said 54-year-old Mitchell Wiggins, who played in the NBA for Chicago, Houston and Philadelphia. “I judged him against players older than him and he still stood out.”
One of the older players Mitchell Wiggins judged his son against was, well, himself. The former 6-4, 185-pound shooting guard from Florida State, taken by Indiana with the No. 23 pick in the 1983 draft, averaged 10.0 points for his career but was suspended for two seasons due to substance abuse issues." - CLICK HERE to read full story.
Kirk will play for Cavs in NBA Summer League
Author: By James Barron
Publication: The New Mexican
"As hot as Las Vegas, Nev., is during the summer, it won’t be nearly as intense as the battles on the basketball courts of the Cox Pavilion and the Thomas and Mack Center.
Alex Kirk will be part of that mix, as the 2010 Los Alamos graduate and former center for The University of New Mexico will spend the first few weeks of July with other NBA players and prospects in the NBA Summer League. Kirk on Friday agreed to play for the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Las Vegas summer session. The 6-foot-11 Kirk, who was not picked Thursday in the NBA Draft, drew interest from several teams, but agent Graham.
Boone of Tandem Sports said Cleveland offered his client the best opportunity to show his skills." - CLICK HERE to read full story.