Daily News - September 1, 2014

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Love works hard to expand his game
Author: Josh Weir
Publication: Canton Rep

"In a league where “spacing big” and “stretch four” have become a part of the everyday vernacular, it only seems like Kevin Love walked into the NBA as a living, breathing example of those terms.

Actually, the Cavaliers’ new forward evolved over time, and he looked to one of the game’s greatest international stars as an example for his transformation.

Love entered the NBA in 2008 as a 20-year-old out of UCLA. His extraordinary hands and 6-foot-10, 260-pound frame made him a great rebounder and a force offensively around the paint." - CLICK HERE to read full story.


Down at half, US rallies to beat Turkey
Author: Associated Press
Publication: NBA.com

"They figured it would be simple, that they would just beat up on Turkey like they did Finland a night earlier.

Instead, the Americans were the ones on the ropes for nearly three quarters.

"I guess we felt like last night's game was pretty easy and tonight was going to be the same way, but Turkey came out and they gave us their punch from the beginning," forward James Harden said. "We took it and we were sluggish. That second half we played a lot better."

Kenneth Faried scored 22 points, Anthony Davis all of his 19 in the second half, and the U.S. rebounded from a rare deficit at halftime to beat Turkey 98-77 on Sunday in the Basketball World Cup." - CLICK HERE to read full story.


Varejao Feeling Healthy After Tough Four Years without LeBron
Author: John Schuhmann
Publication: NBA.com

"Derrick Rose isn’t the only player looking to use the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup as a springboard to a healthier and more successful NBA season for a title contender.

Cavs center Anderson Varejao would love to put some injury issues behind him as well. In the four years since LeBron James left Cleveland, Varejao, who turns 32 later this month, has averaged just 37 games per season, dealing with injuries to his upper and lower body.

James is back and Kevin Love has arrived. With Kyrie Irving and a bunch of shooters, the Cavs’ offense should be ridiculously good. But their defense will ultimately determine how far they go, and Varejao will be a big part of their success on that end of the floor." - CLICK HERE to read full story.


Team USA avoids Ataman-induced stumble
Author: Marc Stein
Publication: ESPN.com

"The name shouldn't be completely unfamiliar. The diehards among us will undoubtedly remember hearing plenty about Ergin Ataman just a few summers back.

That's the same Ataman who coached Deron Williams in Turkey during the 2011 NBA lockout. You'll recall he tried to sign Kobe Bryant, too.

And I suspect you won't forget him now, after Sunday night's scenes at the Bilbao Exhibition Center, where Ataman re-emerged on our screens as the newest international tormentor of USA Basketball." - CLICK HERE to read full story.


Team USA rebounds from scary first half in win against Turkey
Author: James Herbert
Publication: CBSSports.com

"What happened: Team USA received a scare from Turkey in their second game of the 2014 FIBA World Cup on Sunday. The group of NBA stars trailed 40-35 after an ugly first half, but came out strong in the third quarter and wound up with a 98-77 win.

Turkey immediately made it clear that this wouldn't be as easy as the Finland game. They tried to slow the game down, using a zone and their physicality. It worked, with Team USA missing eight of its nine 3-point attempts in an even first quarter. The shooting struggles were enough to make you wonder why Damian Lillard, Kyle Korver and Chandler Parsons were all watching at home.

While Turkey disappointed during recent exhibition games without Hedo Turkoglu, Ersan Ilyasova and Enes Kanter, none of the players present appeared intimidated by the United States. Many of them were on the team that met Team USA in the finals of this tournament four years ago. The game plan was solid, as was the execution.

After halftime, Team USA settled down. They started taking care of the ball, and used Anthony Davis often as a screen-setter. Turkey, even with all their size, did not have an answer for him. The score stayed close for a while because Turkey was creating open 3-point looks, but the more talented team pulled away completely in the fourth quarter." - CLICK HERE to read full story.


David Blatt talks LeBron, transition to NBA
Author: Irad Tsafrir
Publication: Haaretz.com

"I see that your son Tamir has signed on for four years with Hapoel Tel Aviv. Very nice.
“Yes, that is very nice.”

Did anything in particular lead to that choice?
“Tamir is starting a career at the higher levels. He played for Ramat Hasharon and will now be part of Hapoel Tel Aviv. But I don’t do newspaper interviews about my son. That's my son’s career. It has nothing to do with me.”

Yes, but he’s still your son. Surely you’re part of the decision-making process.
“We parents are part of everything, you know.”

Okay, so how long will you be in Israel?
“I’ll be going back to the United States very soon.”

When you signed with Cleveland, were you aware that the team was going to be built with players like LeBron James and Kevin Love?
“We wanted to build a team that would be good for the present and the future, and I think we’ve succeeded. About whether we could be sure when I signed that it was going to come out the way it did — I couldn’t tell you that.”" - CLICK HERE to read full story.


Teams line up for 3-D projectors
Author: John Lombardo
Publication: Sports Business Daily

"At least two NBA clubs and one NHL franchise are spending $1 million this year to implement a 3-D court projection system at their arenas, another example of how teams across sports are seeking ways to improve the in-arena fan experience.

The Cleveland Cavaliers, Philadelphia 76ers and New Jersey Devils will use the technology, from Herndon, Va.-based Quince Imaging, in their coming seasons. Plans call for using the program for player introductions and potentially at select timeouts during games.

The Cavaliers tested the Quince Imaging system last season, for the team’s retirement ceremony for Zydrunas Ilgauskas. The technology includes eight to 10 super-high-definition projectors that are placed around the arena to beam images onto the hardwood (or ice) that ultimately create a 3-D-like effect of the content." - CLICK HERE to read full story.

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