Daily News - September 4, 2014
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Kyrie Irving could become the latest NBA player to use Team USA experience as precursor to breakout season
Author: Chris Fedor
"CLEVELAND, Ohio -- It was April 17, 2014; the day after the Cleveland Cavaliers finished the season. The Cavs had just beaten the Brooklyn Nets, 114-85, giving the crowd at Fan Appreciation Night a reason to celebrate after a season dotted with frustration, hollow proclamations and more changes.
A few months earlier General Manager Chris Grant was fired, paving the way for David Griffin to take over. As the team was set to embark on a critical summer, little was certain.
Head coach Mike Brown was on the hot seat despite arriving just one year earlier. The team had to decide whether Griffin would stay as GM." - CLICK HERE to read full story.
USA Clinches No. 1 Seed With 106-71 Rout Of Dominican Republic
Author: Team USA Release
"BILBAO, Spain (Sept. 3, 2014) -- The USA (4-0) remained unbeaten and earned the No. 1 seed for Group C in the 2014 FIBA World Cup with a 106-71 win over Dominican Republic (2-2) on Wednesday evening at Bizkaia Arena in Bilbao, Spain. Leading from start to finish, the USA had secured a double-digit lead of 56-41 by halftime and then blew the game wide open with a 25-11 third-quarter advantage.
The USA will complete its preliminary-round play on Friday facing Ukraine (2-2) at 11:30 a.m. EDT (ESPN2). Regardless of the outcome, the USA will advance as a No. 1 seed out of Group C into the round of 16, where it will face the No. 4 seed out of Group D on Sept. 6 in Barcelona, Spain." - CLICK HERE to read full story.
Cavs to use in-arena projection in 2014-15
Author: Scott Sargent
Publication: Waiting For Next Year
"Remember how cool the pre-game and halftime shows were during Zydrunas Ilaguaskas’ jersey retirement ceremony? It appears that the Cleveland Cavaliers will continue utilizing that same in-arena projection technology on what’s believed to be a nightly basis through the 2014-15 season.
From Max Rappaport from Sixers.com:
As part of a larger set of changes to the team’s game presentation this season, the Sixers will join the New Jersey Devils and Cleveland Cavaliers in becoming the first professional sports teams in the nation to adopt the cutting edge projection-mapping technology permanently." - CLICK HERE to read full story.
Team USA routs Dominicans to go 4-0
Author: Associated Press
"BILBAO, Spain (AP) -- They were expected to be in Barcelona. They hope to finish their trip in Madrid.
First, they had to take care of Bilbao.
The Americans wrapped up the No. 1 seed in their group Wednesday, improving to 4-0 at the Basketball World Cup with a 106-71 victory over the Dominican Republic.
Kenneth Faried, whose shooting percentage dropped after he missed three shots, scored 16 points for the U.S. DeMarcus Cousins came off the bench and added 13 points on 5-of-5 shooting." - CLICK HERE to read full story.
With few challenges, U.S. wins and bears it
Author: Marc Stein
"BILBAO, Spain -- An unmistakable problem has arisen for Team USA here in sunny España at the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup.
The other problem, we mean, besides the fact that the Americans' old friends from the host country have looked so dangerous so far in this tournament.
Spain's prowess is obviously the biggest worry for Team USA on Spanish soil, but the more pressing trouble for the NBA stars in red, white and blue is that there's really no way they can make any significant statements or impress the outside world in the first eight games of the nine needed overall to win the whole thing." - CLICK HERE to read full story.
Game Preview: USA-Ukraine
"The USA’s final World Cup preliminary round game, its fifth game in six days, will be a first ever meeting against Ukraine. The USA and Ukraine have never met in a senior level FIBA competition. The game is being broadcast live (11:30 a.m. EDT) by ESPN2.
However, the USA-Ukraine contest does feature two coaches very familiar with each other." - CLICK HERE to read full story.
Ticket info announced for LeBron's Cavs game in Cincinnati
Author: Mike Dyer
"LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers will play two preseason regional home contests in Cincinnati and Columbus against a pair of Central Division opponents in preparation for one of the most anticipated seasons in franchise history.
The Cavs will play the Indiana Pacers at the Cintas Center on Oct. 15 at 7 p.m. The neutral site game is a home game for Cleveland. It is the fourth of seven preseason games this fall for the Cavaliers.
Cintas Center's capacity for basketball is 10,250." - CLICK HERE to read full story.