It’s OK to still ask that question about an undrafted rookie two weeks before Training Camp tips off. But if Micheal Eric does what he and the coaches expect, fans will know exactly who he is one month later.

Signed in early August after an impressive run with the Wine and Gold in this year’s Summer League stint in Vegas, the bruising big man from Temple comes to Camp with a solid chance to crack Byron Scott’s big man rotation.

Good afternoon, Mr. and Mrs. America and all the ships at sea! I’m an Optimist. You must be the Cleveland sports fans I’ve read so much about. Together, let’s work harmoniously towards the completion of another action-packed installment of NEWS … AROUND … THE … LEAGUE– shall we?

As a fellow Cleveland sports fan, before I begin each column, I get to thinkin’: What are we really talking about here? What’s the essence of what we’re talking about?

I’ll spell it out if I have to.


This past July – during Summer League in Vegas – Cavaliers coaches and players nicknamed their rookie center with a single letter – “Z.”

That might not be a big deal if Tyler Zeller had played for the Mavericks – the team that originally selected him in the 2012 NBA Draft. But once he became a member of the Wine and Gold, the nickname took on a whole new meaning.

With the leaves starting to turn shades of crimson wine and golden yellow, it’s a sure sign that Cleveland is getting ready for another season of Cavs basketball! On cue, Cavaliers single game tickets for 2012-13 NBA season will go on sale Saturday, September 29th at 10:00 a.m. Better yet, fans can reap the benefits of being a Cavaliers Insider to receive an exclusive presale opportunity on September 27th-28th. Single game tickets start at just $10.

It’s almost tip-off time at Quicken Loans Arena, and the Cleveland Cavaliers are gearing up to welcome fans back for the 2012-13 season! The Cavs have announced the promotional schedule for the 2012-13 season, featuring a long lineup of premium fan giveaways and special theme nights. With fans already looking forward to being back at The Q for Cavs basketball, they’ll also be excited to see a bold new look on the court!