Sixty.

That’s how many names were called were called on June 28, the night of the 2012 NBA Draft. And none of those names was “Kevin Jones” – the man who led the one of the toughest conferences in the country in scoring and rebounding.

While Jones and his family waited for the call on that Thursday night, NBA Deputy Commissioner Adam Silver ran through the Draft’s second round, with names like İzzet Türkyılmaz and Ognjen Kuzmić and Tomislav Zubcic coming off the board.

Good evening, Mr. and Mrs. America and all the ships at sea! Me – I’m an Optimist. You are Cavalier fans. Let’s cut through the crap and get busy with another episode of NEWS … AROUND … THE … LEAGUE. And let’s do it Gangnam Style.

C.J. Miles is genuinely happy to be a Cleveland Cavalier. It only takes a minute of talking with him to realize that.

Miles, one of the last high school players ever taken in the NBA Draft, is entering his eighth year in the league and doesn’t turn 26 until mid-March. (He said Kyrie’s already making old man jokes about him in practice.)

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.

Z-E-I-T-G-E-I-S-T

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.

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