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We’re talking ‘bout practice …
Injury Update … The Cavaliers watched some film and did some shooting on Friday, but it was essentially a non-contact practice. Both CJ Miles and Dion Waiters were game-day scratches for Thursday’s win over Detroit. Miles, who missed the game with a sore right leg, had an MRI which was negative. He’ll continue to receive treatment and be evaluated on Saturday and is day-to-day. Waiters participated on Friday – with no contact – and got some additional treatment. Jarrett Jack, who's still out with lef knee chondromalacia, shot around with coaches after practice.
Roster Wars … The preseason is a week away from completion and the Cavaliers have yet to trim the roster from Training Camp. Those cuts are looming, and a couple players who have been impressive – and are trying to avoid “The Turk” – are Jermaine Taylor and Henry Sims.
Taylor shared the scoring lead with Kyrie Irving on Thursday night, netting 10 of his 15 points in the second half. Sims has been strong in two straight contests – going a combined 8-of-11 from the floor with 19 boards.
Taylor has spent time with Houston and Sacramento, but has spent most of the last two seasons in the NBDL. Sims went undrafted out of Georgetown and spent last season with the Erie BayHawks.
Both are vying for one of the precious roster spots, a process that used to vex Taylor.
“When I was younger, it really affected me a lot,” said the 6-5 shooting guard. “I really struggled with it. Now, I’m older. I just appreciate it a lot more. Because I know once I get to where I want to be, I’m really going to appreciate it and not take anything for granted. So now I’m just taking everything one day at a time, just stepping out every day, doing what I enjoy doing, playing this game that I love and going all out.”
Sims was close to reaching his dream last year. Now, he makes no bones about what he’s looking for.
“I want the spot,” asserted Sims. “This is my second year going around, and I feel like I personally should have been in the NBA last year. But the powers that be, that wasn’t their will for me. This I’m doing everything in my power to make sure that if I don’t make it, it’s nothing that I did. If I don’t make it, I know I know I put everything on the table in order for me to get to this spot. Preferably speaking, I hope I make it. But if I don’t make it, I’m not looking back saying ‘coulda-woulda-shoulda.’”
On Guard(s) …With Jermaine Taylor trying to make the squad, he admits he’ll play a little bit of point guard, if necessary. Coach Mike Brown was asked if he thought Taylor could play the “1” …
“I don’t think so,” admitted Brown. “I haven’t seen that tape yet, but maybe he could. I think (my son) Elijah could play the point, but so far neither of his high school coaches has agreed with me and his college coach hasn’t agreed with me, so … what do I know?”
Gotta Be the Shoes II … Following last Thursday’s practice, I posted a photo of Anthony Bennett’s iridescent sneakers that prompted the Tad Carper quote – (“This is what happens when pink and orange get into a fight and nobody wins.”) Bennett wore the shoes the annual Nike EYPL Peach Jam in South Carolina.
In the spirit of rookie (and international) fairness, we had no choice but to post the kicks that Sergey Karasev has been sporting (pictured above).
Coach Mike Brown talked about how confident the 19-year-old has been. You’d have to be to rock these as a 19-year-old rookie.
Listen as Jermaine Taylor and Head Coach Mike Brown discuss Friday's practice with the media.
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