Ricky Davis is now a Miami Heat.Â The Heat traded three-time all star Antoine Walker to the Minnesota Timberwolves in a five-player deal.Â Walker, backup center Michael Doleac, forward Wayne Simien and a conditional first-round draft pick were sent to Minnesota Ricky Davis and Mark Blount.Â Davis and Doleac both previously played for the Cavs.
Cleveland Cavaliers guard Daniel Gibson will miss the team’s final two preseason games with a right hamstring strain.
Gibson will not travel with the team to Toronto and Boston so he can continue to receive treatment in Cleveland.
Gibson averaged 4.6 points and 1.2 assists in 60 games as a rookie last season.
Branson Wright from the Cleveland Plain Dealer reminds us that a future without Anderson Varejao and Sasha Pavlovic has become so bleak that even LeBron James has started to visualize life without the two holdouts.
“We don’t know for sure what’s going to happen with two of our guys,” James said about Varejao and Pavlovic. “We have to prepare with the guys we have right now and continue to get better. We’re not as good without those guys. Those guys are a big part of our team. They’re very good and very key to our team and we have to continue to get better while they’re not here. We’ll see what happens.”
The scene may not look good.Â Â To read the full story click HERE
LeBron James gave his most in-depth interview in weeks about the current state of the team and the absence of Pavlovic and Varejao.
Here are his thoughts:
“For me as a leader, you want guys around you that are going to help you win ballgames. I’m going to do what is best for the team. But at the same time you see teams regrouping and reshaping, and with our team we didn’t do any reshaping, we didn’t do any regrouping. You start to think a bit, ‘How are we going to continue to get better?’ Something is going to have to happen within the next week so we know for certain whether we have them or not.”
When he was asked if the Cavaliers are better or worse without them, he said:
“Oh, we’re worse. We’re not as good as we were if we have those guys. It’s simple. We all know that. Those two guys are a big part of our team. There’s no reason to sit here and say we’re better without them. I think they’re a key point to our team. At the same time, we have to continue to get better while they are not here. Hopefully something happens.”
“I’m not going to pick up the charges that Andy took, I’m not going to hit the open 3s that Sasha made. That’s not who I am. I am going to continue to lead my team and help us win ballgames.”
You can read the full Q&A here.
FSN Ohio announced today its wall to wall coverage of 70 regular season games as the Cavaliers begin the defense of their Eastern Conference crown, beginning with the home opener against Dirk Nowitzki and the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday, October 31 at 8:00 p.m. FSN Ohio will telecast 35 home games and 35 games from the road during the 2007-08 season. Steve Liverani, Senior Vice President and General Manager, FSN Ohio, made the announcement.
Thirty-one of FSN Ohioâ€™s 70 games will be featured in high definition this season. This represents an increase of more than 50% over last yearâ€™s campaign. Please see the schedule below for the designated games in HD.
As part of the ongoing television agreement with the Cavaliers, WUAB Channel 43 will once again simulcast five FSN Ohio games throughout the season.
Cavaliers legend Austin Carr will handle the color analysis for the entire 70-game schedule. Carr will join veteran play-by-play man Fred McLeod on the floor for his second season with FSN Ohio.
The Cavaliers are giving fans another opportunity to get tickets to the biggest games of the 2007-08 season at Quicken Loans Arena by introducing the Six Pack ticket plan. Itâ€™s a pick and choose option that starts with the October 31st home opener vs. the Dallas Mavericks with fans getting to select from two groups of games that will comprise their Six Pack.
The Six Pack of games starts at $180. The package automatically includes the Halloween night home opener and from there, fans can pick one or two games from Group 1 (Premier Games) in the $50 and $40 seat locationsâ€” and three or four games from Group 2 in the $35 and $25 seat locations – adding up to a total of six games.
Click HERE for details.
Â Source:Â Cavs.ComÂ
Austin Carr, who split time with Williams on FSN last season, will now do the color analyst on all broadcasts.
Li Wei (China Daily) describes the action:Â Dwight Howard didn’t honor his commitment to dunk over LeBron James, but it didn’t stop the NBA China Games from rocking 15,000 fervent fans in Shanghai last night.
The Orlando Magic center scored a game high 31 points and grabbed 14 rebounds to lead his team over the Cleveland Cavaliers 90-86 in a sold-out NBA preseason game at Qizhong Forest Sports City, part of the NBA China Games. It is the NBA’s second visit to China in four years.
James finished with 17 points and three assists in 28 minutes. The Cavs got 16 from Larry Hughes and 12 from Shannon Brown. Jameer Nelson added 24 points for the Magic, while Hedo Turkoglu had 12 and Keith Bogans had 11.Â Scoreboard click HERE
Source:Â China Daily