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What do Damon Jones, Devin Brown and Lance Allred have in common.Â They all played for in the D-league.Â Allred is living his dream and said he has been getting more and more comfortable practicing with his NBA teammates.
“As soon as I figured out their system and the plays they run, as soon as I got that out of the way, I’ve been very confident and having a great time practicing,” he said.
Allred said he’s been getting a little help from a couple of his Cavaliers teammates as he adjusts to the NBA.
“Damon Jones played with the Stampede a while ago, and Devin Brown has played in the D-League,” he said. “So they both know the path I’m on and they’re very respectful of that and very helpful.”
Allred has had a pregame ritual for some time now. “For years, I’ve always had a mantra that I say to myself during the national anthem,” Allred said. “And at one point I say, ‘I will be the best basketball player that I can be, and I will play in the NBA.’ ”
Allred, a 6-foot-11 center who played all of last season and 38 games with the Idaho Stampede this season, is in the midst of his second 10-day contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers. If the team signs him to a third contract, it will have to be for the remainder of the season.