Hey CavsHistory Buffs, just added the page for the 2009 Hardwood Classics Jersey here.
This is the fourth Hardwood Classics that the Cavs have sported over the years. (Actually five, they wore the Miracle of Richfield Jerseys throwback once in 1995 for the 25th anniversary of the franchise… but I still can’t find pictures or the date that they did so).
Check out the jersey page here.
Did you know that at 24 years old, LeBron is already 10th on the all-time list of triple-doubles with 25? Only two active players have more. Grant Hill (age 27 with 29) and Jason Kidd (age 36 with 103). He only has 3 less than Jordan already.
Just a little off-topic stats for a dull day
NEW YORK, Dec. 4, 2009 — The Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James was named the Eastern Conference Player of the Month for games played during October and November.
James paced the Eastern Conference in scoring (29.2 ppg), was second in assist (8.0 apg) and added 6.7 rebounds per game, leading the Cavaliers to a 12-5 start. James is one of only two players to record a triple-double this season (Rafer Alston) after recording 23 points, 11 rebounds and 12 assists on Oct. 28 at Toronto. With 38 points on Oct. 27, James set a franchise record for points in a season opener and with his seventh point became the youngest player to score 13,000 (24 years, 301 days old). James was named the Eastern Conference Player of the Week on Nov. 23 after averaging a league-high 34.3 points for the week and leading Cleveland to a 3-1 record.
Here is a closer look at the month for James:
Oct. 28 vs. Toronto:
Scored 23 points and added 12 assists and 11 rebounds in a 101-91 loss to the Raptors.
Nov. 6 @ New York:
Tallied 33 points, eight rebounds, nine assists and three steals in a 100-91 win over the Knicks.
Nov. 11 @ Orlando:
Recorded 36 points, eight rebounds and four assists in a 102-93 win over the Magic.
Nov. 17 vs. Golden State:
Tallied 31 points, 12 assists, five rebounds and two blocks in a 114-108 win over the Warriors.
Nov. 20 @ Indiana:
Poured in 40 points and added nine rebounds and seven assists in a 105-95 win over the Pacers.
we keep track of this stuff here
Cavs center Zydrunas Ilgausksas became the team’s all-time leader in games played when he entered tonight’s game at the 3:50 mark of the first quarter. It marks Z’s 724th career game, surpassing Cavs GM Danny Ferry (723 games).
Link is here
Check out this cute little bear (ugh). But at least we see that the 2009 CavFanatic Jersey Rumors are true and the Cavs will be rocking another retro mashup this season
LeBron James criticizes coach Mike Brown’s failure to play Zydrunas Ilgauskas in record-setting game Saturday
By Mary Schmitt Boyer, The Plain Dealer
November 30, 2009, 2:40PM
Joshua Gunter, The Plain Dealer
INDEPENDENCE, Ohio — LeBron James criticized Cavaliers coach Mike Brown today for his failure to insert Zydrunas Ilgauskas into Saturday’s win over the Dallas Mavericks, which would have given Ilgauskas the Cavaliers record in games played at 724.
Speaking after a rousing game of touch football following today’s practice, James said:
“Me personally, I definitely thought he should have played. I’m not trying to stir up anything with coach or the organization. I
don’t know who made the call. But sometimes one game is a smaller thing. What was on the line the day before yesterday was way bigger than us playing the Mavericks, and that was Z breaking the record to become the franchise leader in games played.
I stand behind Z and whatever Z feels at this point in time, I definitely — if I was in control of it — would have put him in, probably would have started him. You could have easily started him and subbed him right out and had the standing ovation from the fans with a timeout. If you didn’t want to play him, there were a lot of ways for that accomplishment to be accomplished.
It’s a sensitive subject. I’m not one to raise havoc or raise fire into the locker room or our team. But, for me, I speak the truth. I stand behind Z and I feel like Z not playing wasn’t the right thing. As a friend of his, I was very upset, and I know he was also.”
Ilgauskas, who worked on his shot while most of the rest of his teammates took part in the football game, declined an invitation to speak to the media, the first time reporters remember that happening. Saturday’s game might have been the first time in his career he did not play in a game based on a coach’s decision, although that cannot be verified.
He was the first person to head to the locker room after Saturday’s game and the first person to leave the locker room, also two rarities. He reportedly was devastated by the decision, in part because he had a contingent of family and friends at the game to help him celebrate.
It has been a difficult season for the 33-year-old center, who is coming off the bench for the first time in his career, backing up Shaquille O’Neal.