Cavs Donning Price/Daugherty/Nance Throwbacks this Year?

From the Cavs teamshop, it looks like LBJ/Shaq/Z/Mo and the boys will be rocking the 80′s version of the classic Cavs uni (mind you, not the 2nd one with CLEVELAND for road games, but the original road blue).  I have the blurb below. Pay specific attention to the part I highlighted in RED (below the pic).

 

 

2009-2010 Throwback

2009-2010 Throwback

 

 

Support the Cleveland Cavaliers on and off the court by wearing this Hardwood Classic Swingman jersey from adidas®. Retroactive to the 1988-1989 era of Cleveland Cavaliers basketball, this jersey is an authentic looking styling of the one worn by players such as Mark Price during this period in Cavalier’s history. This durable jersey is made of breathable, quick-drying polyester mesh and has a 10 oz flat knit rib collar and armholes. The team-colored jersey is officially licensed and proudly displays the screen-printed tackle twill Cavs team name and #23 at the chest, along with LeBron James’ name and number screen-printed and tackle twilled on the back. An official Hardwood Classic jock tag with the years 1988-1989 is featured on the bottom right side of the garment. The 2009-2010 Cavs will take to the court wearing these throwback uniforms on special Hardwood Classic nights throughout the season.

We’ve already seen pics of the hybrid jersey for CavFanatic, which is this jersey conjoined with the 70′s colors, but we haven’t got confirmation on this throwback getting rocked this year.  They usually do this every other year, and since last year was a tribute to the original jersey, we weren’t due for nostalgia until 2010-2011 (which, technically, is the 40th anniversary… not this year).

I’ve already got mine ordered!

Ex-Cav Dwayne Jones Cut From Spurs

via realgm.com

The San Antonio Spurs today announced that they have waived forward/center Dwayne Jones. The 6-11, 250-lb Jones appeared in three preseason games for San Antonio and averaged 1.7 points and 1.7 rebounds in 11.0 minutes.

Yeah, I Know… New CavFanatic Jersey…

I’m working on adding it now.

 

Ilgauskas Juggling New Roles – On Court and at Home

NDEPENDENCE, Ohio — LeBron James kept the chatter in perspective when he was asked, at the start of the Cleveland Cavaliers’ high-expectations training camp, how much advice he sought from fellow NBAers on life with Shaquille O’Neal.
“He’s a teammate,” James said. “I mean, I’m not adopting a kid.”
No, the Cavaliers player doing that would be Zydrunas Ilgauskas.
This offseason, in fact, Ilgauskas and his wife Jennifer adopted a pair of brothers from an orphanage in the 7-foot-3 center’s hometown of Kaunas, Lithuania. Upon arrival, Deividas, 5, and Povilas, 4, instantly transformed the Ilgauskas’ household into a burgeoning family, something the couple had planned for prior to the miscarriage of twins two years ago. The brothers are way shorter than their dad’s newest, biggest teammate and, combined, probably weigh about as much as one Shaq thigh, yet they’re requiring some adjustments at home as profound as Ilgauskas is facing these days at work.
“I’m not sleeping as much obviously. I’m a lot more tired,” the 11-year veteran told reporters after a practice last week. “It’s been a blast. It’s been challenging at times. But all in all, it’s been a great experience. It’s an adjustment for everybody — obviously, a big family now. … All of a sudden, overnight, you become a father. I’m learning as I go and I try to do the best job I can, and sometimes it’s not easy. Everybody can relate to that.”
Not everybody can relate, however, to a future Hall of Famer and massive marquee name showing up at the office, ready to crowd you out of your cubicle. With that challenge — O’Neal taking over as Cleveland’s starting center, Ilgauskas adapting to a backup role — the affable guy known simply as “Z” is on his own. The key is, he’s still affable and figures to stay that way.
“Z’s a team guy,” Cavs coach Mike Brown said. “He will do whatever we ask him to do. That’s his makeup. I don’t think he knows any other way. Obviously, when we acquired Shaq, the first call I made was to Z. We talked about his role … and before I even got started, he was like, ‘Coach, whatever I need to do to help us win, that’s what I’m going to do.’ That goes back to the trust thing; he trusts us as coaches. That’s been built over the years.”
Said Ilgauskas: “It’s still basketball. Obviously, it’s a little bit of an adjustment. I’ll have to find what’s the right mindset for me, how do I prepare for the games? It’s just something I guess I have to learn, because I haven’t done it a lot, with starting for so long.”
Specifically, Ilgauskas has started for Cleveland in his past 534 games dating to the 2002-03 season. He’s been an All-Star twice in that time and ranks as the franchise’s all-time leader in rebounds and blocked shots. He hasn’t come off the bench since 2001-02, when coach John Lucas was being especially careful in the wake of Ilgauskas’ notorious foot surgeries and subbed him in 39 times in 62 appearances.
Now the Cavaliers crave more inside presence to cope with the likes of Dwight Howard, Kevin Garnett, Tim Duncan and maybe Andrew Bynum. Ilgauskas is best as a pick-and-pop center, and he clearly was lacking foot speed in the postseason last spring. Also, the team sought O’Neal’s star power to court James, the resident superstar. All of which means that Ilgauskas will gain the benefits of facing some second-string centers and logging fewer minutes, while coping with the costs of new game-night routines.
“It won’t be as much wear and tear on my body,” he said. “It’s going to be a little harder because obviously you’re going to come off cold — you aren’t warmed right up from warmups. But a couple minutes up and down the floor, I should be OK. I’ve thought about it, but I don’t really see much of a difference besides getting loose and getting into the flow of the game.”
Brown, asked if Ilgauskas easily accepted the new role because he could thrive against the league’s backup centers, said: “More important, what he expressed, it could help the team.”
It is refreshing, let’s be honest, to see such a smooth and rancor-free baton handoff in a league where so many players — out of self-preservation or ego — resent the arrival of a proven teammate who shares their position. No Big Prima Donna here, at least not from Ilgauskas’ side of the aisle.
“Once everything settled down, I knew it obviously made the team better. And it’s hard to make yourself better after you win 66 games,” he said. “At this point in my career, I really want to win. I’m 34 years old and I really want to win a championship. Whatever helps with that, I’m all for it. I’ve always been high on Shaq — he’s the best center I’ve ever played against — so if anyone’s going to replace me in the starting lineup, I don’t mind that at all.”
Remember, these days, it’s all about team for Z. At work and at home. Jennifer is the one who handles Deividas and Povilas while he’s practicing or attending to other Cavs obligations. He’s the one who navigates the Lithuanian, since the brothers’ English is, well, just coming off the bench these days too. But they’re making it work — and making it feel like play.
“I’m in a happy place in my life right now,” Ilgauskas said. “I’m really satisfied, and kind of content where I am as a player and a person. The kids obviously completed our family — we had great lives but now it’s even better. It’s more challenging and a little harder, but you get rewarded in different areas.”
There is, basically, just one area that is non-negotiable for the big guy: banging every day with the even bigger guy. Just so we know the parameters for the renewed daddy and Cavs elder statesman: He will do bedtime stories and board games. He won’t do Shaq in practice.
“I won’t,” Ilgauskas said. “Somebody else is going to have to guard him in practice. Otherwise, I won’t last till Christmas.”
And Christmas, after all, is going to be big this year. Both in Los Angeles — Cavaliers vs. Lakers — and in the Ilgauskas household.
Steve Aschburner has written about the NBA for 25 years. You can e-mail him here.

 

via NBA.com reporter Steve Aschburner

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio — LeBron James kept the chatter in perspective when he was asked, at the start of the Cleveland Cavaliers’ high-expectations training camp, how much advice he sought from fellow NBAers on life with Shaquille O’Neal.

“He’s a teammate,” James said. “I mean, I’m not adopting a kid.”

No, the Cavaliers player doing that would be Zydrunas Ilgauskas.

This offseason, in fact, Ilgauskas and his wife Jennifer adopted a pair of brothers from an orphanage in the 7-foot-3 center’s hometown of Kaunas, Lithuania. Upon arrival, Deividas, 5, and Povilas, 4, instantly transformed the Ilgauskas’ household into a burgeoning family, something the couple had planned for prior to the miscarriage of twins two years ago. The brothers are way shorter than their dad’s newest, biggest teammate and, combined,

Big Z

Big Z

probably weigh about as much as one Shaq thigh, yet they’re requiring some adjustments at home as profound as Ilgauskas is facing these days at work.

 

“I’m not sleeping as much obviously. I’m a lot more tired,” the 11-year veteran told reporters after a practice last week. “It’s been a blast. It’s been challenging at times. But all in all, it’s been a great experience. It’s an adjustment for everybody — obviously, a big family now. … All of a sudden, overnight, you become a father. I’m learning as I go and I try to do the best job I can, and sometimes it’s not easy. Everybody can relate to that.”

Not everybody can relate, however, to a future Hall of Famer and massive marquee name showing up at the office, ready to crowd you out of your cubicle. With that challenge — O’Neal taking over as Cleveland’s starting center, Ilgauskas adapting to a backup role — the affable guy known simply as “Z” is on his own. The key is, he’s still affable and figures to stay that way.

“Z’s a team guy,” Cavs coach Mike Brown said. “He will do whatever we ask him to do. That’s his makeup. I don’t think he knows any other way. Obviously, when we acquired Shaq, the first call I made was to Z. We talked about his role … and before I even got started, he was like, ‘Coach, whatever I need to do to help us win, that’s what I’m going to do.’ That goes back to the trust thing; he trusts us as coaches. That’s been built over the years.”

Said Ilgauskas: “It’s still basketball. Obviously, it’s a little bit of an adjustment. I’ll have to find what’s the right mindset for me, how do I prepare for the games? It’s just something I guess I have to learn, because I haven’t done it a lot, with starting for so long.”

Specifically, Ilgauskas has started for Cleveland in his past 534 games dating to the 2002-03 season. He’s been an All-Star twice in that time and ranks as the franchise’s all-time leader in rebounds and blocked shots. He hasn’t come off the bench since 2001-02, when coach John Lucas was being especially careful in the wake of Ilgauskas’ notorious foot surgeries and subbed him in 39 times in 62 appearances.

Now the Cavaliers crave more inside presence to cope with the likes of Dwight Howard, Kevin Garnett, Tim Duncan and maybe Andrew Bynum. Ilgauskas is best as a pick-and-pop center, and he clearly was lacking foot speed in the postseason last spring. Also, the team sought O’Neal’s star power to court James, the resident superstar. All of which means that Ilgauskas will gain the benefits of facing some second-string centers and logging fewer minutes, while coping with the costs of new game-night routines.

“It won’t be as much wear and tear on my body,” he said. “It’s going to be a little harder because obviously you’re going to come off cold — you aren’t warmed right up from warmups. But a couple minutes up and down the floor, I should be OK. I’ve thought about it, but I don’t really see much of a difference besides getting loose and getting into the flow of the game.”

Brown, asked if Ilgauskas easily accepted the new role because he could thrive against the league’s backup centers, said: “More important, what he expressed, it could help the team.”

It is refreshing, let’s be honest, to see such a smooth and rancor-free baton handoff in a league where so many players — out of self-preservation or ego — resent the arrival of a proven teammate who shares their position. No Big Prima Donna here, at least not from Ilgauskas’ side of the aisle.

“Once everything settled down, I knew it obviously made the team better. And it’s hard to make yourself better after you win 66 games,” he said. “At this point in my career, I really want to win. I’m 34 years old and I really want to win a championship. Whatever helps with that, I’m all for it. I’ve always been high on Shaq — he’s the best center I’ve ever played against — so if anyone’s going to replace me in the starting lineup, I don’t mind that at all.”

Remember, these days, it’s all about team for Z. At work and at home. Jennifer is the one who handles Deividas and Povilas while he’s practicing or attending to other Cavs obligations. He’s the one who navigates the Lithuanian, since the brothers’ English is, well, just coming off the bench these days too. But they’re making it work — and making it feel like play.

“I’m in a happy place in my life right now,” Ilgauskas said. “I’m really satisfied, and kind of content where I am as a player and a person. The kids obviously completed our family — we had great lives but now it’s even better. It’s more challenging and a little harder, but you get rewarded in different areas.”

There is, basically, just one area that is non-negotiable for the big guy: banging every day with the even bigger guy. Just so we know the parameters for the renewed daddy and Cavs elder statesman: He will do bedtime stories and board games. He won’t do Shaq in practice.

“I won’t,” Ilgauskas said. “Somebody else is going to have to guard him in practice. Otherwise, I won’t last till Christmas.”

And Christmas, after all, is going to be big this year. Both in Los Angeles — Cavaliers vs. Lakers — and in the Ilgauskas household.

Steve Aschburner has written about the NBA for 25 years

 

Go Tribe!

LeBron sports an Indians hat at his book signing

LeBron sports an Indians hat at his book signing

Whoa, NPR Caller Asks LeBron a Tough Question

LeBron and his High School Coach show up on Fresh air from NPR.

One caller asked a particularly hard question.  ”Why isn’t LeBron married to the mother of his children.  LeBron handled it pretty well.  The guy just doesn’t get rattled easily.

Link to listen here

LeBron on the Daily Show Again. Gets Hassled about the Knicks Again

You’re funny John Stewart, but you stay the hell away from him.

(interview starts at 13:46, you’ll have to watch a commercial)

Lebron on Good Morthing America

Good Morning

Good Morning

The visit was mainly to promote his new book “Shooting Stars” and the movie “More Than a Game”, but he also fielded questions about Shaq and next years free agency.
With Shaq, he’s excited to play with a “big kid” and thinks he may be the last piece.
With free agency, he said he’s excited about it but more excited about the upcoming year and will wait until free agency to answer speculative questions (he did all this while their weatherman shouted “Knicks” at him from off camera).

Sweater Vest

Sweater Vest

 

“Wild Thing” Wins the FIBA Gold With Brazil

Anderson Varejao and the Brazil National Team won the FIBA Americas Championship on Sunday.  Muchos congrats to the Human Palm Tree.

FIBA Americas Qualifier: Day 12

Brazils Anderson Varejao, left, celebrates with teammate Marcelo Huertas after defeating Puerto Rico 61-60.  (AP Photo/Andres Leighton)

Brazil's Anderson Varejao, left, celebrates with teammate Marcelo Huertas after defeating Puerto Rico 61-60. (AP Photo/Andres Leighton)


September 7, 2009 12:21 AM

By Alfredo R. Berrios
ESPNdeportes.com

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — The Brazilian Golden Boys. Brazil won the gold medal at the FIBA Americas Championship by defeating Puerto Rico 61-60 Sunday.
Leandro Barbosa scored 24 points and Tiago Splitter added 13 points with 9 rebounds for the Brazilian squad.
Players coming from the bench gave Puerto Rico a final offensive push in the final quarter. However, they fell short.
Carlos Arroyo led Puerto Rico with 14 points and missed a crucial final shot.
Argentina finished with a bronze medal after defeating Canada 88-73 in the first game of the final stage.
Luis Scola led his team once again with 27 points and Pablo Prigioni scored 17 with 8 assists. Paolo Quinteros helped with 13 points and Juan Cantero came from the bench to make 11.
Jermaine Anderson scored 19 points and 11 assists for Canada; Levon Kendall scored 12 points, Aaron Doornekamp 11 and Kyle Landry 10.
Argentina, Brazil, Canada and Puerto Rico have qualified for the 2010 FIBA World Championship. The World Championship will take place in Turkey from August 28 to Sept. 12, 2010.`

Added General Managers Page

Added a GMs page to the site finally.  Only have Embry, Paxson and Ferry up so far.

Does anyone have any info on the other historical GMs the Cavs have had? (or is that a dumb question because you’d come here for that info)