Cleveland Cavaliers Kick Off NBA Season
CLEVELAND — After a 21-45 season in 2011 and a wild offseason, the Cleveland Cavaliers are ready to get the 2012-2013 season underway.
The Cavs had a very wild offseason. It began when the Cavaliers drafted Dion Waiters, the point-guard out of Syracuse with the fourth overall pick. In that same draft, the Cavs traded to acquire Tyler Zeller with the 17th overall pick in the first round.
During the Cavs summer league in Las Vegas, last year’s NBA Rookie of the Year, Kyrie Irving injured his right hand after slapping a pad under the basket. Irving has been playing basketball without any limitations since mid-September and does not feel like he is injury prone.
“My left-handed floater is something serious right now,” Irving joked. “I can actually tie my shoe with one hand now. My hand, I’m 110 percent, no problems and just ready to get training camp started.”
Not only is Irving hoping to be better as he begins his second full NBA season but he is also a little bigger. Irving said he gained five pounds in the offseason. Cavs head coach Byron Scott also hopes Kyrie Irving will be more of a vocal leader as he won’t be a rookie this year.
“I’m going to get to the point this season just like I did with Chris Paul, there is going to come a time he is looking over for plays and I’m going to tell him run it, run the offense, you know it just as well as anyone out there,” said Scott.
“I was asked a question earlier why I wasn’t talking last year and I said I was so tired on defense that I just couldn’t talk last year but this season I definitely have to take that vocal role to another notch and just being the point guard for Coach Scott,” Irving added.
Cavs fans are particularly excited to see how different the team will be in 2012 and 2013 with seven-footer Tyler Zeller and Dion Waiters running the back-court with Irving.
“I’m really excited to get started and see where this team can go and how good this team can be, you know we have a lot of talent on this team,” Irving said. “I think we can have something special but it takes time, chemistry, but it is not just about me and Kyrie it’s about the team and it’s a great team,” said Waiters.
The Cavs open the preseason next Monday at home against Siena. The regular season begins October 30th against the Washington Wizards at Quicken Loans Arena.