Acting Cavs GM: ‘I Want to See Us Smile More’
CLEVELAND, Ohio — Speaking for the first time since being named acting general manager of the Cleveland Cavaliers, David Griffin gave his state of the Cavs address Sunday just hours before the team was scheduled to take on the Memphis Grizzlies at Quicken Loans Arena.
Griffin took over as acting general manager of the team after Chris Grant was fired by Cavs owner Dan Gilbert on Thursday.
Griffin said he is looking forward to tackling the opportunity before him.
“Dan doesn’t need to say anything to me; we need to produce,” he said on Sunday afternoon.
Griffin said the team’s focus is a heightened sense of urgency.
One thing he wants to do to with the young players is to have conversations, stating no good player is at their best unless they are happy.
Griffin was asked what will be different over the final 30 games of the season for the Cavaliers, and his answer was simple.
“I want to see us smile more, I want to see us enjoy this, I want us to remember this as a game,” he said.
Griffin joined the Cavs in 2010 right after Chris Grant was hired as general manager.
Prior to that, Griffin spent 18 seasons with the Phoenix Suns and was a finalist for the GM job with the Utah Jazz.