Archive for December 3rd, 2011

Kyrie Irving hopes to start for Cavs

Kyrie Irving

With all due respect to Baron Davis, Kyrie Irving wouldn’t mind taking over the Cleveland Cavaliers’ starting point guard job in training camp.

The Cavs have the option of using their amnesty clause on Davis to waive him and remove the $28.7 million he’s owed the next two seasons from the team’s salary for cap and tax purposes. If Davis stays, Irving said he’d welcome being mentored by the veteran. The Cavs could decide to start both in the backcourt with Irving, the No. 1 pick in the June NBA draft, at point guard.

“It would be a great opportunity, but a little hard to see Baron go just based on having a veteran point guard there to help you make your transition,” Irving told Yahoo! Sports. “That’s something that I’m going to lose. But having the keys to the franchise is something that I’m excited about if it does happen. Either way, it will be a great opportunity with Baron or without Baron.”

When asked specifically if he’d rather take the point guard job now or learn under a veteran, Irving said: “I’d rather try to have the ability to go. I’ve been waiting for so long that I just want to jump right in, learn on the fly and just see how it goes.”

– Reported by Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports

Bismack Biyombo

Rookie lottery pick Bismack Biyombo was among six Charlotte Bobcats who worked out Friday on the court at Time Warner Cable Arena.

Now he just hopes he’ll be there when the NBA season opens later this month.

Biyombo is in the midst of contract dispute with Fuenlabrada after playing for the Spanish team last season prior to being selected with the seventh pick in the draft. He’s suing the team for breach of contract and a civil trial scheduled for Dec. 19 in Spain could cause him to miss a portion of training camp—or even longer if he loses the case.

Biyombo’s United States-based agent Joel Bell doesn’t believe that’ll happen.

“He’s not going to pay anything,” Bell said. “He’s going to win the trial. They’re in breach of contract.”

Fuenlabrada wants a transfer fee to give up its rights to Biyombo.

– Reported by Steve Reed of the Associated Press

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Trevor Ariza

Thanks to the 149-day NBA lockout, Ariza now finds himself three hours closer to a degree from UCLA, thanks to the American History class he successfully completed in Westwood — with a B-plus, thank you very much.

“Just one; got to ease back into that,” Ariza said of course work, which he left behind at UCLA in 2004 when he turned pro after one year of college. He was playing as a 19-year-old off the bench for the Knicks, who made him a second-round pick. “It was History 140D, Professor Corey.

“It was great. B-plus is good. I’ve been out of school for eight years. To go back and get a B-plus, that’s big for me. It was like starting all over again. You’ve got to put time in, just like you work at your job, or in basketball or whatever. You’ve got to put your time in, study, take notes in class, talk to the teacher. Try to find out all the information you can.”

– Reported by Jimmy Smith of the New Orleans Times-Picayune

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