Byron Scott Talks Starting Five But Declines To Name Starter At Point Guard Yet

Cleveland Cavaliers' Kyrie Irving shoots baskets during practice at the NBA basketball team's training camp, Sunday, Dec. 11, 2011, in Independence, Ohio.After practice on Thursday, following Baron Davis being hit with the Amnesty Clause Wednesday night, Cavaliers Coach Byron Scott declined to name a starter at PG heading into tomorrow’s preseason game in Detroit.  If it’s not Kyrie Irving on December 26th, that would be shocking, disappointing, as well as confusing.  If Ramon Sessions just starts tomorrow night in his place? I suppose that’s not a huge deal, but it’s still puzzling. 

That said, Coach Scott rounded out the rest of tomorrow’s starting group like this according to The News-Herald’s Bob Finnan:  Anderson Varejao at Center, Anthony Parker at Shooting Guard, Antawn Jamison at Power Forward, and either Christian Eyenga or Alonzo Gee at Small Forward as a fill-in for Omri Casspi.  Casspi will probably sit out tomorrow with a mildly sprained right knee.  

That noise you heard in response to this line-up though was the sound of my palm colliding with my forehead. The starting group I’m becoming more interested in seeing by the day for a number of reasons THIS season is Kyrie Irving (1), Christian Eyenga (2), Omri Casspi (3), Tristan Thompson (4), and Anderson Varejao (5).  It appears we are light years away from that line-up, however.

Byron Scott has not been inclined to play young guys throughout his coaching career at times, which is an interesting dynamic to pay attention to while trying to rebuild a team with young guys.  Kyrie, Christian, Omri, and Tristan are four 1st Round Draft Picks all 23-years old or younger.  Anthony Parker and Antawn Jamison are 36 and 35 years old playing out the final year on their contracts here in Cleveland.  If we’re talking future, I’m not sure I understand opening this season with those two guys getting major minutes.

Maybe you want to start Jamison, feature him, and then deal him at the deadline.  I might be swayed to agree with that argument.  But at the same time maybe there is no longer a market for Antawn Jamison too.  We’ll have to see I guess.  Regardless, Kyrie Irving has got to start.  Talk about a buzz-kill if he didn’t.  No offense to Ramon Sessions of course, who I think will play well in the back-up role, but he’s a back-up. Kyrie’s the future, and why not start building towards that as soon as possible?

Brendan Bowers

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