Cavs Players Filing Into Facility, Schedule To Be Announced Tonight

Cleveland Cavaliers' Samardo Samuels (24) and Luke Harangody  celebrate with their teammates at the end of the NBA basketball game against the New York Knicks, Friday, March 4, 2011 at Madison Square Garden in New York. The Cavaliers defeated the Knicks 119-115.As soon as the doors were unlocked to the Cavaliers facility, second year big man Samardo Samuels was inside continuing to do everything he can to prepare for this season.  

He’s been joined by fellow second year players Manny Harris and Luke Harangody so far, along with Ramon Sessions, Anderson Varejao, fourth pick of the draft Tristan Thompson, as well as the newly acquired Omri Casspi.  

Christian Eyenga posted on his twitter account last night that he just landed back in Cleveland, after playing for about a month over in Spain, and he is expected to join his teammates by tomorrow at the latest.  Kyrie Irving is still down at Duke, and expected to start working out down at Cleveland Clinic Courts by Friday.

Training camp was previously scheduled to start this Friday, which was when the rest of the team was expected to arrive.  It is also the first day that teams are allowed to sign free agents as well, but Woj reported earlier today that training camp might get pushed back to Monday.  

That wouldn’t change the date for being able to sign free agents though, the date for that would remain this Friday. Pushing training camp back to Monday would be a move to level the playing field, so to speak, with respect to teams who need to sign multiple players.  You can’t go to training camp with only six guys under contract basically, is what some executives are saying.

Either way that shakes out though, Monday December 12th at the latest Training Camps will be in full swing across the NBA.

NBA Schedule:

The Cavaliers regular season schedule will be announced tonight, along with the rest of the League, on NBA TV at 7pm.  The Phoenix Suns already obtained a copy of their schedule though because apparently they have the stealthiest beat reporters in the NBA I guess. The two times Phoenix plays Cleveland are currently known at the moment.  Drumroll….that being January 12 out in AZ and March 25th in Cleveland.  One can then assume the Cavaliers will be on their West Coast trip around the 12th of January too (that’s me on stealth mode right there).

Ehlo didn’t get job:

As an update, our man Eggs Ehlo didn’t get hired by the Cavaliers to be an Assistant Coach after all.  We appreciate the Cavs for interviewing Craig though, because it allowed me to talk about him for three days when it would have otherwise been logistically unclear why I was bringing him into the conversation. We also appreciate his name now being officially entered into the collective hat of prospective NBA Assistant Coaches too through his involvement in this interview process, and expect to see him on sideline somewhere in the Association real soon.

Additionally, we’re also hearing good things about the guys the Cavaliers did bring in (via Ridiculous Upside):

The Cleveland Cavaliers made an excellent addition to their coaching staff on Monday, hiring Tulsa 66ers head coach Nate Tibbetts as an assistant coach. Tibbetts’ assistant with the D-League’s 66ers, Dale Osbourne, will take over head coaching duties in Tulsa.

Tibbetts was hired as the 66ers head coach prior to the 2009-10 season after two years as head coach of the Sioux Falls Skyforce. Prior to his D-League head coaching positions, he spent time as an assistant with the Skyforce as well as the University of Sioux Falls.

“Nate comes from an organization that has developed a young core and a similar belief system in creating success with a defense-first mentality and Aubrey is an accomplished and respected player development coach that is going to be a great fit with all our coaches and our players,” Cavs head coach Byron Scott said about Tibbetts and fellow hire Aubrey McCreary in a press release. “I am very excited for our group to get started with our team soon.”

The 34-year-old also served as an assistant coach with the Oklahoma City Thunder during their playoff run last season and was most recently head coach of Team USA’s entry in this fall’s Pan-Am Games.

So that’s good news too.  

And real quick, McCreary and Tibbetts, Skyenga likes to get the ball in open space and finishes with a thunderous ability at the rim in transition.  He’s a lock-down defender too on the perimeter, ask Kobe about that.  Just keep those couple things in mind, and welcome aboard fellas.  

Brendan Bowers

About Brendan Bowers

I am the founding editor of StepienRules.com. I am also a content strategist and social media manager with Electronic Merchant Systems in Cleveland. My work has been published in SLAM Magazine, KICKS Magazine, The Locker Room Magazine, Cleveland.com, BleacherReport.com, InsideFacebook.com and elsewhere. I've also written a lot of articles that have been published here.

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