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  1. Kevin Love brags about winning “the ‘White Guy’ award”

    Oct 22, 2013, 6:23 PM EDT

    Kevin Love

    The NBA’s annual GM survey, analyzed by Kurt earlier today, contained few surprises. Who will win the championship? The Heat, as usual. Who will win MVP? LeBron James, obviously. Who is the best center? Dwight Howard, of course. Who’s the best coach in the NBA? Gregg Popovich, surely. Which player makes the most of limited…

  2. Mike Brown a little frustrated with Dion Waiters’ defense

    Oct 16, 2013, 3:35 PM EDT

    Dion Waiters, Gerald Henderson

    Mike Brown is a defensive minded coach. That is his reputation. If you see the Cavaliers as a playoff team in the East (and I do) then you are counting on a healthy Kyrie Irving, somebody stepping up in the frontcourt, and Mike Brown improving a defense that was 27th in the NBA in points…

  3. Cavaliers’ Tyler Zeller had emergency appendectomy Friday

    Oct 12, 2013, 10:59 AM EDT

    Tyler Zeller

    Tyler Zeller didn’t play for the Cavaliers Friday night and at the time it was listed as due to the strained hip flexor that he has battled through camp. But instead he was having an emergency appendectomy — having his appendix removed — tweets Cavaliers radio play-by-play announcer John Michael. This is a common operation…

  4. Jarrett Jack’s behind-the-back assist for Anthony Bennett’s first NBA bucket (VIDEO)

    Oct 9, 2013, 11:03 AM EDT

    Anthony Bennett

    Jarrett Jack is going to win over a lot of people in Cleveland — he is fun to watch and a great guard to have coming in off the bench (the Warriors will miss him). Among those new fans — Anthony Bennett. The No. 1 overall pick from last season got his first NBA points…

  5. Cavaliers’ Bennett, Varejao cleared for basketball activities

    Oct 1, 2013, 11:51 AM EDT

    Anthony Bennett

    We have some rare good injury news out of a training camp: The Cleveland Cavalier’s No. 1 pick Anthony Bennett and the guy he may someday replace in the lineup, Anderson Varejao, both have been fully cleared for basketball activities entering training camp. This was expected, but now it is official. Bennett had shoulder surgery…

  6. ProBasketballTalk 2013-14 Preview: Cleveland Cavaliers

    Sep 26, 2013, 8:45 AM EDT

    Kyrie Irving

    Last season: Kyrie Irving became the youngest All-Star since LeBron James, but the Cavaliers were decidedly awful throughout the year, finishing 24-58. Only the Bobcats were worse both offensively and defensively, Injuries took a major toll (more on that below), but the season never looked promising at any point, regardless. On the bright side, Dion…

  7. Cavs’ Varejao says he is at 70 percent, will be ready for camp

    Sep 20, 2013, 10:42 AM EDT

    Anderson Varejao

    Last season Anderson Varejao played in 25 games, his health slowed by blood clots in his leg. He spent last season and most of this summer (except when he was getting married) working on getting healthy. Which would be nice — 31 games is the most Varejao has played in a season the last three.…

  8. Cavs’ No. 1 pick Bennett back playing 5-on-5 after surgery

    Sep 19, 2013, 1:34 PM EDT

    Anthony Bennett

    Back before he could do a lot of pre-draft workouts, before he was the surprise No. 1 overall pick of the Cleveland Cavaliers, Anthony Bennett had surgery to repair the torn rotator cuff in his left shoulder. Which is one of the reasons nobody really expected him to go No. 1. He had the surgery…

  9. Reports: Varejao, Bennett healthy for Cavaliers

    Sep 16, 2013, 2:50 AM EDT

    Cleveland Cavaliers v Milwaukee Bucks

    Cleveland has its sights set on one of the last couple playoff spots in the East next season. To get there is going to take more than just the “Kyrie Irving Show” — he’s going to need help. Particularly help along the front line. Enter Anderson Varejao and Anthony Bennett. Reports have both power forwards…

  10. Report: Anderson Varejao cleared to return in time for training camp

    Sep 14, 2013, 9:30 PM EDT

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    Anderson Varejao was having his best season statistically last year, until a knee injury forced him out of action in December, and then the ensuing blood clot that developed ended his season entirely. Now comes word that he’s been medically cleared in time for the start of training camp in a few weeks, but questions…

  11. Tyler Zeller added weight this summer thanks to Krispy Kreme

    Sep 11, 2013, 12:25 PM EDT

    Tyler Zeller

    This is the time of summer when the reports are flying that “Player X lost 15 pounds and is in great shape” or “Player Y added 10 pounds of muscle this summer.” All such claims should be taken with all the salt you would take late-night infomercial claims of weight loss/muscle gain. What makes Cavaliers…

  12. FIBA Americas: Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Argentina and Mexico qualify for 2014 FIBA World Cup

    Sep 9, 2013, 10:27 AM EDT

    Dominican Republic's Martinez celebrates after defeating Canada during their FIBA Americas Championship basketball game in Caracas

    The 2013 FIBA Americas Championship tournament will wrap up this week, but the important part was concluded on Sunday when the semifinalists were finalized. The top four teams of the tournament automatically earn berths to next year’s FIBA World Cup (an Olympic qualifier) meaning Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Argentina and Mexico are one step closer…

  13. FIBA Americas down to 8 teams after Brazil, Paraguay eliminated

    Sep 4, 2013, 11:39 AM EDT

    Venezuela World Qualifier Basketball

    The 2013 FIBA Americas tournament is taking the day off on Wednesday, but it’s not just because the most star-laden Eurobasket tournament tipped off. The first portion of round-robin play was completed Tuesday night, meaning two eliminations had to be made. One was surprising, one wasn’t: Brazil was sent home after losing to Jamaica in…

  14. Tristan Thompson’s free throw percentage up 20 points right handed

    Sep 2, 2013, 8:59 AM EDT

    BASKETBALL-QUALIFIER-BRA-CAN

    Cleveland’s Tristan Thompson is left handed… and not a terribly good shooter that way. Last season he shot 39.7 percent beyond five feet from the rim and 60.8 percent from the free throw line left handed. Thompson went with a radical fix: start to shoot right handed. Don’t laugh — it’s working. Through his first…

  15. FIBA Americas schedule features Canada vs. Brazil on Sunday

    Sep 1, 2013, 11:30 AM EDT

    Axier Sucre, Diego Bareiro

    The FIBA Americas tournament enters Day 3 on Sunday after a solid first two days of action. Sunday’s games don’t feature the marquee matchups that littered Friday and Saturday, but the first contest of the day should be worth watching. Canada and Brazil are both in the conversation for the Final Four next weekend, a…

  16. FIBA Americas Tournament became Renaldo Balkman show on Friday

    Aug 31, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Puerto Rico's Balkman goes for a basket against Brazil's Giovannoni during their FIBA Americas Championship basketball game in Caracas

    The 2013 FIBA Americas tournament tipped off on Friday in Caracas, Venezuela, with teams from North, South and Central America attempting to move one step closer to playing in the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. It’s still a bit early to be talking about that since the tournament won’t end until September 11, but…

  17. FIBA Americas tournament tips off today

    Aug 30, 2013, 10:30 AM EDT

    Jose Juan Barea, Nicolas Laprovittola

    The 2013 FIBA Americas Championship tournament begins in beautiful Caracas, Venezuela, on Friday morning. This is actually the fourth FIBA tournament of the year — following Asia (where Hamed Haddadi was MVP), Oceania (which was just Australia vs. New Zealand a couple of times) and Africa (where Nigeria was just upset despite featuring four players…

  18. FIBA Americas tips off Friday. We breakdown why you might care.

    Aug 29, 2013, 12:46 PM EDT

    FIBA_Americas_Championship_Venezuela_FC

    Team USA had a mini-camp workout for some younger players this summer, but that was basically it for the senior men’s team. USA Basketball largely gets to take the summer off and gear up for the World Championships in Spain next summer. But much of the rest of the world is going at it in…

  19. Anderson Varejao’s life in illustration (VIDEO)

    Aug 23, 2013, 5:59 PM EDT

    Cleveland Cavaliers v Milwaukee Bucks

    I found this fascinating, so we’re bringing it to you. As you likely know, Brazil is hosting the 2016 Olympics in Rio (right here on NBC) and as part of hyping up Brazilian athletes to the home audience they are doing this Web series called “Draw My Life” where a player tells his life story…

  20. Anderson Varejao saves the day for two stranded travellers

    Aug 21, 2013, 1:20 PM EDT

    Anderson Varejao, Ekpe Udoh, Doron Lamb

    Imagine you, like me, speak only English. You’re visiting family in a foreign country where nearly nobody speaks English. When it’s time to fly home, the airport can be a scary place. Your family can go only so far with you before reaching an area only for ticketed passengers. But with very specific and detailed…

  21. No. 1 pick Anthony Bennett officially signs with Cavaliers

    Aug 21, 2013, 8:01 AM EDT

    Anthony Bennett from UNLV reacts after being selected by the Clevland Cavaliers as the first overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft in Brooklyn

    Anthony Bennett is still recovering from shoulder surgery, but his arm is working well enough to sign his first NBA contract. The Cavaliers have officially signed Bennett to his rookie deal, which is for four years and a little over $22 million, the team announced. Bennett was the surprise No. 1 overall pick out of…

  22. Who are Rookie of the Year favorites? Burke, Oladipo to start

    Aug 9, 2013, 1:15 PM EDT

    Trey Burke

    There’s a formula for who often wins the Rookie of the year. They have to be a good player, certainly. More than that, he needs to be a player with the ball in his hands and on a team where he is going to be asked to take on a lot of responsibility. Damian Lillard…

  23. No. 1 pick Anthony Bennett talks pressure of position (VIDEO)

    Aug 8, 2013, 3:39 PM EDT

    Anthony Bennett

    Nobody outside the Cleveland war room expected Anthony Bennett to go No. 1 overall, not even Bennett. He admits that to NBC’s own Kay Adams in the latest of our videos out of the rookie photo shoot that took place Tuesday. He says he doesn’t really feel pressure being the top pick and he talks…

  24. Mike Brown says Andrew Bynum, if healthy, will start at center for the Cavs

    Jul 20, 2013, 12:30 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Portland Trail Blazers

    Now that Andrew Bynum is officially a member of the Cleveland Cavaliers and plans to be healthy enough to play a full season for his latest team, if that ends up happening (which, admittedly, would be a small miracle), there’s no doubt in the coach’s eyes what Bynum’s role will be. Bynum has proven his…

  25. Three winners, three losers from NBA Draft. You bet Anthony Bennett is a winner.

    Jun 28, 2013, 3:04 AM EDT

    Anthony Bennett from UNLV reacts after being selected by the Clevland Cavaliers as the first overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft in Brooklyn

    I will admit this up front: declaring a winner in the NBA draft the night of the draft is premature. We can accurately say tonight that Indiana was a winner in the 2010 draft (Paul George at No. 10, Lance Stephenson at No. 40), but we don’t know how this draft will ultimately play out.…

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