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The death of George Floyd in Minneapolis due to unchecked police brutality has had a shockwave effect across the United States. Political protests have occurred across the country, and professional athletes such as Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James have advocated for justice for Floyd and his family. The ending has me in tears!!! Literally […]

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The death of George Floyd in Minneapolis due to unchecked police brutality has had a shockwave effect across the United States.

Political protests have occurred across the country, and professional athletes such as Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James have advocated for justice for Floyd and his family.

It turns out, Floyd himself was a huge James fan.

According to his nephew, Brandon Williams, Floyd was ecstatic when James and the Cleveland Cavaliers won the 2016 NBA Finals.

“He was the biggest LeBron James fan,” Williams recalled. “When the Cavaliers came back on the Golden State Warriors in the Finals, and I remember the very first phone call. I told him, ‘You’re too happy. You sound like you won a championship.’”

Floyd, the avid James supporter he was, had the perfect response.

“Man, you know how I feel about LeBron,” he said. “I did win a championship.”

James and the 2016 Cavs brought many people and the city of Cleveland joy by ending its 52-year championship drought.

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Report: Cavs Member Says Team Missed ‘Monumental’ Opportunity by Not Qualifying for NBA’s Resumption https://cavaliersnation.com/2020/06/06/report-cavs-member-says-team-missed-monumental-opportunity-nbas-resumption/ Sat, 06 Jun 2020 16:10:03 +0000 https://cavaliersnation.com/?p=44571

The Cleveland Cavaliers will not be returning to games this season, as the NBA has decided to go with a 22-team resumption plan beginning July 31. According to one member of the organization, the Cavs, who were just 19-46 on the season, missed out on a great opportunity to help their young team grow under […]

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The Cleveland Cavaliers will not be returning to games this season, as the NBA has decided to go with a 22-team resumption plan beginning July 31.

According to one member of the organization, the Cavs, who were just 19-46 on the season, missed out on a great opportunity to help their young team grow under new head coach J.B. Bickerstaff.

“It would’ve been monumental for our young, growing team to be there,” one member of the organization told Cleveland.com. “There’s no comp to what those other teams are going to get. We’re not going to make up for that advantage, but we have to have something because eight or nine straight months without games sets us back and it sets the league back. We don’t want that. Nobody does.”

While the Cavaliers were hoping to get more game time to develop in the 2019-20 season, they are now focusing their efforts to finding new avenues to ensure the team is prepared for next season.

“We’re working with the league to say, what about us,” a member of the front office explained. “We need something to bridge the gap. Something that gives us meaningful time to work together, some level of competition for our guys. The NBA is aware and open-minded to it.”

The NBA suspended its season on March 11, after Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert tested positive for COVID-19.

Following the All-Star break, the Cavaliers were 5-6 in 11 games prior to the suspension. That solid stretch took place under the leadership of Bickerstaff.

For a team that has an average age of 24.9, development over the offseason and into next season will be crucial for Cleveland going forward.

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Report: Cavs Pushing for Return to Basketball for Teams Not Headed to Orlando https://cavaliersnation.com/2020/06/06/cavs-pushing-return-basketball-for-teams-not-headed-orlando/ Sat, 06 Jun 2020 15:02:03 +0000 https://cavaliersnation.com/?p=44568

The Cleveland Cavaliers 2019-20 season officially ended earlier this week when the NBA unveiled its plan to return to basketball amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. While the rebuilding squad won’t get a chance to experience life inside the NBA bubble down in Orlando, Fla., it is reportedly amongst the teams pushing for a return to basketball […]

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The Cleveland Cavaliers 2019-20 season officially ended earlier this week when the NBA unveiled its plan to return to basketball amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.

While the rebuilding squad won’t get a chance to experience life inside the NBA bubble down in Orlando, Fla., it is reportedly amongst the teams pushing for a return to basketball in some form or another.

“Most of the eight teams whose seasons have ended — including Atlanta, Charlotte, Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit, Minnesota and New York — are pushing to engage in joint practices as ramp-ups for regional summer leagues in August, sources said,” ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported on Friday night. “For example, the Pistons and Cavaliers have discussed the possibility of joint practices as a prelude to a mini-pod of games, sources said.”

Wojnarowksi went on to detail a number of the possibilities for the eight teams that will not be making the trip to central Florida later this summer.

Some of the ideas that have been presented to the NBA include a combination of voluntary and mandatory workouts in July, regional minicamps in August that would include three televised games, organized team activities in September and an earlier return to training camp prior to the start of the 2020-21 season.

At the moment, it is unclear which direction the NBA will go when it comes to offering the eight remaining teams an opportunity to get back to the court.

For the Cavs, some kind of return to competitive basketball is important. For a roster filled with young talent, an extended absence from the court could certainly impact the progression of players such as Darius Garland, Kevin Porter Jr. and Collin Sexton.

Hopefully, an agreement is made in the near future.

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Larry Nance Jr. Sends Optimistic Message to Fans as Cavs Season Ends https://cavaliersnation.com/2020/06/05/larry-nance-jr-sends-message-cavs-fans-says-best-is-yet-to-come/ Fri, 05 Jun 2020 16:55:18 +0000 https://cavaliersnation.com/?p=44559

Cleveland Cavaliers forward Larry Nance Jr. posted a message on his Instagram thanking fans for their support this season. View this post on Instagram CAVS FANS – Thank you for sticking with us through this year! Now that the season is over the real work starts!! The best is yet to come.. #CLE ❤️💛🤍 A […]

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Cleveland Cavaliers forward Larry Nance Jr. posted a message on his Instagram thanking fans for their support this season.

Nance said that “the best is yet to come” in his post, showing that the Cavs are more determined than ever to get back to their winning ways in the 2020-21 season.

This past season was a rough one for Cleveland, as it went just 19-46. The team parted ways with first-year head coach John Beilein before the end of the season, but things started to change when J.B. Bickerstaff took over.

The Cavaliers were 5-6 in 11 games under Bickerstaff, prior to the NBA suspending the season in March.

Nance had recently made comments stating his desire to return to games this season, but with the NBA going with a 22-team return plan, Cleveland was left out.

The 27-year-old had one of his best seasons this year, averaging a career-high 10.1 points along with 7.3 rebounds per game.

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Report: Cavs 2019-20 Season Officially Over With Major NBA Announcement https://cavaliersnation.com/2020/06/04/report-cavs-2019-20-season-officially-over-with-major-nba-announcement/ Thu, 04 Jun 2020 18:24:24 +0000 https://cavaliersnation.com/?p=44553

The Cleveland Cavaliers’ 2019-20 season is officially over. #Cavs season is officially over. https://t.co/gs2o37tJVi — Kelsey Russo (@kelseyyrusso) June 4, 2020 The NBA Board of Governors approved a 22-team format to resume the 2019-20 season on Thursday. However, the format only includes teams with a chance to compete for a postseason berth. The Cavs, who […]

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The Cleveland Cavaliers’ 2019-20 season is officially over.

The NBA Board of Governors approved a 22-team format to resume the 2019-20 season on Thursday.

However, the format only includes teams with a chance to compete for a postseason berth.

The Cavs, who had held a 19-46 record, finish the season last in the Eastern Conference.

After Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert contracted the novel coronavirus back in March, Commissioner Adam Silver suspended the 2019-20 season.

In the aftermath of the major decision, multiple players from across the league also tested positive for the deadly virus. As a result, the league has been extremely cautious with its players.

While there was pessimism the league would be able to continue the season due to concerns with the pandemic, Silver has found a way to make it possible.

Excluding teams, such as the Cavs, that don’t have a chance to compete for a playoff spot is a wise decision.

Sophomore Collin Sexton led the squad in scoring this season with 20.8 points per game.

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Report: Cavs Player Reacts to Team’s Season Likely Being Over https://cavaliersnation.com/2020/06/03/report-cavs-player-reacts-teams-season-likely-being-over/ Wed, 03 Jun 2020 23:56:10 +0000 https://cavaliersnation.com/?p=44547

All indications point to the Cleveland Cavaliers’ 2019-20 season being over. However, according to Chris Fedor of cleveland.com, one Cavs player completely understands the NBA’s decision to leave out teams that didn’t have a chance to make the playoffs. “‘I wish we could have played but I obviously understand the decision,’ one player said via […]

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All indications point to the Cleveland Cavaliers’ 2019-20 season being over.

However, according to Chris Fedor of cleveland.com, one Cavs player completely understands the NBA’s decision to leave out teams that didn’t have a chance to make the playoffs.

“‘I wish we could have played but I obviously understand the decision,’ one player said via text,” Fedor wrote.

The NBA suspended the 2019-20 campaign back in March. The momentous decision came after Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert contracted the novel coronavirus.

However, Gobert wasn’t the only player to be inflicted with the virus. Numerous players from different teams also tested positive for the contagious virus.

As a result, the league has been extremely cautious with its players. Although it appeared unlikely that the league would be able to resume the season due to concerns with the pandemic, Commissioner Adam Silver has found a way to make it possible.

Excluding teams, such as the Cavs, that don’t have a chance to compete for a playoff spot is a prudent decision.

Unfortunately, the Cavs’ youth development will have to be put on pause. The team’s youth base includes burgeoning star Collin Sexton, who leads the squad in scoring this season with 20.8 points per game.

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Kevin Porter Jr. Depicts Powerful Image of Cavs Jersey Honoring George Floyd https://cavaliersnation.com/2020/06/03/kevin-porter-jr-depicts-powerful-image-cavs-jersey-honoring-george-floyd/ Wed, 03 Jun 2020 21:34:04 +0000 https://cavaliersnation.com/?p=44533

Cleveland Cavaliers rookie Kevin Porter Jr. offered a powerful image amidst the injustice going on with the death of George Floyd, a black man who died due to police brutality on May 25. View this post on Instagram #GeorgeFloyd 🖤🥀🕊 A post shared by Seattle, WA ☔️🍀 (@kevinporterjr) on Jun 3, 2020 at 7:50am PDT […]

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Cleveland Cavaliers rookie Kevin Porter Jr. offered a powerful image amidst the injustice going on with the death of George Floyd, a black man who died due to police brutality on May 25.

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#GeorgeFloyd 🖤🥀🕊

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Porter Jr., 20, has been extremely vocal amidst the political chaos that’s taken place across the country.

The death of Floyd has yet again highlighted the problems of police brutality and racism in the United States. The 46-year-old black man was killed by a Minneapolis police officer on May 25.

Protestors are hoping to see justice for Floyd as well as police brutality and racism brought to light.

As for Porter Jr., he is showing his true colors as a model citizen. The guard has also been a solid addition on the basketball court as well.

Prior to the NBA suspending the 2019-20 campaign due to the novel coronavirus, Porter Jr. was averaging 10.0 points, 3.2 boards and 2.2 assists per game.

The Cavs acquired Porter Jr. from the Milwaukee Bucks for a total of four second-round draft picks and cash considerations during a 2019 draft day deal.

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Report: Cavs Now Have Highest Odds to Receive No. 1 Pick in 2020 NBA Draft https://cavaliersnation.com/2020/06/03/cavs-have-highest-odds-receive-no-1-pick-2020-draft/ Wed, 03 Jun 2020 20:15:29 +0000 https://cavaliersnation.com/?p=44535

The NBA reportedly will return with just 22 teams on July 31, ending the Cleveland Cavaliers’ season. So the NBA's inviting 22 teams to Orlando: 13 Western Conference, 9 Eastern Conference. Eight-regular season games per team. Play-in for the 8th seeds. July 31-October 12. Vote tomorrow to ratify. The NBA's back. — Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) […]

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The NBA reportedly will return with just 22 teams on July 31, ending the Cleveland Cavaliers’ season.

However, there is a bright side.

Cleveland, who was just 19-46, now has the highest odds for the No. 1 pick in the 2020 NBA Draft.

The Cavaliers have made three No. 1 overall picks since 2011.

They selected guard Kyrie Irving in 2011, forward Anthony Bennett in 2013 and forward Andrew Wiggins in 2014.

Wiggins was eventually dealt to the Minnesota Timberwolves for forward Kevin Love.

Love and Irving both played extremely important roles on the 2016 team that won the NBA Finals, breaking the city of Cleveland’s 52-year championship drought.

It has been reported that the Cavaliers will not shy away from taking guard LaMelo Ball, the brother of New Orleans Pelicans point guard Lonzo Ball, despite drafting guards Collin Sexton and Darius Garland in consecutive years. Cleveland is focused on taking the best player available in 2020.

The Cavaliers will know their exact draft position in a few months, as the NBA Draft Lottery reportedly is set for August.

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Kendrick Perkins Destroys James Dolan for Remaining Silent Amidst Civil Rights Protests https://cavaliersnation.com/2020/06/03/kendrick-perkins-destroys-james-dolan-remaining-silent-amidst-civil-rights-protests/ Wed, 03 Jun 2020 14:55:36 +0000 https://cavaliersnation.com/?p=44526

Former Cleveland Cavaliers big man Kendrick Perkins lambasted New York Knicks owner James Dolan for not releasing a public statement on the injustices that are swirling through the United States. View this post on Instagram The most Valuable NBA team had a chance to speak on Civil Rights and everything that’s going on in America […]

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Former Cleveland Cavaliers big man Kendrick Perkins lambasted New York Knicks owner James Dolan for not releasing a public statement on the injustices that are swirling through the United States.

“Nothing surprises me no more when it comes down to James ‘cupcake’ Dolan,” Perkins said. “And if you want to be nice about it and call him James L. Dolan, make sure the L stands for lost because he’s lost. Now he deals the most valuable franchise in the NBA. Had a choice to speak out on civil rights and they dropped the ball again.”

Perkins, 35, had no problem slamming Dolan on national television for his lack of social awareness.

After all, every team in the NBA except for the Knicks and San Antonio Spurs has released public statements condemning the police killing of George Floyd.

While the Spurs did not drop a statement as an organization, head coach Gregg Popovich strongly criticized President Donald Trump and denounced the awful death of Floyd.

Protest and riots have broken out all over the country. They are aiming to end racism and police brutality in the United States and bring justice for Floyd and the many others who have died at the hands of police.

The majority of the NBA seems to be on the same page with the exception of the Knicks.

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Cavs Star Kevin Love Reacts to the Death of His Godfather Wes Unseld https://cavaliersnation.com/2020/06/02/cavs-star-kevin-love-reacts-death-his-godfather-wes-unseld/ Tue, 02 Jun 2020 19:44:21 +0000 https://cavaliersnation.com/?p=44521

The NBA world lost former Washington Bulls player and coach Wes Unseld on Tuesday. Cleveland Cavaliers star Kevin Love paid tribute to the NBA great, who also happened to be his godfather, on Instagram. View this post on Instagram Proud to be named after such a great man. A Legend and a Leader. Wes, you […]

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The NBA world lost former Washington Bulls player and coach Wes Unseld on Tuesday.

Cleveland Cavaliers star Kevin Love paid tribute to the NBA great, who also happened to be his godfather, on Instagram.

Unseld, who was 74, played in the NBA for 13 seasons.

The center won the MVP award in 1969 and was a five-time All-Star. In addition to legend Wilt Chamberlain, he was the only player in NBA history to win Rookie of the Year and the MVP award in the same season.

Over the course of his career, Unseld averaged 10.8 points, 14.0 rebounds and 3.9 assists per game.

Love, whose middle name is Wesley, was named after Unseld because of his father. Love’s dad, Stan, played with the prolific rebounder on the Bullets.

On the current season, the younger Love is putting up 17.6 points, 9.8 boards and and 3.2 assists per game. While the younger Love may not have the same individual accolades as Unseld, he won a meaningful championship with the Cavs in 2016.

The 2019-20 season is currently suspended due to the novel coronavirus.

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