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The Cleveland Cavaliers have decided to replace the team’s longstanding in-game entertainment in the Cavaliers Girls in favor of a new co-ed dance team called the Cavs PowerHouse Dance Team. The new squad is being described as “a competitive level precision team specializing in high-energy tricks, tumbling and extremely dynamic choreography.” Also being added to in-game […]

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The Cleveland Cavaliers have decided to replace the team’s longstanding in-game entertainment in the Cavaliers Girls in favor of a new co-ed dance team called the Cavs PowerHouse Dance Team.

The new squad is being described as “a competitive level precision team specializing in high-energy tricks, tumbling and extremely dynamic choreography.”

Also being added to in-game entertainment are the Cavs Dancing Dads, the all-kids Cavs Star Squad and the acrobatic Pogoliers.

“Our dance and entertainment teams are always evolving, and we want them to reflect the most contemporary and innovative approach to crowd engagement and entertainment we can provide,” said Senior Manager of Dance and Entertainment Katie Gibbons, in a release.

Longtime Cavaliers Girl Dakota Samberg couldn’t help but voice her displeasure with the team’s decision to eliminate all female-only dance teams.

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I’m still unsure how to feel about the elimination of the Cavalier Girls dance team. One of many that have been restructured this year. Speaking on behalf of all professional dancers, we’ve trained our entire lives for just one audition. That audition changed us, it made us proud, it made us one of only a few hundred women in the United States with this job. I danced three seasons with the Cavaliers organization and I’m so proud of that. It was never easy, but it was worth it! Every single moment spent with the Cavs was worth it. I am all for change, and I believe this organization had good intentions with modifying its entertainment teams but there are now multiple male dance teams, the Scream Team and Dancing Dads. The only opportunity for a woman to dance for the Cavs is in a co-Ed group. I am disheartened that, once again, the women who have worked so hard to be the face of an organization we’re not given a voice in this decision. Thank you to the fans who have reached out in support of us dancers. Thank you to my coach who fought for us and thank you to all of the women in the NBA for letting your voices be heard. #CavalierGirls #LearnAboutIt

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The Scream Team will be continuing its presence for a 15th season, while the drum line team QStix will also be back but under a new name, 216Stix.

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Tristan Thompson Supports LeBron James at His Brand New Clothing Launch https://cavaliersnation.com/2019/05/23/tristan-thompson-lebron-james-hug-james-clothing-launch/ Thu, 23 May 2019 15:41:04 +0000 https://cavaliersnation.com/?p=37819

The 2018-19 season wasn’t kind to LeBron James and his Los Angeles Lakers, who are out of the playoffs once again despite the presence of the four-time Most Valuable Player this season. If James needed a familiar face to support him during this difficult time, a former teammate swooped in to his rescue Tuesday night. […]

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The 2018-19 season wasn’t kind to LeBron James and his Los Angeles Lakers, who are out of the playoffs once again despite the presence of the four-time Most Valuable Player this season.

If James needed a familiar face to support him during this difficult time, a former teammate swooped in to his rescue Tuesday night.

TMZ reported that the former Cleveland Cavaliers star forward met up with an old friend in the form of Tristan Thompson as James celebrated the launch of his “Triple Blacks” version of his and John Elliott’s new clothing line.

The two hugged inside a store like old war buddies from their 2016 NBA championship days. Perhaps encouraged by Thompson’s visit, James was seen dancing at the DJ booth without a care in the world later that night.

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The Lakers suffered through a disastrous season as many of their key players were sidelined for a significant amount of time due to various injuries. Among those players was James who appeared in only 55 games, the lowest number he has played in his entire career. It was also his first time missing the playoffs since his second season in the league.

Nevertheless, his failures this past season won’t stop Nike and James from continuing to develop innovative sportswear. According to Sole Collector’s Mike Destefano, the “Black/Gum” John Elliott x Nike LeBron Icon QS was released to select retailers last May 21 at a retail price of $250.

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Former Cavs Teammate Defends LeBron, Still Has ‘Full Trust’ He Will Lead Lakers to Championship https://cavaliersnation.com/2019/05/22/cavs-teammate-defends-lebron-james-full-trust-lakers/ Thu, 23 May 2019 00:07:48 +0000 https://cavaliersnation.com/?p=37810

After making eight consecutive trips to the NBA Finals, LeBron James was in the frustrating position of his Los Angeles Lakers team missing the playoffs this season. Despite that setback, his former Cavaliers teammate Kendrick Perkins, indicated that he still has full faith in James to capture another NBA title. Perkins, who played with James […]

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After making eight consecutive trips to the NBA Finals, LeBron James was in the frustrating position of his Los Angeles Lakers team missing the playoffs this season.

Despite that setback, his former Cavaliers teammate Kendrick Perkins, indicated that he still has full faith in James to capture another NBA title.

Perkins, who played with James in both 2015 and last year, appeared on FS1’s “Undisputed” on Tuesday and offered his reasoning why counting out James would be a bad idea.

During those trips to the finals, James’ teams managed to win three NBA titles. The first two came as a member of the Miami Heat in 2012 and 2013, while the latter came in 2016, two years after returning to play for the Cavaliers.

Last July, James left the Cavs in free agency to sign with the Lakers, with Perkins offering a hint into the future Hall of Famer’s mindset.

“LeBron is not happy sitting at home right now,” said Perkins. “He moved to LA and wants to win a championship. He needs an [Anthony Davis], a Kyrie [Irving], maybe a Kawhi [Leonard], maybe a [Kevin] Durant. I didn’t say all of them. I just said one. If Kevin Durant leaves the Warriors, the West is wide open.”

The latter three players are all free agents this July, while Davis is expected to be traded by New Orleans. James had Irving by his side when he won his title with the Cavaliers, but any of the four would immediately inject life into a Lakers franchise that’s been floundering for years.

There are no guarantees that any of those players will end up in Los Angeles with James However, it’s clear that at least one of his former teammates is behind him 100 percent.

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Report: John Beilein Will Look to Improve Collin Sexton’s Efficiency https://cavaliersnation.com/2019/05/22/john-beilein-improve-collin-sextons-efficiency/ Wed, 22 May 2019 22:57:37 +0000 https://cavaliersnation.com/?p=37803

Cleveland Cavaliers rookie point guard Collin Sexton become a scoring dynamo in the last few months of the 2018-19 season, but it didn’t lead to a lot of winning. Now that newly hired Cavs head coach John Beilein is taking over the reins when it comes to Sexton’s progression, it looks like the former University […]

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Cleveland Cavaliers rookie point guard Collin Sexton become a scoring dynamo in the last few months of the 2018-19 season, but it didn’t lead to a lot of winning.

Now that newly hired Cavs head coach John Beilein is taking over the reins when it comes to Sexton’s progression, it looks like the former University of Michigan head coach is going to focus on efficiency rather than point totals.

This should be music to the ears of Cavs fans everywhere. Beilein made a name for himself grooming young point guards into true floor generals. Several of those players include former Wolverines stars Trey Burke, Derrick Walton Jr. and Zavier Simpson.

While Sexton obviously has far more raw talent than the aforementioned players, he could certainly learn a thing or two about spreading the ball around.

Sexton finished his rookie season averaging 16.7 points per game, but just 3.0 assists per game. If he could get that assists total up, he would quickly be regarded as one of the true blossoming star point guards in the NBA.

Given Beilein’s track record, there is little doubt that he is the perfect man for the job.

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Larry Nance Jr. Says Collin Sexton Should Have Made All-Rookie First Team https://cavaliersnation.com/2019/05/22/larry-nance-jr-collin-sexton-allrookie-team/ Wed, 22 May 2019 21:11:31 +0000 https://cavaliersnation.com/?p=37801

Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Collin Sexton was named to the All-Rookie Second Team earlier this week, but Larry Nance Jr. doesn’t think that’s enough. On Tuesday, the veteran big man took to Twitter to say that he believes Sexton should have been named to the All-Rookie First Team. Not without Sexton they didn’t 🙄 https://t.co/0TCqv49TSK […]

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Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Collin Sexton was named to the All-Rookie Second Team earlier this week, but Larry Nance Jr. doesn’t think that’s enough.

On Tuesday, the veteran big man took to Twitter to say that he believes Sexton should have been named to the All-Rookie First Team.

The rookies that were named to the list include Luka Doncic, Trae Young, Jaren Jackson Jr., Deandre Ayton, and Marvin Bagley III. It’s hard to argue against any of these blossoming young stars, but it’s also hard to argue against Sexton deserving a spot on the team as well.

While Sexton struggled early in his rookie campaign, he finished the season by piling up big scoring nights and breaking rookie records.

In fact, Sexton tied former San Antonio Spurs great Tim Duncan when he recorded 23 points or more in seven straight games.

He also matched current great Stephen Curry and Boston Celtics legend Larry Bird by becoming the third rookie ever to average at least 16 points per game while shooting 40 percent from the three-point line, and 80 percent from the free-throw line.

While the honor would have been great, there are two aspects of this story that Cavs fans should really hold onto. First off, it is clear that Sexton has earned the respect and adoration of his veteran teammates.

Second, there’s no doubt that the point guard’s future is incredibly bright.

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Dan Gilbert Believes Kyrie Irving Will Leave Boston Celtics https://cavaliersnation.com/2019/05/22/dan-gilbert-believes-kyrie-irving-will-leave-boston-celtics/ Wed, 22 May 2019 18:23:25 +0000 https://cavaliersnation.com/?p=37792

The status of Boston Celtics point guard Kyrie Irving is uncertain as he gets set to enter free agency in July. The man who used to sign Irving’s paychecks, Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert, stated that he believes the veteran will leave the Celtics to sign with another team. Terry Pluto of Cleveland.com spoke with […]

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The status of Boston Celtics point guard Kyrie Irving is uncertain as he gets set to enter free agency in July.

The man who used to sign Irving’s paychecks, Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert, stated that he believes the veteran will leave the Celtics to sign with another team.

Terry Pluto of Cleveland.com spoke with Gilbert, a chat in which the owner also indicated that the Cavaliers received major benefits from dealing Irving:

“I don’t know, but I think Kyrie will leave Boston. We could have ended up with nothing. Looking back after all the moves Koby [Altman] made, we killed it in that trade.”

Irving stunned the team in July 2017 when he asked to be traded, a wish that was granted the following month when he was traded to the Celtics.

In exchange for Irving, the Cavs received injured point guard Isaiah Thomas, forward Jae Crowder, center Ante Zizic and a high 2018 draft pick, which the Cavaliers used to select Collin Sexton.

In February 2018, Thomas and Crowder were part of separate trades that helped acquire Larry Nance Jr., Jordan Clarkson and Rodney Hood. Three months ago, Hood was sent to Portland in exchange for two players and two future draft picks.

Irving still had two years to go on his contract when the Cavaliers traded him, but Gilbert indicated that the opportunity to obtain top talent in return was diminishing:

“It becomes a melting snowball. We had to trade him when we did. What team would want Kyrie with only one year on his contract knowing he could leave after the season? You won’t get much back (under those circumstances).”

Another factor in Gilbert making the move was the fact that Irving’s agent brought up likely health issues concerning the veteran’s knee:

“The agent was telling us, if we don’t trade him, there is some surgery he is on the borderline of having on his knee. It was possible he could be out for most of the year. It turned out to be true.”

Irving ended up missing all of the 2017-18 postseason for the Celtics, who lost to the Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference finals in seven games. That subsequent offseason of rehabilitation would have likely limited the chances of the Cavs to acquire some top talent in return.

While Irving had indicated last fall that he’d sign a contract extension with the Celtics, he’s since backed away from that pledge.

If he doesn’t re-sign, there’s some uncertainty exactly where he’ll end up, with some teams questioning whether his conflicts with past teammates will cause problems down the road.

The only thing that seems quite certain is that he won’t be signing with the Cavaliers.

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Dan Gilbert Speaks on LeBron James: ‘It All Revolves Around the Sun, Which Is Him’ https://cavaliersnation.com/2019/05/22/dan-gilbert-says-all-revolves-around-sun-which-him-when-lebron-james-on-roster/ Wed, 22 May 2019 16:24:38 +0000 https://cavaliersnation.com/?p=37788

Throughout LeBron James’ tenure on the Cleveland Cavaliers, the star player and team owner Dan Gilbert never seemed to see eye to eye. Of course, there was the infamous open letter that Gilbert sent to James when he departed for the Miami Heat in 2010. On the other side, there were many times where  James […]

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Throughout LeBron James’ tenure on the Cleveland Cavaliers, the star player and team owner Dan Gilbert never seemed to see eye to eye.

Of course, there was the infamous open letter that Gilbert sent to James when he departed for the Miami Heat in 2010. On the other side, there were many times where  James seemed to seek much more control than the typical player is afforded.

Upon James’ return to Cleveland in 2014, it often seemed as though the two were somewhat at odds, all while leading one of the most successful teams in the NBA during that time.

Now, Gilbert has come forward to shed some light on what it’s like to own the team that just so happens to feature basketball’s most famous player.

He spoke with Terry Pluto of Cleveland.com about his former star player.

“With LeBron, there was a limited shelf life in terms of his age and his contract commitment,” said Gilbert. “It’s a win now at all costs. . . It all revolves around the sun, which is him.”

He added that all the pressure of having James on the team was worth it thanks to the 2016 NBA championship.

“Whatever pressure comes with it, it worked out,” he said. “We won a title.”

Finally, Gilbert spoke on James’ second departure from the Cavs. He said that unlike 2010, he and the front office were more prepared.

“Unless someone has at least verbally committed, you had to assume that could happen,” said Gilbert. “We were better prepared this time around.”

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John Beilein Says Collin Sexton Is Big Reason Why He Joined Cavs https://cavaliersnation.com/2019/05/21/john-beilein-collin-sexton-big-reason-joined-cavs/ Tue, 21 May 2019 21:53:58 +0000 https://cavaliersnation.com/?p=37775

Cleveland Cavaliers head coach John Beilein has gained a reputation as an offensive maestro. That’s a big part of the reason why team owner Dan Gilbert and Cavs general manager Koby Altman opted to hire him as opposed to a proven NBA coach. As it turns out, a big reason why Beilein opted to head […]

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Cleveland Cavaliers head coach John Beilein has gained a reputation as an offensive maestro. That’s a big part of the reason why team owner Dan Gilbert and Cavs general manager Koby Altman opted to hire him as opposed to a proven NBA coach.

As it turns out, a big reason why Beilein opted to head to the NBA rather than remain at the University of Michigan had to do with second-year point guard Collin Sexton, who he sees as a potential star.

Sexton came on slowly during his rookie campaign, but by the end of the 2018-19 season he was gaining recognition throughout the league.

As a comparison, his first month in the league, Sexton was averaging 12.o points on 42.2 percent from the field and just 14.3 percent from the three-point line. Flash forward to the final month in the season and Sexton was averaging 22.4 points per game on 51.1 percent from the field and 44.7 percent from beyond the arc.

That kind of improvement in just one season is quite rare.

Not only did he improve on the court, but off of it as well. While he initially seemed uninterested in learning from veteran teammates at the start of the season, by the end he was readily taking tips from the veteran guards in Cleveland.

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Richard Jefferson’s 3 Hilarious Tweets Sum Up Warriors-Blazers Series Perfectly https://cavaliersnation.com/2019/05/21/richard-jefferson-cavs-warriors-blazers/ Tue, 21 May 2019 19:40:02 +0000 https://cavaliersnation.com/?p=37765

Former Cleveland Cavaliers forward Richard Jefferson had some very accurate analysis while watching the 2019 Western Conference Finals. The Golden State Warriors swept the Portland Trail Blazers in the series and flexed their muscles along the way. Portland repeatedly jumped out to big leads over Golden State. However, those leads quickly evaporated as Stephen Curry […]

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Former Cleveland Cavaliers forward Richard Jefferson had some very accurate analysis while watching the 2019 Western Conference Finals.

The Golden State Warriors swept the Portland Trail Blazers in the series and flexed their muscles along the way.

Portland repeatedly jumped out to big leads over Golden State. However, those leads quickly evaporated as Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson dominated in familiar fashion.

That level of domination led to a hilarious series of tweets from the retired Jefferson.

Check the time stamps on those tweets.

The first tweet was sent out during Game 2, which the Warriors won 114-111.

Jefferson sent the second tweet out during Game 3, which Golden State took by a score of 110-99.

And the third tweet came during Game 4, which the Warriors won 119-117 in overtime to book their fifth straight trip to the NBA Finals.

Jefferson certainly knows a thing or two about how dangerous the Warriors can be. As a former member of the Cavs, the 17-year pro faced the Warriors in both the 2016 and 2017 NBA Finals.

He also spent parts of two years playing in Golden State alongside Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green.

Last year was Jefferson’s final year in the league, but he’s certainly staying in the conversation through tweets like these.

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Cavs News: Collin Sexton Named to All-Rookie Second Team https://cavaliersnation.com/2019/05/21/cleveland-cavs-collin-sexton/ Tue, 21 May 2019 18:25:09 +0000 https://cavaliersnation.com/?p=37773

Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Collin Sexton has been named to the 2018-19 NBA All-Rookie Second Team. The NBA announced the news on Tuesday. NBA All-Rookie teams pic.twitter.com/4MrBYjACa1 — Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) May 21, 2019 Sexton received 39 All-Rookie First Team votes and 54 All-Rookie Second Team votes. Only seven of the 100 media members with […]

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Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Collin Sexton has been named to the 2018-19 NBA All-Rookie Second Team. The NBA announced the news on Tuesday.

Sexton received 39 All-Rookie First Team votes and 54 All-Rookie Second Team votes. Only seven of the 100 media members with votes omitted Sexton from either team.

After a slow start to the year Sexton turned in a tremendous rookie campaign.

He finished the season averaging 16.7 points, 2.9 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 0.5 steals per game. He shot 43.0 percent from the field, 40.2 percent from beyond the arc and 83.9 percent from the free-throw line.

Sexton was selected eighth overall in the 2018 NBA Draft and it’s safe to say that Cleveland feels pretty good about that right now.

The 20-year old showed great development all year long and is primed for a strong second year in the league.

Sexton was joined on the All-Rookie Second Team by Shai Gilgeous-Alexander of the Los Angeles Clippers, Landry Shamet of the Clippers, Mitchell Robinson of the New York Knicks and Kevin Huerter of the Atlanta Hawks.

The All-Rookie First Team was comprised of Luka Doncic of the Dallas Mavericks, Trae Young of the Hawks, DeAndre Ayton of the Phoenix Suns, Jaren Jackson Jr. of the Memphis Grizzlies and Marvin Bagley III of the Sacramento Kings.

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