If the Toronto Raptors are going to indeed contend for a championship this season, they need their best player at his very peak.
Jarrett Allen may have flown under the radar in his rookie season, but he's looking to make sure that won't be the case this time around.
Sources: Larry Nance's four-year, $45M extension gives Cavs some flexibility in later years, descending annually from $12.7M, $11.7M, $10.6M to $9.6M in 2022-23.
Cavaliers guard J.R. Smith has been listed as doubtful for the season opener because of a sore right elbow.
Nance averaged 8.9 points, 7.0 rebounds, 1.0 assists and 0.8 blocks in 20.8 minutes in his 24 games with the Cavs last season. We've just got to keep pushing. Cavs star LeBron James may be gone, but another Northeast Ohio native has committed to staying with the Cavs long-term. Cleveland's Love was a miserable 5-for-16 from the field ... "It's not easy. You and I would like to have our names called tonight as starters".
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"I think that's something that is part of leadership as well", Love reflects, "trying to find players that fit with your culture, someone who is going to be a really key addition to who we already have, and who we want to build with". He's expected to share starting duties this season with Tristan Thompson as coach Tyronn Lue plans to match up with the other team's big men.
Not only that, but it did it against one of the best teams in the Eastern Conference. "Boston, Philly, they ain't got much to say".
Larry Nance Jr. looked out at the crowd gathered in the gym and knew he made the right choice.
He said the Cavs ownership and management would love to make the playoffs to prove they could do it without LeBron James. Patience has worn thin among the public in terms of how the Congolese veteran is viewed after a disappointing regular season and a complete disappearing act in the playoffs in 2017-18, but, truth be told, the Raptors also need him. In previous years, a player slamming the ball to the ground may have been overlooked. I grew up here.
"I was the only person to live in L.A. and vacation in Cleveland", he said.