Talkin' Cavs - live chat with Sam Amico
 
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Sam Amico: 
Greetings, NBA fans.
Wednesday December 12, 2012 12:00 Sam Amico
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[Comment From Cavs fan in HoustonCavs fan in Houston: ] 
Happy Holidays Sam! Ok..so it's been a pleasure to see the Cavs (via the Lakers) in all the headlines and leading stories among sports media, something that is unheard of these days. It's understood that the Lakers are struggling and I think they will be fine by playoff time. With that said, the talk is still ONLY about what the Lakers did wrong...What about what the CAVS did RIGHT? Kyrie's game is obvious, but did anything else stick out to you from last night? This was a much needed morale booster for the team and us as fans.
Wednesday December 12, 2012 12:01 Cavs fan in Houston
12:05
Sam Amico: 
Good comment/question. I was impressed with all five starters last night -- even Tristan, who grabbed 10 rebounds and provided some energy. For all the talk of Kobe and Kyrie (and CJ Miles' fantastic game), people tend to forget about Alonzo Gee's big threes, Andy's 20 points and 9 rebounds and HUGE J in the final minute, Tristan's 10 rebounds .... it was a team effort in the truest sense.
Wednesday December 12, 2012 12:05 Sam Amico
12:05
[Comment From markmark: ] 
if c.j. keeps this up will he start even when dion cimes back?
Wednesday December 12, 2012 12:05 mark
12:05
Sam Amico: 
No.
Wednesday December 12, 2012 12:05 Sam Amico
12:06
Sam Amico: 
Sorry, hit return there. No, Dion is the starter. That's why they drafted him. He has already done what CJ's done. CJ just needs to do that off the bench.
Wednesday December 12, 2012 12:06 Sam Amico
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[Comment From SammieSammie: ] 
Did you ever get further confirmation on whether or not Cavs' right to swap picks with Lakers is lottery-protected?
Wednesday December 12, 2012 12:07 Sammie
12:08
Sam Amico: 
That's a mess Sammie. I've been told two different things by two different teams and the league won't answer. But Lakers will make playoffs. They have Kobe and Dwight Howard. They have to.
Wednesday December 12, 2012 12:08 Sam Amico
12:08
[Comment From CeltsFanCeltsFan: ] 
Hey, Varejao for ABradley, BBass , JSullinger plus picks...Who says no??
Wednesday December 12, 2012 12:08 CeltsFan
12:08
Sam Amico: 
Me.
Wednesday December 12, 2012 12:08 Sam Amico
12:09
Sam Amico: 
Actually, I mean I'd take that as Cavs. But probably not Celtics.
Wednesday December 12, 2012 12:09 Sam Amico
12:09
[Comment From CurtCurt: ] 
Where you as big of fan as me of the Z, Kemp, Cedric Henderson, Wesley Person, Brevin Knight Cavs? I don't know why I thought of that team but I liked them. After that playoff team it was years of bad until you know who got here.
Wednesday December 12, 2012 12:09 Curt
12:10
Sam Amico: 
Good comment, Curt. Interestingly, I was living in Wyoming at the time, following the Jazz and Nuggets. It was the only time I wasn't real sure what was happening with the Cavs.
Wednesday December 12, 2012 12:10 Sam Amico
12:10
[Comment From JOeBJOeB: ] 
In reality, how close is Waiters to returning?
Wednesday December 12, 2012 12:10 JOeB
12:12
Sam Amico: 
I think he's close. I see him at practice. He's running with the trainers. He could probably play now. But as Byron Scott said last night, why rush it? Make sure he's 100 percent. Last thing you want is for him to come back too soon, then have the injury flare up again.
Wednesday December 12, 2012 12:12 Sam Amico
12:12
[Comment From AustinAustin: ] 
How can the Cavs improve their bench? It's really hard watching our second unit come in and them blow the lead
Wednesday December 12, 2012 12:12 Austin
12:14
Sam Amico: 
Well, probably through free agency and trades. But Kyrie returned, and the reserves went back to their lousy form.
Wednesday December 12, 2012 12:14 Sam Amico
12:14
[Comment From EggEgg: ] 
I know it's still ridiculous to think the Lakers wouldn't make the playoffs, but was Kyrie's return last night to beat the Lakers too convenient when we consider we'll likely have their 2013 1st rounder?
Wednesday December 12, 2012 12:14 Egg
12:15
Sam Amico: 
Eh, I'm not a conspiracy theorist.
Wednesday December 12, 2012 12:15 Sam Amico
12:15
[Comment From RyanRyan: ] 
Hey, Sam. Do you think this cavs team could still find it's way into the playoffs if they stay heathly?
Wednesday December 12, 2012 12:15 Ryan
12:16
Sam Amico: 
Yes, if they want, and here's why: The Central Division stinks, and overall, the East ain't great. I still think there are three spots up for grabs ... and a 34-win season will get you in.
Wednesday December 12, 2012 12:16 Sam Amico
12:16
Sam Amico: 
As I've mentioned repeatedly on Twitter, the 1984-85 Cavs made playoffs after starting 2-19. So anything can happen, I suppose.
Wednesday December 12, 2012 12:16 Sam Amico
12:16
[Comment From RobertNeroRobertNero: ] 
Lakers are making the playoffs, they always make the playoffs.. no need to worry about the protection of the pick
Wednesday December 12, 2012 12:16 RobertNero
12:17
Sam Amico: 
Yeah, doubting that is foolhardy.
Wednesday December 12, 2012 12:17 Sam Amico
12:17
[Comment From MatthewMatthew: ] 
Do you believe this could be the turning point for the Cavs?
Wednesday December 12, 2012 12:17 Matthew
12:18
Sam Amico: 
Could be. What's important is that they keep competing like they have been without Kyrie. Now that he's back, you should be able to pull off some of those close games.
Wednesday December 12, 2012 12:18 Sam Amico
12:19
Sam Amico: 
Byron Scott answered that very question last night. "We just needed a win."
Wednesday December 12, 2012 12:19 Sam Amico
12:19
[Comment From Nick KalkaNick Kalka: ] 
Should the cavs go after Andrea Bargnani? What would it take to get him?
Wednesday December 12, 2012 12:19 Nick Kalka
12:20
Sam Amico: 
I'm not an NBA GM, but if you could get him for not much, sure. Guy is a mess right now, though. It'd be risky.
Wednesday December 12, 2012 12:20 Sam Amico
12:20
[Comment From DanDan: ] 
is it possible for the guy you're guarding to score 42 and still make me think you did a good job? because i feel Gee made it really tough on Kobe.
Wednesday December 12, 2012 12:20 Dan
12:21
Sam Amico: 
Haha. Yes! That's what I wrote in the column this morning. But did you see how many amazing shots Kobe hit (surprise, surprise)? Without Gee, Kobe would've had 102.
Wednesday December 12, 2012 12:21 Sam Amico
12:21
[Comment From JMS999JMS999: ] 
I asked Chris Grant at the Cavs Season ticket holder party on Tuesday about the Lakers swap pick and he told me it is lottery protected. Just wondering how your sources can be so confused???
Wednesday December 12, 2012 12:21 JMS999
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Sam Amico: 
Because they are human beings (so I sometimes forgive them) and mostly, because no one really thinks the Lakers are going to miss the playoffs, so they don't put any thought into it.
Wednesday December 12, 2012 12:22 Sam Amico
12:22
Sam Amico: 
I'm with the latter group. Mostly, I think Clevelanders need to stop constantly worrying about draft picks all the time. That will be nice.
Wednesday December 12, 2012 12:22 Sam Amico
12:22
[Comment From ChrisChris: ] 
Long-range thinking type of question here. I know the Cavaliers are going young this season (and the previous two seasons) but there is a fine line they're walking here as this is looking like season 3 in the lottery. At some point, you need to start winning games or you become the Sacramento Kings. That being said, when do the Cavaliers start adding needed veterans vs. rookies to help them get to a playoff level? As we've seen with C.J. Miles, there is an adjustment period to new teams so I'm thinking the sooner the Cavs start adding some veterans the better as I'd like to avoid season 4 in the lottery if possible.
Wednesday December 12, 2012 12:22 Chris
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Sam Amico: 
Good comments. I don't think they have any plans to add any vets this season. They have a plan, they're sticking to it, and it involves young players and a couple movable assets. My guess is the real playoff push comes next season -- which, in my opinion, is only season 3 of the plan. The year after LBJ left was an absolute wash.
Wednesday December 12, 2012 12:24 Sam Amico
12:24
[Comment From RobertNeroRobertNero: ] 
Everyone says we are modeling ourselves after OKC, the problem is OKC is literally a once in a life time model. Getting to draft Durant, hitting on westbrook and harden and Ibaka all had to deal with OKC getting things to work out perfect. That being said, I dont see the Cavs as having the same success with drafting so far, (other than kyrie). So why dont people talk about another model like say CHicago? they hit it with the number one pick, added key role/starters in Noah, Gibson, Deng and signed a big free agent in Boozer (some people dont like it, but he hasnt been bad for them) could you see the cavs doing something like this? We have a stock pile of picks and could add some more at the deadline, and we can only have cap space for so long, these rookies will need their contracts extended eventually and I only see Kyrie being worth their max contract of 5 yr 80 mil. Why dont the cavs look into (not saying they do, and not saying there is a lot out there) to add a guy while we have cap space to fit him in... could be within the next 2-3 years with our cap situation. Sorry I know that was really long
Wednesday December 12, 2012 12:24 RobertNero
12:25
Sam Amico: 
Whoa! Go ahead and read that one, folks. It's from Robert so I'm sure it's good.
Wednesday December 12, 2012 12:25 Sam Amico
12:25
[Comment From gregorgregor: ] 
minnesota looks to have given up on derrick williams. before the draft that netted kyrie and tristan thompson, the cavs were linked to williams very heavily, and he has fallen out of favor with the timberwolves. would the cavs be interested in making a call or do they feel tristan has the higher upside? would a change of scenery help both players?
Wednesday December 12, 2012 12:25 gregor
12:25
Sam Amico: 
Eh, I wouldn't make that trade. I still think Tristan can become something. Williams is two years into his career and we still have no idea which forward spot suits him best.
Wednesday December 12, 2012 12:25 Sam Amico
12:26
Sam Amico: 
I warned that scouts were putting too much stock in Williams' NCAA tourney game vs. Duke. And they did.
Wednesday December 12, 2012 12:26 Sam Amico
12:26
[Comment From markmark: ] 
when are they going to start zeller?also what do u think of starting dion and c.j. and bring gee of the bench?
Wednesday December 12, 2012 12:26 mark
12:27
Sam Amico: 
Zeller won't start for a while. Byron likes having him off the bench.
Wednesday December 12, 2012 12:27 Sam Amico
12:28
Sam Amico: 
I like keeping Gee in the starting lineup. He can guard SFs, SGs, PGs in a pinch. Miles needs to bring that scoring and energy in a reserve role. That's what Byron wants!
Wednesday December 12, 2012 12:28 Sam Amico
12:28
[Comment From ChrisChris: ] 
I can't remember, is Zydrunas Ilgauskas helping Tristan Thompson with his offensive development? If not, what is Z's role within the organization and who is helping Thompson with his offensive development?
Wednesday December 12, 2012 12:28 Chris
12:28
Sam Amico: 
Everyone works with Thompson. Z's also scouting.
Wednesday December 12, 2012 12:28 Sam Amico
12:28
[Comment From ChrisChris: ] 
Since they are not rushing Waiters back until he is 100%, did they rush Irving back before he was completely 100% since he came back a week early?
Wednesday December 12, 2012 12:28 Chris
12:28
Sam Amico: 
No.
Wednesday December 12, 2012 12:28 Sam Amico
12:28
Sam Amico: 
He wanted to come back. The doctors cleared him. Dion hasn't been cleared.
Wednesday December 12, 2012 12:28 Sam Amico
12:29
[Comment From CurtCurt: ] 
Getting way ahead of myself here but, ignoring who is actually on the board because we don't know yet, what position do you see the Cavs targeting in this years draft? Or will it simply be best available that isn't a pure PG?
Wednesday December 12, 2012 12:29 Curt
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