Morning Shootaround Sept. 12


VIDEO: New Orleans Pelicans point guard Jrue Holiday and his soccer star wife Lauren are a true two-sport super couple

NEWS OF THE MORNING

Thompson will be absent from LeBron’s Miami workouts | Holiday, Pelicans taking cautious approach heading into camp| Stunned Canadians assess damage after upset

No. 1: Thompson will be absent from LeBron’s Miami workouts — Not all of the Cleveland Cavaliers will be taking their talents to South Beach for pre-training camp workouts organized by LeBron James. Restricted free agent power forward Tristan Thompson will not be attending the festivities, not without his future with the team solidified with a new contract. Chris Haynes of the Northeast Ohio Media Group has more:

With the 24-year-old in the midst of a lengthy contract stalemate with the club, he has elected not to appear.

The first day of the camp [was Friday].

James summoned his teammates to join him in South Florida to get a head start on the upcoming season. It will be a year in which the team is a betting favorite to win the NBA Finals.

NEOMG is told that Kyrie Irving, Kevin Love, Anderson Varejao, J.R. Smith, Iman Shumpert, Joe Harris, Mo Williams, James Jones, Richard Jefferson and Sasha Kaun are expected to be on the scene in Miami.

Irving, Love and Varejao will be limited as they recover from injuries that required surgery. Timofey Mozgov’s absence is due to being on the mend from a knee scope over the summer.

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No. 2: Holiday, Pelcians taking cautious approach heading into camp  The New Orleans Pelicans and point guard Jrue Holiday are in tune with training camp on the horizon. The Pelicans are being cautious in their approach with Holiday, who has battled injuries in each of the past two seasons. And Holiday, who will be crucial to the cause for Alvin Gentry in his first season at the helm in New Orleans, agrees with the plan to be as careful as possible, writes John Reid of Nola.com:

With training camp set to open on Sept. 29 at The Greenbrier in West Virginia, Holiday has embraced the organization’s cautious approach to bring him along slowly to avoid the possibility of any setbacks.

Holiday missed 42 games last season because of a stress reaction injury in his lower right leg. In May, Holiday underwent a surgical procedure to remove a screw implanted in his surgically repaired right leg.

Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry said last week that Holiday will be under restrictions that involves practicing just once a day when two-a-day practices are scheduled for their upcoming camp.

There’s also the possibility that Holiday could remain on minute restrictions throughout the preseason and regular season.

”It’s always rehab, a lot of maintenance and doing preventive stuff, so this injury won’t come back,” Holiday said by telephone on Thursday. ”Playing smart is definitely the right way to go.”

Holiday has split time between continuing his rehabilitation work to getting in limited reps with his teammates in volunteer workouts. He has participated in workouts this week at the Pelicans’ practice facility and also last month in Los Angeles that involved 10 players and included star power forward Anthony Davis.

”This is the kind of the situation where we’re not worried about the cerebral part of it basketball wise because he’s really great in that department,” Gentry said. ”But we just got to have him healthy and ready to go.”

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No. 3: Stunned Canadians assess damage after upset — As our John Schuhmann pointed out, the Canadian’s blew a golden opportunity to punch their ticket to the Rio Olympics when they were upset by Venezuela in the semifinals of the FIBA Americas tournament Friday in Mexico City. Whether it was the strange benching of Nik Stauskas or the questionable foul call at the end of the game, it was an unmitigated disaster for the team many believe to be a rising power in the international game. Ryan Wolstat of the Toronto Sun sorts through the wreckage:

It was a rough way to lose for Canada — an awful, phantom foul called unnecessarily by an official who might have been influenced by the loud, extremely pro-Venezuela crowd, but it was a just loss nonetheless.

The team just didn’t play like the dominant bunch that had won roughshod here, winning seven straight by more than 20 points a game after dropping the opener to Argentina.

Kelly Olynyk turned in one of the greatest performances ever seen by a Canadian at this level — he carried his listless teammates for long stretches, scoring 11 of their 19 first quarter points (they trailed by one) and 34 in all, along with 13 rebounds. Olynyk played the entire second half.

Unfortunately, he got very little help. Captain and new Raptors point guard Cory Joseph shot just 1-for-8 from the field, Nik Stauskas, perhaps Canada’s top performer at this tournament was held to two in limited minutes, Andrew Wiggins only played 26 minutes and only made a fleeting impact (nine points and two rebounds) and Anthony Bennett didn’t score a point.

Afterward, Joseph took the blame, but there was plenty to go around, from the coaching staff on down.

“If it wasn’t for Kelly we would’ve gotten crushed,” Joseph said.

“It never should have came down to that (last play). I played horrible. I didn’t lead my team today,” said a visibly upset Joseph, who had been the best player on the floor in Canada’s 20-point win over Venezuela earlier in the tournament.

“We didn’t play well as a group when it counts.”

Head coach Jay Triano said he and his staff never saw the foul, which was called on veteran Aaron Doornekamp after a wild Venezuela shot had missed.

Joseph agreed.

“I’m not one to bash the officials I never do, I never complain, I can say It shouldn’t have came down to that. But in terms of the call, I think it was crappy,” Joseph said.

“I feel like they took a shot the ball bounced up 20 feet in the air. … To call Doornekamp on that is kind … different. There’s no excuses. It never should have came down to that, we played horrible.”

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12 Comments

  1. WJS says:

    What? TT didn’t take your talents to South Beach. TT the King has summoned you! Don’t you know that King is now coach and GM? He B takin you all to South Beach. It’s a great place to focus. After practice we can go and look at Thongs on SB. We can head out on the town and show up the Heat. Here are the plays that King ran. The ones you’re all use to. Pick and roll to the King, post up for the King and everyones fav, everyone move to the right side of the floor for an isolation for the King. Then they had a team meeting where King could have story time. It kinda went like this. Oh King tell us how great you are. Please tell us the time you told The Cav’s that you B takin your talents to South Beach. South Beach? Was that an expansion team? We didn’t know, oh King, that there was a team in South Beach. They must of been rivals with The Heat since they were so close. Oh King Oh King! Pick me pick me! Tell us the story when you D Wade and Chris Bosh danced around up on a stage in your pretty white uniforms. You told the crowd, not one, not two, not three, not four, not five but EIGHT CHAMPIONSHIPS! Oh King! Its ok that you got your butt handed to you by SAS. It had to be your teammates. Oooh OoooH King over here over here! Please tell us the story of when you ditched your Miami Heat team mates to come back to Cleveland? Now now subjects those are not good stories lets talk about how I should of been MVP. No King please tell us the story of Larry, Michael, Kobe and Magic. No no no those are not good stories. Ooooooo C’moooooon. Well we want to sing you a song O King. It goes something like this. Sometimes I dream that he is me, I move I grove as he is me, like Mike oh I wanna b like Mike, like Mike, be like Mike, like Mike….. Smart move TT!

  2. Ms. Penny says:

    C’mon TT we luv you! Show us some luv & come back now. We gonna make a run and be formidable for the next 4-5 years. Come be apart of something “special” with the Cavaliers! #Questforaring

  3. Toto says:

    Venezuela Champions! No NBA players on the roster!

  4. Dr Dre says:

    I believe that the Cavs will win the Championship this coming Season. No doubt about it ! #CavsNation

  5. Bo says:

    Hey, if LBJ “summoned” me, I would not show up…..

  6. dustydreamnz says:

    I thought that was Jrue Holidays’ mom.

  7. harriethehawk says:

    I’m starting to think that maybe, Tristan Thompson will not be a Cadavalier…

  8. michael says:

    come on board TT… the King becons

    • Flavio says:

      one respectable season ans TT thinks he’s worth the max! remember varejao will be back.

      • Leave a Comment Please says:

        If kyle singler gordon hayward kanter n bargnani watever can make 80 mil or more he at least worth 20 a year maybe not on cavs tho

    • Kedrick says:

      More like the Sacramento Kings beckon. TT wants cash, not 20 minutes a game putting up 8 and 6 while playing Bronball

      • rob ford says:

        wurd up. stick it out one year in cleve, maybe get a ring (or not), then bounce to the Raps for some T.V. money in 2016 (ring in 2017).