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10-27-2008, 03:43 PM
West appears to have won starting role
Delonte West isn’t a prototypical NBA shooting guard.

But several attributes make up for his lack of height.

“He’s athletic and has long arms,” Cavaliers coach Mike Brown said. “He’s really 6-41⁄2 with his arms. He’s tough as nails. Height-wise, he might not be where you want, but if you put those other things together, he’s there.”

West is also sporting an Afro, which makes him look a bit taller than 6-foot-3.

“The ’fro looked good today,” Brown said. “It looked like he blow-dried it out a bit today.”

Brown said before the Washington preseason game on Friday that it was a two-man battle for the starting “2” guard spot. West was battling it out with Sasha Pavlovic for the first-string job.

West dished out five assists in the blowout win over the Wizards and then sprained his left ankle. However, he took his full turn in practice on Sunday at Cleveland Clinic Courts.

It appears as if he will be the starter in Tuesday’s regular-season opener in Boston.

“There’s a good chance he will (start),” Brown said.

Brown liked how West fit in with point guard Mo Williams and small forward LeBron James.

“I thought they worked well together,” he said. “With him, LeBron and Mo out on the floor, you have three legitimate playmakers. All of those guys know how to play together.”

West averaged 7.8 points, 5.2 rebounds and 5.2 assists per game in the preseason.

He said he’s not concerned with starting. He just wants to win.

“My meaningful moment already happened,” West said. “The team extended my contract. They want me to help them win a championship. I’ve been in the league five years now and have started plenty of games. At this juncture, I’m willing to do anything to win a championship. It doesn’t matter if I go (into the game) first, second or third or I’m a cheerleader.”

He said he’s not surprised he’s put up such good numbers after missing 12 days of training camp because of a bout with depression.

“I worked hard over the summer,” West said. “Even when I came back, I went to therapy during the day and got my shots up and worked out in the night time. Some of the coaches stayed over.”

Brown said he’s not concerned with who starts the games. He said that was more of a “media” thing.

“It’s a bigger deal who ends the game,” he said.

Quick shots

The member of the “Scream Team” who was hurt during a break in the Washington game returned home to Cleveland on Saturday after spending Friday night in a hospital in Columbus. He was knocked unconscious and suffered a cut over his eye at Value City Arena. His injuries aren’t serious, and he’s doing OK.

Thursday’s home opener against Charlotte isn’t sold out.

Brown doesn’t want the Cavs to average any more than 13 turnovers a game during the regular season. They averaged 16.1 in the preseason.

Swingman Wally Szczerbiak said he’s excited to be with the Cavs.

“I was on two losing teams before I was traded here,” he said. “It’s nice to be back on a winning atmosphere.”

Szczerbiak will be coming off the bench.

“I’m hungry for minutes,” he said. “Wherever they come, I don’t care. A lot of good players are coming off the bench. Lamar Odom is coming off the bench (for the Los Angeles Lakers). We can throw a lot of different lineups out there. We have a lot of versatility.”

The News Herald (http://www.news-herald.com/articles/2008/10/27/sports/doc49055338bff55152628786.txt)
Well no surprise that West won the Shooting Guard job. Wally will do fine coming off the bench imo.

10-27-2008, 04:10 PM
Wally is a great bench player.

10-27-2008, 07:12 PM
definitely a good move by brown... with west at SG this team will be very very fast and if they want to play half court offense they have Z on the post... definitely a good move

10-27-2008, 07:31 PM
THe Cav's have like 8 starters on their team, and i dont know how they will have enough basketballs and minutes to fullfil those needs!

10-27-2008, 08:34 PM
I'm cool with this. Sasha can't get anything going consistently and Wally is slow and a terrible defender. Let's see Delonte earn his big paycheck.

10-28-2008, 11:58 AM
Thank God Brown has come to his sense & decided to start West over Pavlovic.

I watched a few preseason games & also attended one. Pavlovic looked like the worst guy on that court at most times. He is turnover & foul prone, while providing hardly anything positive. Honestly, I'm not even sure why he was in contention to be starting.

I don't see him getting much PT behind West/Wally.

Also, I must say that at the preseason game that I attended vs. Philly that West was the most impressive player in the entire game. Yes, even moreso than LeBron James. He contributed in all aspects.