There was a time not long ago when Cavaliers coach Byron Scott wasn t sure if Kevin Jones could play in the NBA. He entered his first training camp as an undersized power forward who didn t have the strength or moves to be an effective scorer in the post.
One rookie season and six trips to the Development League later, Jones has earned the trust and respect of his coach.
Kevin s just a solid player, Scott said. He s just one of those guys who when he s out there, he s not going to make a lot of mistakes. He doesn t try to do things he s not capable of doing. If he has an open shot, he takes it,sac longchamp
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That s quite a change from the end of training camp, when Scott looked reluctantly at Jones,air jordan pas cher
, a 6-foot-8 power forward.
There s not many power forwards in our league that size who are great players, he said in October, adding that Samardo Samuels post game was better.
Samuels was released three months ago, but Jones is still here,Celine bag
Jones received consistent minutes in each of the past four games, something likely to continue at least as long as Luke Walton is out with a sprained right ankle. Entering tonight s game against the New York Knicks, Jones is shooting just 32 percent, but is averaging 5.3 rebounds in 18 minutes in the past week.
It is perhaps a reward for bouncing between the Cavs and Canton Charge much of the season. The Cavs wanted Jones around the team as much as possible to adapt to life in the NBA, but also used Charge home games as opportunities to get him the minutes he wasn t consistently receiving.
He was assigned to the D-League on six different occasions. If nothing else,louboutin outlet
, they served as a break away from baby-sitting duties.
Scott gave all the rookies baby dolls and strollers early in the season. No one was quite sure how long the hazing prank would last, but it turns out it has lasted all season. All three rookies Dion Waiters,we felt that energy.
, Tyler Zeller and Jones have grown tired of the dolls, but Scott still demands the players bring them to all Cavs home games. He has even spotted the players tossing them into the trunks of their cars.
Once in a while, Jones admitted sheepishly,burberry handbags
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Jones is under contract to the Cavs for two more seasons, although the deal isn t guaranteed. Still, he arrived to the NBA as an undrafted free agent known for his knack of rebounding and has likely shown enough to get another look next season.
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, Jones said. I enjoyed playing with [the Charge] and I enjoy coming up here and getting W s and whenever I get a chance to get on the court, just try to play as freely as possible. I just go out there and provide energy. I ve been playing basketball all my life, so I know how to play,longchamppascherf-rs
. I just have to keep my same focus out there.
Quicken Loans Arena received a $5 million upgrade with a new distributed antenna system (DAS) and free Wi-Fi for all guests attending events,airjordan-backs.com
. The improvements ensure thousands will be able to talk,31 a.m. Sifton-Holsman continues. Some fresh speculation
, text and tweet without networks being overloaded and slowing down.
Our fans can now access the digital world easy, free and with the speed they need and deserve anytime they are at the Q, Cavs CEO Len Komoroski said in a news release. These new DAS and Wi-Fi systems are a reflection of our entire organization s commitment to do whatever we can to make the in-arena experience fun, engaging and dynamic.
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