In what is shaping up to be one of the most exciting seasons in recent memory, after one of the most frantic offseasons in recent history, new Houston Rockets guard Chris Paul has some thoughts about the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Particularly, Paul has some thoughts about Dwyane Wade joining LeBron James in Cleveland this season.
“I told them guys congrats,” Paul said, per Locked On Rockets’ Ben DuBose. “At the end of the day, I know [Carmelo Anthony] wants to beat them bad. I want to beat them bad. They want to beat us bad. It is what it is.”
Wade joining the Cavs wasn’t a surprise to anyone, after he reached a buyout agreement with the Chicago Bulls.
“Once I got the opportunity to get the buyout, I looked around, and I was flattered by the teams that reached out, but at the end of the day, this is where I wanted to be. This is where I felt I should be from a basketball perspective to come in and be a part of this,” Wade said, per ESPN.com’s Dave McMenamin.
“This team right here from top to bottom is one of the most talented teams I’ve been on. Just happy to come and to be able to add whatever I can to this group.”
Cavs’ Rodney Hood Does Not Want to Be Gunner
The Cleveland Cavaliers coaching staff has been pushing shooting guard Rodney Hood to be more aggressive, but Hood admits that he simply isn’t meant to be a gunner.
“I’m not a gunner,” Hood said, according to Cleveland.com.
“I think it’s not great for our team for me to be a gunner. We have a lot of guys who can score the ball. I draw attention. So when I draw attention, make the dump-off pass and make the right play, spray out to shooters and some nights we hit shots and it’s great and some nights we don’t hit shots and it’s like, ‘You need to shoot the ball more.’
Hood has put up 13.0 ppg this season for Cleveland and admits he is still finding his place in the offense.
“Just figuring it out,” Hood stated. “Trying to figure out the even balance of being real aggressive and making plays like I’ve been trying to do.”
Cavs’ Tristan Thompson Out 2-4 Weeks
Thompson exited Monday’s game against the Milwaukee Bucks during the third quarter after he landed awkwardly on the foot of Bucks’ guard Malcolm Brogdon.
Thompson, 27, is averaging 12 points and 11.6 rebounds per game this season for Cleveland.
Cavs’ Kevin Love Targeting January Return
Love underwent surgery on his injured toe at the beginning of November and he was initially projected to be available to return around Christmas, but now his projected timetable of return seems to be the middle of January.
With one of the worst records in the NBA, Cleveland can afford to take their time with Love and bring him back slowly.
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