A new roster and the presence of LeBron James and Kevin Love isn’t all that will be new about the Cleveland Cavaliers when they kick off their season against the New York Knicks on October 30. The team has unveiled a new navy blue alternate jersey that will also debut that night, to go with their home whites, road reds, and gold alternates.
The new uniform combines the wine-and-gold color scheme of their normal jerseys (in the lettering) with a nod to the navy road jerseys that were a staple of James’ first stint in Cleveland. Check out the new design below:
The jerseys feature a small, upside-down “All for one. One for all.” inscription at the bottom of the front, which the team says will make it a “readable inspiration” for players.
Like the Cavs’ other current jersey offerings, this one looks sharp, simple and classy with a color scheme that works. Hopefully, James’ return will also signal the return of the many throwback jerseys the team wore in his last few seasons there before leaving for Miami in 2010.
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At least the Heat have more options at point guard. Kendrick Nunn can get an elevated role (especially after excelling in garbage time of Game 1). Jimmy Butler can become the de facto point guard. Tyler Herro can also play the position. But Dragic was playing so well during Miami’s run through the Eastern Conference. This is also a major setback.
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New Orleans also has an appealing job. But the Clippers are far closer to championship contention. And if both teams want Lue, I bet Clippers owner Steve Ballmer would outspend Pelicans owner Gayle Benson.
Still, the Clippers are conducting a coaching search. Other candidates could emerge. This isn’t necessarily Lue’s job for the taking.
“Those rumors on the internet, I don’t know where they’re coming from, I’m just focused on getting my knee right for next year.”
He said later in the interview he wants a ring, he wants “hardware” because that is needed to show you are one of the greats, and he would consider leaving the Pacers to get it. But that wasn’t a short-term thing. (Also, Charles Barkley, Karl Malone, Allen Iverson, Steve Nash, John Stockton, Elgin Baylor and a lot of other guys would like to talk with you about that attitude.)
Oladipo returned mid-season from his knee injury to a Pacers’ team that finished as the four seed in the East but got bounced in the first round of the playoffs by the eventual Eastern Conference champion Miami Heat.
Oladipo never quite returned to his All-NBA form after coming back from injury and averaged just 14.5 points a game in the 19 regular season games he did play. Oladipo is owed $21 million next season, the last year of his current deal.
Whether he wants out of Indiana or not, at $21 million and with questions about just what level of player he is post-injury, there is not much of a trade market for Victor Oladipo. Indiana more than likely runs it back under a new coach — who has yet to be chosen — and banks on a healthy Oladipo helping the team make the next step.