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Cleveland Cavaliers News - Fear The Links - 10/1/10


Fear The Links is your daily cup of Wine and Gold coffee.  A quick link-dump of today's biggest stories surrounding the Cavaliers.  Posted each morning, FTL will be your one stop-shop for Cavaliers news each morning.  Did I miss a link?  Email Me!

CAVALIERS: Cavaliers Launch Dynamic Redesign of
The Cleveland Cavaliers launched a redesign of Tuesday afternoon boasting a more dynamic and user-friendly homepage where visitors will find an increased inventory of exclusive player and team-related content and promotions and more comprehensive and easy to use navigation.

CAVALIERS: The Optimist
How many times have you said these words? "I never win anything."

An early challenge for Byron Scott: |
There's no shortage of uncertainties for Byron Scott to deal with in his first weeks working with his new Cavaliers team. - More responsible Hickson set to emerge for Cavs
Shortly after Byron Scott took the Cavaliers job, J.J. Hickson sought out his new coach. It was his big chance at a fresh start.

WAKE-UP CALL: Glass half empty or full with Cleveland sports -
When it comes to Cleveland fans, there are two kinds: glass half-empty and glass half-full.

Cavaliers: Sessions needed a do-over (with two videos) -
Perhaps their most significant transaction occurred when they traded for guard Ramon Sessions from the Minnesota Timberwolves on July 26. He could prove to be a key acquisition, especially if Coach Byron Scott decides to pair him with Mo Williams in his starting backcourt.

LeBron James says race a factor in reaction to Miami Heat announcement -
Basketball star LeBron James suggested in an interview that aired Wednesday on CNN that race may have played a role in some of the negative reaction to his announcement that he would leave the Cleveland Cavaliers and join the Miami Heat.

Cleveland Cavaliers fans to get first glimpse of team in Wine & Gold Scrimmage |
It might be easier to say what Cavaliers fans won't see than what they will see during the Wine & Gold Scrimmage tonight at the University of Akron's Rhodes Arena.

LeBron James Cleveland Reaction | Still Mad | SportsGrid
As training camp for the upcoming NBA season kicks off, the New York Times decided to check in on the now LeBron James-less state of Ohio. Not surprisingly, they’re still kind of mad.

Cleveland Stews Over Its Breakup With James -
There is hair to be cut and money to be made, so Tony Houston opens his barbershop before the sun rises on weekends. To enter, you walk over a life-size decal of LeBron James, although just a few months ago the same image hung proudly on the barbershop’s wall.

Washington Wizards owner Ted Leonsis expects NBA to adopt hard salary cap - ESPN
Washington Wizards majority owner Ted Leonsis told local business leaders Wednesday that he expects the NBA soon will have a hard salary cap similar to the NHL's model.

Phil Jackson hoping to play Kobe Bryant while in London - ESPN Los Angeles
Lakers guard Kobe Bryant is still recovering from offseason arthroscopic right knee surgery and has practiced on a limited basis since the start of training camp. But that doesn't mean he's a definite scratch for Monday's exhibition game in London.

Toronto Raptors exercise option on DeMar DeRozan's contract - ESPN
The Toronto Raptors exercised the third-year team option on swingman DeMar DeRozan's rookie scale contract Thursday.

Dallas Mavericks waive Tim Thomas, who decided not to play - ESPN Dallas
Tim Thomas is on waivers until 7 p.m. ET, at which time the power forward's contract with the Dallas Mavericks will be voided, team president Donnie Nelson said Thursday.

Shaq, Celtics take aim at Heat target - NBA - Yahoo! Sports
As Shaquille O’Neal(notes) sold his prospective franchise on his job candidacy, he privately asked some executives and coaches: Would you rather go into Miami with me, or without me? History tells him it’ll take elders to topple these Miami Heat, and there’s such loathing lingering for old man Riles and his preening, shiny superstars.

Warriors embrace Smart coaching change - NBA - Yahoo! Sports
But of all the changes that the Warriors have made since last season, none has breathed more life into the sagging franchise than the departure of coach Don Nelson. Golden State made Nelson’s exit official on Monday by announcing the promotion of assistant Keith Smart to head coach.