LeBron-less Cavaliers starting anew with Love as focal point

first_imgFILE – In this June 8, 2018, file photo, Cleveland Cavaliers fan Seth Lapray poses for a photo in front of a poster featuring Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James, before Game 4 of basketball’s NBA Finals between the Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors, in Cleveland. Relief. None of the Cavs players, coaches or Cleveland front office members would ever use that word in public to describe not having LeBron James. However, there is definitely a sense of freedom that didn’t exist while waiting _ and wondering _ about his next move. (AP Photo/David Dermer, File)CLEVELAND  — Kevin Love wore a pair of LeBron James’ signature sneakers on media day. It’s the last time he’ll try to fill them.Four years after aligning with James and Kyrie Irving to form a Big Three of stars that ended Cleveland’s five-decades-long championship drought by winning an NBA title in 2016, Love is the only one who remains with the Cavaliers.ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college “Life’s going to be a lot different for us going forward, basketball-wise,” veteran forward Kyle Korver said. “We went to LeBron because we were supposed to go to LeBron. Now, there’s an opportunity for new. No one is LeBron, but we get to figure out new things. We get to create a new identity.”For the 30-year-old Love, who last year revealed he has had anxiety issues, Cleveland’s new situation is reminiscent of his six seasons in Minnesota. He was the focal point — on and off the floor.He is the main man again, and Love is relishing the chance to show he can still carry a franchise.“I know what I’m capable of,” he said. “I was the second option last year, the third option a couple of years prior and I had to learn how to sacrifice. Now I’m considered the first option. It’s a constant evolution. I’m heading into my 11th year, so I have to figure out with this team how it’s going to affect us in the best way possible in order for us to win.”YOUNG GUNThe Cavaliers are beyond excited about rookie guard Collin Sexton, the No. 8 overall pick. The former Alabama standout has impressed teammates with his attitude, tenacity and confidence. Upon arrival, he asked for No. 2 — Irving’s old number in Cleveland.Sexton will begin the season coming off the bench behind George Hill, as the Cavs’ preference is to ease him into his first season. However, it might not be long before he cracks Lue’s starting lineup.The knock on Sexton is his outside shooting, but his game is built on breaking down defenders and getting to the rim.TANKS, NO TANKSThe Cavs believe they can develop Sexton and other youngsters like Cedi Osman, Larry Nance, Jordan Clarkson and others while contending. It’s a difficult path, but the team has no intention of following other franchises by losing and bottoming out to get lottery picks. While James left for Los Angeles as a free agent this summer, and Irving forced his way to Boston via trade a year ago, Love has found a home — and peace — in Cleveland.Before James announced that the next chapter of his career would be written in Hollywood, Love — who had been the focus of trade rumors almost from the moment he arrived — told the Cavs he was willing to lead.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“I’m staying,” he informed general manager Koby Altman. “I want to be a part of this.”“This” is life without James, the end of the four-year run and start of a rebuild as massive as the $140 million renovation taking place at Quicken Loans Arena, the Cavaliers’ downtown home that is no longer one of the league’s hottest spots with James gone. View comments Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal But while the Cavs are no longer an elite team or national TV fixture, Love believes Cleveland’s competitive days aren’t done.“We’re going to be a team that surprises a lot of people,” said Love, who signed a four-year, $120 million contract extension. “(Coach) Ty Lue knows what he wants from us and vice versa. We have guys who have been here. We have guys who know how to win, knowing in losing the best player in the world we’re going to have a fresh start.”Relief.None of the Cavaliers players, coaches or front-office members would ever use that word publicly to describe not having James. However, there is a sense of freedom that didn’t exist while waiting and wondering about his next move.Everything will be different going forward for the Cavs, who must learn to play a different brand of ball.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Attorney: Ronaldo rape report documents altered, fabricated Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crowncenter_img Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “No tanking,” Lue said. “You can see that with (owner) Dan (Gilbert) giving Kevin Love an extension. Not a rebuild at all. It’s a challenge. We want to compete for the playoffs. It’s not about wins and losses. It’s about wins and lessons. These guys are going to have an opportunity to play meaningful games every night. Most of player development comes from playing games.”There is a price at staying competitive. Cleveland’s first-round pick is protected if it’s in the top 10, otherwise it goes to Atlanta.NEW LUE?Lue feels re-energized after he was sidelined by health issues last season. He dealt with anxiety and insomnia during a drama-filled season that ended with Cleveland being swept in the Finals by Golden State.A longtime assistant, Lue is embracing the chance to mold young players and perhaps show he had something to do with the team’s dominance the past few seasons. It wasn’t all about James.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

Troy Resources considering exploring other projects

first_imgNatural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman said Government will give its support to Australian mining company, Troy Resources, if it chooses to pursue other areas of production. The company has been exploring gold in Guyana through its “Karouni Project” since 2014.Natural Resources Minister Raphael TrotmanChief Executive Officer (CEO) of Troy Resources, Ken Nilsson, said on Monday that the gold mining company could go into other areas of production by the end of the year. He made the disclosure during a visit by Minister Trotman and his team, to his Karouni, Region Seven mines, the Department of Public Information stated.“We are continually looking to see if there are any other projects in Guyana that we could actually get involved in,” he told the Minister and his team. However, he stressed that this can only happen at the end of the year when the company is in a better position to “free up more money.”At the moment, Nilsson said the company has been investing heavily on the training on locals, which he stressed will be good for them if the company has to move on.Troy Resources CEO Ken Nilsson“They are not working for Troy Resources, they are working for themselves. Because job satisfaction and security all depends on your input,” Nilsson said about the local employees of the company. The Guyanese workforce at the company amounts to about 90 per cent.Minister Trotman said the company has been doing an exemplary job over the period it has been in Guyana. He said there was no reason why the Government would not support the efforts.“… there is an intention to remain in Guyana to provide jobs, we know that 90 per cent of the workforce here is Guyanese, so we are happy about that. It is about giving back, about adding value, about ensuring Guyanese have work,” the Minister told DPI continuing that the Government is “prepared to sit and work with them to look for new areas for mining.”Minister Trotman said Government is “quite pleased with the company’s work ethic, noting that there are frequent engagements between the two.last_img read more