Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Cavaliers season starts tonight

And the paper was ready this morning:

Bill Livingston on how Z is actually appreciated

Bud Shaw on new coach Mike Brown

Terry Pluto is being optimistic for the season

My favorite part is Livingston talking about Z's defense (and his critics, like the PD's Roger Brown):

Z often seems to be strictly an offensive guy. The battering his feet took early in his career robbed him of what quickness he had on defense.

Still, he was among the leaders in blocked shots last season, while serving as the besieged last line of defense. That should improve this year, both because of Brown's emphasis on getting stops and because of the addition of guard Larry Hughes.

It might be surprising how much better Ilgauskas looks on defense this year when he is not having to pick up guards who have blown past Jeff McInnis.

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