Following a brief film session with assistant coach Phil Handy -- something that will become a necessity to get up to speed -- George Hill strolled over to the media section on the opposite side of the luxurious practice court.

He was stunned by the setup, with reporters placing their recording devices on a stand in front of him rather than shoving them in his face.

"Right here? Damn, this is new stuff," Hill said to one of the members of the communications staff.

That's just the start. It's been two weeks since Hill was brought to Cleveland in a three-way deal with the Sacramento Kings and Utah Jazz, a massive overhaul that rejuvenated a proud championship team marching toward a slow death.

Hill, the team's new starting point guard, has been living out of a suitcase since, away from his fiancee and two kids -- including a one-month-old newborn daughter -- all of whom are currently in Texas. Despite the hasty change, Hill, like the rest of the Cavaliers, is excited after getting new life.

"It's a blessing," Hill said. "I was in a tough situation. I thanked them for all they did, but I think my time there was done. To get another opportunity, not just to come and play but to possibly play for a championship is something that I've had early in my career going against him in Miami with the three-headed monster and the cat spoiling my summer. Now I get a chance to be a part of something special and get an opportunity to go to the Finals.

"I just pray every morning and every night. I thank that I was put in the situation I am today."