Heading into this Cavaliers season, all the focus has been on the youngsters — especially reigning Rookie of the Year Kyrie Irving and rookies Dion Waiters and Tyler Zeller. But the oldest guy on the roster — 32-year-old forward Luke Walton — has been one of the biggest surprises as the first week of training camp comes to a close. "I was a little surprised he came in in much better condition than I thought he would because I thought the back was going to be an issue," Cavs coach Byron Scott said after his team's Wine & Gold Scrimmage on Saturday at The Q. "But it doesn't seem to be." Picking up where he left off last season, Irving led all scorers with 13 points, five rebounds and five assists on Saturday, and Waiters, still working to get comfortable with the Cavs, chipped in 12 points and four rebounds. But their Wine team lost to the Gold team, 54-44. The improved Omri Casspi and newcomer C.J. Miles each had nine points for the Gold, while Jeremy Pargo had seven points and undrafted rookie Kevin Jones of West Virginia had six points and five rebounds. Walton made 2 of 3 shots for the Gold for five points. Playing small forward, he directed the offense occasionally, bringing the ball up the court and making sure everybody was where they were supposed to be, doing what they're supposed to be doing. "He's a guy who really knows how to play the game of basketball," Scott said. "He has a great basketball IQ. He does a lot of the little things."
Kyrie Irving leads all scorers, but his Wine team loses Cleveland Cavaliers scrimmage
Cleveland Plain Dealer | Oct 7