One unexpected positive development as the Cavaliers' season winds down is the emergence of power forward Tristan Thompson as one of the team's leaders. Cavs coach Byron Scott might disagree with the notion that it's unexpected, however. "I think he's always been one of our leaders,'' Scott said as the Cavs took their two-game winning streak to Indiana. "On this team right now, I think we've got different leaders. "The one thing that was great with our team in New Orleans is we had different leaders. Tyson [Chander] was our emotional leader. Chris [Paul] was our floor leader. From a physical standpoint and kind of an enforcer, that was David West. In the locker room we had different guys who were leaders. "And I think it's the same we have here right now with this young group of guys that we have. Tristan and Kyrie [Irving] are loose, they talk. Tristan probably talks a little more. Our locker room leaders are probably Shaun [Livingston] and Luke [Walton]. I don't think any team has just one guy. We've got multiple guys on this team that have to keep developing, and they all lead in different ways.'' Though Thompson has improved significantly as a player this season - being mentioned as at least a candidate for the league's Most Improved Player award - the last week has been especially telling. First, he was one of seven players in the league nominated for the J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award presented by the Pro Basketball Writers Association in recognition of his community service.
Tristan Thompson emerging as a leader for Cleveland Cavaliers
Cleveland Plain Dealer | Apr 9