August 26, 2014

NBA News: James Posey added to Canton Charge coaching staff

Ohio native and former NBA veteran James Posey will join the Canton Charge’s staff as an assistant coach for the 2013-14 season. The 36-year-old last played with the Indiana Pacers during the 2010-11 season.

“James will be a relatable presence who can give our players direct examples of experiences and insight from what we will be coaching them,” Charge head coach Steve Hetzel said in the team’s press release. “I’m extremely excited he is going to be with us this season and really look forward to getting started with him.”

A first-round pick back in 1999 out of Xavier, Posey built his NBA career around tough defense and clutch playoff performances. He average 8.6 points and 4.7 rebounds in his 12-year career in the regular season. He also was well known for his play in 2008 with the NBA champion Boston Celtics. He also won a championship with the Miami Heat in 2006.

It’s a nice return back to Northeast Ohio for the Twinsburg product. He certainly seems like a natural fit for a former player transitioning into a coaching role.

Another familiar name to Ohioans, Mike Gansey, currently serves as the Cavs’ director of Development League operations. He’s a former West Virginia star who led the Mountaineers on to the Sweet 16 — through Cleveland’s Wolstein Center.

The Charge are the Cavs’ Development League affiliate and play their home games at the Canton Memorial Civic Center. Their season begins in late November.

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Canton Charge set initial roster, begin season at home tonight

The Canton Charge, the exclusively owned and operated D-League affiliate of the Cavaliers, begin their season tonight at home at the Memorial Civic Center. With opening-day on the mind, the Charge and the Cavaliers officially announced the team’s initial roster with a few last-minute changes. Here’s a look at the team as listed by position, name, age and university:

G Kevin Anderson, 24, Richmond
G Jorge Guiterrez, 23, California
G Kyle Gibson, 25, Louisiana Tech
SG D’Aundray Brown, 24, Cleveland State
G/F Antoine Agudio, 27, Hofstra
F Ryan Rossiter, 23, Siena
F Alex Ruoff, 26, West Virginia
PF Kevin Jones, 23, West Virginia
F/C Arinze Onuaku, 25, Syracuse
C Michael Eric, 24, Temple

Notably, Anderson, Brown, Jones and Eric all participated, at least briefly, with the Cavs during training camp this offseason. Eric and Jones were two of the final cuts, while Anderson and Brown were late additions that weren’t ever expected to really compete for an NBA roster spot just yet.

The final addition to Canton’s roster today was Agudio, last year’s D-League leader with a 53.9% mark in three-point shooting. He started all six of Canton’s playoff games during their inaugural season.

The Charge begin their 50-game regular season schedule tonight at 7:30 p.m. against the Maine Red Claws (D-League affiliate of the Boston Celtics).

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Cavaliers to Host Preseason Game in Canton

Helping bridge the gap between the NBA franchise and the D-League affiliate, the Cleveland Cavaliers will play host to the Milwaukee Bucks on Tuesday, October 9th at 7:00 p.m. at the Canton Memorial Civic Center in a preseason contest.

“This is an exciting situation for us to be able to bring a Cavaliers preseason game to Canton and continue to build and develop the deeper, long term relationship we want to have with our fans here and the community at large,” said Cavaliers and Quicken Loans Arena President Len Komoroski.

The Charge’s innaugural season was in 2011-12 where the team rostered 27 different players including Cavaliers’ Manny Harris, Christian Eyenga and Luke Haragody. Their season ended in the league semifinals, falling victim to the Austin Toros, one game shy of the NBDL championship series.

The remainder of the Cavaliers’ 2012-13 preseason schedule will be announced at a later date. All preseason games will be broadcast live on the Cavaliers’ Radio Flagship WTAM 1100 AM and WHBC 1480 AM in Canton.

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Cavs Send Luke Harangody to NBDL Canton Charge

The Cleveland Cavaliers have announced their decision to assign power forward Luke Harangody to the  Canton Charge, the team’s NBDL affiliate.

Appearing in five games during the 2010-11 NBA season, Harangody has averaged 2.6 points on .455 shooting, 1.2 rebounds and 7.6 minutes of play. He was acquired during the 2010 NBA trade deadline, along with center Semih Erden, in exchange for a second-round draft selection via the Boston Celtics. He finished second in Notre Dame men’s basketball program history in both points (2,476) – second to former Cavalier Austin Carr – and rebounds (1,222).

This move likely signals that rookie power forward Tristan Thompson will be activated this Friday after missing the past two games with an ankle injury.

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Christian Eyenga Returns to Practice

The Cavaliers made the decision at the beginning of the year that swingman Christian Eyenga needed more work and opportunities to play than he would get in Cleveland. So they did what was expected and sent him to the D-League Canton Charge affiliate. Coach Scott said publicly that he wanted Eyenga to work on his defense, and I’m sure the whole organization would appreciate if he worked on his outside shot.

Fastforward to Monday, when it is announced that Eyenga would be returning to the Cavaliers roster.

Christian took part in the team’s practice in Miami, and from the sounds of it, you have to wonder exactly what he’s been doing for the last month:

The Cavs recalled guard/forward Christian Eyenga from the Canton Charge. Eyenga was assigned to Canton on Jan. 4 and played in nine games (eight starts), averaging 8.9 points, 4.1 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 24.6 minutes.

Eyenga was sent down to work on his defense, but apparently didn’t work as hard as he did on Monday.

“I’m so tired,” he said. “This is my first practice in, like, a month. We practiced but not so hard. I’m just really, really tired.”

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Cavaliers Recall Christian Eyenga From Canton Charge

The Cavaliers today recalled G/F Christian Eyenga from their D-League affiliate in Canton. Daniel Gibson missed Saturday’s game in Atlanta because of a death in his family, but returned to the team today. This could be an indication that Tristan Thompson’s ankle injury could keep him out of the line-up for at least a game.

In Canton, Eyenga was averaging 8.9 points and  3.8 rebounds while shooting 40%, hitting only one of the three pointers he has attempted this season.

Charge! Cavaliers Unveil Name of Canton D-League Team

After much anticipation, the Cleveland Cavaliers have lifted the curtain on their Canton-based NBDL team, unveiling a team name, logo and court design for their inaugural season.

The Canton Charge, as they have been named, will play off of the Cavaliers logo which features a wine and gold colorway as well as sword-weilding gentleman with a feather firmly placed in his cap, Sir CC style.

The Cavaliers reportedly took part in a ton of market research before coming to an agreement on the new team’s identity, ranging from focus groups all the way down to in-person interviews with fans on the streets. 

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