April 20, 2014

Daniel “Booby” Gibson setting his sights on a return to the NBA

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As the Cleveland Cavaliers find themselves fighting for the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference, one of their long-time guards is working on getting back in to the NBA after watching the entire season unfold from the outside. In an interview with Baller Mind Frame Gibson discusses his most recent injury, his desire to take a year off and his plans to get back into the league he had called home since being selected in the second round of the 2006 NBA Draft.

BMF: How much does watching those kids play for your AAU team make you want to get back on the court?

Gibson: (laughs) Listen! I decided at the beginning of the year when I injured my foot again to take the year to get my mind right and see if this is still what I want to do. That’s what drives me. These kids look up to me like I’m their Michael Jordan. It inspires me to get back in the gym and get back out there.

Really, March Madness kind of put it over the top. I’ve been getting myself back in the right frame of mind to make a run at getting back in the league next season.

BMF: Do you think it will be a challenge getting back to the league?

Gibson: I definitely have to prove myself over again. These teams want to know why. Teams were contacting me at the deadline to see if I wanted to comeback for a 10-day contract. I was really hiding out. Nobody really knew what was going on with me. So I know I got to come back and prove myself. I know it will be difficult, but with the mind frame that I’m in, I know I can accomplish whatever it is I want to do.

To our knowledge, this is the first report of Gibson receiving calls regarding 10-day contracts. He’s been spending a lot of his time outside of the league working with kids in AAU formats, tweeting and uploading photos to Instagram, but there hasn’t been much in the way of his name being among the headlines.

Knowing what Booby is capable of, the fact that he’s received some interest from teams isn’t all too surprising. Between the personal problems and injuries that Gibson had dealt with during his tenure with the Cavaliers, he’s certainly one player Cleveland fans could rally behind if he were to make a comeback—especially if it’s another team making the financial commitment.

Photo: Scott Sargent / WFNY

While We’re Waiting… Browns can’t trade Josh Gordon

Cleveland sports fans are waiting. Thus, while we’re all waiting, the WFNY editors thought you might enjoy reading. Because you never know how long we might be waiting. So here are assorted reading goodies for you to enjoy. Send more good links for tomorrow’s edition to tips@waitingfornextyear.com.

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Video analysis on why Josh Gordon is untradeable: “While Gordon is one step away from being suspended for an entire season under the NFL’s substance abuse policy, he is also one step away from being an elite receiver in the league. The Browns should accept nothing less than a first-round or high second-round draft pick for Gordon. He is that good.” [Will Burge/Bleacher Report] [Read more...]

NBA News: Daniel Gibson apologizes to Cleveland fans via Instagram

On Monday, former Cavalier guard Daniel Gibson re-posted a thank you to Cleveland fans for their support, and at the same time apologized for his performance last season.

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The text of the picture says “With all the injuries and playing hurt… I wouldn’t want to leave Cleveland this way, it would hurt me to leave that way. I feel like the fans have always shown love to me, and this is home, basically. I apologize for the product I put out there on the floor. Daniel Gibson, 2013″.

Gibson posted his lowest points per game average since his rookie season in 2012-2013. He played in 46 of the Cavaliers’ 82 games. He averaged 5.4 points and 1.8 assists.

Gibson turned himself into police on July 29th in New Orleans, after being charged with second degree battery.

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NBA News: Daniel Gibson facing battery charges in New Orleans

Daniel Gibson, currently an unrestricted free agent shooting guard, is facing battery charges after turning himself in to New Orleans police. WDSU in Louisiana is the first to report that the long-time member of the Cleveland Cavaliers is facing charges of second degree battery which stem from the Essence Music Festival, taking place earlier this summer.

Details on the incident that led to the charge were not immediately available, but state law defines second degree battery as an assault in which the offender “intentionally inflicts serious bodily injury” on another person.

“Earlier this month during the Essence Music Festival, I was involved in an incident with other individuals while I was out with my wife.,” Gibson said. “It’s unfortunate that some see opportunity in taking advantage of people who work hard for what they have achieved.”

An arrest warrant obtained by multiple media outlets claims that a Gibson, trained in boxing, broke the victim’s jaw. The veteran guard told TMZ that “once all of the facts of the incident come out, [he] expects to be fully vindicated.”

Gibson, 27, was a second-round draft selection of the Cavaliers in 2006 and has spent his entire career in Cleveland. In 2012-13, Gibson averaged 5.4 points and 1.8 assists per game. The team is aware of the incident and are not providing comment at this time.

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NBA News: Kyrie Irving to miss second consecutive game with sore knee

The Cleveland Cavaliers have listed PG Kyrie Irving as out for tonight’s game against the Toronto Raptors-

“Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving (sore/hyperextended right knee) is listed as OUT for tonight’s game at The Q against Toronto. His status remains day-to-day and will be updated as appropriate.

Cavaliers guard Daniel Gibson has rejoined the team and will be ACTIVE for tonight’s game.”

Irving missed last night’s game in Chicago with the sore knee, a game in which the Cavaliers snapped an 11 game losing streak to the Bulls. Cleveland is in the middle of a 5 game in 7 night stretch. Don’t be surprised to see the Cavs be cautious with Irving during this stretch.

Shaun Livingston started in place of Irving last night, and will likely do so again this evening at the Q.

[Related: Kyrie Irving out due to knee injury]

Chris Grant and the Cavaliers sit this trade deadline out

“Despite no trade today, Cavs will end season w/better roster and MOAR PICKS than when year started. Not too shabby.” -@WFNYBen

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A month ago the Cavaliers traded Jon Leuer to the Memphis Grizzlies for Marreese Speights, guards Wayne Ellington and Josh Selby, and a future first-round draft pick. That was this year’s big move. The Cavs provided Memphis a place to shed a little salary, and in return the Cavs got a couple pieces and a first round draft pick.

Heading into Thursday’s NBA trade deadline, the Cavs were already ahead of the game for the year.

Of course, the trade deadline which passed by could have been much, much more interesting had the Cavaliers not lost Anderson Varejao for the season. Because of that injury the Cavs really didn’t have much to dangle in front of teams aside from salary relief. There weren’t many teams that thought they were a Daniel Gibson or Omri Casspi away from contending. Probably most phone calls that were taken by Grant the past week had to do with Marreese Speights, but the Cavs certainly did not have to move him. [Read more...]

NBA trade deadline passes; no new moves from Cavaliers

The NBA’s trade 3 pm deadline came and went for the Cleveland Cavaliers, apparently without any trades being made. Daniel Gibson, Marreese Speights, Omri Casspi and Luke Walton are all still Cavaliers.

The Cavs did make a trade last month with the Memphis Grizzlies of course, which brought them Marreese Speights, guards Wayne Ellington and Josh Selby, and a future first-round draft pick for forward Jon Leuer.

The Cavaliers were listed in several rumors and trade discussions as a partner willing to take on salary to secure draft picks or improve their position. As Thursday’s deadline passed and the high profile names that were tossed around remained with their current teams it is easy to see why nothing more materialized for the Cavaliers.

The “big names” moved at the deadline this year-

J.J. Redick was part of a 6 player deal that sent Doron Lamb to the Magic.

Eric Maynor went from Oklahoma City to Portland.

Sebastian Telfair was sent to Toronto for Hamed Haddadi and a protected second round pick.

The Wizards moved Jordan Crawford to the Celtics for Barbosa and Jason Collins.

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Fun with Numbers

Mario's Early Years - Fun With NumbersEveryone likes numbers right? Every once in a while I like to see what story the numbers tell. Some of them may surprise you. Some of them you may already know. Sometimes they explain a lot. Let’s have some fun-

950- Trent Richardson finished the season with 950 yards rushing. He broke Jim Brown’s rookie rushing record, but didn’t get to that infamous 1,000 yard mark. He carried the ball 267 times and averaged 3.6 yards per carry. Now, I don’t have access to Richardson’s contract details, but I would be surprised if there wasn’t a bonus of some sort for hitting 1,000 yards. Between the injuries and that 8 carry Colts game, you would think that another 14 carries would have been possible along the way to get Trent to 1,000 yards. Next year I guess.

24th- The Browns offense ranked 24th in scoring this season. Since their return in 1999, the Browns have finished higher than that only twice. In 2007 they were 8th, and in 2002 they were 19th.

.281- Looks like a batting average no? Actually it is Pat Shurmur’s winning percentage in Cleveland. Since the team returned, three coaches have been given exactly 32 games to coach- Shurmur, Mangini and Palmer. Palmer had 5 wins, Shurmur 9 and Mangini 10. The highest winning percentage among ‘new’ Browns’ coaches? It’s not Romeo, even though he had the best single season since ’99. Try Butch Davis with a .414 winning percentage.

11- The Browns finished the season with 11 players on the disabled list. 8 of those were defensive players. 4 were linebackers. [Read more...]

NBA Rumors: Cavs could trade Speights, Gibson, Casspi before deadline

After making a deal earlier in the week, trade winds are swirling once again regarding the Cavaliers. In Marc Stein’s Weekend Dime on ESPN.com, he talks of the possibility of the Cavs moving newly acquired Marreese Speights, Daniel Gibson, and Omri Casspi.

“Don’t be shocked if the Cavaliers decide to move Speights on again before the Feb. 21 deadline.

The Cavs obviously aren’t in the playoff hunt and word is they’re already receiving interest in Speights, who possesses a $4.5 million player option for next season. The Cavs are also armed with $12 million in expiring contracts and roughly $4 million in leftover cap space for the summer, which means they’ve got the tools to continue to be active before this deadline.”

[Related: Finally some fun for Cavalier fans]

Varejao, Gibson providing much-needed leadership to struggling Cavs

After the dust had settled from the Cavaliers most recent ten-point loss, this time at the hands of the Chicago Bulls, the team’s locker room was desolate.

Dion Waiters was long gone, having left shortly after the buzzer, walking boot and all. Not far behind was Kyrie Irving, bright red backpack slung over his shoulders — the starting backcourt remaining injured, allowing for considerable less post-game prep time prior to heading out on their respective evenings. Kevin Jones, the recently promoted power forward who represents the other end of the Cavaliers’ totem pole, donned a backpack a few shades lighter than Irving’s, providing a nice compliment to the baby stroller provided to him through the rookie hazing process.

While team communications folks, various coaches and a cavalcade of equipment managers scurried about, the two players who would remain in the wake were Anderson Varejao and Daniel “Boobie” Gibson — coincidentally, the only two men who were in Cleveland when the team lost 26-straight games, the same two men whom head coach Byron Scott will count on to keep the otherwise young locker room in tact as the team continues to pile up losses in the wake of their tough early-season schedule and injured stars.

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NBA Report: Gibson, Waiters to have MRIs

Daniel Gibson was neither on the Cavaliers bench nor behind it in street clothes on Tuesday night. This was odd considering he was not on any injury report given by the Cavaliers during pregame, and was expected to play. Following the first quarter, the Cavs announced he was a “late scratch” with his lingering right elbow injury.

Following the game, the Cavaliers announced that both Gibson and rookie Dion Waiters will undergo further tests, including MRIs on Wednesday. Waiters injured his hand on the rim during the second quarter of the loss to the Suns. X-rays on the hand were negative.

With Kyrie Irving already mending a hand issue, the backcourt is thin. Real thin. Losing Gibson and Waiters for any length of time could force a move of some sort, even if it is just a call up from Canton.

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Cavaliers Injury Report: Irving out four weeks with hairline fracture in finger

From the Cavaliers-

Cavaliers Guard Kyrie Irving received an MRI and CT Scan of his contused left index finger (3rd quarter of Saturday night’s game at The Q vs. Dallas) today at Cleveland Clinic Sports Health.  The results of the MRI and CT Scan revealed a hairline/non-displaced fracture in the finger. The injury will be treated with taping and a splint. He is currently projected to be Out for the next four weeks while the fracture heals, and is scheduled to be re-evaluated in two weeks. His status will be updated as appropriate at that point.

Cavaliers guard Daniel Gibson has a contused right elbow experienced in Saturday’s game at The Q vs. Dallas. He continued to play and be available for play during that game. He traveled with the team to Philadelphia, and continued to receive treatment immediately prior to the Sunday game vs. the Sixers and during the first quarter in the locker room. He returned to the bench for the remainder of the game, but did not play. Gibson underwent an x-ray and MRI today at Cleveland Clinic Sports Health, both of which were negative. He is cleared to play.

Cavaliers forward/center Tristan Thompson experienced a nasal contusion during the second quarter of the game in Philadelphia last night. An x-ray at the Cleveland Clinic today revealed a nasal fracture. He will have a protective mask fitted and is projected to be ready to play in Wednesday’s game at The Q also vs. the Sixers.

Ugh.

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Daniel Gibson has Officially Become a Man

Daniel Gibson phoned home. The long-time guard of the Cleveland Cavaliers picked up his iPhone and dialed a Houston area code where his mother, Cheryl, would be the voice on the other end of the cellular transmission. The two speak often, but the reason for this specific phone call was for Gibson, 26, to tell his mom that he, in his words, had “finally become a man.”

This new man, the one who is affectionately known as “Boobie,” had already survived many rites of passage that come with his territory: McDonalds All-America status, the highly political recruiting process of NCAA Division I athletics, the transition to the NBA after just two years with the Texas Longhorns, the marriage to a contemporary singer/songwriter and the birth of their now-two-year-old son. But it was not any of these items — nor the impending debut of his docu-reality television show — that led to the correspondence. It was Cheryl Gibson’s son’s new-found appreciation for the written word.

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Byron Scott: Only Varejao and Irving are Guaranteed Starters

“If you look at our team, Kyrie (Irving) and Andy (Varejao) are the only starters,” he said. “Tristan (Thompson), C.J. (Miles) and Dion (Waiters) will have to earn it.”

That’s the latest on the starting lineup thinking process from Cavs head coach Byron Scott, via Bob Finnan’s report for the News-Herald. Scott shared his excitement about the Miles signing with Finnan, even though the young small forward won’t be a shoe-in for the starting position just yet.

Possible candidates also could include Alonzo Gee and Tyler Zeller, depending upon the size and shape of the eventual starting five. Regardless, these two would figure to be the first two guys off the bench if the first five names end up beginning games. Other remaining bench contributors would also be Omri Casspi, Samardo Samuels, Daniel Gibson, Jeremy Pargo and Luke Walton.

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NBA News: Cavaliers Waive SG Manny Harris

The Cleveland Cavaliers have decided to part ways with shooting guard Manny Harris, officially announcing on Monday that he has been waived.

Harris, 22, averaged 6.7 points and 2.7 rebounds through 26 contests with the Cavaliers last season. He missed a substantial portion of the shortened season with a foot injury and apparently became the odd man out with the team selecting Dion Waiters fourth-overall in the recently held NBA Draft. The Michigan product managed to latch on to the team in 2010, at the expense of shooting guard Danny Green, but failed to improve much year-over-year in what was ultimately a position of need for the Wine and Gold.

Barring any substantial free agent acquisitions, this move almost assures that the team will pick up the team option of guard Daniel Gibson. The team has also been linked to free agent shooting guard Sonny Weems.

[Related: Who Should the Cavs Target in Free Agency?]

NBA Free Agency Rumor: Cavs Eyeing PG Jonny Flynn

This sounds familiar. Both in 2010 and then again in March, the Cavs reportedly targeted PG Jonny Flynn, the former Syracuse star who has fizzled thus far in the NBA.

Now, today, we’re seeing from the Akron Beacon Journal’s Jason Lloyd that Cleveland again is rumored to target Flynn when free agency begins soon.

Everyone rightfully focused on draft, but free agency begins Sunday. Expect #Cavs to pursue unrestricted free agent Jonny Flynn to be the backup point guard. Interest there on both sides.

Several reports over the past few weeks have had Flynn in the Cleveland area for workouts, occasionally alongside Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Cleveland’s possible selection in the first round tomorrow.

Flynn was the No. 6 pick in the 2009 draft by the Minnesota Timberwolves, the year they took three point guards in the first round. He has struggled in limited playing time, just averaging 9.2 points and 3.9 assists on 40% shooting in 163 career games, averaging 22.9 minutes per contest. Most recently, the 23-year-old finished last season with the Portland Trailblazers.

Behind Kyrie Irving, the Cavs have a non-guaranteed contract for Donald Sloan and a team option for Daniel Gibson. Sloan impressed late last year, but doesn’t have quite the same high-profile pedigree. Gibson occasionally plays both guard positions, but lacks ideal size.

[Related: NBA Draft Debate: Would You Move Kyrie for the Right to Draft Anthony Davis?]

BET Approves Daniel Gibson’s Reality Series

The BET television network has reportedly agreed to air the new docu-reality series starting Cleveland Cavaliers guard Daniel Gibson and his wife, singer/song-writer Keyshia Cole.

Cole, star of the 2006 BET unscripted show Keyshia Cole: The Way It Is, will now star in what will be called Keyshia Cole: Family First. A six-part series, the focus will be on Cole as an R&B songstress, a wife to an NBA player, mother to her 2-year old son, daughter, sister, musician and businesswoman. The series, which will premiere in the fall, is executive produced by James DuBose of DuBose Entertainment as well as Michele Barnwell, Cole and Gibson.

“It’s about me playing basketball, her singing and us raising a son at the same time,” Gibson said of the reality show earlier this season. “It’s very special. It’s real unique to see our situation and see where we both have come from, how far we’ve come and where we’re trying to go. It’s beautiful.”

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NBA Injury News: Daniel Gibson’s Surgery Deemed Successful

The Cavaliers announced that guard Daniel Gibson had successful surgery on Monday to repair a torn tendon in his left foot and ankle. The surgery was performed by Dr. Richard D. Ferkel at the Southern California Orthopedic Institute in Van Nuys, California.

Gibson will now undergo a period of rest and then transition into a rehabilitation phase, while missing the remainder of the Cavaliers season. His status will be updated as appropriate as he works towards a return to basketball activity. Gibson, who experienced a career-low in field goal percentage this year, is expected to make a full recovery from the injury and be ready for the start of training camp for the 2012-13 season.

He has a team option worth approximately $4.8 million.

Daniel Gibson to undergo season-ending surgery

Cleveland Cavaliers guard Daniel Gibson is scheduled to undergo surgery to repair a torn tendon in his left foot and ankle. The surgery will be performed by Dr. Richard Ferkel and is scheduled to take place at the Southern Orthopedic Institute in Van Nuys, California per the recommendation of Head Team Physician Dr. Richard Parker.

The surgery will effectively end Gibson’s season with a timetable set to be released following the operation.

In 35 games this season, Gibson averaged 7.5 points per game on a career-worst 35 percent shooting. He has a $4.8 million team option for the 2012-13 season with the Cavaliers expected to address their wing positions this coming off-season.

[Related: Injuries to Varejao and Gibson Lead to Several Off-season Questions]

Injuries to Varejao and Gibson Lead to Several Off-season Questions

Anderson Varejao wants to come back. Daniel Gibson may not have a choice.

The only two members of the Cleveland Cavaliers who wore Wine and Gold during the 2007 NBA Finals could realistically spend the last month of the 2011-12 NBA season in street clothes. The veterans, both who would be labeled as “cagey,” are nursing two completely different injuries — Varejao, a wrist fracture; Gibson, a torn tendon — but both have the chance to cause additional pain to the team’s season-end win total. In lockstep, both players also provide the Cavaliers with some questions that only themselves will be able to answer.

Having blown through the four-to-six-week timetable for return from a wrist fracture sustained on February 10, Anderson Varejao is hoping that the next month will provide considerably improved health. The Brazilian big man won’t even see the practice court until the first or second week of April with an updated timetable being provided subsequent to his progress. Many Cavalier fans have been clamoring for the fan favorite to stick to the designer suits for the remainder of the season, helping not only guarantee full recover for the 2012-13 slate, but also the potential for a better draft pick come this June.  [Read more...]