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Rookie hazing isn’t uncommon in professional sports. Nevertheless, it’s pretty rare that you hear of a head coach leading the charge when it comes to hazing rookies. But that’s exactly what Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Byron Scott is doing.
According to ESPN, Scott is hazing his rookies Dion Waiters, Tyler Zeller and Kevin Jones by making them carry around baby dolls and strollers that he gave to them before Wednesday’s game against the Bulls.
“Just rookie initiation, I guess,” Jones said with a laugh. “Just trying to have fun with it. You’re only a rookie once, so you just got to have fun with it.”
Scott didn’t offer an explanation regarding the baby dolls before the game, but each player realizes the hazing is just part of the game. Waiters’ baby doll, Mary, and Zeller’s baby doll, LaQuesha, sat quietly on the side of the Cavs’ locker room while Jones’ baby doll, Connie, sat in front of his locker.
“(Scott) didn’t tell us (why),” Zeller said. “He just had them out there
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Cavaliers head coach Byron Scott forced the team's three rookies to carry around dolls in strollers before Wednesday's game against the Bulls.
When Anderson Varejao doesnt get a double-double, the Cavaliers dont stand a chance.
Thats the story of this Cavs season, and it cannot be argued. And anyone who saw the Cavs 91-73 loss at Minnesota on Friday is giving a hearty amen.
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Cavaliers rookie guard Dion Waiters is out for Wednesday night's game against the Chicago Bulls because of a sprained left ankle.
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Anderson Varejao leads the NBA in rebounding at 15.4 per game. Hes recorded 10 straight double-doubles. Hes recorded 10 straight games of at least 15 rebounds.
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With the Cavaliers having two rookies playing prominent minutes, WFNY thought it would beneficial to see how the fresh meat around the league is faring in comparison with the Cavalier rookies. Each week, we’ll have NBA rookie power rankings where we’ll rack and stack the freshman class of the NBA. The rankings will be weighted with the most recent games carrying the most importance...
Byron Scott is quite the jokester lately, during his pre-game press conference, a reporters cell phone rang and Scott answered it and had a fun conversation with “Mike” on the other end. Baby dolls for his rookies and press room phone calls…all in a days work.
Anderson Varejao is averaging 15.2 points and 15.4 rebounds per game heading into tonight's matchup with the Chicago Bulls. He's also shooting 52.2 percent from the floor overall and 77.7 percent from the free throw line.
To that point, Dave Wooley (@dwooley81) emailed me the following statistic.
The players who have averaged at least 15 points and...
The Cavaliers have assigned forward Jon Leuer to the Canton Charge, the Cavs D-League affiliate.
Leuer is a 6-foot-10 forward who was signed by the Cavs prior to the season. He was waived by Houston in July.
Leuer has played in five games with the Cavs, compiling averages of 3.2 points and 2.0 rebounds.
The Cavs (4-15) are at Minnesota on Friday, before returning to Quicken Loans...
Jim Mone, Associated Press
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