Originally written on Waiting For Next Year  |  Last updated 1/24/12

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.”

I’m sure there is at least a small amount of exaggeration at play here, but it does make you scratch your head just a bit.

The Cavaliers, when asked for clarification said that Eyenga’s statement is a tad inaccurate. ”If anything, he meant that a Byron Scott practice is considerably more rigorous than a Canton Charge practice.”

That is very likely true, but the question then becomes shouldn’t the Charge’s practices resemble what Byron Scott does with the Cavaliers? The Charge are a brand new franchise, so there is a certain amount of learning curve here, no question about that.

Then again, perhaps they are close than we think, and Christian Eyenga needs to push himself harder.

(hat tip to @RealCavsFans)

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