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Diving right into this topic, the Central division in the East is become increasingly tough. All the teams in the Division had big summers and have transformed that division into arguable the toughest in the East, top to bottom. Starting from the bottom up, Detroit dropped Lawrence Frank for Mo Cheeks and signed both the productive, yet underwhelming, defensive specialist Josh Smith and 36 year-old Chauncey Billups, among other pieces to the mysterious puzzle that is Detroit. Andre Drummond made quite the impression in his rookie season, so this year should see him having a crucial role with the Pistons. Having a pair of players like Greg Monroe  the impressive Drummond, the Pistons have a very young, very ganders front court. The Pistons also have an overstock of point guards. New signees Billups, Peyton Siva, and Will Bynum will join a Detroit side that already boasts two young, score-oriented first point guards in Brandon Jennings and Rodney Stuckey. Adding Josh Smith gives them a threat at the small-forward position, but apart from Jennings, I don’t see a dominant scorer on this team. However, the Billups addition should bring a leader on the court which could do wonders for the Pistons. The Milwaukee Bucks lost Monta Ellis and Brandon Jennings,their top two scorers, but have added some key players to take their place. O.J. Mayo and Brandon Knightl will attempt to replace this missing scoring for the Bucks. Having added pure point Gary Neal, the Milwaukee backcourt should be formidable. The front court is an area that needs improvement. Larry Sanders, who just signed a $44 million extension, is the biggest threat down low for the Bucks, whose other centers, Joel Przybilla and Zaza Pachula, have seen better days. It will be interesting to see if the Milwaukee Bucks can make another playoff run with their new(ish) roster. The Chicago Bulls may have had the best summer of anyone with the least signings. Derrick Rose will be back to the lead a Chicago side looking to challenge the Heat and the Pacers among the top of the Eastern Conference. The Bulls added three-point specialist and double-digit scorer Mike Dunleavy to a team that already had success in the previous season. There is not much to say about the Chicago Bulls that wasn’t seen in the last year’s playoffs other than watch out. The Indiana Pacers, who took the champs to seven in last year’s playoffs, are back with more firepower. The league’s leading rebounding team from a year ago added Luis Scola to their roster, giving them more depth down low as well as another tough-nosed player that the Chicago Bulls love so much. The Pacer’s also signed C.J. Watson, who has made his money as a great back up in the league, and Chris Copeland, who was a very consistent threat off the bench last year with the New York Knicks. Danny Granger will also be back in full form, making the thought of Indiana a scary one. With Larry Bird being named president of basketball operations, the Indiana Pacers could be a powerhouse for years to come. Where does this leave the Cleveland Cavaliers? Player-for-player, I think the Cavs fall right in the middle; below Chicago and Indiana and above Milwaukee and Detroit. An optimistic view could even see the Cavs challenging the Bulls for second in the division, with the high-proile point guard battle in Kyrie Irving vs. Derrick Rose. A pessimistic one has them falling among the ranks of the average teams in the East and finishing 4th or 5th in the division. The Cavaliers are improving with the rest of the Central Division. (USA Today Sports)

Kyrie Irving dances during UNICEF South Africa trip

Previously on TNLP, we featured a video clip of Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving trying his hand at the game of cricket during a trip to South Africa sponsored by UNICEF. In this video clip from his Instagram page, watch as Kyrie gets down and boogies with some local school children: Get down, Kyrie!

Kyrie Irving Dancing And Playing Cricket In South Africa

Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving is in Soweto, South Africa this week with UNICEF.  Check him out playing a game of cricket and putting on a display of his dance moves for the kids:

Kyrie Irving plays cricket in South Africa

Currently, Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving is overseas in South Africa as part of a goodwill trip with the fine folks over at UNICEF. In the below YouTube video, Kyrie tries his hand at the game of cricket and well, let’s just say Kyrie is a two sport athlete now: *** Kyrie Irving plays cricket in South Africa [Slam Online]

Thompson leads Canada at FIBA Americas

Cleveland Cavaliers power forward Tristan Thompson will lead Canada's men's basketball team at the upcoming FIBA Americas Championship. Thompson is one of four NBA players on the team, which also includes Miami center Joel Anthony, San Antonio point guard Cory Joseph and Orlando forward Andrew Nicholson. It's the first time Canada has had four NBA regulars on its team...

Cleveland Cavaliers: Cleveland Should Trade For Shawn Marion

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Daniel Gibson’s trophy room doesn’t have much in it

Although, I haven’t seen every NBA player’s trophy room, I’m going to go out a limb and say that Cleveland Cavaliers guard Daniel Gibson doesn’t exactly have the greatest. Recently, “Boobie” put his Westlake mansion on the market and the fine folks over at Sports Grid tracked down a photo of his trophy room from the Realty website. It might be the most random trophy room...

Anderson Varejao’s life gets drawn out in YouTube video, “Draw My Life”

Ever wanted to know Cleveland Cavaliers center Anderson Varejao’s life story but didn’t have enough time to do the research? Well, thanks to this YouTube video from the 2016 Rio Olympics YouTube Page, you can now know Andy’s life story in under 5 minutes: The things you learn….. *** Anderson Varejao narrates his life story in “Draw My Life” [Fear The Sword]

The time when Shaquille O’Neal pimped rookie Luke Walton’s ride

When Luke Walton arrived in Los Angeles in 2003, he turned up in his 1970 Cadillac convertible that his older brother had passed down to him. As soon as Shaquille O’Neal clapped eyes on the rundown car, he hooked Luke up with an L.A. body shop. Yes, Shaq pimped Luke’s car, according to - though it’s unclear who foot the bill: Did you know Luke used to drive around...
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