SWORD MAGAZINE 47
HONORABLE MENTION: Alan Amaechi,
DeSagana Diop, Timofey Mozgov, Vitaly
Potapenko, Omri Casspi, Luol Deng
If you’re lucky enough to work for a professional
sports franchise, you’re sometimes lucky enough
to meet the players. And invariably, fans will ask:
“What are they really like?” The answer is that
almost all of the players are really cool, laid-back,
normal guys. (It’s my co-workers who are the
It’d be a tough selection process if we were choosing
coaches, but Mike Brown would probably take
honors. If he wasn’t a coach, he’d be the nicest guy
at his insurance agency or auto plant.
Over the years, the Cavaliers have had some of
the league’s best individuals wear the Wine and
Gold. And the all-time list starts with our triumvirate
of legends: Austin Carr, Campy Russell and
Jim Chones – some of the finest gentlemen you’ll
But the list
there. In fact, it
starts here …
G – Terrell
good a guy
as he was a ballplayer. And he was a damn good
G – Ramon Sessions: Most guys who’ve played
for nine NBA teams are regarded as a problem
child; the man Byron Scott called “Sesh” was exactly
C – Zydrunas Ilgauskas: (see Brandon, Thomas
F – Antawn Jamison: The man with HOF
numbers would give you four quotes’-worth of
answers with a single response.
F – Tristan Thompson: Is consistently cool and
courteous with fans and the media and embraced
the city of Cleveland – through thick and thin,
from day one.
HONORABLE MENTION: Alonzo Gee,
Anderson Varejao, Joe Harris, Donyell
Marshall, DeSagana Diop, Steve Kerr, Jim
Cleamons, Kevin Love, Darnell Jackson,
Big Perk, Anthony Parker, Andre Miller,
Hot Rod Williams, Kyle Korver, Boobie
Gibson, World B. Free, Delonte West,
James Jones, Skyenga, Samardo Samuels,
Leon Powe, LeBron James
If we’re gonna do the All Nice-Guy Team, we
need to look at some of the franchise’s tough guys,
too. And yes, there’s actually some overlap. That’s
just how versatile some of them are.
Tristan Thompson, for example, can only be SO
Canadian until someone really cheeses him off.
He’s a sweet guy who takes no guff.
Basketball is a gentleman’s game and calls for
moments of incredible grace, touch and finesse.
But there are also moments where foes need to
be leveled. And when that’s the case, some of the
following Cavaliers might do the trick …
G – Dahntay Jones: (See: Biyombo, Bismack.)
G – Donald Sloan: Was 13-1-1 as a Golden
Gloves boxer in his teens – all 13 wins by knockout.
C – Lonnie Shelton: Once thwarted a mugging
and sat on the mugger lecturing him until the
cops arrived. Shall I go on?
F – Tristan Thompson: If you think playing
center in 447 straight NBA games doesn’t require
toughness, you really should follow another sport.