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Cleveland Cavaliers Keep Mychel Thompson Over Manny Harris: Fan Perspective
As the Cleveland Cavaliers say goodbye to Manny Harris, they welcome Mychel Thompson onto their roster. Coach Byron Scott said that the decision was not made solely based on Harris' injury, but that he truly felt that Thompson was a better fit for the team and for the direction that the Cavs' are currently heading.
"It has been my dream since I was a little kid to play in the NBA," said Thompson. "Just to make the team is not my goal. I want to stay in the NBA, I want to stick. I don't want to be here for a little bit."
Just before preseason began, coach Scott talked about how much he liked Thompson's passion for the game. He also said that he liked Thompson's decision-making and size. However, Scott did not really get into too many specifics on his decision in choosing Thompson over Harris.
Thompson was playing with the NBA Developmental League team, the Erie Bayhawks, prior to the Cavs inviting him to come to their training camp. In five games with the Bayhawks, he averaged 19.8 points. Obviously, the NBA is going to be more competitive than the D-League, but seeing his stats in that league does give us a glimpse at what Thompson is capable of. Coach Scott also sees great potential in him.
"He's doing pretty good. He's a solid basketball player. He doesn't make a lot of mistakes. He just does what he knows he can do. He's pretty good on the defensive end," said coach Scott during training camp.
Seeing how the Cavs did in their home opener on 12/26/11 against the Toronto Raptors, it is clear that defense is something that the Cavs could use a lot more of. Also, Manny Harris was not the strongest defensively. We will have to see Thompson play more to see exactly how effective he will be long-term on the defensive end, but it is clear that if he is up to the challenge, the Cavs would not be losing much by allowing him to show us what he's got.
So far, it seems like coach Scott has made the right choice in choosing Thompson over Harris, but of course, only time will tell.
R. Elizabeth C. Kitchen was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio and still lives there. She was raised a Cavs' fan and has remained loyal through all of the teams ups and downs. She remains confident that the Cavs will bring home a championship at some point in her life. Follow Rose on Twitter @Rose_Kitchen
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