Links to the Present: January 23, 2012

January 23rd, 2012 by Colin McGowan

“It’s only a matter of time before the Cavaliers retire former center Zydrunas Ilgauskas’ No. 11 jersey. It’s not a matter of if. It’s a matter of when. It will happen, probably this season. No ceremony has been scheduled for the special assistant to general manager Chris Grant.” [CBS Sports]

“In the past few years, James has connected with many NBA prospects through his invitation-only camp in Akron. Had Irving and fellow rookie Tristan Thompson — represented by James’ longtime friend Rich Paul — gone to any of 29 other teams, their friendships with the Heat small forward would be viewed through a different prism. But because it’s Cleveland and because of the history, Irving understands the increased level of sensitivity.” [Tom Reed]

With Anthony Parker’s back ailing and Boobie Gibson on the mend, the Cavs have called up Christian Eyenga.

Here’s a look at the Cavaliers season by the numbers from Fear the Sword.