Links to the Present: March 21, 2012

March 21st, 2012 by Colin McGowan

“Cavaliers guard Donald Sloan learned the jab step in two distinctly different types of gyms. The strapping 6-foot-3, 203-pound Sloan has used it to beat opponents off the dribble and to the punch. On his way to earning a scholarship at Texas A&M, he spent four years in a Dallas boxing club learning the finer points of pugilism from his kin. The NBA is filled with fight fans and includes a few players like Cavs’ guard Daniel Gibson who have sparred as part of their basketball training.” [Tom Reed]

“In the first game of the post-Ryan Hollins era, the Cleveland Cavaliers will travel to Atlanta to play the Hawks. It was merely a couple days ago when the Hawks stomped on the Cavs at home, and this time, the game will be played in HOTlanta. This does not bode well for the Cavaliers. However, after Hollins was waived, I’m slightly more inclined to believe in miracles.” [Conrad Kaczmarek]

“Coon grouped the Cavs in the ‘If cap space is king, then fit me for a crown’ section. There were plenty of other teams in this category as well and obviously the Cavaliers and the rest won’t all be able to bring in any big name free agents this summer. With $26 million in cap space this summer the team certainly could make some massive move.” [John of FTS]

And the Kings waived J.J. Hickson. I know the Cavs are thin in the frontcourt, but for the sake of my sanity, I would prefer they not re-acquire Hickson. He and Byron Scott did nothing but bicker at one another all of last season, and I think we’ve all figured out at this point that Hickson is never going to be very good.