“Most guys in my position don’t get drafted to such a high-caliber team like the Celtics, so it makes me work harder because I have to compete and earn everything,” he said.
As he talks, Tatum’s eyes are glued to Brown, who has returned to the floor for some shots following their one-on-one battles. The two were fast friends this summer, especially having already crossed paths during their high school days. Brown knows all about what Tatum is about to experience and is eager to help him along the way.
Brown, after riding the rookie roller coaster a year ago, is competing for a starting job this season. He speaks with a wisdom well beyond his mere 20 years, and that’s reflected when he calls Tatum “Kid” while praising the way Tatum approaches the game.
Dorsey was part of the package sent by San Francisco to Cleveland for quarterback Trent Dilfer in the 2006 offseason.
“[Rose] came in with no ego at all, just saying, ‘Coach, whatever you need me to do, and if you yell at me, cuss at me,'” Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said. “I said, ‘I don’t do all that.’ But he said, ‘Whatever it is I can take it. Whatever you need me to do, I’m willing to do.’ And D-Wade has been pretty much the same. Coming in and knowing it’s about sacrifice. If you want to win a championship and have a chance to win a championship, you have to sacrifice. They understand that.”
Dwyane Wade secures Cleveland’s final starting roster spot, reuniting him with LeBron James in the starting lineup. The last time they linked up in that fashion, the pair, playing for Miami, made it to four straight Finals.
Derrick Rose admits that his mental approach in the past — not just his physical ailments — started to lead his career astray and says he is determined to get back on track with the Cleveland Cavaliers.