Tuesday , Apr , 08 , 2008 Oly Sandor

Why LeBron James & Cleveland Cavaliers Won’t Be Playing Damon Jones

The self-proclaimed best dresser in the NBA will take his act to Cleveland’s bench. Jones, after returning to the first five, has not only lost his starting position, but will also find playing time scarce. Publicly, Coach Brown said he’ll use Delonte West, Devin Brown, Wally Szczerbiak, and Daniel ‘Boobie’ Gibson because they’re better defensive players than Jones. Other issues must have factored in his decision …

Why LeBron James & Cleveland Cavaliers Won't Be Playing Damon JonesThe Akron Beacon Journal reports on Cleveland changing their playing rotation:

There’s no charm in this third time around for Damon Jones. As Cavaliers coach Mike Brown has tightened his rotation for the playoffs, he has again decided to stopped playing Jones.

The Very Quick AM Take: The self-proclaimed best dresser in the NBA will take his act to Cleveland’s bench. Jones, after returning to the first five, has not only lost his starting position, but will also find playing time scarce.

Publicly, Coach Brown said he’ll use Delonte West, Devin Brown, Wally Szczerbiak, and Daniel ‘Boobie’ Gibson because they’re better defensive players than Jones. Other issues must have factored in his decision.

Earlier this season, Jones made enemies by taking his trade demands to the media. The guard even told reporters he’d return to Miami for a reconciliation with former enemy Pat Riley.

Speaking of trades, Coach Brown has to play West and Szczerbiak because both were acquired in the deadline blockbuster with Chicago and Seattle. Benching two newly acquired players would make the organization, particularly the front office, appear incompetent.

Last year, Gibson had a memorable playoff. Against Detroit, the young pro looked like the second-coming of B.J. Armstrong, knocking down corner jumpers and three-pointers. After battling injuries all season, he deserves a chance to recapture his past form-even if it comes at Jones’ expense.

Right now, for many reasons, Jones is the odd man out. But the veteran has been in this situation before and still contributed big playoff shots against Washington and Detroit. 

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