Zeller, Waiters Impress Scott As Cavs Tip Off Training Camp
INDEPENDENCE (92.3 The Fan) – Camp Byron 2012 is underway.
The fun that is media day came and went on Monday at Cleveland Clinic Courts and Tuesday, the Cavaliers went to work.
Cavaliers coach Byron Scott is famous for working his players hard in training camp and this year promises to be no different.
Scott likes to joke about having trash cans readily available on the practice floor for players who might become ill from the gassers and drills.
They weren’t needed for the first practice, although Scott joked a few players came close to needing one.
Rookies Dion Waiters and Tyler Zeller got a crash course Tuesday but Scott was impressed with how well they handled their first NBA practice.
“I thought both of them did well to be honest with you,” Scott said. “We put them both in the front of the drills to start today because they’re rookies and they had to be the pace setters and they did a heck of a job.”
Zeller, selected by the Cavaliers No. 17 overall in the draft, has heard the stories about the intensity of Scott’s training camps but survived day 1 just fine.
“It’s very intense,” Zeller said. “It’s something that’s going to be very tiring but as much as I’ve heard about it I know that you’re going to get your work in but down the road it’s really going to pay off when you start playing.
“You’re not tired so you’re not trying to think about being tired. You can just think about what you’re supposed to be doing.”
Scott is excited about pairing Waiters, the team’s No. 4 overall pick, with the reigning NBA rookie of the year Kyrie Irving in the backcourt.
When asked how good the duo could be Scott responded, “damn good.”