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Harper, 53, who won five championships in his 15 years in the NBA after being selected No. 8 overall by the Cavs in 1986, is also baffled and can think of only one explanation. “Youth. Ignorance,” Harper said Sunday of Irving, 25, after signing autographs at the legends booth on Cavs day at the $9.75 million World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone Country Club. “When I used to play on bad teams and you trained all off-season to play 82 games, you get to the first round and you lose. You’re guaranteed to play till June. The East is good, but you know that you’re the best basketball team,” Harper said. “I don’t really understand what’s behind it.
Harper said even if the Cavs accommodate Irving’s request, it might be a flashback to Harper’s era. “It’s not a guarantee that the Cavaliers are going to trade him to a good team,” Harper said. “I asked a guy, ‘What happened to the old-school days?’ When a guy asked to get traded, you traded him to the sorriest team. That’s the way it worked.”
The defending champion Cleveland Cavaliers announced Tuesday that they’ll turn back the clock this season with six Hardwood Classic Night games at Quicken Loans Arena, starting on Dec. 9. In addition to commemorative in-game videos, music and entertainment, the Cavs will rock the retro bright-orange uniforms that the team wore in the mid-1980s, paying homage to rosters headlined by World B. Free, Ron Harper, Mark Price and John “Hot Rod” Williams.
Ron Harper: Kobe destroyed him. Brian Shaw: This is 22-year-old Kobe. Crazy athletic. Unlimited stamina. I mean, he kicked his ass. He pulled out everything in his bag — dunk, up-and-under, pull-up, crossover. Devean George: Fadeaway. Left hand. Right hand. Blowing by him. Brian Shaw: We were on the sidelines gassing it up. People are laughing, yelling, “Hey J.R., be careful what you wish for.”
Kerr: Ah, well that’s interesting. The only thing I know for sure is I had no chance to guard Steph. So I would say, we would probably have had to put a combination of Scottie [Pippen] and Harp [Ron Harper] on Steph. You didn’t expect this to be hard, did you? Kerr: No. I do think that we would have — when I say “we,” I’m saying from a playing standpoint. I mean, this is hard to even know whether I’m saying “we” or “they.”