HoopsHype Christian Eyenga rumors


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I'll miss Christian Eyenga. Favorite memory: Standing in locker room in Chicago last season while he told Jeff Phelps, Fred McLeod and myself about how his mama was 6-foot-9. We must have double checked with him 5 times. "She's 6-9? Really?" Each time he said "Yeah." Next day, Christian walks up to me. "Jason, did you say my mama is 6-9? She's not 6-9! She's 5-9!" I cracked up and later relayed the story to BScott, who just shook his head. "Now you know what I'm dealing with here," he said. Sulia

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Cavs guard/forward Christian Eyenga hasn’t exactly torn up the D-League since being sent down to the Canton Charge. He was ejected in first game against the Fort Wayne Mad Ants after drawing two technical fouls. He’s averaged 8.3 points and 4.0 rebounds in his first four games. He was shooting just 39.5 percent from the field. Eyenga was sent down to the Charge because of his questionable practice habits. Morning Journal

January 5, 2012 Updates

The club sent small forward Christian Eyenga to the Canton Charge of the NBA Developmental League on Wednesday. Eyenga appeared in only one of the team's first five games. The Cavaliers want him playing while the they are on a season-long, seven-game road trip. The second-year pro is no stranger to the D-League, having made three trips there last season. Cleveland Plain Dealer

December 21, 2011 Updates

The Cavaliers view Christian Eyenga as a wild card. At some point, the second-year swingman could evolve into a devastating and arguably the most athletic defender in the NBA. Or, he could drift into oblivion and return overseas once his current contract expires. The 6-foot-7 1/4, 210-pounder clearly doesn't always get "it." He's jovial, fun to be around and always has a smile on his face. However, he seems to live in his own little world at times. Just days away from the start of the 2011-12 season, Eyenga appears to be buried on Coach Byron Scott's rotation behind expected starter Omri Casspi and backup Alonzo Gee. Morning Journal

Eyenga admits he's working hard - at least in his mind - with Cavs defensive "coordinator" Jamahl Mosley to correct any flaws. But he always seems to be a step behind. At this level, it's all about trust, and it doesn't appear as if Scott trusts his prodigy. After the Cavs' recent Wine & Gold Scrimmage at The Q, Scott's comments on Eyenga weren't exactly favorable. Morning Journal

December 18, 2011 Updates

Cavaliers forward Christian Eyenga was 9-years-old when he learned how disposable life could be in a homeland rich with resources and impoverished by instability. He watched as rebel soldiers opened fire on unarmed civilians at a street corner in his native Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Eyenga heard the gunfire and the screams. He ran from the scene, escaping harm but not the gnawing fear that tomorrow would bring more of the same. "There were a lot of people shot," Eyenga said. "You just saw people dead in the street. It was crazy. You just wanted to go somewhere safe. "Back then, you didn't plan for a future, you lived life in the present. You grow up thinking, 'In two minutes I could be dead.'" Cleveland Plain Dealer

Spanish agent Pere Gallego rode through the hardscrabble streets of Kinshasa (population 10 million) with a different kind of shooting guard by his side four years ago. He was stunned by what he witnessed. "It was very sad," Gallego said. "There were just thousands of poor people everywhere. The wars had left the city in ruins." The UN annually releases a Human Development Index, which ranks 187 nations using health, education and income as composite measures for well being. The Democratic Republic of Congo finished last in its 2011 report. Life expectancy in Eyenga's homeland is 48.4 years. His brother Khomedy, the one who taught him how to play basketball, died at age 21 in a car accident. Cleveland Plain Dealer

Eyenga is proud to represent Congo and wants to hold a charity event to raise awareness of his country's plight. The Cavs are aware of the desire and willing to assist him once he provides the details. Team insiders say there is not a more appreciative player than Eyenga, who often volunteers for community outreach functions. In a sport where its stars are sometimes criticized for their sense of entitlement, Eyenga marvels at how many basketballs and sneakers are supplied at the Cleveland Clinic Courts training facility. "Life is easier here," he said. "Look, we have a gym where we can come and play any time. You don't have these opportunities back home." Cleveland Plain Dealer

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