HoopsHype Samardo Samuels rumors


March 1, 2012 Updates

Coach Byron Scott said the second-year pro is not supplying the requisite energy or effort to merit playing time. On Monday, he met with Samuels and made it clear the reserve center is running out of chances. "What I told him the other day is opportunity is not going to keep coming," Scott said. "Pretty soon that well is going to dry up." Cleveland Plain Dealer

January 10, 2012 Updates

Scott believes both players are dealing with a loss of confidence, particularly at the offensive end. Casspi missed all five of his 3-point attempts in a 98-78 loss to Portland on Sunday and Samuels committed five turnovers in less than 14 minutes. "Samardo gets so down on himself," Scott said. "He's like Omri in that fashion when they get down on themselves if they miss a shot or make a bad play. When you throw it away or make a bad play, you hold your head down that one or two seconds [and] they're running to the other end. "You can't do anything about it, but you can make up for it on the defensive end. That's what I'm trying to get across to a couple of those guys." Cleveland Plain Dealer

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Cavaliers forward Samardo Samuels strolled onto the court at the Target Center for Friday morning's shootaround, happy to be back with the team after missing Wednesday's loss at Toronto because of passport and visa issues. "I'm glad that day passed now and I can join the team and move forward," he said. Cleveland Plain Dealer

Samuels said he lost his passport in the fall and that the Cavs were aware of the situation when he got to training camp. They've been helping him apply for a new passport, which should be waiting for him after this trip. He will have to make a trip to Ottawa, Ontario, in order to get a visa that will allow him to play in the Cavs' next game in Toronto on April 6. But it has been quite an odyssey to this point. "Being in the lockout and not being [in Cleveland], I had to move [around] so much just to go places to work out," Samuels said. "I probably lost it in that transition. Every time I moved I tried to lessen my luggage. I was giving away stuff. I probably stuck it in one of my shoes that I gave away." Cleveland Plain Dealer

January 5, 2012 Updates

Byron Scott benched Samardo Samuels in the fourth quarter Tuesday night. Passport issues sidelined him a day later. The reserve center did not accompany the club to Toronto for Wednesday's game against the Raptors because he was unable to get new travel documentation processed in time. He lost his Jamaican passport several weeks ago and he also had complications with his work visa. Samuels, who informed Twitter followers in early December he had lost his passport, will rejoin the club Thursday in Minneapolis. The Cavaliers do not return to Canada until April 6, by which time club officials believe his international travel issues will be resolved. "I'm going to chalk it up to youth and inexperience," Scott said. "Hopefully he learned his lesson and it never happens again." Cleveland Plain Dealer

December 29, 2011 Updates
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Samuels told the Beacon Journal Monday morning while the player representatives were meeting that he didn’t like the proposal, but would’ve voted to accept it. “A lot of people in the league are panicking,” Samuels said. “You’re talking about missing paychecks. Those paychecks you’re missing are going to add up and guys have families and responsibilities and bills to pay. I’m just a guy that’s coming out of college. I’m 22 years old, I don’t have much responsibility.” Akron Beacon Journal

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The impasse between the National Basketball Association (NBA) owners and the players union over revenue sharing has had far-reaching implications, with Jamaican Samardo Samuels feeling the pinch, having already lost US$30,000 (J$2.5 million) due to the lockout. "It has cost me around US$30,000 in salary for first two weeks," said Samuels in an exclusive interview with The Gleaner yesterday. "It is tough because I have been working all my life for this," said Samuels, who will be entering his second season with the Cleveland Cavaliers. "I have my parents around me and so they don't let me spend money on unnecessary stuff, and so I just buy things that I need," he said. Jamaica Gleaner

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