Former Suns Executive Hired By Cavaliers

By: Andrea Cole

Cleveland—The Cavaliers have hired David Griffin as the team’s vice president of basketball operations. Griffin resigned as the Phoenix Suns’ senior vice president of basketball operations in June after general manager Steve Kerr left.

New Cavs Executive David Griffin

Griffin’s contract with the Suns expired June 30.

According to ESPN’s Ric Bucher, Griffin recently rejected the Denver Nuggets’ GM role “because it did not offer a salary of approximately $1 million per year, the benchmark contract for basketball executives.” Masai Ujiri was hired by the Nuggets instead.

Griffin began his career with the Phoenix Suns as an intern in 1993 and spent 13 years in basketball operations, working with general managers Bryan Colangelo, Mike D’Antoni and Kerr.

Griffin helped the team with salary cap management, and he was responsible for scouting college and European players.

James now sixth most-disliked athlete

CNBC reported that James’ “Q Score,” which is a measure of his popularity, has him rated as the “sixth most-disliked figure in sports.”

According to the Q Scores Company, the former Cavalier is only viewed positively by 14 percent of those polled, but viewed negatively by 39 percent of the population. According to CNBC, this is his lowest score ever.

In January, his score was 24 percent positive.

The score also puts James behind Kobe Bryant, Chad Ochocinco, Terrell Owens, Michael Vick and Tiger Woods.

Durant Leads Team USA to Championship

Turkey—This past weekend, 22-year-old Oklahoma City Thunder star Kevin Durant led Team USA to its first Fiba World Title since 1994. The team secured the championship with an 81-64 victory over Turkey, and also received an automatic berth for the 2012 Olympics in London.

Team USA's Kevin Durant

Durant put up 28 points against Turkey, after scoring 38 in the semi-final against Lithuania.

Coach Mike Krzyzewski praised Durant.

“The beauty about Kevin is he’s pure. He’s not trying to do anything except play basketball and get better,” said Krzyzewski. “I love coaching him and he learned how to be a really great international player in the last five weeks which will help him be an even better NBA player. He’s very genuine. He’s a special guy and definitely a special player.”

Team USA captain Chauncey Billups added, “We are a very young team and inexperienced, but we have been really close since the start of the tournament. Kevin Durant was huge. He was the best player of the tournament.”

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