There's a bit of a tug of war going on with the Cavaliers. Coach Byron Scott said some of the players on the team don't know all the plays.
One of those players, forward Omri Casspi, said he does know the playbook. What's mind-blowing is that the Cavs have played 47 games this season and this is still a topic.
Scott said he doesn't agree with Casspi's assessment.
"That's his opinion," he said. "Since I'm the coach, and I know the offense, and I see when you don't know it, I think my opinion is a lot more important than his. He can disagree all he wants. I know what I see every day at practice."
Scott said there's a big reason why Casspi practices with the backup players. Casspi missed all five of his shots from the field and had five points and two rebounds in the Cavs' 103-85 loss to Philadelphia on Tuesday.
"It's self-explanatory," Scott said. "When I have to say these five guys are going to go through the offense, it's not because you know it. Seriously. It's not because you know it, it's because you've got to know it better, or you've got to understand exactly what you need to do on every possession. He can disagree all he wants. I know the facts."
Scott said it's not that uncommon for players to struggle with the playbook.
"I don't think there's really a team in the NBA that has 12 or 14 guys that know exactly what they're supposed to do every single time, especially this year, with the lockout season, the shortened season and not as many opportunities to practice," he said. "(Casspi is) not the first (and) won't be the last."
Scott said it's up to the players to take their playbook home and study video on their own time. Evidently, all of the players aren't doing that.
"If he feels I need to get better with the playbook, then probably I do," Casspi said. "For the most part, I know all the positions. There are things I need to get better at. Coaches are showing me some of the things. I know the plays. From one point to another, I know all of them."
Casspi was sent to the Cavs (17-30) last June in exchange for J.J. Hickson. He sprained his knee over the summer, as well.
"It's a different offense, a different system offensively and defensively," Casspi said. "I had to catch up a lot. I came from a different organization.
"I got hurt when I was back home and that set me back. I didn't have as many practices to run plays and to run five-on-five.
There are no excuses. I'm not a guy that uses excuses. I'll keep going at it now."
The Cavs host Detroit on Wednesday.
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