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Cavs' Brown will play Clark at '3'
Cavs coach Mike Brown had a big hand in acquiring Earl Clark, who played for him with the Los Angeles Lakers last season.
"We're going to try him at the ‘3,'" he said. "His natural position is probably ‘4.' I've watched enough tape on him to see him guard players ‘2' through ‘5.' I truly believe that's something he can do, and do well for us. My concern is mostly on the defensive side. He has length and toughness."
Brown isn't worried about how much Clark is going to score. He shot 33.7 percent from the 3-point line last year. It was the first season in the NBA in which he's attempted at least 100 3s.
"I don't need him to create," Brown said. "We need him to defend, rebound and move that basketball. I want him to catch and shoot.
"He's starting to spread his wings (as a player). The situation was right (to sign him)."
Clark is just one of the newcomers that will help improve the Cavs' defense this season.
"I truly believe you won't give yourself a chance to win if you don't defend," Brown said.
"We have a chance to be a good defensive unit. The guys are excited. They are all buying in. I coached the first four practices out here (in Las Vegas). The guys out here have a decent feel for what we're going to do."
Brown is thrilled with the coaching staff he's put together. Two of the coaches were former head coaches, including lead assistant Jim Boylan and veteran Bernie Bickerstaff. Bickerstaff hired Brown to his first coaching job in Denver as a video coordinator.
"We have experience, young guys, guys that have won, guys that have been on NBA championship staffs," Brown said. "(Bickerstaff) has been around a long time."
Boylan is known as a defensive specialist, with Igor Kokoskov an offensive guru. Neither of them will hold those titles.
"We won't have offensive or defensive coordinators," Brown said. "Everybody will coach and contribute."
-- Point guard Chris Quinn and Jones both took blows to the head and suffered concussions at summer league. "They are going through all those tests," Brown said.
-- Brown said there's a chance the Cavs will bring Quinn to training camp. However, he said the Cavs are always open to making adjustments to their roster. Both him and Jones have non-guaranteed contracts for next season.
-- The Cavs have added Wisconsin center Jared Berggren to their summer league roster. The 6-11, 240-pounder appeared in two games for the Magic in the Orlando Summer League earlier this month.