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Harangody anxious to show Cavs what he can do

2011-03-02T22:00:00Z 2011-03-03T16:50:17Z Harangody anxious to show Cavs what he can doBy Al Hamnik al.hamnik@nwi.com, (219) 933-4154 nwitimes.com
March 02, 2011 10:00 pm  • 

The shock has worn off, almost.

A hotel is home for now but that will soon change.

Cleveland is not Boston, but it can be a launching pad for any determined rookie and Luke Harangody is certainly that.

"It was obviously not one of the easiest transitions, especially for a rookie. I didn't really know what was going to happen or what was going on," Harangody said of the Feb. 24 trade that sent him from the Celtics to the Cavaliers.

"But overall, Cleveland has been great."

The 6-foot-8 Andrean grad and former Notre Dame all-American averaged 2.3 points and 2.0 rebounds in 28 games with the Celtics.

Harangody will wear No. 44 and was expected to play Wednesday night against the visiting San Antonio Spurs, as well as 7-footer Semih Erden who also came over in the deal.

"I'll be ready to go whenever," Harangody said.

The Cavs now have five rookies in Christian Eyenga, Manny Harris, Samardo Samuels, Erden and Harangody, making them the ninth-youngest team in the NBA with an average age of 26.3 years.

"At first, I was confused but this is going to be great for my career," Harangody said. "Coach (Byron Scott) told me I was going to get some playing time and a chance to prove myself."

Cleveland needs everyone to step up after losing leading scorer Antawn Jamison (18 ppg.) for the rest of the season to a broken pinky.

The Cavs were a league-worst 11-48 going into the Spurs game and had lost 19 games by nine points or less. As eager as Harangody is to take the floor, he's still learning the offense.

"The crazy thing is I have to learn a whole new system again and we're kind of in the middle of that," he said.

Harangody added the fans are very supportive of their team despite being stiffed by LeBron James' move to Miami. In the time he's been in Cleveland, he's yet to hear James name mentioned at all.

"My dad was the first person I called (after the trade). You can go two ways about it and I went the way of saying, hey, this is a great opportunity," he said.

"It's been a great experience so far, other than not having a home or any of my stuff with me."

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