Darius Garland says he’s ready for the grind of an 82-game NBA season: Cavs media day

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio – Cavaliers rookie Darius Garland had his first NBA media day Monday at Cleveland Clinic Courts and talked about how he’s hopeful of what he and Collin Sexton can do in the backcourt. Garland also spoke about how he can be a leader on the team in his first season.

Here are some highlights of what Garland said Monday:

Playing with Collin Sexton

A point guard out of Vanderbilt, Garland praised Sexton’s talent. Both players are effective with the ball in their hands as the lead guard. But Garland mentioned how both can also play shooting guard.

“He’s really talented,” Garland said. “I mean, he can do a lot of things on the floor. And I can definitely learn from that.”

Garland spoke of how he and Sexton can defend both guard positions despite their lack of size.

“Whatever coach wants us to do, we gonna do it,” Garland said.

Being a leader and learning

Garland said that he’s “a leader on and off the floor,” and he wants to bring his winning and competitive attitude to the Cavs.

Garland also talked about he’s going to learn from veterans such as Kevin Love and Tristan Thompson.

He also mentioned how he and Beilein can learn from each other as they both enter the NBA.

“Coach Beilein he has a really good resume,” Garland said. “And we both, we really like to win. We’re definitely going to learn from each other. He’s going to learn a lot of things from the veterans on the team.”

On adjusting to length of NBA season

Garland suffered a left meniscus injury last season as a freshman at Vanderbilt, and he only played four full games in college.

Garland is fully healthy now, but he knows as the season comes along, it’ll be an adjustment for him.

“Yeah, it’s a long season,” Garland said. “Eighty-two games, it’s a really long season. Coming from college, I only played five. It’s going to be crazy for me just to play all 82. I’m ready though.”

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