The latest news and notes from around the Eastern Conference on Sunday afternoon:
With the Cavaliers about to tip off and the Bulls, Bucks and Pacers slated to play later tonight, the Pistons are the only Central division team not playing tonight. Let's keep all the links from the Central division within this post tonight:
- Jim Cavan of The New York Times explains
some of the reasons why Cavs center and trade candidate Anderson Varejao has shown marked
improvement this year.
- Todd Jones, for SI.com, writes a long feature on Cavs owner Dan Gilbert, who is still trying to dig his team out of the hole that LeBron James' departure left. Gilbert has no regrets about the letter he wrote after James' decision, despite LeBron proving him wrong in his second year in Miami.
- David West, who'll
be an unrestricted free agent at season's end, is the "backbone" of
the Pacers, asserts Mike Wells of the Indianapolis Star, who looks
at how West has continually disproved the doubters (link via USA Today).