Cleveland Cavaliers bring scrimmage to WPAFB

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WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio (WDTN) – The Cleveland Cavaliers descended on Wright-Patterson Air Force Base to honor men and women in uniform.

The Cavs played in a scrimmage for the airmen and got to tour some of the base’s facilities Sunday. Their basketball court was brought to the base from Cleveland and was set up inside a hangar.

According to Cavaliers general manager Koby Altman, the team wanted to honor men and women serving the country by bringing its annual Wine & Gold Scrimmage to a military base.

After doing some research, he said, he knew Wright-Patterson Air Force Base was where the team needed to be.

“This is the coolest thing we’ve ever done,” Altman said. “Easily one of the coolest things we’ve ever done.”

“To actually be able to set down the court, get to see the team, meet the members and meet the team manager, everything to that, I was so excited,” said Emma Booth, one of the airmen attending the scrimmage.

“We’ve had the pleasure of being here today,” said Cavs center Kevin Love. “They’ve been showing us around, so we want to make sure that we have a good effort and just play extremely hard.”

Prior to the scrimmage, the Cavs got to tour Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and meet some of their fans in uniform.

“Sitting at a table with lunch with these guys was unbelievable and got a chance to learn a lot,” said head coach Tyronn Lue.

“What’s interesting in the synergy between us and the Air Force is we want to be fast,” Altman said. “We want to be efficient. We want to be smart. We want to be cutting edge.”

About 1,300 people got to attend the scrimmage, with hundreds more involved in the tour, according to Col. Tom Sherman, installation and 88th Air Base Wing commander.

“For us to sit down, really get a chance to talk on a human level, on our commonalities, on the things that bring us closer…I think that was so unique about today,” Col. Sherman said.

Wright-Patt welcomes the Cavs to return in the future, Sherman said.

Coach Lue said he’s interested in bringing the team back to Dayton and hopes to someday host a preseason game or other events in the Gem City.

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