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Brandon Goodwin shows how the Cleveland Cavaliers use the G League

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On January 31, Brandon Goodwin had 12 points in the fourth quarter to lead a comeback on the New Orleans Pelicans at Rocket Mortgage. Eight days later, he is performing in front of what appears to be a few hundred fans a few blocks away at the Wolstein Center.

“I don’t know if they even wanted me to come and play. I asked them if I could come and play just to get started,” Goodwin said after Tuesday’s Cleveland Charge game. “I just wanted to come here and keep my pace. Enjoy. And keep getting in shape for when I come back up to play. It’s easy and accessible to be able to come here and run a bit.

This accessibility makes it easy for Goodwin to go from playing for the Cleveland Cavaliers to getting extra work in the G League. It also allows Darius Garland and Rajon Rondo to keep tabs on Goodwin and the rest of the charge from their pitchside seats.

“Every time I look there, they will give me advice. Encouragement. Something I should do better. I love having these guys come watch me and train me,” Goodwin said afterwards.

“Just being able to help your teammate. It’s part of being a leader. Watch them [Garland and Rondo], talking to them helps me a lot. I continue to build on the things they say and I continue to improve.

Becoming a better leader is one of the things Goodwin has been working on during his time with the charge saying, “I’m trying to be more vocal. More a leader for the team. Being able to learn from veterans on the team and then apply it in a lower-stakes setting with them can be invaluable.

Garland and Rondo are far from the only Horsemen keeping a close eye on what the Charge is up to. Attend a game and Cavs players are often there if the team is in town.

“It’s a testament to where JB [Bickerstaff] got this thing,” Charge head coach Dan Geriot said when asked about Cavs support. “It’s a testament to the direction our program is taking. The reason we came to Cleveland from Canton is for opportunities like this. Guys are playing high minutes here from the Cavs and on two-way contracts. Then you see six or seven Horsemen in the building. It is a testimony of solidarity. »

Goodwin isn’t the only one making the most of the opportunity as we’ve seen Dylan Windler make several appearances for the Charge this season as well, including Tuesday’s game against the 905 Raptors.

Goodwin and Windler didn’t share the pitch much Tuesday but they produced the highlight of the evening. Goodwin attacked the paint in transition which forced the defense to crumble. Instead of forcing something on the rim, Goodwin threw a behind-the-back pass to Windler in the corner who then faked the close defender before rounding and knocking down the open three.

The opportunity for guys like Goodwin and Windler to build chemistry on the field in a live game on a Tuesday and then take the field for the Cavs the following night is invaluable.

Whether it’s a midseason signing like Goodwin who wants the extra reps or a young All-Star like Garland who acts on what it means to be a leader, the Cavs have created a support system with the Charge that allows every man on the list to work towards being the best version of themselves.