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C.J. Miles Ready To Take On Leadership Role For Cavaliers

The Cleveland Cavaliers will enter their 2012-13 season as one of the youngest teams in the NBA, and if the franchise is looking for a veteran leadership newly acquired free agent forward C.J. Miles recently told HoopsWorld.com his new team should look at him.

"...As far as just being around and knowing what it takes," said Miles, "being on winning teams and being a part of it, playing roles into those teams I think helps coming into training camp with a team that’s trying to build and trying to do things as far as coming to work every day, coming in, and being focused every day no matter what it is we’re trying to do. I feel like I bring that just from being on those teams and the guys that I learned from. I played with Derek Fisher for a year, being around Deron (Williams) and Carlos Boozer and seeing those guys and the way they worked every day. Playing with them, I learned a lot."

Miles, 25, is coming off one of his best seasons averaging 9.1 points per game, but says it's not his ability that will make him the Cavs' go-to leader.

"The biggest thing they’ve said they want to do is put guys out there who make basketball plays and know how to play the game," said Miles. "And I feel like I have the feel and the things to be able to do that, especially as we talked about before with this being a younger group, being able to step out there and help them. We all know how special Kyrie is. I’ve worked out with Dion this last week or so and he’s going to be great. Just stepping in there, being able to bring versatility and leadership from the knowledge that I do have is one of the things I really want to bring to the table."

The full interview with Miles can be read here.

For more on the Cavs', check out the SB Nation blog Fear The Sword.

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