Cavaliers Considering Getting Therapy Dog for Entire Team

Kyle Newport@@KyleNewportFeatured ColumnistMay 23, 2018

CLEVELAND,OH - MAY 4 :  Mascot Moondog of the Cleveland Cavaliers gets the fans into the game against the Atlanta Hawks during the Eastern Conference Semifinals Game One on May 4, 2016 at The Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2016 NBAE (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)
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Move over, Moondog. The Cleveland Cavaliers are looking at bringing an actual canine to town. 

According to Cleveland.com's Joe Vardon, the Cavaliers are exploring the idea of getting a therapy dog for the team.

The idea dates back to when Cleveland played a road game against the Charlotte Hornets back in March. It was then that Remington—a therapy dog for the University of North Carolina baseball team—visited the team hotel. That turned out to be a hit with the Cavs.

JR Smith particularly enjoyed spending time with Remington. As he told Cleveland.com after the game in Charlotte, hanging out with the therapy dog was "exactly what he needed" to "take his mind off the game" and "make [him] feel better":

Smith wound up going 8-of-9 from the floor for 19 points in a 118-105 victory that night.

Kevin Love also grew attached to Remington, per Vardon: "I want a dog, and a golden retriever too, but I'm not going to pay $50,000 for one. He's not even a dog—he's like a robot. You tell him what to do and he does it. It's incredible."  

The Cavaliers have since brought Remington to Cleveland multiple times during this postseason. Now, the team is looking into getting a therapy dog on a full-time basis.

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