Rookie power forward Kenny Kadji got more than 50 texts after scoring 15 points in his NBA debut on Tuesday night as the Cavs beat the Milwaukee Bucks 99-87 in the preseason opener at The Q.

But his mom Annie was not impressed.

"You're still not that good" she teased her son via text.

Cavs coach Mike Brown begged to differ.

"He's long he's athletic he did some good things last night" Brown said after Wednesday's practice at Cleveland Clinic Courts. "He did some good things in the scrimmage. With his length his athleticism his quickness and agility if he continues to try to play hard he can impact the game when he's out there.''

The Cavs are in the market for another big especially with the uncertain status of Andrew Bynum who has yet to be cleared for five-on-five basketball. Kadji who certainly looked more viable on Tuesday than veteran DeSagana Diop would like to stake his claim and figures his energy can only help him. Performances like Tuesday's won't hurt either. He made six of 11 shots in 12:29 with five rebounds and a steal.

"I just wanted to go out there and do what coach wanted me to do: Bring the energy and play hard all the time'' he said Wednesday. "I got pretty lucky a couple of times. My teammates found me. All I had to do was finish. I missed a couple shots and put them right back. I’m really not worried about that. I just wanted to play hard and crash the boards.''

At 25 he's already older than Tyler Zeller (23) Tristan Thompson (22) Kyrie Irving (21) and Dion Waiters (21). He was born in Cameroon but when he went to high school in France he had to repeat a grade. He started his college career at the University of Florida but had to sit out a season when he transferred to Miami for his last two seasons.

"I was the vet in college'' he said with a smile.