Darius Garland: Every known tattoo on his body that we know of
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Every known tattoo on Darius Garland’s body

It appears Cleveland Cavaliers combo guard Darius Garland has two tattoos on his body that we know of.

On his left arm, Garland has “My Brother’s Keeper.” Per Tattooseo, the phrase “I am my brother’s keeper” is a well known saying in the bible:

“In Genesis 4:1-4:16, Cain, being the first born by Adam and Eve, kills his brother Abel, the second child of Adam and Eve. Cain does this out of pure jealousy and envy. When asked what happened to his brother Abel by God, Cain replies by saying ‘I know not; am I my brother’s keeper?’ this signifies that Cain is talking back to God, telling God that he is not accountable for the absence of his brother Abel. Cain saying this is a lie because he does know what happened to his brother, Cain killed Abel because God was more pleased with the ‘sacrifice’ Abel brought him than Cain.

“Abel brought to God the firstlings of his flock and their fat. Cain on the other hand brought to God fruits of the ground. For whatever reason, God did not see Cain’s sacrifice as acceptable, so he declared Abel with the better gift. There are a couple of different reasons why God did not respect Cain for his gift but accepted Abel for his.”

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It looks like Darius Garland got this tattoo to protect a younger brother possibly. The phrase means the Cavs guard has to put others before himself and not get jealous of people’s success.

Just last month, Garland added even more ink to his body. While it’s unclear where the tattoo was placed, Garland paid homage to his hometown of Gary, Indiana:

Darius Garland is one of the players the Cavs are looking to build around in the second-post LeBron James era. Cleveland took him with the fifth overall pick in the 2019 draft out of Vanderbilt.

The Cavs had the worst record in the Eastern Conference standings before the 2019-20 season was suspended in March, so they weren’t invited to Orlando, Florida for the restart at Walt Disney World. That means Garland finished his rookie season with averages of 12.3 points, 1.9 rebounds and 3.9 assists per contest in 59 games. He shot 40.1 percent from the field, 35.5 percent from beyond the arc and 87.5 percent from the free-throw line in 30.9 minutes a night.

It’s going to be a while before the Cavs make the playoffs again, even in the Eastern Conference. The franchise is basically relying on Garland, Collin Sexton, Kevin Porter Jr. and Cedi Osman to turn into All-Stars and that’s asking a lot from four young guys in the NBA. It’s not like either of these youngsters has the skill level that LeBron or even Kyrie Irving had with the Cavs. If Cleveland wants to do this second-post LeBron rebuild the efficient way, they have to properly develop these young kids, trade Kevin Love and Andre Drummond and let Tristan Thompson walk in free agency.

Garland’s best game as a rookie came on November 22, 2019 against the Dallas Mavericks. He scored 23 points on 9-of-16 shooting from the field and 5-of-8 from beyond the arc. That’s the type of performance the Cavs need from the sharpshooter almost every game moving forward if the team has aspirations of being a relevant team without LeBron.

He’s got a lot of room to improve, but it looks like the Cavs got a good project in Darius Garland. Let’s see where the kid is at in a few years.