Sometimes you're the bug and sometimes you're the windshield. If you're LeBron James you apparently can be both in a span of 16 hours. Having announced Sunday night that he would leave the Cleveland Cavaliers for the second time in his career — this time to join the Los Angeles Lakers, which immediately prompted some folks to label him LA-Bron — James awoke Monday morning to find out the 10-story billboard of him wearing a Cavs jersey on the side of a Cleveland building is expected to be removed by Nike later this week. Yet whatever hurt or anger that might have caused the northeast Ohio native probably was quickly softened by news that preorders for James Laker jerseys through retailer Fanatics were 600 percent higher than they had been four years ago when King James returned to Cleveland from Miami. And given that fact, the reported four-year, $153 million contract James is expected to sign with the Lakers on Friday quite possibly could be dwarfed by such endorsement … [Read more...] about Wiedmer: LeBron to Los Angeles makes Lakers elite again
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Indiana Pacers' Stephen Jackson, right, puts up a shot against Philadelphia 76ers' Kyle Korver during the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game in Indianapolis, on March 26, 2006. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings) Indiana Pacers guard Stephen Jackson apologizes following the team's practice in Indianapolis, Ind., Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2006 for his actions during a fight at a strip club in which police say he fired a gun in the air and was slugged in the mouth and hit by a car. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy) Sound The gallery will resume inseconds Stephen Jackson of the Indiana Pacers savors his game-winning three-point shot to beat the Golden State Warriors 108-106 on Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2006, in Oakland, Calif. (Karl Mondon/Contra Costa Times) New Golden State Warrior Stephen Jackson cracks a smile while sitting to teammate Al Harrington during a press conference before their game against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Oracle Arena in Oakland on Saturday January 20, 2006. (Sean … [Read more...] about LeBron James quit in NBA Finals, says shoot-from-the-lip ex-Warriors player
No, I don’t think it’s crazy. In fact, it makes too much sense. LeBron James to Boston. Make it happen. When NBA free agency begins, it’ll be James’ decision. Does he stick with the Cleveland Cavaliers on a one-year, $35.6 million player option, or does he choose to opt out and become a free agent? By all indications, dating back to rumors that began before this season even started, James is going to leave Cleveland for Los Angeles this summer because he owns a house a half hour from the Staples Center. That would leave the Lakers and Clippers as his only options. But on ESPN’s “First Take” on Wednesday, Stephen A. Smith said that James is going to talk to seven teams this summer: Cleveland, the Lakers, Miami, Philadelphia, Houston, Golden State, and yes, Boston. “He’s going to have a conversation with Boston,” said Smith, who isn’t the first person to bring up the Celtics when … [Read more...] about Danny Picard: LeBron to Celtics not as crazy as you think
OAKLAND, Calif. -- Head cocked, jaw dropped, arms extended, LeBron James stared at J.R. Smith for a few seconds. Then came the scolding, animated and intense. What was Smith thinking? For the love of basketball intelligence and situational awareness, what was he thinking? Near the end of his greatest night of a playoff run full of heavy lifting, James was exasperated. He was shocked. And in an overtime that could have been avoided, the Cleveland Cavaliers superstar seemed broken. A Cleveland victory -- or at least a final shot at victory in regulation -- had been ruined with one absent-minded blunder. It was a game that could have recast a series expected to be lopsided. Instead, it may crush Cleveland's underdog spirit. With 4.7 seconds remaining in an NBA Finals Game 1 that the Golden State Warriors did everything to lose, Cleveland guard George Hill stepped to the foul line. The Warriors led by one. Hill made the first free throw to tie the game. But he missed the second, and … [Read more...] about LeBron James can’t save Cavaliers from stupid
OAKLAND, Calif. — Head cocked, jaw dropped, arms extended, LeBron James stared at J.R. Smith for a few seconds. Then came the scolding, animated and intense. What was Smith thinking? For the love of basketball intelligence and situational awareness, what was he thinking?Near the end of his greatest night of a playoff run full of heavy lifting, James was exasperated. He was shocked. And in an overtime that could have been avoided, the Cleveland Cavaliers superstar seemed broken. A Cleveland victory - or at least a final shot at victory in regulation - had been ruined with one absent-minded blunder.It was a game that could have recast a series expected to be lopsided. Instead, it may crush Cleveland’s underdog spirit. With 4.7 seconds remaining in an NBA Finals Game 1 that the Golden State Warriors did everything to lose, Cleveland guard George Hill stepped to the foul line. The Warriors led by one. Hill made the first free throw to tie the game. But he missed the second, and … [Read more...] about Commentary: LeBron can’t save Cavaliers from stupid
Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Sports Subscribe Log In Subscribe Log In Advertisement Supported by BySopan Deb May 31, 2018 The seemingly overmatched Cleveland Cavaliers are about to take on the Golden State Warriors in the N.B.A. finals. You aren’t experiencing déjà vu. You’re not stuck in an inescapable time loop. They’re really running it back again, for the fourth season in a row. Even Professor Moriarty and Sherlock Holmes didn’t face off as much. But the cast of characters is very different on Cleveland’s side. LeBron is still LeBron — perhaps even better than before. But instead of Kyrie Irving, it’s George Hill, Jeff Green and Jordan Clarkson. And injuries will play a role: It’s uncertain what Kevin Love’s status will be as he goes through the league’s concussion protocol. On Golden State’s end, Andre Iguodala’s left lateral … [Read more...] about N.B.A. Finals Round Table: Does LeBron James Have a Chance?
Warriors’ Curry not worried about Finals MVP award By Ron Kroichick May 30, 2018 Updated: May 30, 2018 5:40pm Photo: Ezra Shaw / Getty Images Image 1of/17 CaptionClose Image 1 of 17 OAKLAND, CA - MAY 30: Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors works out during the 2018 NBA Finals Media Day at ORACLE Arena on May 30, 2018 in Oakland, California. Game One between the Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers is tomorrow night. 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. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images) less OAKLAND, CA - MAY 30: Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors works out during the 2018 NBA Finals Media Day at ORACLE Arena on May 30, 2018 in Oakland, California. Game One between the Warriors and the ... more … [Read more...] about Warriors’ Curry not worried about Finals MVP award
Every time the NBA playoffs makes us want to yawn, LeBron James swoops in and changes our reaction to mouths agape. We're in awe of the best player in basketball doing best-player-in-basketball things, stretching his powers beyond perceived limitations and transforming the flawed Cleveland Cavaliers into the Finals contender that they shouldn't be.James isn't merely living up to his kingly standard right now. The dude is acting out a script from the Marvel Cinematic Universe. In 11 postseason games so far, we've seen him bloodied, exhausted and nearly eliminated. And then we've seen him reattach his cape, make two game-winning shots, inspire spooked teammates and torment No. 1 seed Toronto (again). All the while, he has demonstrated his knack for captivating a social media-obsessed audience, turning NBA Twitter into his playground and reigniting the endless G.O.A.T. debate.LeBron James or Michael Jordan?Back on that one, huh?It's fun, except when you find yourself yelling, nose to … [Read more...] about Is LeBron James the GOAT? Forget the debate. It’s asking the wrong question.
It is Senior Night on Friday at Mesa High, and its two top seniors, point guard Mark Hatch and wing Xavier Fuller, will start the basketball game on the bench.Not because they're being punished by coach Shane Burcar. But because they asked Burcar if seniors who haven't played much this season be able to start in their place for their final home game."It's part of a tradition at this school," said Hatch, one of seven seniors on a 19-5 team expected to get a high seed at the 6A state tournament.This was handed down from big brothers who thrived in Burcar's family-first, deep-rooted basketball culture that has seen his annual summer camps (coached by seniors) grow from one camper 12 years ago to 350 today that reach all the way to future Mesa class of 2030. MORE: Arizona boys basketball rewind: Title clinchersThose campers, along with the seniors, will be recognized on Friday when the Jackrabbits play Phoenix Central.Kids grow up wanting to be part of the Jackrabbit basketball … [Read more...] about Older brothers fuel Mesa’s deep neighborhood basketball championship culture
Lonzo Ball is averaging 10.2 points on 35.6 percent shooting along with 7.1 assists and 7.1 rebounds for the Lakers. (Jae C. Hong/Associated Press) Lonzo Ball has always stood in stark contrast to his outspoken father, LaVar Ball. The Lakers’ rookie point guard speaks in quiet, measured tones, trying not to cause any undue ripples, whereas his dad is bombast incarnate, an attention-seeking missile with an impressive ability to goad bigger names into high-profile feuds. Then, of course, there’s the fact that Lonzo Ball is the one whose ability to actually play basketball really well has doubled as the means for LaVar Ball to cash the checks, almost literally, that his mouth keeps writing. That ability made Ball the No. 2 pick in June’s draft, and thus far, even if the 20-year-old hasn’t quite lived up to some of the hype — most notably from a certain family member — he has shown enough skill and talent to augur a bright future. … [Read more...] about Lonzo Ball needs to ‘put his dad on ice’ to be ‘taken seriously,’ say NBA executives