LeBron James Gives Kentucky Wildcats Custom LeBron 12s

When you play at a top-tier college basketball program, you’re going to get some pretty sweet gear.

NBA superstar LeBron James gave the No. 1 Kentucky Wildcats basketball team some new custom LeBron 12s. The Wildcats will likely debut the new shoes in their next game on Sunday against Montana State.

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Paul Pierce, Wizards knock LeBron James’ Cavs below .500

Last night in D.C. the Wizards handed the Cavaliers their third straight loss, 91-78.  Kevin Love scored just eight points in 31 minutes, while going 3-for-8 from the field.  Paul Pierce shot 4-for-7 for nine points, with five rebounds, two assists and a block in 30 minutes of action.LeBron James was 1 for 8 from the field when guarded by Paul Pierce. His average shot distance on those shots– 25 feet— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) November 22, 2014James finished with 22 points in 39 minutes.  In head-to-head matchups all time (including playoffs), Pierce now leads LeBron 33-32.There are times when LeBron James just looks disgusted on the court with these Cavs: https://t.co/QM8JFkLNDy— Alex Kennedy (@AlexKennedyNBA) November 22, 2014 Final seconds of #WizCavs https://t.co/oWyib7un9H— Washington Wizards (@WashWizards) November 22, 2014Long after all of his teammates are dressed and out of the locker room, LeBron stayed seated at his locker, head down— Dave McMenamin (@mcten)…

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Lethargic Cavaliers Face Steeper Struggles Than LeBron James’ Heat in 2010-11

WASHINGTON D.C. — The past is prelude, and that can sometimes serve as comfort. It’s given the Cleveland Cavaliers a cushion. It’s been the primary reason that much of the national media, which mauled the Miami Heat for their sluggish start to the 2010-11 season, have been preaching patience as this latest so-called superteam stumbles out of the starting gate.

That, however, can become a crutch, an assumption that everything will be all right, merely because in a somewhat similar circumstance, it has been once before. That assumption is dangerous, since it may also be wrong.

LeBron James doesn’t believe that any outcomes are assumed, certainly not without the work, and yet even he has commonly drawn upon comparisons to the adversity he experienced four years earlier. He did so again Friday morning, when asked how he balances perspective about the process with his desire for more immediate success.

“It’s my biggest test,” he said. “My patience isn’t… I have a low tolerance for things of this nature. So it’s something I’m working on as well. Which I knew from the beginning that was going to be my biggest test, to see how much patience I got with the process. What helps me out is I’ve been through it before. But at the same, I’m a winner, and I want to win, and I want to win now. It’s not tomorrow, it’s not down the line, I want to win now. So it’s a fine line for me. But I understand what we’re enduring right now.” 

Later, in a 91-78 loss to the currently clearly superior Washington Wizards, a national television audience got a better sense of exactly what that is, and it’s not exactly, what James has gone through before. The Cavaliers are enduring the effects of a lack of cohesion, and an absence of confidence in each other. And, at this point, it’s officially more concerning than anything that long-ago Heat team went through.

For starters, that team actually started 7-4, not 5-6 as the Cavaliers have, even though everyone only remembers that Miami slipped to 9-8 on a deflating night in Dallas. That Miami team had three blowout victories in its first five games. This Cavaliers squad has had just one, in its eighth contest, against Atlanta. That Miami team didn’t lose for a third time by double digits until its 41st outing, on Jan. 13, even though it was without two of its top five projected players, Mike Miller and Udonis Haslem, for most of that time. This Cavaliers squad, which has lost one rotation guy (Matthew Dellavedova) has already lost by 19, 13 and nine, with only a Dion Waiters garbage-time jumper saving it from a double-digit defeat against Denver.

That Miami team didn’t look as lethargic, and its players didn’t look like they loathed each other, as this team and these players appear to at times. Things were messy, for sure, especially as the three established stars, adjusting to redefined roles, tripped over one another, but that never seemed to be from a lack of earnest effort.

Which brings us to Friday.

When these Cavaliers brought all their worst basketball behavior.

“Obviously, right now, we’re struggling, and we’re a little bit in the dark,” coach David Blatt said. “And we got to find our way out.”

Blatt spoke of how the defense, which has been an issue, was good enougheven though John Wall (28 points, six rebounds, seven assists) repeatedly torched Kyrie Irvingbut how the offense, which had produced point totals of 110, 118, 122 and 127 during a recent four-game winning streak, had gone awry. He referred to “irresponsible play with the ball,” including several fast-break situations where the Cavaliers couldn’t even get a shot (“not high-level basketball”). He bemoaned the tendency for the ball and bodies to stop moving after the denial of the first offensive action.

“That’s not what we’ve been doing,” Blatt said. “We’ve got to get back to doing what we were doing.”

Certainly, they won’t win anything significant by doing many of the things they did Fridayand yet, some of the errors are expected by now.

Such as Dion Waiters, part of a bench that shot a combined 3-for-16, taking three dribbles and a stepback 20-footer without ever looking at James to his right. Such as Waiters going 1-on-4 on one break, and later getting rejected by Kevin Seraphin, rather than noticing that Irving or Marion were running with him.

Such as Shawn Marion making a lazy pass, and Irving making an equally lazy run to the ball, which led to a Wall steal and dunk. Such as Kevin Love getting only eight shots, so ignored at times that he sometimes forced the action, even in transition opportunities, once wildly hooking one shot off the backboard and later plowing into Bradley Beal.

Such as Irving jamming up the half-court offense by dribbling and dribbling and dribbling some more, never getting the ball to anyone else before jacking up a contested corner jumper.

Such as James shooting under 50 percent for the eighth time in 11 games this season.

He was more efficient when he shot dirty and disappointed looks. He wasn’t the only one to sigh and slump his shouldersLove looked absolutely exasperated at times, especially on a second-quarter play when he was calling for the correct running of a play, and then the ball, only to watch Tristan Thompson bulldoze the lane for an offensive foul.

Still, the Cavaliers will take their cues from James, who has been more careful with his body language in recent years, taking that as one of the primary lessons from veteran mentors, most notably Ray Allen. But James couldn’t hide it Friday. He strolled back on one possession. After another transition miss, he hardly budged at all. He took a standstill three. In those moments, he didn’t appear to be soothed much by memories of how everything worked itself out in Miami. His admitted low tolerance for “things of this nature” seemed to be trumping his understanding of the need for patience with the process.

Blatt sat him for the final 1:24, with a game against red-hot Toronto on tap for Saturday in Cleveland. But he only cooled slightly by the time he met with the media. He said he could not explain the team’s lack of energy. He couldn’t think of a single lineup that had shown cohesiveness. He said they all needed to work on their body language, starting with himself.

“Right now, I’m frustrated,” James said. “Tomorrow I’ll be OK. It’s part of the competitive nature of who I am. It’s going to be a challenge, I knew that. I’m frustrated obviously right now, but tomorrow’s a new day. … We have some work to do.”

Then he spent the next 10 minutes facing his locker, sometimes shaking his head, sometimes pressing a towel to it, sometimes extending his arms across the top shelf, all while rarely looking up.

Maybe things will look up soon.

But he will need to look for different answers than he found in Miami.

This is a decidedly different situation.

In Miami, he had a coach who had NBA experiencetwo playoff seasons as the head manwith the organization’s full commitment. Pat Riley’s unconditional support gave that coach an opportunity the space to find his footing, even in the face of intense media pressure. And a 9-8 start turned into a 21-1 stretch.

Will Blatt, who acknowledged that some of his European teams have started slow, get the backing he needs to make his way? And to make his team believe in him?

In Miami, James had proven championship partners, starting with Dwyane Wade, to help him chart the course, players who ultimately were more concerned with collective goals, even if those ambitions came at an individual cost.

Does he have those here? Can Irving be one? Or Love another? Or is that too much to expect of two guys who, in nine combined seasons, have never made the playoffs? Can they, and their teammates, table all their losing habits?

In Miami, James had teammates who made it a mission to get him the ball in the proper spots, so he could lift his percentages, and by extension, the group as well.

Will he start getting those quality shots, consistently, here?

“Guys got to be willing to pass the ball ahead, to make good cuts, to set good screens, to move hard to their spots, to read overplays and use press release, and cut and backcut again, and keep moving,” Blatt said. “I told you, a week, 10 days ago, we were scoring the heck out of the ball. It’s not a different group.”

No, it’s not different from the Cleveland group that recently won four straight.

But it’s different than those Miami teams.

All of them. Even the first one. Even 2010-11. Even 9-8. Some of the frustration may be the same, but the solutions won’t be. There won’t truly be comfort until James finds a few of those.

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LeBron James: We’ll give Kevin Love the ball ‘if he demands it’

The Cleveland Cavaliers are currently experiencing some growing pains as the team’s players attempt to develop chemistry and learn to play with one another.
Kevin Love, for one, is looking to ‘find himself‘ in his new role and get back to producing at the level where he was at last season. Love’s scoring average has dropped from 26.1 points per game to 16.7, and his rebounds have dipped from 12.5 to 10.4. And he’s shooting just 39 percent from the field.
Love said the team is “going to need some low-post scoring and some outside shooting” to be successful on Thursday. It was basically a cry for more looks, as both of those two facets of the game are what he excels in.
And LeBron James responded on Friday. He said…

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LeBron James Is About to Become the Magic Johnson Clone We All Envisioned

LeBron James was never going to be Michael Jordan. 

That’s not to say he doesn’t stand a chance of reaching a similar spot on the all-time NBA hierarchy, though such a debate is best saved for another time and place. This is more about playing style than anything else. Never has there been any indication that James was going to become a ruthless gunner during his late 30s, and that alone can prevent a transformation into the second coming of Jordan. 

Jordan was just never in the cards. Right initials. Wrong player. 

It’s Magic Johnson whom James, a soon-to-be-clone of the legendary Los Angeles Lakers point guard, is evolving into.

It’s something we’ve known for a long time, even if it’s tough to accept. For James, who always seems to defy similarity profiles, there’s really only been one player with more sheer talent: Jordan. So naturally, that’s who he’s supposed to emulate.

Except he really shouldn’t. Even James’ high-school coach, Keith Dambrot, knows that James is built differently than Jordan, as he told ESPN The Magazine‘s Chris Broussard (subscription required) back in 2012: 

People try to judge LeBron [like] Kobe [Bryant] or Michael Jordan. He can do those things, but he really likes to play the other way, like a Magic Johnson. So people have a hard time judging him. People say he’s not assertive, but his assertiveness is different than other guys’.

He’s always wanted to be balanced — to score when he had to but to also get others involved. Magic was assertive when he wanted to be, but he passed it more than he shot it. That’s how LeBron’s built. But if they’re going to win, he can’t do that right now. He can’t.

And later in that same piece, Dambrot reiterates those sentiments: 

I envisioned him being more like Magic going into the league, and we worked hard on trying to make him a point guard. I thought he’d lead the league in assists. I never in a million years thought he’d lead the league in scoring.

But because of the circumstances in Cleveland, he became more like a Michael Jordan-type scorer than he really is. He became this scoring maniac because he had to, but that’s not really who he is.

It’s not hard to surmise that the four-time MVP isn’t born to score the basketball. He’s remarkably good at piling up points, but that’s not his true identity. And not to discredit Dambrot, but he’s not a player born to lead the league in assists, either. 

No, James is a basketball cyborg programmed to make the right plays at all times. He has a memory better than a steel trap, as well as the skills necessary to contribute in virtually any capacity, so long as those contributions are going to further his team’s chances of winning. 

Sometimes, that means he isn’t going to take the last shot. 

Remember when James passed the ball to Udonis Haslem for a game-winning attempt against the Utah Jazz on March 2, 2012? Johnson would have done the exact same thing, while Jordan might have driven to his left against a double-team and lofted up a contested shot to win the game on the shoulders of his own individual efforts. Jordan might have drained the difficult attempt, but that’s beside the point.

ESPN’s Skip Bayless noted this particular James and Haslem on-court interaction:

The outcry was ridiculous after the Jazz game, but the league’s current superstar is too smart to analyze his performance based on the results. He knew that the process was sound, as he made the correct play, avoided taking a shot he wasn’t comfortable with at the time and found a wide-open teammate who was standing in his sweet spot.

Whether Haslem found net or iron, it was the correct decision, avoiding hero ball for, well, sensible ball.  

I just try to make the right plays and do what it takes to win basketball games,” James explained after that loss to the Jazz ended a nine-game string of victorious play, per Chris Sheridan of SheridanHoops.com. “At the end of the day, games are not lost on one shot at the end or me not taking a shot. But I know the chatter will begin. I wanted that game as bad as anyone else on that floor.”

Even during Game 1 of the 1991 NBA Finals against Jordan’s Chicago Bulls, one of the biggest stages possible in any era of NBA history, the disparity between Johnson and Jordan in these situations was abundantly clear. 

Laker Coach Mike Dunleavy knew Johnson would be double-teamed as soon as he touched the ball, particularly because Jordan had five fouls and his teammates wanted to protect him,” Clifton Brown wrote for The New York Times on June 3, 1991.

“Just the way Dunleavy drew it up, Johnson received the inbounds pass and was sandwiched by Jordan and Bill Cartwright. Johnson whipped a cross-court pass to [Sam] Perkins, who set himself behind the 3-point line and released. It was all net.”

It wasn’t a game-winning assist until Jordan “took Scottie Pippen’s inbounds pass about 18 feet from the basket, made a stop-and-go move to elude Perkins, then launched a jump shot from around 15 feet. The ball went into the cylinder, went a third of the way down, then spun back out.”

You can fast forward to 8:15 in the above video to skip uneventful plays and timeouts in your quest to see Jordan’s missed attempt. 

Even back in 2012, James was already channeling those 1991 Finals and proving the Johnson comparison to be more accurate than the Jordan one. But during the present day, it’s more obvious than ever.

Throughout his legendary career, Johnson lived up to his nickname. He routinely made fans believe in Magic. The 1-guard was just that creative with the ball in his hands, and he lived to set up his teammates, especially when running the point for the Showtime Lakers.

“There have been times when he has thrown passes and I wasn’t sure where he was going,” Michael Cooper said about his former teammate, via an NBA.com profile of Johnson. “Then one of our guys catches the ball and scores, and I run back up the floor convinced that he must’ve thrown it through somebody.”

James hasn’t yet become a transcendent passer. His distributing skills haven’t yet become magical. But remember, the evolutionary process is only just beginning.

Through his first 10 games back with his hometown team, James is averaging 25.9 points, 6.6 rebounds and 6.8 assists per contest. Those are hardly Johnson-esque numbers, seeing as the Hall of Fame floor general averaged 19.5 points and 11.2 dimes throughout his career. 

But it’s not about the numbers. 

James hasn’t had the same athletic burst he’s dominated with in the past. Sure, it’s still nearly impossible to stay in front of him in a one-on-one situation and keep him from converting a shot around the basket, but he’s not the gravity-defying, rim-shattering, dunking machine he’s been throughout recent campaigns.

According to Basketball-Reference.com, he’s dunked just 10 times in the same number of games, which puts him on pace for a career low, one that’s nine short of the mark he set during his rookie season. Last year, James recorded 134 slams, and it was 144 the season before that. 

Dunks are by no means the only part of the game that matters, but the seemingly trivial stat does seem to confirm what so many have seen—James isn’t playing with quite the same explosiveness he used during either his first stint with the Cleveland Cavaliers or his four-year tenure in South Beach. Instead, he’s getting more creative than ever before. 

It’s sequences like the one you can see starting at 2:39 in the above video, where James begins taking over with his fast-break passing. He’s looking to facilitate for his teammates in those situations, and it’s not as though he’s any less brilliant in the half-court set. James’ pocket passes are fantastic, and he’s a true master of hitting cross-court teammates right between the numbers. 

But just as it’s not about the numbers, it’s not about what the four-time MVP is doing right now. Sure, he’s racking up passing highlights and dazzling opponents while playing unselfish basketball. Even if the process is in its infancy at this very moment, he’s still going to become the clone in the future, not the present. 

As James continues to age, he has two routes that he can travel down.

He can continue to compete for scoring championships and lose the trademark efficiency that has been such a big part of his game over the last few years. Or he can make a more beneficial decision. He can adapt and fully accept his role as Johnson 2.0.

After all, he has the size, skill and intelligence to do the latter. 

You need look no further than Kobe Bryant for a great example of what happens when the former route is the choice. 

Bryant has built a massive part of his NBA life around chasing Jordan—whether he’s seeking out that championship that would allow him to draw even with the legendary 2-guard or hunting him down on the all-time scoring leaderboard.

He’s copied Jordan’s moves and taken a similar late-career path, as he’s currently leading the league in scoring but isn’t exactly adding an equivalent amount of value to the struggling Lakers. 

Can you imagine James in his late 30s gunning for a scoring title but doing so at the expense of winning basketball games? Can you picture him doing anything but continuing to make the right choices, even if there are inevitably going to be critics who wrongfully decry his diminished scoring ability? 

James hasn’t yet hit the fork in the road, but when he gets there—and he will—it seems far more likely he chooses the path that leads to a Johnson-esque game. It’s by no means inconceivable that he could average something like 18 points and 12 assists per contest when he’s in his mid-30s. 

“But if you insist on including Jordan, Magic and LeBron into one sentence, try this,” Tom Ziller once wrote for SBNation.com. “LeBron is like a newfangled Bird with the scoring of Jordan and the passing pizzazz and versatility of Magic. Cool?”

That was certainly cool in 2013, when Ziller made that claim. And it may be accurate now as well. But down the road, when James has to make that inevitable choice—conscious or not—about which path to travel, he’ll leave Larry Bird and Jordan in the dust in favor of a certain flashy point guard.

His basketball intelligence is too finely tuned to do anything else. 

We’re still years away from that becoming a necessity, but even now, you can see hints more clearly than ever. The transition passes, the mastery of half-court sets, the ability to dominate games without making a scorekeeper’s life a living hell and even the choice to play with two young scoring superstars who will only get better—it all points to a Johnson replica more than anything else.

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David Blatt Would Love It If LeBron James Let Him Do His Job

Working with the most dominant player in your sport at the height of his or her career is a gift and a curse.

On one hand, you experience the luxury of fielding a demigod. On the other, you’ll occasionally find yourself contending with a star who commands as much respect from the team as you, if not more.

Such is the rub for David Blatt. The former Maccabi Tel Aviv coach is going through double growing pains in his first year as an NBA coach.

On top of adjusting to the league, he’s working with a tossed-salad team of superstars including LeBron James, who appeared to commandeer the job of coach several times during Cleveland‘s 92-90 loss to the San Antonio Spurs Wednesday.

Vine user Jimmy (h/t NextImpulseSports.com’s John Ferensen) posted some snippets of James engaging in the role of head coach/player during the game. You’ll also notice Blatt, who’s left to circle the perimeter of his timeouts like the small guy taping forks together at Buffalo Wild Wings.

Multiple times during the game Blatt found himself boxed out from the team. He just wanted someone to give him a chance and once had to apply a box-out move to get to the center of the huddle.

It’s great to see James leading actively (as opposed to playing passive-aggressive ball), but Blatt is on the team payroll. His job description doesn’t include passing game time with needlepoint and Royal Dansk.

Give him a second, LeBron. He’s been watching the entire game and swears he has an idea or two.


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LeBron James Coughs Up Ball In Final Seconds As Spurs Beat Cavs (Video)

LeBron James provided a perfect snapshot of the Cleveland Cavaliers’ season.
James coughed up the basketball in the final seconds Wednesday as the San Antonio Spurs defeated the Cavs 92-90. Cleveland now sits at .500 (5-5) despite the sky-high expectations placed on the organization once James returned to team up with Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving this past offseason.
The final seconds of Wednesday’s game were rather frantic after Manu Ginobili missed a free throw that would have put San Antonio up by three points. James’ costly turnover certainly caused a social media frenzy, though, as people tend to go nuts whenever the four-time NBA MVP stumbles. That’s life when you’re a polarizing superstar like King James.
James’ last-second fumble — or “choke,” depending on how you want to look at it — was even more noteworthy because it occurred against the Spurs. San Antonio dismantled LeBron’s former team, the Miami Heat, in last year’s NBA Finals and have caused some problems for the 10-time

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Does LeBron James Have Second Thoughts About Joining the Cleveland Cavaliers?

Not all is well with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

There’s the 5-5 record and the mediocre 1.9 scoring differential, sure, but there’s also the grim stuff that’s undergirding it. This is a basketball team with problems.

Kevin Love is shooting 38.9 percent from the floor, looks lost and is playing, in the words of Grantland’s Chris Ryan, “like he has concrete in his sneakers.”

LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Love—the troika Ohio has pinned its title hopes to—were all among the NBA’s top five in minutes entering Wednesday’s loss to the San Antonio Spurs. The workload isn’t sustainable and James, who’s logging more time on the floor than he has since 2010-11, has been vocal about it.

“For me, I don’t want to do that all year,” James told ESPN.com’s Dave McMenamin, adding, “I really think that it might be a good idea for our guys to play some shorter stretches harder rather than longer stretches.”

There’s also the matter of James’ performance in general—his 24.25 player efficiency rating, according to Basketball-Reference would be the lowest since his rookie year if it persisted—the occasionally overaggressive Irving and the continued presence of Dion Waiters in the rotation, of whom the less that’s said the better.

It’s enough to make one wonder, just maybe, if James doesn’t have second thoughts about leaving the Miami Heat for his hometown team.

While Miami has been inconsistent—Chris Bosh’s up-and-down play epitomizes the yo-yoing Heat, who are 6-6 after getting shellacked by the Los Angeles Clippers on Thursday—the team LeBron won his two rings with would be considerably more stable with his presence. That goes without saying, obviously, but this doesn’t: James might be more stable too.

LeBron is struggling in Cleveland. But while some of it can be chalked up to simple growing pains—as Heat fans know, it can take more than 10 games for a group of individuals, however excellent, to coalesce into something like a team—many of his issues can be pinned to what he left behind as much as to where he landed. The Heat miss LeBron, but he might miss them too.

Consider James’ efficiency from the floor. LeBron had a true shooting percentage of 56 when he joined the Heat in the summer of 2010. In four years in Miami, James upped that to a staggering 62.2. Now, granted, a lot of this is due to the natural maturation of his game and his commitment to harnessing his (equally staggering) abilities. But it’s also due to the uniquely talented players who surrounded him in Miami and the genius system Erik Spoelstra built to get the most out of each of them.

With the mid-range threat Chris Bosh posed, Shane Battier, Ray Allen and the corner-three brigade, and the still dangerous Dwyane Wade, defenses somehow couldn’t sell out to stop the greatest basketball player on the planet. LeBron got looks he wouldn’t have gotten elsewhere—and hasn’t since he left.

But past performance, as we’ve heard ad nauseam, is no guarantee of future results. LeBron saw an aging core, a team that was slipping and decided the time was right to get out of Miami. He figured he could do better. He was probably right. 

But that doesn’t necessarily mean Cleveland was the right move. While James’ return to Ohio was probably about more than just basketball, as he argued in Sports Illustrated, winning certainly played a pretty large role in his calculus. And by that criteria at least, there were better landing spots for James.

To wit: When LeBron was still on the open market, Nate Silver of Fivethirtyeight.com ran some numbers to ferret out what team, with the addition of James, would be the best. After forecasting a handful of contenders and a few of the league’s flagship franchises, Silver found that two organizations stood out above the rest: The Clippers and the Houston Rockets.

A James-led Clippers team projected to 66-16, Silver determined, while the 2014-15 Rockets could have expected to win 69 games with LeBron. The Heat and Cavaliers each projected to 52 wins with James.

“There’s room for concern about how well James, Harden and Howard would mesh together — something that statistics like SPM may not capture well,” Silver wrote. “But this would be a really, really good problem for Houston General Manager Daryl Morey to have.”

Though, after Cleveland added Kevin Love, Silver bumped its projection to 63 wins, it’s still clear that, in a strictly basketball sense, LeBron could have picked a a better situation than Cleveland. 

It wasn’t just about basketball, of course. Even those who thought the aforementioned Sports Illustrated essay was little more than a crisply executed PR play recognize that James has deep ties to the area, was badly stung by the harsh and histrionic reaction to his initial “Decision” and is eager to vindicate himself to a region of the country the economy might have left behind, but he never really did. 

We might be second-guessing James’ choice to head back to the Cavs, but I doubt he is. 

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Paul Pierce Respects LeBron James, Rivalry Misunderstood

Paul Pierce respects LeBron after all their battles on the court in different uniforms.
One of the most heated rivalries in the NBA, ESPN reports Paul Pierce has admitted to having respect for LeBron James. The two have gotten into it on the court with quite a bit of trash talk through the years but Pierce finally said something somewhat complimentary about James.
“I think a lot of it is really misunderstood. If I see LeBron walking down the street, it’s not going to be no fistfight. I’ve got a lot of respect for him” Pierce told the media as his Washington Wizards plan to face James’ Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday night.
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Cleveland Cavaliers: Frustration from Lebron James

Lebron James is not happy with the amount of games the Cleveland Cavaliers are losing right now and wants to win more consistently. After the loss against the San Antonio Spurs Wednesday night it only makes it tougher. Right now the Cavaliers are 5-5 in the win/loss column.
James says that leading this Cavaliers team and teaching them how to win is the most challenging thing he has faced thus far in his career.
“It’s going to take a while. When you’re losing, you pick up a lot of bad habits. When you walk into the building every night and don’t even expect to win,” James said. “That wears on you, and it takes a while to break it.”
It is crazy to think that James goes into a game not even expecting to win. If you are a leader of a team you have to think positive and motivate the rest of your team to perform well. He should know better than this, being as he is one the best players (if not the best) in the league. The Cavaliers have to simply come together as a whole and be on the same page if the

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