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This wasn’t James’ fight. He easily could have ignored the debate, or waited until Cleveland’s next media availability to weigh in. But he recognized that LaForce’s reputation and ethics were being challenged, and didn’t think it was fair.  “Please get off Allie LaForce’s back because she followed the proper protocol and she warned me,” James added. “So get off her back, man. She’s very professional and she does a great job at her work.”
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All along, Haslem — the walking, elbow-throwing definition of a Heat lifer — would listen to Wade complain about what was missing in his familiar but different locations and could only interpret one thing: Wade was missing Miami. “Yeah, I knew he was. We talked all the time. He missed it,” Haslem told Yahoo Sports. “But if you’re a real friend, you support your friend throughout their situation, whether you agree with them or not. You just stick by, ride it out.”
The players who remain from his previous stint in Miami were used to him carrying the team, not coming off the bench. “I can’t say it’s been easy, because it’s not. It’s definitely been a challenge for me,” Wade told Yahoo Sports. “But as always, I try to understand. It’s a team sport and everyone has a role to play. Sometimes your role is to the be the star. Sometimes your role is to be the second guy. It’s a lot of different hats you’ve got to wear, and I’m just wearing a different hat right now. It doesn’t change my impact on these guys. Just because I’m coming off the bench, these guys treat me like I’m scoring 30 a night. I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else than Miami, coming off the bench for no other group than these individuals.”
Authorities in rural Arkansas are investigating the theft of more than $50,000 worth of equipment from a farm owned by former NBA star Scottie Pippen. Investigator Mark Griever of the Ashley County Sheriff’s Office says two tractors were stolen from the farm in Hamburg, about 110 miles (180 kilometers) southeast of Little Rock. According to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, Pippen’s family is offering a $2,500 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction.
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