It was as rough of a first half as LeBron James has faced in his career, followed by as dramatic a comeback as the 70-year history of the NBA has ever seen. The Cleveland Cavaliers erased a 25-point halftime hole to beat the Indiana Pacers 119-114 on Thursday and go up 3-0 in their first-round series. It was the largest halftime deficit overcome in the history of the NBA playoffs. Cleveland trailed by as many as 26 points early in the third quarter.
July 27, 2017 | 10:59 pm EDT Update
LeBron, who is frequently spotted at his son’s games, was in attendance at the Adidas Uprising event in Las Vegas on Thursday. That’s when he noticed the score was wrong. During a timeout, LeBron walked on the court and approached the scorer’s table, pointing out that the score was wrong. He just had to make sure they got it right. They listened.
He’s a self-taught pianist who has performed in many packed concert venues, which brings about a different form of pressure. And he’s now a licensed pilot on the brink of achieving his instrument rating. Carlisle understands the pressure in aviation literally can come with life-and-death consequences. Asked what he thought about his coach being a part-time pilot, Mavs owner Mark Cuban replied, “I hope he’s a good one.”
There were practical reasons for Carlisle to pursue his pilot’s license and buy a plane, such as the desire to visit his parents more often. They live in Ogdensburg, New York, near the Canadian border, a trip that requires two flights and a two-hour drive if traveling commercially — an all-day ordeal. In his plane, Carlisle can make a direct flight and a five-minute drive to his folks’ farm. Carlisle used to typically make only one trip per year to visit his parents. He visited them four times this offseason.
Rick Carlisle: “My great friend and mentor Chuck Daly once compared NBA coaching to being the pilot of an aircraft navigating through the turbulence that inevitably comes with any NBA season. ‘An NBA head coach’s job,’ as Chuck so succinctly said, ‘is at the end of the season to safely land the plane…’ I’m gonna keep working on my landings.”