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LeBron James said one of the primary reasons that he decided to rejoin the Cavaliers last summer was the opportunity to play with Irving. “I didn’t need no validation, I knew how special the kid was,” James said. “I know how special he is now still. He’s going to be a big key to our success.” Asked if he saw some of himself in Irving, James said: “The burden that was put on me was probably a little higher but the expectations are around the same. They expect greatness out of the kid and that’s exactly what he does. He’s not afraid of the moment. He loves every moment. His upbringing, the people that were around him, the time that he was with [Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski] probably helped him. He’s been great.” Boston Globe
James was also asked if he has spoken to Love about the possibility of him staying with the Cavs. "That's a question that I can't answer right now," James said. "I think that's the last thing on his mind right now. What's on his mind is his shoulder and how disappointed he is, how hurt he is over the fact that he can't play in this postseason. I don't think he's thought about the offseason or what he wants to do. I haven't had that conversation with him, and I shouldn't have to have that conversation with him, especially right now when we're going through this challenge and this battle of trying to win a championship. So I can't answer that question." ESPN.com
And now that they've advanced, the Cavaliers are not only waiting to see who they'll play next but whether they'll have starters Kevin Love or J.R. Smith for their second-round series. "There's a lot of things up in the air with our team right now," said LeBron James, who has never lost a first round matchup in 10 trips to the playoffs. "It's next man up, depending on what goes on with our team. That's two big pieces, obviously, but next man up," he said. "No excuses." USA Today Sports
LeBron James and Kia Motors are auctioning a K900 -- the luxury car James endorses for the company -- with the proceeds to benefit James' charitable organization. Up until 3 p.m. on May 7, the car is available for bid on Charitybuzz.com. The cost of this particular K900, which includes a personalized King James Limited Edition Plaque and James-related icons in the headrests, is $168,463. The auction was announced in a press release from Kia. Cleveland Plain Dealer
The questions, as they often do for this Cleveland team, turned to Love, who performed well (23 points, 6-for-10 from 3-point range and nine rebounds) for the Cavaliers in their Game 3 win. "He's been highly criticized this year, and for what, I don't know why," James said, before pausing, and smiling. "I know why. I know why. I know." Booth Newspapers
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