HoopsHype LeBron James rumors

January 17, 2015 Updates

Obviously, that approach won't work in the NBA unless one has a resume highlighted with a few NBA championships. In an interview with Northeast Ohio Media Group, Blatt elaborated on the notion that he's not operating as he did in years past. "There are different things, but does that mean that I'm personally different?" Blatt asked NEOMG. "I don't think so. It's a different game and a different environment and naturally there are going to be things that I will have to adjust to." Cleveland Plain Dealer

The play was to find Irving at the top of the key, but the Clippers were overplaying him. James instead zipped a pass to a cutting Tristan Thompson who finished a layup and was fouled. James immediately looked at the coaching staff and pointing in their direction as if he was commending them for drawing up such a beautiful, effective play. It was the first time James has outwardly shown any level of satisfaction or gratitude towards Blatt. Cleveland Plain Dealer

January 16, 2015 Updates

Hearing about the discord between coach David Blatt and LeBron James for the past week, I noticed some interesting interactions on the sidelines between the two. I took these videos during timeouts. It sure looks to me like James is not paying attention to Blatt and is clearly disengaged. During some of the huddles he is staring into the distance, is 10 feet removed from the rest of the team, and even walks away from Blatt to the other side of the court, nowhere near his teammates. SheridanHoops

There was little to no interaction between LBJ and Blatt. With a few minutes to go in the fourth quarter, the Cavs made a miraculous comeback to tie it up from trailing by as many as 18, and while Blatt was drawing up a play, LBJ cut him off and took over the huddle. I don’t have an agenda here. I’m simply reporting what I saw. You be the judge. SheridanHoops

“It’s always fun; a pleasure,” James said of playing Bryant. “Two of the best competitors this game has ever seen. To be on the same court with him, someone I looked up to when I was a child growing up and seeing him go straight from high school to the NBA, it’s fun. It’s great. I hated him being out of the league last year because of injury. It’s fun having him back.” For The Win

“It’s a little different now,” Bryant said of facing James. “Some years ago, we were competing for championships. I was a lot more moody. Now it’s a little different. I get a chance to appreciate the competition and enjoy that interaction. We’ve gotten to know each other very well. Our relationship had changed over the years. We never really had much interaction until (they were on the Olympic team together in) 2008 and it has grown since then.” For The Win

January 15, 2015 Updates

Did Bryant call James to try to lure him to Los Angeles? "No," James said. "I'm a huge Kobe fan. I love the way he approaches the game. It's great having him in the league. Last year it wasn't as great, just not having him out there. He's a big part of what we all do," said James. Bryant missed most of the 2013-14 season with knee and Achilles' tendon injuries. Los Angeles Times

Bryant and James each came straight to the NBA from high school. James could be looking five or six years into the future when he sees Bryant. "He's played a lot of basketball. The competitor he is, he wants to be out there. We play a lot of basketball over the years, he has a few years on me, for sure, and a lot more miles on his body," said James. "He's a very good friend. You never want to see someone have troubles, both physically or just in the game in general. Los Angeles Times

"It's tough," Scott told USA TODAY Sports about Blatt's situation after Lakers practice on Wednesday afternoon. "Players in this league tend to respect guys that they've seen who have accomplished things in this league, so that makes it a little bit more easier for myself, who has played. But I've also coached on this level as well. So yeah, a first-year coach like David, it's going to be tough. Even though you have probably the best player in the NBA on your team (LeBron James) and two other guys (Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love) who are pretty damned good too, you still have a big-time challenge." USA Today Sports

The issue was front and center on Tuesday night, when James' decision to shove his coach aside while they argued with an official couldn't have been more poorly timed even if his intent wasn't what so many assumed it to be. James said he was merely protecting his coach from getting a technical foul, and Blatt said he appreciated the gesture. "With any coach, you go into a situation like that and the first thing you have to do is earn their respect," Scott said. "And that's tough sometimes, so he's in a very unique situation because of the fact that he hasn't coached in the NBA. But he's coaching some of the biggest stars in the NBA, and there's a lot of pressure on them. Everybody damned near picked them to win the championship, so that's just that much more added pressure. ... It's a tough situation." USA Today Sports

January 14, 2015 Updates

It sure looks to me like James is not paying attention to Blatt and is clearly disengaged. During some of the huddles he is staring into the distance, is 10 feet removed from the rest of the team, and even walks away from Blatt to the other side of the court, nowhere near his teammates. There was little to no interaction between LBJ and Blatt. With a few minutes to go in the fourth quarter, the Cavs made a miraculous comeback to tie it up from trailing by as many as 18, and while Blatt was drawing up a play, LBJ cut him off and took over the huddle. I don’t have an agenda here. I’m simply reporting what I saw. You be the judge. SheridanHoops

James and Blatt assured media the push looked worse than it really was. Both player and coach said James was simply saving Blatt from being called for a technical foul. "I got called for an offensive foul, and they said I hooked one of the Morris twins on a post-up when he grabbed me," James said after the game. "It was a referee that was away from the play [who called it]. I was talking to Eric Lewis, one of the other refs, and Coach Blatt was getting a little fired up about it, too, and he was on his way to a technical. So I just got him up out of the way before he got a T. So, just protecting my coach." ESPN.com

James raised eyebrows when he shoved Blatt aside while the coach was arguing a call with a referee during the first half of the game at Phoenix. Blatt was upset because of an offensive foul called against James. Some saw it as James trying to prevent Blatt from getting a technical and was eager to get play restarted, meaning James was looking out for his coach. Both Blatt and James say that's exactly what happened. Cleveland Plain Dealer

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