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April 10, 2015 Updates

"Obviously it's unfortunate," James said, following the Cavs' shootaround in preparation for tonight's game against Boston. "And you never want anyone's life to be taken away because of an illness. But I think she's in a better place now. Every day struggles she had to deal with throughout her treatment and throughout her care, and everyone, she's in a better place now. The man above doesn't make any mistakes and while she was here on Earth, with her presence, she inspired a lot of people. "And I think she was a leader as well. I don't know if she won any championships but she was a leader." Cleveland Plain Dealer

LeBron James will play at home tonight against the Boston Celtics, but his backup may sit with a leg injury. James said he "never had that in my mind" to rest tonight, now that the Cavs have wrapped up second place in the East. He said he always planned to play against Boston and "then go on from there," speaking after shootaround in preparation for tonight's game. Cleveland Plain Dealer

April 9, 2015 Updates

The film debuted at SXSW last month and much of buzz surrounded LeBron James' role. Initially, James was expected to have a brief cameo. However, his role is a full-on supporting one some critics say steals the show. James plays wingman to Bill Hader's character, who is in a relationship with the promiscuous Schumer. Cleveland Plain Dealer

Brian Windhorst: Though not finalized, LeBron James hinted he'll sit the next 2 games. Both are against Celtics so it could affect playoff race/seedings Twitter @WindhorstESPN

April 8, 2015 Updates

James, who has won four MVP Awards voted on by the media, said how the official voting is handled in the future should be discussed. "It's a conversation we can have at a later date," James said. "The media has done a great job every single year picking the awards. But us players get to see the guys every single day, so it's a longer conversation." James said that players can't vote for themselves for awards. But who would his vote be for MVP this year? "Myself," James said. ESPN.com

April 6, 2015 Updates

"We're a championship contender, but we're not there yet," James said. "We have the talent, we've had the process so far, but we still have some time left. We won't take those days for granted." The Bulls are a formidable opponent that is used to playing through injuries and could indeed be Cleveland's opponent in the second round of the playoffs. Also, there is almost nothing left for the Cavs to prove in this regular season. There are five games left, and they've already won 50. Just one more victory will lock up the second seed in the East over Chicago. Cleveland Plain Dealer

LeBron James: Absolutely great day for my Nike Brother and homie @ygtrece! Congrats man on the journey all the way to this point. Like Pops said from Friday "It's not the size of the Dog in the fight, it's the size of the fight in the Dog". Welcome back PG13 #NikeBrotherHood #StriveForGreatness Instagram

April 5, 2015 Updates

LeBron James's first triple-double of the season and a barrage of three-pointers lifted the Cleveland Cavaliers past division rival Chicago Bulls with a 99-94 win at The Q on Easter Sunday. With the victory, Cleveland (50-27) has won the season-series with Chicago (46-31) 3-1. It took him until his 66th game of the season, but James finally produced a triple-double by way of 20 points, 10 rebounds and 12 assists. He had a triple-double taken away from him after a Nov. 10 game against the New Orleans Pelicans when the league took away a rebound and an assist the next day. Cleveland Plain Dealer

April 3, 2015 Updates

Cavaliers forward LeBron James moved into the top 20 on the NBA's all-time scoring list Thursday night against the Miami Heat. A first-quarter hook shot by James, 30, gave him 24,816 career points, passing longtime New York Knicks center Patrick Ewing. "It's an honor," James said. "When I was growing up, you see these guys playing and you just hope that one day you can [too]. I always had dreams about being able to play in the NBA, and seeing what Pat and those guys were doing in the '90s with that New York Knick team facing the Pacers or facing the Bulls, or whoever they were going against, they were very tough-minded, and he was the cornerstone of the whole thing." ESPN.com

April 2, 2015 Updates

James scored with 7:23 left in the first quarter against the Miami Heat on a six-foot jump hook as he backed down former Cavalier Luol Deng in the low post area. On the basket, James surpassed Patrick Ewing for the 20th spot in NBA history. FoxSports.com

"Why wouldn't you give me the freedom for playcalling? That's like telling Peyton Manning or Tom Brady, don't give them the freedom to change in the huddle," James said. "I'm a smart, cerebral basketball player, my basketball IQ is very high, and I take that very seriously, so I know what best suits our team and our coaching staff does as well. Cleveland Plain Dealer

There were numerous occasions this season when it was obvious James and Blatt were not on the same page, especially early. Blatt, who is in his first season coaching in the NBA after decades overseas, has had to fight to shed the "rookie coach" label that James placed upon him. But James calling out sets with the ball in his hands isn't one of those examples. He did the same thing playing for Miami's Erik Spoelstra, Cleveland's Mike Brown, and Paul Silas. And it's not just James. Cleveland Plain Dealer

And like Denver's brainy QB, Cleveland's superstar said he has always called offensive sets and plays throughout his career, and the four-time MVP said it would be foolish for any coach not to let him do so. "Why wouldn't you give me the freedom to play call?" James said. "It's like telling Peyton Manning or Tom Brady (a play) and don't give them the freedom to change in the huddle. I'm a smart, cerebral basketball player." USA Today Sports

Well, James said he's been running the show for years. "It's no different from Miami and it's no different than when I was here before," said James, who signed as a free agent with Cleveland this summer following seven years with the Heat. "I do it every game. I've done it every game for like the last 11 years. My rookie year, I didn't have the freedom, I wasn't smart enough." USA Today Sports

April 1, 2015 Updates

The whole thing is worth a listen, but I'd like to draw your attention to one particularly illuminating anecdote regarding David Blatt's play-calling duties. Here's Windhorst: The Princeton offense that David Blatt installed in the preseason, they just threw that out. What typically happens—and this has been happening for like three months now—is LeBron will take the ball, and LeBron will call the play. David Blatt will see what play LeBron calls, and he will repeat it to the team. That happens on a regular basis. Deadspin.com

If his actual effect on the game is debatable, consider that during the first half of Friday’s 106-98 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers, Reznick was asked by security and Brett Yormark, the CEO of the Nets and Barclays Center, to return to his nearby seat, which is not nearly as visible to his target audience. “He complained about me,” Reznick said of Cavaliers star LeBron James. Wall Street Journal

A Cavaliers spokesman denied Reznick’s claim and declined to comment further when asked if another member of the team had made the request to security. “He’s the only one that ever complained about me,” Reznick continued. “All the time, players, they smile at me and we talk before the game, and I wish them good health and good luck, and that they should be very successful with no injuries. The only thing that I require is that they miss the foul shot.” Wall Street Journal

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