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March 21, 2015 Updates

LeBron James: Congrats to my brothers @kevinlove @KyrieIrving @RealTristan13 @matthewdelly on clinching a playoff spot lastnight for 1st time in their careers. It's an amazing feet and u guys should know that. Don't take that moment for granted and I'm happy I'm apart of you guys first. Twitter @KingJames

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James' shoes are the top seller in the NBA, easily outpacing Kevin Durant's Nike shoe ($195 million). Forbes cited sales information from SportScanInfo, a subscription-based service. James was aware of his shoes' sales numbers after the game. Cleveland Plain Dealer

James' multimedia company - Springhill Productions - is in the midst of a huge fiscal year, from the renewal of its first TV show "Survivor's Remorse," to its new upcoming sports show for children on Disney XD, to its prime-time game show that's in production. And, of course, James' No. 23 Cavaliers jersey is the NBA's best seller. Cleveland Plain Dealer

"My business is doing very well," James said. "But I think more importantly it's what I do on the floor. And what I do on the floor, as a citizen off the floor, being a professional, everything that I have, I approach it that way, and that's the benefit of it for sure. I give it all to my friends and to all the people who love the way I approach the game." Cleveland Plain Dealer

"For me, my main thing is about playing basketball," James told the Northeast Ohio Media Group, following his 16-point, seven-assist outing against the Nets. "Obviously I love my partnership with Nike. We've done so many great things, but it starts with performance and all of us at Nike we perform first and we let everything take care of itself. "For me to be able to have those numbers just means that fans still love what I do on the floor. They appreciate how I approach the game and everything else benefits from that." Cleveland Plain Dealer

March 18, 2015 Updates

LeBron James remains the biggest endorsement star in the sport with estimated earnings of $44 million this year off the court, and he is still the king when it comes to moving product. Nike sold $340 million worth of James’ signature shoes in the last 12-months through January, up 13% from the prior year, according to SportScanInfo. It is nearly double the amount of the NBA’s second best seller, Kevin Durant. Durant’s KD signature line of sneakers had sales of $195 million in 2014 for Nike, up 11% from the prior year. This follows a meteoric 400% rise in 2013 when Nike flooded the market with the popular KD VI. The low-top version of the this season’s KD7 in flashy colors like teal and pink is a bit hit with female teens, according to SportScanInfo footwear analyst Andy Annunziata, who compiled the sales data for Forbes. Nike made a huge bet on the NBA’s reigning MVP last summer when it inked Durant to a 10-year contract extension that could pay as much as $300 million, including royalties. It is the richest player endorsement deal in the history of sports. Forbes.com

Even though his head was lowered, using his peripheral vision, he some somehow managed to catch one of the media delegates taking a picture of him while he was semi-bare." James' response: "That's not cool, man. I don't miss anything." The offender, meanwhile, "was able to manipulate his phone gallery in such a way that buried the most recent pictures taken." But the story doesn't end there, weirdly enough. After the Cavaliers lost to the Miami Heat on Monday, James had a towel on but was speaking to the reporters. Two unnamed members of the media used their phones to snap photos and were caught and removed by a member of the Cavaliers' staff. James was told about the aforementioned removal and had one response: A shake of his head. He joined countless others with the same reaction. Newark Star-Ledger

What’s something about playing with LeBron that we don’t know? Love: I think he’s very cerebral. He’s a guy that, you know, just soaks everything up. He knows what play is coming from the other team. We’re watching film and talking about the other team and personnel and you know what they want to accomplish out there on the floor and he’s the one speaking up. It’s the coaches that have the scout, but he’s been around the league many times and knows other team’s coaching staff and how other players like to play and goes out there and speaks his mind and kind of tells us how we’re going to play out there. For The Win

LeBron James can’t seem to get out of Miami fast enough. Since leaving the Heat for the Cleveland Cavaliers he’s 0-2 there. Now he’s chopped $2 million off the asking price of his waterfront estate in Coconut Grove, Fla. Reduced to $15 million, the walled compound encompasses nearly half an acre. In addition to the 12,178-square-foot contemporary mansion, there’s a guesthouse, security quarters, a 4,500-square-foot entertainment space, an infinity-edge pool and dock space for up to two 60-foot yachts. Los Angeles Times

March 17, 2015 Updates

It turned out that James did the equivalent of a no-look pass. Even though his head was lowered, using his peripheral vision, he some somehow managed to catch one of the media delegates taking a picture of him while he was semi-bare. "That's not cool, man," James said. "I don't miss anything." This person denied taking the photo and was able to manipulate his phone gallery in such a way that buried the most recent pictures taken. He got away, but others were not so successful the very next night in Miami. Cleveland Plain Dealer

In the back of the scrum surrounding him, two media members in plain view were rapidly snapping photos of James with their phones while he was answering questions. This time team personnel caught the suspects in the act and removed them from the locker room. You may be thinking, "Well, what's the problem?" The problem is that you're prohibited from taking still photography in the locker room area. Aside from it being totally unprofessional, it's not a good look for reporters. In addition, it's one of the things that infuriate James and other players the most. Cleveland Plain Dealer

This has been an ongoing issue all year long and it has annoyed him tremendously. The last few weeks the public relations staff has been forced to announce that there is no still photography permitted upon entering the locker room. Yet, some continue to snap away at who knows what. When informed about the removal of two members of the press, all James could do was shake his head in disbelief. It has really reached the point of absurdity. Cleveland Plain Dealer

March 16, 2015 Updates

LeBron James tweaked his right knee in the second half of the Cleveland Cavaliers' 123-108 win over the Orlando Magic on Sunday and is hopeful it won't sideline him for his return to Miami to face the Heat on Monday night. James fouled Orlando's Dewayne Dedmon while trying to block the Magic forward's shot with 8:13 remaining in the third quarter and landed awkwardly on the floor, getting his right leg caught underneath him. "It was a scary moment for myself, obviously," James said afterward. "I couldn't get my foot from up underneath me, and I was able to play through it. Obviously I'll see how I feel tomorrow and go from there. But I haven't [had] one of those falls, I don't know if ever, but in a pretty long time." ESPN.com

"For me to be able to just finish the game, the way I fell, the way I took that fall, it goes to my training and the way I approach the game off the floor," said James, who is known for going through intense pregame stretching with his trainer, Mike Mancias. "I was happy I was able to stay out on the floor with my teammates." ESPN.com

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