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March 22, 2014 Updates

After scrapping to beat Memphis 91-86 tonight, Miami stood at 47-20 — a good record, but still three games behind the Pacers for the top spot in the Eastern Conference. “It’s the toughest season we’ve had since Year 1 just because of everything that comes with it,” said LeBron James, who fought through back spasms to put together 15 points, seven assists and six rebounds. “Just going out every night where you’re the target and everyone gets up for you and we have to find our own motivation every single night. It’s not always about our opponent. It’s about ourselves, too. “It’s been a challenge this season, but we look forward to the next challenge, which is tomorrow. We’ll be ready when it all gets going.” Palm Beach Post

March 21, 2014 Updates

Imagine, Griffin doesn’t even mind admitting in his own way he looks up to Bryant of the rival Lakers as well as James, who Griffin intimates is the ultimate player, like he wants to be. “A guy like LeBron, he’s doing so many things for his team,” Griffin, 25, said of the Miami Heat star. “He makes shots, but he also makes plays, makes good decisions, he gets stops, he does everything. That’s kind of a goal, to be a playmaker who can affect the game in a lot of different ways.” Los Angeles Daily News

March 19, 2014 Updates

Following gum and even sneakers inspired by the coloring of the drink and its can, Sprite has finally saw fit to give LeBron James his own drink. Sprite announced today that it would be releasing Sprite 6 Mix by LeBron James, a drink that features the traditional lemon-lime flavor alongside cherry and orange. The drink will be available nationwide for a limited time in 19.2-ounce cans and 20-ounce bottles. James has had a deal with Coca-Cola since his rookie season in the NBA, now eleven years ago. stupidDOPE.com

LeBron James has fielded very few free agency questions this year after making clear he did not intend to answer them. He got a predictable one, though, tonight in Cleveland before scoring 43 points in the Heat’s 100-96 win. “Right now it’s too hard for me to think about,” he said. “We have 18 games to gear up for a no-sleep two months, hopefully. For me to take my mind somewhere else when I know what’s on its way [the playoffs] is almost impossible.” Palm Beach Post

(LeBron James) also was asked if he wants his No. 23 jersey retired in Cleveland. The short answer is yes. “That’s not for me to be concerned about,” he said. “At the end of the day, all pro athletes dream about it. It means you were able to be successful on and off the court. So we’ll see.” Palm Beach Post

March 18, 2014 Updates

Why aren't we seeing more of LeBron James in the post this year? It's almost non-existent again. -- Eldrick. A: He went there several times against the Nuggets, then got away from it. It has been noticeable, perhaps because of the increased efficiency of his jumper. But now, if the Heat truly plan to start both Oden and Chris Bosh, it's not as if there will be much space to operate in the post with the starters. South Florida Sun-Sentinel

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President Barack Obama has called upon LeBron James to come through in the clutch. The president's signature initiative, the Affordable Care Act, is facing a critical deadline, as open enrollment into the marketplaces on HealthCare.gov is scheduled to end on March 31. In a race to beat the buzzer, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) have been enlisting celebrities popular with young adults, including several in sports, to raise awareness and promote the merits of signing up. No current athlete has more clout with that demographic than James, as evidenced by his ability to sell everything from basketball shoes to smartphones. So Obama recently contacted the Miami Heat forward and requested his assistance, offering a number of different ways James could contribute. "Any way I can help the president, that's pretty cool," James said Wednesday night. Bleacher Report

Bleacher Report has learned the form that help will take: a 30-second public service announcement, released in time for March Madness, in which the four-time MVP speaks about the importance of health care coverage. It is similar in style to the television spots featuring former NBA stars Magic Johnson and Alonzo Mourning, each of whom has dealt with a serious health issue—HIV for Johnson and kidney disease for Mourning. Bleacher Report

Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert made an appearance Thursday on “Late Night with Seth Meyers” along with billionaire Warren Buffet to discuss their $1 billion offer for the perfect NCAA Tournament bracket. The talk-show host steered the conversation toward the topic of LeBron James and the possibility of him returning to the Cavs. Meyers asked if the odds of someone turning in a perfect bracket were “about the same” as the odds of James coming back to Cleveland, drawing laughter from the crowd. Gilbert deftly avoided answering the question, citing NBA tampering rules. Akron Beacon Journal

March 13, 2014 Updates
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LeBron James is a very vocal Samsung smartphone user. He’s appeared in a series of lengthy commercials for the Galaxy line, which are just as iconic as some of his Nike ads. But on Wednesday, the four-time MVP had a serious scare with his phone. James deleted the tweet shortly thereafter — possibly at the urging of Samsung, who can’t be thrilled that their most high-profile endorser publicly complained about their products. For The Win

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