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December 2, 2014 Updates

The city of Cleveland is vying to host the 2018 NBA All-Star Game, but LeBron James isn't so sure he wants the exhibition to come to town. "It would be too much for me," James said following shootaround Tuesday in advance of the Cavaliers' game against the Bucks. "It would be too much for me. I think it would be great for us to host it, but hopefully I'm no good in that year if we get it. I don't want it. My family, friends -- I don't want it. Too much." The Cavaliers were recently part of a bid led by the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission to host the weekend extravaganza, a league source confirmed to ESPN.com. Northeast Ohio Media Group earlier reported Cleveland's bid. ESPN.com

On Monday, The Northeast Ohio Media Group reported that James "has apparently stopped doing the chalk toss" after observing him skipping the ritual for at least the last two games, a part of an apparent series of changes that also included an added pregame shooting routine. The Cavaliers are 2-0 – maybe even 3-0? – when James doesn't do the chalk toss. "I don't even know where that came from," James said Tuesday, following the Cavaliers' morning shootaround. They play the Milwaukee Bucks tonight at The Q. "It's just, I don't know, it's just another story." Cleveland Plain Dealer

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The intensity was there from the beginning thanks in part to LeBron James, who scored 29 points and dished out 11 assists for his fourth double-double of the season. James set the tone and the rest of the team followed, something that was missing during the losing skid. "A win always makes things feel better," James said. "But we still have a lot of work to do. Tomorrow we'll see some of the things we did well, see some of the things that we didn't do so well and we can work on it. It's a good start." Cleveland Plain Dealer

James came out with a different look, a different energy and a different mindset. He attacked the shaky Orlando defense during a brilliant first quarter in which he scored or assisted on all eight made baskets by the Cavs. He also got to the free throw line seven times in the first quarter, three more than his average in the previous four games. "I always have been," James said when asked about being a man of his word after the game. "No one puts more pressure on me than myself. You go out and you don't just talk about it, but you go out and you also show it too. I'm happy I'm able to make a couple of plays to help our team get a victory." Cleveland Plain Dealer

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November 24, 2014 Updates

The Cleveland Cavaliers are struggling, and then some. LeBron James believes he's a major reason for their early failures. "We got a four-game losing streak, so I stink," he said. "I'm not doing my job." With the Cavs at 5-7, playing uninspired and not close to living up to enormous expectations, James offered the blunt critique of his own game Monday at the team's shootaround as they prepared to host the Orlando Magic. NBC Sports

James has been very deliberate with his comments this season. He has mentioned "bad habits" that have been built; said ball movement leads to good karma; encouraged Waiters to embrace a sixth-man role; told fans to "RELAX" on Twitter; and said, "We've got to be a team." James at least twice has said each game is a new opportunity to create a better newspaper clip. After Saturday's loss, he also said, "I'm very positive. More positive than I thought I would be right now. So, we look at what we did wrong, things that we did well and get ready for Orlando coming in on Monday." USA Today Sports

November 23, 2014 Updates

"We're a very fragile team right now," James said, following a 110-93 drubbing by the Toronto Raptors at home for the Cavaliers' fourth consecutive loss. "We were a fragile team from the beginning. Any little adversity that hits us, we just shell up." Cleveland Plain Dealer

November 22, 2014 Updates

They lost (obviously) to the Washington Wizards, 91-78. The 78 points were a season low for the Cavaliers, who averaged 122.3 points in three victories a week ago. In their three consecutive losses this week, they've yet to crack 100. "No one feels sorry for us," James said, wrapped in towels following a game in which he scored 22 points but was guilty (admittedly so) of some of the things he pointed to as being wrong with his team. "It doesn't matter," he said. "No one feels sorry for us in this league. It's a wining league and we have to figure out what needs to be done to win." Cleveland Plain Dealer

November 21, 2014 Updates

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