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“He’s jealous of me?’’ Anthony said mockingly. “Don’t start nothing with that.’’ In December, James spent a night off in New York to sit courtside at the Garden, supporting Anthony. “I’ve been able to be alongside him, play with him time in and time out,’’ Anthony said. “We go back all the way to high school when we played in the USA youth basketball games in high school and I was at Oak Hill [Academy in Virginia], he was at St. [Vincent’s]. I’m pretty sure he’d love to play in New York. I mean, nobody would say they don’t want to play in New York. How could you not want to play in this city and in this building?’’ New York Post

February 14, 2015 Updates

In other words, Anthony and Jackson can’t offer what Wade and Riley could offer to James. "I didn’t have to recruit LeBron to come to Miami," Wade told me. "I didn’t have to recruit LeBron to want to play with one of his best friends. I had that advantage. The only thing we had to make sure of was how all of the money worked. We were able to do that and it worked." NBC New York

The key meeting took place late last year in Cleveland. Roberts met with James, introduced him to her growing executive staff and explained her vision of the union. Also in the meeting were some of James' closest NBA friends: James Jones, a NBPA executive committee member who played with James in Miami and now is his teammate in Cleveland, and Roger Mason Jr., who was an executive committee member and is deputy executive director of player relations for the NBPA. Roberts left that meeting with the understanding that James is a union person, not just in the sense of the NBPA but for unions in general. James has a comfort level with Roberts and a long friendship with NBPA president Chris Paul, who urged James to take a prominent role with union. That will be important after James was elected first vice president of the NBPA in New York on Friday. USA Today Sports

How important is James' presence on the union's executive committee? One player told USA TODAY Sports that James is the most influential players voice since Michael Jordan, and now that prominent voice will have a seat at the union's table. The player requested anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly about union matters. "It means a lot. 'Bron is the face of our league. He's opinion matters," Paul said. "Obviously me and him talk all day every day. It's just an opportunity for other people to see how he feels about things." USA Today Sports

It was like a surgical strike ... LeBron James dropped in to the set of a car commercial in the middle of a busy NYC street -- NAILED his part -- and peaced out like a pro ... and TMZ Sports got the whole thing on video. When 'Bron got to the set of the Kia spot, the car was already set up ... the crew was ready to go ... and James knew his part. TMZ.com

For many players, dealing with the media is considered a huge burden, if not a big waste of time. James has fun with it. You'll find him cracking jokes or shooting the breeze with them. "I've always been pretty cool with the media," James said. "It's my personality. My personality is that I'm outgoing and positive. I understand the media has a job to do." Cleveland Plain Dealer

Reporters were puzzled, and rightfully so. The next media availability fell on a non-game day, meaning it wasn't a guarantee James would speak. Knowing what was coming his way, he didn't hide. After practice James got in the middle of 30-or-so reporters and he reiterated that his tweet wasn't meant for Love. From that point on, it was dropped and everyone moved on despite both sides maintaining what they believed to be true. "I don't shy away from any topics," James said. "You have to face it at some point, anyways. You guys are in our faces everyday, so I might as well just face it and don't run away from it. But it's all good. Cleveland Plain Dealer

Julius Erving doesn't think the slam dunk contest is going away any time soon, but admits the competition has lost a step. Not because LeBron James has stayed out of it or because every dunk has seemingly been done, but because of furry creatures. "The mascots messed it up," Erving said, referring to the stunts pulled during regular-season games as part of crowd entertainment. "It was great seeing regular human beings, even though they were 6-foot-6, 250 pounds, running and dunking a basketball. When mascots started doing it with all the trampolines and all the crazy stuff and falling on the floor, then it became more like the X Games. The players can't live up to that." ESPN.com

James was hailed for returning to Cleveland. He was ripped and called disrespectful for physically moving new coach David Blatt out of the way when the latter was arguing a call. It is a new position James has carved for himself — forward/guard/lightning rod. He knows the territory. “I understand the shoes that I’ve been put into, so, for me, I can’t live my life caring about what other people think,” James said as he sat amid a crush of cameras and recorders and foreign media taking pictures of his cardboard nameplate when it was set on his table. “I know what I represent. I know what I’m about. I know who I am, and that’s all that matters.” Boston Herald

James was generally patient and agreeable with even some of the odd questions, but he smilingly drew the line when “Intern Todd” from David Letterman’s program was looking for material for a piece on the scene. “LeBron, I’m from Cleveland and I’m a huge Cavs fan,” said the “Late Show” representative. “Can I give you a hug for coming back to Cleveland?” “Uh, yeah, off camera,” James said. “Please, just one tiny hug.” “Off camera. You can get me off camera. Not in front of the camera.” Boston Herald

February 13, 2015 Updates

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