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October 18, 2014 Updates
October 17, 2014 Updates

LeBron James said he spoke to Kobe Bryant prior to the start of training camp, welcoming him back to the NBA after he missed all but six games with the Los Angeles Lakers last season due to a knee injury. "I love Kobe, I love his competitive nature," James said prior to the Cleveland Cavaliers' preseason game against the Dallas Mavericks Friday night. "I love competing against him and I talked to him before the season and just said how it's great to have him back. Like I said about (Kevin) Durant and a couple guys our league doesn't seem right with certain guys not in uniform." On Wednesday, James said he had reached out to Oklahoma City's Durant via text message to console him after breaking his foot over the weekend – which could cost Durant two months. Cleveland Plain Dealer

Bryant is entering his 19th pro season; James is in his 12th. The Lakers and Cavaliers appear to be heading in opposite directions, with Los Angeles seeking to rebuild in Bryant's final years while Cleveland is positioned to contend for championships in James' prime. "I know he doesn't enjoy kind of the rebuilding phase, especially at this point in his career," James said. "One thing about him, he's going to give it his championship effort every night. And you have to understand that when you're competing against him." Cleveland Plain Dealer

October 16, 2014 Updates

There was much made of James reuniting with the former employer when he re-signed with Cleveland in July, agreeing to a two-year deal after four consecutive NBA FInals appearances with the Heat. “As a man, if you got a problem with somebody, you sit down face to face and you talk to them eye to eye. And you hash it out and move on,” James said. “So, I think a lot of things that go on in life or in sports with people kind of holding grudges is because they’re afraid to actually take a step forward. It’s a fine line between pride and progress, and I’m on the progress side. I’m not on the pride side.” James has said he regrets the pomp and circumstance around the nationally televised “Decision” and that he did not discuss his intentions with the Cavaliers before the announcement. “How did I forgive? I’m a man,” James said. “Men, we all make mistakes.” Basketball Insiders

Cleveland won in overtime, but James' night was long finished by that point, as he put up seven points and eight assists in 21 minutes before exiting early to rest. A clip of the play in question went viral, leaving many to wonder whether James had momentarily forgotten which team he plays for now. "For non-basketball people," James began with a smirk when asked about the apparent blooper before the Cavs played the Indiana Pacers in Cincinnati on Wednesday, "our coverage is for me to show and for Delly [Dellavedova] to go under me and we just didn't get the call right at the time. Delly was supposed to slide under me and we kind of ran into each other. "So, for non-basketball people, they like to critique everything that I do. It's stupid." ESPN.com

"My family sent me the link of it," Dellavedova told ESPN.com. "He just showed out [on the ball handler] and I just needed to go under. So, it wasn't really anything. I mean, you know how the media can get, right? It's obviously more crazy with anything involving LeBron." ESPN.com

October 15, 2014 Updates

LeBron James is officially saying goodbye to Miami. Now that he’s back in Cleveland, James is selling his 16,680 square foot Miami digs for an asking price of $17 million. The six bedroom, eight bathroom house has an elevator, infinity edge pool and rooftop sundeck according to its listing on Opulence International Realty. For The Win

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