HoopsHype LeBron James rumors

July 30, 2014 Updates

Get that weak stuff out of here. That’s what two local newspapers told a Miami sports radio talker about his attempts to place derisive ads targeting hometown hero LeBron James. The Akron Beacon Journal on Wednesday rejected a proposed full-page color ad from the South Florida radio program hosted by Dan Le Batard. The ad was proposed to run in Sunday’s edition of the newspaper. The ad shows the two Miami Heat championship rings James won during his four seasons in South Beach and includes the words “You’re Welcome, LeBron.” The ad is signed “Sincerely, Miami Heat Fans.” Mark Cohen, publisher of the Beacon Journal, said the newspaper was first contacted Tuesday by a representative of The Dan Le Batard Show. After some consideration, the publisher declined to run the ad. “I just don’t think it was appropriate for our community,” Cohen said. “We’re proud that LeBron is back. This is his hometown, and that [ad] is not something we want to be a part of or want to take money for.” A similar ad was rejected this week by the Plain Dealer in Cleveland. Akron Beacon Journal

Barring an unexpected change of heart by the NBA, Christmas in Miami will feature LeBron James’ much-anticipated return to Miami in an opposing uniform. Though the NBA’s schedule will not be finalized and released until mid-August, an unofficial internal schedule of select games has Cleveland playing the Heat in Miami on Christmas on ABC, according to a person familiar with the situation. Miami Herald

LeBron James is coming back, not only to Cleveland but back into the public's favor. According to a poll taken this month by California-based E-Poll, Americans like James more than they ever have since he made the "Decision" to leave the Cavaliers for the Miami Heat four years ago. The company takes the opinions of 1,100 people, ages 13 and up that reflect a representative sampling of the U.S. population, in a poll and uses that data to give the more than 8,000 celebrities in its database an E-Score ranging from 0 to 100, with 100 being the most known, liked and appealing. ESPN.com

A mock-up of the advertisement posted on Twitter depicts two Miami Heat championship rings above the words "You're Welcome, LeBron." Below are the words "Sincerely, Miami Heat Fans." Representatives of The Dan LeBatard Show called the Cleveland media outlet on Tuesday to purchase a full-page advertisement in this Sunday's edition of the newspaper, Northeast Ohio Media Group Vice President of Sales and Marketing Mike Maleski confirmed. NEOMG sales staff are responsible for ads in The Plain Dealer. The show's request was "politely declined," Maleski said. Cleveland Plain Dealer

July 29, 2014 Updates

He signed an almost max contract extension (it’s still a lot of cash). LeBron James decides to return to Cavaliers and Kevin Love may join the two of them. Now Irving is in Las Vegas where it looks as if he will be a key part of Team USA’s plans heading into the World Cup in Spain starting in late August. It’s good to be Kyrie Irving right now. Of course, that LeBron thing pretty much tops it all. “At first you were speechless because you couldn’t believe it,” Irving said of finding out LeBron was indeed coming to Cleveland. “I’ve been watching LeBron for a while now and it’s nice to be going to run along side of him and be his point guard.” NBCSports.com

Michael Jordan has no problem with LeBron James returning to No. 23 in his second stint with the Cleveland Cavaliers. "I'm cool with it,'' Jordan told ESPN.com via text message Monday morning. "I don't own a number.'' ESPN.com

July 28, 2014 Updates

Shortly after 1 p.m., James got the message out on social media (he also tweeted it) that he has chosen to wear No. 23 next season and, within minutes, Adidas officials confirmed they were setting up all 20 printing machines at the company's Indianapolis licensing unit to crank out James replica jerseys and T-shirts bearing the player's name and number. Local Adidas officials had prepared for James to pick either No. 6, which he wore in Miami; No. 23, which he had worn when he was first drafted by Cleveland; or No. 32, since there was talk that James would wear that in tribute to Magic Johnson. On Sunday, local Adidas workers quickly put their plan into place to print items with the No. 23. Indianapolis Business Journal

The presses in Indianapolis were running off James gear by 6 p.m. Normally, this time of year, the Indianapolis Adidas plant would be printing about six different runs, including general NBA merchandise, college football and Major League Soccer items. In addition to those things, local plant officials said items for two international soccer teams—Argentina and Germany—and World Cup soccer items had to be set aside to focus on James shirts and jerseys. Indianapolis Business Journal

This week marked the first time the entire Indianapolis plant was dedicated to making items of a single player since Brett Favre joined the Minnesota Vikings in 2009. “Normally, when we dedicate our presses to one thing, it’s an event like the Stanley Cup or World Cup,” said Blake Lundberg, who oversees operations at Adidas’ facility off Post Road. Indianapolis Business Journal

Michael Jordan has no problem with LeBron James returning to No. 23 in his second stint with the Cleveland Cavaliers. "I'm cool with it,'' Jordan told ESPN.com via text message Monday morning. "I don't own a number.'' Jordan, who now owns the Charlotte Hornets, wore No. 23 during his legendary playing career. James idolized Jordan growing up and wore No. 23 during his first seven seasons with the Cavaliers. But after leaving Cleveland and joining the Miami Heat four years ago, James switched to No. 6, saying it was as a tribute to Jordan. He announced he would change numbers in November of 2009, his last season in Cleveland. ESPN.com

LeBron James is coming back, not only to Cleveland but back into the public's favor. According to a poll taken this month by California-based E-Poll, Americans like James more than they ever have since he made the "Decision" to leave the Cavaliers for the Miami Heat four years ago. The company takes the opinions of 1,100 people, ages 13 and up that reflect a representative sampling of the U.S. population, in a poll and uses that data to give the more than 8,000 celebrities in its database an E-Score ranging from 0 to 100, with 100 being the most known, liked and appealing. This month, James scored an 80, up from 67 just a year before. In June 2010, James had an E-Score of 84, but after "The Decision" that number fell to 47. ESPN.com

That man happens to be LeBron James, who recently returned back to the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Northeast Ohio Media Group, which owns the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Cleveland.com, and a few smaller Ohio newspapers, is advertising for a sports reporter on the "LeBron James beat." From the advertisement: Bring your sports, news and investigative reporting experience to one of the most challenging reporting jobs in the country, covering the sports performance, business dealings and community leadership of basketball star LeBron James. You'll cover all aspects of his roles in Northeast Ohio and nationally as he returns to the Cleveland Cavaliers, writing, creating videos, and posting across multiple platforms including all relevant types of social media. You'll also participate in broadcasts where you discuss James, working closely with reporters assigned to cover the Cavaliers and the NBA. Sports Illustrated

July 27, 2014 Updates

Rumor has it that the NBA’s season-opening game on TNT will be San Antonio at Cleveland, the first home game for LeBron James in his return to Cleveland and the first game for the defending NBA champion Spurs. The NBA schedule is expected to be released next month Boston Globe

July 26, 2014 Updates

Speaking to reporters at Chicago's Dwyane Wade and Brandon Marshall Sports Academy, per Brandon Di Perno and Surya Fernandez of SB Nation, via Stephen Ronkowski of Windy City Gridiron, Wade was asked who his favorite opponent is to play against: "Well, it used to be Kobe Bryant...the second best all time...now, I have a new favorite player to play against...my former teammate, LeBron James." Bleacher Report

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