HoopsHype LeBron James rumors

January 12, 2015 Updates

James has been eager to return in large part because of the Cavaliers' other injury woes, sources said. But he's also adhering to the team's medical protocol. James must have at least one solid practice before returning to play, one source said. The Cavaliers have added center Timofey Mosgov and guards Iman Shumpert and J.R. Smith in trades since James left the lineup with his injuries. Yahoo! Sports

As in-season asterisks go, it doesn't get much better than being without the four-time MVP for two weeks while integrating two new players (J.R. Smith and Timofey Mozgov) and also being without two other key rotation players (Shawn Marion and Iman Shumpert). But that out card only takes you so far, and the reality is that the Cavs are setting the most unstable of stages in these days leading to James' likely return. The center of this Cavaliers' universe is expected to practice with the team on Monday, and it remains possible that he could return on Tuesday against a dangerous Phoenix Suns team that will be hungry after back-to-back losses to the San Antonio Spurs and Memphis Grizzlies. And no, it's safe to assume, the Suns won't be getting all shaky-legged should James return. USA Today Sports

LeBron James could return to action Tuesday in the Cleveland Cavaliers' game against the Phoenix Suns, provided he has a strong practice on Monday, league sources told Yahoo Sports. Cavaliers coach David Blatt said he is hopeful James will practice Monday in Phoenix. Two other sources said James definitely will participate. Yahoo! Sports

January 11, 2015 Updates

Ohio State players received a boost from one of their biggest, and arguably most famous, fans Saturday. Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James helped gift each member of the Ohio State team Beats By Dre headphones ahead of Monday night's College Football Playoff National Championship Presented by AT&T against the Oregon Ducks. James is a Beats By Dre spokesman and partner. Beats By Dre provided the headphones to the players, but James "helped facilitate the connection" between the company and the Buckeyes, an Ohio State spokesperson said. ESPN.com

The gift was not a violation of NCAA rules. "The headphones were donated to Ohio State and were distributed within permissible NCAA limitations on awards," the spokesperson said. Oregon players also received headphones from Beats By Dre on Saturday, a member of the team's traveling party told ESPN's Darren Rovell. The Ducks also had received them from the Pac-12 for playing in the conference championship game last month. ESPN.com

January 10, 2015 Updates

For all the chatter about the Cavs' demise and this notion that they have no shot at winning the title that so many oddsmakers claimed they'd do leading into the season, the reality is that all this recent skepticism has only fueled this proud group. From James on down, there is a sense that the critics are doing nothing but fueling their fire while sparking the eventual resurgence that remains possible because of the considerable talent that is on board. USA Today Sports

James sounds as though he could return even sooner than the Jan. 15 target date the Cavaliers set for him on New Year's Day. "LeBron's more committed than I've ever seen him. That's all I need to know," said Mike Miller, who played with James for three seasons in Miami and signed as a free agent to rejoin him in Cleveland. Cleveland Plain Dealer

"He's happy," said Jones, who's now in his fifth season as James' teammate. "People are always looking and prodding, hoping they can glean something from his body language or asking other sources how he feels, but if you ask him directly he'll tell you he's happy. He's enjoying his time here in Cleveland. He's focused on getting himself healthy and building a contender." Cleveland Plain Dealer

January 9, 2015 Updates
January 8, 2015 Updates

LeBron James' rehab process to deal with back and knee strains has focused on getting him into the best places to heal. That included a stay in his old home in Miami to take advantage of warmer weather this week, sources told ESPN.com. Cleveland Cavaliers' doctors advised James not to attend games over the last week because "continuous sitting" on the bench would be bad for his back. For this reason James was excused from team activities and did not attend road trips in Charlotte and Philadelphia and a home game against the Dallas Mavericks. ESPN.com

LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers and Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors lead their respective conferences and are separated by only 13,285 votes after the third returns of NBA All-Star Balloting 2015 presented by Sprint. James has 971,299 votes compared with 958,014 for Curry, who trailed by 20,324 votes following the second returns issued a week ago. The New Orleans Pelicans' Anthony Davis sits in third place overall with 922,381. Balloting concludes on Monday, Jan. 19. NBA.com

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