HoopsHype LeBron James rumors

July 28, 2014 Updates

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

Sources could not say for certain whether Love or Schwartz have made a formal trade request to the Timberwolves. Most believe if such a request is made, the Cavs will be able to obtain Love at a considerably cheaper cost than what is being discussed by the teams. The Cavs and Timberwolves have reportedly talked about a deal that would send Love to Cleveland and team him with fellow All-Stars LeBron James and Kyrie Irving. Sources have said Cavs rookie Andrew Wiggins has been a sticking point in the talks, as the Cavs are hesitant to surrender the No. 1 overall draft pick. FoxSports.com

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LeBron adviser Maverick Carter, via Real Talk with Jason Whitlock: LeBron and D-Wade are totally fine, speak almost daily or every other day. They’re totally fine. They’ll be friends for life. Their friendship goes beyond basketball and is bigger than basketball, so they’ll be friends for life. NBCSports.com

As Lebron James plotted his return to Cleveland, fans in his home state gathered around LeBron’s home in Bath Township waiting to celebrate. Their presence led to increased traffic and a police presence in the area. As an apology for that distraction, the James family recently sent neighbors a box of cupcakes to say sorry. For The Win

July 21, 2014 Updates

"Listen," Carter said, "LeBron's a 29-year-old man with lots of money, got a wife, two kids, one on the way. He makes his own decisions. He doesn't need anyone pushing him any way, and a guy like that, you're not going to push him either way. We'll help him think through things and help him see through things, but he makes his own decision in his heart. Because, ultimately, he has to live with it. I'm not the one who has to show up and play games for any team." ESPN.com

In the above video, James watches his 9-year-old son, LeBron James Jr., play basketball in a Lexington tournament. James’ son was participating in the AAU Fourth Grade National Championship. Yes, there is an AAU Fourth Grade National Championship. The best part of the entire video is James reacting to LeBron Jr.’s big buckets on the court. Guy is a super proud dad. For The Win

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