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March 9, 2014 Updates

In order for LeBron to entertain the idea of some day returning to Cleveland, Grant had to repair that relationship. That’s what made the Yahoo Sports story a few weeks ago misguided. Grant was portrayed in it as the scapegoat, the bumbling general manager who missed on so many top picks in the draft and squandered away any chance at James returning. In truth, Grant’s relationship with Paul was the launching point to any reasonable thought about James ever coming home. Akron Beacon Journal

Yes, James spent the ceremony sitting on the Cavs’ bench next to the general manager who was fired a month ago, while the Cavs players sat along the baseline after leaving the locker room and watched. You can’t make this stuff up. Grant and James laughed and chatted throughout the speeches, snapping pictures of Ilgauskas and his plaque, then took more pictures as his honorary jersey was raised for the first time. Akron Beacon Journal

Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau has spent countless hours preparing to stop some of the best players in the NBA since he became an assistant coach with the Minnesota Timberwolves in 1989. So when asked Saturday whom Miami Heat star LeBron James compared to on that list, Thibodeau gave a one-word answer. “Nobody,’’ he said. No wonder the Bulls will have their hands full today when the back-to-back defending champions are in town. “Because when you’re combing the speed, the power, the skill, the passing, the vision, I mean, I can’t recall anyone that I’ve coached against that’s like that,’’ Thibodeau said. “There’s nothing he doesn’t do. He’s great with the ball, great without the ball, can post, can drive, can shoot, can really pass. If you overcommit to him, he’s going to make you pay. And he keeps getting better every year. He’s an all-time great.’’ Chicago Sun-Times

LeBron James just hooked his childhood friend up in a HUGE way ... pulling some strings to help get one of his boys' rap songs on the new NBA 2K14 soundtrack ... TMZ Sports has learned. We spoke to Sian Cotton -- who's been close with 'Bron since they were kids. In fact, Sian says they've been having rap sessions together since they were 9. Sian says LeBron hasn't just been supportive of his aspiring rap career -- but when LBJ learned he'd be on the cover of 2K14, he did everything he could to help get Sian's track "Almost Home" on the game. "I'd been submitting my stuff to 2K, and then I found out LeBron was gonna be on the cover," Sian said. TMZ.com

Sian says he was gonna hit up James to help him out -- but when he grabbed his phone he already had a text from the Heat star that said, "'I wanna get you on the game." "He thought of me before I could say anything." Eventually, LeBron called him back with the good news -- "He said 'the people from '14 have been calling you. They picked your song!" TMZ.com

March 8, 2014 Updates

Miley Cyrus partied Friday at The Underground, but the 21-year-old “Wrecking Ball” singer wasn’t even the most famous person at the club that night. That honor goes to LeBron James. The NBA mega-star – in town to face the Bulls at the United Center Sunday -- made an appearance at Y-Bar and then hit The Underground with Miami Heat teammate Chris Bosh. Cyrus headed to The Underground after performing Friday at Allstate Arena. She was joined by opening act, Icona Pop, who dined earlier that night at Nellcote. Rounding out the star-studded night at Underground was Larenz Tate (“Rescue Me”). The Chicago native is scheduled to appear Saturday at Lumen. Chicago Tribune

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James' Miami Heat and George's Pacers have played in the playoffs in each of the last two seasons and are in a heated race for the top seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs this year. James has worked out with rivals over the summer in the past, most notably the Oklahoma City Thunder's Kevin Durant. "Pick [my brain] like Hannibal Lector?" James joked. "You know me, I don't mind it at all. I don't mind giving guys [advice], whatever he wants to ask. Guys know I have an open door/phone policy." ESPN.com

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