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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

LeBron James says he's on schedule halfway through what the Cavaliers called a "multimodal approach" to rehabilitate strains to his lower back and left knee while keeping him out of the lineup for two weeks. "I feel good," James said before the Cavs' 105-93 loss to the Houston Rockets on Wednesday. "But I'm on a program right now. I feel good. Week 1 is complete and I got one more left they say." James has missed six straight games with his injury and said he's spent the time rehabbing three or four times a day with his trainer, Mike Mancias. ESPN.com

Until James strolled into Cleveland's locker room Wednesday night, the Cavaliers lived much of this without him. He said he hadn't talked to Waiters since the trade Monday night and "I haven't reached out to anybody." We don't know whom he calls or texts, but James' interactions with his Cavs teammates may have been limited to a shoutout on Instagram last Friday – Day 2 of his rehab program – and some tweets on Wednesday asking fans to vote for Love and Irving for next month's All-Star Game in New York. Cleveland Plain Dealer

January 7, 2015 Updates

Dave McMenamin: LeBron on Dion Waiters: "I'm happy he's in the West." Meant as a sign of respect, meaning Dion will have revenge on his mind vs CLE. Twitter @mcten

January 6, 2015 Updates

Team officials spoke with LeBron James about his willingness to play alongside Smith before executing the deal, sources said. "We wish Dion the best as he continues his career with the Thunder and thank him for his effort and work here with the Cavaliers," Cavs general manager David Griffin told reporters Monday night. "Dion is a talented player with potential ahead of him. Trades like this are always difficult to make because there are relationships and bonds built, and that was the case with Dion. "At the same time, we're very excited to welcome Iman and J.R. to Cleveland. With their size and versatility, we think both Iman and J.R. can help our team on both ends of the court, and we look forward to them joining us." ESPN.com

Boh Embiid and James were out of action injured, which gave them plenty of time to spend on social media if they so chose. LeBron stayed quiet, but Embiid did not: Joel-Hans Embiid: I told him to sign with us back in the summer and he didn't smh Philadelphia Inquirer

January 5, 2015 Updates
January 4, 2015 Updates

The Cavs said their medical team ordered James to stay home from the Dallas game. He also won’t make the trip to Philadelphia Jan. 5 as the Cavs take on the 76ers. Griffin said the team is sticking with the originally announced timeline of two weeks rest for James and his sore left knee. “If it was up to him, he’d play tomorrow,’ Griffin said. “The guy is a warrior. What we’re trying to do is the right thing for his overall health throughout the season. Our job is to win games in June and build toward that.” Morning Journal

Cleveland's first home game after the Western trip is Jan. 19 against the Chicago Bulls. So in between all of those dates, James and the Cavs have to weigh how he's responding to treatment, the back-to-back games in Los Angeles, and if James wants to knock off any rust before that pivotal game against Central Division-leading Chicago. Those are perhaps reasons why Cavaliers coach David Blatt called the timetable for James' return "very fluid." "I am not going to put a timeline on it because success or failure isn't dictated by a day here or there," Griffin said later. Cleveland Plain Dealer

"It would be disingenuous to say I don't watch hoping he plays fewer minutes, but the guy has already played 41,000 minutes," Griffin said. "If he goes from 37 to 34 we're not saving his life. That's not how it's going to work. What we need to do is get him into a space where he can play the number of minutes he feels good playing, that his body responds to well." Cleveland Plain Dealer

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