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February 13, 2015 Updates

LeBron James, who led all scorers with 31 points but did not have his best night, was asked about Blatt's growth as coach. "Well, I mean he's grown for sure," James said. "I mean, he's a rookie coach, just like a rookie player, every month you kind of get better and better and better and that's what he's been doing." James said more about Blatt, and we'll get to what he said momentarily. But "rookie coach" deserves further discussion. Cleveland Plain Dealer

The Cavs' players view Blatt as a rookie; Blatt believes his pedigree as a coach in Israel and Europe (where he won championships and a bronze medal for Team Russia at the 2012 Olympics) should count for something. There's the rub. It took a few months for things to begin to iron out, and the process is ongoing. "For our team, he's been great," James continued. "He communicates great, he pays attention to details, as players we just try to go out and whatever he wants us to do we try to implement it at a high level. "Every day is a learning experience for himself as well, just being his first year in the NBA, and I think he's handled it well." Cleveland Plain Dealer

February 12, 2015 Updates

Curry will star in a spree of new TV ads this week for sponsors Unilever, Express and Under Armour. His high profile will help position him as the league's next big athletic endorsement star in the vein of James, Kevin Durant and Kobe Bryant. The Golden State Warriors sharpshooter actually beat King James in this year's All-Star fan voting. He also jumped to No. 2 behind James from No. 7 on the NBA's list of best-selling jerseys. Both on the court and on Madison Avenue, Curry will take center stage during the four-day basketball celebration that culminates with TNT's telecast of the 64th NBA All-Star Game from Madison Square Garden Sunday night (7 p.m. ET). AdWeek.com

In 2014, he drew up a new model with his move back to Cleveland on a short-term contract that gave him unprecedented leverage for a player. He has built his own business empire with a trusted group of friends and advisors, eschewing traditional agents and marketers. He has spoken out on social issues, organizing a symbolic gesture in support of Trayvon Martin and publicly challenging NBA commissioner Adam Silver to expel former Clippers owner Donald Sterling in the wake of Sterling's racist comments. And he has worked to improve conditions for his fellow players, pressing behind closed doors for a weeklong break at the All-Star Game. "Trails have been blazed by what LeBron is doing," says USA Basketball head coach Mike Krzyzewski, who has coached James to two Olympic gold medals. ESPN.com

Some point to the awkwardly handled "Decision" he made to leave Cleveland in the summer of 2010 as a first expression of James' will to self-determination: "I'm taking my talents to South Beach." But LeBron says the roots of the feeling run deeper and extend further. "I think a lot of it comes from being an only child," he says, reflecting on the years when he and his mother, Gloria, lived a difficult, nomadic life in Akron. "I had to become man of the house very fast. I felt empowered when I knew I had to grow up faster than the kids who had fathers, or maybe an older brother. That feeling stuck with me throughout grade school and high school. ESPN.com

"When I became a professional, I went the traditional way of signing with an agent and thought that was the way to do it because it was traditional. But I didn't feel like I felt when I became the man of my house when I was 7 years old. The only way to get back to that was if I empower guys around me. So I got rid of my agent and we started our own firm, our own marketing company, LRMR. I was with the guys that I trusted. Guys that I grew up with and guys that I believed in." ESPN.com

February 11, 2015 Updates
February 10, 2015 Updates

James Harden has another event for All-Star weekend. Harden and fellow All-Stars Klay Thompson and DeMarcus Cousins are among the players to compete in the NBA’s first fashion show. Produced by LeBron James’ Springhill Production Company, the one-hour “NBA All-Star All-Style” will be taped Friday night inside New York’s Hammerstein Theater and air Saturday at 5:30 p.m. on TNT. Houston Chronicle

LeBron James felt no need to clarify any remarks or tweets he has made in recent days and Kevin Love insisted on Tuesday there was no problem between the two stars. “I was caught off-guard when I heard about it,” Love said. ”We’re teammates, we see each other, there’s no problem with us.” James tweeted late Saturday night people shouldn’t worry so much about “fitting out” and instead should try to “fit in” and be part of something special. It was strikingly similar to a comment Love made in October when his teammates were encouraging him to “fit out” and be himself rather than trying to fit in. Akron Beacon Journal

Dave McMenamin: LeBron James says Ray Allen "would be a great addition." Says he isn't putting pressure on Ray's decision at all. Twitter @mcten

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