HoopsHype LeBron James rumors

March 6, 2014 Updates

"I think it's an incredible night; it was very touching that Big Z would reach out to Ronnie," Spoesltra said. "We have the ultimate respect for Big Z and we view him as a Miami Heat guy even though he's as much of a Cleveland Cavaliers as Udonis Haslem is to us. For that one year, you could see why they view him as so special." ESPN.com

March 5, 2014 Updates

No, there was nothing close to 61 points this time, a night after he put together that franchise-record total in a blowout victory over the Charlotte Bobcats. This time there were only 22, when the Miami Heat could have used 25, James last-second 3-point attempt over the outstretched hands of center Dwight Howard clanging away in a 106-103 loss to the Houston Rockets at the Toyota Center. "It just wasn't there for me. I got out of rhythm," James said, summing up both the finish and his 9-of-18 night from the field. South Florida Sun-Sentinel

March 4, 2014 Updates

Dazzling from inside and out, James put on the best scoring show of his NBA life Monday night, pouring in 61 points — a career high and franchise record — as the Miami Heat beat the Charlotte Bobcats 124-107. It was the eighth straight win for the two-time defending champions, who are starting to roll as the playoffs get near. James made 22-of-33 shots from the field, including his first eight 3-point attempts. "The man above has given me some unbelievable abilities to play the game of basketball," James said. "I just try to take advantage of it every night. I got the trust of my teammates and my coaching staff to go in there and let it go." USA Today Sports

James set career highs and Heat records for points in a game (61), points in a quarter (25 in the third quarter) and field goals made in a game (22). He also tied his career high for 3-pointers in a game with eight as the Heat cruised to a 124-107 victory over the Charlotte Bobcats in Miami. ESPN.com

Since then, the question "Who’s on your Mount Rushmore?" has been asked of just about every basketball mind you can name. On Monday in Milwaukee, Abdul-Jabbar fielded it during a press conference before the Jazz and the Bucks tipped off. "It’s impossible," he said of picking just four players. "I don’t know what LeBron was thinking. He didn’t even see Bill Russell play. He has no idea what Bill Russell did. Eleven championships in 13 years? Eight in a row? LeBron isn’t going to get anywhere near that. I don’t get it. And here he didn’t want Bill Russell on his Rushmore. I think today’s players have a very limited perspective on the game." "LeBron has to re-think that," he added. "He needs to go and do some research and watch some old film, and hopefully he’ll be impressed." Salt Lake Tribune

March 3, 2014 Updates

LeBron James just scored his 61st point in a game against the Charlotte Bobcats, breaking his personal and Miami Heat single-game records. LeBron’s previous high was 56 points in a 2005 loss to the Raptors while he was playing for the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Heat record was also 56 points, set by Glen Rice in a 1995 win over the Orlando Magic. NBCSports.com

That would afford James plenty of time to make the short flight to Cleveland for Ilgauskas' big night. "I want to be there, but we'll see. I'm not sure just yet," James said. "But I think it's going to be a great day for my friend, a real dear friend of mine. And I'm excited for him." USA Today Sports

James said if he goes, he hopes all the attention remains where it should be, on Ilgauskas. "I hope it doesn't, if I'm able to make it," James said when asked if he was worried that his presence would overshadow the former center. "I hope it doesn't. It's not my day, it's not about me. It's about Z. But it wouldn't matter to me. Obviously I'm there for a dear friend, to be able to support him, if I'm able to make it, and that's the main thing." USA Today Sports

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