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October 30, 2014 Updates

Imgur user Nbaplayertweets has dug up a treasure trove of long-forgotten tweets from NBA players. Some were from before Twitter was a "thing," others from tender-aged college students before they made it big. Our favorite is the rampage then-Weber State student Damian Lillard went on against LeBron James: Deadspin.com

LeBron James and Dan Gilbert were back in the same building Wednesday on the eve of the Cleveland Cavaliers' season opener, and they shared the same sunny outlook about their relationship that turned ice cold in a very public fashion four years ago. "I think it's really good," James said when asked about his rapport with the Cavs' owner. "We had one bad moment, and it just overshadowed all the great times we had together, and now we're back together. "We both have something in common: That's to bring a championship back to this city, and that's what it comes down to. That's what our thrive is, that's what our drive is, and we have an opportunity and we have an obligation to represent this team and this franchise the right way." ESPN.com

October 29, 2014 Updates
October 28, 2014 Updates

L.A. Clippers President Doc Rivers knows recruiting can be tough ... which is why he's already calling DIBS on LeBron James' and Dwyane Wade's kids!! Rivers was leaving Craig's in West Hollywood Monday night when we asked if he thinks Bron's or D-Wade's sons had a shot to make the NBA when they grow up. FYI -- LeBron has two boys (10 and 7) who are already generating serious buzz in the basketball world ... and Dwyane's boys have been ranked as some of the top youth prospects in the country. "I want rights to all their kids," Doc said. TMZ.com

Tristan Thompson, Cleveland Cavaliers: The Cavaliers and Thompson continue to talk. Word is Thompson’s camp is seeking a deal in the $11-$12 million per season range, which is awfully pricey for what Thompson has produced thus far. The fact that Thompson is represented by the same agent as LeBron James surely doesn’t hurt the situation, but sources close to the process say that James’ status isn’t impacting the process. There is a chance that the Cavs and Thompson reach a deal, although sources said both sides seem to be ok if this thing has to get pushed to the summer. This one is 50/50, with it being likely that a deal is reached if the price comes down. Basketball Insiders

Yet James' real legacy here is broad, etched not in titles or accolades but in these grizzled streets where the 29-year-old icon is not known as "King James." Here the chatter is just of "Bron," the kid who emerged through it all, from the same difficult upbringing with real challenges in a town blighted by the struggles of the automotive and rubber industries. "Cleveland thinks it has a sports curse. But Akron, well, Akron has a life curse. Hard times, hard lives," says local Rodney Rice, 50, down by the Perkins Pool courts, where throngs would huddle to watch a young James school older challengers in pick-up games. "That's why him coming back means something different to us. It is not about him getting Cleveland a championship, but a new reminder to the kids here that a person can make it big in life having walked these same streets." USA Today Sports

"I didn't like the way he left and I told him that," said Barb Wood, long-time librarian at St Vincent's, a confidante for James in high school when the quiet of the library provided a welcome respite from the incessant attention. "But he learns from his mistakes and he is down to earth and humble enough to accept that. He has grown into such an impressive man but in that way, despite everything, he is still the same, sweet boy that he ever was. The funny thing is, when people say he is coming back, I say he never truly left. He is known all over the world, but he has remained true to where he came from." USA Today Sports

October 27, 2014 Updates

"After LeBron left, all bets were off," Spoelstra said. "For the first two or three hours -- I've told that story a lot -- that it felt like we were Jerry Maguire. We were calling everybody, and everybody's agent, and nobody was answering for two or three hours." Finally, they got in touch with both Bosh and Wade, who'd opted out of his contract as well. Wade wasn't going anywhere -- once he spurned Chicago in 2010 to stay in Miami, he was Heat for Life. Once Miami agreed to the max, so was Bosh. NBA.com

October 26, 2014 Updates

Cleveland Cavaliers coach David Blatt suggested the 39.5 minutes per game LeBron James is averaging for his career would be too many for the team's superstar this season, at least in the early going. "I don't have a number but I am cognizant of the fact and we are conscious of the fact that, certainly early on 39 minutes a game is a lot," Blatt said following practice Sunday. "We gotta keep our wits about us in terms of thinking long term with LeBron." Cleveland Plain Dealer

October 25, 2014 Updates

That's why it's no surprise that Love's admission about his new role following the preseason finale spread throughout the NBA, and found its way into the Cavaliers' locker room. "I think we are all going to go through an adjustment and less touches than we would like. Anytime one of us says something it will get blown out of proportion and I think that got blown out of proportion," James said following practice on Friday. "I read the clips of what he stressed. The first thing you see is Kevin Love wants more touches and is unhappy, but I've had zero reaction." Cleveland Plain Dealer

October 24, 2014 Updates
October 23, 2014 Updates

There was an interesting twist with Cole in the offseason, when he signed on with agent Rich Paul, the same agent who handled LeBron James' July free-agency departure from the Heat to the Cleveland Cavaliers. "It was a decision me and my support system made," Cole said of that move to James' long-time associate. "It was a decision we made and that's as much as I want to say about it. I felt it was best for me." Cole, who played at Cleveland State, with Paul's agency based in Northeast Ohio, said the decision was not influenced by James. "No, I was familiar with him," he said of Paul. Cole, who is from Dayton, said it was not a means of testing whether he, too, could return to his Ohio roots. "I made the decision based on for me and what I need," he said, "not based off anybody else. I made a decision based on what I thought and what was best for me." South Florida Sun-Sentinel

D’Antoni’s problem was being in the wrong place at the wrong time but by then, bringing him back would have been another terrible blunder. If D’Antoni hadn’t made picking up his 2015-16 option a precondition for returning, he would be coaching today. As high-maintenance superstars go, Kobe is sadder but wise. Among peers, he’s now almost one of the guys. James, leery of him before they began playing together on Olympic teams, is now a friend. Forbes.com

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