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May 28, 2015 Updates

When pressed about how many championships Jordan won, Laimbeer didn’t back down. “Yeah, but look at what LeBron has in the Finals right now,” Laimbeer said. “Could anybody else in the world have led this team of role players to the finals right now? I don’t think so. Jordan could not have led this team to the finals. “LeBron came into the league knowing how to play basketball and involve his teammates. Jordan had to learn that, and they had to assemble some great teammates around him in order for him to win.” For The Win

As always, Cartwright was thoughtful and insightful. "The big thing about LeBron," he began, "is he's one of rare guys where there's no position for him. He similar to maybe Magic [Johnson]. That's the best comparison because he can play one through five. What can't he do? "Michael was basically a two-[guard]. What's LeBron? A one? A two? A three? You can't say. That's what makes him an anomaly; there's no match-up for him. "Michael was as hard as anyone to guard. This guy [LeBron] is really unguardable. Who do you match him with? He's too darn big and too darn strong. Put a big guy on him and he goes around them. Put a small guy on him and he beats him up. He's a nightmare of a match-up." Birmingham News

Which makes it the perfect time to trot this zany bit of NBA trivia: Curry and James were born in the same hospital in Akron, Ohio. The momentous events happened 39 months apart, as James was born in December 1984, while Curry was born in March 1988, but still: Washington Post

May 27, 2015 Updates

The Jason McIntyre Show airs Sunday on Yahoo Sports Radio (and Sirius channel 92) from 11 am-2 pm. You can click-to-listen to the show here; if you’d like to subscribe and listen on iTunes, click here. The show even has a Facebook page and a Twitter account! Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports talked about how the Bulls are going to screw Thibs, who the Orlando Magic like the NBA draft, and whether Kevin Love will return to Cleveland. Keep an eye on Houston. The Big Lead

Twice, James said how emotional the moment was for him. "Could I foresee this?" James said. "At the beginning of the season, I couldn't. I couldn't foresee us being in the Finals at the beginning of the season because I just knew that we just had to get better and I just saw how young we were and how young‑minded we were at that point in time. "But I knew I had to lead these guys, and if they just followed my leadership, I knew I could get them to a place where they haven't been before." USA Today Sports

He also joins another exclusive list: He will play in his fifth consecutive NBA Finals, joining of short list of former Boston Celtics who did it in the 1960s and he is the first non-Celtic to do it and first to do it with two teams. "His confidence has gone to another level," Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer said. "Having watched and prepared — watching how he orchestrates and has a great command for where he wants his teammates and what's important in the moment and the confidence that he has in himself to make the right play, whether it's making a shot, making the pass. As a leader, he's grown. His confidence has grown." USA Today Sports

Cleveland will play either the Golden State Warriors or the Houston Rockets in the best of seven game NBA Finals, starting on June 4. Mark and Leanne are hoping to make the trip to the US to watch some of the series. “Hopefully (Andrew) Bogut (Golden State centre) gets to the NBA Finals as well, so that we’re guaranteed of an Aussie winning,’’ Mark said. Bendigo Advertiser

In an exclusive interview with Northeast Ohio Media Group, Cavaliers' Owner Dan Gilbert said firing Blatt was never considered, and added that his confidence in his coach never wavered. "It really didn't," Gilbert told NEOMG. "I don't care what the expectations were, especially after we changed coaches twice in two years. This was a guy with a long-term record of success. You have to at least give a season, maybe more than just one. I think it would have destabilized the entire franchise and it would have been bad." Cleveland Plain Dealer

"When we did checks on him, we must have talked to 70 or 80 people, literally. We couldn't find somebody to say a bad word. There's something about him. It's hard to put your finger on it, but there's something about him. He's a good soul and he knows how to get these guys to love each other, to play for the team. That to me is the most important thing" Cleveland Plain Dealer

"Look, there's nobody you can point to in the world that doesn't make a mistake," Gilbert said to NEOMG. "The best players, the best business people, the best coaches. So one thing is not going to make or break a person." Now the Cavaliers are four victories away from ending a 51-year professional championship drought in the city, and Blatt is a huge part of that. "They wanted Coach Blatt fired, saying we needed another point guard, will LeBron and Kyrie be able to play together? So many story lines was just happening at that point in time," James said. "For us to be sitting at this point today, being able to represent the Eastern Conference in The Finals, this is special. It's very special." Cleveland Plain Dealer

We’ll give these guys the benefit of the doubt and assume this idea was better in theory. It’s all just rather strange, really. The music doesn’t come through very clearly and is hard to hear; it’s confusing how they’re shirtless in a bath but still wearing hats; LeBron’s intense stare halfway through the video goes from funny to scary at an alarming pace; Iman Shumpert seems a little too into the entire process. Maybe some good editing would make the narrative arc a little clearer. Get on that, J.R. For The Win

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