HoopsHype LeBron James rumors

December 18, 2014 Updates

The three ball was Atlanta's weapon of choice, hitting 16-of-28, including a franchise-record nine in the second quarter as the Hawks outscored Cleveland, 39-26, to take a halftime lead. "Very damaging," James said of the Hawks' three-point shooting. "A three ball is an equalizer in our game. That's the way they go. They had five or six uncontested threes and we can't accept that. If guys are going to make shots, they have to make shots over us, contested. We can be satisfied with that but we can't be satisfied with the open looks they got." Cleveland Plain Dealer

December 17, 2014 Updates
December 16, 2014 Updates

From Google’s yearly ‘trends’ list, which includes the 10 most searched athletes from the NBA, apparently a lot of people were interested in Paul George. George, the most googled NBA player in 2014, suffered a gruesome season-ending injury while playing in a USA exhibition game. The 10 most googled NBA players in 2014 are as follows: 1. Paul George; 2. Carmelo Anthony; 3. Kevin Love; 4. LeBron James; 5. Shabazz Napier; 6. Kevin Durant; 7. Lance Stephenson; 8. Ray Allen; 9. Blake Griffin; 10. Damian Lillard. Diehard Sport

December 15, 2014 Updates

"I think everybody gets hyped when you play against LeBron," Stephenson told Northeast Ohio Media Group. "He's one of the best players in the game right now. You got to do whatever it takes to stop him. It's tough to stop him and you have to have teammates behind you to help you at the same time. I just try to stay physical and play hard as I can." Cleveland Plain Dealer

"You really can't get me out of my game," James said. "The only way to get me out of my game is if I miss shots. And then I'm able to still affect the game in other ways. For me, I'm my worst enemy at times. If I'm not aggressive, then that's bad for our chances. So I need to always be aggressive. It doesn't matter if I'm making shots or not, I'm rebounding, defending, getting my guys involved. Cleveland Plain Dealer

December 14, 2014 Updates
December 13, 2014 Updates

James' scoring outburst came a day after he sat out the Cleveland Cavaliers' 103-94 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder with soreness in his left knee. Also Thursday, ESPN.com published a pair of stories examining James' place in the league as a 12-year veteran. One quoted an advance scout as saying, "The LeBron who could dunk on any player at any time is probably gone. ... He's probably never been a better basketball player than he is right now, though." The other noted how James had only six dunks in the Cavs' half-court offense through his first 20 games. ESPN.com

ESPN hyped up the games with this perfectly executed commercial featuring Santa Claus poking fun at LeBron. “This is very tough… This Christmas I’m going to be taking my talents to the South Pole.” For The Win

Following the loss, Northeast Ohio Media Group asked James if he could ever recall Babbitt playing extended minutes on him in the past. The look on his face said it all. He couldn't believe New Orleans' defensive strategy was to match him with Babbitt. "Uh, nah," James answered with a puzzled looked on his face. "No. I mean, uh, no. I have no explanation behind that." Cleveland Plain Dealer

Just 2 1/2 months later, however, James’ thinking might be changing. The weight loss aside, James on Friday seemed to admit for the first time he’s not the same athletic player he was in recent years. “You can look at it in a bad way or a good way,” he said. “I’ve expanded the rest of my game. I’m still out there making plays. My athleticism, obviously I’m not the 18-year-old kid I was before. But I can still do the things I need to do to be successful.” Akron Beacon Journal

December 12, 2014 Updates

After going through agility tests on the Smoothie King Center hardwood, LeBron James said he will be able to play in Friday’s game against New Orleans. “I’m playing,” James said, before describing how he determined his readiness to play. “It’s the same test that me and my trainer always go through, to see if I’m able to do the things I like to do on the floor. I wasn’t able to pass it in Oklahoma City, which is why I didn’t play. I was able to pass it today. All the movements I need to do as a basketball player to be able to help my team.” NBA.com

But many league observers believe any physical slippage James may be dealing with is not holding him or the Cavs back as their current eight-game win streak attests. "There is no way to compare what LeBron is doing this season to what he did in the last few years," said one league executive. "He's dealing with a completely different roster that is requiring him to play a different style. He's working harder on offense because he's playing point guard almost every minute he's on the floor. ... The Heat had mastered the art of creating space and there were way more driving lanes than he typically has now." ESPN.com

Cavaliers coach David Blatt said LeBron James' sore left knee was "nothing major" and the superstar was held out against the Oklahoma City Thunder as a precaution. "I really don't believe we have any kind of serious situation on our hands, just some soreness," Blatt said, prior to Cleveland's 103-94 loss to the Thunder. Cleveland Plain Dealer

But Blatt said after that game James "felt some soreness in the back of his knee," a soreness the coach said was "nothing major." James is listed as "questionable" for the Cavaliers' game Friday in New Orleans. A team official said Cleveland first learned of James' injury Thursday morning. "He got up this morning and didn't feel particularly good so we decided to hold him out," Blatt said. Cleveland Plain Dealer

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