HoopsHype LeBron James rumors

August 12, 2014 Updates

The NBA will announce Wednesday that LeBron James will play his first game in Miami since returning to the Cleveland Cavaliers on Christmas Day, according to sources briefed on the league's new schedule. Sources told ESPN.com that the NBA's 2014-15 schedule -- which will be released in full Wednesday at 6 p.m. in an NBA TV special -- predictably sends James back to South Beach to face Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh and the rest of the Miami Heat on the marquee date of the league's regular-season calendar after James' decision last month to re-sign with his home-state Cavaliers. ESPN.com

August 11, 2014 Updates

ESPN, a giant corporate parent company with interests against their employees doing this if they want to keep any sort of journalistic integrity and relationships with LeBron James intact at the same time, warned him to suspend the plane and take down the billboards. That’s when, LeBatard said, he decided it had already gone too far to go back. I said I would not and could not because we were building this up for days on the radio to a crescendo and to simply stop talking about it and not do it with no mention would be dumb, inauthentic, confusing and not me. I was polite about it, but I was insubordinate. I refused to budge. We were flying the plane. So I was suspended, as I should have been. If I’d actually believed in any of this, I might have flown the plane anyway, even while on suspension, but this would be a pretty silly cause for which to lose your job. For The Win

Me: I would think you have two views on LeBron -- that he left Cleveland and Cleveland goes nuts, but he goes to Miami and wins championships. And then, he comes back. David Stern: I told LeBron, I thought that regardless of how poorly executed The Decision was, I thought the world was being horribly unfair to him. He was entitled to make that decision and he was entitled to make the decision he made. If it makes him happy, then I'm happy. I think it's great. The additional dividend being, apparently, he has been much appreciated by the fans of the world for his decision to return to Cleveland. And I think that's wonderful. And I think that it demonstrates how embedded the NBA is into the psyche of not just America, but maybe even the world. That during the world Cup, the second-most talked about issue was where would LeBron go? There was a baseball season going on, but everyone wanted to talk about LeBron. I thought that was a very positive development. And it sort of demonstrated something we've said over the years, that the drama that's on and off the court provides fodder for our fans to think about, talk about, and get involved in some discussions about. NBA.com

August 9, 2014 Updates

Sources say the clincher from Cleveland's perspective, though, was James' firm belief that he will be able to convince Love to stay as a teammate going into the future, even without a contractual commitment after this year. That made the Cavs more comfortable parting with Wiggins, who is a potential All-Star and would've been under contract with the Cavs for at least the next five seasons under much more favorable terms. ESPN.com

August 8, 2014 Updates

As for Love, he first hesitated to say much other than he hopes the reported trade will happen. He praised Love and the time they spent together on the U.S. Olympic team and said he welcomes the chance to play with Love in Cleveland. "If it happens, I'm very excited," James said of Love. "I don't really care about the 26 (points) and 12 (rebounds Love averaged last season). I care about the basketball IQ." FoxSports.com

For a chance to see LeBron James, Rodneka Price drove seven hours and stood in line for another six. "I might cry when I see him," she said. James is being welcomed back Friday night by the city where he first bounced a basketball. The NBA superstar is being celebrated with an event expected to draw more than 25,000 people to InfoCision Stadium. James grew up in Akron and has maintained a strong connection with his hometown. James recently re-signed with the Cleveland Cavaliers after four years in Miami. To show its appreciation, Akron is throwing James a homecoming party to coincide with an annual "Wheels for Education" event hosted by his family's foundation. USA Today Sports

One of LeBron James' biggest fans passed away in Texas last week. Christopher Coronado, 28, died after a car accident. According to the Mesquite News, Coronado's truck hit the rear end of a tractor-trailer at a high rate of speed. The driver of the tractor was uninjured. Cleveland Plain Dealer

August 7, 2014 Updates

ESPN television and radio host Dan Le Batard was suspended for two days after he paid for billboards in Cleveland that mockingly read "You're Welcome LeBron; Love, Miami" and displayed the two title rings he won with the Heat. The billboards were a sly reference to James' famed letter to Cleveland, which seemed to thank everybody except for Miami fans and their four years of support. The top line was written in Comic Sans, of course. Arizona Republic

LeBron James got his football fix, showing up at the Browns' training camp with his two sons. James spent nearly an hour on the sideline as the Browns went through a morning workout. It was the NBA superstar's first public appearance since re-signing with the Cavaliers last month. USA Today Sports

August 6, 2014 Updates

Brian Windhorst joined Grantland’s Editor-in-Chief Bill Simmons on his podcast earlier this week and of course the topic quickly shifted to LeBron, particularly his exit from Miami. Simmons: “How much insight can you give us on Riley and LeBron?” Windhorst: “I don’t think LeBron was ever really close to Riley and I don’t think that’s a departure from the way he likes to treat management. … He sort of treats management in text relationships. He’s open to communicating with them, but he keeps them at arm’s length. He’s never going to be a guy like Dirk with Cuban. It’s just never going to be his style unless he changes. I think Riley tried to do his bonding maneuvers over the years and I don’t think that they worked. At the end, I wonder how much Riley understood LeBron, because when he came out and made that fiery speech at the end of the season, that is not somebody who has a good vibe who would think LeBron would react well to that.” Washington Post

Windhorst: “I’ve mentioned this before. I don’t think LeBron left because of that speech and I don’t think this was a big deal, but I think it’s a window into what he understands about LeBron. He just announced during that speech that LeBron was expecting a daughter and LeBron had gone to lengths to keep that quiet. He did not want that out there and several times he was asked about that in the media and he said ‘I’m not talking about that,’ and anybody that spent time around LeBron knew he kept that quiet … That he would say that, is an indication that he did not know Lebron and know that he was keeping that a secret … I really question how close they ever were. Washington Post

As LeBron James makes his return to Northeast Ohio, Waiters is also preparing to be part of something special in Cleveland. The possibility of playing next to the world’s best player became increasingly real for Waiters when his phone rang early last month. But he didn’t ultimately know where James would end up until he read his decision on July 11. “We’ve talked,” Waiters said of his new teammate. “I actually talked with LeBron before he made his decision. He called me and just told me to be ready. Be ready. I talked to him four or five days before he made his decision. He just got on the phone and said I haven’t made my mind up yet but be ready. I told him that I’m already working hard. I’ll be ready. And he said, I know, I know you are. Then a few days later I read the letter. I was just really excited for the city of Cleveland. I think the city, more than anybody, deserves this. They deserve to have LeBron coming back. I think the excitement is really back in Cleveland and I’m looking forward to being a part of that.” SLAM

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