HoopsHype LeBron James rumors

December 11, 2014 Updates
December 10, 2014 Updates

James believes Dellavedova reminds him of a former teammate that helped the Heat win two titles. "I had Norris Cole on my team in Miami," James said. "He was the same type of guy. We called him the pit bull. You just put him out there on anybody and he's always going to be successful and know you can never discredit how he goes about the game and how hard he plays. You put him out there for 20 seconds and it will be the hardest 20 seconds he ever played, like he'll never play again... Everything they do won't show up in the box score but teammates and people that know the game know he made an impact." Cleveland Plain Dealer

December 9, 2014 Updates

When asked what message the T-shirt sent out to the country, James responded: “I don’t know. It’s not for us to figure out. It’s just for us to understand what we’re going through as a society. I’ve been forwarded over and over about what’s been going on. This is more of a notion to the family more than anything. As a society we have to do better. We have to be better for one another no matter what race you are. But it’s more of a shoutout to the family more than anything because they’re the ones who should be getting the energy and effort.” For The Win

December 8, 2014 Updates

Kyrie Irving and LeBron James are wearing black “I CAN’T BREATHE” t-shirts prior to tonight’s game against the Brooklyn Nets in support of Eric Garner. Garner died in a Staten Island neighborhood as the result of a chokehold from a New York policeman last summer. Protests have broken out across New York the last few days after a grand jury chose not to indict the officer on murder charges. Garner's final words, uttered over and over and caught on video, were "I can't breathe." Akron Beacon Journal

“It’s more a notion to the family than anything,” James said of the shirts. “Obviously as a society we have to do better, we have to be better for one another. It doesn’t matter what race you are. It’s more of a shout out to the family more than anything. They’re the ones that should be getting all the energy and effort.” Akron Beacon Journal

Me: I'm sure you heard Chris Bosh say that it's so different playing next to LeBron, and that it requires a real adjustment. What have you learned so far about that process? KL: Well, it is different. Coming in, we all knew we were going to have to sacrifice, and that's each player, 1 through 15, for this team. It's funny hearing that. Playing with LeBron, he opens up so many opportunities on the floor. And whether it's Kyrie or Shawn Marion or Andy Varejao, different guys out there in the starting lineup, myself included, and all throughout the team, they're getting so many good looks, because so much of the effort on the defensive end is to stop LeBron James. So I think it opens up a lot for us, for our team, helps us out, and when I have an opportunity at the offensive end, I have to take advantage of it. NBA.com

Cavaliers' superstar LeBron James, like many other players, is guilty of this act. He acknowledged that if this team is took take the next step towards becoming a formidable title-contending team, he and teammates must eliminate that type of behavior. "We have a tendency right now to take plays off, including myself," James said. "Last game, I was talking to the referee and they inbounded the ball and [Toronto's] James Johnson got a dunk. "...That's something I can't do. As a team, we can't do. We've been playing so well, that if we cut down those things, there's no telling what type of games we can have as far as close to 48 minutes as possible." Cleveland Plain Dealer

The Cavaliers got the win that night, but James wants to make sure his team accrues as many wins within wins as possible. Allowing Johnson to roam free for that dunk was a loss, a loss that James puts on himself. "Well, I was trying to get my point across and obviously, they weren't trying to hear it and I paid for it," James said. "I shouldn't be doing that. I don't want to say it's a mental lapse because I'm always in tune in the game, but they got me on that one." Cleveland Plain Dealer

LeBron James is searching for a way to protest the Eric Garner decision, and he could display it Monday night in Brooklyn in front of the Royal Couple. Already outspoken about the death of Garner and a grand jury‘s decision not to indict the responsible officers, James was asked Sunday about a t-shirt worn recently by Bulls point guard Derrick Rose. The message on Rose’s shirt, “I can’t breathe,” is a reference to Garner’s words as he was choked while being arrested for selling untaxed cigarettes. “It was spectacular,” James said about Rose’s shirt, which he wore in pre-game warmups Saturday night. “I loved it. I’m looking for one.” New York Daily News

The start of Christmas season in New York is debatable, of course, but the tree lighting at Rockefeller Center was Wednesday. The Cavaliers visited Madison Square Garden Thursday, when James dropped 12 assists in a 90-87 win over the Knicks. "He's trying to get everybody involved," Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving told me. "He's just trying to make plays out there. How many games in a row has he had double-digit assists? And it's not like 10 (assists), it's 12, 13. He's doing it in amazing fashion. He's taking away some of mine (assists), but I personally enjoy it." Cleveland Plain Dealer

December 7, 2014 Updates

Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James is no stranger to speaking out on social issues. He has weighed in on the recent controversial shootings, killing young African Americans in Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown (in Ferguson) and 12-year-old Tamir Rice (in Cleveland). On Sunday prior to practice he was asked about Rose's gesture. "It's spectacular," James said. "I loved it. I'm looking for one." When asked if he planned to wear the T-shirt before a game, James was coy, but hinted it could potentially happen. "It's possible," he said. "I'm looking for one. I think it was great." Cleveland Plain Dealer

Lately, James has had the ball in his hands more often, resulting in many more passes. Using SportVU player tracking data on NBA.com, we can see that in his first 15 games he was averaging 78 touches and 52 passes per game. In his last three games, he's averaging 102 touches and 72 passes per game. When James is more involved in the Cavs offense, it results in wins. He had 103 touches on Friday, and the Cavs are now 4-0 this season when he has 100 or more touches and 7-7 when he has fewer than 100. They're also 7-1 when he has 90 or more touches and 4-6 when he does not. ESPN.com

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