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October 15, 2014 Updates

LeBron James is officially saying goodbye to Miami. Now that he’s back in Cleveland, James is selling his 16,680 square foot Miami digs for an asking price of $17 million. The six bedroom, eight bathroom house has an elevator, infinity edge pool and rooftop sundeck according to its listing on Opulence International Realty. For The Win

October 14, 2014 Updates

Cavaliers forward LeBron James will not play in Tuesday night's preseason game against the Milwaukee Bucks at The Q. Head coach David Blatt said this decision was part of the team's management process during the preseason. He stressed there isn't anything more to James sitting out. Shawn Marion will start in place of James tonight. "No physical problems at all. He's fine," Blatt said. "We're just trying to manage the preseason and the best possible way to get him ready." Cleveland Plain Dealer

October 13, 2014 Updates

What now? Well, with James now in Cleveland, ESPN has similar ambitious plans for all things LeBron. The former ESPN Los Angeles.com writer Dave McMenamin has relocated from L.A. to Cleveland and is now ESPN.com’s beat writer for the Cavs. Windhorst will relocate from Miami to the Midwest and will continue to be a major voice on James in addition to working as a national NBA reporter (Windhorst also has a residence in Cleveland). ESPN also hired former CBSSports.com college football writer Jeremy Fowler to cover the Browns. He’ll also be available for Cavs duty, as will other NBA reporters if the storyline dictates it (which will be often). Steigman, now the vice president & editorial director for ESPN Digital & Print Media, said that ESPN had interest in expanding its coverage in Cleveland and the return of James cemented that. Obviously, Johnny Manziel’s arrival was also a factor. Sports Illustrated

McMenamin said ESPN offered him the Cavs job after he did a SportsCenter feature on new Cavs coach David Blatt. Primarily a writer, it was the first television story McMenamin had ever done involving a script and recording a voice track. “A couple hours after the piece aired, I get a call from [NBA editor] Henry Abbott asking me if I’d be interested in moving to Cleveland to cover LeBron and the Cavs. No one at the company has admitted it to me yet, but I am pretty sure the Blatt feature was a test to see how I’d do with a TV assignment like that. Even after doing the Blatt story, Henry’s call came as a complete surprise. I figured ESPN would have someone on the ground covering LeBron, but I thought they would probably hire someone outside of the company. The one thing I did tell Henry was that it was an honor to be considered for the position. Not to be all reverent about it, but the opportunity is very special to me. To be able to cover the best player in the sport and perhaps the best athlete in the world for an outlet that so many people get their sports fix from isn’t something I take lightly. Sports Illustrated

October 12, 2014 Updates

LeBron James scored seven points while playing only 20 minutes against his former team, and the Cleveland Cavaliers went on to beat the Miami Heat 122-119 in overtime Saturday in an exhibition game in Brazil. Kevin Love, who was acquired by Cleveland a month after James left the Heat to return to Ohio, finished with 25 points in an entertaining game in the beachfront city that will host the 2016 Olympics. Chris Bosh led Miami with 19 points. The Cavaliers are 2-0 in the preseason and the Heat fell to 0-3. USA Today Sports

James shook hands with the Heat starters at the tipoff, but made little eye contact. James said in practices in Rio there was no bad blood, which was confirmed by former teammates Dwyane Wade and Bosh. "He's on another team," Bosh said Friday. "I think he'd understand that. I understand that. We'll have plenty of time to talk in the summer, and that's how it is now." USA Today Sports

October 11, 2014 Updates

It appears LeBron James and Chris Bosh are once again friends. As if they ever weren’t. James squashed the thoughts of their strained relationship with a hug at midcourt before Saturday’s tip-off between the Miami Heat and Cleveland Cavaliers at HSBC Arena. The players supposedly were feuding once James announced he was leaving the Heat to return to the hometown Cavs. Both denied any rift. South Florida Sun-Sentinel

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