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February 25, 2015 Updates

While talking to the press on Tuesday at a shootaround, LeBron James discussed how his health habits have changed since his rookie year. The gist was that they’ve largely improved, mainly because he doesn’t eat as much McDonald’s as he used to. McDonald’s, who James promptly remembered sponsors him and pays him a lot of money. When asked the follow-up question of when the last time he ate McDonald’s was, James said “every day.” Six times. For The Win

February 24, 2015 Updates

In making a point about how he became more serious about taking care of his body as he grew older, LeBron James said he "ate McDonald's" as a teenage rookie with the Cleveland Cavaliers. McDonald's, the global, fast-food behemoth is a multi-million-dollar sponsor of James. Though the company has added healthy options to its menu over the years, it's still often associated with traditional items like the Big Mac and french fries. It happened today, when James was asked before shootaround for tonight's road game against the Detroit Pistons how old he was when he became serious about lifting weights. James replied: "Umm, 24. I ate McDonald's my first couple years in the NBA. I didn't stretch. It didn't matter. I was 18 and I could do whatever I wanted to." Perhaps sensing the mistake, James recovered when he was asked later when he last ate at McDonald's. "Every day. Every day. Every day," James said, drawing laughter from reporters. "I had it this morning. Egg and sausage McMuffin. All day." Cleveland Plain Dealer

This made me think about the other day when LeBron posted an impressive highlight video of his young 10-year-old son, Bronny, playing basketball at a tournament. The video has gone viral. Based on all the news last week about rivals.com ranking sixth grade football players, I was curious to know if LeBron’s son has already received any college attention. Shortly before the Cavs were about to take the floor and start practice, I decided to ask LeBron if his son has been drawing any college interest. LeBron said, “Yeah, he’s already got some offers from colleges, it’s pretty crazy. It should be a violation, you shouldn’t be recruiting 10-year-old kids.” CBS New York

February 23, 2015 Updates

"I'm my own guy," he said. "I understand how important the business of basketball is. The National Basketball Association is the National Business Association. I understand that. For me, I want to make sure that I'm protected, and the players are protected, and the league. You know, both sides want to continue to build this beautiful league that we have. The All-Star Game was (televised) in more than 200 countries in the world, and we want to continue that. We want to continue the drive what we have. Hopefully both sides can come to an agreement that fits both sides." NBA.com

February 22, 2015 Updates
February 20, 2015 Updates

Brian Windhorst of ESPN on SiriusXM NBA Radio: I think he’d still be there. LeBron definitely wanted to play with Kevin Love, but remember, Wiggins was not mentioned in the LeBron letter. And on July 7th, the Cavs felt like, if they signed LeBron, they would just keep Wiggins, that they wouldn’t trade him for Love. If Love really wanted to play in Cleveland, he could’ve come there as a free agent next summer. By July 10th or 11th, once LeBron had gotten there, all of a sudden, Wiggins was in the deal. So, you can draw your own map from there. People can deny it from now until those guys retire, but I know exactly what happened. I saw the roadmap. If Wiggins had signed with LeBron’s agency, then Wiggins would have been in the letter. If Wiggins would have been having a relationship with LeBron in the weeks leading up to the draft, then it would have been a no-brainer. NBCSports.com

February 19, 2015 Updates

The Cavaliers' inaction as the NBA's trade deadline nears is a non-issue for LeBron James, who's now speaking more positively about this team than ever before. "Oh we can win a championship, yeah, with this roster," James said Thursday, following the Cavs' practice before the fly to Washington to resume their schedule Friday against the Wizards. Cleveland Plain Dealer

February 17, 2015 Updates

When asked to explain what he was thinking afterward, he said he wanted to do all he could to pay the fans back for voting him in as a starter. “I understand that my fans and our fans for this great game voted me in for a reason,” James said. “They wanted to see me play. They wanted to see me do what I’ve been doing this year, and that’s why they voted me in. It’s my obligation and my responsibility to go out there, if I’m feeling 80 percent or 85 percent or 90, to go out there and give my fans something. Give my fans what they wanted to see. And hopefully I did that.” NBCSports.com

"It's still too early to assess the total economic impact of LeBron James' return home, but we expect it will show a positive improvement," said Emily Lundgard, a Budish spokeswoman who previously worked for FitzGerald. For instance, a 2010 study by The Plain Dealer and economists showed James played a "key role" in $200 million in downtown spending annually, including $150 million during the playoffs. To get to $500 million, assumptions were made that every dollar spent in the region was tied to James. Additionally, both Brooks and FitzGerald's administration predicted various boosts in tax revenue, jobs, and spending. Cleveland Plain Dealer

But James likely had little to do with this. According to the Cavaliers, about 40 percent of the people who come to The Q reside in Cuyahoga County, and a large majority lives in Northeast Ohio. "There's no math out there that he brought $500 million into the region or that he's going to," said Gbenga Ajilore, an economics professor at the University of Toledo who teaches a course on economics in sports. "He's had an impact, you can't deny that. People weren't coming to games last year. There is an impact, but I don't know how you begin to quantify that." Cleveland Plain Dealer

February 16, 2015 Updates

My momentum was stolen. I was behind and my confidence and pride took a major hit. It turned out LeBron's name-tag was placed on the final chair. I exited the herd defeated, though I played it off like I had an important phone call. I did end up getting a nice spot at LeBron's setting, but it was nothing like the lovely location that I had worked so hard for. At the end of the day, I learned two valuable things: Gasol is bigger than LeBron in certain parts of the world and the other thing I learned is that the old saying about "if you assume" is true. Cleveland Plain Dealer

When asked whether Wade believes in the recruiting process, he was quick to let it be known James wanted to come here on his own but at the same time he believes players being involved has some merit. "You know, we lean on each other for a lot of things, so obviously going into 2010 before we even realized we could play together, you're talking. "I'm sure I've sent a text to a lot of guys when they've come up". Hot Hot Hoops

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