October 24, 2014

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Rick Noland: Here’s a line that might help the Cavs pick up a title

Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James, left, stands during the national anthem before the team's scrimmage. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

Cavaliers coach David Blatt will spend the preseason experimenting with various starting lineups, but I’ve already decided on mine: Kyrie Irving and Dion Waiters in the backcourt, LeBron James and Kevin Love at the forward spots and Anderson Varejao in the middle. James, Love and Irving, of course, are locks, but the shooting guard and Read More…

‘Electrifying’ scrimmage draws nearly 17,000 fans to see LeBron James’ return, new Cavaliers lineup

Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James, left, stands during the national anthem before the NBA basketball team's scrimmage Wednesday in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

CLEVELAND — It was an event as much as it was an intrasquad scrimmage. The Cavaliers were greeted by 16,723 enthusiastic fans at their Wine & Gold scrimmage Wednesday night at Quicken Loans Arena. “It was electrifying playing for the first time in front of our fans,” said LeBron James, who was greeted by a Read More…

LeBron James tells Dion Waiters it’s up to him to quiet critics

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INDEPENDENCE — Cavaliers small forward and four-time league MVP LeBron James is the teacher. Third-year shooting guard Dion Waiters is the willing student. Lessons are being learned, but there are more to come. “Every team, there’s a guy (that media members) want to place the blame on,” James said Tuesday at Cleveland Clinic Courts. “It Read More…

Cavaliers: Kyrie Irving to lead team as point guard

Cleveland Cavaliers' Kyrie Irving does a radio interview during the NBA basketball team's media day Friday in Independence. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

INDEPENDENCE — LeBron James is the Cavaliers’ leader in the locker room, but Kyrie Irving will fill that role on the floor as the team’s starting point guard. “It’s Kyrie’s show,” James said. “He’s our point guard. He’s our floor general. We need him to put us in position to succeed offensively. He has to Read More…

New Cavaliers coach David Blatt not intimidated by all the talent at his disposal

Cleveland Cavaliers head coach David Blatt poses for photos at the NBA basketball team's media day in Independence Friday. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

INDEPENDENCE — David Blatt’s first NBA head coaching job charges him with leading the championship-caliber Cavaliers of LeBron James, Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving, but things could be a lot worse. “You can have the alternative and not have me, Kevin and Kyrie,” James said Saturday following the team’s first practice at Cleveland Clinic Courts. Read More…

LeBron James ready, willing to lead Cavaliers, but says winning NBA title takes hard work

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INDEPENDENCE — LeBron James was all business during the Cavaliers’ annual media day Friday at Cleveland Clinic Courts. Wearing a white sleeve over his right elbow and his customary headband while talking to several hundred media members, James didn’t do much laughing, joking or even smiling in his first official Cavs press conference in more Read More…

Shawn Marion officially signs with Cavs

Shawn Marion

The Cavaliers added more championship experience Tuesday with the official signing of veteran forward Shawn Marion, who agreed to terms in the middle of August. The 36-year-old Marion, who signed what is believed to be a one-year contract for the veteran minimum of $1.4 million, won an NBA title with Dallas in 2011. “I’m excited Read More…

Cavaliers Notes: Kyrie Irving OK after scary fall at FIBA World Cup

Kyrie Irving of the US, is attended to on the court after falling, during the Group C Basketball World Cup match against Ukraine, in Bilbao northern Spain, Thursday. The 2014 Basketball World Cup competition take place in various cities in Spain from Aug. 30 through to Sept. 14. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)

Cavs fans first held their breath, then breathed a sigh of relief. Cleveland point guard Kyrie Irving suffered a hard fall Thursday with 1:12 to go in Team USA’s 95-71 rout of Ukraine at the FIBA World Cup in Bilbao, Spain. Irving, who landed awkwardly after driving to the hoop through two Ukraine defenders and Read More…

Cavaliers officially announce signing of Kevin Love

Kevin Love, David Griffin

INDEPENDENCE — Zero is Kevin Love’s new number with the Cavaliers. It also happens to represent his postseason appearances in a six-year NBA career and how many titles Cleveland has won in its 44-year existence. The latter two could change, however, because zero is also how many days it took LeBron James to contact Love after Read More…

Cavaliers: Forget about the future, Love’s addition could bring title now

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Most have already come around, but I’m still amazed at the mentality of some Cleveland pro sports fans. I’m talking about the complete infatuation of some with potential, with the future, with youth. And, of course, with drafts and draft picks. In this case, I’m talking specifically about the Cavaliers’ recent acquisition of three-time All-Star Read More…