September 18, 2014

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Rick Noland: LeBron returning home with class

LeBron James will wear No. 23 when he steps on the court for Cleveland. (AP Photo/Lori Shepler, File)

LeBron James is coming home. In a carefully crafted, nearly perfectly composed essay as told to Sports Illustrated’s Lee Jenkins, James righted a lot of wrongs early Friday afternoon and set off a wild celebration among most Northeast Ohio sports fans by announcing he was returning to play for the Cavaliers. I say “most” because Read More…

Cavaliers: Andrew Wiggins didn’t have to look far for competition growing up, thanks to his athletic family

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INDEPENDENCE — Andrew Wiggins was considered the best high school basketball player on the planet when he concluded his career at West Virginia’s Huntington Prep in 2013, but for a long time he wasn’t the most talented athlete in his own driveway. Wiggins’ father, Mitchell Wiggins, spent six seasons in the NBA. His mother, Marita Read More…

(UPDATED) Cavaliers make Andrew Wiggins No. 1 pick in NBA Draft

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INDEPENDENCE — If Andrew Wiggins’ game is as eye-catching as his sports coat, the Cavaliers landed one heck of a player. Clad in a white dress shirt, black bow tie and wild, black jacket filled with multiple white line drawings of leaves, the 6-foot-8, 200-pound Kansas swingman was taken by Cleveland with the No. 1 Read More…

NBA Draft: It’s still uncertain what the Cavs will do with the No. 1 pick

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This much we know: The Cavaliers own the No. 1 pick — again – tonight in the NBA Draft. What they’ll do with it is uncertain. If he keeps the pick, general manager David Griffin will likely choose between Duke small forward Jabari Parker and Kansas shooting guard Andrew Wiggins, though Jayhawks center Joel Embiid Read More…

Cavs new coach Blatt expects to keep winning

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INDEPENDENCE — David Blatt cracked quite a few jokes Wednesday, but the new coach of the Cavaliers made one thing perfectly clear — he plans to win … a lot. “Make no mistake, I have won everywhere I’ve been, from Maccabi through Benetton through the Russian national team and back to Maccabi, and I plan Read More…

Does LeBron James’ free agency mean return to Cleveland? Not so fast

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Judging from the reaction on local sports talk radio, you’d think LeBron James had actually signed with the Cavaliers. Relax, people. This is just the first step in the process. It’s a step that had to occur for the Cavs to have any chance at landing James — and it happened six days prior to the deadline — but it’s still just the first step. Agent Read More…

Wiggins has plenty of potential and could be No. 1 pick for Cavs

Kansas' Andrews Wiggins looks to pass against West Virginia on Feb. 8. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

Before he played a game at Kansas, Andrew Wiggins was billed as the next LeBron James. One look at the builds of the 6-foot-8, 197-pound Wiggins and 6-8, 250-pound James shows that’s not the case, but the 19-year-old is virtually certain to be among the top three picks Thursday in the NBA Draft. Considered a Read More…

Duke’s Jabari Parker thought to be most ready in 2014 draft class to step in, help a team

Duke's Jabari Parker drives to the basket for a dunk against Wake Forest during the first half in Durham, N.C. on Feb. 4. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

Many scouts expect Duke’s Jabari Parker to make the biggest rookie impact in the 2014 class, but until recently it didn’t look like he had much chance of being the first player taken Thursday in the NBA Draft. That all changed last week when Kansas center Joel Embiid suffered a stress fracture to the navicular Read More…

Cavaliers hire Tyronn Lue as associate head coach

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Tyronn Lue finished second in the Cavaliers’ 39-day search for a coach, but Monday was named the team’s associate head coach. Lue, who had two interviews with general manager David Griffin prior to the hiring of David Blatt on Friday, has worked under Doc Rivers since 2009. The 37-year-old was Boston’s director of basketball development Read More…

NBA Draft 2014: Injuries causing concerns about Joel Embiid

Kansas center Joel Embiid throws down a dunk against Towson. Embiid could fall in the draft due to injuries.  (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

He was being compared to Oklahoma City’s Serge Ibaka, with whispers he had the athleticism and footwork of all-time great Hakeem Olajuwon. Then it was announced a week before the NBA Draft that Kansas center Joel Embiid had suffered a stress fracture to the navicular bone in his right foot. Just like that, the 7-foot, Read More…