July 26, 2014

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Commissioner says LeBron within rights; fines Gilbert $100,000

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NBA commissioner David Stern doesn’t like the way LeBron James or Dan Gilbert have conducted themselves of late, but he only penalized one of them Monday. Stern fined the Cavaliers’ owner $100,000 for inflammatory statements he made about James in his “open letter.” Gilbert’s comments were posted on the team’s website exactly 90 minutes after Read More…

Gilbert issues a terse reply to Jesse Jackson

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CLEVELAND — Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert is always quick to speak his mind, especially when it involves his beloved NBA team. But he’s also too smart to be baited into a war of words with Rev. Jesse Jackson. Gilbert issued a one-paragraph response to Jackson on Monday afternoon, stating: “I strongly disagree with Rev. Jesse Read More…

Ready for a fresh start: Cavs to field 14-man roster in summer league

CLEVELAND — Life without LeBron James begins in earnest for the Cavaliers at the NBA Summer League. Cleveland will field a 14-player squad of veterans, free agents and one draft pick in the week-long event in Las Vegas. Its first game is Tuesday at 6 p.m. against the NBA D-League All-Stars, which will air live Read More…

Sign-and-trade should benefit Cavaliers and LeBron

CLEVELAND – In the end, LeBron James got almost everything he wanted, but the Cavaliers didn’t walk away empty-handed either. Cleveland completed a sign-and-trade agreement with the Miami Heat early Saturday, formally sending James to South Florida in exchange for a $14.5 million salary cap exception and four draft choices. The trade, which was initiated Read More…

LeBron mural coming down in Cleveland

CLEVELAND – LeBron James is being dropped off a building. And his jerseys, at least the ones not on fire, are almost being given away. Workers began dismantling the 10-story-tall iconic image of James on a mural in downtown Cleveland on Saturday. The billboard has dominated the city’s skyline for years but is being removed Read More…

Cavaliers analysis: GM, coach say future not bleak without LeBron, but is that reality?

CORRECTION APTOPIX LeBrons Decision Basketball

INDEPENDENCE – The Cavaliers vow they are moving forward, but whether they’re willing to take a few steps backward in order to do that remains to be seen. Less than 16 hours after two-time league MVP LeBron James bolted for Miami, general manager Chris Grant and coach Byron Scott talked bravely, albeit fairly vaguely, about Read More…

Cavs notes: Mo Williams says LeBron leaving is ‘surreal’

CORRECTION APTOPIX LeBrons Decision Basketball

INDEPENDENCE – Count Cavaliers point guard Mo Williams among those who think LeBron James could have spared Cleveland the indignation of hearing he was headed to Miami on national television. “The only thing, and I mean the only thing I disagree with is … If he knew somewhere else was the destination. He should have Read More…

LeBron promising multiple titles for Heat

Great fanfare. Great expectations. “It’s still surreal, man,” Wade said earlier. “Me, Chris and ‘Bron. We ready. We want to go to the gym now.” Wade was in the middle as the trio was lifted skyward for the entrance – Bosh on his right, James on his left. Bosh pointed to the fans and screamed, Read More…

‘The Decision’ turns into ‘The Betrayal’ as LeBron picks Miami

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It was called “The Decision,” but most Cavaliers fans proba­bly think “The Betrayal” would have been more accurate. Two-time reigning league MVP and Akron native LeBron James announced Thursday night on ESPN that he was joining the Miami Heat, leaving the Cavaliers and their fans heart­b roken, bewildered and angry. “I never wanted to leave Read More…

Hometown zero: LeBron sticks knife in fans’ backs, smiles as he twists it

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At exactly 9:27 p.m. Thurs­day, LeBron James trans­formed himself from one of the NBA’s alpha dogs into Dwyane Wade’s lap dog. In leaving the Cavaliers to sign with the Miami Heat, the athlete formerly known as “King James” abdicated his throne to play court jester alongside the inferior Wade and stooge Chris Bosh. Worse yet, Read More…