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Tyronn Lue: Great Players Run The NBA

May 22, 2018 9:58 AM

Tyronn Lue won an NBA championship in his first season as a head coach, replacing David Blatt in January of 2016.

Likely due to the greatness of LeBron James, Lue is often overlooked as one of the league's better head coaches.

“You have to get them to buy into your plan, your vision. You must have a shared vision," said Lue about the difficulty of coaching superstars.

“The players run the league,” Lue said. “This is not college, where the coach runs it. It’s not overseas. This is the NBA, so when you have those great players, they run the league. If they’re not happy with you, you’ll be gone.”

Assistant coach Larry Drew explained the perils of coaching a star like James.

“It starts with the coach’s ability to relate to players,” Drew said. “A great coach has to know players, know how to put players in a position to be successful and has to know how to adjust.”

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LeBron James Will 'Recalibrate' Before Game 3

May 16, 2018 10:55 AM

After going down 0-2 in the Eastern Conference Finals, LeBron James plans to "recalibrate" before Game 3 on Friday.

“I’m going to go home tonight and see my three kids, see my family, recalibrate, see my mom,” James said after the game. “I think I’ll be fine. I’m not going to lose sleep over it. You go out and when you lay everything on the line, at the end of the day, you can live with that.

“I’ll recalibrate as far as how I can help this team continue to be successful, how I can do some things to make us be even more complete.”

After losing in Game 1, James told the media: "I have zero level of concern at this stage."

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Tags: LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers, NBA, NBA Playoffs

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Cavaliers Believe They're Set Up For 'Sustainable Success'

May 16, 2018 9:43 AM

Now with the pick from the Brooklyn Nets via the Boston Celtics settled at No. 8, the trade of Kyrie Irving has become a bit more clear for the Cleveland Cavaliers.

The Cavaliers essentially traded Irving and their own first round pick for Jordan Clarkson, Rodney Hood, Larry Nance, Ante Zizic and the No. 8 pick.

"As we’ve gone through the process this year, I think this is a really deep draft,” Altman said. “If I was sitting with 8 in past years, I might not say that. I think 8 is very valuable this year.”

Altman was asked to assess the Irving trade now that the Cavaliers will pick No. 8.

“We’re in the Eastern Conference finals, which is I think a great achievement,” he said. “We’re competing to get to the Finals. I think we have really talented young players and I think with this draft pick, it sets us up for sustainable success.”

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Tags: Cleveland Cavaliers, NBA, NBA B-Ball IQ

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Suns Win 2018 NBA Draft Lottery, Kings At No. 2, Hawks At No. 3

May 15, 2018 8:15 PM

The Phoenix Suns have won the 2018 NBA Draft Lottery while the Sacramento Kings moved up to No. 2 and the Atlanta Hawks will select at No. 3.

1. Phoenix Suns
2. Sacramento Kings
3. Atlanta Hawks
4. Memphis Grizzlies
5. Dallas Mavericks
6. Orlando Magic
7. Chicago Bulls
8. Cleveland Cavaliers (from Nets)
9. New York Knicks
10. Philadelphia 76ers (from Lakers)
11. Charlotte Hornets
12. Los Angeles Clippers (from Pistons)
13. Los Angeles Clippers
14. Denver Nuggets

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LeBron James: I Have Zero Level Of Concern After Game 1

May 14, 2018 11:33 AM

The Cavaliers were blown out by the Celtics in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals, but LeBron James remains optimistic about his team's chances.

“I have zero level of concern at this stage,” James said. “You get better throughout the series. You see ways you can get better throughout the series. But I’ve been down 0-1, I’ve been down 0- 2. I’ve been down before in the postseason. For me, there’s never no level of concern no matter how bad I played tonight with seven turnovers, how inefficient I was shooting the ball. I’m just as confident going into a series whether it’s a 0-0 series or I’m down 0-1. We have another opportunity to be better as a ball club coming in Tuesday night, and we’ll see what happens.”

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Tags: Boston Celtics, Cleveland Cavaliers, NBA, NBA Playoffs

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Rodney Hood Refused To Enter Game 4

May 8, 2018 11:31 AM

Rodney Hood refused to enter Cleveland's Game 4 win over the Raptors during the fourth quarter.

Hood lost his place in the rotation in the game when Tyronn Lue played Cedi Osman ahead of him.

“Rodney, he could be better,” Lue said before Game 4. “He knows that.”

Lue attempted to insert Hood into the game for James with Cleveland up by 30. Hood refused to go and Jose Calderon was subbed into the game instead.

Hood will be a restricted free agent this offseason.

ESPN's Dave McMenamin reports Koby Altman met with Hood on Tuesday morning and he apologized.

Hood "feels awful," according to the source, and he plans to apologize to his teammates and coaching staff in person.

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Tags: Rodney Hood, Cleveland Cavaliers, NBA, NBA Playoffs

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Knicks Prepared To Clear Cap Space If LeBron James Shows Interest

May 4, 2018 11:45 AM

The New York Knicks are prepared to open salary-cap space this offseason in the unlikely event they get an inkling LeBron James has some interest, according to a source.

The Knicks have hired David Fizdale as head coach, who worked with James with the Miami Heat.

The path to clearing space isn’t as daunting as one would think, considering the opt-out clauses of centers Enes Kanter and Kyle O’Quinn.

The Knicks would then have to trade Courtney Lee to a team that could absorb his $12.2 million salary.

Marc Berman/New York Post

Tags: LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers, New York Knicks, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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LeBron James Not Thinking About Future Beyond Game 7

Apr 28, 2018 1:20 PM

LeBron James is not entering Game 7 thinking it could be his final game with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

"No. No," said James when asked about that possibility.

"The thought of, 'If we don't play well it will be my last game of the year,' that will probably hit my mind, but I haven't thought about that."

James can be a free agent this offseason and his future with the Cavaliers is uncertain.

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Windhorst: Early Cavs' Exit Would Give LeBron Extended Period To Plot Next Move

Apr 23, 2018 7:11 PM

LeBron James could become a free agent this offseason but he could also control his destiny in another way by orchestrating an opt-in-and-trade similar to Chris Paul last offseason.

On The Lowe Podcast, Brian Windhorst talked about a scenario in which James could have an extended period of time to work on his offseason plans if the Cavaliers are eliminated from the playoffs before the Finals.

"All I'm going to say is you don't want LeBron to have two months to plot with other players," said Windhorst. "Because, you know, Chris Paul and James Harden have now written the script. While the Finals are going on, if you're not in them, let's just get together in L.A. and plot how you're going to get together. You know, we've gotten in the point in the league where the players have so much power. They can force trades."

When James was a free agent in 2010, the Cavaliers were eliminated in the second round on May 13th.

"LeBron has an option in his contract. I hear people talking about, 'Will it be the "akers?' They go through the four teams with cap space. 'Will it be the Sixers?' If LeBron deems it, he will go to the Cavs, 'You will trade me to team X' and as long as that team isn't trying to force Luol Deng down the Cavs' throat, the Cavs will do the deal because they won't want to lose him for nothing. Just like how the Clippers did not want to trade Chris Paul, but at the end of the day, the alternative was unacceptable.

"If LeBron is left to his own devices and not focused on playing basketball for two months, and he can take meetings with everybody in the league: forget about July 1st, forget about the teams that are going to pitch him. The meetings are going to go down in May and June if LeBron is out of the playoffs. Now, if LeBron is not out of the playoffs and the Cavs get all the way to the Finals, that changes the game quite a bit. 

"We're going to get down to June 29th, that's when LeBron's option date is. In fact, whenever the draft is, the Cavs are going to like, you know, be like, 'LeBron, what are we going to do here?' I don't even know if this is even going to get to July. This could all get mitigated out in June."

Brian Windhorst/ESPN

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J.R. Smith: Not Caring About My Numbers Has Probably Cost Me A Lot Of Money

Apr 23, 2018 6:09 PM

J.R. Smith is averaging 10.0 points on a True Shooting Percentage of .502 through the first four games of the playoffs.

Smith hit a buzzer beater at the end of the first quarter from beyond halfcourt.

"I've never been a guy who cared about my numbers like that, probably cost me a lot of money," Smith said. "Those shots, if you can get it off, I like those shots. Whether it's two or three, regardless, you want to get it in."

Smith re-signed with the Cavaliers in 2016 on a four-year, $57 million deal.

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LeBron James: I Understand How Important I Am To The Team
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Kevin Love Expected To Play In Game 3, X-Rays Negative On Left Thumb
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NBA Playoffs Snapshots (Apr. 18): Cavs/Pacers, Jazz/Thunder, Rockets/Wolves
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LeBron James: We Could Never Build For The Playoffs With Changes During Season
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LeBron James, Kawhi Leonard Could Impact Each Other's Offseason Destination
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Kevin Love: LeBron James' Looming Decision Could Affect Cavs' Playoff Run
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NBA Playoffs: First Round Efficiency Capsules
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Anthony Davis, LeBron James Named Players Of The Month
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Cavaliers To Sign Kendrick Perkins
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LeBron James Asked Pat Riley To Return To Coaching In 2010
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LeBron James Cites Family, Winning As Two Biggest Factors In 2018 Decision
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Cavaliers Sign Okaro White For Remainder Of Season
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Cavs Didn't Believe They Had Chance Of Signing LeBron James When Hiring David Blatt
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Tyronn Lue Returns To Coaching With Thursday's Game
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Cavs Haven't Ruled Out Signing Kendrick Perkins
Cleveland has two open roster spots.

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Tyronn Lue Rejoins Cavaliers, Will Ease Back Into Coaching
Tyronn Lue will rejoin the Cavaliers on Friday as an observer.

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Kevin Love In Concussion Protocol
Jordan Mickey's elbow struck Kevin Love in the mouth and caused a front tooth subluxation

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LeBron James Would Vote For Himself For MVP
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LeBron James, LaMarcus Aldridge Named Players Of The Week
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Larry Drew Impressed With How Cavs Have Rallied Behind Tyronn Lue
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