CLEVELAND: The ESPN and TNT sets are up and an adjacent street concert begins in a few hours. Northeast Ohio is the epicenter of the sports world today and LeBron James has an appreciation for all the attention he has brought to Northeast Ohio.
“This is probably one of the biggest sporting events up here ever,” James said Thursday morning following Cavs shootaround. “A lot of people are here. SportsCenter would never come to Cleveland.”
The Cavs open the season at 8 p.m. against the New York Knicks, who were crushed last night in Chicago. James stayed home and watched most of the NBA games on last night. Now it’s his turn.
James and the Cavs have apparently decided to bring back his famous pregame “powder toss,” which he stopped doing in Miami. James asked fans on social media whether or not to do it and said Thursday morning the results weren’t in. But it’s clear the Cavs are preparing for it.To read more or comment...
Here's what Cavs coach David Blatt said after Thursday morning's shootaround for the 8 p.m. opener against the New York Knicks:
Q: You excited?
A: Absolutely. And I’ve gone through it a number of times, not in this environment, but over the course of my career. I can tell you myself and the staff, we’re as excited as anybody. This is the beginning of the journey and we’ve worked hard during the course of the preseason. Our ownership group and management worked hard this summer to put a good team in our hands. Very excited would be a very fair way to describe the feeling.
Q: Ever have an opener with this type of anticipation?To read more or comment...