CLEVELAND: The last time LeBron James was in this building wearing this jersey, he departed the court to a smattering of boos in a half-empty arena following a crushing playoff defeat.
Upon his return Wednesday night, the cheers from the 16,723 who filled the arena were so loud he couldn’t hear when he was being introduced.
James received his first of many welcome-back roars at Quicken Loans Arena during the team’s annual Wine & Gold scrimmage. James was the last one to be introduced, but started his introductory walk too early.
“I really couldn’t hear,” he said. “The roar was very well-received and I’m grateful to be in this position where the fans can welcome me back like that.”To read more or comment...
CLEVELAND: More than 16,000 fans showed up to an intrasquad scrimmage Wednesday night to welcome LeBron James back to the Cavaliers.
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INDEPENDENCE: Bradley Beal thinks the Washington Wizards have the best backcourt in the NBA.
"That's nonsense," Dion Waiters said Tuesday. "He's supposed to say that, but I know deep down they're not messing with me and Ky. I think me and Ky are the best young backcourt."
As Waiters walked away, he added, "Y'all already knew I was going to say that."
Within hours, the Wizards' John Wall responded.To read more or comment...
INDEPENDENCE: LeBron James has spent more time working with Dion Waiters on the mental side of the game than the physical. Perhaps the most important lesson he’s trying to teach Waiters is to disregard what people say.
Waiters has been blamed for much of the Cavs’ locker room problems the last couple years. Teammates quietly grumbled about him (and to a lesser extent Kyrie Irving) as the locker room and season unraveled last season. James watched it all from Miami.
“Every team there’s a guy they want to kind of place the blame on. It would be Dion on our team,” James said. “I told him, ‘You can’t get involved in that or what people say about you. It’s not what people think of you it’s what you think of yourself.’
“The only way to rewrite the notion of, ‘Can Dion fit in this?’ is to play the right way and dominate his opposition every single night. That’s all he should worry about.”To read more or comment...