CLEVELAND: Even at its worst, Cavs owner Dan Gilbert says he never believed his relationship with LeBron James was irreparable.
“Unless you’re really doing some significant harm to another human being, I don’t think the bridge is ever burned,” Gilbert told reporters Wednesday on the eve of the Cavs’ opener against the New York Knicks. It was the first time Gilbert spoke publicly in eight months.
“We had a night where emotions were flying high on all sides,” Gilbert said. “Things like that happen a lot in business where people have phone calls and heated exchanges and people are writing each other emails and letters, and then the next day they’re eating lunch and doing business. It’s not a be-all or end-all type thing.
“Except when you’re in the sports world, something like that is blown up and the whole world knows it.”To read more or comment...
CLEVELAND: LeBron James confirmed on Wednesday the birth of his daughter, Zhuri Nova. It is he and wife Savannah’s third child together. Zhuri was born last week.
“My family is happy and it’s a blessing to be able to add another one to our family,” James said the day before the Cavs open the season at home against the New York Knicks. It is the family’s first daughter.
“”It’s different. It’s a lot different,” James said. “You give rough love to your boys and you give soft love to your daughter. I understand that and I’m looking forward to the journey of all three of them growing up.”To read more or comment...
INDEPENDENCE: Kevin Love took a shot to the rib cage and sat out part of practice on Tuesday, but Cavs coach David Blatt said he will be fine for Thursday’s opener against the New York Knicks.
“We pulled him out, but he’s OK,” Blatt said.
Love has suffered a number of minor dings during the preseason. He was kicked near his Achilles in a game against the Heat, but remained in the game. He missed time with a sore neck and also battled a sore knee during the preseason.To read more or comment...
INDEPENDENCE: The Cavaliers released Shane Edwards on Saturday, reducing the roster to the 15 players they are expected to start the season with Thursday against the Knicks.
Edwards' release was expected and means other fringe guys such as Lou Amundson, A.J. Price and Alex Kirk all made the Cavs final roster.
Edwards has spent time with the Canton Charge previously and is likely headed back if he clears waivers. Under league rules, a team holds first right of refusal over their final three cuts of training camp.
That means Stephen Holt, Chris Crawford and Edwards could all bypass the Development League draft and be placed directly on the Canton Charge if the Cavs choose. All three will be considered NBA free agents, but the Cavs will at least have their D-League rights.To read more or comment...
LeBron James listened to sons LeBron Jr. and Bryce when making his decision whether to return to the Cavs.
But James will leave the choice of whether he resumes his ritual of the pre-game powder toss up to the fans. The Cavs open the season Thursday at home against the New York Knicks.
James said Friday after practice at Cleveland Clinic Courts that he will let fans decide via social media whether he goes back to the habit, which he abandoned during his time with the Miami Heat.
James didn't give details on which social media platform he would pick.To read more or comment...