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...
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...