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This Kyrie Irving hype video will get you ready for the NBA season

By Dan Kadar Published: October 13, 2016

You come at the king, you best not miss.

That may have been the mantra of Omar Little on The Wire, but it applies to the Cleveland Cavaliers this year just as well. At least that was the message conveyed in a new hype video released by the NBA today featuring Cavs point guard Kyrie Irving.

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LeBron James stars in new, weird Sprite commercial

By Dan Kadar Published: October 12, 2016

With the NBA season about to start, the biggest stars in basketball are beginning to show up in more and more commercials. Of course, that means more featuring Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James.

He's back in another commercial for Sprite, and it's weird. While most commercials implicitly tell you why you need the product their showcasing, that's not the case here.

"I'd never tell you to drink Sprite, even if I was in a commercial for Sprite, which I am," James says. "I'd ask you."

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Mo Williams, still with Cavs, has surgery on left knee

By Jason Lloyd Published: October 12, 2016

INDEPENDENCE: The relationship between Mo Williams and the Cavaliers took another curious turn Wednesday when Williams posted a picture to his Instagram account of himself in a hospital bed. Williams underwent surgery Wednesday on his problematic left knee and seemed to take a dig at the Cavs in the process.

“You know the crazy thing is, I haven’t been 100% in quite a while,” Williams wrote on his Instagram account. “Nobody and I repeat nobody actually gave a damn about my health but me. Taking control of my own career/life.”

Williams informed the Cavs the day before training camp opened he was retiring. He was diagnosed with chondromalacia last season, which pertains to cartilage damage in the knee. He was given an injection, but surgery was not recommended by team doctors. Williams sought a second opinion from Dr. James Andrews, who also advised against surgery, one league source said. Williams instead went to noted shoulder and knee surgeon Dr. David Altchek, who performed Kevin Love’s shoulder surgery last year. Altchek operated on Williams on Wednesday.

“Wish me luck today with my surgery,” Williams wrote on his Twitter account. “Just found out it’s a little worst (sic), which means a longer recovery.”

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Dahntay Jones blasts Donald Trump's 'locker room talk' excuse as ignorant

By Jason Lloyd Published: October 10, 2016

ATLANTA: Cavs veteran Dahntay Jones said it was “ignorant” for Donald Trump to justify sexist comments he made a decade ago as “locker room talk.” Jones tweeted Sunday his disapproval and reiterated it Monday prior to the Cavs’ preseason game against the Atlanta Hawks.

“I thought it was an unfair characterization of what goes on in our locker rooms,” Jones said. “I thought it was basically ignorant and I just didn’t agree with it.”

Trump has apologized for a conversation he had in 2005 when he bragged about kissing and groping women, but repeated throughout Sunday night’s debate that it was locker room talk. Jones, a 13-year NBA veteran who has played for eight different organizations, said that simply isn’t the case.

“We talk about all types of different issues. We talk about politics, we talk about basketball, we talk about women,” Jones said. “But we never make the conversation about making sexual advances at women, taking advantage of women. Those are just things that doesn’t go on in our locker rooms.”

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LeBron James won't play again until preseason finale at Ohio State

By Jason Lloyd Published: October 10, 2016

ATLANTA: LeBron James feels great physically. Cavs coach Tyronn Lue would like to keep it that way. As a result, James won’t play again until the Cavs’ preseason finale next Tuesday at Ohio State.

Lue is planning to use the preseason finale against the Washington Wizards as his dress rehearsal for the regular season. They’ll still have nearly a full week between the preseason and the start of the regular season. James won’t play tonight against the Atlanta Hawks or in the back-to-back Thursday at home against the Toronto Raptors and Friday at the Chicago Bulls.

“Since Coach Lue took over, it’s what Coach wants,” James said. “I would love to play in that game (at Ohio State) but at the same time, we’ll go with what Coach wants to do, and he said he wanted me to play game one (in the preseason) and then see how I feel after that game. I was able to play against Philly as well.”

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Jordan McRae scores 20 in Cavs preseason win against Sixers, but his point guard experiment is over

By Jason Lloyd Published: October 8, 2016

CLEVELAND: Jordan McRae’s experiment as a point guard is over before it ever really started. Coach Tyronn Lue acknowledged prior to the Cavs’ 108-105 win against the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday that McRae will no longer be used as a point guard, a decision that was made after just one preseason game.

“We’re going to slow it down a little bit,” Lue said. “It’s not fair to him. It’s something he hasn’t done his whole career.”

McRae’s removal from the competition seems to imply rookie Kay Felder has emerged as the primary backup to Kyrie Irving, who made his preseason debut Saturday with 15 points and three assists in 19 minutes. Felder, meanwhile, was the first guard off the bench and finished with four points and three assists.

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LeBron James happy to help lift Indians with teammates ... and J.R. Smith

By Jason Lloyd Published: October 8, 2016

INDEPENDENCE: If a career in Hollywood or NBA ownership doesn’t work out, LeBron James might have a future as a hype man. James addressed the Progressive Field crowd Friday prior to the Indians’ 6-0 win over the Boston Red Sox.

“It’s just great that we’re able to support each other,” James said. “Our city has been through so much as far as professional sports the last 50 years, we don't have to go over that, we already know what it is. So to be able to support each other when guys are trying to make a push or something, something that's achievable, or something that you've been dreaming about, it means a lot to all of us.”

A number of Cavs players and coaches attended the game, including one former Cav who hopes to play for them again any day now. J.R. Smith was part of the fun despite his contract dispute. In fact, Smith has spent plenty of time with Cavs players the last few weeks – everywhere except on the court.

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Tristan Thompson expected to miss weekend games with sore foot

By Jason Lloyd Published: October 7, 2016

INDEPENDENCE: Cavs coach Tyronn Lue respects Tristan Thompson’s consecutive games played streak and wants him to continue it as long as he can, which is why he’s electing to rest Thompson now while it doesn’t count.

Thompson will miss the next couple of preseason games with a sore left foot, Lue said Friday. The Cavs host the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday and play at the Atlanta Hawks on Monday. Thompson practiced Friday with no problems and an MRI on his foot was negative, but Lue isn’t taking any chances.

“He wanted to play but it’s no need, just to make sure, give him a couple extra days off,” Lue said. “Because in practice you can control the play. In the games you can’t control when a guy’s playing full speed. He looked great, said he feels good, so for my mind I’m just going to hold him out a couple more games.”

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Backup point guards the focus in Cavs' 117-102 win over Magic in preseason opener

By Jason Lloyd Published: October 5, 2016

CLEVELAND: LeBron James had seven points and six assists and Kevin Love had eight points as the Cavs easily handled the Orlando Magic 117-102 Wednesday in their preseason opener.

Both James and Love played only 13 minutes on a night Kyrie Irving sat out to rest and Tristan Thompson was a late scratch with a stiff left foot, although it isn’t considered serious. DeAndre Liggins started at point guard in place of Irivng in part so coach Tyronn Lue could keep rookie Kay Felder with the reserves. Felder impressed with 10 points, four rebounds and two assists off the bench, including a basket off an offensive rebound and another off a steal and fast break.

“That will be more his role when the season starts,” Lue said of Felder.

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Cavaliers star LeBron James endorses Hillary Clinton as the next President of the United States

By Michael Beaven Published: October 3, 2016

INDEPENDENCE: Cavaliers star LeBron James is ‘All In’ with Hillary Clinton as his choice to be the 45th President of the United States.

James shared his thoughts about endorsing Clinton with Business Insider in an article that was released Sunday.

The Cavaliers held their annual Wine & Gold Scrimmage on Sunday at Quicken Loans Arena, and then returned to practice on Monday at Cleveland Clinic Courts where James met with media members to discuss why he plans to vote for Clinton, and why he feels she is the best candidate to succeed Barack Obama.

“The main thing is going back into the communities and giving our world a better future,” James said. “Our kids are our future, and I believe Barack started it and I believe that Hillary will continue it. I am all about community. It starts from the ground up if we can continue to get back into the communities and do the things that we need to do to help these kids understand that they are our future and know that they have a helping hand.” 

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