Matt Bellamy expected he would be verbally harassed a little when he showed up to the Indians game Wednesday wearing a LeBron James No. 6 Heat jersey. What he didn't expect were the objects and beer thrown in his direction.
The taunts got so bad, Bellamy and his girlfriend were eventually escorted out of Progressive Field by police, making him Cleveland's newest overnight celebrity. Along with local media outlets, Bellamy did interviews Thursday with CNN and ESPN radio.To read more or comment...
ESPN.com Editor in Chief Rob King said the LeBron James in Vegas story was pulled and never reposted because the writer, Arash Marzaki, didn't properly identify himself to the James gang.
According to the original story, Marzaki was seated at the table with James and his associates. Surely they knew who he was, otherwise he wouldn't have been allowed past the five bodyguards stationed around the table. What is more likely true is that Marzaki didn't have clearance to write everything he saw. These sorts of stories pop up all the time, with the scene of "Star X" partying in Vegas or Los Angeles or a New York hotspot as the backdrop for the rest of the story.To read more or comment...
CLEVELAND (AP) — A fan wearing a Miami Heat jersey of LeBron James drew the ire of the crowd at a Cleveland Indians game and was escorted out of the ballpark.
Fans in the left-field bleachers chanted obscenities and pointed at the man Wednesday night during the sixth inning of the game between the Indians and New York Yankees. Hundreds of fans joined in before security led the man out of Progressive Field.To read more or comment...
ESPN has apparently stepped in it again regarding LeBron James. After the network was sharply criticized for its handling of "The Decision," now ESPN.com temporarily ran an unflattering James story today that appeared on the site for only a few minutes before it was yanked down.
In a statement, ESPN's PR department apparently said the story never should have been published. In the article, James is depicted as an overgrown child who refuses to grow up during a night out at Tao, the Venetian's chiq nightclub in Vegas. Surely athletes probably act like this all the time, but James' behavior and his handling of "The Decision" has him under a critical microscope like he's never been before.To read more or comment...
The Cavaliers found their versatile guard tonight who can play either position. It cost them another versatile guard who can do the same.
The Cavs traded Delonte West and Sebastian Telfair to the Minnesota Timberwolves in exchange for guard Ramon Sessions, center Ryan Hollins and the Timberwolves’ second-round pick in 2013.To read more or comment...
The Cavaliers finally signed a player today. This one had no choice.
Swingman Christian Eyenga, the final pick of the first round in the 2009 NBA draft, signed with the Cavs today and will come to training camp with the team. Eyenga, 21, spent last season in Europe. He got sick around the end of December and didn't play as much as the Cavaliers would've liked, but the team loves his athleticism.To read more or comment...
For anyone who cares, here is a transcript of Bryant Gumbel's close tonight to Real Sports on HBO, as provided by the network.
“Finally tonight, a few words about championship rings. Just when did they become the all-important barometer of who does or doesn’t count in sports? When did they supersede personal excellence or exemplary character as a standard of greatness?To read more or comment...
Although Erin Phelps has lived in the Washington, D.C. area for the past few years, the Cleveland native had to vent her disappointment over the departure of Cavs star LeBron James last week. With her permission, I'm sharing her impassioned essay on ''The Decision."
It's Never Sunny in Cleveland: What Its Like Growing Up a DiehardTo read more or comment...
At the Akron Law Cafe, professor Will Huhn posted his thoughts on the LeBron saga:
As a Cavs fan, a resident of this area, and an employee of The University of Akron, I am disappointed that Lebron did not choose to remain here. But in denouncing Lebron James Dan Gilbert overlooks a number of fundamental American values.To read more or comment...
Former Cavs star LeBron James criticized team owner Dan Gilbert's emotional letter to fans in an interview with Rachel Nichols airing on ESPN's ''Sunday Conversation.''
Portions of the interview were shown during the network's Sunday morning ''SportsCenter.'' James announced Thursday night during a one-hour ESPN special that he was jumping to the Miami Heat after seven years in Cleveland.To read more or comment...
The Cavaliers ultimately got something in return for LeBron James. The team agreed to a sign-and-trade with the Miami Heat that gives the Cavaliers two first round picks, a pair of second-round picks and the right to swap first-round picks with the Heat in 2012. In addition, the Cavs receive a large trade exception, valued by ESPN.com at $14.5 million.
"This deal provides us with multiple key assets and additional flexibility as we move forward for both the short term and beyond," Cavaliers General Manager Chris Grant said.To read more or comment...
Well now that I've moved in and have been living here for six weeks, it seems like an odd time to introduce myself. But I've been, uh, a little busy lately.
My name is Jason Lloyd and I'm your new Cavaliers beat writer. I know in the eyes of many, the Cavs' relevancy was just cut in half in the last 24 hours, but I hope you've been pleased with the blog updates/videos we at the Beacon have tried to provide.To read more or comment...
Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert didn't hold back his thoughts about LeBron this evening here is his open letter to the fans about the `self-proclaimed former King:'
Dear Cleveland, All Of Northeast Ohio and Cleveland Cavaliers Supporters Wherever You May Be Tonight;To read more or comment...
After the jump, a fan reacts to the news.
Cleveland Cavaliers General manager Chris Grant just released a statement, absent from the two paragraphs: any reference to LeBron James....
“We believe in this team, this organization, this community, and what we will do to compete at the highest level. We believe in the new coach and leader we have in Byron Scott, and the world class basketball organization and positive and strong culture we've established. Dan Gilbert and our ownership group are firmly committed to reaching our goals and succeeding on the court and in the community, at the highest level.”
“Our fans stepped up and showed their support, to a degree unlike anywhere else. We are fortunate to have the support of the best fans in the NBA. That passion and dedication will be rewarded. We will work relentlessly to continue to build a team that will contend. A team that will win championships. We are all competitors and our one goal is to win, that and Dan Gilbert and our ownership team’s commitment and investment in this organization and community are constants that will not change."
``I'm going to take my talents to South Beach and join the Miami Heat,’’ free agent LeBron James said in front of a national television audience Thursday night.
With those words James put “The Decision” right up there with “The Drive, “The Fumble” and “The Shot.”To read more or comment...
After the jump are some takes on LeBron James leaving Cleveland from some of my favorite bloggers.
Fear the Sword
Stay strong, Cavaliers fans. Use this opportunity to come together - the REAL CAVS FANS - that bleed Wine and Gold. Come together and support Dan Gilbert, Chris Grant and Byron Scott as they rebuild this franchise.
All was quiet outside of LeBron James' house this morning. A few cars were parked behind the cast iron gates, but there was no movement in or out of the house from 8 a.m. throughout the morning. James is expecting to leave the Cavaliers tonight for the Miami Heat.To read more or comment...
By early yesterday afternoon, word was beginning to leak LeBron James was leaning toward Miami. It seemed too hard to believe, which is why everyone was slow to report it. Playing with a pair of All-Stars is an obvious appeal, but this seems to go against everything James has built for seven years here.
It was James just the other day trying to convince Chris Bosh to come to Cleveland. Bosh refused. Now James is following HIM to Miami? That hardly sounds like royalty.To read more or comment...
In perhaps a last gasp effort to sway LeBron James, new Cavs coach Byron Scott arrived at Akron's Rhodes Arena around 1:30 today.
The arena was closed to reporters when Scott showed up. Inside, a few of his players were scrimmaging ... along with key free agent James. It could be read one of two ways: Either James simply invited him down to watch, since Jamario Moon, Christian Eyenga and Danny Green were playing inside; or the Cavaliers feel like they're losing James and are putting on a last-ditch effort to sway him before his 9 p.m. television show tomorrow night.To read more or comment...
Stuart Scott will host "The Decision" and be joined by Michael Wilbon and Jon Barry. Jim Gray will conduct the interview in which James announces his decision. Wilbon will follow with interview of his own. Don't expect an announcement before 9:45 p.m. so they can build it up.
Read the full press release from ESPN after the jump.
One of the most anticipated decisions in the sports world – where NBA superstar free agent LeBron James will play next season and beyond – will be officially revealed on "The Decision," to be presented live on ESPN and ESPN Radio Thursday, July 8, at 9 p.m. ET.
LeBron James' camp confirmed the details of "The Decision," which will air at 9 p.m. tomorrow night on ESPN. James' Website, LeBronJames.com, launched this afternoon shortly before noon with the announcement.
"Maverick Carter, CEO of LRMR Marketing, said today that LeBron James will formally announce where he will play next season and beyond on 'The Decision,' which will air live on Thursday, July 8, at 9 pm ET on ESPN.To read more or comment...
Chris Paul couldn't get LeBron to tell him where he's going, but he did get him to join Twitter. Want to follow James? It's @KINGJAMES (what else?) He had more than 15,000 followers within the first hour or so. No telling yet how the extremely private king will use the account ... If at all.To read more or comment...
LeBron James made a surprise appearance at his Nike skills camp today. James wasn't expected in until tomorrow. He arrived wearing a white t-shirt and Yankees cap, but when he switched into his workout clothes, he looked to be in better shape than ever. And that's saying something.
Joining James was Cavaliers first-round pick Christian Eyenga and former Cavaliers Damon Jones and Ron Harper. It could be viewed as a good sign that Eyenga was invited and James seemed to be coaching him at times, or that could be looking too much into James' future. Eyenga, who spent last season playing in Europe, will join the Cavs' summer league team in a couple weeks in Las Vegas.
Here's a sight Cavaliers fans could come to love: Chris Paul and James as teammates. Paul was in town to support James' camp, then the two teamed up in a scrimmage (both wearing all black) against college kids. Now that hardly seems fair now, doesn't it?
Parts of the Cavs' pitch to LeBron James included a video, mainly focusing on hometown pride. Here is a portion of it:
LeBron James' free agency meetings have concluded. The Chicago Bulls went last and took full advantage, meeting with James for three hours before leaving to a chorus of boos from the fans who lined both sides of the IMG parking garage.
About 15 minutes later, James' entourage departed. Agent Leon Rose was first out in the black SUV, followed by James' friend Randy Mims in the second car. LeBron rode in the third car, the Audi, as fans piled into the street and threw powder in the air in an attempt to convince James to re-sign in Cleveland.
James' choice on where to play might come as quickly as this week.
One of the sillier moments in a crazy weekend. Servicemaster Clean owner Enzo Maddalena climbed in his crain, stood over E. 9th St. and hosed passing cars while holding one of the "Home" signs the Cavaliers were passing out.
Columnist Marla Ridenour talked to Maddalena and his partner and will have more on this later.
The Cavaliers tipped their hand on how they're keeping LeBron James in Cleveland: They locked him in the building. GM Chris Grant couldn't get the side door to IMG open when he tried meeting with reporters. A few minutes later, the Bulls' contingent couldn't get in the front door. Grant characterized the meetings as positive. The Cavaliers kept the session, which lasted more than 90 minutes, loose and relaxed. Grant said the Cavs were pleased LeBron chose Cleveland -- or "home" -- as the meeting spot.
Three teams down, at least three more to go.
The Miami Heat took its turn talking to LeBron James Friday at the IMG Building in Downtown Cleveland.
They obviously had a lot to talk about; the meeting lasted nearly three hours.
The Heat contingent was at IMG even longer as they arrived about 45 minutes before James, who arrived about two minutes before the 11 a.m. meeting was to begin.
Yesterday, the New Jersey nets spoke with James for about 90 minutes and the New York Knicks stretched their discussion to about two and a half hours.
As Heat President Pat Riley, coach Erik Spoelstra, owner Micky Arison, and a few other Heat executives filed out they past the incoming Los Angeles Clippers group of two: acting general Manager Neil Olshey and executive Andy Roesner; the smallest group yet to meet with James.
``Did (Riley) get fined for going over his allotted time?’’ Roesner joked in passing.
The Heat did not comment as they left the building at about 1:50 p.m.
All of the key parties from today have left the IMG building. LeBron James was the last to leave, wearing sweatpants and a t-shirt and sunglasses.
The Knicks left in four vehicles after a meeting that lasted nearly 2 1/2 hours. The Nets' meeting with James earlier in the day concluded after about 90 minutes. James was the last to leave in a Range Rover (second vehicle in the video below)
The longer the day goes, the more the crowd of media and passers-by swells.
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Earlier in the day, before LeBron James and any of the team arrived, Cavs PA announcer Olivier Sedra was one of those holding a "Home" sign in support of James. A police officer stopped him to ask if he had a permit to protest. After apparently checking his ID, the officer let him go.
The New Jersey Nets' meeting with LeBron James lasted about 90 minutes. As the Nets were leaving, the Knicks were arriving. Coach Mike D'Antoni, team president Donnie Walsh and Allan Houston were part of the Knicks' traveling party. Walsh arrived in a wheelchair following surgery to have bone spurs removed from his neck. As the Knicks were arriving, Jay-Z was leaving in a black town car.
The Nets departed Cleveland for Chicago to meet with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh.
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LeBron James' white Escalade pulled into the garage underneath IMG in downtown Cleveland Thursday morning. Hanging behind him was an enormous "Home" banner with the Cavaliers' logo on it.
James will soon decide whether it's time to turn his back on home.
The meetings with perhaps the most coveted free agent in NBA history began about an hour later than expected. James pulled into IMG at 10:58 a.m. and was followed eight minutes later by the New Jersey Nets contingent, which included owner Mikhail Prokhorov, rap mogul Jay-Z, team president Rod Thorn and newly hired head coach Avery Johnson.
James will meet with teams at his LRMR headquarters, located on the eighth floor of the IMG building. Prokhorov's pitch is simple: He'll make James a billionaire and global star. Having good friend Jay-Z along for the pitch will only help the Nets' chances.
James was the most underdressed of those present. The entire Nets contingent arrived wearing crisp suits, except for Jay-Z, who wore a white button down shirt and slacks.
James arrived wearing gray sweatpants and a Nike T-shirt.
The Nets plane landed at Hopkins at 10:36 a.m. for a meeting that was expected to begin at 10 a.m. Prokhorov will return to Moscow after the meetings.
The Knicks, already in town, will follow later this afternoon. The Miami Heat and Chicago Bulls are expected tomorrow.
Hours before LeBron James' first free agent meetings began, the Cavaliers gave him something else to consider.
Byron Scott could be named the Cavaliers' 19th coach in team history as soon as this afternoon, according to a source close to the Cavaliers.
Scott's hiring will cap a dramatic week in which his agent, Brian McInerney, wrote a concession speech congratulating Brian Shaw for getting the job, only to watch Shaw back out on Wednesday, leaving Scott as the last remaining legitimate candidate.
The Cavaliers moved quickly to get something done with Scott, the candidate with the best resume throughout this process. He replaces Mike Brown, who was fired after failing to lead the Cavaliers to the NBA Finals despite producing the league's best record each of the last two years. Scott takes over a team riddled with more questions than answers, the biggest being the undecided fate of James. The hiring of Scott, who led the Nets to consecutive appearances in the NBA Finals and won three championships as a player with the Lakers, delivers an instant boost of credibility to a Cavaliers franchise that has been riddled with strife since its stunning elimination in the Eastern Conference semifinals.
Within weeks, coach Mike Brown was fired, General Manager Danny Ferry resigned and Michigan State coach Tom Izzo withdrew his name from consideration.
McInerney told the Beacon Journal earlier this week that Scott wouldn't need a commitment from or have to talk to James before accepting the Cavaliers position. Turns out, he was right.
Scott takes over a franchise that has won 127 games over the last two regular seasons, but was eliminated in six games by Orlando in the Eastern Conference finals two years ago before the Celtics eliminated the Cavs in six games last season.
The lack of a championship in James' seven years has forced him to contemplate leaving home for the first time in his life. After his meetings today with the Knicks and Nets, more are scheduled with the Chicago Bulls, Miami Heat and Los Angeles Clippers. But the Cavs' bold move will give James something else to consider.
Scott and Shaw were both considered finalists for the job with the Los Angeles Lakers, too, should Phil Jackson decide to retire. Shaw has been an assisant the last five years under Jackson and won three championships as a player under him.
Scott is considered ``old Laker blood'' for his days with the Showtime Lakers of Magic Johnson, James Worthy and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. McInerney doesn't deny that the Lakers' job is still his dream job, but insists ``Byron is only 49. He still has time.''
There was some hesitation in trying to follow Jackson's legacy, according to a source close to Scott's camp. Between Pat Riley's retirement and Jackson's hire the first time in Los Angeles, the Lakers went through seven coaches and won nothing. Scott apparently is happy to coach the Cavaliers now and chase the Lakers job later on in his career.
Scott's hiring might increase the chances of the Cavaliers bringing back Shaquille O'Neal. The two remain incredibly close after playing together for a year in Los Angeles and the Cavaliers are currently without a true center under contract.
Scott believes O'Neal can still be a productive player, according to a source, if his minutes are limited and his price tag is right. O'Neal made $20 million last year, but won't even make half of that in his next contract.
Scott's hiring allowed owner Dan Gilbert to reach his deadline by a matter of hours. The day Ferry resigned as GM, Gilbert said he would like to have a coach in place by July 1.
Scott has arrived on deadline day. Now the question remains, will James follow?