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LeBron James explains why Kyrie Irving's phone call showed "growth"

Source | 1 day ago.

LeBron James explains why Kyrie Irving's phone call showed "growth" originally appeared on LeBron James and Kyrie Irving have worked out their differences and then some. The former Cleveland Cavaliers teammates are reunited once again on the same 2019 NBA All-Star Game squad, and in his media availability Saturday, James was asked about the now-famous phone call he received from the Boston Celtics point guard in January apologizing for their acrimonious separation in Cleveland. "I've always loved Kyrie from before I met him to when I became his teammate to even now," the Los Angeles Lakers star gushed.

NBA's New 'Smart Jersey of the Future' Lets Fans Change Allegiances With Press of a Button

Source | 2 days ago.

For LeBron James lovers who can't decide whether they want to wear their loyalty in the form of a Miami Heat, Cleveland Cavalier, or Los Angeles Lakers jerseys—then the NBA's smart “jersey of the future” has your, er, make that James 23, James 6, and (again) James' 23 on it. NBA commissioner Adam Silver introduced a prototype of a jersey that changes players' names and numbers with the push of a smartphone button to attendees at the 20th Annual All-Star Technology Summit in Charlotte, N.C. Friday.

Pelicans dump GM Demps after Davis 'dumpster fire'

Source | 3 days ago.

Dell Demps was dropped as general manager of the NBA's New Orleans Pelicans on Friday after what coach Alvin Gentry called a "dumpster fire" surrounding star Anthony Davis. Demps, who had served as general manager of the team since 2010, and the club agreed to a mutual parting, the team said in a statement. "We will immediately begin the process of restructuring our basketball operations department," Pelicans owner Gayle Benson said.

LeBron James tops list of NBA's highest-paid players

Source | 4 days ago.

Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James is the top earner in the NBA. NBA great James topped Forbes' list — which factors in salaries, endorsements, appearances, royalties and media pacts — for a fifth successive year. James, 34, left the Cleveland Cavaliers and signed a four-year, $154million contract with the Lakers in the offseason.

DeMarre Carroll's buzzer-beater 3 helps Nets outlast Cavaliers, 148-139 in 3OT

Source | 4 days ago.

At 287 points, it is tied for the third-highest scoring game of the season. Starting with 2:30 left in the third quarter, neither the Nets nor Cavs could separate themselves from one another. Over the next 27 minutes of game time, neither team held a lead of more than five points until D'Angelo Russell dominated the third overtime with 11 points in the team's first six possessions.

NBA Rumors: Isaiah Thomas to make Nuggets debut after hip injury

Source | 4 days ago.

NBA Rumors: Isaiah Thomas to make Nuggets debut after hip injury originally appeared on The slow grind has finally paid off for Isaiah Thomas. Thomas will make his Denver Nuggets debut Wednesday night against the team that drafted him, the Sacramento Kings, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported Wednesday. It's a promising step forward for the former Celtics guard, who has played a total of 32 games for three different teams since Boston traded him to the Cleveland Cavaliers in August 2017.

Streaking Pacers seek 6th straight win, host Hornets

Source | 5 days ago.

The Indiana Pacers, having rediscovered their groove after Victor Oladipo's season-ending injury, will look for their sixth consecutive victory when they host the Charlotte Hornets on Monday night. The Pacers steadied the ship after losing their first four games without Oladipo, who suffered a ruptured quad tendon in his right knee on Jan. 23. Indiana's latest victory came Saturday night, 105-90 over the woeful Cleveland Cavaliers.

Nik Stauskas finds new NBA home in Cleveland

Source | 6 days ago.

Nik Stauskas finds new NBA home in Cleveland originally appeared on Nik Stauskas will play in The Land after all. The former Trail Blazers guard, who was traded three times and released last week, has found a new NBA home with the Cavaliers. Stauskas will wear the No.

Bogdanovic leads Pacers past Cavaliers for 5th straight win

Source | 8 days ago.

The Indiana Pacers are sending a message to the rest of the NBA: Team basketball still wins games. Bojan Bogdanovic scored 23 points and the Pacers extended their winning streak to five with a 105-90 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Saturday night. Darren Collison added 18 points, Myles Turner had 14 points and eight rebounds and Domantas Sabonis came off the bench to score 13 points and grab 10 rebounds for the Pacers, who led by as many as 21 points.

Kevin Love returns to Cavaliers after missing 50 games with toe injury

Source | 8 days ago.

After months of waiting, the Cleveland Cavaliers will finally get Kevin Love back. The 30-year-old Love will return to the court Friday night after missing 50 games due to a toe injury. Love had been inching toward his return over the past couple days.

Watch Kyrie Irving find out LeBron James drafted him on All-Star team

Source | 9 days ago.

originally appeared on The timing of Thursday night's NBA All-Star Draft allowed for some unfiltered reaction at TD Garden. The draft, which was recorded earlier in the day but aired less than an hour before the Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers tipped off Thursday night, featured LeBron James taking his old Cleveland Cavaliers teammate, Kyrie Irving, in the second round. MORE CELTICS: Rondo praises Boston after burying C's at buzzer But Irving obviously didn't watch, which meant it was up to the media to let him know LeBron had drafted him.

Portis scores 30 in debut as Wizards beat Cavs 119-106

Source | 9 days ago.

When the Washington Wizards found out that All-Star point guard John Wall was going to need surgery for a ruptured left Achilles tendon, just a month after surgery to repair bone spurs in his left heel, they decided to regroup. After learning the news just ahead of the NBA's trading deadline, the Wizards quickly traded Otto Porter Jr. and Markieff Morris in separate deals. One of the players Washington acquired from the Chicago Bulls for Porter, Bobby Portis, had a spectacular debut, scoring 30 points to lead the Wizards over the Cleveland Cavaliers 119-106 on Friday night.

Rockets acquire Shumpert, move Knight in three-team deal

Source | 9 days ago.

The Houston Rockets have acquired Iman Shumpert in a three-team deal, the Cleveland Cavaliers announced on Thursday. Houston completed a trade with the Sacramento Kings and the Cavs to bring in the guard, with Cleveland sending Nik Stauskus and Wade Baldwin to the Rockets in the deal. The Rockets have been in search of a wing player for most of the season, with the Kings' Shumpert arriving ahead of Thursday's 15:00 ET trade deadline.

Report: Kyrie Irving believed LeBron James wanted Cavaliers to trade Irving

Source | 10 days ago.

Kyrie Irving reportedly requested a trade from the Cavaliers only after hearing they discussed trading him. But maybe Irving's problem wasn't with the Cavs as an organization exploring trading him. Maybe it was with a specific Cav looking to trade him – LeBron James.

LeBron James: East teams 'going for it' since they 'ain't gotta go through me'

Source | 10 days ago.

'Everybody in the East thinks they can get to the Finals because they ain’t gotta go through me.'

Irving excited by LeBron's All-Star selections

Source | 10 days ago.

Kyrie Irving was excited to be named on former Cleveland Cavaliers colleague LeBron James' team for the NBA All-Star Game. James took Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant with the first pick and selected Irving third overall, with Giannis Antetokounmpo choosing Stephen Curry in between. Kawhi Leonard and James Harden complete the starting five for Team LeBron.

Busy NBA trade deadline dealt rough blow to Celtics' 2019 draft assets

Source | 10 days ago.

Busy NBA trade deadline dealt rough blow to Celtics' 2019 draft assets originally appeared on Anthony Davis still is on the New Orleans Pelicans, which means the Boston Celtics will get their shot at the superstar big man this summer. But the assets they may use to court Davis took a bit of a hit Thursday. We're talking about the three first-round 2019 NBA Draft picks -- acquired from the Los Angeles Clippers, Sacramento Kings and Memphis Grizzlies -- that Boston could cash in on this offseason.

Tatum scores 25, Irving-less Celtics down lowly Cavs 103-96

Source | 11 days ago.

Gordon Hayward finally got some closure at Quicken Loans Arena. Making his first visit to Cleveland since suffering a horrific broken left ankle in his debut for Boston in 2017, Hayward scored 18 points as the Celtics beat the Cavaliers 103-96 on Tuesday night for their fifth straight victory despite missing All-Star guard Kyrie Irving. A strained left hip prevented Irving from facing his former team, but Jayson Tatum helped make up for his absence with 25 points.

Gordon Hayward admits to feeling anxious on Quicken Loans Arena return

Source | 11 days ago.

Gordon Hayward admits he was feeling anxious ahead of his first return to the Quicken Loans Arena since suffering a gruesome ankle injury that robbed him of a year of his career. The Boston Celtics forward contributed 18 points off nine-for-14 shooting, as well as five assists and six rebounds in the 103-96 victory at the Cleveland Cavaliers. It marked the first time Hayward had played at the venue since he was injured on his Celtics debut in the 2017-18 season opener, which saw him miss the entire campaign.

Fourth quarter surge propels Celtics to fifth straight win

Source | 11 days ago.

Fourth quarter surge propels Celtics to fifth straight win originally appeared on The Boston Celtics and Cleveland Cavaliers are worlds apart now as far as their lot in the NBA. But you wouldn't have known that by the way their Tuesday night matchup played out. The woeful Cavaliers hung with the Celtics for three-plus quarters before Boston went on a fourth-quarter surge which propelled them to a 103-96 win.

Report: Rockets trading first-rounder to dump salary in three-way deal with Cavaliers and Kings

Source | 11 days ago.

Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN: The Houston Rockets are acquiring guard Iman Shumpert in a three-way deal with the Cleveland Cavaliers and Sacramento Kings, league sources told ESPN. The Rockets will send guard Brandon Knight, forward Marquese Chriss and a 2019 lottery protected first-round pick to the Cavaliers, league sources said. The Cavaliers will send guard Alec Burks to the Kings, and guards Nik Stauskas and Wade Baldwin to the Rockets, league sources said.

Brandon Ingram taunted with 'LeBron's going to trade you' chants while shooting free throws

Source | 12 days ago.

The Pacers gave Brandon Ingram a brutal reminder that he might get traded.

Rebuilding Cavaliers trade F Rodney Hood to Trail Blazers

Source | 12 days ago.

Rodney Hood made minimal impact on the Cavaliers' postseason run last season. Hood was traded Monday by the Cavaliers, who acquired guards Nik Stauskas and Wade Baldwin — and their expiring contracts — along with second-round picks in 2021 and 2023 from the Trail Blazers. Before the trade could be completed, the Cavaliers needed Hood to agree to the deal because he signed a one-year $3.4 million qualifying offer this summer.

Celtics can learn a thing or two from how the Pats put their championship run together

Source | 13 days ago.

Yes, we're talking about the Super Bowl XLIII champion Patriots, a team that the Celtics can certainly learn a thing or two from when it comes to winning big. MORE SUPER BOWL - Defense and Edelman shine to bring Patriots sixth title One of the first lessons for success involves finding something that works and sticking with it over and over until it doesn't work anymore. We saw that play out in New England's 13-3 Super Bowl win over the Los Angeles Rams.

NBA notebook: Davis adds Bucks, Clippers to destination list

Source | 13 days ago.

Davis is averaging 29.3 points and 13.3 rebounds in 41 games this season. He has missed the past seven games with a fractured left index finger but was cleared to practice on Monday. Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban envisions a long, bountiful future for the franchise with Kristaps Porzingis and rookie Luka Doncic sharing the court, saying the "goal is to keep them together for the next 20 years," he said Monday at an introductory press conference for the just-acquired Porzingis in Dallas.