New York Fansite to Lure Lebron James

james-against-new-york_215x321.jpgWhen you think you’ve seen it all…Trust me, you haven’t. 

In an effort to to lure Lebron James to opt out of his contract in 2010 and come to the New York Knicks, a fan has created a site requesting donations for the cause.  The money is said to be placed in an account and will be used to purchase a welcome gift basket for James, including his own suite at Yankee Stadium, a Ferrari, and additional salary. 

SIMPLY PATHETIC! 

I will be laughing my butt off when James re-signs with the Cavs and those fools who thought they were paying into a so-called “campaign” to get Lebron, waste their money to a fake New York fan site owner.

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Lebron James Becomes Cavs All Time Leading Scorer in Win Against Toronto

james-becomes-cavs-leading-scorer_214x284.jpgFriday, March 21, 2008, in a 90-83 win against the Toronto Raptors, James hit a layup to surpass Brad Daugherty as the Cavs leading scorer in franchise history.  This accomplishment came in the 1st quarter of play on a driving layup pass Anthony Parker, giving him his 10,391 career point.

Mike Brown took a quick time-out to let Lebron soak in the emotions of the moment, as fans paid tribute to the Cavs new all-time leading scorer with a standing ovation and screams that rang throughout Quicken Loans Arena. 

Gloria James came out on the floor after the game to congratulate her son and give him a kiss for a job well done.

“I think I made my mom proud,” James said after the game.

James finished the night with 29 points, 12 rebounds, and 5 assists.

Here’s a nice video recap of the game.

Lebron Sets the Garden on Fire, and Receives a Standing “O”

lebron_james_219x328.jpgThe game started as usual for the Cavs, with Lebron looking to pass and get his teammates involved.  On his first shot attempt of the quarter, he drained a baseline jumper off a quick dribble.  Taking only 2 other shots, he would end the quarter with 2 points, shooting 1/3 from the field.

With the 1st quarter in the books, and his teammates warmed up, James would go on to score 18 points in the 2nd quarter and 17 points in the 3rd. 

It was in the 4th quarter, however, that he would take over the game…Not with his spectacular dunks in the open court, not with his power-house drives pass 2 and 3 defenders, not from the free throw line.  No.  He would take over the game from behind the arc.

With under 4:30 left on the clock and the Knicks up 99-98,  James turned to the sidelines and mouthed 50 to Spike Lee, who was sitting courtside at the game (as usual), and began his attack from long-range. 

He hit 2 consecutive 3-pointers to pull the Cavs up 105-98.  Then came another with a little over 2 minutes to play to put the Cavs on top 110-99.  Seemingly, to make good on his promise to Spike, James shot 1 more dagger into the heart of the Knicks, wrapping up his relentless 3-point attack.

James ended the game with 50 points (including four 3-pointers in the 4th quarter), 10 assists, and 8 rebounds.  He shot 16-30 from the field, in his second 50-point game of the season.

The fans loved it!  In a packed house at the Garden, he received a standing “O” and a “MVP” chant as he left the game with under 1 minute left. 

One fan, wearing a #23 Cavaliers jersey, ran out of the stands towards the Cleveland bench and said a few words to James, before being quickly turned away and arrested.  James simply turned and smiled.

He had this to say after the game:

“It was a great feeling. You get a fan to come down there to express the way he feels about you … told me I was his favorite player, that never happens,” James said. “I respect him, I respect his pride and for him to come out there and tell me something like that face to face, it’s like the (most) unbelievable thing that ever happened to me.”

When asked whether or not he was afraid when he saw the fan coming towards him, James said,

“I’m 6-9 and 260…I’m all right.”

Damon Jones pulled in 15 points, and Devin Brown rounded out the Cavs leading scorers with 14 points.

With Big Z, Sasha, and Gibson still out, the Cavs pulled out another win.  But having a player like Lebron James definitely eases the shock of losing players to injuries, as he can, and will, bear the load.

The Knicks fell short in their 4th game in a row, while the Cavs increased their record to 4-2 since the trade, and get their 3rd straight win.

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2007-2008 Regular Season: Cavaliers vs. Knicks
Date: Wednesday, March 5, 2008
Time: 7:30 p.m. ET
Arena: Madison Square Garden
Starters: D. West, D. Brown, L. James, B. Wallace, A. Varejao
Final: 119-105 (W)

The Franchise – Lebron James and the Remaking of the Cleveland Cavaliers

Gray & Company recently contacted me regarding one of their latest published books, entitled: “The Franchise – Lebron James and the Remaking of the Cleveland Cavaliers” by Terry Pluto and Brian Windhorst.

the-franchise.jpg“When the Cleveland Cavaliers drew the top pick in the 2003 NBA draft, an entire city buzzed with excitement. After all, how often does a LeBron James come along? Especially for Cleveland, a midmarket Rust Belt city without a sports championship in forty years. Especially for the Cavaliers, a long-struggling team that had never reached the NBA finals.

Now, it seems everyone has something riding on LeBron—billionaire team owner Dan Gilbert looking for a return on his investment . . . teammates eager for a championship ring . . . the league in need of the next Michael Jordan to promote . . . the shoe company with its multimillion-dollar endorsement deal . . . even popcorn vendors in the stands of Quicken Loans Arena and servers waiting restaurant tables in a downtown that now booms every game night.

Award-winning sports journalists Terry Pluto and Brian Windhorst take an in-depth look at how a team and a city are being rebuilt around LeBron James.”

From the sounds of it, this book will be an interesting read.  The company has offered to send me a copy, and I looking forward to delving into it as soon as I get a chance.  If time permits, I’ll do a quick review of the book once I’m finished…Stay tuned.

For more information, and to purchase your copy of the book, visit their website.

Lebron James Awarded Player of the Month

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In 14 games of play, James averaged 30.2 points, 8.9 rebounds, 8.5 assists (leading all Eastern Conference players), and posted nine double-doubles.  He also won the award in the month of January, averaging 32.8 points, 9.2 rebounds, and 6.4 assists.

Over a 3 game span from Feb. 19-22, James pulled in at least 25 points, 13 rebounds, and eight assists in each game.  He joined Wilt Chamberlain and Oscar Robertson as the only three players to ever reach those levels in all three categories in three consecutive games.

And if that were not enough, on February 27th, James scored 26 points against Boston and became the youngest player in the history of the game to reach 10,000 points.

What an amazing talent we have before us.  Cavs fan or not, you should be enjoying this piece of history that is being carved out right in front of your very eyes.

James Reaches a Career 10,000 pts in Loss Against Boston

lebron_214x348.jpgGoing into the game, James only needed 19 pts (and we all knew he would get that) to reach the 10,000 mark and be the youngest player to do so, at only 23 years old. 

“I did it in a losing effort and I don’t like that,” said James. “(Personal records) is not what it’s about, but to me, to be in the record books in the biggest league in the world – and all the hard work I put into it, it’s a tribute to my team, myself, my family. And they should all feel good about it.”

The Celtics got off to an early start against the Cavs and won the match each quarter.  Up by 9 after the 1st quarter (25-16)…7 after the 2nd quarter (47-40)…13 after the 3rd quarter (75-62)…and 5 at the close of the game (92-87).

The Cavs new point guard, Delonte West, racked in 20 points, shooting 8/13 from the field, including 2/4 from behind the arc.  He also pulled in 5 rebounds, and 2 assists.  Still, delonte_167x251.jpgin his best offensive game as a Cav, he couldn’t keep Celtics guard, Rajon Rondo, in front of him on defense.  Rondo killed the Cavs with his penetration, hand-offs, and open-court play.

Wally Szczerbiak continued in his struggle to find his shot and maintain any consistency as he went 3/13 from the field, bringing in 12 points. 

Ilgauskas contributed only 8 points and 12 boards as he played through the final stages of the flu after missing Tuesday’s game against Milwaukee, and losing 8 lbs in less than 2 days.  Sasha Pavlovic and Daniel Gibson remained out with injuries.

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Lebron James Wants Jason Kidd in a Cavs Uniform

I ran across this article by Brian Windhorst earlier today, and wanted to share it with you all.

I don’t know how this would or could play out.  We may have to part with Gibson, Gooden, Shannon Brown or Ira Newble (both of which I’m not the least bit concerned as to whether they leave), and a first round draft pick. 

Now I wouldn’t want to give up Gibson,  but we do need a point guard.  And Lebron is the face of the Cavs (better yet he’s the face of the NBA, Nike…you get my point).  And if he’s not happy…Danny Ferry, the entire Cavs organization, and us fans better worry. 

So, with that said, I’ll let you all read the recent statements and ponder this situation, as I’m doing.

Just got back from Cavs practice this evening at Nike’s world headquarters in Beaverton, Ore. Mary Schmitt Boyer from the Cleveland Plain Dealer just mentioned the name “Jason Kidd” and LeBron James made some pretty candid comments on how badly he wants the Cavs to trade for him. Here it is:

“I would love to have a guy like Jason Kidd to be a part of this franchise, I think it makes us that much better of a team. Everyone knows how much I love Jason Kidd just throughout the summertime. It’s not hard to see how much I’d love to have him as part of the team. Honestly, when you see Jason Kidd wants to be traded, you shouldn’t have to go to the front office and tell them to get on it. It’s Jason Kidd.”

Then I was asked if being paired with Kidd could bring a championship to Cleveland. He said:
“Yeah..(pause and a smile)…It’s that easy.”

Too bad it’s not that easy. The point is that the James is making clear he wants some action here. Even if the Cavs don’t pull it off, they owe it to him to make every effort. I am sure Danny Ferry is. I honestly don’t see a deal that makes sense without a complex three-team swap but stranger things have happened. Right now, though, I’d put the chances at about 15 percent.  Via Ohio.com

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  • 2007-2008 Schedule

    (* - Denotes Home Games)

    October
    31: vs Dallas*, 74-92 (L)

    November
    02: vs Knicks*, 110-106 (W)
    04: vs Phoenix, 92-103 (L)
    06: vs Warriors, 108-104 (W)
    07: vs Utah, 101-103 (L)
    09: vs Sacramento, 93-91 (W)
    11: vs LA Clippers, 103-95 (W)
    12: vs Denver, 100-122 (L)
    14: vs Orlando*, 116-117 (L)
    16: vs Utah*, 99-94 (W)
    20: vs Bucks*, 107-111 (L)
    21: vs Minnesota, 97-86 (W)
    24: vs Toronto*, 111-108 (W)
    25: vs Indiana, 111-106 (W)
    27: vs Boston*, 109-104 (W)
    28: vs Detroit, 74-109 (L)
    30: vs Toronto, 82-91 (L)

    December
    02: vs Boston, 70-80 (L)
    04: vs Nets*, 79-100 (L)
    05: vs Washington, 86-105 (L)
    08: vs Charlotte, 93-96 (L)
    11: vs Indiana*, 118-105 (W)
    14: vs Nets, 97-105 (L)
    15: vs Philadelphia*, 86-92 (L)
    17: vs Milwaukee*, 104-99 (L)
    19: vs New York, 90-108 (L)
    20: vs LA Lakers*, 94-90 (W)
    23: vs Warriors*, 96-105 (L)
    25: vs Miami*, 96-82 (W)
    27: vs Dallas, 88-81 (W)
    29: vs New Orleans, 76-86 (L)

    January
    02: vs Atlanta*, 98-94 (W)
    04: vs Kings*, 97-93 (W)
    06: vs Toronto, 93-90 (W)
    08: vs Seattle*, 95-79 (W)
    09: vs Atlanta, 81-90 (L)
    11: vs Charlotte*, 113-106 (W)
    15: vs Memphis, 132-124 (W)
    17: vs San Antonio, 90-88 (W)
    21: vs Miami, 97-90 (W)
    23: vs Wizards*, 121-85 (W)
    25: vs Phoenix*, 108-110 (L)
    27: vs La Lakers, 98-95 (W)
    30: vs Portland, 84-83 (W)
    31: vs Seattle, 95-101 (L)

    February
    02: vs LA Clippers*, 98-84 (W)
    05: vs Boston*, 114-113 (W)
    07: vs Houston, 77-92 (L)
    08: vs Atlanta, 100-95 (W)
    10: vs Denver*, 83-113 (L)
    11: vs Orlando, 118-111 (W)
    13: vs Spurs*, 105-112 (L)
    19: vs Houston*, 85-93 (L)
    20: vs Indiana, 106-97 (W)
    22: vs Wizards*, 90-89 (W)
    24: vs Memphis*, 109-89 (W)
    26: vs Milwaukee, 102-105 (L)
    27: vs Boston, 87-92 (L)
    29: vs Minnesota*, 92-84 (W)

    March
    02: vs Chicago*, 95-86 (W)
    05: vs New York, 119-105 (W)
    06: vs Chicago, 96-107 (L)
    08: vs Indiana*, 103-95 (W)
    10: vs Portland*, 88-80 (W)
    12: vs New Jersey, 99-104 (L)
    13: vs Washington, 99-101 (L)
    16: vs Charlotte*, 98-91 (W)
    17: vs Orlando, 90-104 (L)
    19: vs Detroit*, 89-73 (W)
    21: vs Toronto*, 90-83 (W)
    22: vs Milwaukee, 8:30p
    26: vs New Orleans*, 7p
    29: vs Detroit, 7:30p
    30: vs Philadelphia*, 6p

    April
    02: vs Charlotte, 7p
    03: vs Chicago*, 8p
    05: vs Orlando*, 3p
    09: vs New Jersey*, 7p
    11: vs Chicago, 7p
    13: vs Miami*, 1p
    14: vs Philadelphia, 7p
    16: vs Detroit*, 7p
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