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The perks of having your dad at the 2018 NBA All-Star Game, especially when your dad is considered to be the best players in the league, is that you get to participate in all of the pregame festivities.

LeBron James’ son, LeBron James Jr. or “Bronny” as he’s sometimes referred to, got to participate during the 2018 All-Star practice on Saturday. What the 13-year-old didn’t realize, is that he would be going up against superstar Russell Westbrook in a friendly game of one-on-one.

With more than a 50-pound weight advantage and 16 years his senior, Westbrook seemed to take advantage of James Jr. in the post.

Nonetheless, at 13 years of age, James Jr. has already received multiple scholarship offers and is considered to be one of the top prospects at his young age.

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LeBron James Responds to Fox News Anchor’s ‘Shut Up and Dribble’ Comments https://cavaliersnation.com/2018/02/17/lebron-james-responds-to-fox-news-host-criticism-via-twitter/ Sat, 17 Feb 2018 05:28:57 +0000 https://cavaliersnation.com/?p=26212 One day after Fox News host Laura Ingraham made news for slamming LeBron James for his remarks regarding Donald Trump, the Cleveland Cavaliers star hit back. On Friday night, James took to Twitter to let Ingraham know that he does not plan to stay silent, despite her advising him to “shut up and dribble.” How’s this […]

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One day after Fox News host Laura Ingraham made news for slamming LeBron James for his remarks regarding Donald Trump, the Cleveland Cavaliers star hit back.

On Friday night, James took to Twitter to let Ingraham know that he does not plan to stay silent, despite her advising him to “shut up and dribble.”

Ingraham, seemingly determined to not back down, later invited James to join her on the very show that she criticized him on just a day before.

Ever since Trump was elected president, James has been an outspoken critic. It does not appear that Ingraham, or anyone else, will convince James to stay silent when it comes to his political opinions.

James has yet to respond to Ingraham’s invite, but given his brief response, it doesn’t seem likely that we’ll be seeing him on Fox News anytime soon.

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Video: Kevin Love Discusses How He’ll Fit in With New Roster When He Returns https://cavaliersnation.com/2018/02/16/video-kevin-love-discusses-how-he-will-fit-in-when-he-come-back/ Sat, 17 Feb 2018 03:10:54 +0000 https://cavaliersnation.com/?p=26202 Kevin Love has already missed over two weeks of play after fracturing a bone in his left hand in a Jan. 30 game against the Detroit Pistons. While he is projected to miss at least another month, the Cleveland Cavaliers big man is already thinking about his eventual return. On Friday, Love joined ESPN’s “The […]

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Kevin Love has already missed over two weeks of play after fracturing a bone in his left hand in a Jan. 30 game against the Detroit Pistons. While he is projected to miss at least another month, the Cleveland Cavaliers big man is already thinking about his eventual return.

On Friday, Love joined ESPN’s “The Jump” to talk about his recovery, his team’s new additions, and how excited he is to join them on the court once he is healthy.

“It was nice to see everybody back on the floor having that joy back,” Love said of his new teammates. “I think you saw that. George Hill started out the game and it was like he’s been with us all along. He’s a battle-tested guy, been through a number of playoff series, been through it being a savvy veteran. And then Rodney Hood, Jordan Clarkson, Larry Nance Jr. — I mean we just have a number of guys that come in make us younger, make us longer, and I think really add to our team.

“And it’s going to take a few weeks. And you know, when I get back it’s going to take another month for everybody to get adjusted and on the same page. But I like what we have.”

Once he returns, Love is sure to play a big role in the Cavs’ game plan. Before his injury, the UCLA product was having another All-Star caliber season, averaging 17.9 points and 9.4 rebounds per game.

Love continued to describe how he expects to fit in with the new-look Cavs once he is finally ready to retake the court.

“For me being my fourth year in Cleveland, I know exactly what the coaching staff wants from me, what Ty Lue (Tyronn Lue) wants from me,” Love said. “And then from a player’s standpoint, LeBron (James) leading the push for us — what he wants from us out there on the floor.

“We have a lot of selfless guys added, young guys who are playing extremely hard. I think you’ve seen that in the last two games in wins over Boston and OKC. So we just continue to keep playing hard.

“I’ll fit in when I come back — and hopefully I’ll have enough games to get my legs beneath me and get my rhythm back.”

While it will take some time for Love to get comfortable playing with his new teammates, and vice versa, there is no doubt that he will add another dimension to this already exciting team. The only thing left to find out is just how far this team can go.

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Laura Ingraham Doubles Down on Criticism of LeBron James in Latest Statement https://cavaliersnation.com/2018/02/16/laura-ingraham-doubles-down-on-criticism-of-lebron-james/ Sat, 17 Feb 2018 00:14:50 +0000 https://cavaliersnation.com/?p=26191 Less than a day after conservative pundit Laura Ingraham criticized political remarks by Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James, the Fox News anchor issued a statement on Friday attempting to defend herself from charges that those comments were racially motivated. Those original remarks were made on her Thursday night program, “The Ingraham Angle,” with her subsequent […]

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Less than a day after conservative pundit Laura Ingraham criticized political remarks by Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James, the Fox News anchor issued a statement on Friday attempting to defend herself from charges that those comments were racially motivated. Those original remarks were made on her Thursday night program, “The Ingraham Angle,” with her subsequent statement released by the network:

“In 2003, I wrote a New York Times bestseller called Shut Up & Sing, in which I criticized celebrities like the Dixie Chicks & Barbra Streisand who were trashing then-President George W. Bush,” Ingraham wrote. “I have used a variation of that title for more than 15 years to respond to performers who sound off on politics. I’ve told Robert DeNiro to ‘Shut Up & Act,’ Jimmy Kimmel to ‘Shut Up & Make Us Laugh,’ and just this week told the San Antonio Spurs’ Gregg Popovich to ‘Shut up & Coach.’ If pro athletes and entertainers want to freelance as political pundits, then they should not be surprised when they’re called out for insulting politicians. There was no racial intent in my remarks – false, defamatory charges of racism are a transparent attempt to immunize entertainment and sports elites from scrutiny and criticism. Additionally, we stated on my show that these comments came from an ESPN podcast, which was not the case – the content was unaffiliated with ESPN.”

Those original remarks by Ingraham, among other criticisms, stated that James was “ignorant” for having verbally attacked President Donald Trump in a video that was posted on the 15-year veteran’s “Uninterrupted ” online platform. James indicated in the video that Trump lacks empathy for the people he’s spoken about supporting, the latest in a series of withering criticisms of Trump by James.

Missing from Ingraham’s statement are instances where she was critical of athletes or entertainers who had spoken with her or other conservative commentators and had criticized past Democratic presidents, such as Barack Obama or Bill Clinton.

James will likely be asked questions about the controversy on Saturday during the media day session for Sunday night’s All-Star Game. As of Friday afternoon, he’s offered no response to Ingraham’s remarks.

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Dwyane Wade Comes to LeBron’s Defense, Fires Back at Fox News Anchor https://cavaliersnation.com/2018/02/16/dwyane-wade-comes-to-lebrons-defense-over-political-comments/ Fri, 16 Feb 2018 22:55:08 +0000 https://cavaliersnation.com/?p=26182 Former Cleveland Cavaliers guard Dwyane Wade‘s tenure with the team was brief, but his longtime friendship with Cavs superstar LeBron James remains strong. The latest evidence of that bond comes in a defense of his former teammate in the wake of controversial remarks that James made in reference to President Donald Trump. They use to […]

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Former Cleveland Cavaliers guard Dwyane Wade‘s tenure with the team was brief, but his longtime friendship with Cavs superstar LeBron James remains strong. The latest evidence of that bond comes in a defense of his former teammate in the wake of controversial remarks that James made in reference to President Donald Trump.

Wade’s belief is that the communications approach taken by Trump has allowed many of his followers in the media to openly espouse what might be perceived as racism. The spark for Wade’s social media post was Fox News host Laura Ingraham‘s criticism of James’ belief that Trump only pretends to care about all Americans. In her comments on Thursday night, Ingraham stated that James should just “shut up and dribble” and avoid any political commentary.

Ingraham also referred to James’ remarks as “ignorant” and was technically mistaken in stating that “millions elected Trump to be their coach,” failing to point out that he lost the popular vote in the 2016 election to his Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.

Opening herself up to charges of hypocrisy, Ingraham’s show has previously had on individuals with no background in politics, offering their opinions that defend the policies of Trump and Republicans.

Wade was traded on Feb. 8 back to the team where he spent the first 13 years of his career, the Miami Heat. Upon his return, the 36-year old veteran indicated that he would finish his career with the team.

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Fox News Anchor Blasts LeBron James, Tells Him to ‘Shut Up and Dribble’ https://cavaliersnation.com/2018/02/16/fox-news-reporter-blasts-lebron-trump-comments-shut-dribble/ Fri, 16 Feb 2018 22:01:50 +0000 https://cavaliersnation.com/?p=26170 Can sports and politics mix? Not if you ask Fox News anchor Laura Ingraham. Ingraham was overly critical of LeBron James on live TV for his contemptuous comments of President Donald Trump. Ingraham’s comments not only criticized James for his opinion on the president, she went on to mock him for his education, or lack […]

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Can sports and politics mix? Not if you ask Fox News anchor Laura Ingraham. Ingraham was overly critical of LeBron James on live TV for his contemptuous comments of President Donald Trump.

Ingraham’s comments not only criticized James for his opinion on the president, she went on to mock him for his education, or lack thereof.

What Ingraham failed to realize is that James has always been vocal about his political beliefs before Trump came into power. He speaks out against racism and inequality similar to what other sports icons have done in the past.

The Boston Celtics’ Bill Russell, the UCLA Bruins’ Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (then known as Lew Alcindor), heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali, and the Cleveland Browns’ Jim Brown were among those who voiced their opinions about the civil rights movement.

Her word of advice to James?

“Shut up and dribble,” she said.

Rather than receiving support for her comments, it appears that she has received more disdain than she was probably expecting. Or maybe this was the response she was hoping for after all.

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Report: Dwyane Wade Initiated Charge Against Kevin Love in January https://cavaliersnation.com/2018/02/16/report-dwyane-wade-initiated-charge-against-kevin-love/ Fri, 16 Feb 2018 18:54:09 +0000 https://cavaliersnation.com/?p=26174 When Dwyane Wade signed with the Cleveland Cavaliers over the summer for a veteran’s minimum of $2.3 million, most fans were thrilled. Although he would be 36 years old for a bulk of the season, the Cavs got a savvy two-way veteran on the court, and a strong locker room presence off the court. Little […]

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When Dwyane Wade signed with the Cleveland Cavaliers over the summer for a veteran’s minimum of $2.3 million, most fans were thrilled.

Although he would be 36 years old for a bulk of the season, the Cavs got a savvy two-way veteran on the court, and a strong locker room presence off the court. Little did fans know, however, that Wade would be doing more harm than good in the locker room.

As reported by Joe Vardon of Cleveland.com, Wade was an “instigator” during the team’s infamous team meeting on Jan. 22. While most fans believe that former Cavs point guard Isaiah Thomas led the charge against Kevin Love, who was questioned for going home with a sickness, it turns out that Wade is the one who sparked the accusations against Love according to Vardon:

“Yes, Thomas was upset that Kevin Love went home with an illness before a 24-point loss to Oklahoma City had concluded on Jan. 20, and that he was not at practice the following day.

“But, sources said, it was Wade who first made an issue of it at practice Monday, challenging Lue to disclose where Love had been. Numerous players verbally attacked Love, who eventually explained his absence to the team as part of a wide-ranging, heated discussion in which virtually no one was immune from criticism.”

As a close friend of LeBron James, nobody thought that Wade would be an issue coming to a Cavs team with several new pieces. However, fans are slowly learning that Wade, along with Thomas, may have been a big part of the team’s chemistry all along.

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Dan Gilbert Announces Status of Son After He Undergoes Brain Surgery https://cavaliersnation.com/2018/02/16/dan-gilbert-announces-results-of-his-sons-brain-surgery/ Fri, 16 Feb 2018 09:25:00 +0000 https://cavaliersnation.com/?p=26161 After his son went through eight hours of surgery, Dan Gilbert announced that Nick Gilbert is now in recovery. The Cleveland Cavaliers owner expressed his gratitude to those who supported them through this time. Miracles do happen!After 8 long hrs of brain surgery & 48 hrs rest,Nick is recovering nicely. Endless gratitude to the many […]

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After his son went through eight hours of surgery, Dan Gilbert announced that Nick Gilbert is now in recovery. The Cleveland Cavaliers owner expressed his gratitude to those who supported them through this time.

Nick Gilbert appears to be in high spirits after the operation based on the photo. His first question suggests he’s been thinking about the Cavaliers’ recent game last Tuesday. The Cavs won that game versus the Oklahoma City Thunder 120-112.

According to ESPN, the young Gilbert’s surgery was performed at a Detroit-area hospital.

Basketball fans will remember Nick Gilbert from the time when he represented the Cavaliers during the 2011 NBA lottery. The franchise won the No. 1 pick that year and they used it to select former Cavs point guard Kyrie Irving.

Over the years Nick Gilbert has undergone successful brain surgery and chemotherapy after being diagnosed since birth with neurofibromatosis, a genetic nerve disorder that causes tumors to grow anywhere in a person’s nervous system.

As Dan Gilbert said in his tweet, his son still has hurdles to overcome after the surgery but hope is definitely alive.

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Here’s How DeAndre Jordan Nearly Became a Cleveland Cavalier https://cavaliersnation.com/2018/02/15/heres-how-deandre-jordan-nearly-became-a-cleveland-cavalier/ Fri, 16 Feb 2018 04:38:37 +0000 https://cavaliersnation.com/?p=26144 The Cleveland Cavaliers seem more than happy with the trades they made hours before the 2018 NBA trade deadline, but it appears that things were very close to being very different. According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Cavs general manager Koby Altman had ownership approval to make a blockbuster deal for Los Angeles Clippers big man DeAndre […]

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The Cleveland Cavaliers seem more than happy with the trades they made hours before the 2018 NBA trade deadline, but it appears that things were very close to being very different.

According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Cavs general manager Koby Altman had ownership approval to make a blockbuster deal for Los Angeles Clippers big man DeAndre Jordan, but talks stalled and Altman ultimately decided to look elsewhere to make the much-needed changes to the Cavs’ roster.

“When Altman visited with James in the Cavaliers’ practice facility a week ago, he let him know that there were still talks alive with the LA Clippers on a Jordan deal,” Wojnarowski wrote. “What’s more, there was significant progress: Altman had ownership approval to send the Clippers Jae Crowder, Channing Frye, Iman Shumpert and the Cavs’ 2018 first-round pick for Jordan. The Clippers were willing to accept the trade, but on one significant condition.

“Clippers general manager Michael Winger explained to Altman that LA didn’t want another shooting guard. He hoped to find a third team that would take Shumpert and his $21 million with draft compensation, and have the Clippers get a center back. Altman and Winger agreed to make more calls to try to find a third team to make the deal work. Winger wondered whether Altman would let him talk to Shumpert’s agent about a possible contract buyout, but Altman wanted trade talks to be further along before granting that permission.”

The talks continued, but it ultimately become clear that a deal with the Clippers would not be possible, but as one door closed another opened.

“Clippers president Lawrence Frank, Winger and Altman had talked for weeks on a trade, but they got nowhere. The Clippers wouldn’t take Tristan Thompson, JR Smith or Shumpert in a deal, and that never changed. As Wednesday wore on, Altman became more convinced that a deal with Los Angeles was within reach — only not with the Clippers.”

So far this season, Jordan has averaged 11.8 points and 15.0 rebounds per game. He also would have added a much-needed defensive intensity to a Cavs team that has struggled on that side of the ball all season. Ultimately though, instead of trading for one All-Star, the Cavs managed to acquire four solid role players in George Hill, Jordan Clarkson, Larry Nance Jr., and Rodney Hood and haven’t looked back.

Early results on Altman’s decisions have been wholly positive. After losing nine of their last 13 games, the Cavs have won four games in a row, including three since the trades were made. The two games that featured the Cavs’ midseason additions included a satisfying thrashing of the Boston Celtics and a convincing win over the star-studded Oklahoma City Thunder.

We’ll never know what the Cavs could have accomplished if they had ended up dealing for Jordan. Considering how they are playing right now, however, it looks like the team they ended up getting could achieve a whole lot more.

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LeBron James Bashes Donald Trump: He ‘Don’t Give a F— About the People’ https://cavaliersnation.com/2018/02/15/video-lebron-says-trump-doesnt-give-a-expletive-about-the-people/ Fri, 16 Feb 2018 02:04:20 +0000 https://cavaliersnation.com/?p=26139 Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James hasn’t been shy in recent years in expressing his opinions from a political perspective, with much of his criticisms over the past year in that area directed at President Donald Trump. That ire toward Trump continues with James set to play in Sunday’s All-Star Game. James and Golden State Warriors […]

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Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James hasn’t been shy in recent years in expressing his opinions from a political perspective, with much of his criticisms over the past year in that area directed at President Donald Trump. That ire toward Trump continues with James set to play in Sunday’s All-Star Game.

James and Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant were interviewed by ESPN broadcaster Cari Champion on Jan. 14, one night before the Cavaliers and Warriors faced each other at Quicken Loans Arena. During the interview, the Cavalier veteran expressed both his disillusionment and frustration with Trump:

“The climate is hot. The number-one job in America, the appointed person is someone who doesn’t understand the people, And really don’t give a (expletive) about the people. When I was growing up, there was like three jobs that you looked for inspiration … It was the president of the United States, it was whoever was best in sports and it was the greatest musician at the time. You never thought you could be them, but you can grab inspiration from them.”

James also spoke about the need for both fans and those who consider him a role model to reject what he believes is Trump’s divisiveness:

“And this time, right now, with the president of the United States, it’s at a bad time. While we cannot change what comes out of that man’s mouth, we can continue to alert the people that watch us, that listen to us, as this is not the way.”

A supporter of 2016 Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, James has aimed a number of barbs at Trump during the his time in office. These have included social media remarks in the wake of last summer’s tragedy in Charlottesville, Va. One month after that, James also showed support for Durant’s teammate, Stephen Curry, who had indicated that he didn’t want to visit the White House to be honored by Trump. That rejection resulted in Trump rescinding an invitation that had actually not been offered at that particular point.

Trump’s four-year term in office is scheduled to end on Jan. 20, 2021, with the prospect of re-election in 2020 possibly extending his administration into 2025. James is 33 years of age and will undoubtedly play into the next decade. Whether or not he outlasts Trump may depend on those 2020 election results.

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