Bick Opens Up About Unselfish Play


Some guys, when they play with other elite players, they end up being too unselfish; or guys who are used to having the ball in their hands all the time, now they're not as aggressive or as instinctive because they're thinking too much out there. -J.B. Bickerstaff

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Michael Jordan thinks he would take LeBron 1-on-1 in his prime


If I was in my prime, could I beat Lebron in a one-on-one game? No question," before adding, "And he’s going to say no question.

Michael Jordan |

Critical roundup on LeBron's performance in "Trainwreck"


What are film critics saying nationwide? Here is a roundup.

Manohla Dargis, in her praise of the film for The New York Times, wrote that "the looming appearance of LeBron James, who plays himself as well as Aaron's odd-couple-like best friend, may be a heat-seeking gimmick (he's the movie's biggest star), but he's a surprisingly limber comic presence."

Ann Hornaday in the Washington Post, praised James' "expert, deadpan timing."

"LeBron James is a slam dunk," said Brian Truitt in USA Today.

Mike Scott of the New Orleans Times-Picayune enjoyed James' "hilariously cuddly version of himself."

"LeBron James, playing himself, is very, very funny," wrote Moira Macdonald of the Seattle Times. "(Maybe sports fans knew this already? I didn't. But, seriously, if that basketball thing doesn't work out, someone should get this guy his own rom-com; his exuberance and timing, particularly when he suddenly starts quoting Kanye West, are terrific.)"

John DeFore of the Hollywood reporter: "That best pal is LeBron James, one of a few celebs who continue the Apatow tradition of working famous non-actors into the cast. Fortunately, James is charming in the part, a penny-pinching 'Downton Abbey' fan who is protective of Aaron's emotions."

Rebecca Keegan, Los Angeles Times: "LeBron James, who plays himself as a friend and patient of Aaron's, has the most significant role of several athletes who appear in the film, and his performance reflects impressive off-court timing and a sense of humor about his own image." Clint O'Connor, The Plain Dealer

LeBron always haunted by Finals loss


I just don't feel like you ever move on from losing in the Finals because you feel like you're right there and feel like you have the opportunity to do something special. ... I can never get away from losing in the Finals. I guess there's nightmares now about situations throughout the games that's always replaying in my head. It's definitely difficult, you know I'm getting better every day, but you know it takes quite a while for me to get out of the funk.

LeBron James |

Scottie Pippen makes claim to LeBron's throne


I was LeBron James before LeBron James. It's not even close.They want to compare him to the greatest, whether it be Michael Jordan or Magic Johnson, but he's more closer to myself. It's natural for folks to say that, but if you look at how he plays the game and how I played the game, you'll see more similarities with us.

Scottie Pippen |

3 out of 5 experts say LeBron should be guarded by Draymond Green


The Warriors are reasonably well positioned to defend LeBron James, if that’s possible. Draymond Green was probably the best defensive player in the NBA this season because he has the strength to bang with 4s down low and the foot speed to track 3s on the perimeter. I assume he’ll spend most of the time on James, though Golden State may need him boxing out Tristan Thompson also. In those stretches, the Warriors can always turn to Andre Iguodala, who was one of the most effective defenders against James when he was in Philadelphia. Iguodala may have lost a step since then, but he will be valuable in this series as a reinforcement for Green.

Lee Jenkins | Check out what the other experts said at

LeBron the Passive Aggressive Master


I don't feel that there's an issue with the organization [with Blatt]. But I do know this: nobody plays a better passive-aggressive game than LeBron James. LeBron will be a free agent. He's going to not pick up his player option. And there's this perception out there that LeBron got Mike Brown fired when he left the Cavs [in 2010], that's is just absolutely not true. What happened is LeBron went silent. The season ended and LeBron would not return the Cavs' calls, texts, or emails, and they sat around and because LeBron wouldn't say anything they panicked and fired Mike Brown. And this is the way LeBron plays.

Brian Windhorst | Grantland Podcast w/Zach Lowe

J.R. Smith bored with the open shots...


I'd rather take a contested shot than an open shot any day ... It's kind of boring when you take open shots.

J.R. Smith | courtesy of @mcten

Kyrie Irving injury update for Game 1 vs. Hawks


He did not practice on Saturday. Cavs had the day off Sunday. It wouldn't surprise me if he didn't practice Monday either because right now the Cavs' plan for Kyrie is to give him as much rehab and rest time as possible before the start of the Atlanta series.

-Dave McMenamin |

Cavs have little room for error against Bulls


Everything that we're doing, we have to be that much better and that much more exact because our margin of error is going to be smaller, and we're playing against a very good team as it is. We have to be a little bit better at every point of the game and make the adjustments that are necessary to gain us just a little bit of ground.

Cavs head coach David Blatt |