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Friday , Apr , 23 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

LeBron James: It Wasn’t a Charge

LeBron still didn't agree with the charge call after the game.
 
"I saw him backpedaling," James said. "Me as a driver, I'm watching the defender's feet. I'm seeing if he's stationed or is still moving. To me, I felt like he was still backpedaling, and as soon as I saw him backpedaling, that's when I decided to take off. They called a charge. I haven't seen the replay, but I know exactly what I've seen on the court with the defender right in front of me."
 
Joakim Noah said he was concerned Deng would get whistled after seeing James' shot go in.
 
"I think one of the refs was about to call a block and then he looked at the other ref because he wasn't sure, and the other ref—thank God—called a charge," Noah said.


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Wednesday , Apr , 21 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

LeBron James: I Love Chicago

LeBron says he LOVES Chicago. Seriously. Not just response to Noah ripping CLE. Sez he spent three summers in high school working out there.

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Best playoff poster job: LeBron James on James Johnson or Baron Davis on Andrei Kirilenko?
Wednesday , Apr , 21 , 2010 Oly Sandor

Best playoff poster job: LeBron James on James Johnson or Baron Davis on Andrei Kirilenko?

He can’t run. He can’t hide. He can only accept the inevitable: he’s been poster-jobbed and millions will relive and replay his moment of shame on youtube.

James Johnson: we’re talking about you. The Chicago Bulls’ swing is in Shawn Bradley and Alton Lister territory after the Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James delivered a facial our News Department deemed a 'hate crime' and considered slapping with a restricted rating.

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The next big thing Kevin Durant versus The best thing now LeBron James
Tuesday , Apr , 20 , 2010 J.N.

The next big thing Kevin Durant versus The best thing now LeBron James

Brought to you by the makers of Michael Jordan versus series, LeBron versus line, Kobe versus and the barely visited Dwayne Wade versus LeBron debates, we bring to you the latest and greatest in the long line of internet debates, Kevin Durant versus LeBron James. Yes, it is another one in a classic barn burner debates spark by large usage of extreme GIF images to represent reaction and smart witty remarks with people using a lot of free time to dissect statistics.

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Tuesday , Apr , 20 , 2010 Marija Kero, The Knicks Chick

The Knicks Chick on Why the Celtics Are Going Home and the First-Round Match-ups

HoopsVibe is proud to welcome Marija Kero, better known to many of you as The Knicks Chick, to the team. Marija will be checking in with videoblogs covering everything from her beloved Knicks to Ron Artest's latest hair-related mishap. In her first piece, Marija shares her thoughts on Boston's bad temper, the surging Mavs and the ghosts of NYK past appearing in the postseason. 

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HoopsVibe Liveblogs Game 2 of Cavs-Bulls Series
Monday , Apr , 19 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

HoopsVibe Liveblogs Game 2 of Cavs-Bulls Series

If you're watching the Bulls-Cavs game right now, feel free to join us as we liveblog the action. Just leave a comment in the box to let us know what you're thinking as you watch the game and we'll add you as a participant.

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Monday , Apr , 19 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Joakim Noah: Cleveland Sucks

Bulls center Joakim Noah made some pointed remarks towards the city of Cleveland over the weekend.

He didn't address the media on Monday morning, but did make a few comments as he walked to the team's bus.

"I don't care," Noah snapped. "At all."

Noah told reporters on Sunday that he was not enjoying his time in Cleveland.

He was then asked if the boos he heard during Saturday's Game 1 at Quicken Loans Arena bothered him.

Noah responded: "What? That Cleveland sucks?"

While members of the media and the Cavaliers have taken offense to his comments, Noah's teammates support him.
 
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Sunday , Apr , 18 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Cavs Will Lose $10M-$15M on the Season

Despite all that James has done to turn Cleveland into a winner, the Cavaliers have been losing upwards of $20 million per season over the last two seasons, and are projected to lose anywhere from $10-$15 million this season, according to league sources with knowledge of the team's finances.

Not that the Cavs are alone. They're one of many of the 30 NBA teams expected to lose millions — and supply the league's owners with what they see as an iron-clad case for changing the current economic model when the labor agreement expires after next season.

Owners don't believe their losses are merely a direct result of the lousy economy, which can be partly to blame for the league's 2% decline in ticket sales. For the men who sign the players' paychecks, the very system under which they operate is obsolete, only five years after they signed their last collective bargaining agreement and guaranteed players 57% of basketball related income (BRI). 

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All or nothing: Cavaliers, Lakers, and Magic must win NBA Title or face major changes
Saturday , Apr , 17 , 2010 Oly Sandor

All or nothing: Cavaliers, Lakers, and Magic must win NBA Title or face major changes

The Quick Hit: For the Cleveland Cavaliers, Los Angeles Lakers, and Orlando Magic, it’s all or nothing.

The all is having Commissioner David Stern hand over the Larry O’Brien trophy in two months and pronounce them world champions in a champagne soaked ceremony.

Only the all will do. Only the all will satisfy their demanding fan base. Only the all will satisfy their demanding owners, who have taken on multi-million dollar luxury tax payments for this precise moment.

While nothing, or falling short of an NBA Title, will force Cleveland, Los Angeles, and Orlando to make wholesale changes this off-season. Right or wrong, fair or not, these are the stakes when playing for a contender.

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Friday , Apr , 16 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Shaq Happy to Remain with Cavaliers

 Shaquille O'Neal wants to return to the Cavaliers next season, dang gumit.

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The 38-year-old center would like to re-sign with the Cavs next year.

"If they want me back, yes, I wouldn't mind," O'Neal said. "I'm having a great time. The fans are fabulous.

"I'm quite impressed with the organization and (Coach Mike) Brown. I'm very, very impressed and surprised how Cleveland would go, (with) me being from a sunny environment. I'm having a fabulous time. I love Richfield. I've had one of the greatest times ever."
 
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Friday , Apr , 16 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

LeBron: The Bulls Are Facing a Different Monster

The Bulls, who in recent days have been dealing with ugly reports of an altercation between coach Vinny Del Negro and executive vice president of basketball operations John Paxson, are huge underdogs against the Cavs -- the league's best team all season.

But despite the perceived mismatch and Chicago's long odds, Bulls forward Joakim Noah said he and his teammates plan "to try to shock the world" and upset the Cavs.

"We're ready for the challenge," James said. "I think Noah's a really good player. He's a really good talent. But, you know, he asked for us a couple weeks ago and he got us. So we're ready. It's a different monster they're going to be playing against on Saturday."

For the first time since Feb. 25, the Cavs will take the floor with Shaquille O'Neal at center.

After missing 23 games following surgery to repair a torn right thumb ligament, O'Neal has come back rested and ready to fulfill his goal of winning a championship with James. The 7-foot-1 center has returned in incredible shape, saying he spent the down time "eating right, swimming, working out, doing what I do. It's all about the mission." 

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Thursday , Apr , 15 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

[vid] Cavs Fans Buy Billboard Asking LeBron to Stay

Cavaliers fans have designed and purchased a billboard encouraging LeBron James to remain with Cleveland.

Glen Infante's website, realcavsfans.com has more than 7 thousand loyal followers.

"There's a campaign where New Yorkers were gathering money to buy LeBron a gift when he arrives in New York And a lot of members were real angry about that and we wanted to respond to that," said Infante.

"It's hard to contact him, send him an email, or even a big sign in the crowd, you know. You only get a small chance to see that sign. But a billboard, he'll definitely see a billboard on the streets of Cleveland."

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Wednesday , Apr , 14 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

John Wall Likely to Sign with LeBron James’ Marketing Firm

LeBron James befriended John Wall at his All-American camp as a high school senior, traveled to campus to watch him play and even enlisted rapper Drake to woo John Wall to LRMR, James’ fledgling marketing company.

Multiple NBA, agent and sneaker industry sources say Wall is close to partnering with the firm.

James’ childhood friend, Maverick Carter, is the CEO of LRMR and responsible for running his management company. Carter’s had a consistent presence with Wall’s AAU coach and surrogate, Brian Clifton, for months, and Clifton offered nothing to dispute the word of sources who say James and Wall are going into business together.
 
Clifton insisted there’s nothing “formal in place” with LRMR, and an announcement wouldn’t happen until Wall completes paperwork to enter the draft.
 
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Wednesday , Apr , 14 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Shaq Has Lost 20 Pounds from ‘running and cutting out cheeseburgers’

When O'Neal first had surgery to repair the torn ligament in his thumb, the team projected he could be out up to eight weeks. That timetable could have forced him to miss the first round of the playoffs.

But Monday was exactly six weeks to the day that Dr. Thomas Graham fixed O'Neal's thumb at the National Hand Center in Baltimore and O'Neal was at 100 percent.

Doctors were so pleased with the healing process that O'Neal, who has lost around 20 pounds by running and cutting out cheeseburgers during his absence, probably could have returned earlier if the games were more important.

Perhaps not wanting to jinx the recovery, O'Neal declined to talk about his progress Monday and said he would discuss it when he was activated.

"I think he's ready to go; he said he's healthy," LeBron James said. "He's in shape, but it is totally different from being out on the court and that type of shape." 

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Monday , Apr , 12 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Insiders Say LeBron Closer to Re-Signing with Cavs

However, as the Cavs finish off the best record in the NBA for a second consecutive year and James prepares to win his second Most Valuable Player Award, something is indeed happening.

After being mostly neutral and downright noncommittal for some time, those closest to James have been altering their view recently. The vibe being sent out from James' camp -- whether it is private conversations or discussions about new business or plans for the near future -- is that James currently is leaning strongly toward re-signing with the Cavs.

That may sound vague and, as always, it continues to be fragile. Yet there is no denying the gradual shift within James' circle and, it is assumed, by James himself.

James has declined to talk publicly about free agency since November. But as one source said, "I have never been so sure that he's going to stay in Cleveland than I am right now." 

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Saturday , Apr , 10 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

LeBron James May Sit out Rest of Regular Season

 LeBron James' regular season could be over.

James was one of four starters missing for Friday's game against the Indiana Pacers. With home-court advantage already clinched throughout the playoffs, coach Mike Brown didn't rule out his healthy superstar also sitting against Orlando on Sunday and Atlanta on Wednesday.

"There's a chance," Brown said. "I talked about that with my staff and I talked about it a little bit with him, too. We'll take that one game at a time and see how it goes."

James, who missed Thursday's game at Chicago, was joined on the bench Friday by starters Mo Williams, Antawn Jamison and Shaquille O'Neal and reserve Daniel Gibson.

Jamison was injured Thursday when Chicago's Luol Deng stepped on his right foot during a drive to the basket. Jamison grimaced in pain when it happened, but by Friday was walking without a limp and taking part in pregame shootaround. 

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