Please, please call him. Derrick Rose loathed the idea of recruiting LeBron James.
For rescuing his career from the depths of the draft lottery and delivering him into the championship chase, Kyrie Irving will be forever grateful to LeBron James. Together they made history in Cleveland. Titles last forever, but history shows that partnerships are temporary arrangements.
You've probably seen the clip. It's the one in which LeBron James is shouting at Kyrie Irving on the bench in an overtime timeout while forcefully poking the shoulder of the point guard seated two chairs away. Instead of facing James, Irving looks straight ahead and refuses to make eye contact.
The Cavaliers are projecting confidence they can snare a king's ransom for Kyrie Irving, and more than that, they are acting -- for now -- as if a trade is almost inevitable, and that there is little chance of salvaging their relationship with him, according to several sources familiar with the situ
No matter the reconstruction of the Cleveland Cavaliers' roster, no matter the potential for heightened inner turmoil, no matter the win-loss record, and with or without Kyrie Irving, LeBron James will not waive his no-trade clause for any teams at any point during the 2017-18 season, league sources
In this Age of Superteams, Kyrie Irving’s decision to walk away from LeBron James and the Cavaliers is out of tune with the rest of the NBA.
Over the years, LeBron James has become something of a social media savant. He uses it to shape narratives, raise eyebrows or even settle issues when the basketball world or his team grows chaotic.
Before anyone ever cared where I would play basketball, I was a kid from Northeast Ohio. It’s where I walked. It’s where I ran. It’s where I cried. It’s where I bled. It holds a special place in my heart. People there have seen me grow up. I sometimes feel like I’m their son.
“I don’t know if it’s a fairy tale. But I hope it ends the way most of them end.” — LeBron James, on July 10, 2014, in Las Vegas.
Forget Michael Jordan — the King’s pursuit of greatness now goes through Golden State. Which is good: Beating a team is possible, but beating a myth is not.By the end of last season’s NBA Finals, there were no more worlds left for LeBron James to conquer.
As LeBron James embarks on his ninth Eastern Conference finals since 2007, we look back at a pair of his most legendary road contests.
After midnight, when the kids are down and the streets are still, LeBron James asks his wife if she wants to go on a cruise. That’s the term he uses, and because Savannah has been with him since high school she knows he is not referring to a yacht in the Caribbean.
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The King can never win, even when he actually wins As Cleveland Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue motioned for LeBron James to step forward to accept the Eastern Conference Championship trophy, James didn’t budge, screaming “You got it!” As Lue, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love each grabbed the mic
Yeah, I read LeBron James’s classy letter in Sports Illustrated. I believe him. I think he wanted to come home. I think he always wanted to come home. In the summer of 2010, LeBron handled everything wrong. He knows that now. His hometown turned on him. His former owner excoriated him.
Nike is one of the most admired and prolific marketers of the past generation, revered for its big idea (Just Do It), its endorsement roster of the best stars and teams, and pioneering execution, from coordinated shoe colors in the Olympics to innovations like Nike+, Nike ID, and Flyknit, all whi
Russ? Harden? Kawhi? LeBron? Bill Simmons makes his Most Valuable Player pick. It’s historic.On Sunday afternoon, I was watching my daughter play soccer in Parts Unknown, California, right as Sergio Garcia was stealing the Masters from Justin Rose.
LeBron James almost ended Cleveland’s best-of-seven conference semifinal series with Toronto in the first quarter Monday. If there were ever going to be an NBA mercy rule, it would be enforced after this dunk:
LeBron was awful in that game. He scored just 11 points, and none in the fourth quarter, as the Cavaliers let a 21-point lead evaporate. It was embarrassing, especially against a Celtics team without Isaiah Thomas.
LeBron James doesn't like to be referred to as a point guard, even though he has effectively played the position for years. He doesn't like to be classified as a power forward, even though he has won championships playing swaths of games at the position.
This profile of LeBron James was reported and written in 2011 for Port, a new London-based men's magazine, under odd circumstances: Nike paid for the writer's travel expenses and a portion of his fee.
Professional sports generate a tremendous amount of money, but it's tricky to know exactly what part of sports generates that money. LeBron James unintentionally ran a nearly perfect economic experiment by unexpectedly leaving Cleveland and then, three years later, returning with almost no warning.
LeBron James needed an advocate. Halfway through the third quarter of the 1999 Division IV qualifier, the St. Vincent-St. Mary high school football team needed a spark against Wickliffe. Maverick Carter, the Fighting Irish’s No.
Within hours of LeBron James’s announcement that he’d be going home to Cleveland, Kevin Love was already musing about how “intriguing” it would be to play alongside James if the Minnesota Timberwolves traded him to the Cavs. In Minnesota, Love was opposing defenses’ chief concern.
By being the first to report on Friday that LeBron James is returning to the Cleveland Cavaliers, Sports Illustrated beat a journalistic pack that included 15 on-air people at ESPN.
Whether the Cavaliers manage to survive this series could be the least of their worries. Murmurs around the league suggest that the King might be interested in westward expansion in 2018. Here’s what the move would mean for his future — and the NBA’s.
The words “Akron Est. 1984” are inked on LeBron James’ body. Moving back to Cleveland in 2014 is the re-establishment of his legacy in Northern Ohio. He now embarks on the next and greatest chapter of his career.This offseason, with Powerbeats2 Wireless, LeBron has re-established his body thro
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Five weeks after the parade, LeBron James watches the final minutes of the last game for the first time. He sits in a black swivel chair, on a basketball court inside an airport hangar, as 81 of America’s best amateur players study him from metal bleachers.
Today is LeBron James Day on The Ringer.
IT'S OCT. 7, 2015, and the Cavs are hosting the Hawks in Cincinnati. It's the NBA preseason, a nothing game, really -- save for one detail: LeBron James is debuting his new, flashy signature sneaker, the LeBron 13.
As always, Cleveland’s championship hopes rest on its King’s ability to do everything for his team, and not a drop less. Never mind that plan’s sustainability — is it even enough to make it to the Finals anymore?The 2016–17 NBA season has provided total entertainment forever.
CLEVELAND -- A day after falling behind 3-0 in the NBA Finals, LeBron James gave one of his most thoughtful and wide-ranging news conferences of the last year.
THE CAVALIERS' GROUP TEXT chain is aptly named BORED. Channing Frye's nimble mind requires constant stimulation, so he instituted BORED shortly after he joined Cleveland in February 2016, contacting the entire roster and encouraging all of his new teammates to share random thoughts.
LeBron James never promised Cleveland a championship. He delivered one anyway. This is what the true geniuses do: They find a way to shock an audience that is ready for anything. He averaged 30-11-9 during the NBA Finals, sparking a comeback from a 3-1 deficit against a team that won 73 games.
NBSheaWin or lose, we’ll keep having the same debates about LeBron — but he’ll remain the most interesting, most important, most talked-about player in the leagueHere is a big, and maybe even controversial (but not really) question: Do these Finals even matter for LeBron James? More accur
His historic endurance is testing the limits of the human body under the prolonged stress of the NBA.
Welcome to King of the Court, our daily celebration of the best performances in basketball from the night that was. We’ll be keeping track of the best player of every night of the NBA season, and tallying the results as we go along.
He’s one of the best players on earth, but he’s the only star in the series without a ring. How Cavs-Warriors shapes up may determine how we view the most versatile offensive talent the league has ever seen.Kevin Durant was the most dominant scorer on the planet by the time he was 22.
BOSTON — In the frenzied late-game rush of a playoff-like atmosphere, few things are more valuable than a clear head and a keen understanding of the court. When you combine those attributes with superior talent, you provide yourself with an opportunity to win the game.
This story appears in the Dec. 7 2015, issue of SPORTS ILLUSTRATED. To subscribe, click here. LeBron James lay in bed at 2 a.m., listening to his wife and one-year-old daughter sleep.
Compared to LeBron James’s career arc, Giannis Antetokounmpo’s ascent to NBA stardom has been a steep one. In four years of exponential growth, the Milwaukee Bucks’ All-Star has risen from a second-division player in Greece, to a somewhat awkward NBA rookie who averaged just 6.
Renowned comedic actor LeBron James has signed a lifetime deal with Nike this afternoon, an agreement that's being described as the largest commitment to a single athlete ever.
In 14 seasons, we’ve witnessed the King overcome nearly every imaginable roadblock that a professional athlete could face. This Warriors team looks insurmountable, but if there’s anyone who could pull off the impossible, it’s LeBron.
The integrity and bravery of the Cleveland star suggests maybe LeBron doesn’t need to be like Mike. Maybe Mike should have been and needs to be like LeBron The integrity and bravery of the Cleveland star suggests maybe LeBron doesn’t need to be like Mike.
OAKLAND, Calif. — As the final seconds began to tick off the clock in Game 5 of the N.B.A. finals on Monday night, LeBron James stood under the basket and looked up, oblivious to the action going on behind him.
The discourse around LeBron James has never been all that rational. It was stupid four years ago to build a one-hour television show around one sentence, and it revealed a baffling cluelessness from LeBron and his team about how “The Decision” would torture the NBA’s saddest fan base.
When you clap back with facts, it’s a wrap. LeBron James is going through a tough stretch right now. Monday night, the Cavaliers lost to the Dallas Mavericks, who currently sit 13th in the Western Conference, 104–97. The sitting champs are 7–8 over their past 15 games.
HOW, exactly, did a team featuring the greatest player in basketball history, flanked by a pair of three-time All-Stars, get to be seen as an against-all-odds underdog? Yes, you heard that right: LeBron James (pictured), who on June 19th brought his hometown of Cleveland its first championship in a
And what does it say about LeBron’s leadership skills?“The art of losing isn’t hard to master. I lost two cities, lovely ones. And, vaster, some realms I owned, two rivers, a continent. I miss them, but it wasn’t a disaster.
CLEVELAND — When Rich Paul was a boy, he would ride the bus here to the center of his hometown to treat himself to a $1 hot dog.
There is no amount of fame or fortune that can fully protect black Americans from living in a racially oppressive society There is no amount of fame or fortune that can fully protect black Americans from living in a racially oppressive society “No matter how much money you have, no mat
Five takeaways from the first game of the Eastern Conference finals, which is probably more than the number of games this series will lastNo one thought the Celtics could beat the Cavs. The hope was that they could at least keep it close.
On June 19, Tyler Kandel sat at a back table at Warren 77 in New York City, eating chicken nachos and drinking craft beer. The TVs were tuned to Game 7 of the NBA Finals, and Kandel was rooting for the Cavaliers because he went to college with their power forward, Kevin Love.
The King is only 32, but the tread on his NBA tires suggests he’s a 38-year-old. After Kevin Love’s injury, the Cavs need James more than ever — but what matters more: a top seed, or a top-shelf LeBron in the playoffs?Today is LeBron James Day on The Ringer.
James Phelan, a literary scholar at Ohio State, heard it on sports-talk radio on Tuesday, even if fans and hosts weren’t saying it outright. The nature of the discussion about LeBron James conveyed that no matter what happened next, after he led the Cavaliers to their first N.B.A.
When Urban Meyer inks what currently stands as the country's second-ranked class on national signing day, he'll add to one of the most—if not the most—impressive recruiting resumes in college football history.
Editor's note: This story was originally published on June 9 and has since been updated.