It’s been a while since LeBron James shared video of a wine night, but we’re oh so glad he did. LeBron didn’t do anything in half measures and dropped over $4,000 on some of the most sought after wine in the world — singing all the while.
TARRYTOWN, N.Y. -- Ask any member of the 2018 NBA draft class who's going to win Rookie of the Year, and the response is almost universal: "Can I pick myself?" Yes, this year's rookie class does not appear short on confidence, or opinions.
Showtime this week announced a new three-part docu-series produced by LeBron James. The title: “Shut Up and Dribble.” (The title is a quote from Fox News host Laura Ingraham, who said it on air in February as an insult to James; Kevin Durant called it “racist.
Earlier that day, James Harden was named the NBA's Most Valuable Player. Travis was upset about the choice, and he let everybody know it. In the photo he posted, Travis wore a LeBron James Cavaliers jersey, the orange cream edition.
Kawhi Leonard will make his return to San Antonio in early January, and the first game in the storied Los Angeles Lakers-Boston Celtics rivalry -- now featuring LeBron James and Kyrie Irving -- will be in early February, the NBA announced on Friday as part of its full schedule release.
Dieters from Silicon Valley to the Hollywood hills are convinced the trendy keto diet is nature's miracle plan for the body and the brain.
SportsPulse: USA TODAY Sports' Sam Amick dissects the new-look Western Conference in which LeBron James now resides. USA TODAY
The Los Angeles Lakers baffled the NBA world this offseason by signing LeBron James, then building a team of seemingly ill-fitting pieces around him.
The river of black shuttle buses negotiates sharp switchbacks, bouncing upward along miles of uneven pavement that fades into dirt, from two lanes to one, climbing beneath oak forest that blocks out the morning light. Cellphone service dwindles to nothing.
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.
By the end of last season’s NBA Finals, there were no more worlds left for LeBron James to conquer. Like Alexander the Great after defeating the Persian empire, LeBron was a 31-year-old at the height of his powers who had bested every challenger.
As LeBron James embarks on his ninth Eastern Conference finals since 2007, we look back at a pair of his most legendary road contests.
J.R. SMITH WAS playing a video game one night last August, enjoying the downtime of the offseason when the texts started coming in. The first he ignored, but they wouldn't stop, his phone buzzed incessantly.
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.
It was all good just eight years ago. Heading into the All-Star break, the 2009-10 Cavaliers were once again the league’s front-runners. They had just capped a 13-game win streak from mid-January to mid-February, the longest string of victories in Cleveland Cavaliers history.
This story appears in ESPN The Magazine's May 29 Issue. Subscribe today! LeBron James shouldn't be shooting this free throw.
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
Sometimes a player is so good at something—so dependable, so versatile, so influential—he can be punished for it. Tuesday night, with Isaiah Thomas out with a lingering hip injury and Derrick Rose down with an ankle sprain, LeBron James played point guard for the Cavaliers.
Ten days before Donald Trump took on Colin Kaepernick and the NFL and Stephen Curry and the NBA, and before LeBron James, one of the most famous and popular humans in America, called the president of the United States a "bum" on Twitter, I asked him if he thought his adversarial stance against Trump
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
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:
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. The Masters app kept freezing on me, so I settled on clandestinely following the last few holes on Twitter.
I was disappointed, but not surprised, to see the conversation after Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals turn once again to the debate over whether LeBron James is as good as Michael Jordan was — or, more precisely, the loud insistence from a certain subset of NBA fans that LeBron certa
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.
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.
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.
The Cleveland Cavaliers may have a $300 million roster next season if LeBron James remains with the franchise. When the dust settled following their sweeping trades last week, the Cavs put themselves in position to break records if they elect to keep their new core together.
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.
With Lonzo taking top billing for sport’s glamour franchise, LeBron possibly on the way, and stars from virtually every team to be found on the streets and in SoulCycle classes, Los Angeles has become the mecca of the NBA offseason.
As the Cleveland Cavaliers deliberate on deals to move All-Star guard Kyrie Irving, the franchise is operating under a self-prescribed mandate: presume a future without LeBron James.
Editor's note: This story was first published in ESPN The Magazine on Feb. 27, 2017. "When LeBron was playing with the Heat, they went to Cleveland, and he wanted to spend the night. They don't do overnights. Teams just don't.
LeBron James and the Cavaliers are on the ropes in the Finals once again, but this time the conversation happening in NBA circles isn’t about whether or not the Cavs can come back in the series.
It is a standing testament to LeBron James that he has now aged through his own stylistic arc without ever surrendering the mantle of basketball's finest. The LeBron of nearly a decade ago was at the height of his physical powers and operated to the full extent of that privilege.
LeBron James made just five of 21 shots on Sunday, marking his worst shooting night since 2014 and his worst shooting night with so many attempts since 2006, which was so long ago he hadn’t reached the playoffs yet.
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Luke Walton doesn't remember exactly which losing streak precipitated the call.
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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.
In the past 15 years, stories about LeBron James' body have become a bit legendary with teammates. Seeing him turn his ankle nearly 90 degrees only to tighten his shoelaces and finish with a triple-double.
LeBron James is quite possibly the best basketball player who’s ever lived. But even for those who haven’t, James has compiled a résumé that rivals any player in the history of the NBA — up to and including Michael Jordan, widely regarded as the greatest player in the sport’s history.
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.
For all the clichés about sudden death and there being no tomorrow, sports were always supposed to be a substitute for reality, a place where Americans could fight for three hours and hug it out afterward. The newspapers used to call the sports pages the “toy department” for a reason.
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.
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.
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.
You don’t need a selfie-mode confessional to get a read on LeBron James’s current predicament. A sluggish performance in Dallas on Saturday was its own special kind of subtweet.
It might not shock you to learn that the most viral video this season on the NBA's official Instagram feed is a clip of LeBron James. Duh.
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.
As he approaches his 33rd birthday in his remarkable 15th NBA season, LeBron James has found himself echoing his old Nike marketing slogan to gently remind people tuning in what they're witnessing.
The Raptors are hoping the third time’s the charm against LeBron James. LeBron knocked them out of the playoffs the past two seasons, and they’ve spent the past year reinventing themselves for this moment.
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.
Just a few months after his 28th birthday, LeBron James is on the brink of his fourth NBA MVP award, joining an elite club of four-time winners restricted to Wilt Chamberlain, Michael Jordan, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and Bill Russell. No Kobe. No Shaq. No Duncan. No Magic. No Bird.
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.