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23 LeBron James SF
Height/Weight: 6-8/250 | Birthdate: 12/30/1984 | Birthplace: Akron, OH | Team: Cleveland Cavaliers | College: No College | NBA Experience: 12 | Owned/Started%: 100/96 | Average Draft Position: 1.06
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Cavaliers star LeBron James says 'I can get better'


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(7/12/2015) It would seem hard to imagine LeBron James playing any better than he did this season, especially during the playoffs, when he led an undermanned Cavaliers team to two games short of a championship, but during a radio interview with SiriusXM, said he wanted to improve on his game. 

"I just feel like I have a lot of room to improve, either from a basketball side of things or from a leadership or mental side of things that can help me a better player," James said. "So I'm looking forward to it."

James, who signed a one-year, $23 million deal this week with a player option for 2016-17, averaged 25.3 points and 6.0 rebounds during the regular season, but 30.1 points and 11.3 rebounds during the playoffs. 


Cavaliers re-sign F LeBron James


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(7/10/2015) The Cavaliers re-signed forward LeBron James on Friday, the team announced.

"LeBron's re-signing today is a reflection and continuation of his strong, personal commitment to help deliver championships to Northeast Ohio and Cavs fans everywhere," said Griffin. "We share this deep level of commitment with him. His impact upon this team, his community and the game are impossible to overstate and we look forward to continuing on our mission together."

James led the Cavs to the NBA Finals last season in his first year back with the franchise. It is the first time since 2006 that James will re-sign with a team.


LeBron James signs 2-year deal with Cavaliers, can opt out


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(7/9/2015) As expected, LeBron James re-upped with the Cavaliers on Thursday, inking a two-year deal worth $47 million, per CBSSports NBA Insider Ken Berger. The deal allows James to opt-out after the upcoming season, allowing him to reap the benefits of the league's new TV contracts. 

In his return to Cleveland, James carried the Cavs to the NBA Finals, but could not bring the title back thanks to a slew of injuries that sidelined teammates Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving. James did not renew his player option after the season, but there was no question he would return to the Cavaliers. 

James averaged 25.3 points, 6.0 rebounds and 7.0 assists in 69 games last season. 


Report: James won't join Cavaliers until Tristan Thompson signed


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/4/2015) Cavaliers superstar LeBron James does not plan to negotiate a new contract until the team locks up emerging power forward Tristan Thompson, per ESPN. Both are represented by agent Rich Paul.

Talks between Cleveland and Thompson have stalled, but are expected to reach fruition. The two sides had been reportedly been close to agreeing on a five-year deal worth $80 million, but no updates have since been provided.


Report: Cavs' LeBron James will opt out


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(6/28/2015) As expected, forward LeBron James has informed the Cavaliers he intends to opt out of his contract and become a free agent, sources told ESPN.

James had a player option for the 2015-16 season, but he declined to utilize it. While James will be an unrestricted free agent, Cavaliers general manager David Griffin previously said he expects James to re-sign with the Cavaliers.


GM: Cavaliers star LeBron James involved in roster decisions


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/26/2015) Cavaliers superstar LeBron James isn't merely hoping that general manager David Griffin shapes the roster to his liking for next season. He is helping make it happen.

"We've heard from him every day pretty much," Griffin told the Northeast Ohio Media Group. "He's very engaged. ... It's been great."

James is expected to opt out of his contract to maximize his earning potential before re-signing with Cleveland, probably on a one-year deal with a player option for 2016-17.


Phil Jackson: LeBron James travels every other time he has the ball


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(6/22/2015) New York president Phil Jackson took a shot at Cavaliers forward LeBron James during an interview with Bleacher Report.

"I watch LeBron James, for example," Jackson said. "He might [travel] every other time he catches the basketball if he's off the ball. He catches the ball, moves both his feet. You see it happen all the time."


Cavs GM expects LeBron James, Kevin Love to opt out


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(6/18/2015) During his season-ending press conference Thursday, Cavaliers general manager David Griffin said he expects forwards LeBron James and Kevin Love to opt out of their contracts, reports Cleveland.com.

Regardless if James and Love exercise their player options for next season, Griffin said he expects both players to be back with the Cavs.


Cavaliers F LeBron James scores 32 in Game 6 loss


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(6/17/2015) Cavaliers forward LeBron James produced another admirable performance Tuesday, but it was not enough as the Cavaliers lost 105-97 in Game 6. The loss ended the season for the Cavaliers and clinched the NBA title for the Warriors.

James scored 32 points on 13-of-33 shooting, including 2 of 10 from 3-point range. He added 18 rebounds, nine assists and two steals. His biggest blemish were the six turnovers he committed.

"I wish I [could've] did better, done more to put us over the hump but it just wasn't our time," James said, per the Northeast Ohio Media Group


Cavaliers SF LeBron James not thinking about pending free agency


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(6/15/2015) Cavaliers small forward LeBron James can be a free agent after this season comes to end, and he'll have to make a decision whether to pick up his option and come back to Cleveland next year.

He says he hasn't begun to think about that yet, per Cleveland.com.

"Ha, I haven't even thought about that until you just said something," James told the Northeast Ohio Media Group. "I'll tackle all of that after the season, but, yeah, I'm happy where I'm at."


Cavaliers SF LeBron James notches another triple-double in loss


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(6/14/2015) Cavaliers small forward LeBron James put his team on his back once again with another historic performance during the NBA Finals.

James scored 40 points, recorded 14 rebounds and dished out 11 assists in his team's 104-91 loss to the Warriors in Game 5. The triple-double was James' second of this Finals.

James now has six career triple-doubles in the NBA Finals, which places him second to only Lakers great Magic Johnson, per NBA.com Stats.


Warriors' Andrew Bogut says LeBron James jumped into cameraman


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(6/12/2015) Warriors center Andrew Bogut says he's not the one to blame for LeBron James' fall that led to his collision with a cameraman and subsequent stitches to his head, per USAtoday.com.

Bogut fouled James as he went baseline in the second quarter of the Warriors' 103-82 win over the Cavaliers , but he feels the contact wasn't enough to launch James into the cameras behind the basket.

"I think he jumped into the cameraman," Bogut said when asked to give his perspective on the play. "Yeah, I think he came down and took two steps and then fell into the cameraman. I definitely, definitely didn't hit him that hard."

James remained in the game after receiving treatment to his head and proceeded to shoot his free throws. He did say he was in pain after the fall.

"I had a slight headache, which I think every last one of you guys would probably have if you ran into a camera. I'm fine," James said. "I was just trying to regain my composure, and I was holding my head. It was hurting. I was just hoping I wasn't bleeding, but obviously the camera cut me pretty bad."


LeBron James gets stitches, but concussion protocol waived


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/12/2015) Cavaliers superstar LeBron James revised his previous claim by revealing that he did receive stitches on a cut to his head sustained in Game 4 of the NBA Finals on Thursday. He added that there was no need to initiate concussion protocol.

"I had a slight headache, which I think every last one of you guys would probably have if you ran into a camera," he told the media gathering following the game. "You might have a little bit more than that. But I didn't go through any protocol. I'm fine."

A team official stated that the league concussion protocol begins only if there is a change in the player's mental status and such was not the case with James.


Cavaliers SF LeBron James scores 20 points in Game 4 loss


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(6/12/2015) Cavaliers small forward LeBron James surprisingly did not have another other-worldly performance up his sleeve for Game 4 of the NBA Finals against the Warriors.

James, who averaged 41 points per game in the first three games, scored a modest 20 points on 7-of-22 shooting, but did record 12 rebounds and eight assists in the 103-82 loss.

James suffered a cut on his head after colliding with a camera in the second quarter following a foul from Andrew Bogut. James received treatment but did not leave the game and shot two free throws.


Cavs F LeBron James cuts head on camera, able to stay in game


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(6/11/2015) Cavaliers forward LeBron James injured his head during the second quarter of Game 4 of the NBA Finals against the Warriors. 

James tumbled out of bounds and his heat hit a camera filming the game on the sideline. The collision caused a cut on his head and he was forced to exit temporarily. James came away from the incident OK and was able to continue playing in the game. 

He didn't miss any time as he was fouled on the play and shot two free throws once he was taken care of. 


Cavs forward LeBron James says he needed IV after Game 3


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(6/11/2015) Cavaliers guard Matthew Dellavedova wasn't the only Cleveland player that needed an IV after Tuesday's Game 3 win. LeBron James revealed Thursday that he also needed an IV after Game 3, reports the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

James played 46 minutes in Game 3 and he admitted he had to deal with cramps during the contest.

Game 4 will be held Thursday at Cleveland and the Cavs are 2 1/2-point underdogs.


Cavs F LeBron James scores 40 in Game 3 win


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(6/10/2015) Cavaliers forward LeBron James continued to torch the Warriors during the Game 3 win Tuesday.

James scored 40 points on 14-of-34 shooting from the field, including 2 of 6 from 3-point range. He also made 10-of-12 free-throw attempts.

James added 12 rebounds, eight assists, four steals and two blocks to go along with four turnovers.


Cavs forward LeBron James nets triple-double in Game 2 win


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(6/7/2015) Cavaliers forward LeBron James recorded the 13th playoff triple-double of his career during Game 2's 95-93 win over the Warriors on Sunday.

James scored a game-high 39 points to go along with 11 assists and 16 rebounds. It was his fifth triple-double in the NBA Finals. He shot 11 of 35 from the field, including 3 of 6 from 3-point range.

"He really willed his guys to win that game," coach David Blatt said. That's what a champion does and obviously he's a champion."

James missed a layup at the end of regulation that could've won the game for the Cavaliers. He is now 0 for 4 on go-ahead or game-tying shots in the final minute of NBA Finals games, according to ESPN.

James also became the second player in NBA Finals history to record at least 35 points, 15 rebounds and 10 assists in a game. The Lakers' James Worthy was the first player to accomplish the feat in 1988. 


Cavaliers' LeBron James: I can't be more aggressive than Game 1


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(6/6/2015) With Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving out with a fractured kneecap, LeBron James will have to take on more of a role in the NBA Finals. 

James isn't sure he can do that, however. James took 38 shots in Game 1, a career high for the regular season and postseason. His previous best was 36 shots, in 2005. 

"If I get more aggressive, I might have 58 of them thangs (shots)," James said, per Sports Illustrated.


LeBron James not 'discouraged' by Cavaliers' outlook


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(6/5/2015) The news that Kyrie Irving suffered a fractured kneecap was a blow to the Cavaliers' chances in the NBA Finals, but Cleveland star LeBron James said - before knowing Irving was out for the series - that the team would bounce back from its Game 1 loss, per Cleveland.com. 

"There are a few things that you would love to have going late in the season," James said Friday. "That's being healthy, having a great rhythm, and then you need a little luck as well. We've had a great rhythm. We haven't had much luck, and we haven't been healthy. But I haven't gotten discouraged."

James, who scored 44 points in Game 1, will have to shoulder the burden for the Cavaliers in Irving's absence. 

"I'm excited to be in this moment once again, and I'm going to stay strong for my team, no matter who is or is not in the lineup," he said. 


Cavaliers' LeBron James scores 44 in Game 1 loss vs. Warriors


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/4/2015) Cavaliers forward LeBron James scored a team-high 44 points on 18 of 38 shooting, including 2 of 8 shooting from behind the arc, in his team's 108-100 overtime loss to the Warriors in Game 1 of the NBA Finals.

James helped lead his team to a big lead in the first quarter, but the Warriors were able to rally back before halftime and keep the game close over the remainder of regulation. However, the Warriors shot out to a big lead in overtime after the teams exchanged missed shots earlier in the period, denying the Cavaliers the road win.

"He did attack and play and perform at the highest level on the biggest stage in the game," coach David Batt said of James after the loss, per the Cleveland Plain Dealer. "We've got to do more around him."

James finished with eight rebounds and six assists in 46 minutes of action. Game 2 is set for Sunday.


Cavaliers star LeBron James: Blatt has done 'hell of a job'


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/1/2015) Folks have been waiting all season for Cavaliers superstar LeBron James to give a verbal thumbs-up to the job first-year coach David Blatt has done with the team.

The wait is over.

James told the Northeast Ohio Media Group on Monday that Blatt has done "a hell of a job" in guiding the team into the NBA Finals. The Cavaliers were the most disappointing team in the league when they stumbled to a 19-20 record, prompting rumors that Blatt would be soon be fired. But they are 46-11 since and have a shot at their first-ever championship.

The primary improvement has been on the defensive end, where they have been transformed from one of the worst teams in the NBA into one of the best, particularly in the playoffs. James credited Blatt and his staff for introducing successful new schemes. And he chastised those who criticized him.

"We know that a lot of people were going to say that ... didn't mean much, but that's just what they have to do," James said. "That's what helps sales. ... People love reading the negative things more than the positive things, so I think he's handled his situation unbelievably. ... Being a rookie coach in the NBA, being able to take his team to the Finals, I think he's done a hell of a job."


LeBron on how to stop Steph Curry: 'You can't'


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(5/29/2015) Cavaliers forward LeBron James gave Steph Curry the ultimate compliment on Friday. He put the newly-crowned MVP in the same sentence as himself.

James was asked how his team could slow down the Warriors sharpshooter.

"Well, the same way you slow me down. You can't," James said.

James, a four-time league MVP, is preparing his team to face off against Curry in the NBA Finals after they swept the Hawks in the Eastern Conference Finals earlier this week.


LeBron James scores 23, leads Cavs to NBA finals


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(5/26/2015) Cavaliers forward LeBron James scored 23 points in Tuesday night's 118-88 victory over the Hawks, which gave Cleveland a series sweep in the Eastern Conference finals. 

James and the Cavs have now advanced to the NBA finals. 

James made 10 of 20 shots from the field, which included going 2 of 6 from behind the arc. Though he was the game's leading scorer, James also contributed nine rebounds and seven assists. 

This marked James' third game in a row where he had at least nine rebounds. 

James will now advance to an NBA finals for the fifth year in a row. He won two of the past four championships with the Heat. He also reached an NBA finals early in his career during his first stint with the Cavs. 


Lebron James: Cavaliers should keep Tristan Thompson


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/25/2015) Cavaliers forward LeBron James made a pitch for the team to hold onto center Tristan Thompson.

The Cavs passed on the chance to extend Thompson prior to the season, but, after he averaged 8.5 points and 8.0 rebounds this year, James is ready to endorse him for the long term.

"Tristan should probably be a Cavalier for his whole career," James said on Monday, per Cleveland.com. "There's no reason why he shouldn't. This guy is 24 years old. He's played in 340?plus straight games, and he's gotten better every single season. It's almost like, 'What more can you ask out of a guy?'"