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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: 11 | Owned/Started%: 100/99 | Average Draft Position: 1.06
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Cavaliers forward LeBron James alters free-throw approach


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(3/5/2015) Cavaliers forward LeBron James has made a subtle adjustment during his free-throw attempts, reports Cleveland.com.

When asked if he changed his approach, James said he was trying something new out. James' new approach involves slightly pausing as he brings the ball up to his shooting motion. The change is meant to slow down his shooting mechanics while at the free-throw line.

"I'm a guy that doesn't mind being coached," James said. "I'm coachable. If someone sees something and they think it could help me, I don't mind looking into it. Even at this stage in my career."


LeBron on Valanciunas' flagrant foul: I've got to 'protect myself' more


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/5/2015) When asked if the Cavaliers should have retaliated after a hard foul he suffered by Raptors big man Jonas Valanciunas, LeBron James seemed open to the idea in order to "curb opponents' behavior" moving forward, according to the Northeast Ohio Media Group.

"Maybe I've got to protect myself a little more too," James said after Wednesday's 120-112 victory over Toronto.

James was taken down by the neck by Valanciunas on his way to the rim with 18.8 seconds remaining in the third quarter of Cleveland's win. Valanciunas, who was assessed with a Flagrant One foul, reached over to help James back up from the floor, but the Cavaliers star swatted his arm away, refusing help from the opponent.

"Obviously (Valanciunas) was trying to send a message because he had been getting beat all day on the pick-and-roll, and it happens, but it's just bull(crap) and it ain't cool," James' new teammate Kendrick Perkins said after the game.


Cavaliers' LeBron James doubles up Raptors in win Wednesday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(3/4/2015) Cavaliers small forward LeBron James scored 29 points on 9 of 16 shooting from the field, including 3 of 6 from 3-point range, in Cleveland's 120-112 win over the Raptors Wednesday.

James, who also went 8 of 13 from the free throw line, also dished out 14 assists on the night, leading to his 18th double-double and first in the last four games. He also added six rebounds to his totals.


LeBron James scores 27 for Cavaliers, sits out 4th quarter


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/3/2015) LeBron James scored a game-high 27 points in three quarters of work in the Cavaliers' 110-79 blowout of the Celtics on Tuesday. 

James shot 12-of-23 and dished out five assists. He added three steals in the game. With the Cavaliers on top by 42 after three quarters, James and the other Cavs' starters sat out the entire fourth quarter. 

James' last points of the game, on a third-quarter layup, moved him past Ray Allen into 21st place on the NBA's all time list. James currently has 24,506 career points, one ahead of Allen. Patrick Ewing is next on the list, with 24,515. He's also passed Robert Parish, Allen Iverson and Charles Barkley this season. 

"He's one of my best friends," James said. "He's a guy I competed against and grew up watching, and to be able to team with him the last two years when I was with Miami, I learned so much from him. To know I passed him, it's very humbling."

The Cavaliers next play at the Raptors on Wednesday. 


Missed free throws spoil 37 point day for Cavaliers' LeBron James


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/1/2015) LeBron James scored a game-high 37 points for the Cavaliers on Sunday, but he missed two free throws that would have given the Cavs the lead, with seconds left in overtime. As a result, the Cavaliers fell to the Rockets 105-103

James took a personal season-high 35 shots, hitting 15. However he shot better from the 3-point line (four-of-12) than the free-throw line (three-of-11). 

With 4.2 seconds remaining, and the Cavaliers trailing 104-103, James went to the free-throw line. He missed both, however, allowing the Rockets to hold on. 

"The guys put us in position to win, and I didn't come through for them," James said.

James also had eight rebounds, four assists, three blocks and three steals, posting better numbers than fellow MVP candidate James Harden. He was also on the receiving end of a Harden kick that was whistled for a flagrant foul late in the third quarter. 

The Cavs next host the Celtics on Tuesday. 


LeBron James expected to play for Cavaliers on Sunday


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/1/2015) LeBron James sat out Friday's game, but the Cavaliers said the move was done to rest him. As a result, James is expected to play at the Rockets on Sunday. 

The game between the Cavs and Rockets is a pick-em. 


LeBron James will sit out Friday for Cavaliers


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(2/27/2015) LeBron James will not play for the Cavaliers, in Friday's game at the Pacers.

Head coach David Blatt told the media, "It was not his idea. It was mine." 

Although James was sore after his most-recent game, Blatt said the decision was not injury-related. It was to give James additional rest. "Just forward thinking on my part," he said

The Cavaliers are 3.5-point favorites on the road. 


Cavaliers SF LeBron James scores season-high 42 vs. Warriors


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(2/26/2015) Cavaliers small forward LeBron James put on a show Thursday, scoring a season-high 42 points on 15 of 25 shooting, including 4 of 9 shooting from behind the arc, in his team's 110-99 win over the Warriors.

James had managed just 37 points in his previous two games combined before Thursday's outburst, which bested his two 41-point efforts from earlier in the season. He also delivered his fifth double-double of the month by grabbing 11 rebounds, and he added five assists, three steals and one block in 36 minutes in the statement win over the team with the best record in the NBA.

James also dealt with a minor back issue in the win. "It tightened up a little bit," James said after the game, per the Associated Press. "It's a little tight right now. I'll get some treatment tonight and some more tomorrow."

The Cavaliers bring a four-game winning streak into Friday's matchup with the Pacers.


Cavs' LeBron James passes Pippen for most assists by forward


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(2/24/2015) Cavaliers small forward LeBron James reached a career milestone in Tuesday's 102-93 win over the Pistons, passing Bulls great Scottie Pippen to become the forward with the most assists in NBA history.

"That means a tremendous amount to me," James said after the game, per the Associated Press. "It means a lot more than passing Allen Iverson on the scoring list in the last game, because I have always taken so much pride in my passing game. To me, the greatest rush has always been helping my teammates succeed, not succeeding myself."

"That's a fabulous achievement, especially when you considered that he just turned 30 years old," coach David Blatt said. "It not only proves his greatness as a player, it shows the ability he has to make the players around him equally great."

Pippen's 6,135 assists have placed him as the top forward in the category since passing John Havlicek in 2004, per NBA.com. James finished Tuesday's win with 6,142 career assists.

"When I grew up, I loved Michael, but when you are a kid, you don't think you can grow up and be Michael Jordan," he said. "I patterned a lot of my game after Scottie Pippen, because he was the kind of star I thought I could be. So that's a great feeling to break a record he owns."

James turned the ball over nine times Tuesday but scored 19 points on 6 of 14 shooting while dishing out 11 assists on the historic occasion. He also delivered seven rebounds, three steals and one block in 39 minutes in the win, the team's third straight. James will square off with the Warriors Thursday.


LeBron James passes Allen Iverson on NBA's all-time scoring list


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(2/22/2015) Cavaliers forward LeBron James passed Allen Iverson on the NBA's all-time scoring list during the first quarter of Sunday's win over the Knicks, the NBA announced.

With his fourth point of the game, James passed Iverson to become the No. 22 scoring leader in NBA history. James now has 24,383 points in his career. James finished the game with 18 points on 7 of 17 shooting. He added seven rebounds and seven assists.


Cavaliers SF LeBron James scores team-high 28 vs. Wizards


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(2/20/2015) Cavaliers small forward LeBron James scored a team-high 28 points on 12 of 21 shooting, including 3 of 5 shooting from behind the arc, in his team's 127-89 win over the Wizards Friday.

James played just 25 minutes in the blowout win, which saw the Heat outscore the Wizards 62-38 in the second half. He also racked up six assists, five rebounds and one steal in the win and now has averaged 29.7 points in his last three games.

"I'm the leader of this team and I set the tempo. I set the pace," James said after the game, per the Associated Press. "I set the aggressiveness and I just wanted the guys to follow me."

The Cavaliers will square off with the Knicks Sunday.


LeBron James: Cavs 'can win a championship with this roster'


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(2/20/2015) The Cavaliers did not make any deals by Thursday's NBA trade deadline. And their star, LeBron James, believes his team made the right decision.

"We can win a championship with this roster," James said, via FOX Sports Ohio.

The Cavaliers were hot prior to the All-Star break, winning 14 of their past 16 games. The Cavaliers travel to Washington to take on the Wizards Friday night.

James expressed confidence in his team, believing they have the ability to peak by the time the postseason is set to begin.

"The team that's clicking at the right time, is healthy at the right time, can make a huge push," James said. "I believe we can make a push to win one."


LeBron James pleased with coach David Blatt's first season in NBA


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(2/17/2015) With the Cavaliers playing their best basketball of the season heading into the All-Star break, forward LeBron James told reporters over All-Star Weekend that he was pleased with how coach David Blatt has handled his first NBA season, reports USA Today.

"Every day we get closer and closer. I think he's great," James said of Blatt. "He's handled his first stint in the NBA extremely well so far, and I'm happy to be playing for him."

The Cavaliers are 14-3 since James returned from a two-week absence to recover from injuries. James attributed the Cavaliers' recent success to players learning to trust each other and becoming more familar with how each player operates on and off the court.

"It takes time for a team to gel," he said. "Especially a new team to gel and come together and build camaraderie. That's exactly what we're going through. We were going through early-season struggles because we didn't know each other both on the floor and off the floor."


Wolves' LaVine would choose himself over LeBron in Dunk Contest


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(2/16/2015) Fresh off winning the NBA's Dunk Contest during All-Star Weekend, Timberwolves guard Zach LaVine was not shy in expressing confidence in his dunking ability.

During an interview with ESPN's Sportcenter after the contest, LaVine said he'd pick himself over LeBron James in a dunk competition.

"I never go against my own talent so I've got to say me," LaVine said.

LaVine became the first player since Dwight Howard in 2009 to score two perfect scores during the dunk contest. Although LaVine expressed admiration for LeBron's skills, he still believes he'd come out on top.

"I know LeBron's got some stuff that he ain't showed the world, either," LaVine said. "LeBron's one of the most freaky athletes of all time... But like I said, I'm a confident person."


Cavs' LeBron James regrets not taking part in Dunk Contest


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(2/15/2015) While speaking with former teammate Dwyane Wade during an interview session over All-Star Weekend, Cavaliers forward LeBron James admitted he regrets not ever participating in the annual Dunk Contest.

Despite previously committing to join past Dunk Contests and then not participating, James said he's more of an in-game dunker, but he does regret not partaking.

"I was mad at myself because I believe it would've been great," James said.

Although James expressed regret over years of not participating in the contest, he said he's too old participate in the future.

"At this point, I'm over the hill now," James said.


Cavaliers' LeBron James elected first VP of NBPA


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(2/13/2015) Cavaliers small forward LeBron James has been elected the first Vice President of the National Basketball Players Association, according to multiple reports. CBSSports.com NBA Insider Ken Berger has confirmed the news.

The voting took place at an NBPA meeting in New York Friday. NBPA president Chris Paul had been pushing for James to join him in a senior leadership role as the No. 2 person in the player's union, per Yahoo! Sports.

NBPA executive director Michele Roberts indicated that James's election as the first vice president of the player's union was unanimous, per Berger.

James recognized that this is a big time for the player's union with the league's television deal and collective bargaining agreement at the forefront, and he wanted to be a voice for the union in discussions about both, according to USA Today Sports.

The NBPA was established in 1954 and its mission "is to ensure that the rights of NBA players are protected and that every conceivable measure is taken to assist players in maximizing their opportunities and achieving their goals, both on and off the court."


Cavaliers SF LeBron James scores team-high 31 vs. Bulls


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(2/12/2015) Cavaliers small forward LeBron James scored a team-high 31 points on 12 of 26 shooting, including 2 of 9 shooting from behind the arc, in his team's 113-98 loss to the Bulls Thursday.

The Cavaliers were outscored in each quarter in the loss, entering halftime in a seven-point hole before losing by 15. James turned the ball over eight times in the loss, marking the fourth straight game he's committed at least five turnovers, and he's racked up a total of 30 turnovers during that stretch.

"I'll figure it out. That cannot happen, for sure, for us to win long term," James said after the game, per the Associated Press.

James also tallied five rebounds and four assists in 34 minutes in the loss, which was just the second Cavaliers defeat in the team's last 16 games. The Cavaliers sit in fifth place in the Eastern Conference heading into the All-Star break, 10 1/2 games behind top-seeded Atlanta.


Cavaliers' LeBron James doubles up on the Heat on Wednesday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(2/11/2015) Cavaliers forward LeBron James picked up a double-double on Wednesday against the Heat.

James shot 6-16 from the field. He sunk six of his seven free throws, finishing with 18 points. James was active on the boards, pulling down 10 rebounds. All 10 of his rebounds came on the defensive end. James also added seven assists and one steal. 


Cavs' Kevin Love says he was 'caught off guard' by LeBron tweet


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(2/10/2015) After Cavaliers forward LeBron James tweeted out Saturday about fitting in, which seemed to be directed to Kevin Love, speculation began to increase over the nature of their relationship.

After Tuesday's practice, Love indicated there are no issues between him and LeBron, reports the Akron Beacon Journal

"I was caught off-guard when I heard about it," Love said. "We're teammates, we see each other, there’s no problem with us."

When he asked if he felt LeBron's tweet was directed at him, Love said James has not brought up the issue with him.

"I don't know. I truly feel if LeBron had a problem with me or had to talk to me for good or worse, he would've come up and talked to me," Love said. "I truly believe that."


LeBron would welcome addition of Ray Allen to Cavaliers


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(2/10/2015) If Ray Allen does decide to play for the Cavaliers in 2015, forward LeBron James said Tuesday he would welcome Allen to the team, reports the Associated Press.

James said the Cavaliers have good chemistry and he isn't worried about Allen disrupting that. He added though that he won't pressure Allen into joining the team.

Allen is expected to make his decision on if he'll play this season after the All-Star break.


Report: LeBron James 'widely expected' to decline player option


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(2/10/2015) Cavaliers forward LeBron James is "widely expected" to turn down his 2015-16 player option on his current contract and negotiate a new one-year deal with a player option, according to Joe Vardon of the Northeast Ohio Media Group.

James signed a two-year, $42.2 million contract last summer with a trade kicker that would give him an extra sum of money equal to 15 percent of the remaining value of the contract, if the Cavs were to trade him. The trade kicker was established to set up James for an advantage in future contract negotiations.

Vardon suggested that James could make upward of $23 million next season, which would be $1.5 million more than he would have made had he exercised the option on his current contract. It would also set him up to maximize his worth once the league's new television deal increases the salary cap.

James has stormed back from a knee injury in spectacular fashion, posting the league's fifth-best PER (28.2) as of Jan. 1. James is averaging 26.0 points, 7.4 assists and 5.5 rebounds per game in his first season back in Cleveland.


Cavaliers' LeBron: 'Fit in' tweet was 'not a coincidence'


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(2/9/2015) When Cavaliers forward LeBron James tweeted Saturday about finding ways to "fit in" instead of fitting out, he admitted the tweet was meant to send a message, reports ESPN.com.

"It's not a coincidence, man," James said.

The tweet came after forward Kevin Love struggled, scoring just five points during Friday's loss to the Pacers. Love has found it difficult to find his role with the Cavaliers this season and said during the preseason that he just wanted to be himself and not worry about fitting in. He admitted his inconsistent season has been hard for him.

"I think it's one of the toughest situations I've had to deal with," Love said.

James has worked to involve Love in the team's offense and help him adjust to his role, but James said everyone needs to be committed to fitting in.

"And people are always trying to fit out instead of fitting in, instead of being a part of something special," James said. "And that's all that was about."

The tweet may have worked with Love coming off one of his best games as a Cavalier when he scored 32 points and grabbed 10 rebounds during Sunday's win over the Lakers. 


Cavaliers' LeBron James doubles up on the Lakers


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(2/8/2015) Cavaliers forward LeBron James posted a double-double on Sunday against the Lakers.

James shot 8-16 from the field, including 2-7 from beyond the arc. He sunk four of his five free throws, finishing with 22 points. James was active on the boards, pulling down 10 rebounds. He also added eight assists and one steal during the contest. 


Cavs clear LeBron to play in Sunday's game vs. Lakers


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(2/8/2015) Despite lingering soreness in his ankle and wrist, Cavaliers forward LeBron James will play in Sunday's game against the Lakers, reports the Plain Dealer.

James has been dealing with soreness in his wrist after taking a hard fall in January, but it only caused him to miss one game. In 42 games, James is averaging 26.1 points and 7.4 assists.

The Cavaliers are 14 1/2-point favorites.


LeBron James scores 25, hurts wrist in Cavaliers' loss to Pacers


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(2/6/2015) LeBron James' 25 points weren't enough, as the Cavaliers lost the lead to the Pacers in the final 90 seconds, dropping a 103-99 decision in Indianapolis, Friday. 

James was fouled by Pacers C Roy Hibbert in the first half and was bothered by a sore right wrist for the rest of the night. He didn't miss any significant time to the injury. 

James shot 10-of-21 from the field, missing all four of his 3-pointers. He committed seven turnovers on the night. 

The Cavaliers play next on Sunday, when they host the Lakers.