Author: Dan Feldman

LeBron James

LeBron James admits sleeve issue might be mental


LeBron James ripping his sleeved jersey last been a longtime coming.

LeBron has loathed sleeved jerseys practically since they became popular in the NBA.

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So it would stand to reason that James might be a little miffed that the Cavs again put him in one of those things. Except, they asked and received his approval, and, he worked out in them.

“I don’t know, it might be mental, man,” James said Wednesday night. “That’s OK. The jerseys are nice, we love the jerseys, the black looks great. It’s been a while since this franchise has worn black, so it’s great to be out there and wear those uniforms.

“I was just, I was in my own way, I was a little frustrated with my shot and couldn’t make a bucket, so like I said I had to take it out on something.”

The Cavs plan to wear the shirts again, and James said he’s fine with that, too.

“If the fans love them, I love them. I think that’s all it’s about,” he said.

I’m glad LeBron admitted this was more mental than the cloth actually restraining his shooting motion.

LeBron missed all six of his attempts away from the rim – including two free throws – before ripping his sleeve. He improved to 5-for-11 – including 4-for-6 from the line – afterward, but that left him just 1-for-5 on ripped-sleeve jumpers.

This is too small an issue for LeBron to get worked up about. If he wants to steam about his shaky outside shooting so far this season – 2-for-18 on 3-pointers – that’s much more understandable.

LeBron James steps over fallen Kevin Love, doesn’t help him up (video)


I thought LeBron James and Kevin Love were supposed to be on better terms this season?

This might be nothing. It’s probably nothing.

But it doesn’t look good. You can’t even argue that Love didn’t want help up, because he accepted a hand from Tristan Thompson.

The best-case scenario is LeBron is under strict orders not to bend over and help up teammates due to his lingering back injury, and Love knows it.

Festus Ezeli stuffs monster Blake Griffin dunk attempt (video)

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Blake Griffin is the best dunker of his generation, and when he goes up like this, there isn’t much you can do.

Unless you’re Festus Ezeli.

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Klay Thompson on winning 72 games: ‘We might be the team to do it’

Klay Thompson, Jrue Holiday

When the Warriors started 21-2 last season, Steve Kerr strongly dismissed the idea Golden State could match the 72 wins of the 1995-96 Bulls, a team he played for. As the Warriors coach put it, Michael Jordan just willed the Bulls to wins in a way nobody else could.

Kerr was right. Golden State finished 67-15.

Flash forward a year, and the 4-0 Warriors look even better. Stephen Curry is doing his best Jordan impersonation, scoring the most points through four games since Jordan.

Could they tie Chicago’s record this year?

Klay Thompson in a Q&A with fans (hat tip: Diamond Leung of Bay Area News Group)

That’s going to be a tough one. We’ll try. There are so many good teams. We’ll try. We did get 67 wins last year, which was an amazing feat. We might be able to get 70. It’s going to depend a lot on health, obviously, and a lot of lucky bounces that go our way. Seventy-two wins, that’s a lot of wins, man. I don’t know if that will be done again, but hey man, we might be the team to do it just because we reached 67 last year, and if we stay focused and we take every game serious, we should have a chance to reach 70. It won’t be easy. It will be extremely difficult, but you know what? Why not?

Winning 70 games in a season takes incredible talent. It takes players avoiding injury. It takes a strong mental focus to get up for so many games over a long regular season.

The Warriors have the first trait, but who knows about the rest?

A strong four-game start – with the fifth game pending against the Clippers right now – doesn’t prove Golden State will remain healthy and energized. Especially once Kerr returns, the Warriors might willingly take the foot off the gas to preserve themselves for the playoffs. Even if they don’t intentionally, there’s still a lot of luck in health.

That the Warriors are legitimately in the discussion for 72 wins says a lot about them. That Golden State probably won’t get there says even more about the 1995-96 Bulls.

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