Author: Dan Feldman

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LeBron James says Kevin Love is Cavaliers’ offensive focal point


Kevin Love was ticketed for a  bigger role in the Cavaliers’ offense this season.

But just how big on a team that also has LeBron James and eventually Kyrie Irving?

LeBron, via Joe Vardon of

“We’ll use Kevin however he wants to be used,” James said. “I told you Kevin is going to be our main focus. He’s going to have a hell of a season. He’s going to get back to that All-Star status. He’s the focal point of us offensively.

“I know I can go out and get mine when I need it,” James continued. “But I need Kev to be as aggressive as he was tonight, and when he rebounds at the level he did tonight, the shots will automatically fall for him.”

This is a change of tone from last season, when LeBron said Love needed to demand the ball more and questioned Love’s confidence to shoot.

It’s as if LeBron learned all those self-created weird public feuds hurt more than they helped.

LeBron and Love famously chatted poolside over the offseason before Love re-signed, and it seems that talk could do both good. Love looks more aggressive, not a natural mindset when it’s so easy to defer to LeBron. Also credit David Blatt for putting Love in better position to succeed rather than just having him spot-up beyond the arc, as happened too often last season.

Love led the Cavaliers in points (17) and shots (14) in their win over the Grizzlies last night. He also scored 18 points on 17 shots in an opening-night loss to the Bulls, though the offense ran more through LeBron in that one.

This is a nice balance. How long will LeBron let it last, especially once Irving returns from injury? LeBron dictates how Cleveland plays.

Right now, that means a major role for Love, but that’s subject to LeBron’s patience.

DeMarcus Cousins matches personal SEASON best with four 3s in opener


DeMarcus Cousins made four 3-pointers in 2012-13, his high for a season.

The Kings center matched that last night alone.

Cousins shot 4-for-5 from beyond the arc in Sacramento’s loss to the Clippers, entering the game 11-of-69

If Cousins keeps producing like this – he also had 32 points, 13 rebounds and three assists – we’ll have to take him more seriously as an MVP candidate.


Jodie Meeks suffers Jones fracture

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Auburn Hills, Mich. – Jodie Meeks missed the Pistons’ first 22 games last season with a back injury.

He made it into Detroit’s second game this season, but he’s again headed for the inactive list.

Meeks suffered a Jones fracture in his right foot in the Pistons’ 92-87 win over the Jazz on Wednesday.

This is the same injury that kept Kevin Durant out about seven weeks last season. A similar timeline would cost Meeks about 25 games – more than the 22 he missed last season.

Detroit can’t really rely much more on starting shooting guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, who has played 37 and 36 minutes in two games this season. Tonight, Reggie Bullock saw minutes after Meeks went down, but Bullock lacks the outside-shooting prowess of Meeks.

This leaves the Pistons without both their primary backup guards, as Brandon Jennings is also injured. Not great for a bench that has lagged behind the starters during Detroit’s surprising 2-0 start.

Kobe Bryant sets record for most seasons with one team

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Nineteen years after the Lakers made a draft-night trade for him, they started Kobe Bryant in their season opener against the Timberwolves tonight.

That gives him the NBA record for seasons with one franchise – 20 – passing John Stockton (19 seasons with the Jazz).

Tim Duncan (19 seasons with the Spurs) is in striking distance if Kobe retires first.

This game also put Kobe atop a similar list – most seasons all with one franchise. Of course, Kobe would lose his place there by playing for another team, but he keeps insisting that won’t happen.