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LeBron James’ admits recruiting failure in previous stint with Cavaliers


Let’s rank LeBron James’ teammates during his first stint with the Cavaliers by their top win-share season, noting how Cleveland acquired each:


  1. Mo Williams (trade)
  2. Carlos Boozer (draft)
  3. Zydrunas Ilgauskas (draft)
  4. Drew Gooden(trade)
  5. Anderson Varejao (trade)
  6. Delonte West (trade)
  7. Anthony Parker (free agency)
  8. Wally Szczerbiak (trade)
  9. J.J. Hickson (draft)
  10. Donyell Marshall (free agency)

Just two of the top 10 and none of the top six were acquired as free agents. Parker, though he usually started, and Marshall were signed to be backups.

Not until No. 13 on that list – Larry Hughes, who followed Daniel Gibson (draft) and Jeff McInnis (trade) – do you reach a real high-priced free agent. Hughes signed a five-year, $60 million contract in 2005, but he never posted even an average PER season during it.

By the way, No. 16 would have been the biggest name on the list – Shaquille O’Neal – and he was acquired via trade.

The Cavaliers lured only  one marquee free agent during LeBron’s first stint, and he was a bust.

Obviously, getting help this time hasn’t been an issue. Kevin Love green-lit a trade to Cleveland, and Mike Miller and Shawn Marion also signed with the Cavaliers. James Jones followed LeBron from Miami to Cleveland – and Jones isn’t even from there!

Why didn’t LeBron try this hard to get help the first time?

LeBron, via Dave McMenamin of ESPN:

“I recruited [before] I left here, but I just didn’t win nothing so nobody wanted to play with me,” James said, pointing out that previously, the lone marquee free agent to come to Cleveland based on his influence was Larry Hughes in 2005. “I recruited. I recruited Michael Redd, I recruited Joe Johnson, I recruited Chris Bosh. I recruited a lot of guys. I just didn’t win, and they didn’t want to come to Cleveland. So, I guess me winning two championships, it helped out a lot.”

The rings obviously help, but so does LeBron’s maturation, which might go hand-in-hand. He’s a more appealing teammate than ever.

Cleveland’s market can be overcome. LeBron helped make Miami a more appealing market, and he can do the same in Ohio, even if Cleveland never reaches Miami levels.

The NBA promotes parity through the draft, rewarding teams for losing. But free agency is the opposite. The better teams have a much easier time luring players – as LeBron and the Cavaliers are discovering.

Daniel Gibson says he got in fight defending his wife

Daniel Gibson

Yesterday we told you how long-time Cavalier (and current NBA free agent) Daniel Gibson turned himself in to New Orleans police to face a battery charges in relation to allegedly breaking a man’s jaw in a late night fight.

Now comes Gibson’s side of the story — he says he was defending his wife from a man who insulted her.

Of course, if it’s an arrested celebrity you can assume TMZ is the one there with the story.

Daniel “Boobie” Gibson tells TMZ … he was just defending his wife’s honor when he got into an altercation with a man at the Essence Music Festival earlier this month … after the guy disrespected Keyshia Cole in a “profane way….”

Boobie says Keyshia was performing at the event … when some guy approached her and spouted off some very “disrespectful” comments toward the singer.

Boobie says an altercation broke out and “safety was threatened” … so Boobie says he “needed to take action.”

TMZ seemed to be going for the record of most times the word “Boobie” was used in one story.

As for the crime itself, there remains a whole lot we don’t know. Altercations that take place after 5 a.m. in New Orleans can be messy, with both participants and witnesses whose memories are… cloudy. We’ll just say cloudy and a little distorted. Sorting out late night fights like this is a very challenging situation for police (I was a crime reporter back in the day, trust me).

We’ll see how this plays out while Gibson tries to land a contract for next season.

Daniel Gibson turns self in on battery charge in New Orleans

Daniel Gibson

Daniel Gibson — you call him “Boobie,” a guard with the Cavaliers the past seven years who is currently a free agent — turned himself in Monday to police in New Orleans in relation to a second degree battery charge.

WDSU TV out of the Big Easy has the story (via Ball Don’t Lie).

Daniel Gibson, 27, surrendered himself at the New Orleans Police Department’s 8th District headquarters in the French Quarter. He was processed at Orleans Parish Prison a short time later and posted bond for his release before noon.

Details on the incident that led to the charge were not immediately available, but state law defines second degree battery as an assault in which the offender “intentionally inflicts serious bodily injury” on another person. Sources told WDSU the incident took place during this year’s Essence Festival, held earlier this month.

Jason Lloyd at the Plains Dealer had a few more details.

Gibson is accused of punching a man around 5:15 a.m. on July 8 and subsequently breaking the man’s lower jaw bone. Gibson was in New Orleans for the Essence Festival over July 4 weekend where his wife, singer Keyshia Cole, performed a couple of nights earlier.

There is a whole lot we don’t know about this alleged incident. I’d like to think that will tone down the speculation in the comments, but I’m not optimistic.

While most casual fans remember the Gibson as the rookie sharpshooter on the 2007 Cavaliers team that made it to the NBA Finals. However, in part due to a series of nagging injuries, Gibson has been a shell of his former self. He shot just 34 percent overall last season and 34.4 percent from three, averaging 5.4 points a game in the 46 games he got in. He had a PER of 7.7. There has not been a ton of free agent interest.

He’s just 27 and if healthy probably could help a team, but this incident (whatever it is) does not help his cause with GMs around the league.

Who is left on free agent market? Pickings getting slim but a few good players out there

Brandon Jennings

Free agency has been open for more than two weeks now and most of the big names are gone, not just Dwight Howard but also guys like Andrew Bynum, Mike Dunleavy, Al Jefferson, Andrei Kirilenko, Quentin Richardson, Nick young and more.

But there are a few name guys left on the market. Guys with flaws but guys who can help the right team.

Here’s a quick list of the big names.

• Brandon Jennings (restricted): The Bucks let the market set the price for Jennings — and with virtually every team now locked in at the starting point spot he doesn’t have the leverage to get the $12 million a year he thought he deserved. Jennings is a quick point guard who looks good in transition, a guy who can penetrate, but who shot a low percentage (40 percent last year), a guy who struggles to finish in the paint, and is a disinterested defender. Bottom line is he can put up points but teams are hesitant about his overall impact. The Bucks went hard and missed out on Jeff Teague, but that didn’t help the Bucks relationship with Jennings. The most likely outcome is a sign-and-trade, but other teams may have lowball offers and not want to send the Bucks much in return. It is possible he returns to the Bucks for another season.

• Metta World Peace: He was amnestied by the Lakers and while he’s not the defender or isolation scorer he was a few years ago he can still he certainly help a good team. He cleared waivers and is considered likely to sign with the Knicks (the front runners) or Clippers. Remember he can sign for the minimum for one year because the Lakers are still paying him.

• Kenyon Martin: He pushed his way into the starting lineup for a stretched, scored 7.2 points and 5.3 rebounds a game, then went on to play key minutes in the playoffs with a PER of 16.2. The Knicks are interested but there are more than a few teams out there that could use his inside presence.

• Lamar Odom: The former Sixth Man of the Year has been a mess the last two seasons — he averaged 4 points a game and shot 39.9 percent shooting last year. His PER the last couple seasons was 9.2 and 10.9. The Lakers and Clippers are reportedly interested but he’s only going to get one-year offers at the minimum.

• Nikola Pekovic (restricted): The Timberwolves want to keep him and the two sides are still negotiating (there were reports that the number was four years, $50 million, but the team pretty much laughed at that immediately). They need him to balance out Love and will reach a deal, but other teams are lurking.

• Gerald Henderson (restricted): His negotiations with the Bobcats were at an impasse, so both sides were looking at sign-and-trade options. Henderson would be a solid addition for a team; he scored 15.2 points a game for the Bobcats last year and had an above average PER of 16.2.

• Nate Robinson: He can light up the scoreboard off the bench… or shoot you right out of the game. Fans love his fearless style, coaches hate his defense. The Nuggets and Knicks are reportedly the front-runners.

Other names of note still available: Mo Williams, Gary Neal (restricted, but the Spurs most likely would not match an offer), Elton Brand, Antawn Jamison, Samuel Dalembert, Devin Harris, Daniel Gibson, and Richard Hamilton.

Kyrie Irving likely out Friday but due to flu not knee

Kyrie Irving

A day after some eyebrows were raised about the condition of Kyrie Irving’s knee, he likely is going to sit out Friday night against the Grizzlies.

But he is out because of the flu, not the knee.

Cavaliers coach Byron Scott passed along the news at the team’s shootaround to Jason Lloyd of the Akron Beacon Journal.

Irving missed shootaround this morning with the same flu-like symptoms that previously plagued Tyler Zeller, Dion Waiters, Daniel Gibson and trainer Max Benton — along with a number of the players’ significant others….

As for the confusion surrounding Irving’s knee, Scott said he doesn’t think it’s an issue going forward despite Irving saying it’s still hurting.

“I don’t really think the knee is that big of an issue,” Scott said. “Max said he’s doing pretty good.”

Apparently what we’ve got here is failure to communicate.

Irving had said Wednesday his knee bothered him but he was just playing through the pain. When Scott was told about that, he became protective of his star player. And he should be, there is no reason to wear Irving down in meaningless games at the end of the season. But if this is just the normal recovery process following surgery — and Irving can’t make it worse by playing — then this is no big deal.

But Irving should get some rest this summer. Hopefully.