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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.

LeBron James denies screening Cavaliers teammate to help Heat (because, duh)

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LeBron James, in the Cavaliers-Heat preseason game, appeared to set a screen on teammate Matthew Dellavedova for former teammate Norris Cole.

Of course, LeBron wasn’t actually screening Dellavedova for Cole. Defenders sometimes run into each other, especially while defending pick-and-rolls.

It was fun to laugh about LeBron appearing to set a pick on a teammate, but nobody actually believes that was LeBron’s intent in that moment, right?

Apparently some did.

LeBron, via Dave McMenamin of ESPN:

“For non-basketball people,” James began with a smirk when asked about the apparent blooper before the Cavs played the Indiana Pacers in Cincinnati on Wednesday, “our coverage is for me to show and for Delly [Dellavedova] to go under me and we just didn’t get the call right at the time. Delly was supposed to slide under me and we kind of ran into each other.

“So, for non-basketball people, they like to critique everything that I do. It’s stupid.”

All I know, Michael Jordan never would have set a pick on a teammate.

Report: Chris Webber face of group trying to buy Hawks

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Bruce Levenson is selling the Hawks after a racist he email he sent a couple years ago came to light.

But who will buy the team?

Atlanta’s mayor said he’s spoken to six potential buyers, including former Hawk Dominique Wilkins.

Wilkins isn’t the only retired All-Star with interest.

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports:

Chris Webber is part of a potential ownership group that has submitted a letter of interest to the NBA about its desire to purchase the Atlanta Hawks, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

Webber would have a modest financial investment in the partnership, but is expected to emerge as a face of the bid with an ultimate goal of becoming a prominent figure on the basketball side for the Hawks, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

Webber, 41, has had a home in Atlanta for the past decade and has been working to connect with community officials and organizations to make a case for reselling the organization to an increasingly dubious public.

Webber, who made an estimated $178,230,697 during his 15-year career, does not have the type of money necessary to buy an NBA team on his own. But it makes sense to add him to a group trying the purchase the team, a group that includes wealthier members.

Most importantly, Webber is bright and would contribute good ideas.

He also makes sense as the face of the group, even though he’d be purchasing only a minority stake in the team.

Not only is Webber a former star player who remains in the spotlight due to his broadcasting work, he’s an African-American who lives in Atlanta. That is the demographic the Hawks are trying to reach after Levenson’s email and general manager Danny Ferry’s racist comment about Luol Deng.

The Hawks must make amends, and maybe Webber can help them do that. His face in front is good PR.

But in the end, money will almost certainly win out. If Webber’s group* bids the most, it’ll get the team. If not, it won’t.

*I don’t like calling it Webber’s group, because the largest financial contributor/potential controlling governor belongs before the word “group.” However, no other members are yet known. Darn, that’s some good PR work, forcing me to identify it as Webber’s group.