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LeBron Back to Cleveland: 'I'm Coming Home'

NBA star returning to his original team

(Newser) - LeBron James is heading back to the Cleveland Cavaliers, where he first became a superstar. As the local Plain Dealer puts it, "King James has reclaimed his throne." And as James himself puts it, "I'm coming home." In an essay at Sports Illustrated , James explains... More »

LeBron James Opts Out, Will Be Free Agent

Star exercises early termination clause with Heat

(Newser) - America, are you ready for The Decision II? Well, too bad, because LeBron James is apparently taking his talents away from South Beach. The player generally regarded as the NBA's best has decided to opt out of his contract with the Miami Heat, his agent tells ESPN . The move... More »

Busy Miami Restaurant's Deck Crashes Into Water

Dozens hurt in collapse during Heat game

(Newser) - Miami Heat fans got far more than they bargained for as they watched last night's game at the crowded Shuckers Waterfront Grill. The restaurant's deck—where 100 people were gathered—collapsed just before halftime, taking dozens with it, the Miami Herald reports. Police and firefighters hurried to the... More »

Look Out, LeBron: Howard to Lakers in Blockbuster NBA Trade

James' hopes of a repeat championship just got a lot harder

(Newser) - The NBA world is abuzz with ESPN reports of a huge four-team trade that sends Orlando star Dwight Howard to the Los Angeles Lakers. Denver and Philadelphia also got in on the deal, which involves at least 10 players and all kinds of draft picks. Kobe Bryant is said to... More »

LeBron Gets His Ring as Miami Heat Routs Thunder

LeBron James is king of Miami's 121-106 win over Oklahoma

(Newser) - LeBron James was king of the court last night as the forward finally made good on his promise to bring an NBA championship to Miami. The Heat suffocated the Oklahoma City Thunder 121-106 in Game 5. LeBron was the star, chalking up a triple-double in 44 minutes, with 26 points,... More »

Herald Runs Ad Praising NBA Champs: Miami Heat!

Unfortunately, the team lost the NBA finals to the Dallas Mavericks

(Newser) - At least Miami Heat fans have one positive newspaper clipping for the scrapbook. The morning after the Heat lost the NBA finals to the Dallas Mavericks, the Miami Herald mistakenly ran a nearly full-page Macy's ad congratulating the Heat on its "win" and offering championship T-shirts and hats.... More »

LeBron James: A King Deposed

Miami's loss shatters James' reputation

(Newser) - Sports columns everywhere are thick with schadenfreude today after LeBron James yet again vanished during the fourth quarter to hand Dallas the NBA title . Here’s what people are saying:
  • LeBron is still royalty, but he’s not a king—he’s “an emperor with no clothes,” writes
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LeBron to Former Fans: Your Lives Still Suck

Meanwhile Dan Gilbert rejoices over Mavericks win

(Newser) - LeBron James gave his detractors a whole new reason to hate him in his post-game press conference last night, essentially telling them that he’d rather have his life than theirs. “At the end of the day, all the people that was rooting on me to fail … they... More »

NBA Scores Through Social Media

With more than 117M followers, the league brings fans close to the action

(Newser) - While the NFL tortures its fans with a lockout , the NBA is increasingly bringing fans closer to the action with an aggressive and sophisticated social media campaign. In the midst of a marquee finals match-up between the Miami Heat and Dallas Mavericks, the league consistently beats traditional news services to... More »

Why I'm Rooting for LeBron

He and Miami Heat don't deserve their bad rap: Robert Weintraub

(Newser) - LeBron James and the Miami Heat aren't evil. They're just committed to winning, like any professional sports team, and it's OK to like them. Take it from Robert Weintraub, who defends the honor of the NBA's concocted villain in Slate . "Time for a confession,"... More »

Shaq Announces Retirement

Drops the news in online video

(Newser) - Shaquille O’Neal is ending his Hall of Fame NBA career—not that he’s told the Celtics. The Big Diesel/Shamrock announced his retirement in a brief video posted online today. “We did it. Nineteen years, baby,” he said. “I want to thank you very much, that’... More »

LeBron James Raises Value of Miami Heat 17%

Meanwhile, the value of the Cavaliers plunges

(Newser) - Forbes is out with its annual ranking of NBA teams, with this year's headline-grabbing stat coming courtesy of LeBron James. His blockbuster trade to the Miami Heat raised the value of the team by 17% to $425 million, good for seventh in the league. The value of his old... More »

Boos Can't Keep LeBron Down

Miami Heat crush Cleveland Cavaliers

(Newser) - Turns out it takes more than boos to win a basketball game. Because Cleveland Cavalier fans definitely delivered a flawless booing performance last night—raining down jeers like, “Akron hates you!” and “Scot-tie Pip-pen!”—and it wasn’t enough. LeBron James played spectacularly, racking up... More »

Cavs Hire Firm to Probe LeBron Signing

Cleveland 'not letting go' of suspicions against Heat

(Newser) - The Cleveland Cavaliers think the Miami Heat violated tampering rules in their pursuit of LeBron James, and they're spending hundreds of thousands of dollars to prove it. Cavs owner Dan Gilbert has hired a Midwestern law firm to investigate the courtship, sources tell Yahoo! Sports . He intends to build up... More »

Thanks, LeBron: Heat Fires Season Ticket Salespeople

With season tickets sold out, franchise cuts back

(Newser) - The Heat's season tickets sold out even before LeBron James officially announced he was leaving Cleveland for Miami, so the next step feels inevitable: The team has fired the 30 people hired to sell season tickets, the Miami Herald reports. "They let us go because there was really nothing... More »

Miami Heat Star Compares Losing Streaks to 9/11

Dwyane Wade backtracks, apologizes

(Newser) - Dwyane Wade of the Miami Heat is scrambling to apologize after he said a losing streak by the newly LeBron James-enhanced team would "be like the World Trade is coming down again." The original source no longer includes quite that wording, New York notes, and Fanhouse is blaming... More »

LeBron Made a Costly 'Decision'

Unpopular move could cost James lots of sponsorships

(Newser) - Maybe LeBron James really does only care about winning, because if he cares about his money or his image, he’s made a really big mistake. LeBron’s Q rating, which measures how many people know and favorably view a person, was a stratospheric 34 until the decision to leave... More »

LeBron Shows World Everything Wrong With Sports

Hour-long ego trip lays bare pointless pastime

(Newser) - As the news broke that LeBron James will join the Miami Heat , fans whose teams lost out were disappointed, "but mostly they were flabbergasted by the tone deafness of the whole enterprise," Will Leitch writes for New York . Worse, the hour-long display of cluelessness surrounding the announcement exposed... More »

Cavs Owner Blasts LeBron for 'Betrayal'

Promises Cleveland will win a title before he does

(Newser) - Dan Gilbert was not, it turns out, a fan of LeBron James’ big ESPN special. The Cleveland Cavaliers owner posted an open letter brimming with vitriol toward, in his words, “our former hero” on the team’s website last night. He called LeBron’s move a “cowardly betrayal”... More »

LeBron James Picks Miami

Sorry Cavs, Knicks, and Bulls

(Newser) - LeBron James is leaving Cleveland for the Miami Heat. Or as the Miami Herald puts it: "The King is coming." The Cleveland Plain Dealer takes a dimmer view: "Legone," as does the New York Daily News , which hoped for a new Knick: "Burned!" James... More »

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