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  1. LeBron's Q-Rating, image didn't really take a hit among blacks

    Sep 21, 2010, 2:29 PM EST

    You know how America hates LeBron James now after “The Decision?” That’s not exactly true. We should say white America hates LeBron, because the numbers say black Americans do not. In a fascinating post at ESPN, Vincent Thomas has the numbers: According to The Q Scores Co., for non-blacks, LeBron’s positive Q rating went from…

  2. One team Carmelo Anthony won't be traded to: The Knicks

    Sep 21, 2010, 11:10 AM EST

    The fast moving efforts to trade Carmelo Anthony — which now looks like it could happen even before training camps open — means the Knicks need to move on to Plan C. Or maybe it’s Plan Y at this point. They have had a lot of dashed plans. Once the Knicks lost out on the…

  3. Cavaliers Mo Williams almost walked away after LeBron's decision

    Sep 20, 2010, 10:26 PM EST

    How depressed was Mo Williams after LeBron James decided he was taking his talents to South Beach? After watching his coach and GM leave and realize the Cavaliers were starting over. How about walking away from $26 million depressed. In a refreshingly honest interview by Marc Spears of Yahoo, Mo Williams said he almost walked…

  4. NBA Season Preview: The Cleveland Cavaliers

    Sep 20, 2010, 1:01 PM EST

    Last season: 61-21, best record in the NBA, but an early exit in the second round of the playoffs after they ran into a deeper and more defensive-minded Boston team. Unless you’re from Cleveland, in which case LeBron quit. Obviously. Head Coach: Byron Scott takes over the helm of a rebuilding project, looking to bring…

  5. Regrets? Dan Gilbert has a few, but too few to mention

    Sep 20, 2010, 9:17 AM EST

    When LeBron James announced his decision, Dan Gilbert lashed out. It was an emotional response, a public letter that called James decision a “cowardly betrayal” and insulted James. It earned Gilbert a $100,000 fine and a rebuke from David Stern. Gilbert now says he has moved on. So the Detroit Free Press asked him if…

  6. Spoelstra says some Heat starting positions still open. Small forward is not one of them.

    Sep 17, 2010, 4:18 PM EST

    Don’t assume Erik Spoelstra knows how all this is going to fit together. He’s spent all summer thinking about what the Miami Heat will look like next season — and as head coach he has some say in the matter — but he told Ira Winderman of the Sun Sentinel he wants to let the…

  7. Does Wade or LeBron start driving the lane less?

    Sep 17, 2010, 2:57 PM EST

    Dwyane Wade and LeBron James may be the two best players at getting to the rim in the NBA. It’s a scary prospect to think of that on the same team — but would the fact they like to do the same thing force one to alter his game some? Does one become a guy…

  8. Why Dirk stayed in Dallas: The owner gets it

    Sep 17, 2010, 12:11 PM EST

    LeBron James had questions about Cleveland, its ownership and the grand plan. He didn’t have those questions (or far fewer ones) about Miami. Dirk Nowitzki was a free agent this summer too, although nobody expected him to move. He told Mavs Moneyball it was owner Mark Cuban’s commitment to winning that made sure he did…

  9. The Nets new plan: 2012

    Sep 17, 2010, 9:33 AM EST

    I don’t care about the billionaire owner and the new building and Brooklyn — if you are coming off a 12-win season, free agents will not be flocking to you. It was no surprise the Nets struck out on LeBron James and the other top-of-the-class free agents. So the Nets set out on a short-term…

  10. Maybe rings, Miami winning out over money for Dampier

    Sep 16, 2010, 11:57 AM EST

    Does Erick Dampier want the rings or the money more? Rings, according to Ken Berger of CBSSports.com. His sources told him that the Miami Heat are the frontrunners for Damps’ services. There may be questions about how much Dampier can give at his age, but he is a more complete player than Joel Anthony, Zydrunas…

  11. Introducing the LeBron James Hate Index

    Sep 16, 2010, 10:15 AM EST

    When LeBron James was revealed as the sixth most reviled athlete in sports this week, it was a startling reminder of just how far he’s fallen. When an athlete makes a decision (as opposed to “The Decision”), the backlash is usually introduced as isolated pockets. How Boston feels about Roger Clemens, for example. Or how…

  12. Heat taking their training camp to Florida panhandle Air Force base

    Sep 16, 2010, 8:30 AM EST

    We warned you a couple days ago the Heat were thinking about moving their training camp out of the bright spotlight of Miami in hopes that some of the spotlight would not follow them (good luck with that). Their choice? Hurlburt Field and Eglin Air Force Base in Fort Walton Beach, according to our man…

  13. Heat coach already plays the "people will be out to break us apart" card

    Sep 15, 2010, 5:26 PM EST

    Every team seems to find a way to play the “us against the world” card. Win a title and somehow the next year nobody respects you, nobody thinks you can do it again and that is the motivation. So it will be with the Miami Heat — they come into a season one of the…

  14. Cuban calls LeBron's The Decision "the largest public humiliation in the history of sports"

    Sep 15, 2010, 3:59 PM EST

    Mark Cuban joined the “it’s not what he did it’s how he did it” chorus against LeBron James in his typically Cuban, bombastic way. He went on the Dunham and Miller Show on SportsRadio 1310 The Ticket in Dallas Wednesday morning, and the Dallas Morning News has the transcript. “LeBron has every right to go…

  15. Who is on Team USA in 2012 in London? Well, probably that Durant guy…

    Sep 14, 2010, 6:03 PM EST

    Predicting who will be the top players in the NBA two years from now is risky business — injuries, development of rookies and a host of other things make the future foggy. As such, predicting the USA Basketball team for the 2012 Olympics in London — watch them right here on NBC! (starting the plugs…

  16. Pro Basketball Crosstalk: Are the Heat good for basketball?

    Sep 14, 2010, 12:32 PM EST

    Another day, another edition of Crosstalk. Today’s topic: The Miami Heat. Resolved: The Miami Heat (as we now know them) are good for basketball. Rob Mahoney: It is better to be feared than respected. That’s the truism that LeBron James is betting on, as he single-handedly sabotaged his own image while creating one of the most…

  17. LeBron now sixth most hated sports figure according to Q Score

    Sep 14, 2010, 11:08 AM EST

    It didn’t take a rocket scientist to know that LeBron James’s popularity had taken a hit in the wake of his move this summer and “The Decision.” The ability to read and log on to message boards could have told you that. Now we have some numbers to back it up. CNBC’s sports business reporter…

  18. LeBron James skips OSU/Miami after he can't get a police escort

    Sep 13, 2010, 4:36 PM EST

    Oh, LeBron. We know you’re not just a big walking ego. We get why you went to Miami and that you took less money to do it. We think the trio of you in Miami is going to work out. We’re not on board with the “hate all things LeBron” trend that seems to have…

  19. Dwyane Wade has gotten some grief, but he's happy it's nothing like LeBron

    Sep 13, 2010, 3:39 PM EST

    Ah, we are happily part of this Internet media age, when we can pass along a story on Dwyane Wade responding to comments Pat Riley made to chastise comments on Stan Van Gundy and Charles Barkley…. Wade talked with friend/contributor/bon vivant of this blog Ira Winderman, in his role as the Heat and NBA writer…

  20. LeBron James says he tried to repay Cleveland on the court, is ready for change

    Sep 13, 2010, 12:49 PM EST

    Does LeBron James owe Cleveland anything? LeBron has been at the center of the NBA universe this summer, but has said very little personally to the media (we’re not really counting The Decision as hard-hitting questions). There are a lot of questions to be asked, and Lang Whitaker of SLAM covered many of them a…

  21. Kevin Durant, flawed and perfect

    Sep 13, 2010, 9:30 AM EST

    Kevin Durant has yet to disappoint. He had a fantastic rookie year, has grown in each of his three seasons in the NBA, and emerged as one of the top players in the game. KD’s also riding a hell of a PR typhoon after the tectonic shift known as The Decision changed, well, everything. LeBron…

  22. Pat Riley fires back at Charles Barkley, Stan Van Gundy and all you Heat haters

    Sep 10, 2010, 2:43 PM EST

    Pat Riley is done biting his tongue. He’s spent the last two months listening to people criticize his players and their wanting to play on one team and he’s had it. Not as much with the media and bloggers — although I have yet to receive a bouquet of roses — but with the people…

  23. LeBron James at point guard? Dwyane Wade? Miami is thinking about it.

    Sep 10, 2010, 2:22 PM EST

    Mario Chalmers may be the official Miami Heat starting point guard come Oct. 26, but as we’ve said before his role will not be the same as Rajon Rondo’s or Deron Williams or most other point guards. That’s because both LeBron James and Dwyane Wade like to create with the ball in their hands. They…

  24. Jim Tressel, Terrelle Pryor urge OSU fans not to boo LeBron James

    Sep 9, 2010, 6:01 PM EST

    Nobody is quite sure what will happen when Miami Heat forward LeBron James returns to Cleveland when the Cavaliers play the Heat. With Dan Gilbert’s letter, the anger about LeBron’s “Decision,” and all those burned jerseys, it certainly seems like things could get dicey when James returns to the Quicken Loans Arena.  A preview of…

  25. Winderman: Team USA's core may be playing themselves out of jobs

    Sep 9, 2010, 2:23 PM EST

    File this one under “conundrum” when it comes to USA Basketball and those at the back end of the Mike Krzyzewski’s roster at the World Championships. Should the United States win its final two games this weekend, it punches a ticket to the 2012 Olympics, with only the gold-medalists earning an automatic bid. That would…

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