LeBron International (Cleveland’s Eurotrip)

I rounded the southern tip of Ortigia, the island city center of Siracusa, Sicily. Drinking in the sinking Ionian sun, I glanced to my left at a small sicilian boy rocking a Miami Heat hat. For a split second, my vacation euphoria was replaced by the dull ache of disgust. Then a beautiful thing happened. Almost immediately, the feeling gave way to an open-mouthed giggle that brought the boy’s eyes…

2014-08-04
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There and Back Again

–I’ve noticed little things. He seemed more comfortable in his own skin. More resolute about his game. He respected his foes and disposed of them without fanfare. When he lost to the Spurs I was taken aback at how calm he was. He seemed genuinely happy for Tim Duncan. He made no excuses – the Spurs were superior. He praised their approach, which, really, would be his approach, if that…

2014-07-11
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LeBron James is a Cavalier Again.

LeBron James is returning to the Cleveland Cavaliers. It’s official. LeBron gave an exclusive to Lee Jenkins of Sports Illustrated, in which LeBron said, Before anyone ever cared where I would play basketball, I was a kid from Northeast Ohio. It’s where I walked. It’s where I ran. It’s where I cried. It’s where I bled. It holds a special place in my heart. People there have seen me grow up….

2014-07-11
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What is the value of spite? A short musing on LeBron James, Cleveland, and this Girl I Used To Love Irrationally, by Ryan Braun:

In “honor” of LeBron’s coming to town this week: Now here we have an interesting dilemma, and I’d urge you to think it through before arriving at any, let’s say, decisions… You know what? Let’s not even start with LeBron. Let’s start with a conveniently analogous anecdote. **** When I was 22 (a year older than CTB’s own C.S. McGowan), the first girl I’d ever dated broke up with me….

2012-02-13
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Interview With Scott Raab about “The Whore of Akron”

The following is an interview with Scott Raab, whose book, “The Whore of Akron: One Man’s Search for the Soul of LeBron James” comes out today. I reviewed the book on this site. The link to buy the book is here. 1) I’ll start you out with an easy one — you’re well-known as a fantastic profile writer. How does it feel to be on the other side of interviews…

2011-11-14
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Review: “The Whore of Akron: One Man’s Search for the Soul of LeBron James” by Scott Raab

Full Disclosure: Scott Raab and I have had a mutual admiration and respect for one another’s work for some time now, and my name does appear in the “acknowledgments” section at the back of the book I am about to review, which I consider a very substantial honor. Additional Disclosure: As pretty much all of you know by now, I do not have any feelings of visceral hatred towards LeBron…

2011-11-02
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On the NBA Finals

The NBA Finals are over. For the eighth consecutive season, the playoffs have ended without LeBron James winning a ring. For the first time, LeBron not winning a ring was a cause for celebration in Cleveland. My feelings, as they would have been if the Heat had won a championship, are mixed. I’m happy for Dirk Nowitzki, who has always been one of the NBA’s true class acts, is a once-in-a-generation…

2011-06-14
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Scott Raab on the Baron Davis trade

When the Baron Davis trade was first announced, I had some opinions about what the trade meant re: hypocrisy that I felt would be received as fairly extreme. This blog’s mission statement is simple: it is a blog about why the Cleveland Cavaliers win or lose basketball games, not a site devoted to praising them. That being said, I do recognize how passionate Cleveland sports fans are, and one of…

2011-02-24
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Cavs name David Griffin Vice President of Basketball Operations

Via ESPN.com news services: The Cleveland Cavaliers took another big step in their post-LeBron James era makeover by adding David Griffin as vice president of basketball operations. Griffin has accepted the job, sources on Monday told ESPN The Magazine’s Ric Bucher, several weeks after turning down the Denver Nuggets’ offer to be their general manager. A league source told Bucher at the time that Griffin declined the Nuggets’ offer in…

2010-09-13
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How it all went wrong: Luke Jackson

Welcome to “how it all went wrong,” a breezy romp through the ways the Cavaliers managed not to build a solid “core” around LeBron James during his time in Cleveland. This is an idea I came up with during the free agency process, but never really got around to it. Since I did, LeBron signed with Miami, who built their team this off-season in an audacious, unprecedented, and possibly pre-planned…

2010-08-24
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The LeBron James GQ Profile

Is  here, in all its glory. Let me know what you think of it. Also, help me out with this question: is LeBron news still worth blogging about here? I don’t want to make “Cleveland hates LeBron” a through-line of this blog, but the LeBron situation and its fallout has, admittedly, been more interesting than the stuff the Cavs have been doing this off-season. I don’t mean to overshadow the…

2010-08-18
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Zydrunas Ilgauskas wrote a letter

Zydrunas Ilgauskas wrote a letter to Cleveland fans, which was published in the Cleveland Plain-Dealer on Sunday. (Here’s a link to the letter for those of  you who haven’t seen it.) It’s exactly the kind of thing Z would do. It’s classy, it’s understated, it’s honest, it’s from the heart, and it was written directly for Cleveland fans. Again, exactly what you’d expect from Big Z. If there was any…

2010-08-01
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