VIDEO: Lebron James gives new commentary on Ferguson, NBA and race


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Here’s an excerpt of LeBron James ‘ first sit down since re-joining the Cleveland Cavaliers. The full interview airs tonight on CNN’s Unguarded with Rachel Nichols (9PM CST). This exclusive interview is the first time King James has really spoken in depth on issues that transcend sport.

In this clip, James discusses Ferguson, MO as well as Danny Ferry, Luol Deng and the bigotry conveyed by the Atlanta Hawks leadership:

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Lebron James first game back in Cleveland has interesting subplot


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When the Cleveland Cavaliers take on Maccabi Tel Aviv in their first preseason game on Sunday October 5th, it will be Lebron James’ first game back with his hometown team. This will be the lead story in the A Block.

As it should. But there’s another compelling B story going on in this one.

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PHOTO: Louis van Gaal billboard parodies Man City, Lebron James


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Louis van Gaal was greeted in Manchester with a very large arrangement of thousands of Dutch tulips. That was his welcoming when he made his introductory Manchester United press conference and first practice as boss at Old Trafford. You can see it above. Now, for his first home preseason match, LVG had another bold greeting, also arranged by a sports book.

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Thankfully Football Saves Us From Football


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Everything gets pushed aside for the start of NFL training camps.

Is Kevin Love getting traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers?

Not nearly as important as a cocky, highly questionable rookie quarterback for the lowly Cleveland Browns. The size of the most recent Jose Abreu home run? Psshh.

Was it bigger than Jay Cutler’s new shaggin’ wagon?

Much like the way the commencement of baseball Spring Training fills us with a sort of revitalizing vigor every year, this version of the start of the NFL season (not to be confused with the draft or minicamp or the Hall of Fame Game or your team’s first preseason game or the third preseason game that’s like almost real football or the Thursday game of Week 1 or Sunday of Week 1 the next week) stirs up those savage desires to watch controlled violence.

Football makes everything better.

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The 2014 BSPYs


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Awards shows are self-congratulatory industry bacchanalia that we play voyeur to because we love watching rich and famous people be rich and famous and pretend to be humble.

Slap on a death montage and a lifetime achievement award of some sort to keep it from being a full blown orgy of how awesome everyone must think this specific entertainment medium being celebrated is.

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Cavaliers looking to trade Andrew Wiggins for Kevin Love


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The Cleveland Cavaliers have changed their previous stance and are now willing to trade Andrew Wiggins, the #1 pick in this June’s NBA Draft for disgruntled and unsettled Minnesota Timberwolves Forward Kevin Love.

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L.A. Lakers legend Kareem Abdul Jabbar slams Lebron James


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Here’s some Laker news that doesn’t involve free agency or trades. It’s not future Laker news, but news surrounding Lakers legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Apparently, he’s rather skeptical about Lebron James and the way he returned home to the Cleveland Cavaliers, after leaving the Miami Heat.

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More on ESPN’s Josina Anderson, journo at Cleveland Ground Zero


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Josina Anderson is an ESPN reporter who will be live from Jets at Dolphins during Sunday NFL Countdown today. Josina Anderson joined ESPN as a Chicago-based bureau reporter in August 2011. So she’s national, but she has a local connection here to Chicago too. Josina Anderson primarily appears on Sunday NFL Countdown, NFL Live and other NFL shows, as well as ESPN’s flagship news and information program SportsCenter.

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NBA Free Agency Recap (7/2/14): Irving, Gortat re-sign


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The calendar flipped to July and the NBA free agency period began.  All eyes are on the prized possessions like LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony, and seeing what happens with the Big 3 in Miami.  Teams cannot officially sign players until July 10th but contracts can be negotiated and agreed upon until then.  Here’s a recap of day one of the NBA free agency period with the headline deal being Kyrie Irving signing a max contract with the Cavs. [Read more...]

2015 NBA Mock Draft (6/30/14)


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Now that the 2014 NBA Draft is in the books, draft nets like myself can look ahead to next year’s class.  Here is The Sports Bank’s extremely premature 2015 NBA Mock Draft where team needs and outstanding trades have NOT been taken into account.  Click on the player’s name for an in-depth draft profile.  By the way, The Sports Bank had the most accurate NBA Mock Draft in both 2011 and 2012 along with the second most accurate mock in 2013.

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2014 NBA Draft Grades: Eastern Conference


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The 2014 NBA Draft is over so let’s hand out some grades.  As always, there are initial winners and losers but the true reveal will come years down the road when we see what type of players these guys develop into.  Here are my 2014 NBA Draft grades from the Eastern Conference teams who owned the first four picks of the draft.  Click here for my pick-by-pick NBA Draft grades. [Read more...]

2014 NBA Mock Draft- First Round FINAL


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HAPPY NBA DRAFT DAY!

Here is The Sports Bank’s 2014 NBA Mock Draft where team needs and outstanding trades have been taken into account.  The draft order is based on the final standings since the NBA Draft Lottery doesn’t take place until May 20th.  Click on the player’s name for an in-depth draft profile.  By the way, The Sports Bank had the most accurate NBA Mock Draft in both 2011 and 2012 along with the second most accurate mock in 2013.

So without further ado, here is our FINAL 2014 NBA mock draft.  UPDATED: 6:00 PM CST

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