Posts Tagged ‘LeBron James’

Ohio State wants LeBron at football games

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — As a sophomore and junior high school athlete in Akron, Ohio, LeBron James was twice named to the all-state team — in football. As a wide receiver, James not only was able to be physical with his opponents, but as he grew to his current 6-foot-8, he had a size advantage as well. He gave up football as a senior to concentrate on basketball, which in retrospect was a wise decision. But James has always professed his love for the Dallas Cowboys in the NFL, and Ohio State in the college ranks.

And now that James is back home in Ohio, Ohio State coach Urban Meyer would love to have LeBron at a few Ohio State games. According to NFL.com…

Meyer was asked Tuesday at Big Ten Media Days if, as a native of northeast Ohio, James’ letter detailing his reasons to return home resonated with him. “Absolutely,” Meyer said.

Meyer also said he hoped James would attend as many Buckeyes games as possible this fall and joked that he would leave a sideline pass for James for every home game. Meyer also said having James around the program would be good for recruiting.

Rihanna following Embiid on Twitter

By Jeff Case

Injured Philadelphia 76ers rookie center Joel Embiid has been busy on Twitter since the Draft, trying to first get LeBron James to sign with Philly, then trying to get the attention of Kim Kardashian and, lately, has been trying to get Rihanna‘s attention, too.

Well, at least his efforts with his latest Twitter target appears to have paid off as the pop star is apparently doing what LeBron and Kim K. wouldn’t do: follow him back on Twitter.

 

Newspaper hiring a LeBron James beat reporter

By Joe Boozell

People who say LeBron James does wonders for the Cleveland economy aren’t kidding. That even applies to the newspaper business now as the Northeast Ohio Media Group (which represents the Cleveland Plain Dealer) is searching for a reporter that will exclusively cover King James. Love writing? Love LeBron? Apply today!

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The job description in its entirety can be seen on the Northeast Ohio Media Group’s website, but here is a quick snippet:

Bring your sports, news and investigative reporting experience to one of the most challenging reporting jobs in the country, covering the sports performance, business dealings and community leadership of basketball star LeBron James. You’ll cover all aspects of his roles in Northeast Ohio and nationally as he returns to the Cleveland Cavaliers, writing, creating videos, and posting across multiple platforms including all relevant types of social media. You’ll also participate in broadcasts where you discuss James, working closely with reporters assigned to cover the Cavaliers and the NBA.

What if Morgan Freeman read LeBron’s “coming home” story?

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — When LeBron James announced he was returning to the Cleveland Cavaliers, he did so by writing a first-person story in Sports Illustrated explaining his decision. I read it and imagined it in LeBron James’ voice.

But what if it was read by one of the great voices of our time, Morgan Freeman? Comedian/impersonator Frank Caliendo was on ESPN’s “Mike and Mike” this morning, and he showed off his pitch-perfect Morgan Freeman impression by reading LeBron’s letter in Freeman’s voice…


VIDEO: LeBron Morgan Freeman

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LeBron gives sweet apology to his Ohio neighbors

By Jeff Case

In the days before LeBron James eventually made his decision to return to the Cleveland Cavaliers, many, many, MANY, cars and on-lookers lined the street in Bath Township, Ohio. That’s where James has a residence off Idlebrook Drive in a high-end community and all of that foot traffic — from fans others awaiting some kind of sign at James’ home about his free-agent choice — no doubt bothered at least some of James’ neighbors.

Like any good neighbor, though, James did what he could to right that wrong by having an upscale bakery in Ohio deliver cupcakes to the other homeowners. The Akron Beacon Journal has more:

Employees from Baker Blvd. Decadent Desserts in Fairlawn dropped off cupcakes Tuesday night to James’ Bath Township neighbors. Included with the dozen cupcakes was an apology note from James for the “chaos” that surrounded his return to the Cleveland Cavaliers.

When James announced his decision to return to the Cavs earlier this month, fans and the media crowded his Idlebrook Drive home.

“We know things have been hectic in the neighborhood these past few weeks and we are sorry for the chaos,” the note reads. “We are so thankful to live in this wonderful community and we are so blessed to have understanding neighbors like you.

“As a gesture of our gratitude and appreciation, our family wants to give you something that is meaningful to us, our foundation’s cupcakes. We hope you enjoy the treat!”

The note was addressed from James, his wife and two children.

James’ neighbors received six “Just a Kid from Akron Cherry Cola” cupcakes and six “Homecourt Chocolate Chunk” cupcakes. Both cupcakes were designed for James.

And here’s a tweet from David Galehouse, who home is just miles from James’ home, writes ESPN.com’s Darren Rovell.

LeBron James in cheering dad mode

By Jeff Case

The first few weeks of the free-agent period this summer were all about LeBron James and where he’d decide to go for the next few seasons. Now that we all know he’s Cleveland-bound (again), things have quieted down — somewhat — in terms of James and the news about him. Sure, we had his tweet on Friday soliciting fans to help him pick his jersey number as a Cav, but mostly, LeBron has been soaking up his offseason with his family.

As such, we’ve got some great video of James taking in his son, LeBron James, Jr., at a basketball tournament in Lexington, Ky.

The Lexington Herald Ledger has a 25-image photo gallery of James at the event (and hanging out with Kentucky basketball coach John Calipari), too.

LeBron James needs your help

By Joe Boozell


VIDEO: LeBron on choosing No. 6 in 2009

23? 6? Pull a Michael Jordan and bust out the 45 jersey?

LeBron James needs your help, NBA fans. Despite deciding to change his jersey number to 6 before even signing with the Miami Heat, The King is thinking about bringing back his Cleveland “23”. James took to Instagram to see what his fans think he should do.

Regardless of his choice, LeBron appears to have a bright future in Photoshop design ahead of him once his hoops career ends.

 

 

Ted Mosby reacts to LeBron’s return to Cleveland

By Joe Boozell

“How I Met Your Mother”, the hit sitcom that recently wrapped up its ninth and final season on CBS, stars Josh Radnor as Ted Mosby. The show takes place in New York City, but Radnor’s character calls Columbus, Ohio home.

Throughout the series, Mosby makes it known how salty he is about King James‘ departure. For example:

 

The show may be finished, but Mosby lives on. Radnor reacts to LeBron coming home first, but he inevitably lets overzealous Ted do the rest:

 

“Coming Home,” the LeBron Remix

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The song “Coming Home” was released late in 2010, and was the biggest hit from Diddy and his group Dirty Money. What’s probably most memorable about the song is the chorus, which is performed by singer Skylar Grey, and has been used over and over in every kind of tribute video, and is particularly applicable in any kind of situation where, well, someone is returning to their home.

So, yes, it makes sense to use this song in reference to LeBron James announcing he’s returning to the Cleveland Cavaliers. So much so that Skylar Grey released this video of her performing the song with new lyrics specifically for LeBron’s return…


VIDEO: LeBron Coming Home

Some Heat fans not taking LeBron’s departure well (Update)

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — When LeBron James left the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2010 to sign with with Miami Heat, there were many Cavaliers fans who were upset with The Decision, enough so that they burned James jerseys and rallied against him in the streets. Four years later, upon his return home, James appears to be forgiven.

Not so fast in Miami, however. Yes, some fans understand why James would leave and return home, such as Heat owner Micky Arison, who took to Twitter to write…

But, according to WPLG Local 10 News in Miami, some Heat fans aren’t taking as well…

UPDATE: It appears at least one Heat fan is trying to right the wrongs of the other, angrier fan…