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In discussing LeBron James’ impact on a game, one current Cavs player put it this way: “He can decide who he wants to get going and who he wants to have a big game. You saw it a couple weeks ago with Kevin (Love) and the other night with Andy (Varejao).” In the game against the Heat in Rio, James had the assist on each of Love’s first three baskets and five of his nine. Most of his looks were wide open, and after the game Cavs coach David Blatt commended Love for how quickly he fit into the Cavs. That happened, of course, because James took it upon himself to get Love going. Akron Beacon Journal Blog
When James, and Kevin Love, are on the floor, the lane is wide open for Cavs centers to operate. That should mean big, big nights for guys like Varejao and Tristan Thompson this season. “Right now it feels like there’s a lot more space,” Varejao said. “Other teams are trying to figure out how to play against us. They have to guard LeBron, Kyrie, Kevin and Dion. I believe it will be more space for me, but all I’m doing is trying to be ready and score the ball whenever I get a chance.” Akron Beacon Journal Blog
The Cavs have been inundated with media requests for next Thursday’s opener. One team executive estimated tonight that the requests have surpassed the Dec. 2, 2010 game that was LeBron’s original return game to Cleveland as a member of the Heat. Now the Cavs are scrambling to find places to house all the media, since they can’t use their normal postseason media seating. That requires eliminating seats, and fans have already purchased tickets for those seats for Thursday night. Regardless, it should be a special night for the city and Cavs fans. I’ll see you then. Akron Beacon Journal Blog
Now, Pierce and Kidd are gone and hardly anyone views the Nets as a championship caliber team. “I definitely didn’t see all that coming,” Pierce, now with the Wizards, said this morning. “I think it all started probably with Jason leaving, it’s kind of like a domino from there. … I was a little disappointed, because I thought I was going to come back there and Jason was one of the main reasons I came to Brooklyn, him and Kevin.” Bergen Record
“It just happened so fast,” Pierce said of Kidd’s departure. “I had a chance to talk to him and he has his reasons, the way things went down. … But like I said, the business — you’ve got to understand the business aspect of it. He moved on. The Nets moved on and people went their different directions. You see that a lot in this business.” Bergen Record
“I understand it’s a business,” Pierce said. “I was a little surprised, but you’ve got to be ready for the business side of it and understand that part. So it didn’t shock me. No hard feelings, I understand their situation, they understand mine, and both parties moved on.” Bergen Record
Andrea Bargnani said he’s not sure when he will return from a right hamstring strain and admitted he’s frustrated by the injury.
When two reporters from Italy interviewed him after he spoke to the New York media for the first time since being shut down Oct. 9, he said in Italian he underwent an MRI exam on Tuesday, but didn’t say what it revealed. NY Post
That Bargnani had an MRI exam reveals the Knicks are surprised his injury hasn’t healed yet. When he missed the Oct. 11 game at the Mohegan Sun, Knicks coach Derek Fisher indicated he could’ve played if it were the regular season. NY Post
Bargnani hasn’t played since the preseason opener. A day later in practice, he tweaked the hamstring and missed his fifth straight preseason game Wednesday. NY Post
Kevin Love: Though he has still found ways to be productive for the Cavaliers, after the 96-92 loss preseason finale loss to the Memphis Grizzlies, he told Northeast Ohio Media Group that he needs more looks inside to get his game back. "My entire life I've played the game from inside-out," Love explained to NEOMG. "So the more touches I can get inside to get myself going, the better. I'm not accustomed to starting out a game shooting a three, so it's just something that I see. "I'm 26-years-old and I've been playing basketball for quite a long time. Just finding ways to mix it up. If anything, keeping it around the basket a little bit more and the offense will allow me to get offensive rebounds. That will be tough for teams with Andy [Varejao] and myself and Tristan [Thompson] in there." Cleveland Plain Dealer
"Yeah, the offense is built that way but I just have to make a conscious decision to get myself in there," Love said. "There are a lot of times where I just find myself fading to the three-point line. For me, it's a mentality and that's easy to fix. "We've been putting in stuff like different pin-downs, cut-across and cross-screens to get me open in there. You'll see a lot more of that during the season. That's always how I played and I know that coach wants me to play that way, as well." Cleveland Plain Dealer
Former Warriors coach Mark Jackson at a time when the team is negotiating a contract extension for Klay Thompson said he expects the guard will ultimately receive a maximum-salary contract. “He’s a guy that will make a boatload of money and in my opinion the best two-way shooting guard in the world, and it’s not even close,” the ESPN analyst said Wednesday in a conference call with reporters. “He’s got to get (the max contract).” Bay Area News Group Blog
[Mark] Jackson said he was “crazy enough” to believe that Curry saw his ankle problems healed because God blessed the point guard who was “bold enough” to come to the altar at his church. “I was able to witness, share, testify and when necessary use words,” Jackson said. “It’s not like I was hitting them over the head with the Bible.” Bay Area News Group Blog
Chris Douglas-Roberts wants his fashion to make a statement about his role on the Clippers. He says the shorts will give him the freedom to be an elite perimeter defender. "They want me to check the best guy and you have to have stamina, you have to be able to move," Douglas-Roberts said. "I'm not saying you can't move with bigger shorts, but I feel more comfortable in these." LA Times
Former Clippers owner Donald Sterling has withdrawn his lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court that accused his wife, Shelly, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver and the league of fraud in the sale of the team. The move last week came as Sterling's federal antitrust lawsuit against the NBA continues. "We believe that we can more efficiently address all the issues in our pending federal action," Bobby Samini, one of Sterling's attorneys, wrote in an email Monday. LA Times
A scheduling hearing in Sterling's federal lawsuit and the NBA's counterclaim against him is set for Nov. 6 in U.S District Court in Los Angeles. LA Times
It was after 4 a.m. when Dante Cunningham pulled his truck back into the driveway of his suburban Minneapolis home and saw the police waiting for him. Officers put the handcuffs on the Minnesota Timberwolves' reserve as soon as his feet hit the pavement. The reality of his situation and the domestic assault charges that were on their way didn't really sink in until he was lying in a jail cell and the lights went out. "The whole time I was like, 'I'm OK. I'm out of here. Things will be fine,'" Cunningham recalled. "Then it went dark and I was like, 'This is not a joke. I'm really in this.'" AP
Cunningham feels like those handcuffs have never been taken off. He is now an ex-Timberwolves forward, an NBA free agent who is living in a motorhome at a campground near the campus of Penn State, where a former college teammate is on the coaching staff and runs him through workouts. He is staying in the motorhome for reasons of convenience and not monetary. But the journeyman player who was hoping to get a new multi-million dollar contract this summer says he hasn't even gotten an offer for the league minimum because teams have told them it's too risky to bring him in. AP
Blake Griffin has been accused of bitch-slapping a 39-year-old man inside a nightclub in Vegas this weekend ... TMZ Sports has learned. Here's what we know ... a man named Daniel says he was partying at Tao nightclub in the Venetian in the early hours of October 19th when he tried to take a cell phone pic of the crowd. TMZ
Los Angeles Clippers coach Doc Rivers says he trusts player Blake Griffin, and a police investigation of a man's complaint that Griffin attacked him during an argument over a photo at a Las Vegas Strip nightclub shouldn't distract the team. AP
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