Life is suddenly great for the Cavaliers

It didn’t take long for the new guys to ingratiate themselves to LeBron James. Of course, it would be hard to sink lower than the Cavaliers had prior to the flurry of activity prior to the trade deadline. But following Sunday’s stunning 121-99 rout of the Celtics in Boston,

The new-look Cavaliers make their stunning debut

Not long before the Celtics raised Paul Pierce’s No. 34 to the rafters Sunday, one of Pierce’s longtime rivals — LeBron James — was in the building for a matinee between Boston and Cleveland. Pierce and James had many memorable playoff battles, including Pierce going on to win the

Kristaps Porzingis still finds way to contribute to Team LeBron

INDIANAPOLIS — Kristaps Porzingis still wants to somehow be part of All-Star Weekend, even if he’s on crutches in New York next Sunday. As hokey as it might sound, Porzingis is sending boxes of his new “Zing Bars” special delivery to Los Angeles to distribute to his Team LeBron

Best place for LeBron to finish padding his resume is right here

There are a thousand reasons why this will never happen, of course. We could list them all here but: a) it’s depressing, and b) the list would probably run over into Mushnick’s page and he charges exorbitant rent. So we can focus on the one reason why it should

Lakers are ready for super-team push after Cavaliers trade

The Lakers may have weakened themselves for this year with a big move before the trade deadline Thursday. Dealing Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance Jr. doesn’t make them better, but that wasn’t the idea with the trade that netted Isaiah Thomas, Channing Frye and a 2018 first-round pick

LeBron James posts triple-double as depleted Cavaliers roll

ATLANTA — LeBron James had a triple-double and Kyle Korver scored a season-high 30 points, including four straight 3-pointers to close the third period, as the Cavaliers beat the Hawks 123-107 on Friday night for a successful start to their reboot. One day after unloading six players, including guards

Why NBA scout is a big fan of Cavaliers’ reconstruction

Beyond LeBron James, any resemblance between the Cavaliers as constituted at 3:01 p.m. Thursday, the NBA’s trade deadline day, and the team that struggled so terribly in recent weeks is purely coincidental. “They had to do something,” one scout said. “And they did a lot.” In a matter of hours,

LeBron James’ buzzer beater snaps Cavaliers’ national TV skid

CLEVELAND — LeBron James hit a jumper over Jimmy Butler at the buzzer in overtime, giving the Cavaliers a 140-138 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday night. Moments after James blocked Butler’s potential game-winning shot with 1.3 seconds left, he caught a long pass from Jeff Green, created

LeBron insists he’s staying put

ORLANDO, Fla. — After another embarrassing defeat and two days before the trade deadline, LeBron James let it be known he’s not going anywhere, at least for now. “I’m here for this season right now to try and figure out a way we can still compete,” James said after

Cavaliers hit another new rock bottom

ORLANDO, Fla. — Jonathon Simmons scored 22 of his career-high 34 points in the third quarter and the Magic overcame a 21-point deficit Tuesday night to beat the reeling Cavaliers, 116-98. The Cavaliers scored 43 points in the first quarter, but then went almost 6 1/2 minutes without scoring

LeBron James knows Cavaliers don’t belong on TV anymore

CLEVELAND — Ashamed to show his face any longer, LeBron James stared at the floor as he headed toward the locker room before the final horn sounded. An inglorious exit. The Cavaliers have become an embarrassment. “I’m lost for words,” James said after Cleveland was humiliated by the Rockets, who rained

How sports can start an entire social movement

Colin Kaepernick’s first two “protests” drew scant attention. He sat on the bench, out of uniform, virtually unnoticed. His third got some buzz after a reporter tweeted a picture of the 49ers bench that had nothing to do with the quarterback but caught him in the frame, sitting

LeBron James’ Warriors interest comes with Cavs at rock bottom

If you can’t beat ’em, meet ’em. ESPN.com reports LeBron James is open to sitting down with the Warriors this offseason, when he is expected to decline his $35.6 million player option and hit free agency. The mere possibility of a meeting five months from now is intriguing given

LeBron James’ Warriors interest comes with Cavs at rock bottom

If you can’t beat ’em, meet ’em. ESPN.com reports LeBron James is open to sitting down with the Warriors this offseason, when he is expected to decline his $35.6 million player option and hit free agency. The mere possibility of a meeting five months from now is intriguing given

LeBron James, Cavaliers pass first test without Kevin Love

CLEVELAND — LeBron James scored 24 points, Jae Crowder made a go-ahead 3-pointer with 1:21 left and the Cavaliers began a long stretch without injured All-Star Kevin Love by holding off the Miami Heat 91-89 on Wednesday night. The Cavs rebounded from a troubling loss at Detroit — Cleveland

Breaking down how depleted Cavaliers can save their season

Line up the usual, and unusual, suspects. Utah’s Derrick Favors. Phoenix’s Greg Monroe. Orlando’s Marreese Speights. What the heck, throw in Sacramento’s Zach Randolph. They are bigs who could help the Cavaliers. Bigs on expiring contracts — except Randolph who has another year. But the Cavs, reeling from the latest salvo

Is LeBron setting the stage for his second Cavaliers exit?

LeBron James talked about his past experience with free agency Thursday, but he also could have been laying the groundwork for controlling the narrative if he decides to leave Cleveland again. James, when asked about the trade that sent Blake Griffin to the Pistons Monday night, suggested there is

Isaiah Thomas’ biggest ally is LeBron’s No. 1 enemy

Not everyone in the Cavaliers organization is frustrated with Isaiah Thomas. In 10 quick games, Thomas has become a focal point of the Cavaliers’ supposed demise. The point guard’s shot-heavy, defense-light play has confounded his new teammates. “We’ve been a lowest-five defensive team in the NBA the whole time,” Thomas

NBA’s first step toward repairing refs, players frayed relationship

The eye-opener came back in November. The Cavaliers’ LeBron James was ejected from a game. Yeah, LeBron James. He was ejected for the first time in his career. Since then, the season has seen complain upon complaint. Some players admit fault, such as Warrior Kevin Durant who was ejected against

The NBA has reached a new level of petty

Russell Westbrook was fuming on Thursday. The reigning MVP had seen the release of the All-Star Draft teams and assumed he was picked last by LeBron James. “But I see I was the last pick on the list — I was just trying to figure out how …” Westbrook told

LeBron James, Steph Curry duke it out in first All-Star Game draft

Kristaps Porzingis is teaming up with LeBron James for the Knicks star’s first-career NBA All-Star Game. James selected Porzingis and 10 others to his monster team, which will match up against Stephen Curry’s squad Feb. 18 in Los Angeles after the first-ever All-Star Game draft Thursday. James’ team offers a

Breaking down what is wrong with the Cavaliers

It’s the defense. No, it’s chemistry. Wrong, it’s style of play. Beg to differ, it’s age and athleticism. Actually, it’s a little — or a lot — of everything. A whole bunch of things are wrong with the Cavaliers. The team that most gave a ticket to a fourth straight Finals — and an

LeBron James the youngest player to reach 30,000 points

LeBron James just made more history. James became the seventh player to enter the 30,000-point club Tuesday night during the Cavaliers’ game against the Spurs in San Antonio. He is the youngest player to hit that mark. James’ jumper with 1.1 seconds remaining in the first quarter gave him eight

Cavaliers take frustration out on Kevin Love in angry meeting

We’ve reached the blame-Kevin-Love portion of this Cavaliers meltdown. ESPN.com reports the team held a fiery team meeting Monday, when the legitimacy of the sickness that forced Love out of Saturday’s shellacking by the Thunder was called into question. Tension was relieved somewhat after Love told his side of

Enes Kanter mocks LeBron James after Cavs’ blowout loss

The Knicks didn’t play the Cavaliers on Saturday, but another chapter was added to the Enes Kanter-LeBron James public feud. After Cleveland was blown out 148-124 by the Thunder — Kanter’s former team — the big man took to social media to highlight the embarrassing defeat. “148,” he tweeted,

Enes Kanter gets stern warning about his LeBron James trolling

LOS ANGELES — Enes Kanter was warned by an unidentified Oklahoma City teammate that he better watch out next time the Knicks face LeBron James and the Cavaliers. They next meet April 9. Kanter continued to prod James on Saturday, when he mocked the Cavaliers getting routed by the

Ex-LeBron coach surfaces to rip Cavs at their rock bottom

The Cavaliers’ problems are clear from the other side of the globe. After Tyronn Lue’s crew gave up a stunning 148 points to the Thunder on Saturday, the man he replaced took a little swipe at the defense he left behind. “I hope we don’t give up as many points

Cavaliers barely avoid epic choke, finally snap losing streak

CLEVELAND — Isaiah Thomas made two free throws with 11 seconds left and the Cavaliers came up with a defensive stop in the frantic final seconds after blowing a 23-point lead to beat the Orlando Magic 104-103 on Thursday night. After Thomas made his shots, Orlando’s Elfrid Payton missed