Joe Thomas was honored at Monday night’s Cleveland Cavaliers game and received quite a surprise.
The longtime Cleveland Brown announced his retirement last week. He attended Monday’s Cavs-Bucks game and was honored with a video and standing ovation during a timeout. But then the best surprise of all came when LeBron James went over to give him a hug:
Joe Thomas gets a standing O from the Cavs crowd to send him off, then a hug from LeBron. pic.twitter.com/1UFeEdrDEX
— Alex Hooper (@lexhooper) March 19, 2018
— Cleveland Cavaliers (@cavs) March 19, 2018
Thomas was thrilled when James tweeted about him after he retired. Imagine how he’ll feel about getting that kind of respect from The King.
LeBron James and Ty Lue had a tense exchange late in the Cleveland Cavaliers’ game at Portland on Thursday night.
As James was on the bench, he looked over Lue’s way and the two had words for each other:
Coach LeBron putting Ty Lue in his place pic.twitter.com/VY73Yz7uhS
— gifdsports (@gifdsports) March 16, 2018
The Vertical’s Chris Mannix says Lue had issues with James’ shot selection, leading to the exchange. Apparently the two also traded words on consecutive possessions prior to it continuing on the bench.
Ty Lue and LeBron exchanged words on back-to-back possessions. Now going back and forth on the bench. Lue didn't love James's shot selection.
— Chris Mannix (@ChrisMannixYS) March 16, 2018
Lue better be careful. After all, he should be forewarned that he was yelling at the Cavaliers’ head coach.
— Quenton S. Albertie (GQ) (@quentonalbertie) March 16, 2018
We’ve seen James get animated in a team huddle this season, but this was a one-on-one matter between him and Lue, which is more sensitive.
The Los Angeles Lakers and Cleveland Cavaliers played on Sunday night, putting LeBron James up against a team that would love to sign him in free agency. Many had that thought in mind when this photo shared by USA Today’s Sam Amick made the rounds:
Lakers exec Magic Johnson taking a moment to say hello to the LeBron James team because, well, you never know: Agent Rich Paul of Klutch Sports and business manager Maverick Carter pic.twitter.com/f32ryKb5Lr
— Sam Amick (@sam_amick) March 12, 2018
The photo shows Magic Johnson shaking hands with LeBron’s agent, Rich Paul, and business manager, Maverick Carter.
We’re sure there weren’t any conversations of interest that took place between them. And at least this time Magic should be able to avoid a fine for tampering.
- Magic Johnson
Inasmuch as LeBron James is chasing Michael Jordan on the list of all-time greats, he won’t be following MJ’s footsteps into a second sport any time soon.
Earlier this week, Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster posted multiple tweets recruiting James to the Steelers for the 2018 season, reasoning that The King had already accomplished everything in the NBA.
Announcing my official campaign to recruit @KingJames to the Pittsburgh Steelers for the 2018 season. LeBron has done everything in the NBA. He can be the best athlete EVER if he makes the move to the NFL and wins a Super Bowl with Steeler Nation… #LeBronToPittsburgh pic.twitter.com/5VLcjIPpSO
— JuJu Smith-Schuster (@TeamJuJu) March 6, 2018
— JuJu Smith-Schuster (@TeamJuJu) March 7, 2018
While it’s hard to tell if Smith-Schuster was actually serious, the pursuit is probably unrealistic at best. But he did manage to get a response from James, who had this funny reaction when asked about it by reporters on Wednesday.
LeBron shuts down the Steelers attempts to recruit him: "Nah, I'm fine with my sport I got. I'm a tank top and shorts guy." pic.twitter.com/GUNhqic7Xl
— The Render (@TheRenderNBA) March 7, 2018
“I’m fine with my sport I got. It’s pretty funny though,” said the four-time MVP. “I’ve seen some of the edits that they had me in a Steelers uniform. But I like tank tops and shorts, I’m sorry.
“I’ve tried the shoulder pads and it was fun while it lasted,” James continued. “But I’m a tank top and shorts guy.”
Indeed, James has casually entertained the idea of playing NFL football before, at least in some capacity. But at 33 years old and presumably nearing his final stretch of being able to compete for an NBA championship, it’s easy to see why The King may have to respectfully decline Smith-Schuster’s offer.
LeBron James has been playing in the NBA since 2003 and doing spectacular things on the court for nearly two decades. But what he did on Thursday night was unlike anything we’ve ever seen him do before.
James split a double-team from the Philadelphia 76ers by going behind his back. But that’s only half the story. What made his dribbling truly special is that his behind-the-back dribble went through the legs of teammate Tristan Thompson:
LeBron did what? pic.twitter.com/0jrc7nOJ4J
— Steve Noah (@Steve_OS) March 2, 2018
Let’s also not forget that James completed the move with a tough finish in traffic. What a wizard.
Cleveland is not letting Philadelphia poach away their king without a fight.
Firenza Stone, a Cleveland-area masonry company, put up billboards this week that fired back at a Philadelphia company’s recent billboards in the area recruiting LeBron James to the Sixers. ESPN’s Darren Rovell shared images:
— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) March 1, 2018
For reference, here are the Philadelphia company’s original ads, which featured prominently on a highway to Cleveland earlier in the week.
A Philadelphia-based company put up three billboards on highway to downtown Cleveland this morning saying that city wanted LeBron. Here they are in order. pic.twitter.com/vntsa8h3mE
— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) February 26, 2018
James, for his part, said in response that he was flattered by Philly’s efforts with the billboards, according to Tom Withers of the Associated Press.
LeBron said he’s flattered by Philadelphia billboards urging him to sign with #Sixers.
— Tom Withers (@twithersAP) February 27, 2018
With only four months now until the four-time MVP can become a free agent, the tug of war may only intensify from here. Sixers fans will be hoping that this recent rumor of a positive development on the James front is true too.
A stunt by a UCF student led to the evacuation of a building on the university’s campus on Wednesday, and of course, there is a tie-in to LeBron James.
During a class held in the UCF Business Administration building on Wednesday, a man stood up and tossed powder into the air. The man was replicating LeBron James’ pregame chalk powder toss, and also yelled one of James’ infamous lines. “I’m taking my talents elsewhere. I’m going to Miami,” the man said, according to witnesses.
Not knowing the nature of the substance, UCF Police Chief Richard Beary said the matter was treated as a hazardous materials situation.
“We had an individual throw powder in one of the classrooms. We think it was going to be some type of stunt, like a LeBron James stunt, but unfortunately with the current threat situation the way it is our fire partners said we needed to treat it as a hazmat situation,” UCF Police Chief Richard Beary told News 6.
The UCF Police Department said the suspect was wearing a white LeBron James No. 6 Miami Heat jersey. UCF Police put out this tweet about the suspect:
Witnesses say the suspect is wearing this jersey. He is described as a 6'2, white male with blonde hair.
Please call 911 if spotted. pic.twitter.com/G5UCa4bXKt
— UCF Police Dept. (@UCFPolice) February 28, 2018
Thankfully, the substance was later determined to be baby formula and not something dangerous. However, exercising caution was the right decision, which included evacuating the building.
Though the chalk toss was a famous part of LeBron’s pregame routine, he stopped doing it in late 2014. Apparently the tradition is still alive for some.