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Lowe's 32 crazy predictions: LeBron's future, trades and more

8:58 AM ET This is the eighth version of this column — our last big preseason tradition — and I almost scrapped it. How can you predict anything in this league after the summer that just happened? Is any prediction too insane? The goal here is to sift through all the trend lines and intel to make some reasonable off-the-beaten-path calls, and go out on some crazy, ultra-specific limbs. I’d love if all of these turned out right! At least half will go bust. But where’s the fun in playing ...

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Woj: LeBron's future affects Cavaliers' Kyrie Irving trade scenarios

8:00 AM ET Adrian WojnarowskiESPN As the Cleveland Cavaliers deliberate on deals to move All-Star guard Kyrie Irving, the franchise is operating under a self-prescribed mandate: presume a future without LeBron James. The Cavs aren’t giving up on the possibility of re-signing James next summer, but they are no longer investing blind faith in the hope he will stay. For James, a reluctance to commit comes with an emerging set of complications. Beyond Irving’s decision to ask for a trade, Cleveland has determined that it’s unwilling to simply be reactive ...

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How the Cavs broke up with GM Griffin despite LeBron's wishes

1:01 PM ET Brian Windhorst Close ESPN Senior Writer ESPN.com NBA writer since 2010 Covered Cleveland Cavs for seven years Author of two books Dave McMenamin Close ESPN Staff Writer Cavs and NBA writer for ESPN.com Covered the Lakers and NBA for ESPNLosAngeles.com from 2009-14 and the NBA for NBA.com from 2005-09 Syracuse University graduate “Griff!” “C’mon, Griff!” “Get up here!” On a makeshift stage in a corner of TD Garden after defeating the Celtics in the Eastern Conference finals, Cleveland Cavaliers players wearing fresh, white T-shirts with crisp “The ...

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LeBron's legacy is as intact as Jordan's

3:36 PM ET Brian Windhorst Close ESPN Senior Writer ESPN.com NBA writer since 2010 Covered Cleveland Cavs for seven years Author of two books Tom Haberstroh Close ESPN Staff Writer ESPN.com NBA analyst since 2010 ESPN.com Insider researcher in 2009 Developer of NBA DRAFT Initiative database OAKLAND, Calif. — For a moment, just imagine if LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers lost to the Toronto Raptors in the second round of the playoffs. Now imagine those Raptors moving on to the NBA Finals, eventually getting swept by the league’s best ...

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LeBron's triple-double not nearly enough for the Cavaliers

2:08 AM ET OAKLAND, Calif. – There was a bit of a sense of calm around the Cleveland Cavaliers as they arrived for Game 2 on Sunday afternoon. They had a certainty about them that they’d play better than they had in the opener of these NBA Finals. They were right, they did. But it wasn’t even close to good enough. There are many things to examine within the first two games of this series, and a good number of words will be devoted to it. But the underlying reality ...

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Cops look into racial slur on LeBron's L.A. home

6:04 PM ET ESPN.com news services Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James said “being black in America is tough” in response to the news that Los Angeles police were investigating a racial slur spray-painted on the front gate of one of his homes. Capt. Patricia Sandoval, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles Police Department, said an unidentified person spray-painted the N-word on the front gate. Police are investigating it as an act of vandalism and possible hate crime. James spoke of the incident during NBA Finals media day on Wednesday. “As ...

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LeBron's bizarre, rim-rattling struggles from the line

This story appears in ESPN The Magazine’s May 29 Issue. Subscribe today! LeBron James shouldn’t be shooting this free throw. It’s Dec. 31 in Charlotte, with the Cavs up 114-104, and James is walking toward the charity stripe to shoot the technical. Based on pure math, this is a bad call. The four-time MVP is in the middle of the worst free throw shooting season of his career, converting just 67.9 percent. There are better options available to the Cavs — like, for example, four-time All-Star Kevin Love, a career ...

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Inside the numbers on LeBron's crazy workload

8:34 AM ET This story appears in ESPN The Magazine’s Analytics Issue. Subscribe today! When it comes to the value of rest, the NBA has had an awakening. Coaches are using DNP-Rest (did not play, resting) at a record pace in 2016-17, nearly twice as often as in 2015-16. The outlier? LeBron James, who in his 14th season ranks among NBA leaders in minutes per game. If he were to suddenly retire — that’s when he told reporters he’d finally slow down — he’d already have logged more career minutes ...

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Wade: LeBron's '16 Finals his 'defining moment'

8:35 PM ET CLEVELAND — Dwyane Wade believes that LeBron James‘ performance in leading the Cleveland Cavaliers back from a 3-1 deficit to the Golden State Warriors in the 2016 NBA Finals is “a defining moment” for his close friend’s legacy. “That was special,” Wade said on Wednesday. “That was incredible. We’ve seen a lot, we haven’t seen, obviously, teams come back from [being down] 3-1 in playoffs that much but especially in the Finals. And not having home-court advantage, that was really special what those guys were able to ...

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LeBron's water-bottle challenge spills onto court

4:06 AM ET NEW YORK — With the Knicks providing little resistance, some of the Cavaliers resorted to playing the water-bottle challenge to kill time on the bench Wednesday night during the closing moments of Cleveland’s 126-94 win. Cameras caught LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and other Cavs on the bench flipping a water bottle and trying to have it land upright as the Cavs were up by 31 with less than a minute to go at Madison Square Garden. Irving did successfully nail a flip, but it wasn’t caught on ...

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