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By Dave Rosenthal | June 12, 2012
As the Miami Heat prepare for the NBA finals, star LeBron James has been turning to books to relax. USA Today reports that he has finished "The Hunger Games" trilogy and is now reading "Decoded" by singer Jay-Z. Since the playoffs started (it seems like months ago), he also has " West by West: My Charmed, Tormented Life,"   "The Pact: Three Young Men Make a Promise and Fulfill a Dream" and "The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference.
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By Matt Bracken and The Baltimore Sun | July 28, 2014
Cliff Cornish is no LeBron James and High Point, N.C., will certainly never be confused with South Beach. But Cornish, a former North County forward, does see one key similarity between his decision to transfer to Morgan State and the greatest basketball player in the world signing with Cleveland. “It feels pretty good [signing with Morgan], especially because of the LeBron comparisons - not skill wise, but in coming back home,” Cornish said Monday. “My friends and family are all happy to see me come close to home.” The 6-foot-9, 257-pound Cornish signed with the Bears last week . He'll be a redshirt sophomore this season.
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By Luke Broadwater | June 14, 2011
If there's any team in sports that deserves to be mocked, it's the Miami Heat.  The temptation to dig into the Heat's NBA championship loss to the Dallas Mavericks -- and star Lebron James' arrogant behavior afterward -- proved too much last night for comedian Stephen Colbert. On his usually politics-focused show, Colbert played the clip of James' preseason event in which he and teammates Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh celebrated their future eight championships (!) before they had even played a game together.  "Everyone knew they were destined to win," Colbert said.
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By Matt Zenitz and Baltimore Sun Media Group | July 14, 2014
Randy Edsall and the Maryland football coaching staff face the same challenge every year: How do you get a top prospect from Maryland or Washington, D.C., to stay home rather than choose a bigger, more prestigious football program like Alabama, Penn State or Florida? Maryland's staff has landed highly coveted local prospects like wide receiver Stefon Diggs and offensive lineman Damian Prince in recent years, and NBA star LeBron James' decision last week to return to his hometown Cleveland Cavaliers could help the Terps' pitch to local recruits.
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May 18, 2010
Off to fun, sun of Miami Dave Hyde Sun Sentinel A wise, old general manager once told me the one way to rate NBA trades is this: Who got the best player? That's it. Only five play in basketball, after all. That's why LeBron James will trade Cleveland for Dwyane Wade this summer. Wade is the best player out there. Miami's sun and South Beach and Pat Riley aren't shabby, either. Forget the deeper roster of Chicago. Forget the flashing marquee of New York.
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July 14, 2010
Zydrunas Ilgauskas is following LeBron James to Miami. The 7-foot-3 Lithuanian center, who has career averages of 13.8 points and 7.7 rebounds, expects to sign a two-year contract with the Heat later this week, agent Herb Rudoy said Tuesday. • The Timberwolves have agreed to send forward Al Jefferson to the Jazz for center Kosta Koufos and two future first-round draft picks. … After a deal with the Raptors fell through, the Bobcats sent centers Tyson Chandler and Alexis Ajinca to the Mavs for center Erick Dampier , forward Eduardo Najera , guard Matt Carroll and cash considerations.
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By Mark Heisler On the NBA | March 28, 2010
To get right to what everyone wants to know, where the Cavaliers' LeBron James is going … no one knows. You might think someone does, or you do, but no matter what anyone says or how often they say it, they don't. With James, who's nothing if not unwavering, insisting he'll decide after the season, one and only one thing counts: The Last Thing That Happens. That's the very last thing, the final game of the Finals, which provides a single image that stands as the snapshot of the season.
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By Matt Zenitz and Baltimore Sun Media Group | July 14, 2014
Randy Edsall and the Maryland football coaching staff face the same challenge every year: How do you get a top prospect from Maryland or Washington, D.C., to stay home rather than choose a bigger, more prestigious football program like Alabama, Penn State or Florida? Maryland's staff has landed highly coveted local prospects like wide receiver Stefon Diggs and offensive lineman Damian Prince in recent years, and NBA star LeBron James' decision last week to return to his hometown Cleveland Cavaliers could help the Terps' pitch to local recruits.
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June 2, 2010
One month from the start of the NBA's free agency frenzy, LeBron James has handicapped his field of suitors and says the Cavaliers lead the pack. In his first interview since the Cavs' season ended with a shocking second-round loss to Boston, James told CNN's Larry King that Cleveland has "an edge" to re-sign him when the greatest collection of free agents in league history hits the open market on July 1. King, who interviewed James on Tuesday at the two-time MVP's home near Akron, asked the superstar if Cleveland has "an edge going in?"
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By Rick Wartzman | July 19, 2010
Cleveland fans who'd assumed that LeBron James would remain unfailingly devoted to the Cavaliers are mortified that he's packing his bags for Miami. But his move simply puts him in step with others of his generation. If younger workers have displayed anything as employees, it's that they prize mobility more than they do fidelity to their employers. "Stability and company loyalty are high values for ... those whose worldviews were shaped by experiencing the Great Depression in their formative years," Chip Espinoza, Mick Ukleja and Craig Rusch write in their new book, "Managing the Millennials."
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By Childs Walker, The Baltimore Sun | January 26, 2014
COLLEGE PARK - Tina Klotzbeecher-Thomas practically had to shove a basketball into the hands of her young daughter, Alyssa. "Oh, she threw a hissy fit, kicking, screaming crying," recalls the mother, thinking back on her daughter's reluctance to give up soccer for the sport she'd one day master. Alyssa Thomas didn't like being thrust into new, uncomfortable situations. As late as an overnight recruiting visit to Maryland when she was a teenager, she clung to her parents rather than bunk with future teammates.
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April 5, 2013
Baltimore Sun reporters Jeff Barker and Don Markus and editor Matt Bracken weigh in on the three biggest topics of the past week in Maryland sports. Is Alex Len definitely leaving for the NBA and has his status gone up after he finished the season strong in the NIT? Don Markus: While the sophomore from the Ukraine has not given any indication of what he plans to do, Mark Turgeon and the Maryland coaching staff have assumed all season that this would be Len's last in College Park.
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November 8, 2012
Heat impressive Shandel Richardson Sun Sentinel The Knicks are the league's only unbeaten team. But the team playing the best is the Heat. It sounds silly to say when the Knicks spanked the Heat last week, but no team has been more impressive than Miami. The Heat are leading the league in scoring, which is trouble for the rest of the NBA. Erik Spoelstra will have his team returning to its defensive identity soon as Ray Allen and Rashard Lewis adjust. Now, the league's best defensive team has an offense that has proved difficult to defend.
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October 21, 2012
Way too early to say Ira Winderman Sun Sentinel LeBron James will play where he feels most comfortable, and where he sees himself having the best chance to win. And if anyone has any idea about that in October 2012, they should scout out a sports book that offers futures lines for two seasons down the road. With the looming luxury tax and Dwyane Wade's lagging legs, even the Heat don't know where they'll stand in July 2014. And with legitimate uncertainty about whether Kobe Bryant truly will step away after 2013-14, the Lakers' future payroll remains in flux.
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September 30, 2012
Heat is on the Heat K.C. Johnson Chicago Tribune The Miami Heat better figure out a way to defend without flopping. OK, so that's not entirely fair to a defensive team schooled in the principles of Pat Riley. Erik Spoelstra is a terrific defensive coach and certainly can instruct his players to adjust to the league's new anti-flopping policy. But Dwyane Wade better read the fine print closely. So should Shane Battier, who is too good a defender to resort to such tactics.
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August 12, 2012
To title behind Howard Baxter Holmes Los Angeles Times The Lakers and Celtics have been knotted at 17 championships each, but Dwight Howard will lead the tiebreaking charge. Yes, Virginia, Kobe Bryant will have as many rings — six — as Michael Jordan. Oh, there's a season to be played? Semantics. Howard's back will be fine and the Lakers will roll through the West before meeting the Heat for it all. And there, you won't see LeBron James and company in the paint nearly as much as they are accustomed.
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By Matt Vensel | July 1, 2011
As if Americans couldn’t dislike LeBron James more after he told us that we “have to get back to the real world at some point,” he took his talents to a youth basketball camp and dunked on a pre-pubescent baller high school student who looks like a pre-pubescent baller in a friendly game of knockout. Afterward, LeBron told reporters he hates puppies and American-made automobiles. OK, so maybe I made that last part up, but people will act like he did after they watch this video.
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By Kevin Van Valkenburg, The Baltimore Sun | August 29, 2011
There appears to be no end in sight to the NBA lockout, but if you're lucky enough to secure a ticket to a friendly pickup basketball game being held Tuesday night at Morgan State, you'll likely see a wealth of NBA talent squaring off. Baltimore native Carmelo Anthony has recruited a group of friends that includes two-time league Most Valuable Player LeBron James, as well as All-Star point guard Chris Paul, to form the Melo All Stars. In an effort to raise money for Anthony's various charities and stay in basketball shape, they'll take on another team stocked with NBA players led by league scoring champ and Washington native Kevin Durant.
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By Don Markus and The Baltimore Sun | July 16, 2012
The debate raging these days between those arguing whether this year's U.S. Olympic men's basketball team could compete with the Dream Team of 20 years ago is not answered simply by a generational divide. I for one, being of sound mind and slightly broken-down body, believe the 2012 version is not being given the respect it deserves before it ever steps on a court in London. I also think the 1992 team was not quite as invincible as they were made out to be because the international game was far from what it is today.
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By Zach Helfand and The Baltimore Sun | July 11, 2012
The thing that bothered me about the Kansas City fans' treatment of Robinson Cano at the Home Run Derby wasn't the boos. I thought it was, until I realized that if I were a Kansas City fan, I would've booed too. I think the thing that really bothered me about the Home Run Derby, the thing that made me and others squirm in our couches on Monday, was that it wasn't fun. They yelled at his mother in the bathroom. His dad was dead serious. Cano wasn't laughing. And sure the fans in Kansas City were laughing, but they were laughing at Cano's misfortune, which is certainly their right as paying fans, but it wasn't fun, and forgive me but sports are still supposed to be fun, right?
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