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LeBron James can't stop subtweeting his Cavs teammates


LeBron James can't stop subtweeting his Cavs teammates

The latest round of social media nonsense from LeBron James is further proof that the Cleveland Cavaliers didn't need a coaching change, but rather Dr. Phil.

Look at the Eastern Conference standings and all seems good in Northeast Ohio. At 42-17, the Cavaliers sit atop the Eastern Conference. Don't let appearances fool you.

Cleveland remains the East favorite, yet something smells rotten along Lake Erie. We caught a whiff of dysfunction when the Wizards romped the James-less Cavaliers Sunday, one day after the omnipresent and uber fan favorite Stephen Curry added to his legacy and status as the NBA's best. Then came a passive aggressive stench as the week progressed, one attention-seeking subtweet* at a time. 

[For those not familiar, per Google, a subtweet is "a post that refers to a particular user without directly mentioning them, typically as a form of furtive mockery or criticism. Let's move on]

Sunday: The Cavs went down 30 points before losing 113-99 at Washington. "Our top leader isn’t playing tonight," guard and second fiddle Kyrie Irving said. "It’s another opportunity for guys to step in and relish that opportunity. But our intensity level just wasn’t there.”

Monday: ESPN's Stephen A. Smith reported that an unhappy Irving would ideally "prefer to be someplace other than Cleveland.” Irving semi-debunked the report after Monday's win over Indiana. Meanwhile, it appears Kevin Love's posse didn't check in with Stephen A.

Tuesday: One day after the report of Irving's unhappiness, James revved up the cryptic Tweet machine:


Was this about Irving? Maybe. Sure seems like it. We won't know for sure because James typically acts incredulous when asked for clarification on something he put out there. (Hold that thought.) 

Wednesday: With Cleveland off until Friday's home matchup against the Wizards, coach Tyronn Lue gave the players Tuesday and Wednesday off. Neat. James decided he wanted out of town. Sure, it's Cleveland in March, got it. His destination? Miami. For the average Joe picking a South Florida winter trip, no explanation required. For James, yeah, it's a little weird seeing as he spent four seasons playing professionally there in between stints with the Cavaliers. Eh, whatever. It's not like he's going back for good, not before he wins for "the Land."

Wait, he's hanging out with Dwyane Wade? He's working out with his ex-teammate and possible playoff foe during the season? He's hanging with his buddy one day after possibly bashing a current teammate? 

Thursday: James didn't want to address chilling with Wade when he returned to practice. Shocker. From the Akron Beacon Journal:

"I don't care," James said after Cavs practice Thursday when asked about the perception of him spending time with a potential playoff foe during the season. 

"What do I go there for? Go there 'cause I want to," James said. 

Fine, whatever. He needed some R&R. Hung out with an old friend at his old stomping grounds. As long he addresses those tweets, all good.

Oh, wait, James didn't want to provide specifics on that either???

James declined to offer an explanation; however, he said that it had nothing to do with the Cavs, as some had speculated.

"I don't want to explain it and no, [it wasn't] directed at a teammate," James said.

So James chose an incredibly public forum -- guy has 28 million followers and even if he had a pedestrian 5,000 or so, it's out there for the world to notice -- to say something to someone about something but then won't say what the what. Gotcha.

Fine, whatever. This is silly. Cleveland remains poised for another Finals appearance. Clearly there's a rough patch now. He took a break, hopefully got his mind right and put the Twitter machine away before -- NO WAY. HE SUBTWEETED AGAIN.


James might as well have come back from Miami with a "BFF Forever" collage of him and Wade with pictures of Irving and Love X'd out. Later in the day he did receive an award as Eastern Conference Player of the Month for February with Curry winning out West.

The league belongs to Curry now. All the attention is focused on what's happening with Golden State. The Cavaliers are good and maybe better than that, but they're not on the same level as the Warriors or San Antonio Spurs, not now. Such realizations surely sting to those who see one of their final chances at being the best player on a title team slipping away.  

Of course, James wanted back in Cleveland. He basically picked the roster. We've got the letter to prove it. Perhaps sharing his kingly wisdom with Irving and Love rather than auditioning for Mean Girls 2 would help. With David Blatt no longer around following his abrupt firing earlier this season, new whipping boys are required.

There's only one thing left to say.

I guess she told me!! Hahahaha #JustSuckItUpLeBron #NoMomo #Classic

A video posted by LeBron James (@kingjames) on Feb 21, 2016 at 8:20pm PST


Suck it up, LeBron.

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Wizards to give fans Phil Chenier emoji signs and 1978 title shirts for special weekend

Wizards to give fans Phil Chenier emoji signs and 1978 title shirts for special weekend

This weekend was already going to be special for Washington Wizards fans. Now they will get souvenirs to remember it.

As part of their celebration of Phil Chenier's legendary career and the 40th anniversary of their 1978 NBA championship, the Wizards are handing out emoji signs on Friday night and commemorative t-shirts on Sunday. All fans in attendance will receive a giveaway.


The emoji sign has Chenier's face on it and will be handed out for the March 23 game against the Nuggets. Chenier will have his jersey retired at halftime during the game. 

The emoji sign is presented by NBC Sports Washington. You're welcome, Authentic Fans.


The shirts will be given out on Sunday when the Wizards host the New York Knicks. 

Here's the front...

And the back...

Let's take a closer look at that back...

As a reporter who has received many giveaways over the years at pro sports stadiums, these are uniquely awesome. Should be a great weekend for Wizards fans. See you at the arena.


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Wizards drop to precarious position in close Eastern Conference playoff race

Wizards drop to precarious position in close Eastern Conference playoff race

As if they needed a reminder, the Wizards saw firsthand on Wednesday night just how much can change in a short period of time in the Eastern Conference playoff race where just two games separate the No. 3 and No. 6 teams.

That No. 6 team is now your Washington Wizards, who began the day in fourth place but lost their first game in four days on the same night both the Cavs and Sixers won theirs. 

The Wizards lost to the Spurs on Wednesday and managed only 90 points, their fewest since Jan. 22. It was a lackluster performance in a game the Wizards needed to treat with urgency. 

The Spurs sure did.

"We've gotta have a better mentality coming into games," guard Bradley Beal said. "The Spurs were fighting for playoff seeding just like we were."

The Wizards have now lost six of their last 10, yet all those games have come against teams currently holding playoff spots. Considering John Wall remains out with a left knee injury, it's hard to fault them too much when they are staying afloat just fine in the big picture.


The problem is that the closer they get to the end of the season, the more these losses are magnified. They amount to missed opportunities, some bigger than others.

That was not lost on Beal, who considered the alternative. If the Wizards had beaten the Spurs, they would be sitting in fourth, two spots higher, and just a game-and-a-half out of third.

"Every time we have a chance to move up, we take two steps back," Beal lamented.

The Wizards are in a high stakes part of the standings where plenty is in the balance. They are fighting for home-court advantage, something they would get in the third or fourth spots. And who they match up with will be paramount.


By falling to sixth, the Wizards are currently in line to play the Cleveland Cavaliers. Though the Pacers and Sixers are also good teams, they don't have LeBron James. Avoiding him and the Cavs would be ideal for the Wizards.

Beal has even bigger worries than that. He noted after the loss in San Antonio that they could fall even further if they aren't careful. They are now just a game-and-a-half up on the seventh-place Heat. 

"We've gotta realize what's at stake, man. The way we're going, we could keep dropping and mess around and be eighth. We've gotta do whatever it takes to win," he said.

The Wizards should be fine if the previous two months are any indication. But Wednesday night was another example of how precarious things are for them this season in the tightly-packed Eastern Conference.


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