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LeBron James regrets yelling at Tristan Thompson during game vs. Pacers

LeBron James regrets yelling at Tristan Thompson during game vs. Pacers

Players arguing in the NBA isn't usually a big deal. But when one of the players involved is the sport's most recognizable name, and that arguing occurs during what's been a rough stretch for his team, what normally isn't a story becomes one.

In the second overtime of their win over the Pacers on Sunday, LeBron James and Tristan Thompson sparred during a timeout after a miscommunication that happened on defense a few moments earlier. As the two Cavaliers were walking toward their bench, they could be seen screaming at one another as coach Tyronn Lue tried to calm things down.

James, however, disregarded Lue and continued to challenge Thompson. But Thompson didn't back down from four-time MVP, as cameras showed him giving it right back to James.

Kevin Love, meanwhile, stood awkwardly behind Thompson, probably wishing he had a phone to look at or magazine to read so he could pretend to ignore what was happening.




After the contest, James apologized for his role in the incident.

"I've got to do a better job of not showing up my teammates out on the floor," he said. "I can be a lot better than that, be able to keep that in house, in the locker room and when we're watching film."

The Cavs have won two contests in a row after they dropped three straight, but their defense in particular has been concerning as of late. They now sit in the No. 2 slot in the Eastern Conference with six games left to go.

Fans of Cleveland will be hoping that James and Thompson can put their outbursts behind them as they work to get back in form before the playoffs. Supporters for teams like the Wizards, Celtics and Raptors, though, wouldn't mind seeing the issue linger.


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Scott Brooks, Ramon Sessions hoping for best with Tyronn Lue's health issues

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Scott Brooks, Ramon Sessions hoping for best with Tyronn Lue's health issues

As a fellow NBA head coach, Scott Brooks understands what Tyronn Lue of the Cleveland Cavaliers is going through. As his former teammate, Ramon Sessions knows how tough Lue is.

Both members of the Wizards shared their reactions after Monday's practice to the news Lue is stepping away from the Cavs to deal with a health issue. Both expressed hope Lue will not be out long as the NBA continues its trek towards the playoffs.

"All of our thoughts are with him," Brooks said. "You hope that it's nothing serious. Health is the most important [thing]. The game is secondary."


"Prayers out to T-Lue," said Sessions, who played with Lue in Milwaukee. "It's one of those things where you've gotta take care of yourself at the end of the day. Him stepping away is the best thing."

Lue's illness has been a mystery to doctors, according to a statement he released on the Cavaliers' website. He has dealt with chest pains and other symptoms while also struggling to sleep. The hope is that having time off will allow him to get the rest he needs.


Brooks knows firsthand how difficult it is to get sleep during the regular season as a coach.

"You just have to figure out ways to get your rest. Some days are better than others. Sometimes you think after a good win you can have a good night's rest or sometimes it's the opposite. It's just hard to get rest. You're traveling in different timezones. You are emotional after games. You eat late. There are a lot of factors that go into it. We don't have a set schedule every night. I have a good staff and I rely on them," he said.

Lue, 40, will be replaced by associate head coach Larry Drew in the interim. The Cavs happen to be in a tight playoff race with the Wizards and other teams in the Eastern Conference battling for position.

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Wizards Tipoff podcast: Phil Chenier tells stories ahead of his jersey retirement

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Wizards Tipoff podcast: Phil Chenier tells stories ahead of his jersey retirement

On the latest episode of the Wizards Tipoff podcast presented by Greenberg and Bederman, host Chase Hughes was joined by Bullets/Wizards legend Phil Chenier ahead of his jersey retirement set for this upcoming weekend on March 23.

Chenier looked back on his playing and broadcasting career and told great stories. He also shared some memories of the 1978 championship as the franchise gets ready to honor its 40th anniversary.

You can listen to the episode right here:

You can download the podcast on Apple Podcasts right here and on Google Play. If you like the show please tell your friends!