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Andrew Bogut breaks leg less than a minute into Cavs debut

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Andrew Bogut breaks leg less than a minute into Cavs debut

CLEVELAND - LeBron James didn't need to speak with Andrew Bogut or see the X-rays on the center's leg.

"I heard it break," he said. "I heard it crack."

In an ugly instant, Cleveland lost much more than a game Monday night.

Bogut broke his left leg less than one minute into his debut and the Cavaliers never recovered while being outgunned 106-98 by the surging and not-to-be-overlooked Miami Heat, who beat the NBA champions twice in three nights.

Dion Waiters scored 29 points, Goran Dragic added 21 and the Heat held off a late rally by the Cavs, who trimmed a 20-point deficit to 103-98 in the final minute. It could have gotten tighter but James missed a long 3-pointer before Waiters banked one in with 12.2 seconds left.

However, Miami's latest impressive win was overshadowed by the injury to Bogut, who only signed with Cleveland last week and had been welcomed to the team earlier in the day by being given jersey No. 6.5 - a joke that made the big Australian smile.

Now, though, the Cavs don't know when or if Bogut will be able to help defend their title.

"It's very deflating," James said. "It's a tough moment. We all were excited about the acquisition, you know, bring him in here. It's a tough one, not only obviously for him, first of all, but then for our ballclub."

Breakfast Pod: Al Horford will likely seek deal outside of Boston

Breakfast Pod: Al Horford will likely seek deal outside of Boston

On the eve of the NBA draft, the impending free-agent departures of Al Horford and Kyrie Irving have left the Celtics reeling. C's talk dominates the Breakfast Podcast.

1:22: Cedric Maxwell joins Trenni Kusnierek and Kyle Draper to discuss a possible exit from both Kyrie Irving and Al Horford. Maxwell also tells us where he thinks Kyrie is really heading.

8:06: The Dominican Republic Attorney General says David Ortiz was not the intended target of the attack on him. Phil Perry, John Tomase and Trenni Kusnierek discuss all of the rumors regarding this case.

11:46: Phil Perry, A. Sherrod Blakely, Danielle Trotta, and Michael Felger talk about the possibility of the Brooklyn Nets acquiring Kyrie and Kevin Durant.
 

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NBA Rumors: Kyrie Irving's relationship with Jaylen Brown 'probably the worst' on Celtics

NBA Rumors: Kyrie Irving's relationship with Jaylen Brown 'probably the worst' on Celtics

It's no secret Kyrie Irving had a difficult time leading a young Celtics team last season, but just how bad was the situation in Boston behind the scenes?

Apparently, Irving's relationship with his teammates was even worse than we thought. On Tuesday, Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated joined Fox Sports Radio to detail the rift between Irving and the young C's, specifically Jaylen Brown and Terry Rozier.

“You can write a whole book on what went wrong because the season was basically a disaster from start to finish," Mannix said. "His (Irving’s) relationship with the young players on the roster was awful. Jaylen Brown, he was probably the worst with. I don’t think it was great with Jayson Tatum, and it was awful with Terry Rozier because Terry was supplanted at a position he thought he did enough to win. That created a pretty nasty atmosphere. Kyrie’s leadership skills were lacking, and he failed at it. He was the first player to be coached by Brad Stevens who didn’t really enjoy being coached by Brad Stevens and that relationship wasn’t solid.”

Yikes.

Irving reportedly is "prepared to sign" with the Nets when free agency begins on June 30, and it looks like we have more insight as to why he's rumored to be choosing Brooklyn over Boston. Now, we'll have to wait and see whether fellow veteran Al Horford will tag along.

One thing is for certain: Brown's cryptic Instagram post sure makes a whole lot more sense after hearing Mannix's report.

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