LeBron James has shown he's not afraid to call out folks in the media. Last week, he slammed TNT's Charles Barkley for criticizing him, and now he's coming after a reporter who wrote that the Cavaliers star has been pushing a trade for Carmelo Anthony.
New York Daily News reporter Frank Isola wrote that James wants Anthony in Cleveland, even if it takes shipping Kevin Love to the Knicks. From his story this evening:
"According to a league source, LeBron is the one pushing the Cleveland Cavaliers front office to acquire Carmelo even if it potentially means having to include Kevin Love, which is something Cavs management is opposed to doing."
Word of the explosive report began to circulate just before the Cavaliers took the floor against Wizards in a nationally televised game Monday night.
Fans in the Verizon Center crowd seemed aware of the report as well, heckling Love at the free throw line about James wanting to trade him.
The Cavaliers were clearly riled up as they spoke to the media after the overtime victory. Coach Tyronn Lue addressed the elephant in the room first.
"If you've been around me a long time, I hate sources. Just say who you are," he demanded. As for the origin of those rumors, he strongly insinuated they were coming from the Knicks.
"Just because a team wants you and they ask about you, they want you to be on their team. That doesn't mean we want to trade you," Lue said. "Not coming from our end, but Kevin should be happy that teams want him. But he's not going anywhere."
James was more forceful, and hostile, in his refutation of the report.
"I saw it and heard about it. It's trash. And the guy who wrote it is trash, too, for writing that, especially during the game like that."
He also confirmed that he hadn't seen the rumor until after the game.