76ers managing partner Josh Harris and coach and interim GM Brett Brown said they felt Philadelphia had a fighter’s chance to land LeBron James before he announced that he would join the Lakers. www.espn.com – TOP
[[tmz:video id=”0_43besrwe”]] LeBron James was FEELIN’ HIMSELF in Italy on Friday — busting out some dance moves while a local band played “I Will Survive” … and the video is solid! The Lakers’ new $ 154-million man was relaxing with his wife,…
Cavs GM Koby Altman said he and LeBron James’ camp “continue to have good dialogue” with about a week to go before James has to inform the Cavs whether he intends to pick up the option on his contract. www.espn.com – TOP
The Cavaliers have not made Kevin Love available for trades entering Thursday’s draft, and regardless of what decision LeBron James makes about his future, they have interest in keeping Love, sources said. www.espn.com – TOP
[[tmz:video id=”0_gblibi7g”]] It’s time for TMZ SPORTS DECODES … starring NBA superstar Paul George, who might’ve just given the basketball world a huge clue about his future and the future of Mr. LeBron James. Or did he? First a little context ……
Draymond Green’s over the smack talking and onto the shirt talking once again. The Golden State Warriors’ biggest troll dipped way back into a November tiff with LeBron James to bring some subtle LBJ smack talk to the Dubs’ victory parade Tuesday. You…
On the verge of elimination thanks to a big night by Kevin Durant, Cavaliers star LeBron James said playing the Warriors is “almost like playing the Patriots. You can’t have mistakes.” www.espn.com – TOP
LeBron James said Tuesday that neither the Cleveland Cavaliers nor the Golden State Warriors will accept an invitation to the White House following the NBA Finals. Golden State’s Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant echoed James’ comments. www.espn.com – NBA
Despite the Cavs’ success against the Celtics and the fact they have now held their ground somewhat against the Warriors, the last thing LeBron James wants his team to do is ease up. www.espn.com – NBA
[[tmz:video id=”0_b64cixkz”]] Adam Rippon just signed off on LeBron James’ interesting pre-Game 1 attire, saying suit shorts are totally acceptable … all because the King set the trend. We got the Olympic figure skater Saturday at LAX and asked what he…
LeBron James, who will break his personal record for most games in a single regular season plus postseason, suiting up for the 101st time, said he has never really “bought into” the idea that he has reached or aged beyond his prime playing years. www.espn.com – TOP
LeBron James sought out Jayson Tatum after the NBA Finals-clinching win for the Cavaliers. James then heaped praise on the Boston rookie in his Q&A with the media. “I just love everything about the kid,” he said. www.espn.com – TOP
Celtics forward Marcus Morris is ready to embrace the challenge of defending Cavaliers star LeBron James, insisting that he’s “probably the best guy defending him in the league” outside of the Spurs’ Kawhi Leonard. www.espn.com – NBA
The LeBron James effect is VERY REAL … ’cause the hat he wore to the Cavs game Monday completely sold out at an insanely fast rate … and now the company behind it is scrambling to restock!! The black ball cap sporting the message “Don’t Trip” blew…
But his smart investments go beyond sports— here are a few ways LeBron has stacked his money up.
Nike signed LeBron right after he graduated high school. The tale was the subject of the Sole Man 30 for 30. He initially signed a $ 100 million deal, which was updated with the lifetime extension in 2015. The numbers haven’t been released, but it’s safe to assume Nike’s new partnership will take care of the James family for several lifetimes. Many thought his Nike deal was a bust in terms of shoe design, but the LeBron VI was a hit, and he’s been on a roll ever since.
Can Shaq really fit in a Buick? Can LeBron really fit in the Kia? Remember – he did drive a Hummer H2 in high school. But in an attempt to double down on his love for the car, Kia recently released a few new commercials starring the 6’8 athlete. In the ad, LeBron claims he really does drive a Kia K900. However, when his statements are accompanied by a sketchy mustache and a turtleneck, it may be hard to believe. But according to Richard Jefferson, he really does.
Beats By Dre
LeBron really cashed out with this one. Similar to Dr. Dre, he owned a minority stake in Beats By Dre, and when the company was sold just under a year ago to Apple, he caked up. When all was said and done, LeBron is said to have made upwards of $ 30 million. That’s gotta be music to his ears, and it isn’t even counting the many royalty checks he cashed. In comparison, he only made $ 19 million a year in his Miami Heat contract.
If Sprite is good enough for Drake, then it’s good enough for Bron Bron. And who knows, it may even help with those crazy cramps he gets at the most inopportune times. Since signing the deal, LeBron has been in several commercials and campaigns. He even got his own flavor of Sprite. Deemed LeBron’s Mix, it had a splash of natural cherry and orange flavors. Even the packaging featured a gold crown for the King and gets a chance to appear as his alter ego in commercials.
Back in 2003 when LeBron was fresh out of high school, he signed a deal with the legendary trading card company Upper Deck. At the time, the deal was said to be on par with Tiger Woods,’ which included a $ 1 million signing bonus and $ 1 million a year. LeBron signed this contract days after graduating and went number one in the draft months later.
In case you forgot, Apple isn’t the only company that makes smartphones. LeBron may have forgotten, too, as he reportedly gave his teammates Apple Watches once. LeBron’s Samsung deal is said to be worth $ 100 million, but that didn’t stop him from tweeting about that time his Galaxy Note 2 rebooted and deleted all of his information. Welp.
The King’s endorsement was destined— he was a McDonald’s All-American back in high school. In 2010, LeBron signed a deal with the Golden Arches for an undisclosed amount. But after not appearing in a TV spot for a year, it’s no surprise the partnership ended in October.
After leaving McDonald’s, LeBron signed a deal with…Blaze Pizza in 2012. People raised their eyebrows at the nature of the decision, but as details emerged, it made more sense. He’d been somewhat of a silent partner in the fast-casual chain and was ready to take on the reigns as a spokesperson. Rick Wetzel, co-founder of Blaze, hopes it’ll be bigger than Chipotle, and become as well-known as Starbucks. Having LeBron on his team made that mountain a bit easier to climb— the King’s initial $ 1 million investment is now worth $ 35 million.
And here’s the wild card entry. Tencent is the largest internet provider in China and hired the future NBA Hall Of Famer to promote the Chinese version of NBA 2K. The agreement will also allow Tencent to create official LeBron social networking accounts in China. The deal shouldn’t come as much of a surprise, since year over year, his jersey and sneaker sales top all others in the country.
[[tmz:video id=”0_o0iecgdg”]] Justin Timberlake knows his audience, and the only thing that would make Cleveland fans go crazier than seeing him, is bringing LeBron James up on stage. LeBron made a special appearance Saturday night at the Quicken…
LeBron James tied Michael Jordan’s all-time NBA record of 866 consecutive games with 10 points or more in the first half of Wednesday’s Cavaliers-Hornets game, hitting the mark off an alley-oop from JR Smith. www.espn.com – NBA
LeBron James knows more than a little bit about the game of basketball, and chatter that a play-in one-and-done tourney similar to the NCAA’s structure has been flying around during March Madness. However, the Cleveland Cavaliers offered his views on the idea, calling it “wack” in a chat with reporters earlier today.
“No, no, no,” James said Wednesday. “That’s wack. That’s wack. Why? You got to earn your spot to be in the postseason. No consolation for finishing last. That’s corny. That’s corny. That’s wack. To play for what? What are they playing for?”
James said the eight teams in each conference that have the best record at the end of the 82-game regular season should be guaranteed a playoff spot, without needing any further qualification.
ESPN’s Zach Lowe reported last month that there is “some behind-the-scenes momentum for the idea of a play-in tournament determining the last two seeds in each conference — to the point that two specific proposals are circulating at the highest levels within teams and the league office.”
Gotta roll with King James on this one. This idea is wick-wick wack.
[[tmz:video id=”0_n95fzsyq”]] The entire city of Houston is gonna shun Kenny Smith after watching this clip* … ’cause the Jet tells TMZ Sports why LeBron should NOT join the Rockets in free agency this summer. We spoke with Smith about…
Captain LeBron won MVP at the All-Star game … but his offspring were the ones rockin’ garments fit for a King. LeBron snapped a pic with his 3 kids after downing Team Steph — and they were all fitted in super expensive gear from Gucci, one of his…
Earlier this week LeBron James and Kevin Durant angered a far-right wing Trumpian when he criticized Donald Trump’s role in fanning the flames of racism since taking office.
Looking to cover for her cult leader, Fox News host, Laura Ingraham took to her show and called for the basketball superstars to “shut up and dribble” because as far as Trumpians are concerned Black athletes sole purpose in life is to entertain them at their leisure.
LeBron James and Kevin Durant have since clapped back at the hateful host and yesterday (Feb. 17) the Cleveland Cavaliers franchise star expounded even further on the matter during his media availability saying “I will not just shut up and dribble. I get to sit up here and talk about what’s really important.”
He added, “We will definitely not shut up and dribble. I will definitely not do that. I mean too much to society. I mean too much to the youth. I mean too much to so many kids that feel like they don’t have a way out and they need someone to help lead them out of the situation they’re in.”
Surprisingly enough Donald Trump himself hasn’t responded to the NBA superstar’s criticism. In the past, Trump has pounced on the opportunity to “fight back” whenever famous people of color call him out for his numerous presidential “missteps” and overall idiocy. The weekend isn’t over though so don’t be surprised if he goes on a tweet storm aimed at LBJ and KD.
As for that host, she claims she’s not racist.
“If pro athletes and entertainers want to freelance as political pundits, then they should not be surprised when they’re called out for insulting politicians,” reads part of Ingraham’s statement. “There was no racial intent in my remarks – false, defamatory charges of racism are a transparent attempt to immunize entertainment and sports elites from scrutiny and criticism.”
LeBron James said he didn’t want to frame Friday’s victory as a celebration, stressing that “it’s a business” and that there’s “no shade” on any of the former Cavs who were traded away this week. www.espn.com – NBA
After another disheartening loss for the Cavaliers, LeBron James said Tuesday night that he will not waive his no-trade clause before Thursday’s trade deadline, saying he owes it to his teammates to finish the season with them. www.espn.com – NBA
Another blowout loss on a nationally televised game Saturday night had LeBron James and the Cavaliers questioning the team’s effort level and pointing to trust issues within the locker room. www.espn.com – TOP
Provided they free up salary and offer a max deal, the Warriors could position themselves to secure an offseason meeting with LeBron James if, as expected, he declines his $ 35.6M player option and becomes an unrestricted free agent, sources told ESPN. www.espn.com – TOP
With the Cavaliers coach looking to find ways for both LeBron James and Isaiah Thomas to lead the offense without each other, Thomas didn’t play in the fourth quarter Sunday night as Cleveland beat the Detroit Pistons 121-104. www.espn.com – TOP
Playoffs? After the Cavs suffered another blowout loss Saturday, LeBron James tabbed his struggling team “not ready” and cautioned, “We could easily get bounced early” if the postseason started today. www.espn.com – TOP
LeBron James received the most votes in the Eastern Conference, while Stephen Curry was tops in the West. They will serve as All-Star Game captains and pick their teams, which will be announced Jan. 25. www.espn.com – TOP
LeBron James ain’t havin’ none of that racist H&M clothing ad featuring a black kid in a sweatshirt that reads, “Coolest Monkey in the Jungle” … telling the clothing company, “U got us all wrong!” After stars like Diddy and The Weeknd…
On his 33rd birthday, LeBron James and the Cavaliers were gifted another loss — their fourth in five games — by the Jazz on Saturday. The loss also was the seventh straight for James in Utah. www.espn.com – NBA
While Kevin Durant begged to differ, LeBron James said he was fouled on a drive to the basket by KD in the final minute of the Warriors’ win — with the Cavs’ trailing by three points. www.espn.com – TOP
[[tmz:video id=”0_d7sv1sp2″]] Secret convo with Lonzo Ball? Buying another mansion in Brentwood? LeBron James sure ain’t quieting down the noise surrounding him coming to L.A. … and ex-Lakers coach Byron Scott says the odds are…
LeBron James and Lonzo Ball both declined to reveal what was said during their brief chat after the Cavs’ 121-112 win over the Lakers, though Ball was quick to praise James as “the best player in the world right now” after their much anticipated meeting. www.espn.com – NBA
While the Cavaliers missed out on what would have been a franchise-record 14th straight win Friday night, coach Tyronn Lue said his team’s 13-game run showed that this club is “capable of playing Cavaliers basketball.” www.espn.com – NBA
LeBron James scored the last 13 points against Memphis on Saturday, the fifth time in his career he has done that to close a game. James called it “an honor” to be able to take over for his teammates and secure the victory, Cleveland’s 11th in a row. www.espn.com – NBA
[[tmz:video id=”0_cy6slo65″]] Imagine “My Super Sweet 16” … for a 3-year-old!! That’s how things went down for LeBron James’ daughter, Zhuri — who got an AWESOME “Moana”-themed bash this weekend … complete with singers and bouncy…
LeBron James added another job to his resume — RUNWAY MODEL. The NBA superstar hit the catwalk for the Kith Fashion Show at the Classic Car Club during NY Fashion Week on Thursday … and killed it. Bron was showing off his Nike LeBron 15…
[[tmz:video id=”0_bumxrtox”]] LeBron James found a way to troll President Trump with his own catchphrase by rocking a hat with a similar sentiment … and he did it while DJing live at a club. LeBron grabbed dinner Saturday night with his wife,…
LeBron James is channeling his inner Donald Trump — calling “fake news” on reports he wants to throw down with his teammate, Kyrie Irving. It’s been all over that LeBron is super pissed at Kyrie — with some reports saying he’s so unhappy that…
LeBron James is turning to Kobe Bryant for a little help in the NBA Finals — rockin’ the Mamba’s signature Nike shoes in preparation for Game 3. King James showed up to Cavs practice at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland wearing the Barcelona Kobe…
[[tmz:video id=”0_ln1hl45g”]] NBA champ John Salley ain’t buying into the rumors that LeBron James is unhappy with the Cavs … but if the King decides to bail on Cleveland again, he’s got the perfect destination in mind — L.A.!! We spoke with the…
LeBron James’ sneaker line started off on the wrong foot … and now we know just HOW WRONG. This pic of the early version of the LeBron 1s just surfaced, proving Nike stuck to that old adage — if at first you screw it up royally … get back to…
When discussing distractions for LeBron James’ accomplishments on the court, the four-time MVP’s hairline easily rises to the top of the list. Much speculation as the whether or King James dyes or uses cosmetic products to mask his baldness permeates social media and sports commentary alike, and Nick Castemanos is attempting to set the record straight once and for all.
“There is no dye. No additives. No preservatives,” he says. “Everyone thinks he’s dying his hair using [temporary hair colorings] Bigen or Black Ice. It’s all his hair. They still don’t believe me. I get Bigen comments all the time. I’ve become numb to it. It used to bother me. It’s not easy to hear that.”
Castemanous is no rookie with the clippers (he’s been cutting NBA stars since the early 2000s) but he does admit that when it comes to Bron’s dome, it’s more difficult than one can possible imagine.
“LeBron is very tedious about how his hair is cut,” Castemanos continued. “The beard is the No. 1 thing. He leaves the top up to me. I leave him less bald. He’s my guy.
“He’s my hardest haircut. He has good hair. You have to cut it right. He just has a few fat patches around the chin that you have to take your time with. You have to have patience. It usually takes about 50 minutes.”
How much does a LeBron James barber get paid, though?
“It’s not as crazy as everyone thinks, but it’s cool,” he said. It’s a real good opportunity.”
When James rejoined the team at the beginning of the season, Castemanos took the chance and moved to Cleveland so he can always be on-call. He charges $ 75 an hour for private haircuts.
CLEVELAND—With the 11-time NBA All-Star making no move to take out his wallet after receiving his Reuben from the counter, sources at Earl’s East Side Market confirmed Thursday that Cavaliers forward LeBron James was clearly expecting the deli to give him the sandwich for free. “Thanks, guys—so, all set?” said James, who reportedly looked around at several deli employees before slowly taking a couple small steps toward the door. “Yeah…looks delicious, as always. Well, I gotta go get ready for the game tonight. Thanks again.” At press time, after another customer had gone up to the cashier to pay, James abruptly grabbed a small bag of chips and quickly walked out.