Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error It looks decidedly like a championship contender.And it took all of James’ discipline not to leap atop the Empire State building and shout I told you so.On the other hand, as he peered out to his audience he did so with the look of a professor enlightening a class room.“The problem sometimes in sports is people want instant success,” James said, beginning his lecture. “And I understand, being part of the process (with the Miami Heat), it takes time. It takes time for a team to jell, for a team to come together and build camaraderie.”None of which was in place before New Year’s when the Cavaliers were stumbling about in the dark trying to locate a light switch. But too often stubbing their toe on the bed.It didn’t help that James wasn’t completely healthy or that most of the starting lineup barely knew each other and the Cavaliers perimeter defenders didn’t have a rim protector in place to swipe away their inefficiencies.A tight-knit group weathers that storm. The Cavaliers had barely locked each other in in their iPhone contacts.“That’s exactly what we were going through,” James said. “We were going through early season struggles just because we didn’t know each other, both on the floor and off.”There was more than enough time to address their issues, but that didn’t stop anyone from howling at James’ decision to leave the certainty of the Miami Heat’s playoff pedigree for the uncertainty of the Cavaliers’.Meanwhile, their new coach was on the hot seat, Kevin Love couldn’t fit in, Kyrie Irving was too selfish, the Hawks were lapping them in the standings and King James was playing more like Prince James.The whole point of returning to Cleveland, the home he famously abandoned five years before to chase championships on South Beach, was to lift Eastern Ohio back onto his shoulders and carrying it to NBA greatness.But through the first month or so of the season, James seemed to bend under the weight.Miami never looked so good.Only James wasn’t buying any of it.“I don’t believe in pressure man,” he reasoned. “You go out there, do what you were taught, always go back on your fundamentals and you play hard. Everything else will take care of itself.”Not exactly Messiah like, but practical. “I carry a lot of responsibility. I understand that,” James said. “But I’m only one man. I’m going to do the best job I can, both on and off the court. And whatever happens after that, I can be satisfied.”It was never about James in the first place.A successful return home constituted the growth of a supporting cast, and that takes time.Irving is a fabulous player and so is Love.But the last time either played in truly meaningful games, they were amateurs.With James at their side, the stakes are higher than they’ve ever been in their professional careers. Adjusting to that takes time. Over the last month, Irving and Love have both implemented their games more successfully to James. And the trades for J.R. Smith, Iman Shumpert and Timofey Mozgov have addressed some of the Cavaliers most pressing weaknesses.“I knew it would take us a couple months to get where I wanted it to be,” James said. “At times it was frustrating. But I knew the process. I’ve been through it before and I understood the process of putting together a team.“We’re where we should be.”For James, that would be back home in Cleveland with the surging Cavaliers.Bumpy road and all. NEW YORK — Turns out you really can go back home, provided you can navigate around a few potholes on a sometimes dimly lit road filled with its share of broken glass and debris.But hey, as long as you get there right?Remember just a few weeks ago when LeBron James’ trip back to Cleveland was stalled in a ditch and the Cavaliers were moping around and bad-mouthing their coach and the thought of them seizing the Eastern Conference banner seemed as likely as Jim Buss sending Magic Johnson a Valentine’s Day card?Yeah, me neither. Right.Yet as James sat in front of a group of reporters on Friday stretching from Times Square to Brooklyn’s Flatbush Avenue, everything back home in Cleveland was remarkably stable.The Cavaliers surged into the All-Star break winning 14 of 16 games, James is playing like the marvelous four-time Most Valuable Player he is, first-year coach David Blatt no longer fields questions about his flimsy job security and that sound piercing the ears of the rest of the Eastern Conference is the unmistakable roar of that previously sleeping giant residing along the shores of Lake Erie.Unless you really think the Atlanta Hawks are for real ‑ and not just a half-season or regular-season real, but a fully functioning, playoff soaring real ‑ James and the Cavaliers will step into the second-half of the season as the odds-on favorite to represent their conference in the finals.Their transformation might not be complete, but you can clearly make out the outline.
According to reports, Senate Republicans are close to a deal that would send $1,200 to most Americans in order to offset the economic crunch caused by the coronavirus.The Senate GOP caucus is divided on a request from President Trump to issue two batches of $1,000 checks to all taxpayers, who in April and another in May.During a Thursday afternoon meeting of Republicans, a task force of senators presented a plan to provide $1,200 to individuals and $2,400 to couples.Under the new plan, people who earn less than $75,000 would receive the full $1,200, with a sliding scale reducing the amount for higher incomes.People who earned $95,000 last year — or $190,000 per couple — would not receive a payment.In addition, there would be a $500 payment for each child.Meanwhile, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said in a speech Thursday morning that any direct payments to Americans would have to be more generous and targeted than $1,000 per person. read more
Officials near Jacksonville say they arrested a 57-year-old man over the weekend after he allegedly called 911 and threatened to kill people at a house party in his neighborhood.According to the reports, Yulee resident Anthony Ninham Schuler threatened to begin shooting at the party and “kill a bunch of children.”“I’m about to waste about 20 of them right now,” Schuler told the dispatcher.He also claimed he had “so many guns right now, I’m about to blow the whole house up.”Deputies responding to the home found a large party taking place with adults and children.They eventually found Schuler in an upstairs bedroom at the home where the party was taking place. He was described as being “very intoxicated.”Schuler was charged with making threats to kill and misuse of 911.He remains in jail on $55,000 bond. read more