Daily News – August 12, 2017

**NOTE: The news clips and articles listed don’t necessarily reflect the views or beliefs of the Cleveland Cavaliers or their Basketball Operations staff, partners, or sponsors.**

LeBron to produce comedy set in L.A. sneaker store for HBO
Author: Craig Webb
Publication: Akron Beacon Journal

LeBron James has put his size-15 footprint of approval on a new comedy being developed by his entertainment company for HBO.

James’ SpringHill Entertainment — named for the Akron apartment complex where the Cavaliers star grew up — has inked a deal with HBO to create a yet-to-be named, half-hour comedy based in a sneaker shop, according to multiple reports and confirmed by a source close to James.

The show will be set in Los Angeles and feature two best friends along with fellow employees in the store in the midst of the “insane” and “obsessive” sneaker culture.

James and fellow Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary alumnus Maverick Carter are executive producers of the show. – CLICK HERE to read full story.

Upcoming book reveals the painful path Cavs took to a championship
Author: The Athletic
Publication: Jason Lloyd

In honor of National Book Lovers Day earlier in the week, this seemed like as good of time as any to give my upcoming book, The Blueprint, a cheap plug before it hits bookshelves Oct. 24.

(To be fair, there will be plenty more cheap plugs coming between now and Oct. 24).

I’m the only writer who has covered the Cavs every day, home and away, from the time LeBron James left in 2010 until the day he returned. The primary focus of The Blueprint is those four years while James was in Miami, when the Cavs formed a daring plan to preserve cap space, tank for high draft picks and prepare for the opportunity to persuade James to come home. – CLICK HERE to read full story.

As great as LeBron James has been, why has he been on so few truly great teams?
Author: Matt Moore
Publication: CBS Sports

If we accept LeBron James is one of the two greatest players ever, players in that category make their teams elite — even among champions — and James’ brilliant passing and standout defense make his teammates better, there is one nagging question: Why is it that James has been on so few all-time great teams?

Not only “pretty great that season,” rather teams that stand the test of time and still are revered: The 1986 Celtics. The 1996 Bulls. The 2017 Warriors. That level, referred to from here on out as a Great team, with capital “G.”

This exercise by no means is designed to disparage James, and we must note his career is nowhere near over. There is no debating his three championships (and three Finals MVPs), four regular-season MVPs, 13 All-NBA teams, 13 All-Star appearances, one scoring title, six times on the All-Defense team and individual performances and consistency built around a game that makes his teammates better cement greatness. He’s certified fresh on Rotten Tomatoes. – CLICK HERE to read full story.

NBA Social Rankings: LeBron James Edition
Author: Kenny Ducey
Publication: SI.com

In the modern NBA offseason, there are those who post workout videos, there are those who don’t post workout videos, there is a pillar of salt, and then there is LeBron James.

LeBron normally remains firmly in the public eye following the NBA season through social media, but this summer’s been special. After doing everything he could to beat the suped-up Warriors and still losing in five games, LeBron’s let it all go on Instagram through several workout videos and cryptic messages.

Along the way, he’s mixed in some downright hilarious moments with his family, showcased his golden voice and slipped in a few vicious ethers. Here are the 10 best moments (so far!) from the King’s adventurous offseason on social media. – CLICK HERE to read full story.

Danny Ainge: Cavaliers don’t affect Celtics’ roster plans
Author: Dan Feldman
Publication: Pro Basketball Talk

Lakers coach Luke Walton admitted what we could already see: Teams are timing their rebuilds to occur during the Warriors’ reign.

What about in the Eastern Conference, where LeBron James‘ teams have dominated? Do the Cavaliers affect team-building strategy? – CLICK HERE to read full story.

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