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LeBron James | Forward | #23

Team: Cleveland Cavaliers
Age / DOB:  (31) / 12/30/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'8' / 250
College: None
Drafted: 2003 / Rd. 1 (1) / CLE
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LeBron James has informed Team USA that he will not participate during the 2016 Olympic Games.
After what James just accomplished, it's far from surprising to see him sit out the 2016 Olympic Games. He'll use the offseason to rest his body up as the Cavs attempt to repeat. James ranked No. 9 overall in 9-cat leagues after the 2015-16 season, so he'll be more of a late-first round target on draft day. Jun 23 - 5:12 PM

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LeBron James told reporters that he is leaning towards not playing in the 2016 Summer Olympics, according to Marc Stein of ESPN.

James just finished a taxing 2015-16 season, so his inclination to pass on the Olympics comes as no surprise. The 31-year-old is all but a lock to return to the Cavaliers to defend their championship in 2016-17 and will assume his normal spot as a first-round option fantasy drafts.
Jun 23 - 12:07 PM

LeBron James said that he has "no plans" to leave the Cavs as an unrestricted free agent this offseason.

"I love it here. I love being here. I love my teammates," James told cleveland.com, moments before he boarded a float at The Q for the Cavs' championship parade through downtown Cleveland. "Obviously my agent will take care of all the logistical things but, I'm happy. I've got no plans to go nowhere at this point." James will likely opt out of his deal, and it'll be interesting to see if he signs another one-year with an opt out, or if he decides to just sign a long-term max-contract. Either way, he's not going anywhere.
Jun 22 - 12:22 PM

According to The Vertical, LeBron James is leaning toward not competing at the Olympics.

He hasn't informed Team USA of his decision yet, but team officials are planning to be without him. It makes sense for James to get some rest after a grueling NBA Finals, and he will likely join a long list of superstars who won't play in the Olympics such as Stephen Curry, Russell Westbrook, Chris Paul and James Harden.
Jun 20 - 12:37 PM

The Cavaliers won their first ever NBA championship during an instant-classic Game 7 on Sunday, led by LeBron James' 27 points, 11 rebounds, 11 assists, three blocks and two steals in 47 minutes.

LeBron's legacy is constantly in the spotlight but hopefully that narrative will be put to rest after a phenomenal 2016-17 campaign. LBJ helped his team rally from a 3-1 series deficit for the first time in NBA Finals history, pushing his career Finals record to 3-4 in the process. He unanimously won the Finals MVP, and the city of Cleveland will be buzzing for weeks after earning their first major sports championship since 1964. LeBron has a player option this summer and while he might sign a longer-term contract, it's safe to say that he's not going anywhere.
Jun 19 - 10:42 PM

LeBron James was spectacular during a 115-101 Game 6 win over the Warriors on Thursday, scoring 41 points with eight rebounds, 11 assists, four steals, three blocks, three 3-pointers and one turnover in 43 minutes.

It was one of the best games in a Finals ever. James did it all on both ends with magnificent passing and tough shots all night. He scored 500 points in a postseason for the sixth time, he is now seventh all time for total points in The Finals, and he became only the fifth player all time to score 40-plus points in back-to-back Finals games. Regardless of the outcome in Game 7, LeBron is the frontrunner for Finals MVP.
Jun 16 - 11:51 PM

LeBron James stuffed the stat sheet during a 112-97 Game 5 victory in Oakland on Monday, scoring 41 points with 16 rebounds, seven assists, three steals, three blocks, two turnovers and four 3-pointers.

He's the first player with at least 40 points, 15 rebounds and five assists in a Finals game since Shaquille O'Neal in 2001. James and Kyrie Irving carried the Cavs in this huge road win, scoring or assisting on 86.6 percent of their points. James didn't have any assists in the first half with the Warriors really having a tough time containing him. His jumper was also on in this game with 20 points beyond the paint. Game 6 is back in Cleveland on Thursday.
Jun 14 - 12:31 AM

LeBron James said he's "not quite sure" what he can do to get to the free throw line more often.

"I’m getting hit, but the refs are not seeing it that way on my drives," James said after Game 4. "I’ve got to continue to be aggressive. That’s who I am for our team. That’s what opens up the floor for a lot of our shooters." Amazingly, James only drew two fouls in his 46 minutes while ending 30 possessions in Game 4. The Warriors collapsing defense has done a great job on him, but he needs some help.
Jun 11 - 3:40 PM

LeBron James played a game-high 46 minutes during a 108-97 loss to the Warriors in Game 4 on Friday, scoring 25 points with 13 rebounds, nine assists, two steals, three blocks, seven turnovers and one 3-pointer.

He played the entire second half, scoring 18 points with eight boards after halftime. Coach Ty Lue has been asking a lot out of LeBron, but he looked tired and wasn't looking for his shot as much. In other news, James did a step-over on Draymond Green and the two got into it after that (video in link below). James won't be punished for this by the NBA, though. This loss wasn't on LeBron with the former MVP scoring more than half of the Cavs' fourth-quarter points. Game 5 is in Oakland on Monday.
Source: NBA.com
Jun 11 - 12:13 AM

LeBron James started at power forward during the Cavs' blowout Game 3 victory, piling up 32 points (14-of-26 FGs, 3-of-5 FTs) with 11 rebounds, six assists, two blocks, one steal and five turnovers in 40 minutes.

"We've tried a lot of different lineups that haven't worked," Lue said before the game. "We've been big, we've been small. But putting LeBron at [power forward] and trying to match their speed, I think will help us out a lot." Lue's scheme worked to perfection and the Cavs found a lot of success using LeBron as a screener, forcing a mismatch once the Warriors switched defensively, a wrinkle that will loom large when the series continues in Cleveland on Friday. LBJ described Game 3 as "must win" for the Cavs, and their lopsided victory (without Kevin Love) puts a whole new spin on the series.
Jun 8 - 11:50 PM

LeBron James is viewing Game 3 of the Finals as a must-win game for the Cavs.

"It's a do-or-die game for us," said James. "We can't afford to go down 3-0 to any team, especially a team that's 73-9 in the regular season and is playing the type of basketball they're playing. So we understand that. We're going to come in and give everything that we've got and leave it on the floor." James acknowledged that he turned the ball over too much (seven times) during Game 2's blowout loss, so expect him to be more efficient in that department for Game 3.
Source: scout.com
Jun 7 - 4:40 PM

LeBron James said that he turned the ball over too often in Cleveland's Game 2 blowout loss vs. Golden State.

"I got myself in a lot of trouble tonight personally," James said. "Turned the ball over way too much. And I said after Game 1 we just can’t turn the ball over against a great team and expect to win, and I had basically half of the turnovers." LeBron nearly had a quadruple-double with 19 points, eight boards, nine dimes and seven turnovers, and he'll have to shoulder a much bigger load in Game 3—especially if Kevin Love (concussion) is out—if the Cavs are going to make this a series. "I've got to be better," LeBron added. "I've got to be better with the ball. You know, trying to play-make for myself and play-make for my teammates at the same time, I’ve just got to be more solid."
Source: ESPN
Jun 6 - 9:29 AM

LeBron James piled up 19 points, eight rebounds, nine assists and four steals in a losing effort during Game 2, making 7-of-17 FGs and 4-of-4 FTs with one 3-pointer and seven turnovers in 34 minutes.

Through two Finals games, James is averaging 21.0 points, 10.0 rebounds and 9.0 assists, but his team has two losses to show for it. The last time LeBron faced a 2-0 deficit in the playoffs was vs. Boston in 2008 and he'll need much more help to even the series during Cleveland's upcoming home games -- his teammates shot a combined 35.2 percent in Games 1 and 2, and now Kevin Love is questionable due to a concussion he suffered on Sunday.
Jun 5 - 11:08 PM

LeBron James made 9-of-21 from the field for 23 points during a 104-89 loss to the Warriors in Game 1 on Thursday, adding 12 rebounds, nine assists, one block, two steals and two 3-pointers in 41 minutes.

He was coming in with some serious momentum with his field goal percentage going up in each of the last three rounds, including 62.2 percent in the series against the Raptors. James has typically struggled in Game 1 of The Finals, winning just one of his seven games in his career. Obviously this Warriors team is going to be a tall order for LeBron. He may have even more responsibility going forward.
Jun 3 - 12:00 AM

LeBron James does not care that the Warriors are currently favored to take home the Larry O'Brien trophy this year.

"Not my concern," James said of the Warriors' being penciled in as the favorites to repeat this year. "I don't get involved in all of that -- underdog, overdog, whatever the case may be. It's stupidity." James also said that the Cavs are "better built" to start the Finals this year than they were last year with a healthy Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love, so confidence does not appear to be an issue in Cleveland. Game 1 tips off at 9 p.m. ET on Thursday, plan accordingly.
Source: ESPN
Jun 1 - 10:47 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
PG1Kyrie Irving
2Matthew Dellavedova
3Mo Williams
SG1J.R. Smith
2Iman Shumpert
3James Jones
4Dahntay Jones
5Jordan McRae
SF1LeBron James
2Richard Jefferson
PF1Kevin Love
2Channing Frye
C1Tristan Thompson
2Timofey Mozgov
3Sasha Kaun