October 26th, 2010
10:40 AM ET

Dream team Hall of Famer on Miami's triple threat

The Miami Heat trio of LeBron James, Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh will open up the season against the Boston Celtics tonight.

Basketball Hall of Famer Kevin McHale knows what it's like to walk on the court as part of an NBA dream trio. And he also knows what it's like to battle against one.

With the Boston Celtics, McHale paired up with Larry Bird and Robert Parish, who often squared off against the L.A. Lakers' Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and James Worthy.

So he knows a little bit about that whole LeBron James-Dwayne Wade-Chris Bosh scenario. The Miami Heat superstars play their first regular-season game together tonight - against the Boston Celtics.

Kevin McHale, now an analyst, played as part of a Celtics "Dream Team."

"You feel confident when you step on the floor," McHale told CNN, recalling how it was to play with such strength around and with him. "What happens when you have three really quality players,  never do all three have a bad game. One may have a bad game, but if all three have a good game - you win. Two of the three is good enough to carry you. And one guy can carry you for 40 minutes and the other can catch fire at the end to score key hoops."

So when his former team hits the floor in tonight's NBA opener against the much talked-about, hyped, and sometimes loathed "new dream team," McHale can't wait to watch.

"Its going to be fun," he said. "It's going to be Boston's big three [Paul Pierce, Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett] which has won a championship together, versus the new big three, which haven't won an NBA game yet but the expectation level is so high."

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October 20th, 2010
06:23 PM ET

LeBron James reveals racially charged tweet

Weeks after he said he thinks race plays a role in some of the criticism he faces, NBA star LeBron James retweeted a racially charged Twitter message that someone sent him.

The message was one of three critical tweets that the Miami Heat player retweeted Tuesday for the public to see.

"U r a big nosed big lipped bug eyed n*****. ur greedy, u try to hide ur ghettoness," the message read. The apparent sender’s Twitter account no longer exists.

ESPN.com reported that after the Heat's practice Wednesday in Miami, James said he just wanted people "to see what type of words that are said toward me and towards us as professional athletes."

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October 13th, 2010
11:11 AM ET

Baseball's division series settled; football on tap

Texas Rangers pitcher Cliff Lee celebrates his team's victory Tuesday over the Tampa Bay Rays.

Baseball's last division series wrapped up Tuesday night, as the Texas Rangers defeated the Tampa Bay Rays in the deciding game, 5-1, and advanced to the American League Championship Series for the first time in franchise history.

Cliff Lee did his best Cliff Lee impression, turning in another masterpiece. Lee pitched a complete game while allowing just one run and striking out 11. It was his second dominant performance of the series and the second win he picked up for the Rangers. Last night, the Texas ace downed the Rays in 120 pitches - 90 of which were strikes.

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October 6th, 2010
08:51 AM ET

NBA Heat's super trio makes on-court debut

Miami Heat center Chris Bosh, left, sets a pick for forward LeBron James during a preseason game Tuesday night against the Detroit Pistons.

The hype hit the hardwood Tuesday night as the Miami Heat played their first NBA preseason game since superstars LeBron James and Chris Bosh joined Dwyane Wade on the team.

The Heat didn't disappoint, dominating the injury-plagued Detroit Pistons 105-89 at American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida.

Wade left the game after just three minutes because of a hamstring injury, but Bosh scored 20 points and James was good for 18.

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October 1st, 2010
05:08 PM ET

LeBron James, race and ‘The Decision’


Did you think the hype and fury over NBA superstar LeBron James’ announcement to switch teams was a thing of the past? Think again.

A comment James made during a recent interview with CNN has sparked a fresh round of controversy and recrimination.

First, a quick recap for those who may have somehow missed what happened this summer.

James, arguably the best basketball player in the world, using his rights as a free agent, decided to sign with the Miami Heat rather than continue with the Cleveland Cavaliers. James grew up in nearby Akron, Ohio, and played with the Cavaliers for seven years after coming directly out of high school.

James made the announcement July 8 during a nationally televised special – dubbed “The Decision” – on ESPN. The TV special was roundly criticized in the aftermath and the widely popular James was cast by fans and media as something of a villain – an egotistical athlete more concerned with his brand and marketability than loyalty to his hometown.

James discussed "The Decision” with CNN’s Soledad O’ Brien and an answer to one of her questions has renewed discussion about it.

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August 12th, 2010
12:59 PM ET

Jim Gray vs. Ryder Cup captain in PGA drama

U.S. Ryder Cup captain Corey Pavin insists he was misquoted by Jim Gray.

As the PGA Championship gets under way this week  in Haven, Wisconsin, the latest brouhaha over Tiger Woods (no, he hasn't misplaced his cell phone) pits Golf Channel contributor Jim Gray against U.S. Ryder Cup captain Corey Pavin.

Gray reported this week that Pavin told him he'd use a captain's pick on Woods if he failed to make the U.S. PGA team on points. (Now, why would Woods fail to make ... the ... oh, never mind).

Pavin took to his Twitter account Wednesday to counter Gray's account of events. "For the record, @golfchannel and Jim Gray has misquoted me re: picking Tiger. I never said such a thing and will not say a thing until 09/07," he tweeted.

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August 3rd, 2010
09:30 AM ET

LeBron James belatedly thanks hometown

LeBron James tried to make amends to his hometown Tuesday morning.

The NBA superstar was reviled in Akron, Ohio, and up the road in Cleveland after he announced last month that he was leaving the Cleveland Cavaliers to play for the Miami Heat. Fans in both cities felt betrayed and were offended at the one-hour ESPN special James used to make the announcement.

James took out a full-page advertisement in Tuesday's Akron Beacon Journal newspaper to thank fans for their support, even before he became a basketball star.
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July 9th, 2010
12:01 PM ET

Big ratings for LeBron James 'Decision' special

According to a tweet from ESPN's Dave Nagle, the LeBron James extravaganza Thursday night drew an initial 7.3 rating from Nielsen, meaning 7.3 percent of all TV-watching households were tuning in. "The Decision" drew a 26 rating in Cleveland, 12.8 in Miami.

The overall rating beat out broadcast television's most-watched show of the evening, a rerun of "The Mentalist" on CBS, which drew a 6.0, according to tvbythenumbers.com.

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July 9th, 2010
10:41 AM ET

Reaction to LeBron James' move to Miami

Cleveland police watch for trouble Thursday night at an iconic downtown billboard.

Reactions to NBA free-agent superstar LeBron James' decision to leave the Cleveland Cavaliers to join Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh on the Miami Heat:

The Miami Herald sports page has a huge headline: JACKPOT!

The New York Knicks had been in the running to sign James but lost out. Today's New York Daily News front page features a photo of James and the headline: Hey, we're New York, the greatest city in the world, so WHO CARES!

Cleveland's newspaper, The Plain Dealer, features a huge photo of James walking away with the word "Gone" in large type; in small type there's an arrow pointing to James' hand with text reading, "Seven years in Cleveland. No rings."

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