LeBron’s Mural Defaced in Miami – Carmelo to Stay in New York

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LeBron James has decided to take his amazing talents back to his original team the Cleveland Cavaliers, and Miami Heat fans were quick to express their discontent.

The Heat fans quickly turned on man who was instrumental in bringing two titles to Miami and four straight NBA Finals appearances.

Just a few hours after announcing his decision to return to the Cavaliers, a mural depicting LeBron and the rest of the supporting cast during the era of the Big Three was defaced in South Beach.

The mural, which took artist Serge Toussaint two years to complete, now has LeBron’s face blacked out with paint and the words “Thanks LeBron” spray painted across it. Later on in the day after his decision to leave, there were pictures of humorous LeBron faces posted on top of the vandalized mural.

However, while Miami is trying its hardest to forget about LeBron, Cleveland is already doing everything in their power to welcome King James back to their struggling basketball team, and erase all the feelings of the rocky divorce between LeBron and the Cavaliers the first time around.

Meanwhile, another NBA free agent has caused quite a stir after giving multiple teams the runaround. After weeks of waiting on Carmelo Anthony to make a decision as to whether or not he will leave the New York Knicks and sign with another team, he decides to return to the Knicks.

After entertaining offers from the Los Angeles Lakers, Houston Rockets, Dallas Mavericks, and the Chicago Bulls, Anthony has decided to re-sign with the Knicks based on the fact that he trusts Phil Jackson and his abilities in the front office to build a championship caliber team within the next couple of years.

Jackson has already begun to assert himself within the organization by bringing in guards such as Jose Calderon and Shane Larking, as well as the capable swingman Wayne Ellington to beef up the Knicks roster. No doubt Jackson will also be trying to make financial adjustments by moving Andrea Bargnani and Amar’e Stoudemire next season after both of their contracts are up to create some breathing room to add more talent.

Anthony also has great faith in new head coach Derek Fisher and his abilities to bring a veteran and championship mentality to the team. After an 11-year career, Anthony has been able to accomplish making it to the first couple rounds of the playoffs, but he has still not won a championship. It is clear that patience will have to be a virtue Anthony will have to learn to develop if he is putting his faith in the development of the New York Knicks franchise.

30 year old Anthony has agreed to a five-year maximum contract with the Knicks for about $130 million.

Move Over Miami – LeBron James is Going Home to … Cleveland!

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Lawd have mercy! They are jumping for joy in Cleveland ’cause the prodigal son is coming home

That’s right, LeBron James is returning to … Cleveland.

In a dramatic move announced Friday via an interview with Sports Illustrated, the Cleveland Cavaliers won the sweepstakes for the biggest free agent on the market and best player in the world.

Here’s what USA Today Sports is reporting:

What once seemed inconceivable is now a reality. LeBron James is a Cavalier again.

Let that sink in.

LeBron James is a Cavalier again.

“When I left Cleveland, I was on a mission,” James told SI. “I was seeking championships, and we won two. But Miami already knew that feeling. Our city hasn’t had that feeling in a long, long, long time. My goal is still to win as many titles as possible, no question. But what’s most important for me is bringing one trophy back to Northeast Ohio.”

The magnetic pull of returning to Cleveland, where James spent the first seven years of his NBA career, and trying to bring the city its first major championship since 1964 was too strong to resist.

“To make the move I needed the support of my wife and my mom, who can be very tough,” James told SI. “The letter from Dan Gilbert, the booing of the Cleveland fans, the jerseys being burned — seeing all that was hard for them. My emotions were more mixed. It was easy to say, ‘OK, I don’t want to deal with these people ever again.’ But then you think about the other side. What if I were a kid who looked up to an athlete, and that athlete made me want to do better in my own life, and then he left? How would I react? I’ve met with Dan, face-to-face, man-to-man. We’ve talked it out. Everybody makes mistakes. I’ve made mistakes as well. Who am I to hold a grudge?”

You can get the rest of this story at USA Today.

Venus Williams Butt Naked in ESPN Magazine’s Body Issue (Watch)

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Although Venus is older than her sister Serena, she is following in lil’ sis’ footsteps when it comes to stripping down for ESPN The Magazine.

The sixth annual edition of its Body Issue features 22 athletes posing nude, including the five-time Wimbledon champion.


In an interview accompanying the spread, Venus, joked about posting nude: “It didn’t dawn on me until right when I walked on set that I would have to be without clothes. If I would have thought about it before, there may have been a little less of a chance.”

She also discussed the challenges of Sjogren’s syndrome, which leaves her fatigued and forces her to make concessions in training.  [Scroll down to watch the interview and photo shoot.]


The issue, which hits newsstands July 11, is ESPN The Magazine’s annual celebration of the athletic form.

Also baring all for the issue is Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch, Oklahoma City Thunder forward Serge Ibaka, Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald and boxer Bernard Hopkins (the oldest title winner in the sport’s history).

“We somehow manage to raise the bar each year,” said ESPN The Magazine and ESPN.com editor in chief Chad Millman. “This year’s collection of exceptional athletes and stunning photography showcases an array of sports and body types. It inhabits our mission to pay tribute to these athletes’ bodies and all they are capable of.”

Serena graced the magazine’s Body Issue cover in 2009.


Other athletes in this year’s issue includes 18-time Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps, Texas Rangers first baseman Prince Fielder, professional surfer Coco Ho, cliff diver Ginger Huber, Olympic hockey player Hilary Knight, WNBA All-Star Angel McCoughtry, the husband-wife team of X Games stars Travis Pastrana and Lyn-Z, snowboarder Jamie Anderson, tennis player Tomas Berdych, Olympic bronze-medal-winning bobsledder Aja Evans,  and U.S. World Cup soccer player Omar Gonzalez, who also plays on the Los Angeles Galaxy.

Serena Cruises, Venus Rallies to Reach Wimbledon’s Round 3

Serena Williams of the United States in action during her Ladies' Singles second round match against Chanelle Scheepers of South Africa on day four of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club at Wimbledon on June 26, 2014 in London, England.

Five-time champion Serena Williams had zero trouble reaching the third round at Wimbledon, routing Chanelle Scheepers 6-1, 6-1 on Thursday in just 49 minutes.

Chasing her 18th Grand Slam title, the top-seeded American dominated the 94th-ranked South African in the opening match on Court 1 at the All England Club.

Williams served eight aces and had 26 winners. After dealing with back issues earlier this season, Williams says she’s feeling better.

“I felt ok today,” she said. “I just had a goal and trying to do better each day. … You know, I don’t want to feel great necessarily right now because hopefully I have several more matches I can play. But the goal for me is just to feel a little better every day.”

The 30-year-old Scheepers, who had never won a match at Wimbledon until this week, had only five winners to go with 13 unforced errors.

Williams, coming off a second-round loss at the French Open, is playing in her 15th Wimbledon and 56th Grand Slam tournament.

Williams next plays Alize Cornet of France, who beat her earlier this year.

“Cornet, she does everything good,” Williams said when asked about the upcoming match. “That’s why she was able to get a good win off of me. She never gives up, she’s a big fighter. She gets a lot of balls back.

“But I’m ready. It’s time for me to step up my game and do what I know I can do and do what I’m best at.”

Venus Williams of the United States prepares to serves during her Ladies' Singles second round match against Kurumi Nara of Japan on day three of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club at Wimbledon on June 25, 2014 in London, England.

Big sister Venus had a rougher time with her second round match against Kurumi Nara of Japan.

The five-time Wimbledon champ had to overcome an error-ridden start to secure a place in the third round with an ultimately comfortable two-set victory: 7-6 (4), 6-1.

With the win, Venus gets past the second round of a major for only the second time in her last 10 Grand Slam tournaments.

“It’s definitely a step in the right direction,” Williams said. “The thing that I just have to really work on is being on tour consistently and playing tournaments.”

Next up for Williams is a third-round clash with 2011 champion Petra Kvitova, the Czech lefthander who downed Mona Barthel of Germany 6-2, 6-0.

“I think we both play similar games, really go for it,” Williams said. “She’s one of the kind of players who can get kind of hot against me.”

LeBron James Opts Out of Contract With Miami Heat

LeBron James #6 of the Miami Heat speaks to the media following a 104-87 loss in Game Five of the 2014 NBA Finals at the AT&T Center on June 15, 2014 in San Antonio, Texas

NBA fans, get ready for “The Decision II.”

LeBron James’ agent, Richie Paul, has informed the Miami Heat that James will exercise his early termination option and become an unrestricted free agent on July 1.

Opting out does not mean James has decided to leave the Heat, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press, who spoke on condition of anonymity because neither the four-time NBA MVP nor the team had made any public announcement.

James had June 30 to decide whether to opt out of the final two years of his contract with the Heat. He was scheduled to make $20 million next season.

After Miami’s season-ending loss to the San Antonio Spurs in Game 5 of the NBA Finals, James told reporters he would take a vacation with his family before considering his contract options.

James did indicate that he welcomed the opportunity to become a free agent and have the same level of flexibility he was afforded in 2010, when he signed with Miami after spending his first seven years in Cleveland.

James had two years and about $42.7 million remaining on his deal with the Heat. In his four seasons in Miami, the Heat have gone to the NBA Finals four times, winning two championships.


LeBron Allegedly Won’t Take Less Money from Heat without Better Roster

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Lebron James seems to have a lot of weight on his shoulders — carrying the Miami Heat.

But the superstar athlete is asking for more talent on the team.

And that’s exactly what the Heat would have to give him in order for him to stay in Miami and maybe take a pay cut.

James isn’t interested in reducing his salary from $20.6 million next season and the following season from $22.1 million.

Reducing his salary would help the owner Micky Arison avoid paying luxury taxes.

The rest of the big three — Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade who are the team’s other highly paid players — don’t want to reduce their salaries to give Arison a tax break either.

The big three want the money to be put to good use and focused on building a better team.

Bringing in fresh, young talent could mean the Heat returning to the finals for a fifth consecutive year, which hasn’t been done since the Celtics of the 1960s.

But the talks for pay cuts aren’t over especially if it means fitting in Carmelo Anthony, but it seems as though there’s no money to sign him.

Camelo Decides to Opt Out of Knicks Deal; He May be Headed to …

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The NY Knicks job of rebuilding the team into a contender just got harder if not impossible.

That’s because Carmelo Anthony has decided to opt out of the final year of his contract with the Knicks and become an unrestricted free agent.

Anthony has until Monday to officially inform the team of his plans, according to ESPN.

Naturally Knicks prez Phil Jackson was hoping that Anthony would consider opting into the final year of his contract and testing free agency in the summer of 2015. Apparently that’s not going to be the case.

And where might Carmelo be headed? Well, even though there’s been heavy speculation that he might join the Big Three in Miami, Chicago looks more likely.

According to league sources, reports ESPN, Anthony has talked to at least one high-profile person who lives in Chicago about what it’s like to be famous in the Windy City.

The Bulls also have reportedly done their due diligence on Anthony in recent days. According to a report in the Chicago Sun-Times, Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau has reached out to some of Anthony’s former coaches to inquire about the seven-time All-Star.

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