Signs lifetime deal
Nike signs James to an lifetime endorsement deal. The terms are not revealed, but a source says it easily surpasses Kevin Durant’s 10-year, $300 million deal. Nike has made 13 versions of James’ signature shoe, and annual sales in 2015 for his line are estimated to top $400 million. James:
I’m very humble, man. It’s been an unbelievable time for myself and my family, and I’m just grateful that Nike and [Nike founder] Phil Knight and everyone over there just believed in a skinny-old, skinny 18-year-old kid from Akron, Ohio, and I’m happy to be a part of such a great company…It meant a lot to me even when I signed my first deal just to be with Nike, and it means even more that they’ve given me this.
We can confirm that we have agreed to a lifetime relationship with LeBron that provides significant value to our business, brand and shareholders. We have already built a strong LeBron business over the past 12 years, and we see the potential for this to continue to grow throughout his playing career and beyond.
Performs as Prince
James performs as Prince, singing Purple Rain at the Cleveland Cavaliers’ Halloween party. Cleveland forward, Love, has a front-row seat for the performance and shares his video footage:
James plays himself, in his acting debut, in Judd Apatow’s comedy, Trainwreck. The film co-stars Amy Schumer and Bill Hader. When told he will play himself:
I can just show up, I’m LeBron, I’ll play basketball, and shoot some jumpers, I can dunk. And it was like ‘uh no, you’re actually going to be Bill’s best friend in the movie.’ And I’m like ‘so that means I’m going to have … lines?
Has nightmares about Finals loss
During an appearance on Bleacher Report Radio, James says he still feels the pain of his 2015 NBA Finals loss to the Golden State Warriors:
I just don’t feel like you ever move on from losing in the Finals. You feel like you’re right there. You have a great opportunity to do something special … I guess there’s nightmares, now, about them, about situations throughout the games, and it’s always replaying in my head. You know, it was definitely difficult, and I’m getting better every day, but you know, it takes quite a while for me to get out of the funk.
Warriors 105-97 Cavaliers Game 6
The Golden State Warriors defeat the Cleveland Cavaliers in six games to win the NBA championship. Curry had 25 points, 8 assists, 6 rebounds, and 3 steals. Iguodala had 25 points, 5 assists, 5 rebounds, and 2 steals. James had 32 points, 9 assists, and 18 rebounds. Iguodala is named the NBA Finals MVP. Curry:
I’m kind of speechless. This is special. To be able to hold this trophy and all the hard work we’ve put into it this season, this is special. We’re definitely a great team and a team that should go down in history as one of the best teams from top to bottom.
James, despite playing a historic series, falls to a 2-4 record in the Finals:
Doesn’t matter if I’m playing in Miami or playing in Cleveland or playing on Mars. You lose in the Finals, it’s disappointing.
James explains the Cavaliers NBA Finals loss and reviews the season:
It’s never a success if you go out losing. But I think we put ourselves back where this franchise needs to be, being a contender. But we’ve still got a lot of work to do…It hurts me to know that I wish I could have done better and done more and just put a little bit more effort or whatever the case may be to help us get over the hump. But it just wasn’t our time…I knew it was going to be a tough task, and I continued to tell you guys we were undermanned…I don’t even know if it’s ever happened, for a team to lose two All‑Stars and still be able to make it to The Finals…I put my body through a lot, you know, but it’s the price for your body feeling this way for winning…I didn’t win a championship, but I’ve done a lot of good things in this first year back, and hopefully I can continue it.
Warriors 104-91 Cavaliers Game 5
The Golden State Warriors defeat the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 5 of the NBA Finals and take the 3-2 series lead. Curry drops 37 points, 4 assists, 7 rebounds, and 2 steals. James puts up 40 points, 11 assists, and 14 rebounds. Curry:
It was a fun moment, but it will only mean something — and I’ll probably have a better answer for that question after we win that championship — but signature moments only come for players who are holding the trophy
James, despite being on the brink of elimination:
I feel confident because I’m the best player in the world
Warriors 103-82 Cavaliers Game 4
The Golden State Warriors defeat the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 4 of the NBA Finals and tie the series at 2-2. For the Warriors, Curry puts up 22 points and 7 assists, and Iguodala puts up 22 points and 8 rebounds. For the Cavaliers, James has 20 points, 8 assists, and 12 rebounds. Mozgov also contributes 28 points and 10 rebounds. Curry:
Tonight we came in with the mentality that we had to win this game
Iguodala on guarding James:
Make him work as hard as possible. Make him take tough shots. You look at his strengths, you look at his weaknesses, and you try to take him out of his comfort zone. Sounds easier said than done, but we all have a lot of talent and when we go out there we want to make our stamp on the game.
Offensively we were terrible. Sometimes, your offense just doesn’t show up.
Exposes penis on TV
While adjusting his shorts, James briefly exposes his penis before game four of the 2015 NBA Finals between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors.
Cavaliers 96-91 Warriors Game 3
The Cavaliers defeat the Warriors in Game 3 of the NBA Finals. James scores 40 points and also has 8 assists and 12 rebounds. Dellavedova contributes 20 points, 4 assists, and 5 rebounds in the victory. For the Warriors, Curry puts up 26 points, 6 assists, and 6 rebounds. James:
I’m just trying to do whatever it takes to help our team win. It’s the Finals, and it’s whatever it takes. This is a totally different challenge.
I think I found something when it comes to how I’m going to be able to attack their pick-and-rolls. I’ll keep that in the memory bank going into Game 4.
Cavaliers 95-93 Warriors Game 2
The Cleveland Cavaliers win Game 2 against the Golden State Warriors to tie the series 1-1. James leads the Cavaliers with a triple-double, putting up 39 points, 11 assists, and 16 rebounds. For the Warriors, Thompson puts up 34 points and 5 rebounds. Curry, despite having 19 points, is only 5-23 from the field. Curry:
Shots I normally make I knew as soon as they left my hand that they were off. That doesn’t usually happen. Mechanically, I don’t know if there is an explanation for it. Just didn’t have a rhythm and didn’t find one the whole game.
I tried to give it all to my teammates. And they do a great job of giving it back to me. Total team effort. To be back in the same position we were in three days ago and to come back and even the series is big time.
Warriors 108-100 Cavaliers Game 1
In Game 1 of the NBA Finals, the Golden State Warriors defeat the Cleveland Cavaliers in OT. Curry leads the Warriors with 20 points, 8 assists, and 6 rebounds. James drops 44 points, 6 assists, and 8 rebounds for the Cavaliers. James:
I got to where I wanted to get, step back, made them before. It’s a make-or-miss league, and we had our chances.
Curry on the overtime:
It was just a classic five minutes that we needed to get that win.
Cavaliers 118-88 Hawks Game 4
The Cavaliers win 118-88. James scores 23 points, Smith scores 18 points and Thompson scores 16 points and 11 rebounds. Teague scores 17 points and Millsap scores 16 points for the Hawks. Cleveland wins East Series 4-0. James on NBA Finals:
I’m a guy who believes in unfinished business…I understood what these people were going through, the people here. Not only in Cleveland but Northeast Ohio and all over the world who love and bleed wine and gold. To be at this point tonight, it’s very emotional.
We’re in Cleveland. Nothing is easy here.
Cavaliers 114-111Hawks Game 3
The Cavaliers win 114-111. James scores 37 points, 18 rebounds and 13 assists, Dellavedova scores 17 points and Smith scores 17 points. Teague scores 30 points and Millsap scores 22 points for the Hawks. Cleveland leads East Finals 3-0. James on Game 3:
I gave everything I have.
On exhaustion colapse:
I’ve been better. I play to exhaustion. I give as much as I can give, and sometimes the body just shuts down…In overtime I asked to come out, but I actually had a second thought. I wouldn’t have felt right about the situation. It was mind over matter there for me. I’m playing through a lot but it doesn’t matter. If I’m putting on the uniform and I’m on the floor, I have to make things happen for our team. It’s that simple.
Coach Blatt on James:
He just wouldn’t let us lose.
Coach Budenholzer on Game 3 loss:
I’m very proud of the way our guys competed.
Cavaliers 94-82 Hawks Game 2
Cavaliers win 94-82. James scores 30 points, 11 rebounds assists and Thompson gets 16 . Schroder scores 11 points for the Hawks. Cleveland leads East Finals 2-0. Coach Blatt on James:
How much does it help to have LeBron on your team?. Do I really have to answer that?
On his birthday wish:
Just a Cavs win. That’s all I’m asking for.
Coach Budenholzer on Game 2 loss:
In the playoffs, it takes more. It takes better execution, better screening. You’ve got to do things harder.
Cavaliers 97-89 Hawks Game 1
The Cavaliers win 97-89. James scores 31 points, Mozgov scores ten points and 11 rebounds. Teague scores 27 points, Horford scores 16 points, Millsap scores 13 points and Kent Bazemore scores ten points for the Hawks. Cleveland leads East Finals 1-0. Coach Blatt on Lebron:
When he gets hot. He gets smoking hot.
Coach Budenholzer on Carroll:
DeMarre is a complete player. He has a big impact at both ends of the court.
Once I start shooting. Everybody keeps telling me to keep shooting.
James on Carroll injuries:
We’re all a brotherhood. You don’t want anybody to get hurt like that.
Cavaliers 94-73 Bulls Game 6
The Cavaliers win 94-73. Dellavedova scores 19 points, James scores 15 points and Thompson scoress 13 points, 17 rebounds. Butler scores 20 points and Rose scores 14 points for the Bulls. Cleveland wins East Semifinals Series 4-2. James on Cavaliers:
These guys work their tails off every single day when you guys are not around. Yes, I’m a little bit surprised because of how we’ve handled the postseason so far. These are first-timers right here (Dellavedova and Thompson) as well as Kyrie and Kev before the injury. They want to be good, they want to be great, and every single day they prepare the right way.
I do everything for my team, do everything for my teammates. I want these guys to be able to feel this moment. That’s what I came back here for. I’ve got four guys that never made the postseason that played a huge role on this team.
Coach Thibodeau on Bulls:
Yeah. Until they tell me I’m not, I expect to be here. That’s the way I’m going to approach it.
Cavaliers 106-101 Bulls Game 5
The Cavaliers win 106-101. James scores 38 points, 12 rebounds, six steals and three assists and Irving scores 25 points. Butler scores 29 points and Dunleavy scores 19 points for the Bulls. Cleveland leads East Semifinals 3-2. Irving on James:
I commend him for putting us on his back.
James on Game 5:
Yay. No turnovers! That was the first stat I was looking at after the game. I was trying to be efficient for my teammates and I was very efficient.
Gibson on ejection:
I was surprised (to be ejected). I really just tried to release my foot because as soon as I got up off the ground, I just felt somebody tugging on my leg.
Coach Thibodeau on James:
We were slow. He was quicker.
Cavaliers 86-84 Bulls Game 4
Cavaliers win 86-84. James scores 25 points,Mozgov scores 15 points and Smith scores 13 points. Rose scores 31 points, Butler scores 19 points for the Bulls, The East Semifinals Series is tied 1-1. James on win shot:
I was supposed to take the ball out. I told Coach there was no way I’m taking the ball out unless I could shoot it over the backboard and go in. So I told him, Have somebody else take the ball out.’ The play that was drawn up, I scratched it. I just told Coach, Just give me the ball. We’re either going to go into overtime or I’m going to win it for us.
Rose on James:
There’s nothing you can do about it. He hit a great shot. He’s a hell of a player. We just have to make sure that if we’re in that position again, just make sure that we force him out a little bit more or make someone else get the ball.
I thought the last two (games) could have gone either way. They’re hard fought. They’re a great team.
Bulls 99-96 Cavaliers Game 3
The Bulls win 99-96. Rose scores 30 points, Butler scores 20 points. James scores 27 points and 14 assists for the Cavaliers. Chicago leads East Semifinals 2-1. Rose on Game 3 performance:
I’m just thankful and grateful that my teammates gave me the ball. They believed in me down the stretch. They kept getting me the ball, kept encouraging me to play the way that I usually play. And no, I did not call glass.
Butler on Game 3 win:
It was huge. We needed that. That’s what he does.
James on Game 3:
You follow the game plan, they make a shot – you live with it. It’s when you make mistakes during the game plan, those would be the ones that are hard to live with. I know it’s easy for me to say that. The shot was not made on me. The guy took a tough shot. Tip your hat to him.
On Noah hard foul:
I’m a father with three kids. It got very disrespectful. I’m OK with competing against Jo. I love the competitive nature, but we should leave it there. The disrespectful words that he said to me were uncalled for.