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LBJ

Via Mouthpiece Sports and And One, ESPN The Magazine reports that LeBron James and O’Shea ‘Ice Cube’ Jackson are teaming up to produce an ABC pilot based on The King’s life as a high school basketball stud.

The series, described as “Friday Night Lights-meets-Entourage,” will follow an inner-city 15 year-old prep star who is transplanted to a small town school and forced to come of age while dealing with media pressure, unscrupulous moneymen and the jealousy of his peers. […]

“It’s a grounded character study of teenage life in small town America, but it’s also an exploration of the American Dream and the wish-fulfillment aspect of what his life has become,” said Matt Alvarez, President of CubeVision, who pitched the concept and is also an executive producer on the show.”

Fortunately, the only television I watch these days is NBA games, “The Office” and “Summer Heights High,” so that “Friday Night Lights-meets-Entourage” comparison really doesn’t do much for me. But hey, “Friday Night Lights” is good, right? I enjoyed the movie. “Ya’ll want to win put Boobie in.” Dramatic stuff.

Anyway, the LeBron-inspired pilot script should be finished shortly so, if ABC approves it, production on the show could begin as early as this spring, with a possible fall ’09 premiere.

In the meantime, I’ll see if I can track down leaked episode summaries like I did with Gilbert Arenas’ new reality show. I may not watch a lot of TV, but I’m extremely well-connected. Call me Ari.

LeBron’s season

King James is leading the Cavs to an amazing season. Let’s take a look at what the King has done.

2008:

25 games
35.4 minutes per game
49.7% from the field
28.3% from 3 point
79.6% from free throw
6.7 rebounds per game
6.3 assists per game
2.3 turnovers per game
2.0 steals per game
1.2 blocks per game
27.3 points per game

21-4 record!!

Career:

416 games played
40.5 minutes played per game
46.9 field goal percentage
32.3 3 point percentage
73.3 free throw percentage
1.8 steals per game
0.8 blocks per game
3.3 turnovers per game
6.9 rebounds per game
6.6 assists per game
27.3 points per game

Harsh words wake up Cavs.

Cavaliers coach Mike Brown was more emotional than usual after his team blew a double-figure halftime lead last month against the Detroit Pistons in Auburn Hills.

Call it disappointment. Call it anger. He didn’t mince words when criticizing his team or himself.

By the way, that’s the last time the Cavs lost.

”Our guys knew that they could have played better and we all stunk that night, including myself,” Brown said. ”When you let games like that slip away or you let people take something from you, it’s not a good feeling, especially without a true fight back.”

In the interim, with the exception of the game Saturday against the Milwaukee Bucks, the Cavs have shown intensity on the court and improved play from the bench while blowing out opponents.

”We played well against Detroit in the first half, then we got lackadaisical, thinking we were just going through the motions another game and win like we’d been winning, and we didn’t,” Cavs center Zydrunas Ilgauskas said. ”It was a real
good reality shot for all of us, I think.”

The Cavs arrived in Auburn Hills on an eight-game winning streak with victories against some of the league’s lower-tier teams and left humbled.

”We learned that we can’t just turn it on and off against the good teams,” Ilgauskas said.

”We learned from our mistakes in Detroit, but we’re going to continue to play the same way whether we won or lost that game,” LeBron James said. ”We’ve been playing the same intense basketball.”

Brown said it helps that the lesson came early in the season.

”Our guys, I think, are smart enough to understand they have a chance to be very good this year,” he said. ”Good teams are going to try to take that from them. Now they have to figure out how we can avoid that happening. How can we be the ones going in and taking things from people on their floor or on our floor.”

What they have taken in the past five games has come with apparent ease, winning games by an average of 19 points.

James knows the Cavs still have to establish themselves more.

”It’s only the first month of the season,” he said. ”We’ve got to continue to get better. We’ve got to continue to go out there and defend. We can’t have any slippage.”

How do they do maintain the intensity? It comes down to reality, Ilgauskas said.

”We had a good month, [but] we haven’t won anything. We haven’t won the division,” he said. ”We haven’t won the conference, we haven’t won anything. It’s really nothing to be proud of, to be honest with you. We played well, obviously. We all know that.

”But just as easy, if you can take it easy, it can be a three-, four-, five-game losing streak. We have bigger goals than that. We want to be playing in June, and we want to put ourselves in a position to have home court in the playoffs.”

Circus in town?

James has no intention of turning away from the media circus surrounding his ”imminent” free agency when the New York media show up to cover the Knicks. In games in New Jersey and New York City last week, much was made about comments that James made.

”I’m going to answer the questions whenever they come, but it’s not such a big deal to me,” he said. ”They’re going to come, and as soon as I say I’m not going to talk about it anymore, that’s when they’re really going to come, so I’m going to answer them and move on like I’ve been doing.”

Quick hit

A bonus could come tonight in playing the Knicks.

If the Cavs win, they will achieve their best home start in franchise history.

Congrats to LeBron

We want to send out a huge congrats to our boy LBJ, for rep-ing the USA in the upcoming Olympics.

We all knew LeBron would be chosen, and what a man he is for deciding he wants to go. So many NBA players are babies, and whine their way out of playing. Not LBJ. He is ready to make that trip to Beijing. The USA has not won a gold medal in Basketball since 1996. It’s about time boys.

A full list of Team USA should be available later today!

Go luck in China LeBron!

LeBron talks

From the Canton Rep:

Making the media rounds this past week, LeBron James answered two questions that have dogged the Cavs since their season ended.

What do the Cavs need to win a title? Is James determined to opt out and leave Cleveland in two years? James dealt with both topics on ESPN 850 WKNR’s “Munch on Sports” Wednesday.

“We’re one and a half players away,” James said in regards to how close the Cavs are to winning a title.

One and a half?

James didn’t really elaborate. But from here, that means another legitimate All-Star level player and perhaps a promising rookie who contributes by the end of next season. More on those options below.

As for the rampant speculation that he is gone to New York in two years — either to revive the Nets with buddy and part owner Jay-Z or to resuscitate the Knicks — James didn’t sound like a guy eager to pack his bags.

“At this point,” emphasis on those three words, James does not foresee himself heading elsewhere. Translation: If the Cavs get back to the NBA Finals and prove they are capable of being a regular there over the next five to 10 years, James won’t be so quick to jump at his bite of the apple.

OPTIONS, OPTIONS

With the NBA Finals over (someone can wake up the Lakers and tell them it was all a bad dream) and the draft this week, things will begin to heat up for the Cavs.

They have the 19th pick Thursday and no second-round pick. They also have two key restricted free agents they will look to keep, guards Daniel Gibson and Delonte West.

After that, anything can happen to upgrade the roster. The Cavs could look to move up in the draft and/or add another pick later on. And they could try to pull off the blockbuster trade that so many want to see from them, though, that won’t be easy.

So what will they do?

REALISTIC VIEW

The Cavs can’t get any deals done at this stage of the summer and have only the 19th pick as their immediate way for improvement.

Cavs fans don’t like this one, but GM Danny Ferry might be wise to let the dust settle some and see which teams go to tear-down mode and dump talent. Remember, the Celtics didn’t steal Kevin Garnett from the Timberwolves until a month after the draft.

If the Cavs stand pat on draft night, look for them to go big at No. 19. They have a rapidly aging front line with their youngest big man (Anderson Varejao) in a position to bolt next summer.

If GlenOak’s Kosta Koufos is still there at No. 19 it will be hard for the Cavs to ignore the most skilled 7-footer in this draft.

But the guess here is Koufos is gone by the time the Cavs pick. His workouts in Vegas and for individual teams have reminded everyone just how freakish of an athlete he is — 7-foot-1 with good athleticism, the ability to shoot with range, handle and pass. And, oh yeah, he’s a good kid by all accounts.

With Koufos likely gone, the imposing Roy Hibbert, a four-year player at Georgetown, could be the pick. He should be able to come in and help from the start as a rebounder and defender.

Also a possibility is 7-0 DeAndre Jordan, who left Texas A&M after one season. He’s very athletic but extremely raw, having averaged just 7.9 points and 6.0 rebounds in his lone college season.

BEST-CASE SCENARIO

The summer ends with the Cavs having Elton Brand as their starting power forward and a rookie wing-type player with the ability to contribute to the rotation by next postseason. This could be the “one and a half player” that makes the Cavs a legit threat to win it all.

Talk of acquiring another shooter always dominates Cavs’ trade rumors. But a greater priority could be finding a scoring threat in the paint. Brand would be the answer.

The Clippers being the Clippers, they are due to blunder away a super talent and the former All-Star forward fits into that category, having averaged 20 and 10 for his career. Coming off last season’s Achilles injury is what could make Brand available, so there is that concern.

He returned to play in the final eight games, which is not enough of a sample to confirm his health. But if the Cavs and their doctors feel comfortable that Brand is not too much of a health risk — and the Clippers don’t want to deal with his future contract demands — he could give James the secondary option he needs.

As for the rookie wing-type player, someone along the lines of Rodney Stuckey comes to mind. The Pistons got the strong, combo guard with the 15th pick last year after two high-scoring seasons at Eastern Washington. Stuckey dealt with an injury early on, but wasted no time settling into Detroit’s rotation by the playoffs and looks to be a long-term contributor there.

Who’s that guy later in this first round?

Chris Douglas-Roberts of Memphis could be. He’ll come out a bit older and more experienced than Stuckey after three seasons with the Tigers. He’s also a much higher-profile guy, having helped Memphis get to the Final Four.

But he has some basic ingredients that should intrigue the Cavs — size (6-7), versatility, ability to defend and a knack for scoring. He’s best at slashing but has developed a decent shot, making 41 percent of his 3-pointers last season from the shorter college distance.