Windhorst: Lakers might have to trade LeBron James this summer

The Los Angeles Lakers might have to trade for LeBron James this summer. James has rather clearly been offended by Lakers’ management twice over the past two weeks. First when it elected not to make a deal before the Feb. 10 trade deadline after he had both publicly and privately prodded for something. More accurately, he expected it. And second when Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka stepped over the line when he announced James was on board with the status quo; a source told ESPN there was no prior sign-off from James.
Source: Brian Windhorst @ ESPN

What’s the buzz on Twitter?

Chris Sheridan @sheridanhoops
A second takeaway: Nobody asked LeBron James whether he might return to the #Cavs when his contract with the #Lakers expires. The guy certainly appreciated being introduced as coming out of Akron, Ohio. – 5:36 AM

Ric Bucher @RicBucher
The LeBron-Bronny Package Deal shows.acast.com/bucher-and-fri… via @acast2:47 AM

Tom Orsborn @tom_orsborn
On coming out on the losing end, Dejounte Murray said, “It sucked that we came up short, but at the end of the day, we played for a great cause.”
Team LeBron: @KentState Promise Scholars Program (@LJFamFoundation) – $450,000.
Team Durant: #CleFoodBank – $300,000 – 2:11 AM

Micah Adams @MicahAdams13
Thunder are going to use one of their bazillion draft picks to take Bronny.
LeBron signs.
Thunder roll out SGA, Giddey, Dort, LeBron and Victor Wembanyama with Bronny and Banchero coming off the bench.
OKC winning the 2025 NBA title. – 1:58 AM

Micah Adams @MicahAdams13
That’s the most memorable All-Star Game ever, right?
Steph 16 3s.
LeBron game winner.
Kobe trophy.
Steph getting booed.
NBA75 celebration.
I’m not sure there is one better than what we just saw. – 1:11 AM

Kurt Helin @basketballtalk
LeBron James was in his element, playing with joy, and sank All-Star Game-winner nba.nbcsports.com/2022/02/21/leb…1:02 AM

Brian Mahoney @briancmahoney
Stephen Curry hit a record 16 3-pointers in a 50-point night. LeBron James hit the game-winning shot in another All-Star win.
Not a bad night in Ohio for the two All-Stars from Akron.
“It’s right on the nose of how it should go,” Curry said.
apnews.com/article/nba-sp…1:00 AM

Rob Perez @WorldWideWob
LeBron over there thinking “you guys wasting your time” pic.twitter.com/YqOxJPc2Dq12:29 AM

Chris Palmer @ChrisPalmerNBA
LeBron meets MJ in high school.
LeBron surpasses MJ in nearly every category.
20 years later they meet again. pic.twitter.com/2OcDxdJfvO12:21 AM

Jonathan Feigen @Jonathan_Feigen
New #Rockets at #TXSN – Team LeBron beats Team Durant in All-Star Game despite Stephen Curry’s shooting clinic ift.tt/HqBZNTc12:19 AM

Ben Golliver @BenGolliver
Lakers’ LeBron James on embracing Michael Jordan after the All-Star Game: “I did not want to lose the opportunity to shake the man’s hand that inspired me throughout my childhood. … It’s crazy that the game-winning shot tonight was a fadeaway, and it was inspired by MJ.” – 12:03 AM

Chris Fedor @ChrisFedor
Stephen Curry received 11 of the 12 votes for MVP. LeBron James received the other one, a third fan vote. – 12:00 AM

Jonathan Feigen @Jonathan_Feigen
It’s wonderfully refreshing to see and hear how much meeting, even just being around the greats of the game means to the current stars. LeBron James, Jayson Tatum, Giannis Antetokounmpo and others were moved by the experience. – 11:58 PM

Steve Popper @StevePopper
LeBron was asked if he saw a player in the game now who would step in as the ambassador for the NBA after him. He didn’t name one – but the answer is Giannis. – 11:54 PM

Michael Scotto @MikeAScotto
LeBron James said his game-winning fadeaway jumper was inspired by Michael Jordan. #NBAAllStar pic.twitter.com/Pr8xrJz8BL11:29 PM

Joe Vardon @joevardon
The All-Star Game in Cleveland was supposed to belong to a kid from Akron. But how about two of them? Steph sets records, LeBron wins it with an ode to MJ on a magical night, @The Athletic theathletic.com/news/stephen-c…11:26 PM

Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Monty Williams talks Steph Curry MVP night, Lebron’s final shot, cheering for Devin Booker and Chris Paul’s injury. #Suns #NBAAllStar break. pic.twitter.com/Kxs9xnALmK11:25 PM

Shandel Richardson @ShandelRich
Remember when LeBron was once accused of not having a clutch gene in an All-Star game? Will he now be considered clutch after tonight? – 11:21 PM

Melissa Rohlin @melissarohlin
LeBron James just talked about how he spent this weekend his high school teammates. I wrote about them, and their coach, at St. Vincent-St. Mary in case you want to read more about that.
foxsports.com/stories/nba/le…11:16 PM

Melissa Rohlin @melissarohlin
LeBron James said his game-winning fadeaway was inspired by Michael Jordan and he talked about what he’s meant to his career. pic.twitter.com/89Vn5XTrGh11:13 PM

Sam Quinn @SamQuinnCBS
An absolutely meaningless stat that I just find funny considering what happens on his actual team:
Nikola Jokic had the lowest plus-minus on Team LeBron. – 11:03 PM

Joe Gabriele @CavsJoeG
MVP Steph Curry (50pts) sets ’em up, LBJ knocks ’em down; James drills game-winning fadeaway for Team LeBron, which takes the 163-160 win; Curry, 16-27 3ptFG, Giannis, 30pts, 12reb.
Darius Garland: 13pts, 5-12FG, 3-7 3ptFG, 3asst, 2stl
Jarrett Allen: 10pts, 5-6FG, 9reb, 2blk pic.twitter.com/Wf7ILGmtoZ11:02 PM

Bill Simmons @BillSimmons
But seriously… fun All-Star Game! Steph hit 16 threes, LeBron made a tough game-winner, Embiid and Giannis gave a shit, Ja did some stuff, the target score thing worked, the NBA75 halftime was great, and Luka jogged around in honor of James Harden. Two thumbs up. – 11:02 PM

Marla Ridenour @MRidenourABJ
Steph Curry scores 50, wins MVP, LeBron hits game-winner. Just two kids from Akron #NBAAllStar11:02 PM

Jonathan Feigen @Jonathan_Feigen
The Elam Ending worked again. Great show from Stephen Curry, finish by LeBron James, wins for Team LeBron and the two natives of Akron. – 10:59 PM

Michael Lee @MrMichaelLee
LeBron was like, “Imma let you get MVP, Steph, but the game-winner is mine.” – 10:59 PM

Mark Haynes @markhaynesnba
Team LeBron starters played big minutes. – 10:58 PM

Ryan McDonald @ryanwmcdonald
Team LeBron able to overcome the absence of Donovan Mitchell and get the win – 10:57 PM

Chris Palmer @ChrisPalmerNBA
Akron’s Finest deliver in incredible style. Curry drops a 50-piece. LeBron hits the game winner in Cleveland. What more could you ask for? – 10:57 PM

Marla Ridenour @MRidenourABJ
Seems so fitting that LeBron hit the game-winner. #NBAAllStar10:57 PM

The Ringer @ringernba
Steph: “I can’t make one right now, who’s gonna finish it?”
LeBron: pic.twitter.com/ij3ITqJdW710:57 PM

Ky Carlin @Ky_Carlin
Joel Embiid finishes with 36 points on 14/20 shooting with 10 rebounds and 4 assists for Team Durant in the 163-160 loss to Team LeBron tonight #Sixers10:56 PM

Dan Favale @danfavale
lebron needs celebrate his ability to mine talent from the all-star draft and put together a winning team to complete the rob pelinka slander campaign – 10:56 PM

Sirius XM NBA @SiriusXMNBA
BRON. CALLED. GAME.
Listen to the conclusion of the 2022 All-Star Game on NBA Radio.
🔊 https://t.co/AYipQpw9t4
pic.twitter.com/ivRfKU2iI310:56 PM

Wes Goldberg @wcgoldberg
the elam ending is great. game-winners are always great. lebron hitting ~that~ shot just makes it better. that was fun. – 10:55 PM

Chris Broussard @Chris_Broussard
Props to the NBA. Great job with Top 75 presentation. Steph historic performance, and LeBron hits game-winner in The Land?! Wow! – 10:55 PM

Sam Quinn @SamQuinnCBS
Next year LeBron will go for a 6-0 record as an All-Star captain and I’m already annoyed at the jokes Twitter is going to make about it. – 10:55 PM

Arash Markazi @ArashMarkazi
LeBron James with the game-winner in Cleveland! pic.twitter.com/MDdxi6Jv9110:55 PM

Bob Garcia @bgarciaivsports
LeBron closing it out like knows how. – 10:55 PM

Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
Monty, CP3 and Team LeBron win 163-160 on a LeBron James post-up fadeaway. Devin Booker finished with 20 points, 5 rebounds and 4 steals on 9-18 FG in his 3rd All-Star appearance – 10:55 PM

Eddie Sefko @ESefko
Fitting finish in Cleveland. Jarrett Allen has a couple big plays, then LeBron James hits the game-winner for his team. Luka Doncic wins again. Steph Curry finishes with 50 as Team LeBron wins 163-160. – 10:55 PM

Tom Westerholm @Tom_NBA
Steph going nuts and then LeBron stealing all the thunder at the end is a perfect encapsulation of the 2016 season lol – 10:55 PM

Chris Herrington @ChrisHerrington
Helluva game-winner.
Curry going supernova.
LeBron winner.
Giannis giving a crap.
Ja alley-oops.
One of the better All-Star games. – 10:54 PM

The Ringer @ringernba
5-0.
Team LeBron wins the #NBAAllStar Game AGAIN! 😂 – 10:54 PM

Gina Mizell @ginamizell
Elam Ending ftw, again, after LeBron’s game-winner.
And Joel Embiid about to become the answer to this trivia question: “Which NBA player dropped 36 and 10 in the All-Star game and was NOT the game’s MVP?”
But Curry went nuclear for 50 points. – 10:54 PM

Rob Perez @WorldWideWob
it had to be LeBron. gg. pic.twitter.com/ptXbj1Fx3z10:54 PM

Melissa Rohlin @melissarohlin
Wow, fitting ending to a weekend that was about LeBron’s return to Cleveland. He hits the game-winner for Team LeBron. – 10:54 PM

Wayne Cole @waynec0le
Bron fadeaway in Cleveland to win it. – 10:54 PM

Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
LeBron.
For the win. #TeamLeBron 163 #TeamDurant 160. Final. – 10:54 PM

Chris Dempsey @chrisadempsey
Oh wow what a shot for game, LeBron! #NBAAllStar10:54 PM

Joe Cowley @JCowleyHoops
Of course … he’s the King! Team LeBron 163-Team Durant 160. – 10:53 PM

Immanuel Quickley @IQ_GodSon
Bron like that – 10:53 PM

Chris Palmer @ChrisPalmerNBA
LEBRON!!! – 10:53 PM

StatMuse @statmuse
Team LeBron is 5-0 in the All-Star Game. #LeGM pic.twitter.com/tioI99TBXS10:53 PM

Ky Carlin @Ky_Carlin
Of course it’s LeBron James back in Cleveland lol – 10:53 PM

Julia Poe @byjuliapoe
DeMar DeRozan and Zach LaVine both heated up as the game got interesting in the final plays of the fourth.
LaVine hit back-to-back shots to pull his team within a point, but LeBron James scores the game-winner. – 10:53 PM

Mark Medina @MarkG_Medina
LeBron with the fadeaway for the win, and the Cleveland crowd goes wild. Should I save this tweet for later? – 10:53 PM

Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
But LeBron James ends it with a fadeaway in CLEVELAND pic.twitter.com/m4HqMPq2Xi10:53 PM

Vivek Jacob @vivekmjacob
LeBron gonna get a touch?? 😂 – 10:51 PM

Mark Medina @MarkG_Medina
Team LeBron sure could use Nikola Jokic’s passing in crunch time – 10:51 PM

Michael Singer @msinger
We might’ve seen the last of Nikola Jokic this All-Star Game. Jarrett Allen, the lone non-starter, seems to be closing for Team LeBron. – 10:50 PM

Sam Quinn @SamQuinnCBS
I only notice this as a moneyline bettor but come the hell on Team LeBron, you’ve gotta do better on loose balls and rebounds. – 10:44 PM

Aaron J. Fentress @AaronJFentress
LeBron sees that Curry can’t miss. So, LeBron jacks up two threes. – 10:44 PM

Jorge Sierra @hoopshype
LeBron James now has more points in the All-Star Game than Michael Jordan and Karl Malone combined. – 10:43 PM

Steve Popper @StevePopper
Steph is seeking the scoring record – the biggest obstacle other than the stifling All-Star defense – is the Elam ending. Just 24 points for Team Durant – 25 for Team LeBron – to finish this. He needs 7 to tie AD’s 52. – 10:39 PM

Callie Caplan @CallieCaplan
Luka Doncic laid in another basket on Team LeBron’s last possession of the third quarter to tie the score at 45.
That’s eight decisive points at the end of two quarters to clinch $150,000 for charity so far.
Luka’s been money in a different way tonight. – 10:38 PM

Joe Mullinax @sbnGrizzlies
Team Lebron and Durant tie to end the third quarter!
This fourth quarter is going to be fun. – 10:37 PM

Joe Vardon @joevardon
One quarter left in Cleveland. Team Durant leads Team LeBron, 139, 138. Q4 is untimed. Durant needs 24 points to win, LeBron needs 25. Curry has 45 points. Buckle up – 10:37 PM

Vivek Jacob @vivekmjacob
It’s hilarious Steph is doing all this and Team LeBron still losing – 10:28 PM

Sirius XM NBA @SiriusXMNBA
MJ & LeBron! 🐐
Third quarter from Cleveland gets underway right now on NBA Radio!
🔊 https://t.co/AYipQpw9t4
pic.twitter.com/8BuyhxqOSZ10:13 PM

Eddie Sefko @ESefko
LeBron asking for an and-one at the start of the third quarter was priceless. Still no FTs in the All-Star Game. I could get used to this. – 10:13 PM

Chris Fedor @ChrisFedor
LeBron changed his shoes. – 10:10 PM

Micah Adams @MicahAdams13
Honoring #nba75 by position robbed #NBATwitter of a wonderful Jordan vs LeBron duel for who should be announced last. – 10:05 PM

Jon Hamm @JonMHamm
Jordan was announced last and LeBron *in Cleveland* was not. Updates GOAT spreadsheet. – 9:57 PM

Anthony Chiang @Anthony_Chiang
NBA’s 75th Anniversary Team currently being honored with a halftime ceremony. Former Heat players Ray Allen, LeBron James, Shaquille O’Neal, Gary Payton and Dwyane Wade all made the list of the greatest 75 players in NBA history, and Heat scout Bob McAdoo also made the cut. – 9:49 PM

Jeff Zillgitt @JeffZillgitt
Akron’s LeBron James honored as one of the NBA’s greatest 76 players in Cleveland in the league’s 75th anniversary season. pic.twitter.com/l2y7FCFD9x9:42 PM

Joe Gabriele @CavsJoeG
Team Durant up on Team LeBron – 94-93 at the break.
Garland: 10pts, 4-8FG, 2-4 3ptFG, 2asst, reb, stl
Allen: 6pts, 3-4FG, 4reb, stl pic.twitter.com/TC70oCYw1J9:28 PM

Melissa Rohlin @melissarohlin
At halftime, Steph Curry, who was born in Akron, leads all scorers with 24 points on 8-for-11 shooting. His team captain, LeBron James, who obviously was also born in Akron, has 13 points, four assists and two steals. – 9:23 PM

Rob Schaefer @rob_schaef
Steph winning first All-Star Game MVP of his career in Cleveland
— with LeBron clearly gunning for it — would be hysterical – 9:22 PM

Marc J. Spears @MarcJSpears
The heavily booed Stephen Curry has 24 points and eight 3-pointers for Team LeBron in Cleveland at halftime of the #NBAAllStar Game. pic.twitter.com/GS3nvu4zOz9:22 PM

Joe Vardon @joevardon
Halftime in Cleveland. Team Durant 94, Team LeBron 93. The Durants get $100K for the Food Bank by winning Q2. Curry detonating with 24 points on 8 3s. Joel Embiid with 17 points and Devin Booker 16 points off the bench for Durant. Up next, the 75 greatest. – 9:22 PM

Jim Owczarski @JimOwczarski
Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 12 points on 6 of 8 shooting for LeBron James’ team while Khris Middleton was 1-for-4 for Kevin Durant’s team.
The #NBA75 team will be recognized at halftime. – 9:21 PM

Marla Ridenour @MRidenourABJ
In case you were bored, just another kid from Akron, Steph Curry, has 18 points (6-10 FG, 6-9 3s) in 12 minutes. LeBron 11p (5-9, 1-4), 5a in 12 minutes – 9:16 PM

Joe Vardon @joevardon
The two Akron-born players, and All-Star teammates, are vying for MVP. Steph Curry has scored 12 of his 18 points in Q2; LeBron 11 points and 5 assists. hmm… – 9:13 PM

Mike Mazzeo @MazzNYC
Could go for Steph and LeBron playing on Bronny’s team for a year – 9:12 PM

Sam Amick @sam_amick
ICYMI, a look at the many message LeBron James has been sending recently and why they should make the Lakers (Rob Pelinka chief among them) a bit uncomfortable, at @TheAthletic
theathletic.com/3139321/2022/0…9:11 PM

Brian Mahoney @briancmahoney
Steph should go full heel mode here and freeze out LeBron when they’re in the game together. – 9:09 PM

Chris Fedor @ChrisFedor
Team LeBron and Team Durant have both sprung traps tonight. One on Devin Booker. One on Stephen Curry. Is this the playoffs? – 9:08 PM

Chris Fedor @ChrisFedor
No overlapped minutes for LeBron James and Darius Garland as of yet. – 9:07 PM

Sirius XM NBA @SiriusXMNBA
Team LeBron wins the first quarter!
2Q: https://t.co/AYipQpw9t4
pic.twitter.com/U7U5RkcTeC9:02 PM

Jim Owczarski @JimOwczarski
Jarrett Allen has only taken 10 threes this season.
A #Cavs fan just emphatically yelled “YESSS!” when the big man put that up from the corner.
Could Darius Garland possibly take this game MVP from LeBron James? – 9:02 PM

Joe Vardon @joevardon
If you’re wondering why the score reset on your TV screen, Team LeBron/Durant are playing for $100K for their charities in each quarter. The league is also keeping score overall, don’t worry (it’s 51-49 LeBron right now) – 8:59 PM

Marla Ridenour @MRidenourABJ
Team LeBron earns $100k for his KSU I-Promise Scholars by winning the first quarter 47-45. Wonder if that’s why Darius Garland took so much time off the clock at the end of the period. #NBAAllStar8:56 PM

Jeff Zillgitt @JeffZillgitt
LeBron James needs one more 3-pointer to become the NBA All-Star Game’s leader in made 3s. He’s tied with sidelined James Harden at 39. Steph Curry has 33. #NBAllStar8:54 PM

Joe Mullinax @sbnGrizzlies
Team LeBron takes the first quarter 47-45..
Ja Morant has two points, but it was the most beautiful two points you’ll ever see. – 8:53 PM

Callie Caplan @CallieCaplan
Consecutive 3-pointers by Luka Doncic put Team LeBron ahead in the last minute and clinched $100,000 for the LeBron’s “I Promise” scholars program.
Not bad for 90 seconds of work. – 8:53 PM

Anthony Chiang @Anthony_Chiang
Team LeBron wins the first quarter 47-45. Jimmy Butler missed his only shot, a corner three, while playing the final 3:49 of the quarter. – 8:53 PM

Joe Vardon @joevardon
Through Q1 in Cleveland, Team LeBron 47, Team Durant 45. LeBron James led his team with 9 points. With the win in the quarter, LeBron’s team wins $100,000 for charity, in this case, the LeBron James Family Foundation. – 8:52 PM

Eddie Sefko @ESefko
Luka cans a 3-pointer on his first shot. Was the last Team LeBron member to enter the game. Clearly, they are saving him for crunch time. – 8:51 PM

Amin Elhassan @DarthAmin
That Hummer commercial made a LeBron crab dribble reference 15 years late – 8:48 PM

Callie Caplan @CallieCaplan
Luka Doncic is the only Team LeBron member who hasn’t played yet.
Chris Paul and his broken right thumb are in for probably the last time until the playoffs. – 8:44 PM

Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Team LeBron only having 10 players (after taking CP3 out of the mix) means some guys are going to run more minutes than they usually would in an All-Star game.
Since Team Durant has 12 players, they should have just moved a guy over. It’s an All-Star Game. Have fun with it! – 8:40 PM

Nick DePaula @NickDePaula
“LeBronald Palmer” 9 Lows for @LeBron James tonight. pic.twitter.com/aGBhVS0PsP8:36 PM

Chris Palmer @ChrisPalmerNBA
Just wild seeing 4 MVPs on the same team: LeBron, Steph, Giannis and Joker. – 8:36 PM

Anthony Chiang @Anthony_Chiang
Team LeBron in control early with 23-18 lead. And an angry Erik Spoelstra calls timeout for Team Durant. – 8:35 PM

NBA Kicks @NBAKicks
LeBron laces up for #NBAAllStar action! #NBAKicks pic.twitter.com/ssnMmuvDPQ8:35 PM

Tom Westerholm @Tom_NBA
Joel Embiid, the presumptive MVP! Nikola Jokic, the reigning MVP! Giannis and LeBron and Steph, all champions! Tatum, Ja and Trae, the heirs apparent! Also … Andrew Wiggins. – 8:35 PM

Jabari Young @JabariJYoung
Kobe won MVP in his hometown … LeBron should too #NBAAllStar8:34 PM

Jabari Young @JabariJYoung
I got LeBron winning the #NBAAllStar MVP … If so, he’ll hold that honor for at least 20 years as the game won’t be back in Cleveland anytime soon – 8:32 PM

Mark Medina @MarkG_Medina
Cleveland fans are going to cheer for Team LeBron to win. But they’re going to boo Steph Curry when he’s trying to help Team LeBron win. Love the riddle on that one – 8:30 PM

Chris Fedor @ChrisFedor
LeBron James’ signature chalk toss at the scorer’s table leads to another eruption. – 8:29 PM

Marla Ridenour @MRidenourABJ
LeBron does his pregame powder toss without the powder. #NBAAIIStar8:29 PM

Mark Medina @MarkG_Medina
Looks like Cav fans would certainly welcome LeBron back pic.twitter.com/NnWCSLKEUY8:28 PM

Chris Fedor @ChrisFedor
LeBron James is back in Cleveland. pic.twitter.com/Z6vUxMeoSl8:23 PM

Chris Fedor @ChrisFedor
That clip of LeBron James during the National Anthem is going to be a meme. – 8:22 PM

Micah Adams @MicahAdams13
LeBron to Cleveland, confirmed. – 8:22 PM

Quinton Mayo @RealQuintonMayo
Why LeBron laugh at Macy Gray during the national anthem 😭 pic.twitter.com/XWonz6tiV18:22 PM

Joe Cowley @JCowleyHoops
LeBron James was on the scoreboard big screen next to Steph during anthem, looked up and saw it, and had to keep himself from laughing. – 8:21 PM

Michael Singer @msinger
“Here we go, Brownies, here we go, woof woof,” chant breaks out in Cleveland after the Canadian national anthem. Even with ‘Bron in the house, still a Browns town. – 8:21 PM

Mark Medina @MarkG_Medina
LeBron James held back laughter toward Macy Gray during her national anthem performance as if she also declined to pick James Harden for the All-Star game – 8:21 PM

Tony Jones @Tjonesonthenba
You got caught in 4K Bron – 8:20 PM

Melissa Rohlin @melissarohlin
Steph gets booed and LeBron gets quite the applause during starting lineups pic.twitter.com/MdpW94c4aU8:20 PM

Mike Vorkunov @MikeVorkunov
This Team LeBron starting lineup is stacked. Is LeBron the 3rd or 4th best player in it? – 8:20 PM

Ben Golliver @BenGolliver
Loud ovation in Cleveland for Lakers’ LeBron James during NBA All-Star Game introductions pic.twitter.com/gBmfwv1DSZ8:19 PM

Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
LeBron James is so happy to be back in CLEVE-LAND🥲 pic.twitter.com/AaBsoAluox8:18 PM

Jonathan Feigen @Jonathan_Feigen
Great moment as LeBron James introduced to roars in Cleveland. Special moment for him houstonchronicle.com/texas-sports-n… as he lets our a shout of his own. – 8:17 PM

Kelsey Russo @kelseyyrusso
Team LeBron introductions for #Cavs Darius Garland and Jarrett Allen. Really loud cheers and applause for those two. pic.twitter.com/F1CGJC6LOM8:17 PM

Sam Quinn @SamQuinnCBS
I swear I mean nothing by this but it felt like Darius Garland got a bigger ovation than LeBron did and I’m pretty surprised by that. – 8:16 PM

Vivek Jacob @vivekmjacob
Goosebumps watching LeBron getting an all-star intro in Cleveland – 8:16 PM

Quinton Mayo @RealQuintonMayo
Team LeBron. pic.twitter.com/Ipgc5LVydp8:16 PM

Joe Cowley @JCowleyHoops
LeBron is beyond loved … the son has returned home! Well, LeBron came along with me. – 8:16 PM

David Aldridge @davidaldridgedc
Respect to the Cleveland fans at tonight’s All-Star Game for lustily booing Stephen Curry as he is introduced from Team LeBron. Of course, James – who told @Jason Lloyd Saturday he hasn’t closed the door on a third stint w/the Cavs – got thunderous applause. – 8:16 PM

Marla Ridenour @MRidenourABJ
Doesn’t matter if you’re playing for Team LeBron. Steph Curry and James Harden both soundly booed. #NBAAllStar8:15 PM

Ben Golliver @BenGolliver
LeBron James, Stephen Curry & Giannis Antetokounmpo cracking up back stage during NBA All-Star Game introductions pic.twitter.com/SQZ74lAcFh8:13 PM

Sirius XM NBA @SiriusXMNBA
LeBron is back in Cleveland!
The 2022 All-Star Game starts RIGHT NOW on NBA Radio!
🔊 https://t.co/AYipQpw9t4
pic.twitter.com/vU3zrxYUOO8:13 PM

Jim Owczarski @JimOwczarski
“Notorious Thugs” from the Notorious B.I.G. and Cleveland’s Bone Thugs N Harmony is the soundtdrack for the Team LeBron James player introductions. – 8:13 PM

Joe Mullinax @sbnGrizzlies
Also, the mean mug from Morant…
Watch your heads, Team Bron. – 8:12 PM

Dave Mason @DeuceMason
This @NBAonTNT show is killlin it tonight. You’ve had the Shaq’s speech & the LeBron interview. Great stuff. – 7:40 PM

Jason Dumas @JDumasReports
LeBron really does more for his community than elected officials. Sending kids all the way through college. Actively involved too. Hard to understand why people hate that man so much. – 7:34 PM

Micah Adams @MicahAdams13
All-Star prop picks:
LeBron MVP: +550
LeBron leading scorer: +900
LeBron over 21.5 points
Doncic over 16.5 points
Jokic under 12.5 points
Jokic over 5.5 assists
Giannis first to score: +500 – 6:28 PM

Mary Schmitt Boyer/Jodie Valade @PDcavsinsider
Team LeBron, including Darius Garland and Jarrett Allen, getting ready for their intros tonight! #Cavs pic.twitter.com/SNK7UrFW9M6:23 PM

Kurt Helin @basketballtalk
Just how pissed is LeBron James at Lakers’ GM Rob Pelinka? nba.nbcsports.com/2022/02/20/jus…5:59 PM

Rylan Stiles @Rylan_Stiles
New Locked on #Thunder Podcast:
🏀 Josh Giddey dominates the skills challenge
🏀 Recapping rising stars
🏀 LeBron James has high praise for Sam Presti and Josh Giddey
#ThunderUp #FirstListen: https://t.co/mMkaoVLwqq pic.twitter.com/RWgqkxcs515:44 PM

Mark Medina @MarkG_Medina
LeBron James’ mom, Gloria, had “an emotional conversation” w/ 7th graders of @IPROMISESchool about raising LeBron as a single mom. Michele Campbell of @LJFamFoundation: “the biggest message she hit home with our kids is not to be ashamed to ask for help.” on.nba.com/3JGHoPP4:29 PM

LeBron James @KingJames
The work is NEVER done! 🙏🏾👑 Hope y’all read to see how our beautiful game can change the world. ❤️ @LJFamFoundation latimes.com/sports/story/2…3:27 PM

LeBron James @KingJames
Game-changing moves that sure do draw a crowd! 🤣🦀👑. #GMCHummerEV #GMCAmbassador https://t.co/1MZdlKop2T pic.twitter.com/Zu6I1L9z4U3:27 PM

Bob Garcia @bgarciaivsports
LeBron James may have just unveiled how he can be lured away from the #Lakers
#LakeShow #NBA
sportscasting.com/lebron-james-r…3:26 PM

Mark Medina @MarkG_Medina
Lakers assistant coach Phil Handy on how LeBron James has handled team dynamics: “His approach has always been about, ‘Let me embrace the guys that are around me and how can we figure out ways to win?'” on.nba.com/3JGHoPP2:53 PM

Eric Pincus @EricPincus
Latest @BleacherReport Lakers Need to Figure out Their LeBron James Problem Sooner Than You Think bleacherreport.com/articles/29537…2:28 PM

Jim Owczarski @JimOwczarski
LeBron James owns a production company ➡️ drafts Giannis Antetokounmpo & Nikola Jokić for 2nd straight #NBAAllStar game ➡️ buddy comedy sequel https://t.co/roRrJm6G4F tonight? pic.twitter.com/reznuErQYb1:58 PM

Bob Garcia @bgarciaivsports
LeBron James subliminally threw some shade at the #Lakers front office.
#LakeShow #NBA
sportscasting.com/lebron-james-s…1:31 PM

Micah Adams @MicahAdams13
LeBron has played in the All-Star Game every single year he’s made it.
He hasn’t missed once.
It would be so easy for him to take one or two off, load manage or skip for a mini vacation. But he always shows up.
Tonight he could log his 500th minute in the All-Star Game. pic.twitter.com/XkWlgGSat71:21 PM

Micah Adams @MicahAdams13
LeBron James has been an All-Star starter every year since 2005.
Last seasons for rest of East team:
Shaq 2011
Iverson 2010
Vince 2020
Hill 2013
Wade 2019
Jermaine 2014
Big Z 2011
Pierce 2017
Arenas 2012
Big Ben 2012
Jamison 2014
LeBron is averaging 29-8-7 in his 19th season. pic.twitter.com/DzS6D21n2k1:14 PM

Justin Kubatko @jkubatko
📅 On this day in 2021, the @Los Angeles Lakers LeBron James had 19 points, nine rebounds, and nine assists in a loss to the Heat, his 31st straight game with at least 15p/5r/5a.
He broke a tie with Oscar Robertson (1963-64) and himself (2017-18) for the longest such streak in NBA history. pic.twitter.com/oZ0uomZNcz1:01 PM

Gina Mizell @ginamizell
The Suns’ Monty Williams will coach Team LeBron in tonight’s All-Star Game. Reviving this story from last week on how his one season as an assistant on Brett Brown’s staff brought him back to coaching — and propelled him to guide the NBA’s best team inquirer.com/sixers/sixers-…12:02 PM

Marla Ridenour @MRidenourABJ
From @Jeff Zillgitt: Report: LeBron open to returning to #Cavaliers, says he wants to play season with son Bronny beaconjournal.com/story/sports/p… via @beaconjournal11:19 AM

Callie Caplan @CallieCaplan
Happy All-Star Game day!
LeBron James on Luka Doncic: “I love everything about his game, love everything about him. The way he plays the game reminds me of the way I play. We’re just triple threats … and we’ll put 40 on you, too, when you disrespect us.” dallasnews.com/sports/maveric…10:51 AM

Michael Grange @michaelgrange
A little late to the this really well-done story by @Joe Vardon on LeBron’s roots and how homes change lives: theathletic.com/3129612/2022/0…10:36 AM

Marla Ridenour @MRidenourABJ
Report: LeBron James open to returning to #Cavaliers, says he wants to play season with son Bronny usatoday.com/story/sports/n… via @USATODAY10:31 AM

Mark Medina @MarkG_Medina
With LeBron James’ 18th All-Star stint coinciding with his return to Cleveland, I highlight what Phil Handy described as “some of his best basketball” & @IPROMISESchool’s impact. LeBron’s mom, Gloria, spoke to students about her story https://t.co/AfkwkbtdKx pic.twitter.com/XD66fbPZzG10:25 AM

Marla Ridenour @MRidenourABJ
ICYMI: ‘Our guys want to make our own legacy’: LeBron-less #Cavs eager to make their own noise. From @ByRyanLewis beaconjournal.com/story/sports/p… via @beaconjournal9:47 AM

Marla Ridenour @MRidenourABJ
ICYMI: ‘Even more special’: LeBron James reconnects with St. V teammates during NBA All-Star week @stvmirish beaconjournal.com/story/sports/p… via @beaconjournal9:45 AM

Eurohoops @Eurohoopsnet
LeBron James sees parts of himself in Luka Doncic’s game
“We’ll put 40 on you too if you disrespect us”
eurohoops.net/en/nba-news/13…8:02 AM

Shandel Richardson @ShandelRich
What did Erik Spoelstra regret the most about his years with LeBron? #miamiheat si.com/nba/heat/miami…7:14 AM

More on this storyline

Same as he was doing last week, in the wake of the trade deadline inaction, when he spoke about how his recent knee injury would likely bother him the rest of the season. The knee surely is an issue, but James was also laying the groundwork to give himself options depending on how the rest of the season plays out for the Lakers (27-31). What James is doing is likely aimed at one primary goal: Force the Lakers into major action this summer. He tried to do it nicely and now he’s doing it harshly. -via ESPN / February 21, 2022

But it isn’t free. Aug. 4 is the first day James can extend his contract again. The Lakers will surely offer one. And James will have some demands before he accepts. The Lakers have a flawed roster — yes, James played a large role in putting it together but that doesn’t mean he isn’t ready to divorce it — but they have options. If Russell Westbrook picks up his own player option, he will be on a $47 million expiring contract. After only being able to trade their 2027 first-round pick — which the Lakers decided not to trade at the deadline, in part because they still owe two future firsts from the Anthony Davis deal — rules will then allow the Lakers to trade their 2029 pick. -via ESPN / February 21, 2022

According to Oakley, one of the most important things that remain on LeBron’s checklist before he hangs it up would be to win another championship. Oakley isn’t completely confident that James will be able to achieve this with the Lakers and this is exactly why the 58-year-old believes that LeBron is going to part ways with the team sooner rather than later: “You know LeBron, his legacy right now is he definitely wants to win a championship before he retires,” Oaklay claimed on SiriusXM NBA Radio. “He might leave LA to get it. I don’t know if it will be Cleveland, could be somewhere else. He left twice. He’ll leave again.” -via Clutch Points / February 2, 2022