LeBron James came home on a mission: Lead the Cavaliers to the NBA Finals and give Cleveland fans their first title in 52 years. Could he restore his reputation, revive the franchise, and reward the fans? Down 3 games to 1 in the 2016 Finals, he and the Cavs launched an epic comeback and delivered glory. Cleveland's top sportswriter tells how.
This epic homecoming tale recounts one of the greatest sports stories in Cleveland history — how LeBron James and the Cavaliers took fans on a roller coaster ride from despair to hope and, finally, to glory as the 2016 NBA champions. Fans felt gut-punched in 2010 when local hero and MVP LeBron James announced he was leaving the Cavaliers and Northeast Ohio for Miami. The Cavs nose-dived in the standings and struggled to recover. Then, in June 2014, LeBron announced he was coming home. And he had a mission: Lead the Cavaliers to the NBA Finals and give Cleveland its first championship in 52 years. But would LeBron’s return be enough to restore his reputation, revive the franchise, and reward long-suffering Cleveland fans? Award-winning sportswriter Terry Pluto tells how it all happened. How LeBron won back fans with a heartfelt message — and savvy PR . . . How the Cavs’ front office crafted a championship-caliber team with a big three of James, Kyrie Irving, and Kevin Love and a bench stocked not only with talent but character and chemistry . . . How LeBron’s added experience from four seasons and two titles in Miami prepared him for this second chance in Cleveland . . . How the Cavaliers reached the 2016 NBA Finals to face a Golden State Warriors team, led by MVP Stephen Curry, that had just set an NBA record for wins and had vanquished the Cavs in the Finals the previous season . . . How LeBron and the Cavs, down a historically hopeless three games to one, sparked an unprecedented come-from-behind surge (symbolized by LeBron’s superhuman block in Game 7) to stun Golden State and bring home the NBA Championship . . . And how the ecstatic fans joined the team in a joyful celebration that brought more than a million people together in downtown Cleveland. Pluto tells it all with insightful analysis, extensive front-office details, and a deep empathy for the fans.
Author: Brian Windhorst
Publisher: Hachette UK
Release Date: 2017-04-11
Genre: Sports & Recreation
Now a New York Times bestseller! The inside story of LeBron James's return and ultimate triumph in Cleveland. What really happened when LeBron James stunned the NBA by leaving a potential dynasty in Miami to come home to play with the Cleveland Cavaliers? How did the Cavs use secret meetings to put together the deal to add star Kevin Love? Who really made the controversial decision to fire coach David Blatt when the team was in first place? Where did the greatest comeback in NBA history truly begin-and end? RETURN OF THE KING takes you onto the private planes, inside the locker-room conversations, and into the middle of the intense huddles where one of the greatest stories in basketball history took place, resulting in the Cavs winning the 2016 NBA title after trailing the Golden State Warriors three games to one. You'll hear from all the characters involved: the players, the executives, the agents, and the owners as they reveal stories never before told. Get the background on all the controversies, the rivalries, and the bad blood from two reporters who were there for every day, plot twist, and social media snafu as they take you through the fascinating ride that culminated in a heart-stopping Game Seven.
June 19, 2016: the greatest moment in Cleveland sports history, when the Cleveland Cavaliers won the NBA Finals and broke the Cleveland Curse. It was the triumph fans had been waiting fifty-two years for, and it wasn’t easy to get there—but thanks to LeBron James, an audacious plan to build a winning team, a couple of maverick GMs, and an incredible community of fans, it happened; and 2016 saw the birth of a new Cavaliers dynasty. But how did they get there? It was a roller-coaster ride from tragedy to triumph, one that Jason Lloyd, a longtime Northeast Ohio resident turned reporter for the Akron Beacon Journal, got to see firsthand. He was witness to the Blueprint, as he calls it, which the Cavs put together to win their star player back from Miami and build a team that could win the ultimate championship. It incorporated several losing seasons, some highrisk draft picks, and an entirely new understanding of how to build a championship team. The best part of the plan is that it worked, culminating in the most exciting Finals series in NBA history. And, most important, the end of the Cleveland Curse. Jason Lloyd, a true insider, tells the story of how the NBA really works, and how everyone—from the front office to the stars on the court to the new generation of coaches—worked together to create an unforgettable winning team. The Blueprint is an unputdownable, must-have book for every LeBron, Cavs, and NBA fan.
The Cleveland Cavaliers franchise has been in existence for more than forty-five years, and it hasn’t been an easy ride for the team or their fans, with many ups and downs along the way. They had seen the “Miracle in Richfield” in 1976, “The Shot” by Michael Jordan to knock them out of the playoffs in 1989, the arrival of “The Chosen One,” LeBron James, in 2003, and a trip to the NBA Finals in 2007, but never a title. All In: The Story of LeBron James annd the 2016 NBA Champion Cleveland Cavaliers takes readers on the rollercoaster ride from LeBron coming back to Cleveland, to their 2015 NBA Finals appearance, through the unforgettable 2015–16 season that gave the city of Cleveland their first major sports championship in fifty-two years. Author Vince McKee brings to life all the drama on and off the court, including how the team was built, why coach David Blatt was fired and replaced by Tyronn Lue midway through the season, and every big game and play along the way, straight through to the dramatic 2016 NBA Finals and epic comeback against the seemingly unbeatable Golden State Warriors. LeBron James finally earned his long-awaited redemption, Kevin Love made his presence felt under the boards, Kyrie Irving took to the NBA’s biggest stage and made it his own under the brightest of lights, and J. R. Smith, Tristan Thompson, Richard Jefferson, and Iman Shumpert all made key contributions. All In is a must-have for all Cleveland sports fans!
Author: Bay Area News Group
Publisher: Triumph Books
Release Date: 2015-06-01
Genre: Sports & Recreation
Strength in Numbers. The Warriors' 2014-2015 slogan fit this championship team to a T. While they were spearheaded by NBA MVP Stephen Curry, it took a true team effort and display of depth to claim their first NBA title in four decades. Buoyed by a dominant regular season in which they won a league-leading 67 games, the Warriors throttled the NBA with an explosive yet precise offense and a versatile and stingy defense. They cruised through the first three rounds of the playoffs, only losing three games as they dispatched the Pelicans, Grizzlies and Rockets, setting up a dream NBA Finals matchup with LeBron James and the Cavaliers, where coach Steve Kerr's team overcame a 2-1 series deficit to defeat Cleveland in six games. Packed with unmatched analysis and dynamic color photography from the Bay Area's largest newspaper publisher, Golden Boys takes fans through the Warriors' historic journey, from Steve Kerr taking over as head coach to Klay Thompson's red-hot 37-point quarter to Stephen Curry's MVP brilliance to the final horn sounding in Cleveland. This commemorative edition also includes in-depth profiles of Curry, Kerr, Thompson, breakout star Draymond Green, gritty defender Andrew Bogut, rising talent Harrison Barnes and other fan favorites.
King James Brings The Land a Crown chronicles Cleveland's victorious journey back to that summit led by this generation's greatest sports icon in search of his storybook ending. In one move James went from Judas to Galahad, bringing home the golden cup to a hollowed-out industrial city desperate for sports sunshine after decades of acid rain. As told by Chris Parker, a seasoned freelance writer turned Cleveland beat reporter who followed the team for two years for the Cleveland Scene, King James Brings The Land a Crown is a travelogue of the ups and downs of their historic season. A diehard basketball fan, and long-time Cleveland, Ohio resident, Parker cut his journalistic teeth in feature writing penned over 3,000 articles for magazines and weeklies around the country. He brings a special flair, interview acumen, and journalistic rigor often absent from sports reporting. The book features a rich pastiche of play-by-play vignettes, coach and player quotes, strategic basketball analysis and deeper insight into how the Cavaliers overcame their inconsistency to stage the greatest comeback in NBA Finals history against a team that had just completed the best regular season ever. The story winds over 320 pages from opening night in Chicago with President Obama in attendance, through the season's 82 games to a game-by-game ride through the playoffs. You'll read about Love's one-on-one games with his dad, how Channing Frye and Richard Jefferson brought the team together, how players build, hone and polish go-to moves, and of course an in-depth examination of Tyronn Lue's value to the team and the circumstances of David Blatt's firing. It includes a beat-by-beat review of that Finals game for the ages, Game 7, that's almost like hearing it on the radio. There are also 16 pages of color photos including shots of James and Carmelo Anthony competing in high school, Kyrie Irving's game-winning three and LeBron's incredibly block on Andre Iguodala.
From Magic Johnson to Michael Jordan to LeBron James to Steph Curry, ESPN's Howard Bryant presents the best from the hardwood--a collection of NBA champions and superstars for young sports fans! Fast-paced, adrenaline-filled, and brimming with out-of-this-world athleticism, basketball has won the hearts of fans all across America--yet it is particularly popular among kids and teens. Giants of the game like Steph Curry, LeBron, and Michael Jordan have transcended the sport to become cultural icons and role models to young fans. From the cornfields of Indiana and the hills of North Carolina, to the urban sprawl of New York City, Chicago and L.A., love of the game stretches from coast to coast. Featuring Top Ten Lists to chew on and debate, and a Top 40-style Timeline of Key Moments in Basektball History, this comprehensive collection includes the greatest dynasties, from the Bill Russell-era Celtics, to the Magic Jonson-led Lakers, to the Jordan-led Bulls, right up to the Tim Duncan-led Spurs. All the greats take flight toward the hoop in this perfect book for young fans who dream about stepping on an NBA court. "A trove of awesome athletic feats, game-changing stars of the past and present, and rich fodder for heated arguments."--Booklist "Hoops fans will find a goldmine of information guaranteed to deepen their basketball knowledge and their understanding of the game."--VOYA "An easy hook for serious sports fans."--School Library Journal
Author: Erik Malinowski
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Release Date: 2017-10-03
Genre: Sports & Recreation
Moneyball meets The City Game in this compelling look at how the NBA champion Golden State Warriors embraced savvy business practices, next-gen science, and the corporate culture of Silicon Valley to not only produce one of the greatest basketball teams in history but also revolutionize the NBA. Discover the definitive, inside account of how the Warriors, under the leadership of venture capitalist Joe Lacob and Hollywood producer Peter Guber, quickly became one of the most remarkable success stories ever, both in sports and business. In just five years, they turned a declining franchise with no immediate hope into one of the greatest teams in basketball, a period that included the rise of All-Star point guard Stephen Curry and two NBA championships in the past three years. By operating in "beta"—always innovating, unafraid to embrace change, encouraging risk—the Warriors have become a model organization for American professional sports, instituting the best workplace principles found inside the world's most successful corporations and instilling a top-down organizational ethos that allows their employees to thrive, from the front office to the free-throw line. With in-depth access and meticulous reporting on and off the court, acclaimed journalist Erik Malinowski recounts a gripping tale of worlds colliding, a team's reinvention, ordinary people being pushed to extraordinary heights, and the Golden State Warriors' unending quest to remain the best.