NBA: Lakers' LeBron James deepens Cavaliers woes on return to Cleveland; Warriors slump to another defeat
It was an emotional night for James in his first game back in his home region since the 33-year-old playmaker left the Cavaliers for the Lakers in July, but nothing like his 2010 return after departing Cleveland for Miami and leaving angry and booing fans feeling betrayed.
Cleveland Cavaliers' move comes hours after an interview with Smith became public where he said the Cavs, 2-13 overall and 0-8 on the road this season, were trying to lose.
NBA: Kevin Durant guides Warriors to win over Hawks a day after spat with teammate Draymond Green; Rockets beat Nuggets
Kevin Durant and Draymond Green had a heated off-court exchange during Monday's 121-116 overtime defeat to the Clippers in Los Angeles.
NBA: Anthony Davis scores 32 points to end Pelican's six-game skid; Kawhi Leonard powers Raptors to win over Kings
Anthony Davis was in fine form for the New Orleans Pelicans in their match against Chicago Bulls, while Kawhi Leonard powered Toronto Raptors to a win over Sacramento Kings.
The Sacramento Kings rose, the Cleveland Cavaliers sank deeper, and Stone Cold Steve Austin entered the ring in Portland. Here are the bits and bobs from another week that was in the NBA.
NBA: German star Dirk Nowitzki says LeBron James can overtake Kareem Abdul-Jabbar as greatest scorer in competition history
Long-time Dallas Mavericks star Dirk Nowitzki has stated that LeBron James has it in him to overtake Kareem Abdul-Jabbar as the NBA's all-time highest scorer.
NBA: Newcomer Kawhi Leonard hits the ground running as Toronto Raptors beat Cleveland Cavaliers 116-104
Kawhi Leonard had 24 points and 12 rebounds in his Toronto debut, Kyle Lowry scored 27 points as Toronto Raptors handed Cleveland Cavaliers a comprehensive defeat tp extend their streak of winning on opening night.
NBA: With LeBron James' departure, new generation of players and teams will shape this year’s Eastern Conference
There is no denying that LeBron's journey to the west will leave a gaping hole atop the east. The conference will be more unpredictable and the remaining contenders will fight to determine who will be crowned as their new king.
NBA: Boston Celtics' Marcus Smart, Cleveland Cavaliers' JR Smith fined for on-court altercation in pre-season
The NBA issued a $25,000 fine to Marcus Smart of the Boston Celtics and a $15,000 fine to JR Smith of the Cleveland Cavaliers for their roles in a brawl on-court when the two teams faced off against each other.
Cleveland guard JR Smith and Celtics guard Marcus Smart were involved in an altercation in the first quarter of the Cavaliers' pre-season home victory over Boston.
NBA: LeBron James fails to prevent Lakers from losing to Nuggets despite rapturous reception on home debut
James, who joined the Lakers from the Cavaliers on a four-year deal, was given a rousing standing ovation by the Staples Center crowd as he arrived on court.
NBA: Denver Nuggets rout Los Angeles Lakers in front of San Diego crowd to spoil LeBron James' exhibition debut
LeBron James dazzled the crowd in his exhibition debut for the Los Angeles Lakers Sunday but he couldn't get them a victory as they dropped a 124-107 decision to the Denver Nuggets.
LeBron James will make his Los Angeles Lakers' home debut on October 20 against the Houston Rockets at Staples Center arena, the National Basketball Association announced on Friday.
US President Donald Trump insults LeBron James on Twitter after NBA star's comments about racial division
This week's exchange is just the latest in a long-running feud between LeBron James and US President Donald Trump.
LA-bound LeBron James opens school in hometown Akron to create opportunities for children from troubled homes
LeBron James opened a school in his hometown of Akron, Ohio, to give troubled kids an opportunity to learn a range of skills and to take them off the streets.
LeBron James signed his new four-year NBA contract worth $154 million with the Los Angeles Lakers on Monday, with Lakers president Earvin "Magic" Johnson calling it a "huge step" for the team.
NBA: LeBron James agrees to four-year contract with LA Lakers in bid to dethrone Golden State Warriors
LeBron James announced that he has agreed to a four-year, $154 million contract with the Lakers, joining one of the league's most storied franchises and switching conferences to try and dethrone the Golden State Warriors and grow his own legacy.
Cleveland is a city with three patron saints: Superman, born from the imagination of two college kids, was invented here while the Nazi-defying Olympic gold medallist Jesse Owens called this city a home for a large part of his life. The city's third patron saint is basketball star LeBron James, the man who delivered the city its first sporting success after a 52-year drought in 2016.
LeBron James opts out of $35.6 million renewal deal with Cavaliers, claim reports; Lakers, Rockets favourites to sign NBA star
Four-time NBA MVP James could still sign a new deal with the Cavaliers, the hometown team he led to an NBA crown in 2016 to snap a major sports title drought dating to 1964.
NBA draft: Phoenix Suns select Deandre Ayton as first overall pick; Sacramento Kings go big with Marvin Bagley
The Phoenix Suns didn't have to go far to get Deandre Ayton in the NBA draft, as they made the towering Bahamian teenager their first No 1 overall pick in franchise history on Thursday.