NBA execs blow up Brian Windhorst’s phone over LeBron James being in Cleveland

NBA fans weren’t the only ones excited that Lakers star LeBron James attended the Cavaliers’ Game 4 playoff game against the Celtics in Cleveland on Monday night.

ESPN’s Brian Windhorst reported that NBA executives blew up James’ cell phone after he appeared courtside and hilariously wondered why the Jazz traded Royce O’Neal two years ago. He said he sent Rudy Gobert and the famous double-finger meme from when he announced the signing of Roger. Then Donovan Mitchell was traded.

“I started getting calls on my phone from NBA people and general managers sending me their own memes and saying, ‘What’s going on in Cleveland?'” Windhorst said. He spoke on ESPN’s “Get Up.” Tuesday morning. “Because they’re like, ‘What is he doing?’

LeBron James (center), his wife Savannah (left) and agent Rich Paul (right) sit courtside during the Cavaliers-Celtics playoff game Monday night in Cleveland. David Richard – USA TODAY Sports
LeBron James (right) and his wife Savannah (left) attend the Cavaliers-Celtics playoff game in Cleveland on Monday. USA TODAY Sports (via Reuters Con)

That’s the question Windhorst tried to answer.

He said James and his wife, Savannah, were in town for Mother’s Day and agent Rich Paul attended the game because the Cavs have clients Darius Garland and Tristan Thompson. .

Windhorst said the Lakers knew ahead of time that James, who received a huge ovation from his hometown fans, would be in the game, so he wasn’t surprised.

That moment occurred 10 years ago when James, in his fourth season with the Heat after seven seasons with the Cavs, flew from Chicago to Cleveland to attend a retirement ceremony for former teammate Zydrunas Ilgauskas. I remembered when I flew.

That summer, James returned to the Cavaliers as a free agent and a year later led them to their first NBA championship.

James, 39, can opt out of his contract with the Lakers, so could the kid from Akron be looking for a third stint in Cleveland?

LeBron James thanked the Cleveland crowd at the Cavaliers-Celtics playoff game Monday night. AP

“This little operation is just to create a little bit of doubt. I think this is mostly a little thing for the Lakers. It’s just a little thing for the Lakers to say, ‘By the way, I want you to know, I’m still here. I think it’s a reminder, ‘Yo,'” Windhorst said.

Windhorst told viewers that James is unhappy with the Lakers’ inaction at the trade deadline, and that Los Angeles has three first-round picks available for trade ahead of the 2024 NBA Draft. It reminded me of something.

While James was in Cleveland, his son Bronny was at the NBA Combine in Chicago, trying to prove his worth in the upcoming draft.

LeBron James can opt out of his contract with the Lakers and become a free agent. Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

According to ESPN, Bronny had the second-best performance in 3-point shooting drills at the combine. He measured in at 6 feet 1.5 inches and 210 pounds and then recorded the sixth-highest vertical jump at 40.5 inches.

Windhorst mentioned that Paul said there was no need for LeBron and Bronny to play together, but LeBron had previously stated multiple times how he wanted to play with his son all year long.

Windhorst said James isn’t very interested in the Lakers’ coaching search after firing Darvin Ham, and the Lakers will give him whatever contract he wants, so his presence in Cleveland isn’t that important. It is said that there was not.

Brian Windhorst appeared on ESPN’s “Get Up” Tuesday morning. ESPN

But he hasn’t made any statements about his future since the Lakers lost to the Nuggets in the first round, and it’s clear he wanted to get people talking, even if his intentions weren’t entirely clear. .

“Certainly LeBron knew he was going to make a fuss, and he did,” Windhorst said, “on my cell phone and elsewhere around the league. [Monday] night. “