Fox 8 Sports anchor John Telich joined the Sam and Brad Show Monday to talk about the legacy of LeBron James and the upcoming future for both the Los Angeles Lakers and the Cleveland Cavaliers.
James agreed to a four-year deal with the Lakers Sunday evening.
July 11, 2014:
"I'm Coming Home:" the article posted to SI.com, courtesy of Sports Illustrated writer Lee Jenkins, were the words of LeBron James: Northeast Ohio's Hero turned Villian turned Prodigal Son.
After winning a pair of titles in South Beach with his cast of characters, LeBron James vowed to bring the Larry O'Brien Trophy to Cleveland... To Akron... To Northeast Ohio...
June 19, 2016:
The final seconds had ticked off of the Clock in Oakland, California. Cavs 93, Warriors 89... Tears streamed down the cheeks of the two-time champion, four-time MVP, Kid from Akron...
Meanwhile, more than twenty-four hundred miles away, Cleveland, Ohio was swarmed with fans sharing the same tears, hugging perfect strangers, dancing on police cars while officers watched in shared jubilation.
He did it; he kept his promise. LeBron had returned to Cleveland and brought the title with him.
(Photo Credit: Justina Bucceri, Rubber City Radio Group)
June 8, 2018:
With still more than four minutes remaining on the game clock in Game 4 of the 2018 NBA Finals at Quicken Loans Arena, LeBron James walked off the court wearing number 23 for the Cleveland Cavaliers. While giving congratulations to members of the Golden State Warriors, who would go on to win Game 4, completing the sweep of the Cavs in the Finals, The Kid from Akron was met with a standing ovation and chants of "MVP! MVP! MVP!" from 20,562 fans, most, if not all of whom were on their feet.
Respect for the man who had put an entire team..., an entire city on his shoulders, and carried them all back to the NBA Finals for the fourth year in a row. A little help from his friends, sure; but "a little" doesn't begin to stress the perceived solo mission LeBron embarked on throughout the 2018 NBA Playoffs.
July 1, 2018:
The daylight was dwindling, but the heat still sweltered. With most of the region wrapping up the day, the news broke, just about 8 p.m.:
Just hours into the NBA Free Agency, LeBron's decision was made, speculation could rest, and a fanbase could be content with a superstar's decision and begin to move forward (or not).
It didn't take Cavs owner Dan Gilbert too long, much like after LeBron's first exit, to respond to LBJ's decision, but the difference in those two responses was night and day:
"We will always remember the evening of June 19, 2016 as the Cleveland Cavaliers, led by LeBron James, ended the 52-year drought delivering the long elusive championship that many thought they would never see... A championship that united generations of Clevelanders, both living and passed.
Virtually anyone with roots in Northeast Ohio paused and felt the memories of the past and the utter joy that the burden of the so-called 'curse' was finally a thing of the past. Cleveland, Ohio was the home of a championship team for the first time since 1964. Words do not express the meaning and the feeling this accomplishment brought to the people of Northeast Ohio.
None of this would have happened if LeBron James did not agree to come back home and lead the Cavaliers to the promised land. The entire Cavaliers franchise thanks LeBron for that precious moment and for all of the excitement he delivered as he led our team to four straight NBA Finals appearances.
LeBron is a family man, first. We wish his kids, his wife Savannah, his mother Gloria, and LeBron himself nothing but the best in the years and decades ahead. LeBron's connection to Akron, Cleveland and all of Northeast Ohio will most certainly endure as his commitment to the region and his support of many important causes has been impactful to so many kids and families.
LeBron, you came home and delivered the ultimate goal. Nothing but appreciation and gratitude for everything you put into every moment you spent in a Cavaliers uniform. We look forward to the retirement of the famous #23 Cavs jersey one day down the line..."
July 2, 2018:
A deep breath.
A moment of reflection.
A realization that most of us in Northeast Ohio do not wake up with the presumption that an athlete or a sport is going to dictate how our day goes. For so many of us, there are our families, our friends, our pets (Hi Amos!), our careers, our hearts and our souls, our love, and the list goes on and on.
Taking solace in that, I tip my cap to you LeBron. I thank you for giving Northeast Ohio that moment on the night of June 19, 2016, when we cried tears of joy, alongside family, friends, and fellow fans; when you swelled a community with pride, love, and unrelenting joy.
Tom Withers of the Associated Press joined the Sam and Brad Show to talk about the Cavaliers, LeBron's possible destination, and more on a Thursday afternoon.
Former Brooklyn Nets GM and ESPN Front Office Insider Bobby Marks joined the Sam and Brad Show to recap Thursday's NBA Draft.
Former Brooklyn Nets GM and ESPN Front Office Insider Bobby Marks joined the Sam and Brad Show to recap Thursday's NBA Draft.
Fox Sports Ohio's Fred McLeod spoke with Brad Russell and Justin McKinney about the drafting of Collin Sexton at #8 for the NBA Draft.
The Cavs are excited about their new prospect and look forward to seeing what he can do on the court.
NCAA college basketball analyst for ESPN and host at 1070 The Fan in Indianapolis Dan Dakich spoke with Sam and Brad to talk NBA Draft this afternoon.
Coverage begins for the NBA draft tonight at 7 p.m and the Cavaliers have the #8 pick obtained in the Kyrie Irving trade.
Cavaliers and NBA insider Jason Lloyd of The Athletic discussed the Cavaliers' season and the possible free agency destination of LeBron James this summer.
Fomer 12-year NBA point guard and Cleveland Cavaliers 1st round pick Brevin Knight spoke with Sam and Brad to give his thoughts on the NBA Finals and Game #3.
NBA insider Sam Amico from Amico Hoops.net spoke with Sam and Brad after Wednesday's Game #3 loss.
Game #4 is set for Friday at Quicken Loans Arena.
NBA writer and insider Sam Amico joined Sam Bourquin and Brad Russell to talk about the NBA Finals Game #1 tonight between the Cavaliers and Warriors.
Amico says the Cavaliers have a chance because you can never know what can happen in a seven-game series.
They're back at it again for the fourth consecutive year.
The Golden State Warriors will be facing off against the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Finals.
Tom Withers of the Associated Press talked about the perspective from the home side of things, as LeBron and the guys defeated Boston in Game #7 Sunday with Sam and Brad.
On the other side, Ryan Leong of the Associated Press caught up with the guys to talk about things from the Warriors perspective. They defeated Houston in 7games on Monday.
Longtime sports columnist for the Boston Globe Dan Shaughnessy spoke with Sam and Brad to talk about the upcoming series between the Boston Celtics and Cleveland Cavaliers.
Sam Amico of Amico Hoops discussed last night's win from the Cavaliers over the Toronto Raptors in the Eastern Conference Semifinals.
Game #2 is tomorrow in Canada. Join time is 5:30 and tip-off at 6 on 1590 WAKR.
Vince Cellini of Cavaliers In The Paint spoke with Sam and Brad to talk about the Cavs and Pacers series being tied at 2 apiece.
He discussed the emergence of JR Smith on the defensive end against Victor Oladipo and Kyle Korver's 3 point marksmanship in Game #3,
Tom Withers of the Associated Press joined Sam and Brad to talk about last night's win over the Pacers in Game #2 of their playoff series.
Game #3 will be Friday night in Indianapolis. You can hear it on 1590 WAKR.
Veteran broadcaster Jay Crawford joined the Sam and Brad Show Monday to talk about his new venture doing the play-by-play for the Cleveland Browns' preseason games on News 5.
He also talked about the Cavs' loss in Game #1 of the playoffs and how the lack of chemistry and synergy on the court is worrysome at times.
There's a lot of questions about the Cavaliers after their 18-point loss to the Indiana Pacers in Game #1 of the NBA Playoffs
Fox Sports Ohio's TV play-by-play voice Fred McLeod offered his thoughts.
NBA writer Sam Amico from Amico Hoops.net spoke with Sam and Brad Thursday to talk about the Cavaliers as they get ready for the Indiana Pacers on Sunday.
He also offered his thoughts on who needs to step up for the Wine and Gold during the second season.
Sam and Brad spoke with Cleveland.com and Cleveland Plain Dealer sports columnist Bud Shaw to talk about our teams on a Monday afternoon.
NBA reporter Jeff Zillgitt spoke with Sam Bourquin Thursday after the Cavaliers' win over the Toronto Raptors at the Q last evening.
Sports columnist for the Cleveland Plain Dealer Terry Pluto spoke with Sam and Brad to talk Cleveland sports, including the trades from the Browns, the inconsistencies of the Cavs, and the Indians as they continue Spring Training.
Vince Cellini of Cavaliers In The Paint on Fox Sports Ohio spoke with Sam and Brad to talk about the Cavs' win last night over Detroit as well as the strong play of one of the "other" kids from Akron, Revere HS grad Larry Nance, Jr.
Cleveland Cavaliers General Manager Koby Altman joined the Sam and Brad Show to talk about the new-look Cavs and how the new additions to the team have panned out.
"I think the whole organization feels rejuvenated," Koby explained. "We needed to put some wind in our sails, and these deals helped us do that."
The new additions to the team are Larry Nance Jr. Jordan Clarkson, Rodney Hood, and George Hill. The Wine and Gold will play the Oklahoma City Thunder tonight at 8pm with coverage beginning at 7:30pm on 1590 WAKR.
Tom Withers of the Associated Press joined the Sam and Brad Show on Monday to talk about the new-look Cavaliers and how they have a new bounce in their step after revamping the roster and beating Boston.
The Cavs will play the Oklahoma City Thunder tomorrow before the All Star Break.
CBS Sports NBA writer James Herbert joined the Sam and Brad Show to talk about the NBA Trade deadline and the Cleveland Cavaliers' newest players.
"Mr Cavalier" Austin Carr joined the Sam and Brad Show Wednesday to talk about the Cavaliers' loss to the Pistons last night and how they can rebound against the Miami Heat tonight.
The game can be heard on 1590 WAKR.
Austin along with Campy Russell, will be featured speakers at the Shaw JCC Sports Dinner Feb 1.
Sam Amico caught up with Sam Bourquin and Brad Russell ahead of the Wine & Gold's contest against the Indiana Pacers tonight.
You can hear the game on 1590 WAKR at 7:30pm with coverage beginning at 7pm.
Sam and Brad spoke with Vince Cellini, who works as part of Cavaliers In The Paint for Fox Sports Ohio.
Vince discussed the struggling Cavaliers, Ty Lue's move to put Tristan back into the starting lineup, and moving Jae Crowder to the bench.
TV voice of the Cleveland Cavaliers on Fox Sports Ohio, Fred McLeod joined the Sam and Brad Show Tuesday to assess the Cavs' loss against Golden State and their recent struggles as of late.
The Cavaliers return to the practice floor tomorrow before taking on the Orlando Magic Thursday night.
Jim Chones, former Cavalier and color analyst for the Cavaliers Radio Network, spoke with Sam and Brad at the Q.
NBA TV Host Matt Winer joined the Sam and Brad Show live from Quicken Loans Arena on Monday, as the Cavs prepare to take on Golden State.
Sam Bourquin spoke with the AP's Tom Withers to talk Cleveland Cavaliers and LeBron James ahead of the Bucks game tonight.
NBA TV Host Rick Kamla spoke with Sam and Brad to talk NBA and the game tonight between the Cavaliers and Lakers.
He also talked about the career of LeBron James and where he ranks amongst the all time greats.
Fox 8 Sports Director John Telich spoke with Sam and Brad to talk about the Cavaliers' climb from a 23 point deficit to defeat the Knicks Monday night.
NBA insider Sam Amico from Amico Hoops.net spoke with Sam and Brad Wednesday to talk about the Cavaliers' win over the Bucks Tuesday night at the Q.
Amico said it's hard to predict how the Cavs will look until Isaiah Thomas gets back, but he likes the team's agressiveness early on.
Sam and Brad spoke with NBA.com and NBA TV writer Sekou Smith to talk about the struggles of the Cavaliers thus far in the young season as well as the news and notes surrounding the NBA.
Cavaliers and NBA insider Sam Amico from Amico Hoops.net spoke with Sam and Brad on Monday to talk about the Cavaliers as they prepare for the Bulls on Tuesday.
Matt Winer from NBA TV spoke with Sam and Brad to talk about the start of the NBA season and the Cavaliers season opener against Boston.
Sam Amico from AmicoHoops.net spoke with Sam and Brad Tuesday about the new-look Cavs, their chemistry, and Dwyane Wade being named a starter moving forward.
Akron's own LeBron James spoke at Cleveland Cavaliers Media Day Monday to address some of the social issues going on in our society, and with that he addressed the NFL for its various signs of solidarity Sunday.
New Cleveland Cavalier Jae Crowder spoke with Sam and Brad to talk about his transition from Boston to Cleveland.
The Cavs open up with Boston and Jae says he can't wait to "kick their ass."
The teams meet October 17.
Cavaliers forward Channing Frye joined the Sam and Brad Show from Cavs Media Day Monday to discuss the season, including the opener against the Boston Celtics.
Frye didn't mince words when talking about former Cavalier Kyrie Irving.
Kevin Kleps from Crain's Cleveland Business spoke with Sam and Brad Tuesday to talk about the mult-million dollar renovations at the Quicken Loans Arena being taken off the table.
Fox 8 sportscaster John Telich spoke with Sam Bourquin on Wednesday to talk about the Kyrie Irving/Isaiah Thomas trade between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Boston Celtics.
The two teams open up the NBA season at the Q October 17.
The Cavaliers' offeseason has been anything but dull, and new General Manager Koby Altman addressed some of the pressing matters in Cleveland inlcuding Kyrie Irving's trade demands.
Altman was formally introduced at a press conference on Wednesday afternoon at Cleveland Clinic Courts. He has been with the Cleveland Cavaliers front office for the past five years, most recently as the Assistant GM.
Cavaliers' majority owner Dan Gilbert said he feels very confident in Koby's ability to take over in his new role.
"Koby's a special guy," Gilbert explained. "He knows basketball and he's a relationship guy, he's both book smart and street smart."
Altman takes over for the departed David Griffin, who served as the GM in Cleveland since the 2014-15 season.
Koby says despite reports of unrest within the organization, between players, etc, things are fine in Cleveland.
"This thing is not broken, we are a very successful organization, and we're going to continue to drive for that success," he said.
Brad Russell spoke with Sam Amico from Amico Hoops and Fox Sports Ohio to talk about the latest with Kyrie Irving and what direction the Cavs will go in as far as his possible replacement at point guard.