LeBron James was showered with praise for the way he handled his announcement in a Sports Illustrated essay that he was returning to the Cavaliers.

Now James officially has Kevin Durant‘s approval.

“I thought it was well-thought-out. It was classy. It was a great move to do it as a letter,” Durant said after a training camp session with USA Basketball on Tuesday. “That was pretty cool. It’s funny seeing guys think about more than just basketball for once. He thought about the city where he comes from, about Northeast Ohio and how he can affect so many of the kids just being there playing basketball. I love that. So many guys get criticized for making the decision that’s best for them, instead of what’s best for everybody else. He’s a guy that did that. You gotta respect that. I applauded him, I texted him and told him congratulations on the decision and told him I was happy for him. As a fan of the game, it’s going to be pretty cool to see him back in Cleveland.”

James’ homecoming inspired reporters to ask Durant if he’ll consider a similar return home — Durant is from Seat Pleasant, Maryland, a suburb of Washington, D.C. — when he hits free agency in two years.

“I’m going to do what’s best for me,” Durant said. “It’s hard to talk about that right now when I’ve got two years left in Oklahoma City. I’m just going to focus on that. I’m not going to make a decision based on what anybody else does. I grew up watching the Bullets/Wizards. I grew up taking the train to that arena, all the time, to watch Georgetown, the Bullets, the Washington Mystics. That whole city is a part of me. It’s in my blood. I love going back home, seeing my family and playing there, but I love Oklahoma City too.”

Durant is has become close friends with James over the years. The two were Olympic teammates and even trained together in Akron, Ohio, during the 2011 lockout. Durant has two years remaining on a five-year, $86 million extension he signed with the Thunder in 2010.

Blog Author: 
Nick Canelas

On Wednesday’s edition of Three For All on Middays With MFB, Lou Merloni, Christian Fauria and Tim Benz discussed the latest celebrity to be ticked off by musician Justin Bieber and tried to differentiate the Canadian pop singer from Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel. To listen to the segment, go to the MFB audio on demand page.

“It’s pretty embarrassing that we’re both on the same wavelength on that. … As soon as we see some Bieber stuff, we’re all over it,” Fauria said.

Bieber and actor Orlando Bloom allegedly got into a fight early Wednesday morning outside of a restaurant on the Spanish island of Ibiza. After Bieber and Bloom exchanged words., the 37-year-old actor is said to have thrown a punch at Bieber.

“How old is Orlando Bloom anyway, isn’t he like 50? … He’s beating up a kid,” Fauria said.

“I’m in favor of anybody who goes after Justin Bieber,” Merloni responded.

Said Fauria: “If two guys needed to be punched, Justin Bieber would be No. 1. No. 2, slowly bringing up the ranks, would be Johnny Manziel.”

Fauria then brought up an online quiz offered on SI.com, which lists quotes that were said by either Bieber or Manziel, and offered the challenge to Benz and Merloni.

The first quote: “I want my world to be fun, no parents, no nothing. Like no one can stop me. No one can stop me.” It was guessed correctly by both Benz and Merloni, who said it was Bieber.

“Is that a song?” Fauria asked.

“I don’t know, it sounds like lyrics,” Merloni answered.

“I don’t think Johnny, for all of his faults, is still bringing Daddy into the picture,” Benz said. “That was the tip-off for me there.”

The next quote: “I can’t hear you. There’s too much money in my [expletive] hands.” This was a challenge for the duo, as both Merloni and Benz incorrectly guessed that Bieber said it.

“Do you see how these two worlds are merging?” Fauria said. “This guy, Johnny Manziel is being compared to Justin Bieber, who no one can stand right now.”

“What if Johnny Manziel has a good year this year, are you going to be OK?” Merloni asked Fauria.

“I might have a Mr. Furious moment like you’re about to have tomorrow. I might just go crazy,” Fauria said. “The guy is becoming irritating. Now when I see stuff like this, it just makes the hair on the back of my neck stand up. But he’s not going to have a great year. When he does play, he’s going to make some awesome plays, he’s going to make some plays where you’re like, ‘Whoa, how did he do that, how did he get out of that situation,’ but then he’s going to have so many colossal meltdowns where he’s throwing the ball into the wrong direction, just carelessly just going crazy. That’s more of what you’re going to see with Manziel.”

Blog Author: 
Conor Ryan
As news looms about a possible Jon Lester trade, we sit down with the skipper of your Sox live from Fenway park.
As news looms about a possible Jon Lester trade, we sit down with the skipper of your Sox live from Fenway park.

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[0:08:25] ... of those conversations. If you can what was the conversation you and Jon Lester had yesterday in a ballpark for about fifteen minutes just out there in the outfield candidates how to have a conversation what ...
[0:09:07] ... and just kind of ended up talking with John for you blob. Jon Lester gets most of the attention right now because of his pedigree in the organization. How long he's been here there are other players whose names have been. Out there in the media as well. Are you having similar conversations with John Lackey in my car and Andrew Miller and other guys like that we've we've met with all of all the players mentioned and even a greater number than than ...






We check in with Alex on the eve of the trade deadline.

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[0:05:42] ... has about who he is a road a lot about this today. Jon Lester is in the best state of mind of his life. And certainly has based bunker but I think maybe even as light. ...
[0:06:52] ... A massive part in his departure. If as we all believe that Jon Lester has gone in the Red Sox are actively seeking something form does it make sense then as well to deal John Lackey and not do. You know sign an extension for next year and forget about that 500000 yeah I had a really hard ...
[0:07:36] ... do that after 2004 when they let. When they let Pedro in Derek Lowe walk for instance. Let this be a little bit more dramatic with so much unsettled about the future. State and he does ...






We check in with Alex on the eve of the trade deadline.

[0:03:49] ... ultimately. Any team -- a contender I can understand I'm looking at Jon Lester in saying that guys difference maker any of the teams in the NL central another the cardinals already made their move. They ...
[0:05:42] ... has about who he is a road a lot about this today. Jon Lester is in the best state of mind of his life. And certainly has based bunker but I think maybe even as light. ...
[0:06:52] ... A massive part in his departure. If as we all believe that Jon Lester has gone in the Red Sox are actively seeking something form does it make sense then as well to deal John Lackey and not do. You know sign an extension for next year and forget about that 500000 yeah I had a really hard ...
[0:07:36] ... do that after 2004 when they let. When they let Pedro in Derek Lowe walk for instance. Let this be a little bit more dramatic with so much unsettled about the future. State and he does ...






We respond and react to the news that Jon Lester may no longer be a member of the Boston Red Sox once the trade deadline passes.
We respond and react to the news that Jon Lester may no longer be a member of the Boston Red Sox once the trade deadline passes.
We tackle four topics, all centered around the Sox best moves ever at the trade deadline.
We tackle four topics, all centered around the Sox best moves ever at the trade deadline.

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[0:01:55] ... to be getting in return for Jon Lester and John Lackey and Andrew Miller and whoever else you -- here. Look at what -- brought to the Boston Red Sox bats is that a trade deadline ...
[0:05:59] ... up four years. Disgruntled manner -- was dealt away to Los Angeles. Craig Hansen Brandon Moss Roosevelt way and we got back Jason Bay. Well -- a great city broad you know we have cider and ...
[0:08:34] ... -- None of us that he's gonna be here Sunday night with John Farrell says he's got all the cards. You know some crazy stuff on because they basically put some back -- if he's not ...