And James isn’t backing down, either.
On Monday, a representative for James sent a letter on his behalf to Alabama, claiming the Crimson Tide’s “Shop Talk” trailer uses “ideas, concepts and format” from a program on the digital media platform the Cavaliers’ superstar co-founded.
Last year, James’ “Uninterrupted” aired “The Shop,” where the three-time NBA champion, Golden State forward Draymond Green and others talk in a barber shop.
Marc J. Spears, The Undefeated: Blazers vs. Pelicans. The series includes two NBA MVP candidates who are thirsty to take their careers to the next level with a strong playoff performance, in Damian Lillard and Anthony Davis. No one questions their star level. But legends are made in the playoffs.
Kevin Pelton, ESPN Insider: Oklahoma City vs. Utah. This is easily the closest series on paper, with ESPN’s Basketball Power Index giving the Thunder a narrow 53-47 advantage in projected chances to win by virtue of home court. It’s also probably the best two combined teams; the Jazz finished fifth in point differential and Oklahoma City seventh, meaning whoever wins this series could give the Houston Rockets a scare in Round 2.
ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported earlier this week that the four top candidates are former Memphis Grizzlies coach David Fizdale, former Golden State Warriors coach Mark Jackson, former Cleveland Cavaliers coach David Blatt and former Toronto Raptors assistant Jerry Stackhouse.
The expectation was that three of the four would interview this week, with Blatt’s interview coming next week.
New York also received permission to talk to former head coach Mike Woodson, who now is serving as an assistant for the LA Clippers, sources told ESPN. Woodson, who was fired by the Knicks in 2014 after two-plus seasons at the helm, isn’t considered to be in the top tier of initial candidates.
Knicks president Steve Mills — a former teammate of Blatt’s at Princeton — and general manager Scott Perry are conducting the search, which was to include interviews with candidates beyond Fizdale, Jackson, Stackhouse, Blatt and Woodson, league sources said.
The Knicks fired coach Jeff Hornacek last week after seasons of 31-51 and 29-53 in New York.