Return of the King: LeBron James, the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Greatest Comeback in NBA History

Return of the King: LeBron James, the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Greatest Comeback in NBA History


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Return of the King: LeBron James, the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Greatest Comeback in NBA History by Brian Windhorst, Dave McMenamin

Now a New York Times bestseller!

The inside story of LeBron James's return and ultimate triumph in Cleveland.

What really happened when LeBron James stunned the NBA by leaving a potential dynasty in Miami to come home to play with the Cleveland Cavaliers? How did the Cavs use secret meetings to put together the deal to add star Kevin Love? Who really made the controversial decision to fire coach David Blatt when the team was in first place? Where did the greatest comeback in NBA history truly begin-and end?

RETURN OF THE KING takes you onto the private planes, inside the locker-room conversations, and into the middle of the intense huddles where one of the greatest stories in basketball history took place, resulting in the Cavs winning the 2016 NBA title after trailing the Golden State Warriors three games to one.

You'll hear from all the characters involved: the players, the executives, the agents, and the owners as they reveal stories never before told. Get the background on all the controversies, the rivalries, and the bad blood from two reporters who were there for every day, plot twist, and social media snafu as they take you through the fascinating ride that culminated in a heart-stopping Game Seven.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781478971672
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 04/03/2018
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 296
Sales rank: 80,362
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.75(d)

About the Author

Brian Windhorst has covered the NBA for ESPN since 2010. He began covering LeBron James in 1999 and was the daily beat writer on the Cleveland Cavaliers for the Akron Beacon Journal and Cleveland Plain Dealer from 2003 to 2010. He is also the co-author of two books, The Franchise and The Making of an MVP.

Dave McMenamin has covered the NBA since the 2005-2006 season, starting his career with, where he was the ghostwriter for Gilbert Arenas's groundbreaking blog. Dave has developed the trust of future Hall of Famers Kobe Bryant and LeBron James in his seven seasons as a beat writer for the Los Angeles Lakers and Cleveland Cavaliers for ESPN.

Table of Contents

Introduction ix

Chapter 1 All Not for Z 1

Chapter 2 Target Acquisition Mode 12

Chapter 3 Midnight in Miami 26

Chapter 4 "I'm Coming Home" 34

Chapter 5 All You Need Is Love 52

Chapter 6 In the Dark 65

Chapter 7 "What Other Coach Do We Have?" 81

Chapter 8 Fit Out, Fit In 93

Chapter 9 Timeouts and Fighter Pilots 109

Chapter 10 "It Didn't Feel Right" 123

Chapter 11 Exceeding an Unlimited Budget 133

Chapter 12 Late Nights with the Warriors 143

Chapter 13 "Theater of the Absurd" 155

Chapter 14 "That's What the Coach Wants" 171

Chapter 15 Meeting at Trump's 183

Chapter 16 Lil' Kev 192

Chapter 17 "Follow My Lead" 204

Chapter 18 3-1 Lead 212

Chapter 19 The Block. The Shot. The Stop. 227

Epilogue 243

Acknowledgments 249

Index 251

About the Authors 265

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Return of the King: LeBron James, the Cleveland Cavaliers, and the Greatest Comeback in NBA History 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent book, a must read for any Cavs fan!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Brian Windhorst is one of my favorite journalists he is very knowledgeable and he knows a lot about what he does... This book is unbelievably good It was exellent