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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.
|Publisher:||Grand Central Publishing|
|Product dimensions:||5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.75(d)|
About the Author
Dave McMenamin has covered the NBA since the 2005-2006 season, starting his career with NBA.com, 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
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
About the Authors 265
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Excellent book, a must read for any Cavs fan!
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