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Old 08-24-2009, 11:27 AM
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1,100 go for spin with LeBron
By John Higgins
Beacon Journal staff writer

Eight-year-old Cash Moore Jr. looks out for the little guy, helping his fellow students when they fall.

''When there's a bully picking on them, I stand up for them,'' the boy said Saturday at Lock 3 Park in downtown Akron at the community celebration following NBA star LeBron James' State Farm ''King for Kids Bikeathon.''

Cash was among 400 recipients of a new bike, courtesy of the LeBron James Family Foundation. He and the others in the ''Kids Invitational Ride'' were nominated by community organizations based on character, volunteerism or acts of merit.

''He's a very good kid,'' said his father, Cash Moore Sr. ''His whole being is about helping.''

Moore also praised James for his commitment to Akron.

''We're grateful to LeBron and the James Family Foundation,'' he said. ''It was a beautiful thing today.''

This was the fourth year James has held the bikeathon fundraiser in his hometown.

On the 8-mile course, James led a group of celebrity riders that included fellow NBA All-Stars Chris Paul of New Orleans and Cavaliers teammate Mo Williams, along with Cavs coach Mike Brown and General Manager Danny Ferry and the current host of the NBC show America's Got Talent, Nick Cannon.

The event drew 1,100 riders to raise money for the Akron Urban League and the Akron Area YMCA.

''My whole passion is about inner-city kids and kids having a dream about becoming something more than what people think they can have — also, single-parent mothers, which my mother was,'' James told the riders and a few hundred spectators on Main Street.

Jabron Driskill, an 8-year-old who attends Case Elementary, watched the riders take off in waves down Main Street while wearing his Cleveland Cavaliers No. 23 LeBron jersey and sporting a Cavaliers wristband and temporary Cavs tattoos.

His father, Kenneth Driskill, and grandmother, Bernadine Driskill, also dressed in Cavs gear. They cheered from behind the street barricade.

''It's very nice that LeBron, Nike, State Farm, all of them, did all these wonderful things for the kids,'' Bernadine Driskill said.

Praise from mayor

Akron Mayor Don Plusquellic thought so, too.

''Let's give him a hand, not today for his basketball skills. We do that all the time,'' Plusquellic told the crowd Saturday morning. ''Let's give him a bigger hand for having the interior, inside character that makes him the greatest that will ever have played the game of basketball, the greatest sports figure in our country, because he knows what's important in life, and that's giving back.''

One rider who received a free bike already knows about giving back. Jobbie Evans, 13, will be an eighth-grader at Jennings Middle School.

His mother, Carrie Croft, said he is well known for helping out in their North Hill area, which is why he was nominated.

''He helps everybody around the neighborhood,'' Croft said. ''He goes and mows lawns. He's a very good helper.''

Myka Herring, who is 9 and attends St. Mary Elementary School, also received a new bike, helmet, water bottle and other accessories.

''I had a lot of fun,'' said Myka, who wanted to make sure James knew she was grateful.

She just finished a summer program at the Canal Square YMCA. She was nominated because she's an outstanding student who has exceptionally good behavior, said her mother, Katina Herring.

James was in Akron on Thursday for the screening of the documentary More Than a Game about his state-championship senior season at St. Vincent-St. Mary High School, and Friday he visited Summit Lake Community Center to honor 13 Akron-area athletes who use sports as a way to give back to their neighborhood centers.

Glad to be home

''I do stuff all over the world, but when I'm able to come back home and do things in the city that has seen me grow from a kid to a man, it means more to me,'' James said.

The bikeathon culminated with a community celebration in Lock 3 Park with entertainment from the Nickelodeon TV network.

James got on stage for the hip-hop music party to close out the event, which drew an estimated 3,000 people downtown.

'Get Schooled'

Next month, James will appear on the national stage with President Barack Obama and Kelly Clarkson in a 30-minute documentary that will air at 8 p.m. Sept. 8 on BET, MTV, VH1, CMT, Comedy Central, Spike TV and Nickelodeon.

The program marks the kickoff of an education initiative called ''Get Schooled'' by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Viacom. It's a five-year program aimed at improving high school and college completion rates.

''It's about kids understanding that education is important,'' James said Saturday.

''Especially where I come from, a lot of kids don't understand they should be a student-athlete. A lot of kids will be athletes and then students.'' - 1,100 go for spin with LeBron
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Old 08-24-2009, 11:37 AM
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Guy has been catching alot of flack for the dunk on him etc. Can't take away that he is a good role model so far though. Never any trouble etc.

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Tour de LeBron rolls on overseas
By JIM LITKE AP Sports Columnist

Published on Wednesday Aug 26, 2009

Everywhere you looked this summer, there was LeBron James.

It began with "The Chosen One" being grilled about a refusal to shake hands after the Orlando Magic knocked his Cleveland Cavaliers out in the NBA's Eastern Conference finals.

That was followed by questions as to whether James had a hand in a decision by his principal benefactor, Nike, to confiscate videotapes showing him getting dunked on during a pickup game at his own basketball camp.

Then there was James' admission, in a book called "Shooting Stars" and scheduled for release in September, that he smoked marijuana during his junior year in high school and had a hard time handling sudden fame.

About the only thing James hasn't weighed in on yet is the debate over health care, perhaps owing to the fact that he's in China on the front end of a promotional tour for his new movie, "More Than A Game," that will take him to Paris, London, New York and Los Angeles.

Even the few times James wasn't talking, it seemed like somebody was talking about him.

"He's the captain," Shaquille O'Neal said shortly after arriving in Cleveland via a blockbuster trade. "This is the time in my career where I can fit in. I'm now in the security business. My job is to protect the King."

About the only thing James needs protection from at the moment is overexposure. Only 24, he's set for life, in part because of business instincts every bit as sharp as his nose for the basketball. Yet it's the one piece of business he left unfinished this summer that could turn out to have the biggest impact on James' career.

Two weeks ago, at an event in his hometown of Akron, Ohio, staged to unveil the latest edition of his sneaker line, James made clear that for all the things the Cavaliers had done to keep him happy, they'd better be prepared to do more. He's set to make $15.7 in the final year of a three-year deal and indicated that he would likely become a free agent rather than sign an extension the club offered.

"It would make no sense for me to sign that contract," James said about his previous deal, "if I didn't keep my options open. I'll let you fill in the blanks."

Newspapers in New York have been doing just that for a while now. They picture James in a Knicks uniform and he's done little to tamp down the speculation. Under salary-cap rules, Cleveland can offer James as much as $30 million more than the next-closest bidder, but the appeal of staying home isn't limited strictly to dollars. James already owns Cleveland in a way he would never own New York.

James is too shrewd to turn over any cards at this point in the negotiating game, but it's clear who's holding all the good ones.

If he wants to make the Shaq experiment work, he almost certainly can. O'Neal will be a much better fit in Cleveland's half-court offense than he was in Phoenix's helter-skelter variety, and by attracting attention close to the basket, he opens more room on the court for James.

It will require the King to be patient, and it might not happen right away. But if James wants to fulfill the promise he made to Cleveland when the Cavaliers drafted him _ to light the town up "like Las Vegas" _ it's hard to see a better opportunity materializing anywhere any faster.

Then again, if Shaq proves ineffective, or too old and banged-up, or too big a personality to share the stage with, James can end the experiment, too. O'Neal is in the last year of his contract, and with just a nod from James, Cavs management could make him disappear by February's trading deadline. That would leave the club plenty of time and money to chase LeBron's "Redeem Team" mate and close pal Chris Paul, or another big-time signing in the offseason, and start all over again.

Either way, James' championship clock should be ticking loudly by now. He's got plenty of years left to get a ring, but one or two titles might not be enough to lock up the spot in the starting five of all-time that James so clearly covets.

His "What I did this summer" essay will be interesting, but we'll have to see the depth of his commitment through next fall and spring to know whether the tale ends happily.


Jim Litke is a national sports columnist for The Associated Press. Write to him at jlitke(at) - AP
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Old 08-27-2009, 10:26 AM
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Originally Posted by stevo View Post
Guy has been catching alot of flack for the dunk on him etc. Can't take away that he is a good role model so far though. Never any trouble etc.


Yeah, he does catch a lot of shit, considering he's never really done anything 'wrong', besides bein a bad tipper...
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