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  • Hey dads, here's Frank Caliendo reading LeBron James' 'I'm coming home' essay as Morgan Freeman (Video) (Ball Don't Lie)

    If you're anything like me, when you finished reading the Sports Illustrated essay in which LeBron James explained why he'd decided to leave the Miami Heat in free agency and rejoin the Cleveland Cavaliers, the first thing you thought was, "This was great and all, but it's suffering from a serious lack of Frank Caliendo." Luckily, the folks at ESPN Radio's "Mike and Mike" were thinking the exact same thing as I was — this happens all the time — and they invited the comedian on their radio show to read LeBron's essay in a celebrity's voice. He chose Morgan Freeman because, I'm guessing, everybody involved really loved "Last Vegas." That did sound like Morgan Freeman! Also, that essay is longer than you remember it being! Unfortunately, the segment ended before Caliendo could read Jason Collins' famed S.I. essay as Robin Williams. Oh, well. Maybe next time. Hat-tip to The Big Lead . - - - - - - - Dan Devine is an editor for Ball Don't Lie on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at or follow him on Twitter! Follow @YourManDevine Stay connected with Ball Don't Lie on Twitter @YahooBDL , "Like" BDL on Facebook and follow BDL's Tumblr for year-round NBA talk, jokes and more.

  • Timberwolves weighing options with Kevin Love (The Associated Press)

    The Minnesota Timberwolves are weighing their options when it comes to trading All-Star Kevin Love, with the Cleveland Cavaliers and Chicago Bulls both trying to land the versatile forward. Talks have picked up again this week, with the Cavaliers coming off of their long-held resistance to including No. 1 overall draft Andrew Wiggins in an offer and making a trade with Utah on Tuesday to help make an acquisition easier to pull off. Just as the Cavs appeared to be closing in on grabbing Love to pair with LeBron James and Kyrie Irving in a new-look ''Big 3'' in Cleveland, the Bulls appear to be making one last run to try to wrestle him away from their Eastern Conference competitors.

  • The 10-man rotation, starring the unending Kevin Love rumors (Ball Don't Lie)

    A look around the league and the Web that covers it. It's also important to note that the rotation order and starting nods aren't always listed in order of importance. That's for you, dear reader, to figure out. C : SB Nation . The Chicago Bulls have reportedly upped their offer for Kevin Love, as relayed by Kevin Zimmerman, though the initial source in the report has proven to be dubious in the past. Chicago cannot include rookie Doug McDermott in any deal for another 29 days. PF : SB Nation . Tom Ziller explains why the Cleveland Cavaliers need to pounce now in its attempts to lure Love from Minnesota. SF : Sports Illustrated . Rob Mahoney with an excellent and nuanced breakdown of the two different sides to Klay Thompson’s game. SG : ESPN Insider . Behind the pay wall, but a sound breakdown of the three options Minnesota is staring down as it attempts to deal Kevin Love. PG : Charlotte Observer . Kemba Walker talks about welcoming the similarly-minded Lance Stephenson to Charlotte. 6th : Pro Basketball Talk . The NBA just wrapped up its most-watched Summer League in history. 7th : Grantland . Zach Lowe details the plight of Eric Bledsoe, as his Phoenix Suns sit in the catbird seat, with restricted free agent leverage in hand. 8th : Arizona Republic . Even with Bledsoe’s future uncertain, it’s still just fine to get giddy over these Phoenix Suns. 9th : For the Win . Nate Scott with a look at why Kevin Durant should leave Oklahoma City for his hometown-ish Washington Wizards. In 2016. This will never end. 10th . SB Nation . Shockingly, Oklahoma City Thunder owners Clay Bennett and Aubrey McClendon might be doing some rather duplicitous, money-saving stuff. - - - - - - - Kelly Dwyer is an editor for Ball Don't Lie on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at or follow him on Twitter! Follow @KDonhoops

  • LeBron James sends cupcakes and a sweet note of apology to his neighbors after a media deluge (Ball Don't Lie)

    Gifted cupcakes are an excellent apology vessel. Even those with the smallest of sweet-teeth or most diligent of diets can’t help but sample one; and because of the confection’s size and ability to hold toppings, both amateur and professional bakers can’t help but get creative with the tasty little things. This is probably the line of thinking that influenced LeBron James’ family to call up Baker Boulevard Decadent Desserts on Tuesday and ask them to deliver a box of cupcakes to James’ neighbors in Bath Township, Ohio. The neighborhood has been besieged by media of late as James worked on making his career-altering free agent decision , and LBJ and family wanted to thank his neighbors for their patience in dealing with the media and rabid fans that came out to take pictures of houses that didn’t have LeBron James in them. Here is a picture of the note that James and Baker Boulevard Decadent Desserts sent along:

  • LeBron James humbled by fans in Hong Kong (The Associated Press)

    LeBron James was honored by the appearance of hundreds of fans who clutched his jersey or held up life-size cutouts of his face at a store in Hong Kong on Wednesday. The crowd chanted ''LBJ'' as he entered the store to meet with a small group of shoe-collecting ''sneakerheads.'' He said it was ''very humbling'' to know he was an inspiration for fans in the former British colony.

  • LeBron apologizes to neighbors, sends cupcakes (The Associated Press)

    BATH, Ohio (AP) -- LeBron James has sent cupcakes to his neighbors to apologize for the ruckus caused by the announcement of his homecoming earlier this month.

  • Summer League Stars (Rotoworld)

    Dominic Ridgard covers Summer League performances by Anthony Bennett and Nerlens Noel and projects their fantasy outlook.

  • Cavaliers gain salary room for possible Love deal (AFP)

    A salary-dumping deal by the Cleveland Cavaliers could help the new NBA team of superstar LeBron James swing a deal with the Minnesota Timberwolves for star center Kevin Love. The Cavaliers obtained guard John Lucas III and forwards Malcolm Thomas and Erik Murphy from Utah for second-year guard Carrick Felix, a second-round pick in next year's NBA Draft and $1 million.