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Report: LeBron James 'frustrated' with Cavaliers' offseason

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Report: LeBron James 'frustrated' with Cavaliers' offseason

With the Celtics making strides to compete with Cleveland in the Eastern Conference, it appears the league’s top player isn’t exactly thrilled with the Cavaliers’ summer efforts. 

A person close to the situation told USA Today that LeBron James is “concerned about the Cavaliers’ offseason,” which has seen owner Dan Gilbert gut the front office. James notably sent a tweet that could easily be interpreted as a shot at the organization for not bringing back general manager David Griffin.

The team courted Chauncey Billups to be Griffin’s replacement, but the longtime NBA point guard declined to take the job. The Celtics, meanwhile, added Gordon Hayward in free agency and selected Jayson Tatum with the third overall pick in the draft. 

Now James, who can be a free agent after next season, is reportedly “frustrated,” per USA Today's Jeff Zillgitt. 

From Zillgitt: 

Expecting an aggressive offseason approach that would close the gap on the champion Golden State Warriors, James soon found his anticipation and optimism diminished after Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert dismantled the front office, declining days before the draft and free agency to bring back general manager David Griffin and vice president of basketball operations Trent Redden.

Gilbert’s decision left the Cavs without the franchise’s top two front-office execs at a critical time, and it left James frustrated and concerned about the team’s ability to put together a roster that can better compete with Golden State, the person with direct knowledge of James’ thinking told USA TODAY Sports. The person was not authorized to speak publicly and requested anonymity.

Zillgitt adds that James’ impending free agency, which could take him to Los Angeles, leaves the Cavaliers aware that “franchise-altering consequences are at stake.”
 

Celtics Storylines: Four factors that will impact ball movement

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Photo of Celtics' 1963 White House visit recalls a simpler time

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Photo of Celtics' 1963 White House visit recalls a simpler time

As the controversy raged Saturday over President Donald Trump's tweet rescinding the White House invitation to Golden State Warriors' star Stephen Curry, a tweeted photo recalling a simpler time for sports team's presidential visits appeared. 

The nostalgic Twitter account @the_60s_at_50 posted a photo from the Celtics' visit to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave and its principal occupant, John F. Kennedy, on Jan. 31, 1963. JFK had invited his hometown NBA team into the Oval Office for what seemed to be a spur-of-the-moment visit.

A newspaper account of the visit was also posted. The defending NBA champion Celtics were in the Washington area to play the Cincinnati Royals at the University of Maryland's Cole Field House that night and had been taking a tour of the White House when Kennedy invited them in. 

All the team members were there except for star center Bill Russell, who, of course, experienced incidents of racism in Boston that were well-documented. However, Russell's absence was blamed on him oversleeping. His teammates said they didn't know they would meet Kennedy on the tour.  

And yes, that's Celtics legend - and CSN's own - Tommy Heinsohn second from right. Coach Red Auerbach is next to the President on the left, Bob Cousy is next to Auerbach and John Havlicek is the first player in the second row on the left.