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The King reigns: LeBron James is AP’s male athlete of decade

He left Cleveland for Miami, finally became a champion, went back to his beloved northeast Ohio, delivered on another title promise, then left for the Los Angeles Lakers and the next challenge. He played in eight straight finals. No NBA player won more games or more MVP awards over the last 10 years than he did. He started a school. He married his high school sweetheart. “That’s all?” LeBron James asked, feigning disbelief. No, that’s not all. Those were just some highlights of the last 10 years. There were many more, as the man called “King” spent the last decade reigning over all others – with no signs of slowing down. James is The Associated Press male athlete of the decade,

Long-range plan: Darius Garland’s shooting floored Cavs in workout

Darius Garland showed the Cavaliers his range from 2,000 miles before they selected him in the NBA draft. The Cavs selected Garland with the No. 5 overall pick Thursday night despite the point guard playing in five games at Vanderbilt before injuring his left knee. The team sent new coach John Beilein and his entire staff to watch Garland work out last weekend in Los Angeles. Beilein joked that Garland “was shooting the ball in Nashville and we were in California.”

Cavaliers hire Cal women’s coach Lindsay Gottlieb as assistant

The Cleveland Cavaliers have hired former California women’s coach Lindsay Gottlieb as an assistant on John Beilein’s staff. Gottlieb spent the past eight years coaching the Golden Bears, leading them to seven NCAA Tournament appearances. While she’s not the first female assistant coach in the NBA, she is the first to go from head college coach to a pro bench. Gottlieb went 179-89 at Cal and led the school to its first Final Four in 2013.

Cavs owner Dan Gilbert’s recovery from stroke will ‘take time’

Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert remains hospitalized while recovering from a stroke. Quicken Loans CEO Jay Farner said Gilbert’s family reported he “maintains his strong sense of humor and focus on constant improvement.” Farner relayed a story that Gilbert requested his favorite beverage in the hospital and when learning it couldn’t be provided, he “insisted that a review of the hospital’s beverage best-practices be completed.” Farner said Gilbert’s family is grateful for support they’ve received.

Renaissance man: John Beilein ready to breathe new life into Cavs

John Beilein has coached at every level in college but says the Cleveland Cavaliers are his dream job. The 66-year-old Beilein who turned Michigan into a perennial power during a 12-year run was introduced by the Cavaliers. Even before taking the podium, Beilein got to work with one of his new players. He peeled off his suit jacket to rebound shots for forward Larry Nance Jr. Beilein doesn’t view Cleveland’s situation as a rebuild but rather a renaissance.

John Beilein: Leaving Michigan for Cavs is ‘right thing to do’

John Beilein has no doubt leaving Michigan for the Cleveland Cavaliers is the right move to make. He decided it was time to jump to the NBA and see if he can win on basketball’s biggest stage after molding winners at the college level for 41 years. The offensive whiz who re-established the Wolverines as national championship contenders will try to orchestrate a similar turnaround in Cleveland, where the Cavaliers won just 19 games following LeBron James’ departure for the Los Angeles Lakers.

AP source: Cavaliers interview Spurs assistant coach Ettore Messina

A person familiar with the meeting tells The Associated Press that the Cleveland Cavaliers interviewed longtime San Antonio Spurs assistant Ettore Messina to be their coach. The Cavaliers have interviewed several NBA coaches after parting ways with Larry Drew following a 19-63 season. Messina is the sixth known candidate to meet with the team.

AP source: Cavs interview J.B. Bickertstaff for coaching job

A person familiar with the Cleveland Cavaliers’ coaching search tells The Associated Press the team is interviewing former Memphis coach J.B. Bickerstaff. Bickerstaff is the third known candidate to meet with the Cavaliers, along with Dallas assistant Jamahl Mosley and Miami assistant Juwan Howard. Memphis fired Bickerstaff earlier this month. Cleveland fired coach Larry Drew following a 19-63 season. The Cavaliers let Tyronn Lue go in October after six games.

AP Source: Cavs to interview Blazers assistants to be coach

A person familiar with the team’s plans says the Cavaliers intend to interview Portland assistants Nate Tibbetts and David Vanterpool for their coaching job. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the talks. The Trail Blazers host Oklahoma City on Tuesday night in Game 5 of their opening-round playoff series. Cleveland is looking for a coach to replace Larry Drew.

Cavs no longer chasing NBA title, pursuing coach for future

Cavaliers general manager Koby Altman says he’s planning a thorough, open-minded search to find the next coach. The Cavs are looking for their fifth coach since 2013 after parting with Larry Drew, who guided Cleveland through to 63-loss season after replacing Tyronn Lue in October. Altman says he’s committed to hiring “a cultural driver” to rebuild a team that has fallen from one of the NBA’s elite to out of the playoffs without LeBron James.

Cavs begin coaching search after parting ways with Larry Drew

The Cleveland Cavaliers are looking for a new coach. The team is not bringing back Larry Drew for a second season after winning just 19 games this year. Drew took over when Tyronn Lue was fired Oct. 28 and led the team through an injury-riddled season. General manager Koby Altman said the sides agreed to part mutually. He now begins searching for the team’s fifth coach since 2013.