Delonte, my little cousin, and LeBron on Z

There are a lot of reasons why Delonte West is cool.  Not the least of which is the fact that he took a minute to take a picture with my little cousin this past weekend during a Black Friday shopping trip to Best Buy.  Appreciate that D-West!

Speaking of cool, LeBron James let it be known that he wasn’t cool with Mike Brown’s decision to give Z a DNP on the night he was scheduled to break Danny Ferry’s record for games played on Saturday.  Conspiracy theories abound as to whether this was a directive coming from Ferry himself in an attempt to preserve his record.  Just kidding. 

LeBron’s quotes are below – via the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Mary Schmitt Boyer:

“Me personally, I definitely thought he should have played. I’m not trying to stir up anything with coach or the organization. I don’t know who made the call. But sometimes one game is a smaller thing. What was on the line the day before yesterday was way bigger than us playing the Mavericks, and that was Z breaking the record to become the franchise leader in games played.  I stand behind Z and whatever Z feels at this point in time, I definitely — if I was in control of it — would have put him in, probably would have started him. You could have easily started him and subbed him right out and had the standing ovation from the fans with a timeout. If you didn’t want to play him, there were a lot of ways for that accomplishment to be accomplished…As a friend of his, I was very upset, and I know he was also.”

For more on LeBron’s comments earlier today, and a reaction from Mike Brown, go to

Brendan Bowers

About Brendan Bowers

I am the founding editor of I am also a content strategist and social media manager with Electronic Merchant Systems in Cleveland. My work has been published in SLAM Magazine, KICKS Magazine, The Locker Room Magazine,,, and elsewhere. I've also written a lot of articles that have been published here.