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The Franchise: Lebron James and the Remaking of the Cleveland Cavaliers

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"Not your typical sports biography . . . Take[s] the reader behind the scenes in the Cavaliers' front office, revealing how championship contenders are built" -- Library Journal

Two award-winning sports journalists give an in-depth look at how a team and a city were rebuilt around superstar LeBron James.

When the Cleveland Cavaliers drew the top pick in the 2003 NBA draft, a
Hardcover, 206 pages
Published December 1st 2007 by Gray & Company Publishers
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With LeBron now in Miami and the Cavaliers being pretty much awful the last three seasons, it's not hard to imagine that this book read much better six years ago than when I read it last summer. The book was written in light of the Cavalier's loss to the Spurs in the 2007 NBA Finals so things were looking pretty good for the franchise at this point. Well, at least it seemed that way then before the Celtics reloaded and the Magic oddly got awesome in 2009. I know it's probably not right to judge ...more
As a Cavs fan, I enjoyed reading a lot of the behind the scenes information about the Cavs before & after LeBron. While there seemed to be some inconsistencies in the details of some years and some other info (mostly concerning the Shawm Kemp stuff, but most people probably wouldn't notice, I just happen to be into detailed sports info), the book is well written & easy to read. Both authors have similar writing styles which is good because it does not distract from the stories. One final ...more
Written by the Cleveland Plain-Dealer Cavs beat writer that I have been reading for a few years now (Windhorst) and the top commentator on Cleveland sports (Pluto), this wasn't as good as I expected. The problem may have been that it was written a few years ago and so much of the story has happened since then. Also, sadly they don't seem to have the kind of access that anyone has gotten of Lebron James. The guy is so media savvy and disciplined in his actions and words that I don't know if we'll ...more
I wanted to read this book because it chronicles the life of my favorite basketball player, Lebron James. I think this book is very detailed in going into the life of James and in showing what led him to become what he is today. The story shows the struggles faced, but the barriers broken by will and talent.
The book also shows the transformation of the Cleveland Cavaliers as a team from one that was weak to a strong one. I have followed the team since James came along and was highly intereste
Dec 31, 2007 De'Shawn rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Basketball fans
In this book you see the recreating of the Cleveland Calaliers from the worst team in Basketball in the late 1990's to early 2000's. To adding LeBron James and being contenders for a titler in 2007. Great book to read. It also shows that anything is possible
This is a very interesting book about Lebron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers. It was very interesting. And I was surprised that it was such a page turner! Great book if you want to learn about the Cavs.

(thanks Amanda!)
Brad Budziak
Good read about the Cavs organization, but sloppy and disjointed. How does a book with so many grammatical errors make it to store shelves?
This is a really cool book. It was interesting to see all the work and behind-the-scenes action it took to get LeBron James signed for Cleveland.
I think this book is a good book to read and tells good stuff ABOUT HIS LIKE THAT YOU DONT KNOW. IT TELLS ABOUT HIS HIGHSCHOOL CAREA
Maurice Kaba
he is the best and gud basketball player
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Terry Pluto is a sports columnist for the Plain Dealer. He has twice been honored by the Associated Press Sports Editors as the nations top sports columnist for medium-sized newspapers. He is a nine-time winner of the Ohio Sports Writer of the Year award and has received more than 50 state and local writing awards. In 2005 he was inducted into the Cleveland Journalism Hall of Fame. He is the autho ...more
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