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  • Marshawn Lynch Media Session Day Two: 'You Know Why I'm Here'

    Wednesday, 1:05 PM

    Jay Drowns/Getty Images(PHOENIX) -- Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch followed up his 4 minute and 51 second interview in which he said, "I'm just here so I won't get fined" 29 times on Tuesday with, "You know why I'm here."

    Lynch would have been fined $500,000 if he did not speak at media day on Tuesday, ESPN NFL insider Ed Werder reports, but another fine could be on its way.

    ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter reports that Lynch could be fined $100,000 for wearing his 'Beast Mode' logo hat, which isn't an official sponsor of the NFL.

    When asked about fans wanting to hear from him, Lynch said, "They know why I'm here."

    Lynch is also required to speak to the media on Thursday.


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  • Blatt: LeBron Is 'The Greatest Player in Our Game'

    Wednesday, 9:50 AM

    Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images(DETROIT) -- The Cleveland Cavaliers have turned their season around after winning seven in a row. Head coach David Blatt was astonished that LeBron James isn't always in the MVP talk.

    "He's the greatest player in our game, and he's had, since he's been healthy -- and really all year, but particularly since he's been healthy -- his performance has been as high level as ever," Blatt said before their game against the Pistons on Tuesday. "And you don't have to look very far at our record to see what impact he has on this team when he's playing and not playing."

    James is averaging 30.5 points, 6.8 rebounds, 6.4 assists and 2.0 steals in eight games since returning from taking two weeks off to rest.

    "Certainly it does say something about what his value is when he is absent, what happens to the team," Blatt continued. "But again, it's of course what his impact on his own team but it's also the performance that that player is having relative to the rest of the league. Obviously if we look at our own example [in James], then you're looking at an MVP player in every respect. Which is not new news to anyone."

    "I don't really get involved in what people say about the way I approach the game," James told reporters Tuesday at Cavs shootaround. "I know I can play the game at a high level. I know who I am and what I'm about. So, me making an excuse about my injuries throughout the time while we were struggling would just add on to what we were going through. So, it made no sense for me to talk about it until I crossed that path."

    James has won four MVP trophies in 12 seasons.


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  • NBA Dunk Contest Lineup Announced

    Wednesday, 7:26 AM

    Christian Petersen/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The NBA announced the players who will participate in the 2015 Sprite Slam Dunk contest on Tuesday.

    Brooklyn Nets center Mason Plumlee, Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo, Orlando Magic guard Victor Oladipo, and Timberwolves guard Zach LaVine will have their chance to shine.

    The dunk contest will take place on Saturday, Feb. 14 at the Barclays Center, the home of the Nets in Brooklyn, New York.

    Plumlee is looking forward to the opportunity.

    "It's official, Thrilled to be a #Dunker in the #SpriteSlam Dunk contest @NBAAllStar weekend!" Plumee tweeted following the announcement.

    Washington Wizards guard John Wall won the dunk contest last year.

    The All-Star Game will take place at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Sunday, Feb. 15.


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