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Morning Coffee! Did Something Happen Last Night?

Good morning, New York! And New Jersey! Seems the sun came up today even though that LeBron James fella turned his back on your basketball teams.

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Lots of strong reaction to LeBron's decision to head to South Beach. None stronger, though, than Cavs owner Dan Gilbert saying James 'quit' on the Cavs during the playoffs.

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"He has gotten a free pass," Gilbert said in a phone interview with The AP. "People have covered up for [James] for way too long. Tonight we saw who he really is."

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Gilbert said James quit on the Cavs during their second-round series against the Boston Celtics, who rallied from a 2-1 deficit to eliminate Cleveland.

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"He quit," Gilbert said. "Not just in Game 5, but in Games 2, 4 and 6. Watch the tape. The Boston series was unlike anything in the history of sports for a superstar."

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I know that sounds a lot like sour grapes, and may be just that. There is, however, some truth in Gilbert's words. If you watched those games -- and I did watch at least some of them -- you know James had pretty much packed it in and started thinking about the LeBronathon. Shame on him.

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  • Good for the Knicks that they have already moved on, dealing David Lee to Golden State in a sign-and-trade. I love the way D-Lee plays, but this could be an excellent move for the Knicks. If Anthony Randolph develops into the defensive force in the middle some think he will, he can be a great piece to complement Amare Stoudemire.
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  • The New Jersey Nets are trying to move on, too. If fact, they had done so before the big announcement, signing free-agent Travis Outlaw. I know the Nets had to do something, but $35 million for Outlas and his 9.5 ppg average over seven seasons? C'mon, MIkhail, gotta do better than that!
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  • The Yankees defeated the Mariners Thursday night, 3-1. The bigger news, though, is it seems like the Yankees are on the verge of a bold move to acquire Cliff Lee. The package would reportedly include top prospect Jesus Montero. All I can say to that is wow.'
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