LeBron James: New York Daily News' Frank Isola is 'trash' for Kevin Love report
Dec 13, 2016; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) and forward Kevin Love (0) celebrate in the third quarter against the Memphis Grizzlies at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

LeBron James angrily denied a report from Frank Isola of The New York Daily News that he was pushing the Cavs to trade Kevin Love.

LeBron James is sick of the Kevin Love trade rumors. The most recent bout of speculation, in particular, got under his skin.

On Monday night, Frank Isola of The New York Daily News reported that James was pushing the Cleveland Cavaliers to trade for Carmelo Anthony. Even if it meant giving up Kevin Love.

After a 140-135 victory in overtime against the Washington Wizards, James emphatically responded to Isola’s report calling the Knicks beat writer “trash.”

Yeah, I saw it. I saw it and heard about it. It was — it’s trash. And the guy who wrote it is trash, too, for writing that. Especially during the game like that. So, you know, it’s always about outside noise, and that’s just outside noise for us. We’ve got to focus on what needs to be done in order for us to continue to compete for a championship, and we’ve got who we’ve got. Our GM will do a great job of figuring out if we need something else, but right now, we’re in a good place.

A Cavs team source felt the need to speak to ESPN during the game (when the story broke) to clarify just how false it all was.

Cavs head coach Ty Lue had some fun with the report, bringing up Love’s tremendous performance in Monday night’s win.

Via Jeff Zillgitt of USA Today Sports:

So did Isola.

Calling a reporter “trash” for doing his job was out of line, but par for the course lately by James. The Melo for Love trade rumors won’t go away as long as the King keeps giving us memorable quotes like this.

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