Daily Gossip, Sunday 27/7/14

Sundays might be rest days to most countries, but stuff is still getting done in this off-season. Real Madrid have hired a new assistant and LeBron James has announced what number he will wear in Cleveland. Exciting.

23 IT IS FOR JAMES

LeBron James will wear number 23 for the Cleveland Cavaliers this upcoming season. But as he posted an Instagram picture confirming the news, he said he’ll always have love for the number 6 jersey.

Numbers mean a lot to players these days, don’t they?

“23 it is! It’s only right I go back. 2×3=6. We still family 6.” James’ message said.

MELO DOESN’T CARE ABOUT MONEY. JUST WANTS TO WIN

New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony has said that he is coming back to the Big Apple to win and that it isn’t about the money.

No big draft picks, no salary cap space and a rookie coach that was almost forced to take the job by Phil Jackson. Next year doesn’t look so great either.

Let’s not forget that he is on a $124MILLION 5-year contract. And if it wasn’t about the money, he would have one much better in Chicago – but the thought of playing possible second fiddle to Derrick Rose was enough, I guess.

Per ESPN:

“I want to win. I don’t care about the money,” Anthony told ESPN.com. “I believe Phil will do what he has to do to take care of that.

“I don’t think we’re that far away,” he added. “People use ‘rebuilding’ too loosely.”¬†

In what were believed to be Anthony’s first public comments since agreeing to a five-year deal worth $124 million earlier this month, he told ESPN.com that the decision was so agonizing in the final days that he could not watch TV or go on the Internet.

“It was overwhelming,” Anthony said. “It was stressful in the final days, one of the hardest decisions I’ve ever had to make.”

Anthony said, though, it ultimately came down to New York and Chicago.

“I was flip-flopping,” he admitted. “It was hard. It was Chicago, but then after I met with L.A., it was L.A. But it came back to Chicago — and was pretty much always Chicago or New York. That’s a situation where I could have walked in now to an¬†opportunity to compete for the next however many years.”

TIMMA TO VEF RIGA?

Latvian international Janis Timma has announced on Twitter that he is VEF Riga -bound for this season.

Timma goes to the Latvian capital from Ventspils, where he averaged 12.7 points and 6.3 rebounds a game.

STRELNIEKS TO DECIDE FUTURE NEXT WEEK

Staying with Latvian international and point guard Janis Strelnieks will decide his future for next season in the next seven days.

Brose Baskets and Euroleague side Nizhny Novgorod are the two main front-runners at the moment.

TABAK NAMED NEW REAL MADRID ASSISTANT

Croatian Zan Tabak looks likely to be named as Real Madrid’s new assistant coach, David Pick of one.co.il reports.

Tabak was previously Real Madrid’s assistant from 2007-2009.