LeBron James’ return to Cleveland has been a flop. . . so far. The Cavaliers, consensus choice by NBA pundits to make it to the NBA Finals, are 5-6. The Miami Heat, the team James abandoned to return home, have a better record.So does Milwaukee. And Atlanta. And . . . getting the picture?It’s a portrait hardly anyone expected when James signed as a free agent to join the immensely talented Kyrie Irving, and Kevin Love was acquired from Minnesota.What was not taken into account is this: Irving and Love were good players on bad teams. There is a process to transform into a winner, and neither Love nor Irving—or the remainder of the Cleveland roster—are grasping it well.And neither is first-year coach David Blatt, who has to adjust to the NBA game and working with a dominant figure like James.More than that, Friday night was so exasperating that James was uncharacteristically lackluster in his effort in a blowout loss to the Washington Wizards. He did not hustle back on defense more than once, and that kind of display came from the player brought in to teach the players how to win.James called his lack of effort “never a good example.” His teammates followed his lead, and the Wizards had fun at their expense in a 91-78 victory.“It’s something we’ve got to work on,” James said of his and his team’s effort and body language. “We understand that. It starts with me, for sure. It’s something I’ll always work on, too,” James said. “It trickles down to everyone else.”The lack of effort by James was disappointing, but also telling. The game’s top player is frustrated. When he arrived in Miami for his first season, Dwyane Wade had won a championship and knew how to win. He actually showed James what it took, and Chris Bosh had the acumen and common sense to embrace the role as the third component.The Heat made the NBA Finals James’ first year in Miami and won it the second. By April, the Cavaliers might have reversed themselves and this point will be long-forgotten in an interminable season.To get there, though, is going to take more work than James thought. Love seems lost, uncertain of where to get his offense—in the post or on the perimeter. Irving is used to dominating the ball and wants to display his enormous gifts.James is the key. He is impeding progress more than he is facilitating it. He and Irving have to come to an understanding about how the offense is run, who’s running it and how it should be run. James also has to find ways to get Love some love on the offensive end. Right now, he’s flounder.Above all, the Cavaliers have to make an effort on defense. James cannot jog as players sprint. He has to lead by example, with hustle and heart. If James struggles, surely Cleveland will, too.The bet is that James will inspire his team and the Cavs will emerge as a threat in the Eastern Conference. But it will take more time and effort than James—or anyone—expects.
18 This 32-inch TV has built-in Amazon Fire TV smarts, and an Alexa-powered remote to go with it. Best Buy To my thinking, any TV you buy today should have either Amazon Fire TV or Roku built in. Thankfully, you don’t have to pay a premium for those awesome “smart” interfaces.Proof positive: Today only, and while supplies last, Best Buy once again has the Insignia 32-inch LED TV with built-in Fire TV for just $99.99 (plus tax). That’s $70 off the regular price, and a repeat of a sale from about a month ago.See it at Best BuySo, Fire TV or Roku? The latter gets more attention these days, but Fire TV is arguably just as good and may be even better. It affords most of the same streaming apps: Netflix, Hulu, HBO and so on. (Alas, if you want YouTube, you have to access it via a web-browser app.) And it comes with an Alexa-enabled remote, so you can bark orders at the TV.Fire TV also affords access to various Alexa skills and a huge library of Amazon apps. For example, you could play the excellent party game Quiplash — something Roku can’t do. Read more: The best TVs for 2019There’s a built-in tuner should you wish to connect an antenna, and three HDMI inputs for things like cable boxes and game consoles.Here’s the only real hedge: The TV tops out at 720p (that is, 1,366×768-pixel) resolution, meaning it’s definitely not suited for computer use. Some would also argue that 720p is a bit low for a 32-inch screen. I’d say it’s the cutoff point: Anything larger and you’ll definitely want 1080p. But here it’s probably sufficient.Indeed, look no further than the 1,300-plus customer ratings, which average out to 4.6 stars. Few people appear to have an issue with the 720p resolution.Your thoughts? TVs Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Amazon Best Buy Amazon Fire TV News • Apple Music is now available on Amazon Fire TV Comments 15 Photos Originally published on April 5, 2019.Update, May 10: Item is back on sale.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on PCs, phones, gadgets and much more. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page. Find more great buys on the CNET Deals page and follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter! The Cheapskate Tags Share your voice Review • Amazon Fire TV: Affordable Alexa-infused 4K streaming 7 best TVs under $1,000
2019 Audi A7 is one of the most well-rounded luxury cars… 2019 Audi A6: More tech to go with your luxury sedan 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value Sedans Luxury cars Enlarge ImageThe A6 is still mighty attractive in base-trim form. Audi When the 2019 Audi A6 debuted, we were impressed with its comfort and technology, but when pricing information first surfaced, it only covered V6 variants of the midsize executive sedan, with Audi only saying that a four-cylinder model would arrive later. Now, almost a year after that pricing dropped, the inline-4 A6 has finally been announced.Audi on Monday unveiled the least-expensive 2019 A6 variant to date. Instead of a V6 with 335 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque, there’s now a base variant with a 2.0-liter turbocharged I4 putting out 248 hp and 273 lb.-ft. All-wheel drive remains standard, as is a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. The four-cylinder A6 also lacks the V6’s 48-volt mild hybrid system.This results in a net savings of $4,800. The V6 models start at $59,895, including $995 for destination, but the four-cylinder model’s Premium base trim comes in at a more palatable $55,095. There’s also a Premium Plus trim with more standard kit, raising the price to $58,795, which is still lower than the cheapest six-cylinder variant. It’s not like the four-cylinder A6 is a penalty box by any stretch. Standard equipment includes LED headlights, automatic high beams, lane-departure warning, three-zone automatic climate control, heated power front seats and Audi’s fantastic MMI Touch Response infotainment system, winner of the 2019 Roadshow Shift Award for Cabin Tech of the Year. You can still opt for more kit, though, exchanging hard-earned dollars for a heated steering wheel, seat ventilation, ambient lighting and Audi Virtual Cockpit, some of which is only available on the Premium Plus trim.While the EPA has not yet published data for the four-cylinder Audi, the V6 mild hybrid achieves an estimated 22 miles per gallon city and 29 mpg highway. More about 2019 Audi A6 Premium 45 TFSI quattro Comment Now playing: Watch this: 6:19 More From Roadshow 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Audi 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better 1 Tags Preview • Audi Share your voice 75 Photos