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Who can stop LeBron James and Team USA?

Thursday, August 2nd, 2012

The Olympics is here and as always, it’s all about Team USA.

Heading to the 2012 Summer Olympic Games, there’s no question that the sport Team USA is expected to win for sure is basketball with reigning NBA Most Valuable Player awardee and world champion LeBron James leading the US basketball team.

LeBron James is, without a shadow of a doubt, the biggest name in the world of basketball. But he is without controversy.

After starting his career in Ohio with the Cleveland Cavaliers, he moved to South Beach to join the Miami Heat, announcing his decision to make the move on national television that raised a lot of people’s eyebrows, making him one of the most despised player in the NBA.

After helping the Miami Heat win the 2012 NBA world title this season, he probably turned some of his haters into fans and I have a feeling he’ll get some more new fans if he can help Team USA win the gold in the 2012 London Summer Olympic Games.

But if you have to name one country that can challenge the USA for most number of gold won, you can’t go wrong with China.

China is that big of a threat to Team USA heading to the premier showcase of the world’s best that one of the organizers of this year’s Olympic Games, specifically London Organizing Committee Chief Sebastian Coe, expects China to top it this year and beat the Americans.

Can China beat the USA? Or will we see another nation…

LeBron James is ready for the 2012 London Olympics

Wednesday, July 11th, 2012

LeBron James admits he’s tired.

The NBA’s compressed season after the lockout followed by the Miami Heat’s playoff run to the championship have worn on him, and he barely had a week off before reporting to Team USA’s Olympic training camp for the 2012 London Olympics.

But rest? LeBron James isn’t thinking about getting rest. He’s focused only on getting his second gold medal in London.

“Tomorrow is not promised, man, and this opportunity right here is not guaranteed each and every year,” LeBron said. “I got to live in the moment. I can’t say, ‘If I’m going to play now, what will happen to me next year?’ I’m not worried about that right now.”

This is LeBron’s third Olympics. He helped Team USA win the gold in 2008 in Beijing. His Heat teammates Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh withdrew from Team USA after the NBA Finals, citing injuries. After winning his third MVP award and carrying the Heat through much of the playoffs, James could have been forgiven for also declining to play in London.

USA Basketball executive director Jerry Colangelo said he never got a call from James’ representatives saying he might withdraw. And Colangelo never worried he would. “I love the game. I love basketball,” James said. “I made a commitment to be a part of this team and I’m fulfilling that.”

James averaged 37.5 minutes during the…

LeBron James wins NBA Most Valuable Player Award

Friday, May 11th, 2012

No surprises there.

Yes, Miami Heat forward LeBron James is the NBA’s MVP for a third time, getting the award after leading the Miami Heat to the second round of the 2012 NBA playoffs. This, without a shadow of a doubt, put him alongside some of the game’s all-time greats.

A person familiar with the decision told The Associated Press that LeBron James will be announced Saturday as this year’s winner of the league’s top individual honor, and that he’ll be formally presented with the trophy by Commissioner David Stern on Sunday afternoon before Miami hosts Indiana in Game 1 of an Eastern Conference semifinal series.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the league has not announced the results. The Miami Heat forward is winning the award for the third time in four seasons. Only seven other players – Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Michael Jordan, Bill Russell, Wilt Chamberlain, Larry Bird, Magic Johnson and Moses Malone – have at least three MVP trophies.

James said last week that while another MVP award ”would be amazing and would be humbling,” it’s not what drives him. In his ninth season, James still has not won an NBA title and it’s clear that, although he wanted to reclaim the MVP trophy, winning a championship is far and away his top basketball priority.

”What I’m all about is team and ever since I was a kid…”

LeBron James can’t close games this NBA Season

Tuesday, March 6th, 2012

After losing two straight games heading to their matchup against the Nets this Tuesday, everybody is on LeBron’s case again.

And the latest this 2011-12 NBA basketball season? LeBron’s inability to close games. Yes, everybody is talking about how LeBron James is a choke artist again after losing two games in a row to the Wester Conference, one against the Jazz and another against the Lakers.

But for some reason, Miami’s loss to the Jazz took more headlines than the disappointment they had in Los Angeles. Probably because the Heat-Lakers game was more about this make-believe grudge match between Kobe Bryant and Dwyane Wade and the loss against Utah was ALL ABOUT LeBron James passing up the chance to win the game for his team.

When LeBron James hit one of the most ridiculously difficult shots anyone in EnergySolutions Arena had ever seen, he spent nearly the entire ensuing timeout jutting his jaw, glaring and generally flexing his brilliance for all to see.

The shot came with 26.1 seconds left and gave the Miami Heat a three-point lead after trailing by as many as 18 points in the third quarter. In other words, James had reason to stomp and celebrate around the court even before the game was over. For that moment, he was confidence and genius and ability personified.

Of course, that shot and that moment are not what the…

LeBron James to play for Cleveland again in 2014?

Sunday, February 19th, 2012

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What the fuck is wrong with this guy?

Were not even halfway into the 2012 NBA basketball season yet and LeBron James already proved how loyal he is to his team. And I meant that in the most sarcastic way possible.

You see, LeBron James was back in Cleveland a few days ago to lead his Miami Heat against his former team, the Cleveland Cavaliers. Unbeknownst to many, he came to Cleveland with an unmistakable mission, to begin a campaign to soften the Cavaliers fans and ownership on his desire to return to the Cavaliers in 2014.

Yes, apparently, LeBron has plans to leave the Miami Heat in the next two years. I don’t know if he plans to do it on national TV like the way he left the Cleveland Cavaliers a few years ago, but the fact of the matter is, LeBron really has no sense of loyalty to anybody other than himself.

LeBron James can’t opt out of his contract until after the 2013-2014 season, but he understands that the Cleveland Cavaliers would have to make a decision to hold back on their rebuild, preserve cap space, and wait on him all over again. He has to convince Gilbert to make the leap of faith, and that includes first working over the fans.

”I think it would be great. It would be fun to play in front of these fans again. I had a lot fun times in my seven years here. I’m here as a Miami Heat player, and I’m happy where I am now, but I don’t rule that out in no sense,” James said during the Heat’s game in Cleveland. ”And if I decide to come back, hopefully the fans will accept me.”

So is it a foregone conclusion that LeBron James is leaving Miami…

Can LeBron James bring the Heat to the Cavaliers?

Tuesday, January 24th, 2012

No question. But if their loss to the Bucks is an indication to the kind of heat Miami can dish out, then LeBron is in trouble.

Miami Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra predicted before Sunday’s game against the Bucks that the team with the most energy would likely win. “This game won’t be about the schematics,” Spoelstra said in the opening remarks of his pregame news conference.

It will be about a team that’s had a day off and a team that played last night. Who can bring a higher motor and more activity consistently will win this game.”

He was correct. The Bucks outhustled the Heat, which had trouble executing basketball fundamentals such as passing the ball. The Heat had 22 turnovers, recorded just nine assists and scored just 82 points, their lowest output so far this 2012 NBA basketball season.

So Spoelstra gave his players an off day Monday to rest their bodies and prepare for what will surely be an emotionally charged game Tuesday. The Heat plays host to the Cleveland Cavaliers, the team LeBron James used to play for, which went 1-4 against the Heat last season.

Monday was just the Heat’s second off day this season and first since Dec. 26, the second day of the season.

I love days off; I’m sure everybody does,” forward Chris Bosh said. “When you’re going for seven or eight…”

What has gotten into LeBron James and the Miami Heat?

Monday, January 9th, 2012

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Yes, they are that good these days.

The Miami Heat (8-1) holds the best record in the NBA and leads the league in scoring and field-goal percentage this 2012 NBA basketball season. It seems the juggernaut that everyone envisioned when Pat Riley combined the talents of LeBron James, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade finally is taking shape.

Even with Dwyane Wade missing significant time with a foot injury, the Miami Heat has maintained a level of excellence that seemed unlikely for any team considering the shortened training camp and grueling demands of a truncated, 66-game schedule.

Familiarity among teammates, points in the paint and the transition game have all been contributing factors to the Heat’s dominance to begin the season. Oh, and one other thing, LeBron James has been playing like he invented the game.

But whereas it’s easy to point to the offensive superlatives the Miami Heat has for its early success, the team’s company line remains unsurprisingly consistent. Its ethos is defense, and, given a rare practice day amid this hellish schedule, you had better believe that’s where Spoelstra will focus his energy.

It’s because of our defense,” LeBron James said of the Heat’s impressive start. “We’re able to get stops and get out and run and use our speed to get fast-break points or get on the other end and create things offensively because of our defense.”

That’s what it’s all about here. We preach defense every single day…

LeBron James and Heat welcome the Celtics in Miami

Tuesday, December 27th, 2011

And if the Heat’s season opener in Dallas was to tell us anything about this team, Boston is in for one tough night.

The Miami Heat opened up the shortened 2011-12 NBA basketball season with style and conviction. On the night that the Dallas Mavericks received their championship rings, they got more than that when the night was over. They got a Christmas beating to boot.

Yes, the Miami Heat looked mighty impressive on the NBA’s Christmas opener, spanking the Dallas Mavericks 105-94. Yeah, trust me when I say that the final score don’t do justice how lopsided this game was.

On Tuesday night, the Boston Celtics are coming to Miami to face this year’s Heat team. And in case you missed Miami’s opener in Dallas, let’s just say it will take more than Kevin Garnett’s antics to get the better of this team this time.

For one, LeBron James was simply on a roll against Dallas. Minutes after Dallas unfurled its 2010-11 championship banner in a pregame ceremony on Christmas Day, the best basketball player on the planet unleashed his fury as the Heat dismantled the Mavericks, 105-94.

Sure it came six months too late but it was at least a measure of…

Will LeBron James leave the NBA to play in the NFL?

Tuesday, October 11th, 2011

I won’t be surprised if he did. After all, he does have a knack for leaving once everything turns sour.

And sour is indeed what we have when David Stern canceled the first two weeks of the 2011-12 NBA basketball season. Some NBA players have begun to jump ship with JR Smith and Wilson Chandler committing themselves to China, Deron Williams to Turkey, and Tony Parker to France.

But while those players will remain in basketball, arguably basketball’s biggest star, LeBron James, is hinting on leaving the game to try his luck in football. Can you believe that?

Now I don’t know if LeBron is really serious or it’s just his way of making people talk about him still after NBA Commissioner David Stern canceled the first two weeks of the regular season because of the lockout but still, the idea of LeBron changing careers like Michael Jordan did is an interesting story to say the least.

Heck, if he did decide to play football and return to Cleveland to play for the Cleveland Browns, I wonder how long will it take for Cleveland fans to forgive him? My money is on five seconds. Wait, make that four.

All this started with a single tweet from LeBron James himself, asking ESPN’s John Clayton, ”When is the deadline for a team to sign a free agent?” Clayton replied the deadline is next Tuesday and that he should check with Buffalo. Oh yeah, Clayton also said that he shouldn’t go to Philly because he’s already on a Dream Team.

How about Cleveland..?

What LeBron James needs to stop being a choke artist

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011

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Great NBA players come alive when it matters the most. Wilt, Bill, Kareem, Michael, Magic and Kobe. When the NBA Finals were on the line, those players recognized the moment and took advantage of the opportunity to be champions. LeBron James wants to be in that class and could be in the near future.

But in the 2011 NBA Finals, James disappeared when his team needed him the most. His play in the fourth quarter of each game was so atrocious that it often seemed as if he had forgotten how to play the game of basketball. He made rookie mistakes and was passive when he needed to be aggressive.

Although the entire Miami Heat team should take blame for missing 13 free throws in game six, a 105-95 loss to the Mavs, James will be most criticized. He had an efficient game on paper by scoring 21 points on 15 shot attempts. But the Heat needed him to be as good as Wilt, Bill, Kareem, Michael, Magic, Kobe or even LeBron, circa 2007. There was a time when he could carry his team on his back with ease.

During a playoff game against the Detroit Pistons in 2007, he scored 29 of the Cleveland Cavs’ last 30 points. It was one of the most amazing scoring performances in NBA history. But in this year’s finals, James failed to score more than 21 points. James’ teammate, Dwyane Wade, had two MVP-like performances in the finals by scoring 36 and 32 points.

Never mind his two MVP titles, his seven All-Stars or his…



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