Posts Tagged ‘LeBron James’

I won’t make the Heat the outright favorites to win it all this season. I think the Lakers will have something to say about that, now that Dwight Howard, the NBA’s best center, and Steve Nash the NBA’s best pure passer, have both joined Kobe in LA.

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With a victory Tuesday night over the Oklahoma City Thunder, and now up three games to one, the Miami Heat are firmly in command and poised to win the NBA championship. But while basketball is a team game, a Heat title will really only be about one player.

The sport of basketball has been waiting a long time for this – a chance to crown King James, one of the most celebrated players in history. Game five in Miami on Thursday night should be his coronation.

In sports there is often a reference to “whose time it is”. It now seems that LeBron’s time has finally come.

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Possibly two more games remain in the NBA finals and just about everyone continues to ask: What’s wrong with LeBron James? Social media is buzzing with rumors that LeBron can’t concentrate because of trouble at home. Hoop experts say he’s playing too many minutes and doesn’t have the energy to be an effective closer as the game winds down. Only two points in the fourth quarter of game five. Issues yes, but enough already. What about Dallas?

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No athlete has been more examined, reviewed and critiqued than LeBron James has this season. But now that the Miami Heat have reached the NBA Finals as many predicted, the spotlight is shining even more intensely on him. And what it seems to be illuminating are some very serious flaws. LeBron, the NBA’s highest profile player, who is often compared to Michael Jordan in terms of all-around ability, has not been Jordanesque at all against the Dallas Mavericks.

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The NBA Finals which tipoff tonight, will feature the Miami Heat against the Dallas Mavericks, the two teams who through three playoff rounds have clearly proven to be the best in the world this year. That said, the real headliners of this series are the Heat’s LeBron James and Mavericks’ Dirk Nowitzki.

This match up is reminiscent of the classic Bird versus Magic rivalry more than 25 years ago – two of the league’s most important stars playing the best basketball of their careers.

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This year challenged many of our beliefs about sports issues and the athletes who play the games. The highlights and the lowlights of 2010 offered us important insights into what athletes face, and what fans expect and are willing to accept. How the games are played and what we think about sports going forward will most certainly be shaped by what happened in 2010.

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Hating the Heat

Posted: 28th December 2010 by DavidBurnett in Basketball, NBA
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Still, of all the professional athletes in the universe LeBron has had more leverage than Magic, Bird and Jordan had combined – particularly so in Cleveland – to affect the caliber of personnel of his team. He clearly didn’t’t have to leave Cleveland to play with great players; he could have simply had them come to him. More importantly the history of the league shows that no assembling of dream team players has ever resulted in the awarding of the Larry O’Brien championship trophy.

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LeBron James and his talents will be dissected all season long, especially in defeat. Every game, like Tuesday night’s season opening loss to the Boston Celtics, will be reviewed and scrutinized. The new Big Three, led by LeBron was supposed to take the NBA by storm, but the Heat will most certainly be a work in progress.

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What we learned during the hour-long prime time “Decision” is that Cleveland will never be the same again. But neither will LeBron. The city’s native son is finally leaving home. He is taking his basketball to Miami where he will join Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh to become the newest and perhaps best Big Three of all time. That’s the basketball and business part of this. The rest is personal.

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The other day NBA superstar LeBron James said that starting next year he would no longer wear number 23. Further he says all NBA players should relinquish wearing number 23 – out of respect to the greatest number 23, Michael Jordan. Actually I have no problem with that. But young Mr. James, don’t go around […]

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