What’s left to be said about LeBron James that hasn’t been said? The past few days, I’ve been posting my thoughts and reactions @whudat but I’ll summarize: King James gave up his crown. Last night’s one hour special confirmed that LeBron James is not made of the same competitive stuff that fueled Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, and certainly not, Kobe Bryant. It ended that debate. Who is currently the best NBA player in basketball? It’s Kobe Bryant. It’s also his crown; Lebron needs to to ship that Fed Ex, asap.
There is a reason why only a few franchises have consistently won championships; it’s hard work. To win a the highest levels, the focus and intensity it takes for a player to lead his team to that fantasized destination, is a long hard slog. Yes, LeBron James gave seven years of his basketball life to the Cavaliers to no avail. But Michael Jordan, his supposed idol, had the same kind of dissapointments. While Jordan was busy racking up MVPs and scoring titles, for three consecutive years, during the playoffs, the Chicago Bulls were kicked and shoved around by the Detroit Pistons. It wasn’t until their core players got better, that the team figured out how to beat them. It was all highlight reels and trophies, from then on.more..
LeBron James says he won’t make his free agency decision until Thursday. That’s the day after his Nike Skills Academy basketball camp in Akron, Ohio concludes. LeBron James was supposed to attend the camp on Tuesday, but ESPN is reporting that he made a surprise appearance this afternoon, wearing, get this, a NY Yankees cap and a white t-shirt! *Note* That is NOT the picture from this afternoon’s camp.
But it was captured in the quick blur of this video..
When Lebron James walked off the court after the Cleveland Cavaliers lost to the Orlando Magic in last season’s Eastern Conference finals, it was thought to be an in the moment reaction; something he wouldn’t do again. Clicking through ESPN today, I see he’s saying otherwise. While in Chicago, on August 11, to promote his movie “More Than a Game,” Lebron defended his reaction, saying no one shakes hands after a loss.
“As far as shaking hands, it’s something that is not done in the NBA. If it was something like tennis, after tennis, you play, you win, you lose, you go to the center and shake hands, it happens every game in tennis.”more..
As great as the 2009 NBA season was, next season it’s going to be even better. The sportswire is smoldering with news that The Cleveland Cavaliers and Phoenix Suns have agreed to play their part in my prediction by agreeing to trade Shaquille O’Neal to the Cavaliers for Ben Wallace and Sasha Pavlovic. Short story: Shaq will be highly motivated to provide yet another young guard with a piece of NBA jewelry. Last season, Shaq proved that when healthy, he can still pull down a few 20-10’s. In fact, he had one 45 point explosion. That kind of work won’t be necessary, though. Much like his run with Dwayne Wade and the Miami Heat, Shaq will be the brick wall down low, leaving Lebron James to dominate the game. Best part: he won’t have to ask for the ball. Lebron will be more than willing to put it in his hands.more..
What is it Friday? I may be a little late on this, but any chance to post pictures of future black billionaires is worth the delay. On Wednesday, Lebron James held a cocktail party at the Ralph Lauren store in New York. It was an event for his charity The Lebron James Family Foundation. Whenever you get an invitation to a “cocktail party” you know there’s money in the room.
Everything was in place last night for Isiah Thomas to get a listen to the loudest blast of “Fire Isiah” chants he’s heard all season. Those ‘knowledgeable’ basketball fans Isiah loved so much when he came in the door are determined to throw him out on his ass. One of the local newspapers had freshly made “Fire Isiah!” cutouts for people to take to the game. They came with a simple request: wave em’ in the air like madmen at the first sniff of a blowout.
With Lebron James coming to the Garden, it wasn’t a question of if, more like what minute of the first quarter would the booing commence?
Lucky for the Knicks and Isiah, the Cavaliers arrived in New York a day early for the game; plenty of time to get lost in the city’s nightlife. Tuesday night, Lebron James and a few his teammates found their way to a little party put together for the King’s 23rd birthday.more..
There is nothing more to say about the Cavaliers loss or Lebron James than what he said himself after the game. “I have a lot of things to work on during the summer.” That’s more than obvious when King James can’t hit jumpshots from 10 feet out. Jumpshots and free throws are the only things he needs to do this summer. No playing with the kids, no commercials, no sweating with the US Basketball team - shoot jumpshots.
It’s always amazing to me when an NBA player can’t hit a wide open jumper, and the Cavaliers are full of people in that category. Don’t get me wrong, haven’t switched allegiances, but the lack of shooters is the thing that lost the series for them. Lebron was sometimes triple-teamed, which didn’t make things easy for his flush and dunk game, so he passes and other than Sasha and Drew Gooden the offense was spotty at best.more..