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Some thoughts on LeBron James and the NBA Finals

The moment a large chunk of NBA fans were dreading has arrived. Dwyane Wade, LeBron James and Chris Bosh are playing in the NBA Finals in their very first season together.

LeBron James became public enemy #1 in the eyes of many in the aftermath of “The Decision” but as I said it then I find that stance from people quiet funny. I said back in July that I had no problems with LeBron leaving for Miami and remains true to this date. Unlike most I always wasn’t rooting against them in the playoffs. What do you think of his decision to leave Cleveland now? Is it the same as it was back in July?

By the way how much crazier does Dan Gilbert’s rant sound now? Unless you count University of Virginia’s lacrosse title the Cavaliers will not win a championship before the Heat.

I actually wouldn’t have had a problem with any of the conference finalists from this year winning the NBA Championship. I don’t know if I am cheering for the Mavericks or the Heat because I honestly wouldn’t have a problem with either of the two winning. A Miami win would be fun because of uproar it will cause from hypocritical NBA fans. I call them hypocrites because very few of them would have had a problem with LeBron James, Dwyane Wade or Chris Bosh signing with their teams. Now I’m supposed to buy into their arguments for hating these guys? I have encountered plenty of Knicks fans here in the NJ/NY area who have knocked LeBron for his decision to sign with Miami but I can guarantee not one of them would be saying a thing. It becomes even more laughable when many of those same Knicks fans are fans of the New York Yankees who’s entire business model revolves around signing the big free agents from around the league! I’m not trying to make this into a New York thing at all. Most of the people knocking LeBron happen to be Kobe Bryant fans. Yet again though they don’t see the hypocrisy in their views. For whatever reason they have chosen to forget that Kobe basically forced his way to the Lakers after being drafted by the Charlotte Hornets. LeBron James honored his contract and took the franchise to heights it had never before seen.

Dirk Nowitzki has been one of my favorite players in the league for quiet some time. I definitely would like to see him win a championship and that is why part of me leans towards the Mavericks this year. The three guys in Miami will have plenty of chances to win a title, this could very well be the last time Nowitzki has a shot. Plus, how cool would it be to see David Stern hand the trophy to Mark Cuban? I couldn’t care less about Jason Kidd though. I get that he’s a future Hall of Famer and generally well liked player but that doesn’t change that he is an idiot.

Have you heard about the “Cavs for Mavs” fan group?

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Miami Heat players are crying?

Erik Spoelstra, the head coach of the Miami Heat told the media that a couple of players were crying in the locker room after the loss to the Chicago Bulls. What was he thinking? Is he trying to get fired? Why would you feed the media something like that? I’ve watched a lot of press conferences over the years but this one surprised me.

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Blogging Lebron vs Cavs.

Earlier today I blogged about Lebron’s return to Cleveland. I figured I’d keep a running entry.

  • Lebron boos drowned out when starting lineups were announced because Big Z got cheered
  • I mentioned earlier today that Lebron needed to be the better man, bad call by him to do his powder ritual.
  • LeBron James will either get 60 points tonight or go 2-20 from the field. 
First Quarter
  • Nice to see Cavs fans booing Lebron every time he touches the ball. Toronto STILL does this when Vince Carter comes to town
  • Tweet of the night? h/t @heavenlyskyes 
    • The Heat/Cavs game will be showed on TNT because ‘They Know Drama’
  • I feel bad for whoever is handing the delay for TNT tonight. These chants are getting ugly. 
  • Just realized that 40% of the starting lineups tonight are former Raptors (Arroyo, Bosh, Graham and Parker)
  • “Akron hates you” chant with about 3:40 left in 1st
  • Marv Albert just said they are only selling beverages in paper cups because of safety concerns
  • Creative signs so far:
    • Lyin’ King
    • Witless
    • Quitness
    • We should have draft Darko
  • At the end of 1 Miami leads 31-24. Solid first quarter for LeBron who quietly got 10 points (4-8 FG) , 4 Rebounds and  5 assists. 
Second Quarter 
  • Long rest for Lebron. He’s sat out most of this 2nd quarter. 
  • This Kia commercial is very strange.
  • Best game yet for the big 3? They are playing at a faster pace then usual. Don’t know why they haven’t played at this pace a lot more this season. 
  • Crowd was much tamer here in the 2nd quarter with LeBron’s extended bench time and the Miami heat pulling away to make this a 19 point game. Lebron has 14 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists. Miami leads 59-40. 
  • Absolutely agree with Charles Barkley. He just called out Byron Scott for not having control over his bench. They’re joking around with Lebron while he is destroying them.
  • Ernie Johnson just said that the best chant of first half was “Akron hates you.” He obviously picked that one because it was the only he could repeat on TV!
Third Quarter 
  • Joe Cowley of the Chicago Sun-Times just made a good observation
    • Now we’re getting into the danger zone – game is becoming a blowout and the beers are still flowing.
  • They’re chanting “Scottie Pippen.”
  • This is just getting ugly now. Lebron is firing on all cylinders, he’s just toying with them
  • From Tim Reynolds, the Associate Press reporter who covers Miami Heat
    • 2nd time this year LeBron has embarrassed Cleveland on national television.
  • “Akron hates you” chant is back. 
  • 95-65 at the end of 3. Lebron has 38 points (15-25 from the field), 5 rebounds and 8 assists. That should be it for him. 
  • This is where things could get ugly. People who have been drinking all night sitting through a blowout. 
  • For ESPN’s streak for the cash game my pick tonight was LeBron total points over Cleveland field goals. It is 38 to 20 at the moment. I win!

I guess it is time to turn on NFL Nework?
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LeBron James returns to Cleveland

It is one of the most highly anticipated yet meaningless December basketball games in recent memory. Tonight, LeBron James will “take his talents to Cleveland” as a member of the Miami Heat.

As I said at the time, I have no problems whatsoever with the three of them deciding to team up. I was in the minority and didn’t really have a problem with the concept of “The Decision” prime time special. I also seem to be in the minority as far as their 2010-11 season is concerned. So many people have already written this team off. They are hovering around the .500 mark but why are people forgetting that the season isn’t even a quarter of way done yet? Would people really be shocked if they went 48-15 the rest of the way? This team has more than enough time to put together a good season and have a great playoff run.

I am not a Miami Heat fan, as a matter of fact I despise Pat Riley and never really liked Alonzo Mourning. I am a Raptors fan who lost Chris Bosh to this team. Yet, I find myself rooting for this team just because everyone else isn’t.

Even Barack Obama was asked about tonight’s game. 

How will the Cleveland crowd react tonight? Lets just hope they take somewhat of a high road and not embarrass their city. Don’t get me wrong, I want to see them boo LeBron all night long for the rest of his career (Vince Carter still hears boos in Toronto) but don’t disrupt the game. Keep your expletives to yourselves and don’t humiliate yourself on national television.

How will LeBron react tonight? He could go a long way towards calming things down today if he doesn’t come out in a confrontational mode. He needs to just let his play do the talking or it could get really ugly tonight. Who knows, if he goes off for 50 points tonight in a masterful performance he might even get some of the crowd back on his side. Regardless of the crowd reaction LeBron MUST act like the better man or he will face a major backlash from the media and possibly the fans around the league. He can not let the crowd get under his skin. LeBron James will either drop 60 points on the Cavs tonight or go 2–19 from the field. There is no middle ground.

There will be a heavier security presence tonight at the Q. How ugly do some in the league think tonight will be? The Heat travel plans for this have been kept secret.

In Cleveland, LeBron is now known as “Queen James”

Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert is on twitter. Looking forward to read what he has to say tonight. He did make a plea to the fans,

CavsFans: Remember 2 most import things 2nite: 1. That City, Fans, & all of us be our ‘finest’ w/eyes of world watching. 2. We get the WIN!

Who can forget his letter to Cleveland when LeBron left? 
Sports Illustrated provides a flashback to some recent “homecomings.” How about these pictures from Cleveland?
Any predictions for tonight? ESPN’s Streak for the Cash asks if LeBron will have more points tonight then the  Cavaliers will have field goals. I certainly would not rule that out as a possibility. It will be the first time this season that I will tune in to the start of an NBA game. The game tips off shortly after 8 PM Eastern on TNT. 

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Cavaliers: Open Letter to Fans from Cavaliers Majority Owner Dan Gilbert

The owner of the Cleveland Cavaliers, Dan Gilbert just released an open letter to the Cavaliers fans. He rips into LeBron James repeatedly but never once mentions him by name. He also goes onto add that the Cavaliers will win a title before LeBron does (wishful thinking). Read the letter below. Thoughts?

Cavaliers: Open Letter to Fans from Cavaliers Majority Owner Dan Gilbert

Dear Cleveland, All Of Northeast Ohio and Cleveland Cavaliers Supporters Wherever You May Be Tonight; 

As you now know, our former hero, who grew up in the very region that he deserted this evening, is no longer a Cleveland Cavalier. 

This was announced with a several day, narcissistic, self-promotional build-up culminating with a national TV special of his “decision” unlike anything ever “witnessed” in the history of sports and probably the history of entertainment. 

Clearly, this is bitterly disappointing to all of us. 

The good news is that the ownership team and the rest of the hard-working, loyal, and driven staff over here at your hometown Cavaliers have not betrayed you nor NEVER will betray you. 

There is so much more to tell you about the events of the recent past and our more than exciting future. Over the next several days and weeks, we will be communicating much of that to you. 

You simply don’t deserve this kind of cowardly betrayal. 

You have given so much and deserve so much more. 

In the meantime, I want to make one statement to you tonight: 

“I PERSONALLY GUARANTEE THAT THE CLEVELAND CAVALIERS WILL WIN AN NBA CHAMPIONSHIP BEFORE THE SELF-TITLED FORMER ‘KING’ WINS ONE” 

You can take it to the bank. 

If you thought we were motivated before tonight to bring the hardware to Cleveland, I can tell you that this shameful display of selfishness and betrayal by one of our very own has shifted our “motivation” to previously unknown and previously never experienced levels. 

Some people think they should go to heaven but NOT have to die to get there. 

Sorry, but that’s simply not how it works. 

This shocking act of disloyalty from our home grown “chosen one” sends the exact opposite lesson of what we would want our children to learn. And “who” we would want them to grow-up to become. 

But the good news is that this heartless and callous action can only serve as the antidote to the so-called “curse” on Cleveland, Ohio. 

The self-declared former “King” will be taking the “curse” with him down south. And until he does “right” by Cleveland and Ohio, James (and the town where he plays) will unfortunately own this dreaded spell and bad karma. 

Just watch. 

Sleep well, Cleveland. 

Tomorrow is a new and much brighter day…. 

I PROMISE you that our energy, focus, capital, knowledge and experience will be directed at one thing and one thing only: 

DELIVERING YOU the championship you have long deserved and is long overdue…. 

 

Dan Gilbert
Majority Owner
Cleveland Cavaliers 

Thoughts?
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2010-11 Miami Heat

I just had to update my post from earlier tonight. Those who know me have known for years that I don’t like the Heat (goes back to the Mourning days), don’t like Pat Riley, don’t even really care for the NBA during the regular season all that much but I absolutely love this move. July 2010. It has been marked on NBA calendars for years. The outcome is now finally clear. 
This will be one great 1-2-3 combination with Dwyane Wade, LeBron James and Chris Bosh (as much as this pains me as a Raptors fan). I don’t understand the people criticizing LeBron’s decision here. He just proved that he did care about winning more then a max contract or the spotlight. How can anyone question his motives here? James and Wade on the perimeter along with Bosh will make whoever is with them much better. I love how the Cavalier fans are being hypocrites about this. They keep talking about loyalty but they would have been just fine with Bosh or Wade joining their team. Would they have cried about loyalty in that scenario? Sports are a business. Free Agency is part of the business. Deal with it.
I don’t understand people saying that this team won’t win. We criticize athletes all the time for being about the money but here are 3 of the top guys in league taking less money to play together.  When was the last time 3 guys this good and this young got together in any sport? Veterans will sign for the league minimum to play in Miami and ride their coattails to a championship. Would anyone be shocked to see someone like McGrady play for the minimum there? 
I’ve been telling for a few years that he does not have to come play in New York to “build his brand.” This is 2010, not 1970. Sports games are televised around the world. Jerseys and shoes  of athletes like LeBron are sold around the world. Does anyone seriously think that Nike will have trouble selling “Witness” Tees in Miami? Heck, does anyone think they would have trouble selling those if he had signed with Memphis? It’s a global age. Games are everywhere, highlights are everywhere and the merchandise is everywhere. Lets stop with the archaic view of the sports landscape.
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He won’t be “the guy” on Miami. Aside from Alex Rodriguez, how many guys come to mind who have willingly moved to another team to share the spotlight when they could have been the face of their own franchise? Basketball fans for years have said that he only cares about himself but here he is reportedly on the verge of going to Miami to share the spotlight with not one but two superstars. How does that make any sense? He’s putting himself into a position where he can win championships for the next couple of years. Would anyone really be surprised to see veterans like Tracy McGrady sign up to play for the NBA minimum in order to win a championship with this group? This is the perfect situation for LeBron. He can sign a short term deal (or a deal with an out clause) and possibly go to the Nets in 3 years when they move to Brooklyn?

By the way, the jerseys are already available to be bought.


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Some thoughts on LeBron James

We are about 3 hours away from “The Decision” and this LeBron stuff keeps getting more and more absurd by the hour. I’ve been reading and hearing things in the past few days about LeBron’s decision and some of them just make no sense. Like I mentioned the other day, I just didn’t think LeBron’s ego would allow him to sign with Miami but it is looking like me and most others were wrong on this.

Why would anyone criticize his decision to go to Miami? For years people have been calling him selfish. For years people have been saying LeBron doesn’t about winning. For years people have been saying that LeBron only cares about his brand. So I have to ask again, how can anyone criticize him if he actually does sign with Miami? If he does sign with Miami he will get a smaller (as ridiculous as that sounds given the amount of money we are talking about here) contract then the one he would if he signed with Cleveland.

I’ve been telling people for a few years that he does not have to come play in New York to “build his brand.” This is 2010, not 1970. Sports games are televised around the world. Jerseys and shoes  of athletes like LeBron are sold around the world. Does anyone seriously think that Nike will have trouble selling “Witness” Tees if he signs with Miami? Heck, does anyone think they would have trouble selling those if he had signed with Memphis? It’s a global age. Games are everywhere, highlights are everywhere and the merchandise is everywhere. Lets stop with the archaic view of the sports landscape.

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He won’t be “the guy” on Miami. Aside from Alex Rodriguez, how many guys come to mind who have willingly moved to another team to share the spotlight when they could have been the face of their own franchise? Basketball fans for years have said that he only cares about himself but here he is reportedly on the verge of going to Miami to share the spotlight with not one but two superstars. How does that make any sense? He’s putting himself into a position where he can win championships for the next couple of years. Would anyone really be surprised to see veterans like Tracy McGrady sign up to play for the NBA minimum in order to win a championship with this group? This is the perfect situation for LeBron. He can sign a short term deal (or a deal with an out clause) and possibly go to the Nets in 3 years when they move to Brooklyn?
I’ve seen people complain about the prime time special on ESPN. Why is anyone shocked by this? ESPN and CBS give National TV time to High Schoolers as they announce where they will be playing their college sports so why can’t one of the biggest faces of sports in the world get the same treatment? It’s not like LeBron is pocketing the money from tonight. The money is going to a great charity. 

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