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They say the Miami Heat are as Hollywood as it gets, and it would seem that the label is finally beginning to catch up with them. Basketball superstar LeBron James is beginning to dabble in the bright lights of film and television. The Heat forward is currently slated for a role in Judd Apatow’s “Trainwreck”, as well as a co-star role opposite of Kevin Hart in the upcoming comedy, “Ballers.” James does not always leave the storytelling to fictional premises created by writers, however. The two-time champion is beginning to adapt his own personal experiences to the screen, and will be sharing those experiences with the world as an executive producer for the upcoming Starz series, Survivor’s Remorse.
The Cleveland Cavaliers are quite the enigma, consistently placing among the worst teams in basketball, yet somehow also pulling off one of the most impressive streaks of good luck in sports. The eastern conference team had a mere 1.7 percent chance of receiving the first overall pick in what has been called one of the most talent-packed NBA Drafts in history. But it would seem that the odds are forever in Cleveland’s favor, and the Cavs have been granted the top pick for the third time in the last four NBA seasons. Over the last decade, the Cavs have been in lottery contention six times, coming up with the number-one pick four of those times. As unbelievable as it may seem, Cleveland now has the opportunity to pick the finest in the bunch, yet again. Some basketball analysts, however, are claiming that the Cavs have their sites set on a bigger prize: the king of the jungle, LeBron James.
LeBron James knows how to shake hands. It shouldn't be that hard to remember when.
For four of the last five seasons, the highly coveted NBA MVP award has been deservedly bestowed upon LeBron James. It made sense, as King James was unmistakably the most talented basketball player on the planet. LeBron has had the reputation of being a do-it-all player, a physical specimen, a scorer, a rebounder, a passer, an imposing defender, and a team leader. The only player to even come close to resembling a threat to James’ growing MVP trophy collection has been Kevin Durant, a somewhat one-dimensional scorer who has been the runner up in MVP voting during three of James’ four tenures. This season, however, Durant has had enough of being second best.
On Sunday, LeBron James was crowned with his fourth MVP (Most Valuable Player) award in a near unanimous decision. He earned 120 of the 121 first-place votes, leaving the lone vote to Carmelo Anthony of the New York Knicks. Behind James, Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder finished second for the second consecutive year; followed by Anthony, Chris Paul and Kobe Bryant.
The Miami Heat's LeBron James, Dwayne Wade, and Chris Bosh combined for 85 points en route to defeating the San Antonio Spurs 109-93 last night.
Only two summers ago, LeBron James and the Miami Heat were celebrating. However, it wasn’t for the reason they wanted. After defeating the Oklahoma City Thunder in game five at American Airlines Arena in South Beach, the confetti poured down for all the right reasons. LeBron James and the Miami Heat had finally won the NBA championship. After the game James said, “It was the hardest thing I’ve ever done as a basketball player”.
LeBron James and the Miami Heat remain atop the NBA, and not even a proud push from the San Antonio Spurs could knock them down.
Anybody who owns a television, radio, or has access to the Internet has heard of the Miami Heat. We have stamped nicknames upon them such as “the big 3”, “the Hollywood Heat”, or “the super friends”. We have immortalized their highlights and famous quotes such as “takin’ my talents to South Beach” and the infamous “not 1, not 2, not 3” championship speech. But do we truly understand how they function, what makes them tick, and most importantly, how they can be beaten? The basketball team has become more than a 1990’s-esque dynamic duo, a one man show, or a stacked super star experiment. Team president Pat Riley and underrated Coach Erik Spoelstra have transformed the Heat into a complex organism. The ball club is a riddle that is not easily cracked, but like any sports team, the Heat can be defeated.
It’s been said that a bad apple can have a malignant effect on a sports team, and that an infected appendage must be removed. This is why talk of Indiana Pacer guard Lance Stephenson possibly being denied a contract extension has begun to surface. The former second round draft pick has drawn much criticism, as various sources have hinted at a possible lack of chemistry between the player and his teammates. The speculation regarding Stephenson’s internal antics reached a boiling point at the beginning of the playoffs when reports surfaced that the guard had come to physical blows with teammate Evan Turner during a practice. Yet despite the negative allegations surrounding Stephenson, the young prospect also serves a critical role in the Pacer body: the heel.
The hoopla of NBA All-Star weekend is unquestionably boisterous and unruly. There is simply something mystical about the assemblage of the most talented basketball players on the planet, under one roof, trying their best to put on a show for the fans. But amidst the East versus West matchups, highlight reels, and celebrity appearances, the widespread notion is and always has been that the true marquee event is the Slam Dunk Contest. After all, what is more glamorized and glorified in basketball than the slam dunk?
The 2014 NBA MVP has been crowned, and Kevin Durant displayed the heart of a most valuable player when he delivered a tear jerking speech that recognized each and every teammate, staff member, and family member who had helped him reach his current state of greatness. But though Durant was awarded the MVP trophy for the regular season, the star forward has had difficulty staying consistent throughout the postseason.
Many players see the regular season as the time to improve both individually, and as a team. When it comes to playoff time, it’s about creating your legacy. Essentially, the post season separates the good players from the great players, and the talented teams from the legendary teams. The most important NBA games of the season are finally upon us.
In these trying economic times, many are burning the midnight oil juggling two jobs. This friendly neighborhood sports writer is no different.
If you have had time to tune into any of this year’s NBA playoff games, you already know exactly what I am talking about. Yes, the flopping. It has continuously gotten worse throughout the playoffs and appears to only be heading in the wrong direction.
After an off-season of landing superstars such as Dwight Howard and Steve Nash, the Los Angeles Lakers quickly gained the national spotlight. Similar to the Miami Heat two years ago, when they landed LeBron James and Chris Bosh, the Lakers are making aggressive moves to bring back the Larry O’Brien trophy. Despite their impressive talent, the Lakers have already faced a multitude of problems within their first ten games.
Golfer, 60, tries once more for U.S. Seniors
If you’re not having fun during Colt Ford’s show at Country Thunder this April, you need to check yourself – and that’s a message from the man himself.
As the first round of the NBA playoffs are coming to an end, the picture of who will play in the finals is becoming remarkably clearer. With a few teams dominantly prevailing in the preliminary round, there is no doubt which teams are on a mission and which teams are just fighting to play another day.
Over the weekend, like many, my heart sank when I heard the news of two New York officers sitting in their patrol car when a man came up and basically assassinated them. Apparently, the suspect, who is now also dead, did this in the name of officers killing “unarmed” African American men Michael Brown, from Ferguson, Mo., and Eric Garner, who died in New York after a police officer restrained him in a choke hold.
The 2014 NBA Draft class is already drawing talent level comparisons to that 2003, a class that included game changing names such as LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Chris Bosh, and Dwayne Wade. The NBA’s incoming talent pool has succeeded in shaking up the college game, as players like Andrew Wiggins, Jabari Parker, Joel Embiid, Julius Randle, and Aaron Gordon have dominated the corridor that leads to the largest stage in basketball. Undisputable as the college talent level may be, one of the most protrusive plot twists entering this season’s draft is that the player with quite possibly the most promise is a prospect that the majority of fans have never heard of.
Cranial injuries are some of the most severe and least understood hazards that athletes encounter in contact sports. When exploring the issue of these injuries, most discussions flock to outwardly aggressive sports such as football or boxing. Basketball, however, is often overlooked. It is assumed that basketball related injuries are limited to the lower body, as ankle sprains, blown knees, ACL tears, and hamstring pulls are commonplace on the court. Be that as it may, basketball can be brutal and harboring of concussive dangers in its own right. Players throw their elbows, shoulders, heads, and hips into their opponents to create space, jumping and diving without headgear or protective padding, and often doing so three feet above a hardwood floor. Arizona basketball recruit, Zach Peters, has experienced the dangers of brain injuries first hand.
The self-proclaimed “Worldwide Leader in Sports” first took the sporting news throne in 1979, and since then nobody has dared to challenge the ESPN monopoly. Though the Disney owned media outlet has sat comfortably atop the nearly nonexistent competition for roughly 35 years, it’s first worthy opponent has finally emerged. This is because as of August 17th, Fox has transformed its low traffic Speed and Fuel networks into FS1 and FS2, which model themselves after ESPN and ESPN2 and provide TV viewers with an alternative to the cable powerhouse.
If the NBA offseason is the ideal time for teams to glue themselves to their office desks and cell phones in attempts of enticing new and exciting talent to their organization, a handful of teams did not receive the memo. In fact, only about one-third of NBA teams have a legitimate chance of surviving deep into the playoffs during the upcoming 2013-2014 season. What is worse is that a handful of ball clubs have abandoned all discretion in order to throw a team on the court that knowingly has little to no chance of winning more than a quarter of their matchups. The Philadelphia 76ers signed away their franchise player, Jrue Holiday, in exchange for a future draft pick and an unproven center with no offensive game and a bum knee in Nerlens Noel. The Utah Jazz seemingly locked up their bank accounts and turned off their phone lines when it came time to negotiate the contracts of their two best players, Al Jefferson and Paul Millsap, letting both all-stars sign with different teams. The Boston Celtics traded Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce, both future hall of famers who have brought the Larry O’brien Trophy to Beantown, in exchange for a slew of expiring contracts. So what powerful force has brought about basketball’s Diaspora of talent from cities such as these? The answer is a skinny 18-year-old kid from Toronto.