This happened last night. Nazr Mohammed (he’s still playing) grabbed LeBron James to prevent an open court attacked. James then responded by throwing Mohammed down. James received a technical and while he was arguing it, Mohammed shoved James to the floor.
James initiated it by not only throwing Mohammed to the floor, but arguing like he was the victim. Then of course as a reaction to that, Mohammed did something he shouldn’t have done by retaliating.
And there’s the argument for whether or not James flopped or he seriously fell over that much.
Both are wrong here and with the rivalry budding between these two teams, I don’t expect anything less. I’m OK with this really.
LeBron James deserves the MVP award, but I am glad he didn’t win it by unanimous vote.
LeBron James was awarded his fourth MVP title this weekend and he almost made history with a unanimous vote. However, all but one vote went his way. That one vote, made by the Boston Globe’s Gary Washburn, went to Carmelo Anthony.
Throughout the entire year, I expected James to win the MVP. He did everything that made him the best candidate for the award. But the reasoning by Washburn for Anthony made some sense to me.
“I just honestly felt that Carmelo Anthony lifted the Knicks to new heights this season – a No. 2 seed and their first division title in 19 years – with an aging roster, the team’s second-best player [Amar'e Stoudemire] out most of the season and a myriad of other injuries,” Washburn told Yahoo! Sports. “LeBron James is unquestionably the best player in the league, but I felt this season Anthony had more value to his team.”
Space-themed Kevin Durant shoes with a subtle star and #35.
Check this out. Nike unveiled the shoes that LeBron James, Kobe Bryant and Kevin Durant will be wearing for the All-Star game that nobody really cares about.
As is customary for many All-Stars, the game is a showcase of new footwear for the consumers. Nike has taken the idea of space travel (the game is played in Houston) and given these three players shoes to reflect that.
CHECK OUT THE GALLERY ON NIKE’S SITE
LeBron James wins the Sportsman of the Year award.
Sports Illustrated named their Sportsman of the Year winner today and it is LeBron James.
This is the criteria for the award: “Annually, the magazine presents the Sportsman of the Year award to the transcendent athlete, coach or team who by virtue of their superior athletic achievement and comportment took us all to a higher place.“
As I think about all the other sports figures that have made news this past year, I start to think about them and wonder if they were more qualified to win this award than James. And the more I think about it, the more I realized that I couldn’t come up with a strong argument for anyone else.
So with James, I content with him winning it.
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I was at home trying to enjoy dinner and this nonsense appears on my TV. I will forever remember when “The Decision” happened because it was on my birthday.
But that’s not important. James has been on record saying that doing that entire interview was a mistake, so the “hating” on him has subsided. But anyway, today’s my birthday but I don’t celebrate birthdays.
What I usually like to do is go to an A’s game with a couple friends, sit back, relax and enjoy baseball. Too bad I can’t do that this year.
I’m pretty sure that most of the dislike for the Miami Heat is fueled by LeBron James. And that’s a perfectly good reason. James was the ringleader of an offseason of what many fans believe seemed to be an unfair advantage to the NBA.
James had “The Decision” and that was a bad idea. Then the Heat held a celebration party when James and Chris Bosh joined with the team. Then pretty much whatever James did, it was scrutinized. He and the Heat have not been very mature recently.
I didn’t want the Heat to win for all those reasons. But I am trying to be as realistic of a basketball fan as I can and I have to give props to the Heat for what they did. (But I’ll still call them the nWo just because it’s funny to me.)
The man people love to hate.
I had a conversation with a co-worker yesterday and the topic of LeBron James came up and he was wondering why James is the most ridiculed man in the NBA. I tried to come up with reasons such as the clutch factor, the way he left the Cavaliers and all that but we defined the question: Do you not like LeBron the basketball player or the person?
That made me think for a bit and it made me realize that my dislike (not to be confused with hate) for LeBron James had nothing to do with what he did on the basketball floor. It all had to do with what he has done off the court.
When James broke into the league, I wanted to see him win with the Cavs. It was a good storyline: hometown kid leads his hometown team to a title. But when he kept failing, that’s when it changed for me in perception of him.
I’ve been known to give LeBron James a hard time for his play on the floor but off the court, at least with the things outside of basketball, he’s a very good guy. He tweeted this morning of this image of the entire Miami Heat team showing support for Trayvon Martin.
I do hope that there is some kind of resolution to this horrible incident. To read more about it, click this link.
The entire Miami Heat in hoodies -- a message of justice for Trayvon Martin.
Kobe was clutch while LeBron was not.
“Yeah, he was telling me to shoot it,” LeBron James recalled of Kobe Bryant’s message to him during the final seconds of the All-Star Game. “I wish I could have that one back.”
That was LeBron James’ recent years as an NBA player in a nutshell. Even during a meaningless exhibition game, James had the opportunity to take the final shot and give his team a chance to win but decided to pass that shot up.
What happened on Sunday was another sad example of how James refuses to rise up to the occasion. Despite all his great work during the game, when the team needed him to step up one more time late, he didn’t deliver.
A part of this is our fault as fans and media in how we perceive the basketball star. Have we kept expectations too high for James? Since he entered the league, the league has wanted to make him a star. But since he bolted to the Heat, it was clear that maybe James doesn’t want to be the star.