So let’s get this straight: An official game-used jersey could read “King James” for LeBron James. That’s not too crazy. In fact, with this marketing and globalization of the NBA, it’s actually a smart marketing tool. I am not surprised by this at all.
And people might get upset about it and I get it. I would prefer that they don’t do it but it’s not something that’s new to professional sports. The XFL has done it before. Major League Baseball has done it before.
And as you can see by the photo to the right, the NBA has done it before too. It’s pretty fun and it really embraces the individuality of the players in the NBA. And the NBA is the most individual, self-promoting professional league in sports anyway.
I prefer they didn’t, but for one game, I am not against it.
This GIF made by Drew Sheppard shows every single shot made by LeBron James in Game 7 of the NBA Finals.
Look at all the different spots James can score from the floor. He could be very well the most versatile player of all time with that ability right there. It’s fascinating with technology these days that we can see a graphic like this and just be amazed at the kind of talent he has become.
Having been pushed to a Game 7 and coming out on top, James finally rose to the challenge that I needed to see him in. This game solidified him in my eyes as the megastar that we’ve expected him to become.
Enjoy the accolades, LeBron James. You’ve earned it.
I remember my birthday back in 2010. I remember it very well. It wasn’t because of a party because I didn’t have one. I didn’t go out, but I stayed home that day. But that day stood out to me because it was also the same day as “The Decision.” That day made me dislike LeBron James.
I wasn’t going to deny that he was a talented player. But the way he left Cleveland, the way he was so immature about so many things and then the way he handled the decision, made me think that the spotlight was too big and he wasn’t ready to handle it.
I took joy in seeing the Heat lose their first year together. I cringed last season when they won the title. But now, after a thrilling third appearance in the Finals and a second straight title, I’ve finally let it all go.
If you haven’t caught wind of it, last night gave us a major glimpse of how bad these Heat “fans” are. Their team is down five with less than a minute to go. If you’ve watched the NBA at any point in time in your life, you know that a deficit like that can be overcome. Especially with a team that talented like the Heat, you can’t just assume that the game is over.
But apparently these Heat fans thought so. The mass exodus of the arena is pretty embarrassing. What’s even worse is that when they found out the game went into overtime, they all tried to get back into the arena. The “No Re-Entry” policy was in effect and nobody was allowed to get back in.
I’ve always made fun of the Heat bandwagon fans and now the local and national media have joined me. This is embarrassing and it surprises me why anyone who paid good money to see a game would leave the game early. It wasn’t like a double-digit blowout. But of course, these are the things only basketball fans would know.
After two games, I have learned a few things about the Spurs and Heat.
The first thing that stood out to me is that this Spurs team is way better than I thought. Even though I got to watch them play against the Warriors, it appears that the extra rest they got before the Finals really did them wonders. They’re smarter with their ball handling and Tony Parker seems to be at another level right now.
The Heat also seem to be very relaxed. Despite their Game 1 loss, they knew that they had a must-win for Sunday. They came out and dominated, setting us up for one great series.