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LeBron James is “All IN” In Delivering The First Championship In 50 Years for Cleveland

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No Sports story can be more exciting than the Cleveland Cavs quest to achieve a title the first in over 50 years. This is the story of a sports starved city, who have dreamed  of bringing home a championship in any sport. This time it is LeBron James who has taken it upon himself to deliver the much elusive championship. It is the stuff  that movies are made of and LeBron James is right in the middle of the historic drama. If you ask anyone they will tell you that LeBron James will be a living legend if He can pull this off.   It is exciting to watch.

There are so many angles to this quest to win a championship and all of it carried by one man, LeBron James. This guy is intriguing and his life story is in a word unique. Not only is James carrying  the weight of a city, he is carrying the weight of generations of families who just want to win a championship ……… any championship. When LeBron James promised to deliver an NBA title no one thought that he would be two wins away from making good on his promise. The reality right now is he is so close he can feel it. We will watch with excitement as the greatest basketball player on the planet makes good on the “Promise”. Trust me generations of championship starved Cleveland sports fans will erupt when it happens.

 

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Greg Oden Could Be The Missing Piece of the Puzzle For The Heat

Greg Oden is with the Miami Heat. With the problems with his knees over the past few years that is a blessing. Oden says he is taking it slow. The big center is a great addition to the Heat if he can stay Healthy, so that is the reclamation project for the Heat. How to keep Greg Oden healthy?

The cards are laid on the table and this is without a doubt a chance The Heat is willing to take. With the addition of Greg Oden, Michael Beasley, and Lamar Odom, the Heat have the pieces that can take them to a three peat, fairly easily. So these are the pieces of the puzzle that can take a tremendous load off LeBron James and Dewayne Wade. People say that the measure of true super star in the NBA is the number of championships, then put me down to say this quite possibly will be three peat for the Heat and for LeBron James.

 

The Last Time I Checked LeBron James Is An American

Don’t get me wrong, I think some remarks that LeBron James made were not well thought out. But give me a break, LeBron James is not anyone’s property. The last time I checked, I don’t recall seeing LeBron picking cotton in a cotton field. I did not see him driving a black limousine with Mrs. Daisy in the back seat.

The last time I checked LeBron James still lived in America and by the way in this country free speech is at a surplus, but  apparently only if you shy away from talking about Dirk.  Somehow it seems  LeBron really will be banished to pick cotton for the rest of his life. Oh that’s  right LeBron committed the crime of  talking way too much.

There can be no mistrial, he’s banished to the 1930’s for crimes against Dirk.  He’s banished to the fields to pick cotton and not allowed to set foot into the big house. Just because he opened his mouth against Dirk. It is kind of ironic that LeBron James is being treated like a foreigner when he is in fact a native born American. Dirk’s from Germany right?

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Is LeBron James Better Then Michael Jordan?

 From ESPN Chicago

Scottie Pippen had a front-row seat to watch Miami‘s LeBron James help oust the Chicago Bulls from the playoffs, and the Hall of Famer believes James might supplant Pippen’s former running mate Michael Jordan as the greatest player ever.

“Michael Jordan is probably the greatest scorer to play the game,” Pippen said Friday on “Mike & Mike In The Morning” on ESPN Radio. “But I may go as far as to say LeBron James may be the greatest player to ever play the game because he is so potent offensively that not only can he score at will but he keeps everybody involved.

Basketball Hall of Famer Scottie Pippen says Michael Jordan was the greatest scorer ever, but LeBron James could be the greatest NBA player ever.

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“You have to be on your P’s and Q’s on defense. No guy on the basketball court is a threat to score with LeBron James out there. Not only will LeBron dominate from the offensive end as well, but he’s also doing it on the defensive end, which really makes him the complete package. He’s able to get in those passing lanes, shoot those gaps and create transition opportunities where he is pretty much unstoppable.”

Horace Grant, a close friend of Pippen’s who won three titles with Jordan’s Bulls, was shocked to hear of Pippen’s comments.

“Pip is my man, and we will always be close but I totally disagree,” Grant said Friday on “The Waddle & Silvy Show” on ESPN 1000. “LeBron is going to be one of the top players to ever play the game. But Michael Jeffrey Jordan, who we bumped heads with at times, is I think in my era, the best who ever played the game.

“I’m kind of at a loss for words because Michael Jordan … when you win numerous MVPs and you’ve taken the team to six championships — and probably could have been eight if he didn’t retire those two years — and MVPs in the playoffs … and he made us better.

“Believe me, he made myself, Scottie, B.J. [Armstrong], even Bill Cartwright who I love, he made us better players. He gave us that confidence. But first we had to earn his trust. And once we earned his trust you saw championship after championship.”

Pippen took to Twitter to defend himself later Friday.

“For all of you that don’t know, I played the game you keep watching and cheering,” Pippen tweeted.

Later he tweeted: “Don’t get me wrong, MJ was and is the greatest. But LeBron could by all means get to his level someday. ”

The Heat closed out the Bulls with an 83-80 victory in Game 5 on Thursday, setting up an NBA Finals matchup with the Dallas Mavericks. A championship in his second career trip to the Finals could help solidify his legacy, but James already has put to rest one knock on his game, in Pippen’s view.

I’m seeing a great player, and a player that we’ve all admired for the last [seven] years of his career, but this [eighth] year here, he has really brought the complete package,” Pippen said. “I’ve never seen a player that can dominate a game the way LeBron James can. He don’t always have to score. He makes plays for other guys. But when the game is on the line and you need a shot to be made, he’s going to make that play. He’s shown that throughout this series that he can make big shots.

“I think there has always been a knock on him that he don’t make the big shots down the stretch. Well, I think they can put that behind him now. He’s a shotmaker. And right now he’s a man on a mission.”

Pippen, who won six NBA titles alongside Jordan in the 1990s, said the Bulls exceeded their talent level to reach the Eastern Conference finals against the Heat.

“They have to keep their head up and realize they had a great season,” said Pippen, who attends most Bulls games in his role as team ambassador. “I think you have to take something positive from this season. I think this team really laid their hearts out on the line and played great basketball all season long, but I think we all know that (the Bulls) were overachieving to some degree.

“I think we realized we really didn’t have the personnel to go all the way through the playoffs and be considered the NBA champions. This Miami Heat team was established to be able to really run through every team in the league, and they have been able to do that thus far.”

Memo to Heat: Get More Production From Their True Centers

My take on the Miami Heat. Chris Bosh says he wants more touches inside and his teammates need to get him the ball. Look, Bosh in my opinion is not the superstar that he and a few others thinks he is.  He has a decent game, but nothing that could be construed  as on the same level as  LeBron, or  D Wade.  Bosh is a power forward, but yet he sees himself as a post player, a big man. Look he’s 6’10 and 235. That is not the build or the make up of a center.

Yes the Heat need  a formidable  center in the middle,  a go to guy to take the heat off of James, Wade,  and Bosh. But that is  just it. They only need someone in the middle that can score consistently and forcefully. They do not have that on this team.  Getting the ball more to Bosh inside is not the answer. Bosh is already getting the ball. He’s averaging 18 points per game.  The scoring mix is where it needs to be,  James is averaging 26 points , Wade is averaging 25, and Bosh is averaging 18 points.  The rest of the team is averaging 4 points per game collectively. There lies the problem.

In effect the Heat are playing without a true center. Dampier is big enough and so is “Z”, but neither are productive enough to draw defenses away from the big three and allow them  to do their thing.  That is the problem.  The Heat needs to  get more production from Dampier and Z;   at least enough  to draw attention from opposing teams, and not allow them  the luxury to double team either of the big  three stars.

LeBron James the Serial Part II

There are a lot of opinions on LeBron James’  decision to go to the Miami Heat.   Depending upon who you  ask you can certainly get a  diverse cross section of opinions and responses.  LeBron did the wrong thing. LeBron did the right thing.  LeBron is a slave. LeBron is not a slave, you get the picture….. all of it is rather ridiculous and the world continues to be held hostage over who will follow LeBron to the revamped Miami Heat.

Every NBA player would like to win a championship and money in that matter is irrelevant.  They will take a pay cut if it means that an NBA championship ring is in the immediate future.  So we need to give  LeBron James, Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh credit, for coming together and producing a player driven assembly of an entire new team.  Expect a new NBA Champion to be looming on the horizon, despite the fact that Kobe is patiently waiting to be the spoiler.  That champion will be the Heat thank you.

Cleveland Will Not Get Over LeBron Leaving

My take on the ” Decision”  is “that LeBron James may have made a wrong decision in choosing to participate in an hour long infomercial.  But he absolutely made the right decision in choosing the Miami Heat.

James by nature is at best a reluctant leader.  No one can ever accuse him of being a ball hog. In this regard he is another Magic Johnson.  James will make a huge difference and impact in Miami. He is a multi-dimensional player, who will average triple doubles nearly ever game.

Did he let Cleveland down? Absolutely.  Will they get over it? No