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LeBron's elbow looks better, which is nice

Posted on: August 27, 2010 2:46 pm
Edited on: August 27, 2010 3:47 pm
 
King James works out at Heat facilities without elbow sleeve.
Posted by Matt Moore


Celtics-Cavaliers Game 5 is going to haunt LeBron James for the rest of his career. There are millions of people who believe that he simply quit, which is pretty preposterous given everything else we know of James' career, egotist or not. The guy doesn't exactly have a history of shrinking from the moment. Many also questioned his health, and while he never admitted it until after the playoffs were over, it was clear whatever elbow injury he suffered all the way back as far as possibly late March had an effect on his play. He mentioned in the famous GQ article that his elbow was still not right when that interview took place.

Well, the Heat have posted video of an early workout with James, Chris Bosh, and Heat coach Erik Spoelstra. And that elbow? Looks pretty good.



So no sleve on the elbow, dribbling with both hands and looking authoritative at that. It's a light workout, so maybe it's still bothering him when things get heavy, but right now, he looks like the James we know, or at least the one everyone described before last spring: the best all-around player in the league (yes, Kobe has more rings, everyone is aware. "Count them rings", right,  thanks.).

It's also good to see him working with teammates even in August, a full month before training camp. That's the kind of effort you want to see for a guy expected to win his first title. The Celtics and Lakers are taking the month off (no doubt working on their own, though), and they've earned that right. It's good to see that the Heat are aware that the hard part's just beginning, and are already working to get where they need to go. Because everyone will be aiming for them, and their elbows, from here on out.
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Since: Dec 13, 2008
Posted on: August 30, 2010 8:58 am
 

LeBron's elbow looks better, which is nice

As for Kobe shooting those air balls against Utah 14 years ago. Well, he was a 17 year old kid for crying-out-loud. At least he had the cajones to try it. And as for his "moping and whininig", this led GM Kupchack to get off his butt and make some decent trades for Gasol and Ariza. Kobe had a right to whine. He's giving 100% every night and getting no help.

lol... so Kobe is the man cuz he misses with air balls cuz he was only 17, but he's better than a guy 7 years his junior because he has better fundamentals? Why is it Kobe can never do anything wrong in the eyes of the fans? All he does is shoot, yet he is praised as the best in the game? Gimme a break! In 7 years, when LeBron's body is starting to slow down, he will develop those fundamentals too, but right now he simply doesn't need them. He is a matchup problem no matter who you put on him! 

I honestly don't even understand how Lakers fans can have feelings other than hatred for this guy, honestly. His selfishness broke up a team that could have gone down as the best ever, but he didn't want that, he wanted to be the man. Him and Shaq were the best duo to play together in NBA history, but their last two years of bickering made it so the team couldn't win another ring. Then, to make matters worse, once he got his way but the team sucked without Shaq, he demanded a trade! The team struggled to even make the playoffs despite the nice pieces that were returned for Shaq, but this guy is the greatest ever?

Meanwhile, James does the exact opposite, he leaves a team to play with one of the best players in the league, and he's a coward? He wants a ring worse than he wants to be the man, so he's a coward? I really don't understand this rationale. This is a guy motivated by winning and nothing else, yet we slander him for that? How the hell did Kobe end up as the winner in this NBA offseason? I just don't get it.




Since: Dec 13, 2008
Posted on: August 30, 2010 8:43 am
 

LeBron's elbow looks better, which is nice

It's more than just rings that seperate Lebron and Kobe. It's Kobe's desire and heart that Lebron will never be able to match. Not to mention he is the best clutch performer in NBA history. Argue if you must but that is one fact that can not be denied!

Man, Kobe sure was pretty clutch in game 7 of the finals, you got me there!

Why are people so quick to forget MJ? 




Since: Jul 16, 2010
Posted on: August 30, 2010 5:31 am
 

LeBron's elbow looks better, which is nice

^ Went = When, obviously.



Since: Jul 16, 2010
Posted on: August 30, 2010 5:29 am
 

LeBron's elbow looks better, which is nice

The only fans doubting if Kobe was the best went it counted among current players were those in Cleveland. I'm sure they are all on board the Kobe bandwagon now.
Durant may get there someday. I think Reggie Miller was an assassin before he retired.
 You really have to be a great shooter to be clutch, and Lebron James is just an above average shooter at best. He gets hot sometimes and has the strength to launch ridiculous half court shots. That is where it ends with him and clutch. He and DWade would much rather just charge the hoop and hope for a superstar foul than take an outside jumper in the clutch.



Since: Jul 12, 2010
Posted on: August 29, 2010 11:59 am
 

LeBron's elbow looks better, which is nice

OK Maise (AKA Kobe Hater). Lets deal with some facts. The NBA took a poll of its players and coaches and guess who they voted as the guy they would like to take the last shot. None other than Kobe Bryant. Barkley and Kenny Smith agreed. As for Kobe missing more last-second shots, well if you remember, Jordan made a commercial years ago on how many times he "failed" on game-winning shots. It was later stated by Steve Kerr in a humorous way during his speech at one of their championship celebrations. That was the year that Kerr took and made a game winner in the finals because "Michael said that he didn't feel comfortable in these situations." Of course everybody knew he was joking and knew that even though Michael missed many more game-winners than he made, he was still the best there was. The same now goes for Kobe. I'm not saying he's the greatest clutch shooter of all time, but definitely in his era.

As for Kobe shooting those air balls against Utah 14 years ago. Well, he was a 17 year old kid for crying-out-loud. At least he had the cajones to try it. And as for his "moping and whininig", this led GM Kupchack to get off his butt and make some decent trades for Gasol and Ariza. Kobe had a right to whine. He's giving 100% every night and getting no help.

Bottom line, everyone has a right to their opinion. Your opinion is that Kobe is not a clutch player. My opinion, along with the NBA players and coaches is that Kobe is the best clutch shooter today. Maybe that's why ESPN keeps "stuffing Kobe down our throats."



Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: August 29, 2010 8:38 am
 

LeBron's elbow looks better, which is nice

Delonte West banged your mother   <----this.  ha!



Since: Mar 18, 2009
Posted on: August 28, 2010 9:10 pm
 

LeBron's elbow looks better, which is nice

They mean the LeBogus elbow injury. Either that is he is actually LeBitch.



Since: May 18, 2009
Posted on: August 28, 2010 11:30 am
 

LeBron's elbow looks better, which is nice

Video shows Lebron is a physical specimen but does not have the same fundamentals as a Kobe Bryant..It's wouldn't be fair If kobe was 6'9" 260  with the same fundamentals,foot work and IQ...



Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: August 27, 2010 10:49 pm
 

LeBron's elbow looks better, which is nice

No way anyone can claim that Kobe is the best clutch performer ever.  That sort of absolute claim is sketchy at best and totally the result of ESPN showing every single one of his game winning shots.  What they DONT show are all his game LOSING shots.  Seriously.  His percentage is well below 50%.  All it proves is that he TAKES TONS of shots with the clock winding down.  So I'll give him props for wanting to take the last shot, but there is no way anyone can claim that he is more clutch than Jordan, Magic, Worthy, Bird, Kareem or the myriad of players from the late 50s through the late 70s that I don't even know about.  Guys like possibly John Havlichek, Rick Barry, Bill Russell, Walt Frazier, Earl the Pearl Monroe, Elvin Hayes, Gus Johnson, Bill Walton, etc.  That statement is based on "slave to the present, ESPN saturated" knowledge.  Honestly, they show every single one of his made shots every single time they play.  Even when the Lakers are LOSING.  They don't show the other teams shots, they show Kobe doing something.  Don't believe me?  Keep track come November.  Its comical.  I'm not exaggerating.  They'll show him make a great pull up jumper when they're losing by 12 early in the 3rd quarter.  They'll show him make some nice drive when they're down by 6 in the 4th quarter.  Then they'll show the last shot he took (sometimes the game winner) as the Lakers win again.  They never show the other teams doing anything.  Sometimes I think they don't show highlights as much as they show commercials for the sports they cover.  Hey, lets stuff Kobe down everyones throats because we show NBA basketball and he's the most visible player in the game (obviously, they do the same exact thing with LeBron, maybe even moreso).  They've gotten away from being impartial reporters of sporting events and now they only pimp their own shows.  When they showed the NHL they had entire shows dedicated to the sport.  Now, it gets less coverage than little league baseball.  Why's that?  Because they don't show it anymore.

This has become a rant but it started with all this Kobe is the greatest ever talk and if ESPN didn't shove him down our throats we'd all have a better perspective on things.  Anyone remember his airballs in the playoffs vs. Utah when he was a pup?  Anyone that does that EVER must automatically&n
bsp;be removed from the most clutch player ever discussions.  I bet Bill Russell NEVER did that nor did he ever mope, whine and sulk like Kobe did in 2004.



Since: Feb 27, 2007
Posted on: August 27, 2010 8:50 pm
 

LeBron's elbow looks better, which is nice

Delonte West banged your mother



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