Tag:Miami Heat
Posted on: August 12, 2010 6:00 pm
Edited on: August 12, 2010 6:00 pm
 

Charles Barkley rips Miami's Big 3

Posted by Royce Young

We don't really have an official ruling on anything in the NBA until Charles Barkley speaks on it. So after LeBron's tweet about his mental hit list and all the talk coming from Miami, Chuck weighed in on ESPN Radio 103.3 with Galloway and Company.

"I heard about LeBron's little tweet today that he's remembering everybody who said anything bad about him," Barkley said. "And he said 'everybody.' Well, I want him to make sure that he puts my name on that (list) ... I thought that his little one-hour special was a punk move. I thought them dancing around on the stage was a punk move, and I thought he should've stayed in Cleveland. Him joining Dwyane Wade 's team was very disappointing to me."

See, that's why everyone loves Chuck. He tells it like it is, or at least, how he sees how it is. Barkley continued:

"He's got enough people kissing his ass with his family and all the people who work for him," Barkley said. "We don't have to tell him what he wants to hear all the time ... That one-hour special, them jumping around on stage like punks, that wasn't cool to me. From a basketball standpoint, I wish he had stayed in Cleveland, and if he takes that as criticism, so be it."

It's hard to disagree with anything there. Everything turned quickly into a spectacle which only made the new trio in Miami that much easier to dislike. And it doesn't sound as if Chuck is exactly terrified about landing on LeBron's mental list of death. As he put it towards the end of the interview, "He knows where I'll be, I don't run. I'm on TV every week, I'm easy to find."
Posted on: August 12, 2010 12:15 pm
Edited on: August 12, 2010 12:16 pm
 

LeBron gets heckled and booed in Ohio

Posted by Royce Young

LeBron James has been making the rounds lately and he made another stop in his native Ohio recently. This one at an amusement park in Sandusky.

And as you might suspect, some of the onlookers weren't thrilled to see him. When he came out he was booed a bit and then when he started shooting on one of those oversized pop-a-shots, immediately a fan yelled, "I bet you miss!" Then another said, "Shoot with the left; your elbow hurts!"

And then the two best zingers: One fan yelled "It's just like Game 5!" followed by another yelling "Just like the playoffs!"



It didn't help matters that LeBron was something like 2-11 from the field and even airballed one. Some fans did cheer a few makes but for the most part, the crowd was a little restless.



I'm sure the fine people of Ohio have now gotten it all out of their system. When LeBron returns Dec. 2 for his first game back in Cleveland, I'm sure it'll be smooth sailing now. Yep, nothing to worry about now. Move along people.
Category: NBA
Posted on: August 11, 2010 6:27 pm
 

Bosh says LeBron is using criticism for fuel

"" Posted by Royce Young

In an interview Wednesday on ESPN Radio's "Mike and Mike in the Morning," Chris Bosh said his new superfriend, LeBron James is using criticism about his departure from Cleveland "as fuel to do well next season."

Of course this comes shortly after LeBron's tweet that said , "Don't think for one min that I haven't been taking mental notes of everyone taking shots at me this summer. And I mean everyone! "

Bosh went on: "We're always all aware of what we do and how critics can be out there sometimes ... [James] uses it to fuel his ambition to win next year. I think we're going to have a lot of doubters. But that's fine, you know, that's a part of the game. As long as we come together and play the game the way it's supposed to be played I think we're going to be successful."

I don't know about you, but all of this feels a little manufactured. Like LeBron is trying to turn this into an "Us vs. the World" type of thing in order to play up a little Jordanesque vengeance. He heard all the criticism about copping out and going to be Wade's sidekick and so now, it's like he's turning it outward in order to appear like he can smite his foes and punish them for their careless words, a la His Airness. But... I just don't really buy it. Matt Moore mentioned that it feels almost orchestrated like this motivation has been self-generated on purpose. And it's hard not to agree there.

Bosh also said the team is talking championship. He said, "I expect to win a championship and anything else is a failure -- and I think every person in that organization feels the same way." Now that's motivation. Not some column from some sportswriter that called LeBron a baby. The ultimate motivation is to win. Really, if you need something other than that to push you, you're in the wrong business.

Now I don't mean to say that LeBron doesn't have a bulletin board of every slander and every quip made at his expense. And if that's making him focus that much more, more power to him. But to go public with it just feels a little odd. Like he's saying, "Look everyone! I have a killer instinct too!" Then again, should we really expect anything less from a guy that has a one-hour special to tell us where he's playing basketball next year? I think I answered my own question.
Category: NBA
Posted on: August 11, 2010 10:31 am
Edited on: August 11, 2010 11:17 am
 

The watchful eye of King James

Posted by Matt Moore

As we told you in the Shootaround this morning, LeBron James had something to say on Twitter to all his critics of this past summer:


















Oooh, I'm so scared! What are you gonna do, use your extremely powerful position as the best player in the NBA and a multi-national business force, not to mention being a physically dominant human being to enact retribution on those that have criticized you?

...

This sounds famliar .

Anyway, not everyone is wetting themselves like I am at the prospect (love you, King!), including SBNation.com's Holly Anderson, who decided to have a little fun with James last night. Anderson posted a series of other (fake) proclamations from LeBron to his critics. My personal favorite?



Click through to read them all. Just don't tell you-know-who.




Category: NBA
Posted on: August 10, 2010 5:56 pm
Edited on: August 10, 2010 5:58 pm
 

5 can't miss national TV games in 2010-2011

Posted by Matt Moore

The story of the 2010-2011 national television schedule is about what you'd expect. Lots of Heat, lots of Boston, lots of Lakers, and the rise of the Oklahoma City Thunder.

The Boston Celtics surprisingly lead all teams in national television appearances across NBATV, ESPN, ABC, and TNT with 33 appearances. The Miami Heat, no shock, are second, with 29 appearances, while the defending champion Lakers appear 27 times. That number is likely to increase signficantly with NBATV's fan night. The Orlando Magic also appear 29 times, compared to the East's three-seed Atlanta Hawks, who appear just 14 times. Of the 15 games on ABC, 14 feature the Heat, Celtics, Lakers, or Magic.

New York appears 18 times, while Phoenix has certainly earned some faith from the producers, landing 25 national appearances. Oklahoma City were the big winners, with 24 big-time appearances, and the first post-Christmas ABC game, facing the Heat at home. It's a big win for a small market club.

Of course, most other small-market clubs didn't fair so well. Indiana is without a single appearanc. Charlotte and Memphis have 6 each, New Orleans 7, and Milwaukee only has 8, despite being playoff or near-playoff teams. This is in contrast to the Clippers, the freaking Clippers, getting 12 appearances. Win total didn't have much to do with these decisions.

Your top five nationally televised games not on Christmas, Opening Night, or MLK Day:

  1. Heat at Magic, November 24th, ESPN: The Sunshine Massacre. The Heat's primary weakness, true size, is tested against Dwight Howard while Jameer Nelson could have a huge game against Mario Chalmers.
  2. Lakers at Thunder, February 27th, ABC: Welcome back, Lakers. They barely got out of the Sooner state with their playoff lives last April and the Thunder should be improved. Kevin Durant will likely take this one personally, while Kobe loathes challengers to his throne.
  3. Heat at Cavaliers, December 2nd, TNT: "Peace? Peace. I hate the word. As I hate hell, all Montagues, and thee."-Cleveland
  4. Blazers at Jazz, April 7th, TNT: Let's imagine Greg Oden stays healthy. Let's imagine Al Jefferson stays healthy. Deron Williams, Brandon Roy, LaMarcus Aldridge, Marcus Camby, Andrei Kirilenko, Paul Millsap. The Northwest Division is a bloodbath.
  5. Lakers at Celtics, February 10th, TNT: It's refreshing when the networks give you two seldom-seen teams that never match up. It's a once-in-a-lifetime type game, really.

Posted on: August 9, 2010 2:13 pm
Edited on: August 9, 2010 2:16 pm
 

LeBron's family will stay in Ohio

Posted by Matt Moore

In an interview with Bazaar magazine for a feature on her and her style, LeBron James' longtime girlfriend and the mother of his children Savannah Brinson says she's not big on Miami, saying it's "not (her) favorite place." She also says that the couple's two sons, LeBron Jr. and Bryce will remain in Akron, Ohio and she will split time between Akron and Miami.

It's kind of a stunning revelation, considering the amount of vitriol the city of Cleveland has spit at the family, especially with the oldest son about to start school. Private school or no, Brinson is running the risk of exposing herself and her children to backlash from James' decision to bolt Ohio. When you consider the possibility of James and Brinson tying the knot at some point in the future (not that there's been any indication of an impending marriage, or that it's anyone's business), you have to wonder if eventually the family will have to move to Miami, and not just for the nicer weather.

But let's talk about what's really important from the feature. There's a stunning revelation in the article where Brinson discusses how she and James came to start dating.


The couple started dating when Brinson was just 16. At first, "I had no idea who he was," says Brinson, who is from the same neighborhood as James but was a year behind him at a rival high school, where she was a softball player and cheerleader. He spotted her at a football game and asked her to come to a basketball game. "I went, and I was like, Wow, this guy is pretty popular in here," she remembers.

 A few phone calls later, they had their first date at the local Outback Steakhouse. Dinner conversation was "basic," she recalls. "But I knew he loved me when I left my leftovers from dinner in his car," she says, giggling. "I'd totally forgotten about them, and he brought them to me. I think he just wanted another excuse to come and see me."


Woah, woah, woah. I know James was young. And wasn't a millionaire. But Outback? Outback. You took the cheerleader you had your eye on to Outback? What, you were concerned she might get the wrong idea if you took her to Applebee's? Seriously. You're young, but you're also surrounded by knowledgeable media and hangers on, and no one clued you in that maybe the Bloomin' Onion joint wasn't the best place to take a girl for dinner? I'm not asking for a French bistro. But maybe not the place most often credited with the worst food health-wise in America.

Hey, I like Outback! They make a fine steak. But I'm not going on a first date there, 17 or younger or 35 or older or anything in-between. I mean, come on. Even Luigi's Pizza sounds like a good option. Or hey, get a head start on where you'll be spending most of your meals, find a Cheesecake Factory to take her to .  James may need to work on making sure Savannah knows not to tell such sordid details about their early life together. Outback. Geez.

...

I miss basketball. Season starts in 84 days. 84 long days.

Posted on: August 9, 2010 10:22 am
 

The economic reality of the new Miami Heat

Posted by Matt Moore

The entire move was bungled. Let's be clear. There were ways to orchestrate the formation of the new NBA superpower that would not only have lessened the devastating PR hit and public resentment, but actually sold the public and media on these players as heroes. After all, it's not like the public is generally poised to reject its favorite athletes over ownership, particularly those athletes that sacrifice money and spotlight time in the pursuit of a championship.

But that's not how it went down. Instead, a public revulsion that is deafening in its retch has spread throughout the land. The Miami Heat have built themselves a new empire, one that is being regarded with terms like "evil," "pompous," and "classless." So surely, where the opinion goes, the dollar goes, right? The money is probably flowing away from South Beach like rats from the sinking ship.

Yeah, so, it turns out, that's not really what's going on. Kind of the opposite, actually. And by kind of, I mean completely.

Reuters brings us an interview with Michael McCullough, the Heat's chief marketing officer. In it, McCullough doesn't deny the existence of a villain's image in the media and among vocal fans. But by hook or by crook, the results are leading to the only thing businesses carry about, the allmighty dollar. McCullough claims that the Heat are now number one in retail sales and that LeBron James' new No.6 jersey is tops in the league. The numbers released last month back up that assessment.

There's also been a lot of talk about tickets for the Heat on the road skyrocketing in preliminary orders, as well as the hyper-covered sell-out of the Heat season tickets (and their release of the ticket sales staff ).

So while people gnash their teeth about how this all went down (and no one thinks it went down well), the bottom line is still coming up Heat. We tend to act like there will be some sort of populist rejection of the Heat because of how arrogance they've come off in public. But already, the sheer starpower has helped build the Heat into a financial supermachine. A few championships, and all the talk about the Big 3's tarnished legacies will be reformed into praise for their sacrifice. We like winners, and we're not particularly stuck on how those wins are made.

No one wants to see how the sausage is made. But the Heat ground out their team on national television, and people are still flocking to stores to buy it.
Posted on: August 9, 2010 8:42 am
 

Shootaround 8.9.10: Heat to pass 72?

Posted by Royce Young
  • Jeff Van Gundy says the Heat will be historically great : "They will break the single-season win record [of 72],'' Van Gundy told the Miami Herald. "And I think they have a legit shot at the Lakers' 33-game [winning] streak [in 1971-72], as well. And only the Lakers have even a remote shot at beating them in a playoff series ... They will never lose two games in a row this year. They have put together a much better roster than anybody could ever have expected. There is now no good way to defend them. They are unguardable. They are indefensible. They are just too good and have added so much shooting and are so versatile that they will score at will. And with  Erik Spoelstra coaching, they will be in the top three defensive teams in the league, as well. The other 29 teams better hope the lockout gets moved up a year.''
  • Where do the two O'Neal's fit together in Boston? Chris Forsberg of ESPNBoston weighs in: "However, I actually see potential in an O'Neal-O'Neal frontcourt. Celtics GM Danny Ainge noted that he was eager to utilize Jermaine O'Neal at the 4 this season, and high-mileage legs aside, I don't see why it can't work against another team's second unit. It's not like they're going to spend 20 minutes together on the court per game, so if you need to lean on that pairing for a sequence or two each game, I don't see a problem."
  • David Aldridge of NBA.com also reports the Pistons are actively discussing McGrady but aren't close to a decision either way. Aldridge also says the Pistons are expected to try and move Prince before the start of the season, thus making room for McGrady.
  • Multiple people have mentioned this, but it's a good question: How does the Knicks consulting job work for Isiah Thomas? With his relationship to the Knicks, wouldn't him coaching at Florida International mean he's having improper contact with underclassmen?
  • Frank Isola of the NY Daily News says Donnie Walsh should walk away : "Walsh is too respected by his peers to take orders from Dolan via Thomas. We know Walsh has no use for Thomas and therefore can't work with him or more precisely work for him. Full autonomy? Please. Thomas is calling the shots now. There is too much distrust and bad blood already for this to be anything less than a terrible marriage. The fact that Dolan can't see that Walsh has done a solid job tells you all you need to know. This is the same guy who blames the media coverage for nine straight losing seasons. So quit, Donnie. Resign. Walk away. You've already said you'll stick it out because you're a class act. But you deserve better."
  • Joakim Noah and the Bulls are talking extension : "Of course that's the goal," he told ESPNChicago.com after a charity event for his Noah's Arc Foundation in Queens on Friday night. "I'm not really worried about it. I think everything's going to happen with time and at the end of the day, I'm really excited about the upcoming season."
  • Robert Parish loves Boston's move for Shaq: “Shaq can still start for at least 15 teams, maybe 20 teams,’’ Parish told the Boston Globe. “I would say that time has caught up with him but he can still be a factor and not to mention defensively. He’s long and has a lot of mass and is going to take up a lot of room and that definitely is where the Celtics’ strong suit is, defensively. I think that’s where he gets it done. I think Shaq will definitely bring a defensive presence along with Garnett. He’s going to cause a lot of havoc defensively and he still can get it done offensively.’’
 
 
 
 
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