Tag:LeBron James
Posted on: October 13, 2011 10:25 am

Amar'e would rather have Melo because he's clutch

By Matt Moore

During the various rounds of media that Amar'e Stoudemire has done this week promoting his new shoe, Stoudemire was asked about who he'd want on his team, Carmelo Anthony or LeBron James. Stoudemire of course replied Melo, because that's his teammate and to say anything else would not only be rude and insulting, but incredibly stupid. But it's not what Stoudemire replied that will raise an eyebrow. It's his reasoning for why. From the New York Post
“Carmelo is a clutch player,’’ Stoudemire said. “Carmelo is definitely known for making those last-second shots. Comes down to the last few minutes of a game, you want to have Carmelo on your team. LeBron is a great facillitator and ultimate team player.’’

James, after his Finals flop, is certainly starting to lose his rep as a clutch late-game shooter. Stoudemire has no love lost for James, as he spurned the Knicks days after Stoudemire agreed to terms. Also, Stoudemire had interest in Miami but Dwyane Wade and James preferred teaming up with Chris Bosh over Stoudemire.
via Amar'e: I'd take Melo over King James.

Let's start with the clutch part. Anthony is by many accounts most clutch player in the NBA. For years, he's been at the top of the field goal percentage and points in the clutch categories. Last year was a minor step back for him, but that was mostly because of what his role became on the Knicks with so few alternatives. But Stoudemire's comments about James ring with a certain amount of truth. He is a great facillitator. But the subtext is that James is more of "the guy behind the guy" rather than "the guy." And the fact that he's tried to be "the guy" is the source of a lot of his problems. You can recognize that James does nearly everything exceptionally well, but that he's not the go-to scoring option, at least he hasn't been yet. Or at least he wasn't in the Finals, since he was in the Eastern Conference Finals. It's complicated. But Stoudemire's defense of Melo is simultaneously a criticism of LeBron, and does show an attitude split between the Knicks and the Heat. The Knicks, for as much of a run-and-gun squad as they are, have a certain edge to them Miami does not. Watching that rivalry will develop will be fascinating consdering the friendship between the main players. 

Back in July of 2010, you know, old school, back when there was an NBA, we wrote up the comparisons between Stoudemire and Chris Bosh and found that the Heat may not have made the best choice.  That certainly played out over the course of the season as Bosh struggled though his playoff performances redeemed him some what. The common thought is that Stoudemire could never have been the defensive player Bosh was for the Heat, but there's no real way to judge that. Stoudemire has never been a part of a defensive system that strong... or strong at all, really. How he does with Mike Woodson will tell us more about that than anything, as well as the same about Melo.
Posted on: October 12, 2011 10:38 pm
Edited on: October 12, 2011 11:16 pm

Seahawks recruit LeBron James with custom jersey

Posted by Ben Golliver

If you somehow missed it on Tuesday, Miami Heat All-Star forward LeBron James sent the media in two sports into a minor tizzy when he "innocently" inquired about the deadline for an NFL team to sign a free agent. That led to a back-and-forth with Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll, who has already invited free agent guard Nate Robinson to his camp, in which player and coach joked about the NFL's rookie minimum salary.

On Wednesday, Carroll upped the ante by posting a customized Seahawks jersey with James' name on it to his Twitter account.


Carroll was known as a master recruiter during his days at the University of Southern California, and it's clear he's kept his skills sharp despite his transition to the NFL.

"Nice!!! looks great," James replied.

Judging by the choice of jersey number (No. 1), Carroll has James slotted in to play either quarterback, kicker or punter. Tarvaris Jackson and Charlie Whitehurst -- Seattle's two-headed monster of signal-calling ineffectiveness -- better prepare for some pressure on the depth chart.

Of course, the risk of injury, the fact that he has yet to win an NBA title and the nearly $100 million he has remaining on his contract with the Heat all conspire to prevent James making a detour to the NFL during the NBA lockout. But make no mistake, James could succeed playing professional football. His ideal position, most agree, would be tight end, where he could use his combination of height, size, speed, wingspan and athletic skills to greatest effect. Sure, he would have to re-learn how to take a hit, but something tells me if he was given a helmet and shoulder pads and played in a league where flopping was expressly discouraged, he would do alright. We're talking about, by far, the biggest athletic freak in a sport that is full of them. He can make the transition. He's a mismatch anywhere and everywhere.

As you probably guessed, the Seahawks are below .500, sitting at 2-3 in the pathetic NFC West. They've got nothing to lose with such a blatant, pointless publicity stunt. Perhaps this ends with Carroll sending James an autographed copy of his book, "Win Forever." The King just might learn something.
Posted on: October 10, 2011 1:18 pm
Edited on: October 10, 2011 1:51 pm

NBPA launches 'Let us play' Twitter campaign

Posted by Ben Golliver


With labor negotiations continuing and the possibility that the NBA cancels the first two weeks of its 2011-2012 regular season on Monday, National Basketball Players Association president Derek Fisher called on his union's members to show their solidarity and to appeal to public sentiment by launching a campaign on Twitter.

Fisher explained the concept in a letter to all players that was obtained by SI.com.
Chris Paul and I will also be utilizing our personal social networking channels to show the fans and you all, that we are united and want to get back to work under a fair deal. On Monday, Chris and I will tweet and post "LET US PLAY." This was used by the NFL players and many will be joining us on Monday and retweeting the same message to show their support for our players. I will also be using the hash tag #StandUnited after all my messages until this lockout is over. We invite you each to do the same. To show our unity and to remind the fans that this is not our choice and we would like to go back to work and play the game they love to support.
Within hours, the message had been tweeted out by Fisher, Paul, Miami Heat All-Star guard Dwyane Wade, Heat All-Star forward LeBron James, New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony and Oklahoma City Thunder All-Star forward Kevin Durant. Among the many other NBA players to participate: Jarrett Jack, Luol Deng, Carlos Boozer, Marquis Daniels, Eric Maynor, Devin Ebanks, Nazr Mohammed, Serge Ibaka, and Anthony Tolliver.

By early Monday afternoon, the phrase "LET US PLAY" was trending nationally in the United States on the social networking site.

Many players also posted messages pointing out that the NBA's current labor impasse is the result of a lockout by the league's owners rather than a strike by the league's players.

Back in January, the National Football Players Association launched a similar campaign in the midst of their labor negotiations with the NFL.
Posted on: October 9, 2011 4:44 pm
Edited on: October 9, 2011 7:03 pm

LeBron gives heartfelt speech after charity game

Posted by Royce Young

Saturday night's charity All-Star game in Miami gave everyone everything they wanted. Plenty of stars, a ton of jaw-dropping highlights and best of all, a good game.

Team Wade beat Team LeBron 141-140 in overtime, and besides giving us a thrill, the game also gave us all a very startling reminder: Man, it's going to suck if the NBA's gone for any extended period of time.

But following the game, LeBron took a microphone and gave an extremely appreciative, heartfelt speech to the nearly 4,000 fans in attendance at Florida International.

"To stand outside as long as you guys did to watch us play the game of basketball, we as players, wanted to play at a high level," he said. "Thank you guys, thank you so much. We appreciate every last one of you.

"There's no us without you guys."

Another classy move by LeBron was thanking all the stars that showed up.

Lastly, these guys right here," LeBron said, gesturing to the multitude of stars surrounding him. "You don't understand how busy schedules can be and for every last one of these guys to throw away their schedule to be a part of this I want ya'll to give them a hand."

At the game was the likes of Chris Bosh, Dwyane Wade, LeBron, Carmelo Anthony, Chris Paul, Amar'e Stoudemire, Kevin Durant, Rajon Rondo, Rudy Gay and more. It was a night packed with big names and good basketball and LeBron taking the time to give a little shoutout to the fans that came to watch was certainly a great way to cap it off.

Now, thank us some more by giving us some real basketball to watch.
Category: NBA
Posted on: October 8, 2011 3:46 pm

Nike to release LeBron James 9 'Cannon' shoe

Posted by Ben Golliver


Last year, LeBron James and the Miami Heat spent some time during training camp at a Florida Air Force base. This year, training camp has been cancelled due to the ongoing NBA lockout, but James has a new sneaker meant to honor that experience.

On Sunday, Nike will release the ninth iteration of James' signature sneaker. Dubbed the LeBron 9 "Cannon," the original model will be sold exclusively in South Florida and the Associated Press reports that the shoe's design and color scheme was inspired by the Air Force.
Nike calls it "The Cannon'' edition of the LeBron 9. The military-green theme is a nod to the Miami Heat having their first training camp since James joined the team last season at Hurlburt Field and Eglin Air Force Base. Those installations in Florida's Panhandle hosted the Heat for about a week, and players interacted with military personnel during that camp.
At first glance, these shoes seem more like "tank" than "aircraft carrier" or "fighter plane," but the personal, local touch and concept is cool regardless.
The LeBron 9 Cannon by Nike will retail for $170.

Nike and James recently released the "Miami Nights" version of his eighth signature sneaker and released a "South Beach" model in Oct. 2010.

Top image via Uproxx.com.
Posted on: October 6, 2011 12:44 pm

Dan Gilbert's still making money off of LeBron

Posted by Royce Young

After "The Decision" last June, Dan Gilbert was, well, pissed. He ripped off a now infamous Comic Sans rant proclaiming that LeBron was a traitor and wouldn't win a title before the Cavs. He also pulled a more subtle gesture to take a dig at his former superstar: Gilbert, who owns Fathead, slashed prices on all LeBron Cavalier merchandise to $17.41, which is the year famous traitor Benedict Arnold was born.

History slam.

But via CNBC.com, Gilbert, who profitted greatly from LeBron's time in Cleveland, is back to making money off his sworn enemy.

Before last season, LeBron James decided to opt out of the wall graphic category that is included as part of each NBA player's group licensing agreement. James had a deal with a company to make wall graphics of him, though that company couldn't use NBA marks since the official rights to league marks were exclusive to Fathead.

In the end, the company never did release a James wall graphic and the opt out recently expired.

But on Monday morning, CNBC discovered that Fathead was selling four wall graphics of James in his Heat jersey. What makes the relationship sticky is that the ownership group of Fathead is led by Dan Gilbert, owner of the Cleveland Cavaliers, who LeBron of course left to go to the Heat.

(If you're wondering, Gilbert can continue to sell his Fathead player things during the lockout because the company's deal is with the NBA Players' Association, not the NBA.)

If you're wondering, all the Fathead LeBron stuff is now $17.41 now. It's now $99.99. So Gilbert's obviously made a mends enough in his mind to take advantage of LeBron's starpower to make a little money off him.

LeBron needs to ask himself his favorite question here: What should I do? Should he opt out again just to spite Gilbert? Should he be the bigger man and just let Gilbert make his life-size wall stickers?

I'm a big fan of spite and I think LeBron has every reason to opt out just to stick it to Gilbert. I mean, remember, Gilbert did call LeBron a coward. And then rubbed him losing the NBA Finals in a bit on Twitter. Go for spite LeBron. You've stuck it to Gilbert before, now just do it again.
Posted on: October 5, 2011 7:20 pm
Edited on: October 5, 2011 7:47 pm

Pippen: LeBron will have better stats than Jordan

Posted by Ben Golliver


On the court, Chicago Bulls legend Scottie Pippen was relentless, a menace in the open court and as effective an on-ball defender as you'll ever see. In retirement, there's still no quit in Pippen.

More than six months after Pippen put his foot in his mouth by saying that Miami Heat forward LeBron James "may be the greatest player to ever play the game" and roughly four months after he backtracked, saying that his Bulls teammate, Michael Jordan, was actually the greatest, Pippen continues to waffle in his comparison.

MySharoni.com reports that Pippen is now parsing the comparison in a new manner, arguing that Jordan is the greatest of all time but that James will wind up with better numbers when it's all said and done. 
“My position is still the same,” Pippen stated. “You’re talking about a very young kid who came to the game at a very young age. Statistically, he will probably be the best player at the end of the day…based on the number of years he can get in, [he’s a] super athlete, very versatile in a lot of ways.”

Pippen added, “My comment was not meant to belittle the greatest player in the game—he has truly made his mark with his style, with his charisma, with his brand—but from a statistical standpoint, I think [LeBron] has great [potential] to be recognized as the best.”
First off, is there any way we can lock out Scottie Pippen's mouth indefinitely? 

Second: After a massive initial blunder, Pippen is finally, mercifully, correct in his assessment, at least the part about James finishing with better career numbers than Jordan. Jordan is, without question, the greatest basketball player of all time and so significantly better than James that the two don't belong in the same sentence at this stage of James' career. The only current player close to matching Jordan is Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant and, even then, Jordan wins out with ease.

But James has the opportunity -- and has shown the capability -- to smash Jordan's statistical marks. Here's a side-by-side comparison to help tell the story. James already has 17,362 career points, 3,000+ more than Jordan had at the same age. He has 1,700+ more rebounds and 1,700+ assists too. Keep in mind that Jordan was 26, James' current age, before he took off the better part of two seasons in the prime of his career to play professional baseball. In other words, James has roughly a two-season head start on Jordan thanks to the fact that he entered the NBA straight out of high school (James entered at age 19, Jordan at age 21), he gained an extra year thanks to an early career foot injury that sidelined Jordan for almost all of the 1985-1986 season, and he will gain even more extra ground by the time he turns 32, when, barring injury, he will have had the opportunity to play in another 130 or so games more than Jordan did by the same age because of the baseball foray. Those 130 extra games go on top of the 200 extra games that James has already accumulated. That's at least an extra four seasons of production; that's a huge chunk considering that Jordan's career spanned just 13 full seasons plus portions of two others.

The only thing stopping James from passing Jordan is how long he can remain productive and, even then, it would take a catastrophe for that to get in the way. Jordan had big statistical output through the age of 34, and then emerged from retirement to play two additional seasons with the Washington Wizards that really amounted to 1.25 seasons or so of peak production combined. In other words, James needs only to last through the age of 36 -- 10 more seasons -- to ensure that he effectively lasts as long as Jordan did.

Because of his head start, James really only needs to last another six or seven seasons to pass Jordan in all of the major statistical categories. Indeed, he's already 54 percent of the way to catching Jordan in points, 67 percent of the way to catching Jordan in rebounds and 77 percent of the way to catching Jordan in assists.

Of course, in the most critical number of all -- the number of championship rings -- James is zero percent of the way to matching Jordan. And all of us, even Pippen, should realize that fact will always separate Jordan and James in the "greatest of all time" debate. Unless James can win seven titles, of course.
Posted on: October 5, 2011 1:02 pm

LeBron in full football pads at old high school

Posted by Royce Young

With this lockout thing threatening the NBA season, most players are considering options overseas or just relaxing and waiting.

LeBron? He's going back to his old high school to practice. Not basketball though. Football. In full pads.

He tweeted yesterday, "Just got done practicing with the St.V Varsity football team, full pads and all.. Felt great being back on the field. Should I?"

Fox 8 in Cleveland was there and got a few details:
Members of the state's third ranked Division III team were shocked when two-time NBA MVP LeBron James showed up for practice wearing full pads and took part in the late afternoon session.

"I not gonna lie, it was pretty cool to see him out there," said starting quarterback Kevin Besser.

James borrowed the equipment and jersey of #13 Clayton Uecker, who did not practice today due to injury. Uecker is also the tallest player on the SVSM roster at 6'5".
LeBron was off limits for tackling though. Despite having on full pads, he might as well had a red jersey on. "Our defensive backs were allowed to jam him at the line of scrimmage," said running back Sae'Von Fitzgerald. "But he took no contact after that. Coach [Dan Borman] said we shouldn't tackle him."

I think that was a good idea Coach. You don't want to be the high schooler that busted the knee of LeBron James. But then again, in Cleveland I suppose you might be a hero. It's a good thing there wasn't some crazy third-string Cavs fan that wanted to shot a shot at him.

Question is, how'd he do?

"He caught everything, he didn't drop a pass," Besser said. "I probably threw six or seven passes his way and he went up and got everything."

If you remember, LeBron played football for St. Vincent-St. Mary's in high school and at 6-8, probably could have been a Division I receiver or tight end had he wanted. Heck, he still could be a pretty incredible tight end or wide receiver if he wanted.
Category: NBA
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