Tag:Chicago Bulls
Posted on: February 2, 2012 12:23 am
 

Report Card: An upside down kind of night

Posted by Royce Young



It was a pretty wild Wednesday in the NBA with some close games, some massive blowouts, some top teams losing and some big stat lines. Let's grade the action.

Serge Ibaka

What a game from Oklahoma City's paint protector. Ibaka set a franchise record with 10 blocks and finished with an unconventional double-double with 11 rebounds to go with it. He only had four points, which is a shame because a points-rebounds-blocks triple-double is pretty awesome. But Ibaka's impact in the Thunder's win over Dallas can't be understated.


Steve Nash

Nash went for 30 and 11 assists but that's not the best thing from his game against the Hornets. He also became the Suns all-time assists leader with 6,522 passing Kevin Johnson's mark of 6,518. Oh, and the Suns won, scoring 120 points. Just the way it should've happened for Nash.


Overlooked East teams

The Pacers beat the Timberwolves by 10 in Minneapolis and the 76ers beat the Bulls in Philadelphia. Two big wins for teams that are in the top half of the East, but that don't command the same kind of respect or attention as the Bulls or Heat. Andre Iguodala was fantastic defensively on Derrick Rose and Danny Granger poured in 36 for Indiana.


Russell Westbrook

With co-star Kevin Durant struggling a bit, Westbrook took over for the Thunder scoring 33 points to go with four assists and six rebounds. As he tends to do, Westbrook hit a dagger 3 with a minute left to ice the game for Oklahoma City. The six turnovers though were the only blemish in his line, but he had a fantastic game and showed why his scoring can often be incredibly valuable to the Thunder in close games against good teams.

Brandon Jennings

The Bucks won and Jennings scored 31. So why a C? Because he went 9-25 from the field and quite frankly, I was having trouble finding a C tonight. Jennings was pretty good though. He hit seven 3s, dished out eight assists and didn't turn the ball over once. He loved to shoot and does it without conscience, so the 31 points on 25 shots shouldn't really come as any kind of surprise.


Top East teams

While the Pacers and Sixers won, the Heat and Bulls both lost. Miami wasted a 40-point effort from LeBron and 23 from Dwyane Wade as Chris Bosh didn't provide much help at all with only nine points as the Heat lost to the Bucks. A Bucks team missing Andrew Bogut, mind you. Those type of games happen to everybody, but both the Bulls and the Heat definitely revealed a few dings in their armor. Neither executed well offensively and neither were able to consitently find baskets whether in transition or the halfcourt.

Dallas shooting

Credit the Thunder defense, but the Mavericks were absolutely awful shooting the ball Wednesday. Dallas shot only 35.7 percent from the field and went just 8-38 from the floor in the second half. Dirk Nowitzki clearly isn't entirely right as he went just 2-15 from the field. Dallas was without Jason Kidd and Lamar Odom, but that doesn't matter if you only hit 35 percent of your shots. Ten of those shots though never had a chance as Serge Ibaka was blocking them, but still.

Toronto Raptors and Charlotte Bobcats

The Suns scored 120 points. The Raptors and Bobcats combined for 132. The Raptors lost 100-64 to the Celtics and the Bobcats lost 112-68 to the Blazers. Scoring has been ugly on some nights in the NBA this season, but good grief, those are some major league whippings right there. The Bobcats and Raptors aren't good to start with, but an NBA team should be losing by 40 or 44.
Posted on: January 31, 2012 4:21 pm
Edited on: January 31, 2012 5:34 pm
 

Rose apathetic on Howard coming to Bulls

Sure, Derrick Rose would like to play with Dwight Howard. Whatever. (Getty Images)

Derrick Rose never really tried too hard to recruit Dwight Howard or Dwyane Wade in 2010. He wasn't out front lobbying to add Carmelo Anthony last year. And now that Dwight Howard is saying he wouldn't oppose going to Chicago (but it's not his favorite, is the unsaid component), Rose is playing it the same way as he has in the past. 

Basically, "Uh, sure, I guess."

From CSN Chicago: 
“Me and Dwight definitely have a relationship, especially because of adidas. I know our market and the city speaks for itself, if someone was interested to come to the Chicago Bulls,” Rose said of the Magic’s All-Star center. “Dwight, he’s a great player. Who wouldn’t want to play with him, but you never know what’s going to happen.”
via Rose on possibility of playing with Dwight Howard.

 

As always, Rose is pretty much like "eh, whatever." Rose wants good teammates, but his attitude publicly has always been that he'll go out there and focus on what he does and win with his guys. 

It begs the question if he'd be like this if he had been drafted elsewhere. If he hadn't landed on a Bulls team that if not phenomenal, did have a playoff core with Ben Gordon, Luol Deng, and Joakim Noah before adding Carlos Boozer and the current roster, would he still be so supportive of teammates and would he still avoid clamoring for help like every other star seems to? If Derrick Rose were in Charlotte, would he sill have his head down, going into the lane and playing at such a high level? Or has his support altered his approach and kept him from complaining about help like every other All-Star does if they can't lift their team up on their own?

It's one of the things that makes Rose an admirable star. Whether it's because of how things worked out or not, he doesn't complain. He supports his guys. He thinks his players can win. Dwight Howard is criticizing his teammates and saying they should not be affected by him talking about how great it would be to play with any other contender. Rose has backed his guys and when the Bulls have struggled, he's put it on himself to be better. 

It's a shame for the small markets. Not only do the big markets get the best players, but they get the kind of guys the small markets need, while the small markets wind up with guys constantly looking for help and brighter lights.

If the Bulls acquire Dwight Howard, they'll be the favorite to win the title (and they're pretty close to that now). It'll be a phenomenal combination of talent, two of the three best players in the league. But if not, there will be no grousing from Rose. That's just not who he is.
Posted on: January 31, 2012 1:22 pm
 

Richard Hamilton likely to sit for 'a while'

Richard Hamilton will sit for "a while" to heal an injured groin and leg. (Getty Images)
Posted by Royce Young

Richard Hamilton was a pretty nice addition to the Bulls. But they would definitely like it more if he were playing. Hamilton has missed 12 of Chicago's 23 games this season because of a groin injury and right thigh bruise.

And he's likely to miss more, via the Chicago Tribune:
Hamilton admitted that he likely will sit for a while in an attempt to put the groin and right thigh bruise issues in his rearview mirror for good.

"It's frustrating, but I have to get healthy," Hamilton said.

It's the right move. Although Deng's situation will be a hovering story line all season because he has opted to try to avoid surgery, the ligament already is torn. And doctors have told him he can't make the injury worse by playing.
Hamilton said that he feels "like I'm playing on one leg sometimes." Which isn't the kind of Rip Hamilton the Bulls have in mind playing next to Derrick Rose. They want the guy running off screens, defending good 2-guards and providing an extra scoring punch in the Chicago backcourt.

They don't really need him in January and February. When they need Hamilton is in April and May, and possibly June. So if that means missing a couple games right now, then so be it. The Bulls want Hamilton healthy and ready to go for the postseason. Chicago should be just fine without him in the near future.
Posted on: January 30, 2012 5:58 pm
Edited on: January 30, 2012 6:02 pm
 

Baseline Awards: 1.30.12: Jumping over dudes

Lebron James is very good at basketball, it turns out. (Getty Images)

By Matt Moore


The Baseline Awards hand out congratulations and criticism for performances in the last week and provide standings for the major awards. This week the Heat are flying again, Rubio's dishing, Kyrie Irving is ridiculous, and the Magic are a train wreck. 

Eastern Conference Player of the Week: Best Overall performance by Eastern Player

LeBron James

He jumped over a dude. Yes, the dude is short. No, it was not Vince Carter over Weiss. He still jumped over a dude on an oop. Oh, and he averaged 26.5 points (only drug down by a poor game vs. Cleveland), 6 assists, 7.5 rebounds, and one steal. So, yeah, that guy's pretty good at basketball.

Western Conference Player of the Week: Best Overall performance by Western Player

Ricky Rubio

Wins over the Spurs and Mavericks, averaging 12 points, 11 assists, 5 rebounds. The wunderkind keeps impressing everyone from coast to coast. He's getting killed by Kyrie Irving in overall production and yet I'm betting a high number of people consider Rubio and Irving neck and neck in the rookie of the year race, that's how good Rubio has been.

Down on the Upside of the Week: Player with worst performance qualified for expectations

Raymond Felton

Felton's a better player than this. He really is. Felton is struggling from the field and finding teammates. He's not settled in, and seems unsure of his role. He hasn't established a chemistry with any of the Blazers' weapons. Andre Miller is flourishing in Denver, which only makes this worse.

DOMINATOR AWARD: Most dominant performance

Kyrie Irving

Irving's numbers are literally unheard of for a rookie. He's in rarefied air. Now, Tyreke Evans pulled this same trick and regressed, but after sinking the Celtics Sunday, Irving has put himself on the map. The kid is doing it all in every position. There's something special happening in Cleveland.

The "Titanic In 3-D: It's a disaster inside a disaster" award

Orlando Magic

This team was talked about as a sleep title contender (not by us, but "around") last week. This week they're a flaming pile of wreckage covered in sewage. Fifty-six points versus a struggling Celtics team, then a nice, comforting win over the Pacers... only to blow a 27-point lead at home to the Celtics on Thursday, followed by a shellacking by the Indiana Pacers. I would say this team is trying to force Dwight Howard to put them out of their misery, but that would be too easy on Howard who has also disappeared at key times. The Magic are taking on water right now in a season in which they have no margin of error.

The Puzzling Enigma Award: Strangest week from player or team

Memphis Grizzlies

Just when you think that team has it together, they get walloped by the Blazers on the third night of a back to back, and that was fine. But losing to Phoenix was an outright disaster. This team looked like it had found its footing, only to fall through the cracks. Three straight losses to end the week for the Grizzlies.

The Horde Award: Team you should fear

Milwaukee Bucks

We don't get it either. This team should, and probably will, fall apart without Andrew Bogut. But they miss Bogut with an injury and Stephen Jackson with a suspension, and go out and drop 100 points on the Lakers. Milwaukee's now won four of their last six and have scored 100 or more three times. Their offensive efficiency is up. No, we do not understand it, but we're starting to be concerned about the deer again.

Cub Scout Troop Award: Team you should not fear

Charlotte Bobcats. We thought they might not be so bad for a while there. Turns out, no, no, no, they are bad, bad, bad.

Searching For Bobby Fischer Award for Stratagem

Gregg Popovich for benching his starters and going solely to his bench unit vs. the Mavs. The young guns wound up scoring on 8 of 9 possessions in the fourth quarter and sparked a huge run that would have won them the game had it not been for Jason Terry's dramatics. There are only a handful of coaches that bold in this league, and Popovich is like, three of them.

Awkward Water Cooler Conversation Award for Coaching Struggle

Stan Van Gundy

We're not partial to the ridiculous superlatives or nicknames tossed out about SVG, who is truly one of the best coaches in the league. But it has not been a good week. His team has lacked discipline, composure, and effort. Things are unraveling in Orlando due to forces far beyond his control, but he's also unable to hold the reins this week.

Blog of the Week: 48 Minutes of Hell

This Spurs blog talks in nuanced terms about the silver and black, and features a video chat after each game. Interesting design as well.

MVP Rankings:

1. LeBron James: Again, he jumped over a dude.
2. Derrick Rose: Injuries are slowing him down and he's still doing this.
3. Dwight Howard: He's also LVP for sabotaging his team's season.
4. Kobe Bryant: By hook or by crook, Mamba will score 30.
5. Kevin Durant: Durant's a jumpshooter and he's shooting 51 percent. Think about that.
6. Chris Bosh: We know. We're stunned, too. But Bosh has honestly been the most consistent Heat player.
7. Russell Westbrook: On most any other team we're talking about how badly he deserves help.
8. Kyrie Irving: Oh, you think this is crazy You tell us how Cleveland's in the playoff picture.
9. Chris Paul: You get the feeling that if Paul wasn't saving himself for the playoffs he coul be right at the top with the Clippers.
10. LaMarcus Aldridge: Aldridge does everything for the Blazers and deserves a nod here.

Honorable Mention: Kevin Love

ROY Rankings:

1. Kyrie Irving: There has literally never been a rookie putting up the numbers Irving has, at least in the modern era of tracking stats. The fact that a horrid Cleveland team is competitive and Irving is taking over down the stretch should make traditional fans happy.
2. Ricky Rubio: You have never seen a player like this.
3. MarShon Brook: Brilliant scorer who scores.
4. Iman Shumpert: He is what he is.
5. Jon Leuer: Leuer has fallen off quite a bit and may not be listed next week.

6th Man of the Year Rankings:

1. James Harden: Just start him, Scott Brooks. You're ruining the curve.
2. Louis Williams: Louis' on fiyah.
3. Al Harrington: Still doing it all while Denver racks up wins, but a bad game against L.A. Sunday.
4. Jason Terry: Needs to go down as one of the best sixth men, ever.
5. Gary Neal: One of the most productive scorers off the bench in the league, who no one had heard of until last year.
Posted on: January 30, 2012 3:17 pm
Edited on: January 30, 2012 3:56 pm
 

Derrick Rose: Free throw misses were 'unreal'

Posted by Ben Golliver 

Derrick Rose came up short at the free throw line against the Miami Heat. (Getty Images)

There's no lonelier place in basketball than the free throw line after a big miss. Reigning NBA MVP Derrick Rose was reminded of that fact on Sunday night.

Rose, a career 81.9 percent foul shooter who is shooting 85.6 percent so far this season, stepped to the foul line for two shots with 22 seconds left, and his Bulls trailing the Miami Heat, 94-93. 

SheridanHoops.com noted that Rose had not missed a free throw in the fourth quarter during the 2011-2012 season until he missed both in the clutch, helping send the Heat to a 97-93 victory in a rematch of the 2011 Eastern Conference Finals.
Rose was 26-for-26 on fourth-quarter free throws heading into the game. He was also on a second-half tear, having scored 21 points, many by getting to the rim after carving up Miami’s defense in typical Rose fashion. Rose was on an even bigger free throw roll. He was a perfect 12-for-12 when he stepped to the line with the game in the balance and inexplicably bricked both shots.

“Give me one of those,” Rose lamented. “I missed both of those (expletive). Come on.”
ESPNChicago.com reports that Rose had trouble processing his late-game shortcomings afterwards, despite scoring a team-high 34 points and dishing 6 assists.
"This is so unreal right now," an emotional Rose said. "Knowing that I had the chance to change the game, and this time it didn't work out. I know my will to win is still very high, but I guarantee the next time those shots are going down."

"It was definitely tough," Rose said. "All I can say is I guess God [does] everything for a reason. I've been in those situations before, knocked them down, but to miss both [free throws] -- I let my team down. The only thing I can do is learn from it... If I would have hit them free throws, it never would have gotten that far. I know I can live with it. It's just going to make me a stronger player and it's onto the next game."
As Chicago's chief ball-handler and most lethal offensive weapon, Rose is constantly in the position to decide games for the Bulls. Since the start of the 2010-2011 season, Chicago is 79-25, so he's clearly coming up big in crunchtime far more often than he's falling short.

But we shouldn't act like this is Rose's first free throw adventure in his lifetime.

In the 2008 NCAA title game, Rose had the opportunity to put away the Kansas Jaywhawks with a pair of free throws with 10.8 seconds remaining in the second half. His Memphis Tigers were leading 62-60 when he stepped to the stripe with the chance to make it a two-possession game by making both. Instead, Rose missed the front end, allowing a late 3-pointer by Jayhawks guard Mario Chalmers to send the game into overtime, where Kansas completed the miracle comeback to take the title. 

The 19-year-old Rose's post-championship message to the Associated Press back in 2008 was a bit different than the one after Sunday's loss.
"It wasn't really the free throws," Rose said. "If we'd done things before the free throws, we would've been in good shape."
Rose was correct then, in part. His free throw miss -- and earlier misses by Chris Douglas-Roberts -- were not the sole determining factor of the game. Technically, it's impossible to argue that a single play ever decides a game. But his miss then was absolutely crucial and it changed history.

His path has been a long, busy one in the nearly four years since that loss at Memphis. He's been all the way to the East Finals, all the way to franchise player status, all the way to a super-lucractive, almost 9-figure contract extension. The fact that his free throw misses weren't the sole determining factor in Sunday's loss hasn't changed. But his message, given the last four years worth of developments, should have changed, and it did.

And it did. Rose took responsibility, repeated his well-known desire to win, expressed a desire to improve, and guaranteed to make amends for the shortcoming in the future. There's nothing more that anyone could reasonably ask of him. He might have lost at the free throw line but he won in the locker room.

All that's left now is to deliver on that guarantee.
Posted on: January 30, 2012 8:00 am
Edited on: January 30, 2012 10:45 am
 

Dwight Howard open to playing in Chicago

Howard says he would love to play with Rose in Chicago. (Getty Images)

By Matt Moore

Oh, thank goodness. It had been almost 24 hours without a prospective landing place for Dwight Howard popping up. I was starting to feel alone and sad. 

Thankfully, the Chicago Tribune spoke with Howard this week on the question all Bulls fans want to know. Does he really not want to play with Derrick Rose? The Magic's big man says as long as the Big Guy upstairs is down with it, he'd absolutely play next to the MVP. 

"If I could play with Derrick right now and God wanted that to happen, it will happen," Howard told the newspaper. "It has nothing to do with me not wanting to play with Derrick Rose. I love him. That's my brother."

via ChicagoTribune.com's "Dwight Howard: Orlando center Dwight Howard on long-shot trade to Chicago Bulls: If God wanted that to happen, it will happen."

Howard also denied any sort of marketing complication with Adidas would keep him from wanting to join the Bulls. Previous reports said Howard was possibly resisting the idea of playing in Chicago, whether due to complications with being "the man" next to Rose or the market when compared to New York or Los Angeles, or some other issue, like the weather. Howard could simply be playing the PR game to leave all of his options open. He's likely amiable to playing in Chicago, but still prefers the warm spotlight of L.A. or the fuzzy fur coats in Brooklyn.

But Howard would be wise to consider Chicago -- both for himself and the franchise he's likely dumping. A trade with the Bulls would be easiest to facilitate because they have quality veteran players to package in exchange for Howard, which the Magic are said to covet. With a full stock of draft picks, young players and sub-stars like Carlos Boozer and Joakim Noah, the Bulls could take on Howard's salary and one of the Magic's overpaid contracts. For Chicago, putting Howard next to Rose would be phenomenal -- and giving Tom Thibodeau the best defensive player in the league could create the best defense in league history, depending on whether Luol Deng were sent away in such a trade. 



Posted on: January 30, 2012 12:40 am
Edited on: January 30, 2012 1:35 am
 

Report Card: Heat, Mavs, Lakers roll on Sunday

Posted by Ben Golliver and Matt Moore

LeBron James topped Derrick Rose in their first head-to-head match-up of the season. (Getty Images)

Your nightly report card gives you a big picture look at what happened each night in the NBA. Grades are granted based on team or individual performances, and are graded on a curve for each element. Leave your own grades in the comments.

LeBron James jumps over John Lucas III to dunk

Words can't really express how ridiculous this dunk is from James. If you haven't seen it at least 10 times by the start of work on Monday all of your co-workers will hate you. Watch it over and over again. There's not enough plusses to add at the end of this "A." This deserves to be in the "all-time greatest dunks" conversation. -- BG


Miami Heat

The Heat have to feel pretty, pretty, pret-tay good with how Sunday's smackdown with the Chicago Bulls played out. Looking dominant for long stretches even with Dwyane Wade struggle and Derrick Rose going for 34 points, the Heat escaped after two late misses at the charity stripe from James. Chris Bosh was a crucial X-factor, contributing 24 points (on just 14 shots) while grabbing 12 rebounds and hitting all eight of his free throw attempts. James was a monster and he torched the Bulls, who were down Luol Deng due to injury. -- BG

Los Angeles Lakers

L.A.'s road struggles run so deep this season that it's no exaggeration at all to say they exited the Target Center with a big win on Sunday night. Hot shooting from deep was an obvious key -- 8-for-19 as a team, including five bombs from Bryant -- but the Andrew Bynum / Pau Gasol combination combined for a ridiculous 49 points and 13 rebounds, including 12 points in the game's final five minutes. Minnesota committed just four turnovers on the night, out-rebounded L.A. 52-41 and took 25 more attempts from the field, yet still wound up on the losing end of this one. You don't see that every day. The Lakers' shooting (40-for-79 as a team) had everything to do with that.  -- BG

Jason Terry


There will come a time when Jason Terry is not in this league and that will be sad. Too often Terry gets overlooked for the understandable idolization of Nowitzki. But Terry's ability to find, create, and deliver huge shot after huge shot should be remembered for a long time by fans in Dallas and across the league. He has an uncanny ability to make the right decision of whether to continue to the basket for a layup or pull-up, and just when you think there's no way he delivers a score, he nails it with nothing but nylon in the ball's trajectory. The bench mob won the battle for a while, but it was Terry who helped the Mavs win the war. You limit Dirk Nowitzi to ten points and this happens. Jason Terry, the itch that you can never scratch. -- MM

Vince Carter

Carter went Vinsanity for much of the first half, nailing pull-up jumpers, getting to the rim, and when the game needed a rebound and a stop for the Mavericks, Carter delivered both down the stretch. Carter providing that kind of performance for the Mavs makes them an entirely different team in the backcourt and it shows the value of his free agent signing for Dallas. Off a steal late in the game instead of pushing for a layup against two defenders, he wisely slowed the game down and set up Jason Terry for a huge shot to close the gap in the fourth quarter.  -- MM

San Antonio Bench Bombardment, LLC


Gary Neal played point guard, ran an offense and sliced and diced his way to 19 points. Danny Green and James Anderson, who have both spent time in Austin with the Spurs' Developmen team (along with Neal) hit big shot after big shot against the champs. Tiago Splitter brought 8 points and 7 rebounds in 26 minutes to help fuel the comeback. Matt Bonner played terrific defense, for crying out loud. It was simply insane, how well the Spurs' bench played, particularly in the fourth quarter, scoring on 8 of 9 possessions at one point. It was an inspiring performance that was nearly enough, had a buzzer beater with .5 left in regulation from Danny Green not been a fraction of a slice of a piece of a hair follicle too late. B+. -- MM

Gregg Popovich

How many coaches have the guts to keep their bench in that long and let them ride it out, even in overtime, to trust those young players to deliver? Two? Maybe? Popovich didn't get the win but rested his starters, nearly pulled it out, gave his young guys valuable experience, and sent a message to the first team. The fact it almost worked is pretty insane all by itself. -- MM 
 

Derrick Rose

This might seem like an incredibly harsh grade, but ask yourself whether if Rose would give himself anything better than an "F" after he bricked two late free throws that had major endgame implications? Rose had some "holy crap" moments against the Heat, feathering in pull-up jumpers and runners and finshing after contact time and time again. But while he put up 34 points and got all four of his teammates into double figures, he came up empty at the end and shot just 11-for-28 from the field. He protected the ball well, his teammates left some assists on the table for him by missing open shots and he was missing Deng, who would have been huge. He had Chicago in it until the very end. But he goes home with frustration, just like after the 2011 East Finals. That's got to feel below average. -- BG
 
Spurs' Starters


Spurs' Starters: Listless, uninspired, sloppy. If they were scoring (Tim Duncan), they weren't defending. If they were defending (Kawhi Leonard), they were shooting poorly. The bench mob redeemed the Spurs' effort, but San Antonio largely just "didn't have it." -- MM



Tony Parker


9 points on 11 shots. 4 assists, 2 turnovers, and a benching for Gary Neal, who's not a point guard, to run point. And he was outplayed by Roddy Beaubois a fellow Frenchman much younger. So yeah, a poor night for TP. D-. -- MM



Carlos Boozer's Family

Poor Boozer got punked hard by his family on national television. Of course this would happen to him. -- BG


Posted on: January 29, 2012 7:23 pm
Edited on: January 30, 2012 4:49 pm
 

LeBron James rode bike to Bulls game

Posted by Ben Golliver 

LeBron James rode a bicycle to Sunday's game agains the Bulls. (Credits below)

LeBron James can arguably finish in traffic better than anyone in the NBA. On Sunday we learned he's pretty good at beating traffic, too.

The 2012 Miami Marathon began at 6:15 a.m. at American Airlines Arena on Sunday, drawing 6,000 registered runners, according to the Miami Herald. While the paper reported that a six-hour time limit was instituted, traffic congestion issues were still a problem to be dealt with for members of the Miami Heat and the Chicago Bulls prior to the 3:30 p.m. tip of their nationally-televised game at the AAA.

Rather than deal with the headaches associated with road closures and extra pedestrian traffic, James opted to ride a custom bicycle to the arena. Suited up in a skintight all-black outfit and helmet, and donning a camoflauge napsack, James biked the few miles from his home to the stadium, escorted by what appears to be Randy Mims, his manager/business partner. James is no stranger to two wheels: bicycling was a regular part of his conditioning routine during the lockout and he hosts an annual bike giveaway in Ohio. 

The ABC broadcast later showed James' red, black and silver bike parked inside the American Airlines Arena. The words "King James" were custom printed in yellow old English styled letters on the bike's frame.

Asked about his biking adventure during a televised halftime interview, James said: "My legs feel really good. It felt good to get open field and get a bike ride in and be prepared for today's game."

James finished with a game-high 35 points, 11 rebounds, 5 assists and 1 block on 12-for-23 shooting in 41 minutes to help Miami defeat Chicago, 97-93. He also completely jumped over John Lucas to finish an alley-oop.

The Herald reports that Samuel Kipkosegei Malakwen of Kenya won the marathon in the Miami Marathon's closest finish ever, posting a time of 2 hours, 16 minutes, 54.58 seconds. 

Image credits: @peter1leeHotHotHoops.com, @cjzero and cjzero. Hat tip: @JackNruth
 
 
 
 
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