Posted on: October 17, 2010 5:42 pm
Edited on: August 14, 2011 7:53 pm
Miami Heat star LeBron James says he will hold it down as teammate Dwyane Wade goes through an ongoing custody proceeding. Posted by Ben Golliver. Recently, we noted that Miami Heat star Dwyane Wade will likely not play until the regular season as he recovers from a hamstring injury and deals with an ongoing custody proceeding with the mother of his children in Illinois. At Heat practice today, LeBron James discussed Wade's family obligations, saying that he talks to Wade "every day" and calling Wade's family situation "way bigger than basketball." Asked by a reporter for his thoughts on Wade's absence, James responded, "The fact that what he is dealing with is way bigger than basketball. When he's ready to come back, when he's ready to return, we'll accept him with open arms, of course. We'll make sure we hold it down here and what he has going on, we're all in support. This whole organization, as teammates, as friends, us as a family. I think fans and people understand what's going on in his situation is much bigger than basketball." James was also asked if he's concerned that Wade could be away from the team indefinitely as he resolves the custody proceeding. "It's not a concern when you know what he's going through," James said. "From a basketball standpoint, as a teammate standpoint, you understand that that situation comes before anything. Any time you're dealing with family, that comes before anything. Whenever he returns, we'll be ready to ride." Here's video of the exchange taken by Surya Fernandez of HotHotHoops.com. James also said in the video that he is on track to recover from his own minor hamstring injury.
Posted on: October 17, 2010 2:18 pm
Edited on: October 17, 2010 5:45 pm
Back on July 29, roly-poly rifleman Eddie House left the New York Knicks (after a midseason trade from the Boston Celtics) in his rear view to sign on as a free agent hired gun for the Miami Heat. The brash, plump guard made the biggest no-brainer in the history of Earth, joining a stacked roster that already included LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh and is poised to compete for an NBA title for the next 173 seasons.
House's role with the Heat isn't complicated: he will be expected to space the floor, knock down the open shot, provide some change-of-pace hustle and, apparently, go on Tony Montana style rants to keep things interesting and to ratchet up a "Heat against the world" mentality.
Ethan J. Skolnick of the Palm Beach Post says good night to Miami's new bad guy.
In the big screen rendition of this scene, I think Heat forward Juwan Howard could fill in nicely as Chico, the quiet, mature, mustachioed bodyguard who keeps Eddie House from breaking any laws or turning over too many dining room tables.
Posted on: October 16, 2010 4:22 pm
Edited on: October 16, 2010 4:56 pm
Miami Heat star LeBron James returned to practice on Saturday.
Posted by Ben Golliver.
In between hawking sneakers and rubbing shoulders with high-powered dorks , Miami Heat star LeBron James fit in some practice time on Saturday after missing a few days with a hamstring injury, according to ESPN.com's Brian Windhorst .
LeBron James returned to practice Saturday after he'd taken three days off with soreness in his right hamstring.
Windhorst also notes that, pending continued good health and team approval, James hopes to return to action during Miami's next preseason game against the Charlotte Bobcats on Monday. So far, James has only missed practice time and not any exhibition games.
As we noted earlier, a preseason return for James will not be accompanied by a similar return by superstar teammate Dwyane Wade. Wade, also hampered by a hamstring injury, is not expected to return to game action until the start of the regular season .
Posted on: October 15, 2010 9:14 pm
Edited on: August 14, 2011 7:51 pm
Miami Heat star LeBron James has been named to Fortune magazine's "40 under 40" list. Posted by Ben Golliver.
Fortune Magazine's annual "40 under 40" list is the go to source for making all of us feel horrible about how little we've accomplished during our lifetimes. So you're telling me a 27 year old has made billions as a hedge fund manager? That's fascinating. Please, tell me more.
"40 under 40" is even more insufferable thanks to the rise of dot-com dorks bent on world domination. Look at this gallery : it's so pale, they might as well call it "40 under SPF 40".
Amidst all of the internet start-up founders, venture capitalists and marketing executives, there is only one athlete: LeBron James, who checks in at No. 20 . Here's Fortune's explanation for why he made the list.
How many people can stop the pulse of a country? James's primetime signing with Miami this summer was slammed as a publicity stunt, but his brand emerged unscathed. It was the latest marketing bonanza seeded by his own company, LRMR, which James and high school friends have built over four years. LRMR has brokered James's deals with McDonald's and State Farm; a Sports Illustrated tally ranks him No. 4 on its list of top-grossing athletes, with an estimated $42.4 million this year.It's difficult to argue with James's inclusion because he singlehandedly changed the NBA's course by virtue of "The Decision" to take his talents to South Beach and team up with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh.
Amazingly, though, James, perhaps the biggest self-promoter in the history of basketball, barely raises an eyebrow compared to the egos in this group. When you consider that Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg (No. 2 on the list ) has a feature-length, big-budget Hollywood movie that helps settle his scores, James's "Decision" looks puny by comparison. What truly defines influence and power: partying at all hours of the night with the founder of Napster on the silver screen or handing out a courtesy check to the Boys and Girls Club on cable television?
Knowing James, he won't be content to settle for No. 20, and he has an astounding 15 more years of eligibility to climb up these rankings. Sooner or later, I expect to have a portfolio managed by King James Investments and to be staying connected with my friends on FaceBron. It's James's destiny.
Hopefully, by then, James has a championship ring, the only measure of influence that truly matters in the NBA.
Posted on: October 15, 2010 5:48 pm
Posted by Royce Young
If you're excited to catch the Miami Heat trio playing together, you're going to have to wait until the games actually matter. Ira Winderman of the Sun Sentinel reports that the Heat will take things slow as Erik Spoelstra said, "That'll be tough," in regards to Wade playing in one of the final preseason games. "We don't want to rush it. We'll be patient."
Coachspeak translator: Yeah, we're waiting until the regular season.
Obviously why risk anything with Wade now while things don't count. There's no reason to hurry, no reason to try and get him back before he's completely ready. HOWEVAH, there is the thing that the new Heat starting five have only played a total of three minutes together thus far. And with the defensive-minded and always well-schemed Celtics first up in the regular season, it's not hard to picture some potential offensive issues for the Heat off the bat.
It makes one wonder (or at least me wonder) if Spoelstra intends on letting his guys freelance against the Celtics or if he's going to implement a gameplan and offensive scheme that has really been tested live yet. Currently, I guess you could say the new Heat incarnation is still in beta testing. Nobody knows what kind of kinks there may be or what sort of technical issues loom ahead.
So when the site goes live Oct. 26 in Boston, we can't expect to see a finished product. Doesn't mean there will be long-term effects, because come on, it's just preseason, but if you're digging for meaning in the fact Dwyane Wade has missed most of the preseason - which I am - then there it is.
Posted on: October 14, 2010 5:42 pm
Edited on: October 14, 2010 7:35 pm
Posted by Royce Young
Via Mike Bresnahan of the L.A. Times on Twitter, Kobe Bryant said today that he really doesn't like talk about LeBron James, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade's new adventure in Miami.
But he did share his initial reaction upon hearing LeBron and Bosh would join Wade.
"How did Pat Riley pull that [expletive] off?"
How did Pat Riley pull that expletive off indeed, Kobe. It's something a lot of people thought initially post "Decision." In fact, I think a lot of people are wondering it still now. But in reality, it probably had very little to do with Pat Riley and whole lot more with the three main players involved. I'm sure if the three of them were dying to play together in Minnesota, David Kahn would make it happen. Well, that's probably stretching it, but you get my point.
Kobe shared another thought about the Miami Triad, saying simply, "I've got to get my knee healthy." If I understand Kobe here - and I think that I do - he's implying that his team, the Lakers, might meet LeBron and Bosh's new team, the Heat, at some future time. The NBA Finals perhaps?
Though not to cause a panic that that might not happen, but Kobe may not exactly have that knee healthy. He's previously said it was at about 60 percent and he's kind of sort of playing like it. So far in preseason, Kobe is shooting just 14.3 percent from the floor. That's 4-28 from the field and he's 0-10 from 3. So if he intends on seeing LeBron and Friends at a later date, he needs to work on that knee a little more.
Posted on: October 13, 2010 5:20 pm
Edited on: October 13, 2010 5:26 pm
Posted by Royce Young
If you could pick only seven TV shows to watch , what would they be? Like seven shows, period. Once you picked them, that's what you're watching for the next season of programming. Wouldn't be easy, huh?
Would you go with your favorites? Would go with what's fun to watch ? Or would you go with something informational or important? Questions all that help determine the criteria on your selection.
It's a question die-hard NBA fans have to ask themselves every year when it comes to getting NBA League Pass Broadband. For a little less, you don't get the whole league. Just unfiltered access to seven teams. But the hard part - and kind of the fun part - is figuring out what seven squads you want to have any time you want them.
Who would I pick? Well I'm glad you asked. Here's my seven choices:
1. Miami Heat - In my crude rating system that I just made up as I was typing this sentence, the Heat pretty much score high in everything. Watchibility . Interesting-ness . Talent on the floor. Importance to the league. And of course the fact they're one of the league's three or four absolutely legit contenders.
I mean, how could you not include the Heat? Even if you hate everything about them down to their weird looking mascot, this is the most intriguing NBA roster well, since I can remember. Because of what's going on in South Beach, the NBA offseason took precedent of Major League Baseball and NFL training camps. Yeah, so it's kind of a big deal.
And how could even think about missing any of it this year? Yes, they will be on national TV a lot. But you're not guaranteed to get every big performance there. What if the biggest Heat story of the year happens some random February night against the Raptors where Dwyane Wade and LeBron both explode for 40? Or in late March, there's a little argument on the bench between LeBron and Bosh? How could you be willing to miss that?
2. Los Angeles Lakers - Every game the Lakers play, it's an event. Kobe Bryant doesn't have that many games left and how could you give up the chance to watch one of the greatest ever try and win a sixth ring?
What makes the Lakers interesting? It's all in what they are. First, they're the Lakers . They're Hollywood basketball. They're Jack Nicholson sitting courtside , Phil Jackson running the show, Kobe hitting big shots. And Ron Artest doing potentially who knows what night-to-night. It's can't-miss stuff.
Plus, for a lot of teams, playing the Lakers is the biggest game of the month. It's just a little more important and a little bit more meaningful to both the team and its fans if the game's not in L.A. So you can expect packed houses, fired up crowds, pumped up teams and good basketball.
3. Milwaukee Bucks - You know who I had here originally? The Celtics. And why did I take them off? I don't really know, honestly. Because the Celtics are definitely a good team to have. But I guess I just don't find them all that interesting. They're old, potentially washing up and they're going to have 50 percent of their games on TV anyway.
So instead, I'm going with an upstart team featuring a fun scorer in Brandon Jennings, an emerging center in Andrew Bogut , an underrated forward in Ersan Ilyasova and a dark horse contender in the East.
4. Washington Wizards - I for one, am fascinated by this team. First, Gilbert Arenas. He's the league's most interesting personality. He makes up stories about being hurt. Like Jerry in the Seinfeld episode George asked him to not be funny, Arenas is touching his dark side and trying to be serious. And like Jerry, he can't not be funny. With that beard, it's impossible to take Arenas completely serious (though he's shaving it off soon).
More than that though, this team is coming off a season full of incredible turmoil, plus it has some of the most erratic personalities in the league. Andray Blatche and JaVale McGee and extremely talented but borderline on the headcase chart. Josh Howard never minces words. Al Thornton is already a little perturbed about his role. And then of course there's John Wall who is supposed to now be the face of the team. Put it all on the court together and you've got an intriguing team to watch .
Plus, any time you can get a good look at one of the future talents in the league as a rookie, it's a must. Don't you wish you could go back and watch LeBron James for 82 games as a rookie? Or Dwyane Wade? Or Kevin Durant? John Wall is almost a guarantee to be great and here's your chance to watch him get started. Here's your chance to watch him evolve and grow. I wouldn't want to miss it.
5. Oklahoma City Thunder - In terms of pure excitement, there probably isn't a more fun team to watch in the league. They're got exceptional athletes. They've got exciting young players. They've got talent. And best of all, they're actually good.
Watching Kevin Durant score is like a Sunday afternoon nap. You're never unsatisfied with what you get. Durant scores in the most boring exciting way possible. It'll be the third quarter and a graphic will flash at the bottom and you'll see a line of 27 points on 10-16 shooting and you'll only remember three of his baskets.
And while Durant scores in the quiet, efficient way, Westbrook scores in the loud, look-over-here way. This team is something you can't miss. Nobody knows how good they can really be and what makes them so fun to watch is that they never take a play off and truly love each other. They play hard and they play together. Nobody is more refreshing.
6. Los Angeles Clippers - Just look at that starting five. It looks pretty good, right? Baron Davis, Eric Gordon, Ryan Gomes , Blake Griffin, Chris Kaman - looks nice.
But what makes the Clippers a team I wouldn't want to miss is Griffin. From the small pieces we've gotten in preseason, he's going to provide at least one "WHOA!" moment a night. Whether it's a block, an oop or just a stuff over three defenders, Griffin is always going all out.
Add in the fact that when Davis is locked in, he's as good as any guard out there and the evident emergence of Eric Gordon as a scoring guard and you've got a team that could maybe make some noise. Griffin and Kaman on the inside is as good a looking interior one-two you'll find and the fact they don't get much spotlight in a city that has lights to spare makes them just a little more cool to watch .
The problem with picking the Clippers though is that a month in when two key players are hurt, Baron Davis is already putting on weight and taking quarters off and you realize Vinny Del Negro is the coach, you'll really regret picking them. But it's almost becoming an NBA tradition to be interested in the Clippers in October. The talent is there and they should be fun.
7. Chicago Bulls - The new Bulls era is off to a bit of a rough start with Carlos Boozer breaking his hand because of a gym bag. But this is a team transitioning in a weird way. They're combining their exciting young talent with quality veterans. The Baby Bulls of a few years ago fell apart, but this group is set up to actually compete.
But forget that. Derrick Rose is the only reason you actually need. End to end, he's just about as exciting a player as you're going to get. He just moves differently than other guys. Even a simple thing like a driving layup has another kind of flash, another kind style with Rose.
He may not be there in terms of stepping into the truly elite, but he's a can't-miss player. And with him on a team that's going to be good with players that are also talented, exciting and interesting, the Bulls are definitely a must-watch .
Obviously the two toss-ups on my list are the Clippers and Wizards. Those could be HUGE mistakes come January. Substitute in the Celtics and Magic and you've got a guaranteed solid seven. Or the Spurs and Mavericks. Or the Blazers and Hawks. Or the Jazz and Nuggets.
Or just say screw it and buy the whole League Pass and watch on TV. That's probably a better call. This season is going to just be that good.
Tags: Andrew Bogut, Baron Davis, Blake Griffin, Boston Celtics, Brandon Jennings, Chicago Bulls, Chris Bosh, Chris Kaman, Derrick Rose, Dwyane Wade, Gilbert Arenas, John Wall, Kevin Durant, Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Los Angeles Clippers, Los Angeles Lakers, Miami Heat, Milwaukee Bucks, Oklahoma City Thunder, Russell Westbrook, Washington Wizards
Posted on: October 12, 2010 3:07 pm
Former NBA guard and NBATV analyst says he's getting tired of hearing everyone's thoughts on the subject they all say they're sick of.
Posted by Matt Moore
You're probably tired of all the talk of LeBron, already. You were probably worn out on the free agent bonanza well before "The Decision" (but you still tuned in!). But imagine if you were involved in the NBA, worked on NBATV and were a former player. Imagine having to be asked about it every single day for the past three months, while everyone decides to talk about how they too felt that it was gross and not cool at all. Now you've got an idea of what Brent Barry has put up with this summer.
In an interview with NBA blog The No Look Pass, Barry lays out an exactingly well-reasoned approach to the question of talking about "The Decision" and what's worse, LeBron's production or everyone wanting to chime in on the subject:
"I'm actually getting tired of hearing of what everybody thought about it. But I'll give you my two cents' worth. Obviously, the production of it was a little bit too much. I'm still wondering if I'm more upset about the production of the decision part or the post-production in Miami and the show they put in the arena that was a little bit tough to swallow, too. But I don't fault LeBron for doing what it is that he did and wanting to go someplace else and having the opportunity to play with great players. What you kind of play for is to try to win championships and nobody wins them alone. Every year at the end of the season, we talk about great teams and how players step up as role players. Usually the teams in the past 10-15 years it's always been a collection of three or four star players. That's certainly what they have in Miami and they're going to have that for many years to come. We'll see how quickly they can assemble themselves and if they can actually do it in their first year."
Barry's on target here, in a number of ways. For how obnoxious "The Decision" was, hearing everyone constantly reference it and how much it bothered them has become infinitely more annoying. It's like NBA hipsters have taken over the land and are constantly complaining that your parents keep serving them beef. Go somewhere else for dinner, you filthy ruffian! It's also nice to hear Barry, never considered the alpha dog, not taking the easy bait and going after James for "tarnishing his legacy" or whatever ridiculous nonsense is being spouted about a guy who basically just took a different job offer.
Cleveland fans have every right to feel as torn and upset as they want, to constantly revile LeBron for ditching them on national television and damaging their team, their economy, and their self-esteem. But Barry's right in that nothing James is doing is beyond reason or comprehension, and with the season starting, maybe the rest of us should just accept it without admiration and get on to watching the game.