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No Need to Get Defensive..Unless You Want to Win

// June 10th, 2011 // 6 Comments » // Uncategorized


Let’s pretend, just for a minute, just to see how it feels, that it’s the fourth quarter of an important NBA playoff game. That way we don’t have to talk about Lebron James, at all.

The Mavericks took down a wildly entertaining Game 5 last night because they made shots. Dallas shot 56.5% from the field and over 68% from downtown, against the vaunted Miami defense. Dwayne Wade said, after the Heat took Game 3 in Dallas, that they wanted to win a game with their defense. And they did just that.

Now he can say that they lost one because of it.

Wade continued to erase any lingering doubt over whose team it is with a gritty performance. He led his team in scoring with 23 points, despite being limited to 34 minutes.

The Heat got a few solid contributions from the Wade’s supporting cast, most notably Mario Chalmers, but in the end, the story of Game 5 isn’t just the offensive explosion.

For much of the game it seemed like the Mavs were blowing Miami out. Every time they touched the ball they scored. Whether they were open, which they were for much of the night, or throwing up contested shots, it didn’t matter. Everything dropped.

The problem is, that even with this lights out performance, and Dwayne Wade out of the game for extended periods of time, the Heat hung around.

The reason?

Dallas doesn’t play great defense.

They allowed Miami to shoot almost 53% from the field, and stay in a game that they had no business being in. As fun as it was to watch, Game 5 proved that Miami is a better team.

115544826_crop_650x440The play of Wade has rubbed off on Bosh, Chalmers, Mike Miller, and Udonis Haslem and they have become better players by osmosis. Perhaps they are filled with confidence knowing they have a superstar to pick them up, and are free to just go out and play basketball. I saw the same thing happen with the Celtics in 2008 with Eddie House, Glen Davis, James Posey, Leon Powe, and PJ Brown.

We all saw it happen with Jordan’s Bulls.

Whether that greatness can actually rub off, like wet paint on a stairwell, leaving its mark on anyone who brushes against it, or it is fear of letting down a superstar teammate who isn’t afraid to get in your face pushing them to excel, the result is the same.

The Heat are now a good team with solid role players, two very good players, and one player who wants to be great.

What seems more likely to happen again; Jason Kidd, Jason Terry, and JJ Barea going 10-15 on three balls, or Miami’s defense holding the Mavs to 40% from the field and 38% from downtown, as they did in Game 3?

This was the only game of the series where either team went over a hundred points, and since only one team needs that kind of output to win, that is the team that I think is in trouble.

I don’t like the Heat, and I hope Dallas can pull out a victory in Miami. In fact, I don’t think I have ever rooted harder for a team that I wasn’t a fan of unless there was money involved.

But it took everything in their arsenal to win Game 5. They had the same kind of output against the Lakers in Game 3, then had the benefit of playing a team that had, as a whole, Roberto Duran-ed before Game 4 even tipped off.

I don’t see Dwayne Wade allowing his team to rollover, and let the Mavericks scratch their belly’s the way that Kobe did with the Lakers.

Just as I managed to do in this post, the Heat will succeed without a major contribution from Lebron James, and will win Games 6 and 7 the same way they won Game 3, with their defense.

NOTE: I haven’t placed a bet in a long time, but as anyone who knows my gambling track record can attest, there’s an excellent chance that I just gift wrapped a ring for Dirk and Co. by picking the Heat.

Let’s hope I’m a big enough mush, and that I just jinxed all over the Moheatos title hopes.

Just in case that’s not enough, here’s a video of Wade, and some guy who has repeatedly disappeared from the court during playoff games, a minor miracle given his size and skill, mocking Dirk Nowitzki to provide some more fuel to the Mavericks fire.


What Is and What Could Have Been Said

// May 12th, 2011 // 6 Comments » // Uncategorized

There are lots of things I could say the after Celtics season ended last night.

I could blast Danny Ainge for blowing up a team that had spent an entire offseason saying they had never been beaten when they had all their parts intact.


I could say that if we had kept Perkins I wouldn’t be writing this.

I could ask Ainge why he decided to bring in four players (Murphy, Pavlovic, Krstic, and Arroyo) that didn’t fit the team’s makeup and who weren’t going to leave the bench in the playoffs.

I could blame Doc Rivers for being too loyal to Rondo in Games 3 and 4, when it was clear that the team was better offensively with Delonte West on the court.. But after the heart that the kid showed by coming back onto the court with a mangled arm in Game 3, I’ll be damned if I wouldn’t have done the exact same thing. You win games with smart decisions. You win wars with guys like Rondo.

I could bitch about the officiating. There were certainly enough bad calls in Game 5 alone to justify it. Starting with Bosh being out of bounds right in front of the official, to the point where you could see the officials shoes pointed directly at Bosh’s foot as it stepped on the line in the replay, before he kicked it out to Lebron for a momentum killing 3 in the first half. Then Wade getting a phantom foul on Krstic, while Pierce failed to draw a foul when there was actual contact a play later. There was also a clear foul on Wade that the refs gave to Mario Chalmers, and two dubious fouls on Pierce that kept him on the bench for most of the game. Add in the fact that Wade was allowed to run around all series like a combination of Bill Laimbeer, Isiah Thomas, John Stockton, and Jeff Gillooly, and I would certainly have a point.

iiiI could complain that in today’s superstar driven NBA, playing a team with Lebron James and Dwayne Wade is impossible. They are too good to be given the advantage of getting a whistle every time they throw their body into a defender.

I could accept that this Celtics team was brought together to win a title within three years, and they did just that.

I could say that the Heat rose to the occasion in playoffs the way we expect the Celtics to.  They also got big games from role players like James Jones, Joel Anthony and Mario Chalmers.  Something that had been a staple of the Celtics for the last four years.

I could also say that I’m just pissed off that my team lost, and like an unmanned fire hose, I’m spraying blame all over the place.

But I won’t.

What I will say, is that Lebron came out after the game and said that the inspiration for taking his talents to South Beach, was the way the Celtics built their team three years earlier. The fact that he only made the comparison after pushing Boston to the brink bothers me.

kgLike Lebron, Kevin Garnett kept his teams competitive for 11 years with men like Latrell Sprewell, Stephon Marbury, Tom Gugliotta, and Michael Olowokandi. If not for the injuries to Sam Cassell and back up PG Troy Hudson to start the Western Conference Finals, Garnett would have had a chance to beat the Lakers in ’04 and earn a spot in the Finals. Unlike Lebron, Garnett never bitched about his plight. He never called out his teammates and never blamed the front office. Finally Minnesota realized they needed to move the aging superstar, because they weren’t in a position to win and needed to rebuild.

Boston traded Al Jefferson, who many considered one of the best young big men in the game, as well as six other players to Minnesota, in order to get Garnett.

Compare that with Lebron whose team had just finished a season where they finished with the best record in the NBA, and failed to advance in the playoffs because he quit on his teammates against the Celtics. It’s hard to call someone as talented as Lebron a quitter, but he went 3-14 in a must win game and was demonstrative, and pouted when other players screwed up.

Then Lebron strung his former team along publically, while he went on dates with every other NBA franchise.

Whether you like the man or not, could you ever picture Garnett quitting on his team or auctioning himself off in a public meat market?

Ray Allen was a gamble. The man was a solid NBA player who had just underwent surgery on both of his ankles at the age of 32. He was brought to Boston, along with Glen Davis, in exchange for Delonte West, Wally Szczerbiak, and the 5th pick in the 2007 draft.

Compare that with Chris Bosh, who is ten years younger than Ray Allen, and was considered to be in the prime of his career. Bosh invented the game that we all saw Carmelo play this past season, where he held his team hostage all season, and it paid off.

In Garnett and Allen you had two classy veterans who were slightly past their prime. They joined Paul Pierce, who had been suffering through Antoine Walker’s shimmying and Pitino using the NBA as his own personal fantasy camp, in an attempt to win a title.

And that’s the only similarity.

Lebron and Bosh jumped onto Wade’s ship in order to win a title.

They wanted to play together. They made a plan to play together, and executed it regardless of the consequences to the fan bases that had supported them for their entire careers.

How is a team trading its best player because it was time to move on, the same as the game’s most exciting player quitting on his team so he could have an out at the end of the year?

How is a team taking a chance on a good, not great, shooting guard with reconstructed ankles the same as a franchise player playing out the string (Bosh sat out a pivotal game against the Bulls that could have gotten the Raptors into the playoffs) and following his friends for a giant pay day?

How is Wade acting like a free agent pimp the same as Paul Pierce finally learning to be a leader, and embracing the responsibility that comes with being a team captain of a young team?


The answer is that they ain’t in the same ball park. They ain’t in the same league. They ain’t even the same fucking sport.

You wanted to turn your back on your team and go try and win a title with your friends, then just say so. Don’t tell the world, almost a year later, that you were inspired by the team that you are about to beat in the playoffs. It’s not only a disservice to men like Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen, who took less money to build a team, to be lumped in with you and your boys, who handicapped a team’s pay role so you could spend more time together, it’s a disservice to basketball fans.

You remember the fans don’t you Lebron?

They were the people who used to have a hard time staying in their seats whenever you touched the ball.

Now they have a hard time not changing the channel every time you open your smug, arrogant mouth.

“For when the One Great Scorer comes to mark against your name, He writes, not that you won or lost, but how you played the game.” – Grantland Rice.

That’s good advice Lebron, that’s good advice.


The Miami Meat Has Gone Bad

// March 10th, 2011 // No Comments » // Uncategorized

"Damn D, you guys are starting to smell..."

"Damn D, you guys are starting to smell..."

This was the team that was supposed to win five consecutive championships. This was the team that was supposed to put unbridled fear into the hearts of their opponents every time they took the court.  A team so unfairly good that it made us angry.

After watching the Miami Heat lose their fifth straight loss last night, there seems to be several glaring reasons why this once-dubbed super trio hasn’t been succeeding in recent weeks. The problems seem easy to identify, but sadly for the Heat organization, almost impossible to rectify.

Dont cry Eric

Dont cry Eric

The first major issue has to start with Erik Spoelstra’s inadequacy in handling NBA Super Stars. That’s not to say it’s an easy task for any coach to handle these types of players, let alone three of them, but the way Spoelstra swaggered into the pre-season made us all think he might be able to take on the monumental task. It only took the first ten games of the regular season to realize Spoelstra was just exuding false confidence as a desperate way to convince himself he was right for the job. And if things seemed like they couldn’t get worse for youthful Heat coach, he decided to make the mistake of not keeping what happens in the locker room where it belongs.

Here’s a little tip for you Spoelstra. It’s okay for a coach to talk about his collegiate kids crying over a loss when they lose a chance at a National Championship on a last second buzzer beater. It’s not okay to talk about grown ass men weeping over a regular season game. We may never know the true ramifications of his statement, but the fact Spoelstra doesn’t seem to be able to look his star players in the eye during timeouts speaks volumes.

In the beginning of the season, everyone watched while Wade and James had chemistry issues and almost immediately the excuses began to pile up. They didn’t have a full camp together. They weren’t accustomed to each other’s respective styles. Above all else, we were told to give it time. Now more than half the regular season is over, and the King and Flash still can’t seem to get out of each other’s way. The only time the Heat win is when one of the two takes over and the other rides in the backseat. The problem is, neither of them can handle playing second fiddle. They might have said all the right things in the off-season, but it’s clear after last night they both desperately covet the glory. If the Heat can’t beat the Blazers with Wade scoring 38 and Lebron putting up 31, their team’s playoff chances appear to be pretty bleak.

To top it all off, now the third member of the Heatles is breaking his silence and expressing his unhappiness with the game plan. In the off-season, Bosh was all smiles, salivating over the chance of playing alongside his two BFF’s. This would have been all fine and dandy if Bosh actually knew his role instead of, in some delusional state, actually thinking he was on equal ground with the likes of Wade and Lebron. Apparently the mirage still exists, because now Bosh is tired of lurking in the shadows and is voicing his need for equal share of the basketball. Even after going 3 for 11 in the team’s fifth straight loss, Bosh believes it’s his post game that’s the missing piece to the puzzle.

The Miami Heat has turned into the giant soap opera so many predicted before the season started. At one point all three embraced their bad guy personas, even egging on the haters with their over-the-top introduction ceremony, but now the hating has gone too far for at least one of them. Wade doesn’t seem to be embracing the bad boy image anymore, and one has to question if this whole Miami stunt has already started to unravel in the first year of its self-proclaimed dynasty.

"I can explain..."

"I can explain..."

The Miami Meat is beginning to spoil, and 48 minutes, against a hot Lakers team that has won eight in a row, isn’t going to help Pat Riley pass a health inspection.

—– Seth Newton

Good News For The Bad News Cavs

// February 8th, 2011 // 1 Comment » // Uncategorized


After their superstar quit on them in the playoffs last year, and then dumped them on national television, The Cavs deserved to fly under the radar this season. Truth is, we all felt for Cleveland and wished them the best of luck in what was sure to be a rough 82 games. But after all the turmoil of last year, the one thing that we wished most for this year’s Cavs was anonymity.

It’s hard to be anonymous when you are setting the all time record for futility. Cleveland has lost 25 games in a row. More than half of the league has not even lost that many games over the course of the entire season. Even the Buffalo Bills are starting to send out sympathy cards to Quicken Loans Arena.

Well long suffering people of Cleveland, Uncle Corey has your silver lining. Two little words that are going to turn around the decades of misfortune. Two words that will, if nothing else, help you finance a move to a better city.

Those two words…..MARTINGALE SYSTEM

For the uninitiated this is a pretty simple gambling system. It basically says that one outcome cannot come up over and over again in perpetuity. So you bet $20 on Red at the roulette table and it comes up Black. You then put $40 on Red, then $80, then $160. Eventually Red is going to come up. It just has to right?

Well Cleveland fans, your beloved Cavaliers have landed on Black a redonkulous 25 times in a row. That means that there is a Red right around the corner. It is time to benefit from your team’s historic losing streak. (Hint: You play the Pistons at home on Wednesday night. The Pistons are 19-32, with only 6 of those wins coming on the road.)

Put the house on Red tomorrow night good people of Cleveland. Then use the proceeds to get the HELL out of Cleveland. Do you really want to have to endure 25 more losses before an opportunity like this comes up again?

I didn’t think so. And send your Uncle Corey a check to thank him for changing your life.

Lebron To Miami: “My mom told me I could leave and it wouldn’t be selfish.”

// July 9th, 2010 // No Comments » // Uncategorized


Jim GrayWhy did you leave Cleveland?

Lebron:Well I never wanted to leave.   In a perfect world I would have loved to stay,but the logisitics of it all.    I’ve done so many great things for Cleveland and everybody who knows me knows I’m so loyal that I had to go.    But Cleveland knows they are still #1 in my heart.  So I didn’t really leave Cleveland.  I still love Akron.   I was great from the ages of 18-25 and took the franchise to heights they’ve never seen.   Now it’s time for me to be great in Miami.   My mom told me I could leave and it wouldn’t be selfish. ”


Well that got awkward really quick.  LeBron abandons the Cavs and in the process tell them “I’ve made you better than you ever were, now I’m gone….my mom says it’s not selfish”  Well kids, that’s what I’m calling the “Cleveland Shuffle” from now on.  The “I’m going because I’m going” defense.  or as Lebron put it, “I’m so loyal, I had to go…” Excuse me sir? Sir, that makes zero sense, sir.

FWG: I Found The Funny

// June 3rd, 2009 // No Comments » // Uncategorized

Water-boarding? Electrocution? Naked beatings? Check, check, and check. No, I’m not talking about the shutting down of GITMO, nope not even close. I’m talking about LeBron and his latest ill-fated run at an NBA Championship

“Now Larry, he made the wrong choice…”