Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Miami Heat's Lebron James Named Si's Sportsman Of The Year


When James lost in the Finals in 2007, with the Cavaliers, he remade his jump shot. When he fell again in 2011, with the Heat, he built a post game. James was born with supernatural ability, but he lets none of it lie dormant. He extracts every ounce, through a distillation process created and refined by failure. "The game is a house, and some players only have one or two windows in their house because they can't absorb any more light," says Mike Krzyzewski, head coach of Team USA. "When I met LeBron, he only had a few windows, but then he learned how beautiful the game can be, so he put more windows in. Now he sees the damn game so well, it's like he lives in a glass building. He has entered a state of mastery. There's nothing he can't do.

and Bryce)." James said. A thank you to his future in-laws "for the sacrifices they make every single day for my two kids. When I'm not home and on the road, they take LeBron and Bryce to school and pick them up and take them to basketball practice and help with their homework. You guys are a blessing to me more than you guys know." To his friends and to the Heat organization, including his teammates. "Honestly, you guys see me sitting in this chair and I kept looking over at them, it's because I'd rather be sitting over them with them in shorts, t-short, wondering what the hell they're joking about because I want to be a part of that joke and I hate being out of the jokes. I want to know what's happening. I'd much rather be over there with those guys. Without those guys, this trophy's not possible." When told one vote went to Anthony, James said, "Well, it was probably a writer out of New York that didn't give me that vote, and we know the history between the Heat and the Knicks, so I get it." The lone vote for Anthony is reminiscent of the MVP results in 1999-2000 when Shaquille O'Neal received 120 votes and Allen Iverson received one vote.


Kawhi Leonard hit a 25-foot three point jumper to bring the Spurs to within two, but that's as close they would get in the final two minutes of the game before Battier nailed a three and James took over from there. Spurs player Tony Parker was just 3-for-12 with 10 points, four assists, while Manu Ginobili had 18 points. "Just give credit to the Miami Heat. LeBron was unbelievable. Dwyane was great. I just think they found a way to get it done," Duncan said. "We stayed in the game.


The Cavs overcame a 2-0 series deficit and won in six. Gregory Shamus, Getty Images In Cleveland, July 8, 2010, will forever be known for 'The Decision,' the day free agent LeBron James announced on ESPN that he was leaving the Cavaliers and taking his 'talents to South Beach' to join the Miami Heat. Bob Luckey, Greenwich Time via AP After finishing with 26 points, 13 assists and 11 rebounds in Game 5 of NBA Finals, LeBron James was not only able to hoist his first NBA championship trophy, he also was named MVP of the 2012 NBA Finals. Derick E. Hingle, US Presswire LeBron and the Cavaliers were swept by the Spurs in the 2007 NBA Finals, James' first Finals appearance. Timothy A. Clary, AFP/Getty Images Right after he won an NBA title with the Heat, LeBron James was able to drape himself in the American flag after the USA defeated Spain 107-100 in the men's basketball gold medal game at the London Olympics. Rob Schumacher, USA TODAY Sports South Beach hasn't always been fun and games for LeBron James. Here he walks off the court after Game 6 of the NBA Finals against the Dallas Mavericks on June 12, 2011. The Mavericks won 105-95 to win the series. Lynne Sladky, AP LeBron James' NBA destiny was confirmed June 26, 2003 when he was drafted No. 1 by his hometown Cleveland Cavaliers. On draft night, James wore white and shared a laugh with fellow lottery pick Carmelo Anthony. Robert Deutsch, USA TODAY Sports LeBron James finally got to celebrate his elusive NBA Finals championship in 2012 with the Miami Heat. Robert Mayer, US Presswire Cavaliers fans in Cleveland, such as Josh Hall, left, Rob Hose, and Mike Adams reacted to LeBron James' announcement he was leaving the Cavs by setting fire to James' jerseys. Phil Masturzo, Akron Beacon Journal via AP Fullscreen Before he left for Miami, LeBron James (23), celebrating with teammate Sasha Pavlovic after hitting the game winning three pointer against the Orlando Magic in Game 2 of the 2009 Eastern Conference Finals, was perhaps the most popular athlete in Cleveland sports history. Gregory Shamus, Getty Images LeBron was ruled ineligible and the end of his senior year by the Ohio High School Athletic Association, because he accepted free sports jerseys, bringing a sudden end to the basketball star's celebrated high school career. Tony Dejak, AP Fullscreen The final piece of hardware for King James' 'corination' as an NBA champion came opening night of the 2012-13 season when LeBron James and his Heat teammates were given their championship rings during a ceremony before a game against the Celtics, on Oct. 30, 2012, in Miami. J Pat Carter, AP LeBron's jersey was retired at St.


He brought his talents to South Beach three years ago. On Thursday night, he silenced his critics -- at least until October -- by leading the Miami Heat to its second consecutive NBA title with a 95-88 win over the San Antonio Spurs. The four-time league MP had a series-high 37 points, 12 rebounds and four assists to earn his second ring. Bleacher Report: Why LeBron's second title was his greatest achievement yet Miami Heat fans cheer on the champions "This team is amazing," he said. "And the vision that I had when I decided to come here (in 2010) is all coming true." Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said James was the difference in winning and losing. He was ecstatic for the player from whom so much is expected. "You're always happy for guys when they're so dedicated," he said. And we all know his work ethic.


That puts him 710 points behind the 30th-ranked Larry Bird and 2,704 points behind Tim Duncan. But James' sights should be set significantly higher than topping Duncan, Bird or even 19th-ranked Allen Iverson . In order to earn G.O.A.T status, James has to enter Kobe Bryant and Michael Jordan territory on the all-time scoring list. Bryant still has plenty of buckets to score over the final few years of his career and currently sits at No. 4 on the list, one spot behind Jordan. To date, Bryant has scored 31,617 points, 675 behind Jordan. Passing MJ is inevitable. Eventually passing Bryant will be a tall task for James, and topping Kareem Abdul-Jabbar or Karl Malone is a rather lofty goal. But with several years remaining in his prime, James certainly has the ability to pass Jordan and his 32,292 points. James has never been known as the purest of scorers, which would make his inclusion in the top-five scorers of all time even more impressive. Win a Defensive Player of the Year Award Ronald Martinez/Getty Images Given that he's the most feared wing defender the game has seen in some time, it's surprising that LeBron James hasn't captured Defensive Player of the Year glory to this point in his career. James has come close, finishing second in DPOY voting twice (2012-13 and 2008-09), but he has never been able to reel in the elusive hardware. Among the All-Time greats James is often mentioned alongside, only one has the award in their trophy case, and that's Michael Jordan (1987-88). Magic Johnson never earned high defensive honors (other than leading the NBA in steals per game twice), and Kobe Bryant is out of the running at this stage in his career. The greatest player of all time must meet certain criteria both offensively and defensively, and we know that James has the chops to take home the most coveted defensive award in the game. Just 28 years old, James still has a relatively large window in which he can win DPOY. Post Highest Career PER of All Time Harry How/Getty Images It became abundantly clear last season.


That's when Noah stepped in between them along the lane clapping and shouting to emphasize that his Bulls had the Heat right where they wanted them, divided and almost conquered, for one night at least. "We had some careless turnovers, we weren't playing hard enough on defense, they were getting some easy baskets -- those were things we were saying that we couldn't give up," said Bosh. "Those conversations were healthy. I know it might seem heated looking at it during the game, but if we aren't meeting those standards, we hold each other accountable." The worst of it arrived out of nowhere when the 6-foot-8 James flew past Belinelli in transition -- only to have his layup blocked off his left shoulder by Robinson. It was the ultimate underdog play. When James wasn't being blocked by a 5-9 point guard, he was settling for flat-footed jumpers while the Bulls were attacking the basket for a 44-28 advantage in the paint. "There were times when we could show a little more poise," said Spoelstra, before quickly acknowledging that Thibodeau's defenses have constipated many contenders over the years. The Heat were protecting a four-point lead when James returned to the present. With 2:33 left he caught an inbounds pass from under his own basket and went straight up with a deep three in the vicinity of Noah.


Marketed as the "lightest and lowest" shoe crafted for the two-time NBA champion, the Lebron 11 s offer a wide-range of new technology. Nike has equipped the sneaker with hyperposite technology for lightweight security and zoom units for an added bounce. The coolest colorway debuted by the brand thus far, is the "Gamma Blue" editions, which features a Gamma Blue base with Armory Slate/Blue accents. James' logo is stamped on the tongue, while his signature is included on the bottom of the shoes. Forbes recently calculated that the four-time MVP led all NBA players in sneaker sales this season. The "Gamma Blue" Lebron 11 s are expected to be released at Nike retailers in mid-November for $200.


If his athleticism has waned, it didnt wane enough to spare Jason Terry last season. This is a matter of degrees, a step here or there. One thing Ive noticed is that LeBron almost never dunks out of a half-court drive anymore. This used to be a common feature of his game. For example, this half-court drive situation accounts for 10 of the dunks in his top 20 dunks of 2008-09 YouTube compilation . Based on the play-by-play records from that season, there were likely more. Kevin Garnett famously felt the wrath of LeBrons half-court drive .


Real estate news Rapper Timbaland is unloading his Miami Beach condo for $5.5 million. The three-bedroom digs at the fancy South of Fifth highrise Murano Grande at Portofino are on the 24th floor and offer great views of Biscayne Bay and the ocean. The singer of The Way I Are is obviously trying to make a buck or two: He bought in 2006 for $2.65 million. While his handlers say Timbaland is bailing out because he's not using the condo, public records show he tangled with condo commandos in court when he allegedly owed $27,000 in unpaid maintenance fees. And now the news The most interesting thing so far about new WFOR-Channel 4 star anchorman Rick Folbaum isn't just that he was plucked from ultra-conservative Fox News Channel. It's his wife and mother of their five kids, Kelcey Kintner, a former TV anchor who runs the mommy blog . The sites great for child-rearing pointers. Its even better for stories about Folbaums family thatll drive the PR types at CBS4 berserk.


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Like, not having to go sell shoes in China-sorta times. James has to sell shoes everywhere, while working up myriad other endorsement-driven functions, while also planning a wedding and preparing to defend his Miami Heats NBA championship by fall. James roles from now until the start of the 2013-14 season are clearly defined, something that cannot be said for the Players Association, an organization that is currently in flux and without an executive director or president. As youre likely aware, James mused about taking on the presidents role in an interview with ESPNs Brian Windhorst recently , but later backed off his short-lived candidacy . As it stands, James isnt even his teams player representative, with James Jones taking on that task. Jerry Stackhouse, who helped stage a coup of sorts pitched in order to dismiss outgoing president Derek Fisher, seemed slightly frustrated with LeBrons comments about the union going backwards , and tactfully shot back at the star in an interview with CBS Sports Ken Berger : Stackhouse, one of seven executive committee members elected at All-Star weekend in Houston this past February -- when longtime executive director Billy Hunter was ousted -- said James' comments felt like a "kick in the stomach." "I don't think he's had any dialogue with anybody since the All-Star break, but it is what it is," Stackhouse said. "To make that statement about where we are as a union right now, he was misinformed." [] "I would've liked [James] to come to the meeting next week and hear it and then voice his opinion," Stackhouse said. One of key criticisms of union governance in a January report on Hunter's tenure by the Paul-Weiss law firm was a lack of involvement among the union membership. Stackhouse is referring to a Players Association meeting in Las Vegas on Aug.
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