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After previously having the idea of running for president, Miami Heat Superstar LeBron James has decided against running for the National Basketball Player Association according to sources that told ESPN.

What is it that is driving James away from the presidential seat? His availability and time to dedicate to the union. He wants someone who can better focus on the NBPA in that situation.

“I think my voice could be huge in that situation. But I’m not sure I have the time to do it but it’s something I’m going to think about with my team and go from there. But I think we all can agree there’s been a lot of transition in our union in the last couple of years. If it’s not me in that seat then I hope it’s someone who is comfortable with it and can do the job,” said James.

So who could fill the seat since James won’t be? Maybe Jerry Stackhouse who is currently a executive member of the NBPA. He seems to be making a little noise in the Union by saying, “To make that statement about where we are as a union right now (As James said was backwards), he was misinformed.” Or could it end up being team mate James Jones. Jones is as of right now treasurer of Union. Jones seems to want to peruse the position and would have time since he isn’t such a big star.

Even with James not taking the seat, he along with other NBA stars will need to make their voice heard because within the next year there are a couple of potential big decisions that will be made. That will include a new age requirement and drug testing policy change.

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The reigning NBA champion Miami Heat and MVP Lebron James are coming off not only a memorable season, but a historic one. The Heat are going into this season aiming to become back-to-back champs.

The Heat have finally secured the first seed in the Eastern conference after battling the New York Knicks night in and night out but are only a half a game ahead in the East and overall are 6th in the league standing. Miami’s key players already made an imprint on the league, LeBron James won NBA player of the week for the 38th time (most in NBA history) just last month.

One reason the Heat will win yet another title this season is due to the teams great chemistry. With star players James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh who have played together for three years, have all played on the Olympic team twice and have age and experience over younger teams like the L.A Clippers who are young. Miami’s big three is simply the best in the league even compared to that of the L.A Lakers’ Dwight Howard, Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash, or the Brooklyn Nets’ Joe Johnson, Deron Williams and Gerald Wallace.

Ray Allen and Rashard Lewis have also played together on the Seattle Supersonic. Also the team’s veteran leadership from players like Allen, Lewis, Wade, Bosh, and James gives the Heat an edge over dynamic teams like the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Clippers.

As the Heat look to repeat, Miami has already made an unstoppable team even greater. With the off-season additions of Allen and Lewis to the already exhilarating three-point specialist, Mike Miller and Shane Battier, Miami will easily be the best team from beyond the arc this season.

Yet, not only is Allen an astonishing  three-point specialist, but he can help secure wins. Allen already has two game winning shots under his belt this season. The addition of Allen is truly the piece to the puzzle the Heat have been looking for to bring back yet another title to Miami.


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LeBron James has finally proved all the haters as he beat out Kevin Durant in the NBA Finals last week!

James and the Miami Heat took the series 4-1 as they brought home their second trophy in six years last Thursday. James was the only one who the media  seemed to focus on, but in Game 5 it wasn’t so much of Lebron as it was Mike Miller and other role players. This is the moment up until then James has only fantasized about; this is the entire reason the “Big 3″ came to join forces in Miami to win an NBA Championship.  James had 26 points, 11 rebounds, and 13 assist as the Heat trampled their way over the Oklahoma City Thunder to win the Championship in Game 5.That was James only  triple double of the season and I’m talking pre, regular, and post this year. Miller went 7-8 on three pointers and scored 25 points, and went down as the greatest shooting to ever have taken place in the NBA Finals.

There are plenty of factors that led to Miami winning. First of all, Miami has the Big 3. I know you are going to say so does Oklahoma City with Durant, Russel Westbrook and James Harden, but the only player that I saw make a difference was Westbrook. Harden had the biggest struggle I’ve ever seen when it came to an offensive performance, and after Game 1 Lebron shut down Durant. Westbrook had a 42 point game but one guy can win it all for a team.

Miami simply outplayed Oklahoma City. Miami had experience in these types of games before, and it showed. You saw many things from questionable calls made by both the players and coaching staff. That’s not a problem with the Heat because they have one aspect that no one other than the Lakers organization and the Knicks organization know about and that is the man who brought everything together the man in the front office Pat Riley. Riley has won his share of championships 5 as a head coach to be exact. And when it comes to players. Dwyane Wade and Udonis Haslem just six years ago were celebrating their first NBA championship win. Also, LeBron has been in these situations before he was more determined than anyone else on that court to win it all twice before he’s been to the Finals and twice before he’s lost. If he didn’t win it this year I think his legacy would be hurt, which brings me to my next point.

Now Skip Bayless ESPN First take analysis can and needs to shut up and stop talking this crap! I’m glad that Mark Cuban called him out and destroyed him on TV because it put Bayless in his spot. Skip said before Game 5  that i quote,” There is no pressure on LeBron.” LeBron needed to show just how strong he is, he had to win Game 5 because if the series would have went back to OKC we could be looking at a different scenario. It would have hurt his legacy to have not won a ring, he would have been the next Charles Barkley, it  would have been almost the biggest failure to have left a home town, join with 3 of the best players in the league promise,”not one not two now three not four not five not six not seven (championships)”, but more. He made sure that when Mario Chalmers started already celebrating in the third quarter to stop him to basically say we haven’t won yet. Then with 3:10 left in the game when Lebron came out with Wade and Bosh he had the best dance I’ve ever seen, because they new that had finally done it. The king was finally crowned.

But congratulations to LeBron James and the Miami Heat organization on the being the 2012 NBA Champions, punch for punch they made it through.

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That’s right Lady’s and gentlemen the Miami Heat are two games away from bring back another Title to Miami, and for Lebron to get his long awaited hard earned ring!

After losing Game 1 to the Oklahoma City Thunder in Oklahoma City the Heat haven’t looked back. Game one Kevin Durant showed what he was made of, being undoubtedly the second best player in the world. When Game 2 came around Dwyane Wade unleashed his inner beast as him and Chris Bosh tied up the series at one a piece. Then in Sundays Game 3 Lebron did what he does best, he played like he’s the greatest in the world!

Now, with all that said what is the key to the trophy case that holds the championship trophy? First is who will play better tonight in Game 4 Lebron or Kevin Durant. If OKC goes down 3-1 they are done no team in the history of the finals has come back from that deficient. That’s why tonight I think you’ll see a different KD who attacks the basket more and is stronger on defense. KD is going to give it his 110% tonight but he will come up short as the Heat take this one. Lebron has a different mentality than he had before there’s no doubt that he won’t let this championship slip through his hands after everyone has been criticizing him. He’s been to the Finals twice before and he lost both of those times, he knows what it takes; as we have seen from him this postseason he is a monster, he is not human and that monster Lebron is averaging 30 points in the Finals and it seems as if no one can stop him, he’s a force to be reckoned with. But I’m telling you right now he is only half of the key for Miami to win this championship, the great contribution from Wade and Bosh is also a big key; make sure to not overlook the major contribution from Shane Battier in these games. That is what is the K.O punch every time for the Thunder the relaxed defense they play on Battier. Mike Miller played big in Game 3 also recording a couple blocks a steals and even some points. I don’t care if he misses those three pointers as long as he contributes. now back to Lebron, Lebron has shown he has the clutch gene, and actually has become more clutch this series than Durant. He’s hit more free throws (which he’s usually poor at). Those are two crucial components that lock up why Miami will have tonight’s game.Now when it comes to the Thunder I think Westbrook is doing a really poor job yea he’s averaging 20 some odd points a game but he’s not distributing the ball enough to KD. And why wouldn’t you start James Harden? There’s a lot of things that need to happen in that locker room for Oklahoma to win the championship let alone another game.

Word has arose that Serge Ibaka has said and I quote,”LeBron is not a good defender. He can play defense for 2 to 3 minutes but not 48.” Here’s my problem with this I know Ibaka is by far the best defensive player on the court but you are down 2 games to 1 and are on the verge of losing the championship to Lebron therefore, you can’t say anything! Then Durant to have the audacity to go up to Wade and say your to short!First of all, Wade is a Finals MVP who are you to say anything to the man! The Thunder are letting the series get to their head, they are cracking under the pressure while Miami is now use to it. It’s as simple as that!


The Oklahoma City Thunder had been beat by the L.A Lakers in 2010 and then the Dallas Mavericks in 11′  who both went on to win the NBA Finals in those given years. This year the tables have been turned OKC beat the Mavs in the first round and the Lakers last night.

OKC has ousted the Lakers in Game 5 of the NBA Western Semi-Conference Finals to advance to the Western Conference Finals for the second straight year in a row.

Kobe had an astonishing 42 points, 5 rebounds and 2 steals in last nights game; That wasn’t enough to stop the Dynamic Duo of Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook who combined for 53 points. Durant had 25 points, 10 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 steals; Westbrook added 28 points and 4 assist.

The Lakers lost the game and the series for a couple of reasons. It’s great that Kobe went off, and scored 42 points but he had ZERO assists; You can’t win a series let alone a game without good ball movement. The Thunder almost doubled the amount of assists the Lakers had, racking up 20 while L.A only had 12.

Rebounding was also a factor. Whoever controls the boards wins the games it’s as simple as that. You would expect L.A who is paying Andrew Bynum and Paul Gasol 33.6 million alone on the two starters to bring down more than 20 rebounds put together. Bynum had a terrible game like honestly, the man is seven feet tall and he could only manage to bring down four rebounds. That’s a shame and honestly embarrassing .  The Lakers got man handled on the boards bring down only 35 when OKC brought down 51.

OKC now looks foreword to Game 1 against the Spurs in the Conference Finals!

 


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Lebron James  has done it again for the third time in the last four seasons, he has won the Kia Most Valuable Player Award. Reports from various sources had come in on Friday, but it was made official Saturday evening at the American Airlines Arena. Lebron had beat out Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant to win the award.

James averaged 27.1  points, 7.9 rebounds, 6.2 assists, 1.8 steals and 0.8 blocks per game this season. James  has averaged 27.6 points, 7.2 rebounds, 6.9 assists, 1.7 steals and 0.8 blocks a game for his entire career; as for the most part he either did better or stayed the same in most categories this season compared to his overall career.

Now as James is always getting criticized by people for not having won a ring yet, and how they say he will never be as good Michael Jordan, lets break it down. Both had ZERO championship rings at the age of 28, MJ had ZERO final appearances while James has had two, Michael Jordan had won only a single MVP award while James tripled that number. So I suggest all the people who want crap about Lebron James know your stuff first.

He will wear a shoe symbolizing his accomplishment in today’s game (seen below), now all that’s on James mind is winning that NBA Championship ring!


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It was the defending champion Dallas Mavericks that were the first to be sent back home packing. The Oklahoma City Thunder completed the first series sweep in the playoffs this year. The Thunder took game four 103-97 in Dallas. Dirk  Nowitzki and the Mavs had a 13 point lead on Kevin Durant and the Thunder in the fourth quarter until James Harden scored 15. I mean what do you expect when its one guy vs three. Dirk is the only big time player Dallas has, and OKC has Durant, Russell Westbrook and Harden. Harden finished with 29 points (leading OKC), 5 rebounds, 5 assists, 3 steals, and 1 block. When Harden spoke with the press he had this to say about his performance,”I got into attack mode, I was determined to make plays.”  Dirk can’t handle three different threats at once. That’s why Dallas doesn’t look like the same team they were a little less than a year ago when they beat the Miami Heat to win the NBA Championship. Mark Cuban will really need to bring in some key players to surround Nowitzki if he ever wants a Championship contending team again. Jason Kidd might have played his last NBA game being the oldest player on the court at the age of 39. So  Mark Cuban is just losing talent left and right. Dallas just became the second team (who was the defending champs) in the past five seasons to have been swept in the first round of the NBA playoffs. OKC now awaits to play the winner of the L.A Lakers v.s Denver Nuggets series.