Posts Tagged ‘Kobe Bryant’


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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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After the struggles we’ve seen from the los Angeles Lakers who are 15-16 one of their stars has a word to say.

Kobe speaks his mind saying “we’re old as shit,” but that’s nothing new. He then continued,”You just saw an old damn team,I don’t know how else to put it to you. We’re just slow. You saw a team over there that was just younger and just had fresher legs and just played with more energy, and we were just stuck in the mud. I think individually we all have to figure out how to get ourselves ready each and every game to have a high level of energy. That’s all that is.” All this was said following their 103-99 to the Philadelphia 76ers.

This statement wasn’t just made about the loss but of all their struggles this far. Honestly to me excuses are excuses.
Look at Jason Kidd is doing, he’s also old but he isn’t slowing down. I think that this has come to a surprise to them because just a season ago this team was making noise and they could have even been in the finals and now their foresight isn’t even looking like they’ll make the playoffs.

If L.A continues on this road what will the future hold for them and Dwight Howard. Howard won’t want to stay in L.A if they continue to play like crap.

A better excuse would have been to say that right now this team is unstable because of the coaching situation that’s been on going.

What the Lakers need to do is stop finding excuses get back to practice and find a new game plan that works for the players and not for the coach.


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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.


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!

 


Up until today the race for the scoring title was as close as can be. Kevin Durant led Kobe Bryant by a mere 0.2 point average. Today the Lakers and Kobe made the tough decision to sit him out of tonight’s season finale.Durant will be winning the scoring title for the second year in a row. Kobe needed 38 points tonight which was possible but wasn’t likely. I mean a scoring title is a big deal but you have to look at the bigger picture; saving your star player for the playoffs and trying to avoid injury, and that’s exactly what the Laker organization did there. Sounding as cocky as we’ve known him to be, Kobe said this on the decision to sit tonight,”The scoring title is not that important. We know I can do it. We know I can go out and score 38 points. The most important thing is sending the right message to the group, which is putting a championship above all else. That means rest. That means letting other guys play. That means us getting ready for Sunday .”Kobe finished the season averaging 27.86 points and Durant 28.03. Durant is still in the race for MVP with the Miami Heat’s Lebron James and Chicago’s Derrick Rose. I congratulate both Kobe and Durant on a tremendous season.