LeBron James’ Game 4 tear drop winning basket from all camera angles
LeBron James’ Game 4 tear drop winning basket from all camera angles
Witness… Part 2. The LeBron James Legacy continues
Below find LeBron James’ letter to Sports Illustrated followed by Bill Simmons from ESPN’s Grantland take on James’ return home to West Akron and the Cleveland Cavaliers.
On a quick side note, I lived in Fairlawn, Ohio & Bath, Ohio where LeBron lives now and I’ve had the pleasure of meeting LeBron in our earlier days. He is a class act, has always been a class act and now that he has settled into the role of being a father, man, provider, champion… The return home is a glorious and welcome one. I have of course moved down south to my original hometown of Sarasota, FL and if LeBron makes it down this way, he is more then welcome to stop by for a home cooked meal.
BY LEBRON JAMES (AS TOLD TO LEE JENKINS)
Before anyone ever cared where I would play basketball, I was a kid from Northeast Ohio. It’s where I walked. It’s where I ran. It’s where I cried. It’s where I bled. It holds a special place in my heart. People there have seen me grow up. I sometimes feel like I’m their son. Their passion can be overwhelming. But it drives me. I want to give them hope when I can. I want to inspire them when I can. My relationship with Northeast Ohio is bigger than basketball. I didn’t realize that four years ago. I do now.
Remember when I was sitting up there at the Boys & Girls Club in 2010? I was thinking, This is really tough. I could feel it. I was leaving something I had spent a long time creating. If I had to do it all over again, I’d obviously do things differently, but I’d still have left. Miami, for me, has been almost like college for other kids. These past four years helped raise me into who I am. I became a better player and a better man. I learned from a franchise that had been where I wanted to go. I will always think of Miami as my second home. Without the experiences I had there, I wouldn’t be able to do what I’m doing today.
I went to Miami because of D-Wade and CB. We made sacrifices to keep UD. I loved becoming a big bro to Rio. I believed we could do something magical if we came together. And that’s exactly what we did! The hardest thing to leave is what I built with those guys. I’ve talked to some of them and will talk to others. Nothing will ever change what we accomplished. We are brothers for life. I also want to thank Micky Arison and Pat Riley for giving me an amazing four years.
I’m doing this essay because I want an opportunity to explain myself uninterrupted. I don’t want anyone thinking: He and Erik Spoelstra didn’t get along. … He and Riles didn’t get along. … The Heat couldn’t put the right team together. That’s absolutely not true.
I’m not having a press conference or a party. After this, it’s time to get to work.
When I left Cleveland, I was on a mission. I was seeking championships, and we won two. But Miami already knew that feeling. Our city hasn’t had that feeling in a long, long, long time. My goal is still to win as many titles as possible, no question. But what’s most important for me is bringing one trophy back to Northeast Ohio.
I always believed that I’d return to Cleveland and finish my career there. I just didn’t know when. After the season, free agency wasn’t even a thought. But I have two boys and my wife, Savannah, is pregnant with a girl. I started thinking about what it would be like to raise my family in my hometown. I looked at other teams, but I wasn’t going to leave Miami for anywhere except Cleveland. The more time passed, the more it felt right. This is what makes me happy.
To make the move I needed the support of my wife and my mom, who can be very tough. The letter from Dan Gilbert, the booing of the Cleveland fans, the jerseys being burned — seeing all that was hard for them. My emotions were more mixed. It was easy to say, “OK, I don’t want to deal with these people ever again.” But then you think about the other side. What if I were a kid who looked up to an athlete, and that athlete made me want to do better in my own life, and then he left? How would I react? I’ve met with Dan, face-to-face, man-to-man. We’ve talked it out. Everybody makes mistakes. I’ve made mistakes as well. Who am I to hold a grudge?
I’m not promising a championship. I know how hard that is to deliver. We’re not ready right now. No way. Of course, I want to win next year, but I’m realistic. It will be a long process, much longer than it was in 2010. My patience will get tested. I know that. I’m going into a situation with a young team and a new coach. I will be the old head. But I get a thrill out of bringing a group together and helping them reach a place they didn’t know they could go. I see myself as a mentor now and I’m excited to lead some of these talented young guys. I think I can help Kyrie Irving become one of the best point guards in our league. I think I can help elevate Tristan Thompson and Dion Waiters. And I can’t wait to reunite with Anderson Varejao, one of my favorite teammates.
But this is not about the roster or the organization. I feel my calling here goes above basketball. I have a responsibility to lead, in more ways than one, and I take that very seriously. My presence can make a difference in Miami, but I think it can mean more where I’m from. I want kids in Northeast Ohio, like the hundreds of Akron third-graders I sponsor through my foundation, to realize that there’s no better place to grow up. Maybe some of them will come home after college and start a family or open a business. That would make me smile. Our community, which has struggled so much, needs all the talent it can get.
In Northeast Ohio, nothing is given. Everything is earned. You work for what you have.
I’m ready to accept the challenge. I’m coming home.
As Promised, below find a couple parts of Bill Simmons most recent article;
Why LeBron James — unparalleled NBA genius, heir to Michael (and Larry and Magic) — went home
BY BILL SIMMONS ON JULY 11, 2014
Yeah, I read LeBron James’s classy letter in Sports Illustrated. I believe him. I think he wanted to come home. I think he always wanted to come home.
In the summer of 2010, LeBron handled everything wrong. He knows that now. His hometown turned on him. His former owner excoriated him. Everyone else hated what he did. We turned him into a wrestling heel, pushed him to a dark place, affected his personality, planted seeds of doubt that blossomed like a black rose during the 2011 Finals. It took LeBron nearly 15 months to recover from the damage, both mentally and physically, and when he did, he captured two straight MVPs and his first two NBA titles.
But he never forgot what happened, and deep down, he probably always wanted to atone. When the time arrived this summer, he flipped the script on us. This wasn’t a 24-7, overplanned reality show like the one in 2010. He said nothing. He hinted at nothing. During the first week of July, his agent took every meeting. During the second week, LeBron stayed in Las Vegas and made everyone come to him. He announced his decision in an online piece titled “I’m Coming Home,” then he flew to Brazil for the World Cup. So much for the Boys & Girls Club and Jim Gray.
Those four Miami seasons made me sure of one thing: He’s one of the greatest NBA players ever. Now he’s pursuing a greater challenge: bringing Cleveland its first title in 50 years in any sport. Add everything up and it’s the best possible story. He’s the conquering hero who came home, and, hopefully, will conquer again.
It’s also not entirely accurate. I think LeBron would have stayed in Miami — for at least one or two more years — if he truly believed he had a chance to keep winning there.
If you think of him like a genius, it makes more sense. He’s smarter about basketball than you and me, and, really, anyone else. He sees things that we can’t see. During that last Miami season, I don’t think he liked what he saw from his teammates. LeBron James wanted to come back to Cleveland, but he also wanted to flee Miami. His heart told him to leave, but so did his brain. And his brain works like very few brains — not just now, but ever.
Who could have guessed that LeBron had only seven Miami games left? At the time, I thought their gamble to keep resting Wade at the expense of LeBron — which I never agreed with — was improbably paying off. I thought they were headed for a three-peat. I thought LeBron was never leaving Miami. I couldn’t see the things that he saw.
I watched Game 4 from our NBA Countdown set, sitting on the metal steps, and at one point, I emailed an NBA Entertainment friend asking if their photographer could snap a picture. I thought it could be a cool photo — me wearing a blue suit, surrounded by happy Heat fans dressed in white, the Celtics fan trapped in enemy territory, all of us watching someone at the peak of their powers. I just wanted to have it for 30 years from now. I know that sounds sappy, but that’s how I felt.
The truth is, I didn’t know when this would be happening again. And I still don’t.
Magic and Bird were done before I graduated college. Jordan came and went before I turned 30. Duncan, Kobe, Hakeem and Shaq never quite got there — all of them were great, but they were never GREAT. Durant might be a magnificent scorer and an even better teammate, but it’s hard to imagine him getting to that last level. After him, you’re looking at Anthony Davis — someone with an infinitely better chance of becoming the next Duncan than a basketball genius — and there’s nobody on the immediate horizon. This might be it for a while.
So yeah, I wanted a picture. Shoot me. I was there for Larry. I was there for Magic. I was there for Michael. And I was there for LeBron James. Now he’s bringing his genius back to Cleveland. It’s the right move at the right time for the right guy. This will be fun.
LeBron James To Opt Out Of Deal and become free agent.
by Chris Broussard
LeBron James’ agent, Rich Paul, has informed the Miami Heat that James will exercise his early termination option and become an unrestricted free agent on July 1.
Opting out does not mean that James has decided to leave the Heat, sources said.
James, a four-time NBA MVP, had until June 30 to decide whether to opt out of the final two years of his contract with the Heat. He was scheduled to make $20 million next season and had two years and about $42.7 million remaining on his deal.
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Like a gladiator who just slayed the mythical 3 headed beast, Dirk Nowitzki stalked off the court in a focused frenzy. His emotions welling up so forceful that only his immense amount of jersey fabric shielding his face covered the tears that started to flow.
The Dallas Mavericks had just won the NBA Championship, and all was right in the world again.
Akin to Luke Skywalker or Dark Knight type of story, the villainous trio of LeBron James, Chris Bosh and likable Dwayne Wade were struck down by the force. The force of camaraderie, the force of teamwork, the force of knowing one’s role in a setting. While the Miami Heat put on this show of best buddies goofing around and the tired press conferences with LeBron flanked by Dwayne as if he was there for moral support or to finish each others’ sentences. The rest of this team was discovered to be exactly what most thought they were. Soulless mercenaries. Mike Bibby gave up $6 million plus to bring his defense? 3-point shooting? dribbling skills! Zydrunas brought a cool nickname in Big Z. Mario Chalmers showed some passion and by the time Udonis Haslem showed up, you could see some fight in the dog. Chris Bosh has an extensive bowtie collection (pure speculation). Dwayne Wade appeared to be the only one with an actual pulse and passion for winning. Maybe it’s because he is the only one who has won a title, save for Eddie House, who got to play in the 4th quarter. The 4th quarter where over-hyped, over-marketed, under-fundamentally sound LeBron James started on the bench.
The largest free agent in the recent history of the NBA started the 4th quarter of the NBA final game in which his team had to win or go home, on the bench. Not even mentioning that he had 72 year (age approximate) old Jason Kidd guarding him when Dallas’ wasn’t playing zone, 2 time MVP Bron Bron, was a deer in headlights on the interstate with cars whizzing by and instead of grabbing his teammates by the scruff of their necks and rallying them up for a defensive lockdown, he pissed himself and sat down. LeBron filled his stat sheet in the first 3 quarters of each game, even logging his trademark triple double in Game 5. Ultimately, the 4th quarter is where the will to win disappeared in the Chosen one. The King had no Castle, only jesters. The Empire crumbled and as valiant as D-Wade and Chalmers tried, the might of J.J. Barea, Jason Terry, Yoda (J-Kidd), Tyson Chandler and Dirk were simply too much for the hired guns to handle.
On the other side of the coin, the Dallas Mavericks. Cleveland’s team! Dan Gilbert, (CEO of the Cleveland Cavaliers and former LeBron James employer) immediately sent a supportive, yet vindictive tweet that couldn’t have been said better, by 100 thousand former LeBron fans. Jason Terry, a lovable loser who had tattooed the Larry O’Brien trophy on his right bicep, finally was vindicated and we can all appreciate his energy as he ran LeBron James ragged. Jason Kidd, who in his 17 year career, has dealt with coming close to an NBA championship twice, a rough divorce, years of playing on thin teams and critics saying he had nothing left in the tank. Truth is, he was just on cruise control and he hit the nitrous in the playoffs! JJ Barea was the sparkplug to the engine. Like an informercial, I just kept hearing the announcer yell, “It slices, it dices, it shreds your defense!” Tyson Chandler was all-world. He incarnated Rodman with the tip rebounds and battled Haslem, Joel Anthony & Chris Bosh each game. Finally, Dirk. Class Act. Champion. Good stuff.
The main thing that perplexed me, was watching the last 5 minutes of the game, realizing the Miami Heat, playing in front of their white T-shirt clad fans down by 8 points had every chance in the world to take control of the game and force a Game 7. Instead of full pressure defense or running set plays or at least getting to the rim. A lackadaisical half court defense ensued with a 3 point shot being taken by LeBron and Chalmers. Brick and Brick. Dallas comes down the court with Nowitzki draining jumpers that look like they’ve been dropped from the rafters by angels. Even with the stink of desperation sinking in and the emotion in the arena being sucked out, Miami still had a chance. But alas, no passion, no heart, no desire to win. Walking around, half hearted efforts finally vanquished by another Dallas drive or Nowitzki jumper!
When the merciful ending arrived and the victors received their spoils, there was an earnest sincerity in the way they celebrated as they deserved the title.
To the Miami Heat,
The Boston Celtics send their Thanks, the Cleveland Cavaliers send Pity and Closure and the Dallas Mavericks could care less. They got the hardware!
With in essence a best of 3 series remaining, I make my prognostication, which ironically is still the same as if the series was a best of 7.
I pick the Dallas Mavericks in 7 games.
I think the talent of Miami is strong as long as the Big 3 all bring something to the table, but like a tripod, if you can take a leg out, then it will not stand.
Dallas on the other hand seems to lack the same endurance as the Heat, but I believe experience and sheer WILLPOWER & Heart will prevail.
Cavericks in 7.
I mean the Maveliers in 7.
Shooting Stones in a Glass Stadium.
LeBron James decides to take another shot at the already belittled Cleveland Cavaliers who are fighting but more realistically slogging their way through a dismal season trying to avoid being the lowliest team in all of the NBA.
The other night, the Cavs were almost doubled up by the 2-time defending champion Los Angeles Lakers 112 -57. In the waning moments of one of, if not, the most forgettable game of the season so far, LeBron James decided to take to Twitter and drop his petty tweet.
“Crazy. Karma is a b****.. Gets you every time. Its not good to wish bad on anybody. God sees everything!” … Ouch. This felt similar to the moment a fight starts and one fighter gets that jelly-legged punch to the gut, and when the rise back up from the shock, there is left cross and uppercut waiting. Boom! Pow! Whaaaam!
Fast forward 24 hours to LeBron injuring his ankle in a loss to the Los Angeles Clippers 111-105. AWESOME!
Now, LeBron has been trying to run from his tweet, ever since it made headlines. His excuses are straight out of Jim Caldwells book of rambling fallacies. Spare us LeBron. You tweeted a low down & dirty message and in hindsight you realize it wouldn’t be received well… Sounds familiar… How did you make this “Decision”?
Bottom line is your “friends” at your Management company, especially Maverick are just plain sloppy when it comes to Public Relations and although you are at your core a good person with strong roots in Akron, your guidance and “shoot from the hip” actions of recent have dinged your reputation and potential legacy deeply.
As a former fan of the Cavaliers and yourself, I freed myself from the burdens of perennial losing as you did, I just did it quietly and respectfully.
Go Magic & Celtics! and why not. Go Clippers!
LeBron James makes Dan Gilbert and the citizens of Cleveland Martyrs!
By Trey Kerby
While Dan Gilbert’s rage in Comic Sans didn’t do him any favors with David Stern, Jesse Jackson or Miami Heat superstars, it did win over some pretty important people — Cleveland Cavaliers fans. Distraught by the loss of their marquee player, Cavs fans embraced Gilbert’s guarantees and disgust with LeBron James(notes). Now they’re taking things a step further than just agreeing with him — they’re helping him.
After being hit with a $100,000 fine for his ode to anger, Gilbert received an offer of his own from some Clevelanders who totally agree with everything he said, if not his font choice. From the Associated Press:
Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert has more fans and friends than he ever knew.
His emotional, controversial letter criticizing LeBron James for leaving to join Miami spawned an outpouring of fan support for Gilbert. A team spokesman said the team has received thousands of e-mails and phone calls, including some from fans offering to help Gilbert pay a $100,000 NBA-imposed fine.
Well, that’s nice. Very nice. Probably not allowed by the NBA in any way, shape or form, but it’s the thought that counts.
And while Gilbert is more than happy to take people’s money in the form of high-interest loans, he has opted not to accept these fans’ offers to pay his fine.
“The humbling offer by so many is another reflection of the strength of Cavs fans and the people who live and work in this region and are always the first to step up and have each other’s back,” Gilbert said. “I will pay this fine myself, but would be grateful and highly appreciative for any fan who redirects the dollars they kindly offered to contribute towards this fine to the Cavaliers Youth Fund, which will positively impact our region’s kids through the numerous local charitable groups the Cavaliers Youth Fund supports.”
Even though it’s gotten him in some trouble with the league, Gilbert’s pretty much nailed the PR part of losing LeBron James, at least in Cleveland. He showed the fans he was upset just like them, and that’s sure to help them want to stay attached to the team. Now, he’s trying to turn his fine into something good for the area. Good thinking, really.
Maybe all it will take for Dan Gilbert to become a beloved figure in Ohio is the loss of the best player in Cavaliers history. Every owner should try it.
An article by Mitch Lawrence on Fox Sports that sums up an emotional response that I have had. The battle of Good vs. Evil in the NBA… In reality, guys like Steve Nash, Kevin Durant, Dwight Howard and Tim Duncan going against the martyrs such as Kobe Bryant, the new pariah LeBron James and other rancid personalities including Ron Artest, Gilbert Arenas, Joahkim Noah, etc is good for the NBA, but I couldn’t agree more with Mitch Lawrence about this miscarriage of justice in putting this team together.
For me, its not about the, “What’s best for _______________ (Insert full NBA name here) _____________ (“And my family”) but more about young superstars in their respective prime, bolting the city’s that loved, worshipped and basically let them call the shots about teammates, plays, staff, etc. LeBron is 25, and he was in Cleveland for 7 years. He seemed to not put a full effort into the playoffs this year, as he had done in the past, which makes me think this collusion agreement had already been discussed and agreed upon with the 3 guys far in advance. (See Bill Simmons article, which eludes to this through a past reader comment and observations)
NBA needs a little more hater-ade
Fox Sports — Mitch Lawrence
If you heard Cleveland owner Dan Gilbert wig out over LeBron James’ defection to the Miami Heat, you know that hate is alive and well.
To be honest, it’s good to see. It’s good to see Cavs fans burning James’ jersey after he stuck it to his hometown team and quit on the Cavaliers one more time, just for good measure. It’s good to see Gilbert post a 400-word diatribe on his team’s Web site, where he laid out James as if he were Kevin McHale putting the clothesline to Kurt Rambis.
Gilbert called it an act of “cowardly betrayal.’’
We agree, because after all the Cavs did for James in his seven-plus seasons, King Bailout didn’t even have the decency to tell Gilbert face-to-face that he was leaving town. After he kept Gilbert in the dark during free agency, he owed him that much. But LeBron wimped out, just as he did against Boston. He had one of his cronies call Gilbert with the worst news to hit Cleveland since Art Modell took the Browns to Baltimore.
It was also good to see Gilbert then take his bitterness up a few more notches, accusing James of tanking in several playoff games, including his epically feeble performance in Game 5 against Boston, which turned out to be his last home game as a Cavalier.
“He quit,” Gilbert said. “Not just in Game 5, but in games 2, 4 and 6. Watch the tape. The Boston series was unlike anything in the history of sports for a superstar.”
The NBA will have no comment on Gilbert’s assault-and-battery of one of the game’s top stars, because the league doesn’t know what to make of it. The league was unprepared to deal with all the craziness brought on by the great gold rush of 2010, let alone the unprecedented public vitriol an owner had for his franchise player.
“He has gotten a free pass,” Gilbert told the Associated Press the night of “The Decision,’’ knowing his comments would be transmitted to the farthest points on the globe. “People have covered up for [James] for way too long. Tonight we saw who he really is. It’s not about him leaving. It’s the disrespect. It’s time for people to hold these athletes accountable for their actions. Is this the way you raise your children? I’ve been holding this all in for a long time.’’
FOX SPORTS POLL
Dan Gilbert’s reaction to LeBron has been … 37%—-Ridiculous ******* 63%—-Righteous!
Can you feel the hate? The world is a much more interesting place when people are at each other’s throats and don’t hide their true emotions. Sort of like the NBA back in the ’80s, when Boston and L.A. used to meet in the Finals. Or when the Knicks and Heat or Knicks and Bulls played in the ’90s.
But lately, the NBA has the scene of one, big sickening love-fest, starting with the players. Everybody’s buddies. The top guys even get to play together on Team USA, fostering the dangerous alliances we see today.
So who can be the least bit surprised when two megastars, James and Dwyane Wade, trash the time-honored tradition of leading their own separate teams. Joining forces normally doesn’t happen until players are well past their primes. When Karl Malone jumped to the Lakers in 2004, he was a week short of his 40th birthday, and he had been busting his butt, trying to win a ring, in Utah for 18 years. By that late date, nobody was offended by the move.
But here, James quit on the Cavs when he’s still only 25. And Wade threw his buddy a life preserver when he’s still only 28.
If this is a new model for building teams, somebody needs to take a hammer to it.
In the wake of LeBron James’s decision to leave the Cleveland Cavaliers and join the Miami Heat, Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert posted an open letter to fans on the team’s website. Mr. Gilbert, the 48-year-old chairman and founder of Quicken Loans Inc. and Rock Financial, became the majority owner of the Cavs in March 2005. (Read related article: LeBron James to Sign With Miami Heat.)
Dear Cleveland, All Of Northeast Ohio and Cleveland Cavaliers Supporters Wherever You May Be Tonight;
As you now know, our former hero, who grew up in the very region that he deserted this evening, is no longer a Cleveland Cavalier.
This was announced with a several day, narcissistic, self-promotional build-up culminating with a national TV special of his “decision” unlike anything ever “witnessed” in the history of sports and probably the history of entertainment.
Clearly, this is bitterly disappointing to all of us.
The good news is that the ownership team and the rest of the hard-working, loyal, and driven staff over here at your hometown Cavaliers have not betrayed you nor NEVER will betray you.
There is so much more to tell you about the events of the recent past and our more than exciting future. Over the next several days and weeks, we will be communicating much of that to you.
You simply don’t deserve this kind of cowardly betrayal.
You have given so much and deserve so much more.
In the meantime, I want to make one statement to you tonight:
“I PERSONALLY GUARANTEE THAT THE CLEVELAND CAVALIERS WILL WIN AN NBA CHAMPIONSHIP BEFORE THE SELF-TITLED FORMER ‘KING’ WINS ONE”
You can take it to the bank.
If you thought we were motivated before tonight to bring the hardware to Cleveland, I can tell you that this shameful display of selfishness and betrayal by one of our very own has shifted our “motivation” to previously unknown and previously never experienced levels.
Some people think they should go to heaven but NOT have to die to get there.
Sorry, but that’s simply not how it works.
This shocking act of disloyalty from our home grown “chosen one” sends the exact opposite lesson of what we would want our children to learn. And “who” we would want them to grow-up to become.
But the good news is that this heartless and callous action can only serve as the antidote to the so-called “curse” on Cleveland, Ohio.
The self-declared former “King” will be taking the “curse” with him down south. And until he does “right” by Cleveland and Ohio, James (and the town where he plays) will unfortunately own this dreaded spell and bad karma.
Sleep well, Cleveland.
Tomorrow is a new and much brighter day….
I PROMISE you that our energy, focus, capital, knowledge and experience will be directed at one thing and one thing only:
DELIVERING YOU the championship you have long deserved and is long overdue….
He may wear the annointed crown, but he sits, in his checkered purple and white shirt, ringless.
That situation may change in less then a year as the Miami Heat looked poised to challenge the defending champion Los Angeles Lakers for the title.
The other contenders are either a year older or a player removed from seriously challenging, at this point, on paper.
Boston Celtics… The same argument of age and being too old applies this upcoming season as well.
Orlando Magic.. After losing Hedo Turtle-glue, they just seem to be missing something… Maybe its Rashard Lewis sucking more then a black hole… actually, I think I just gave Rashard his new nickname! Kobe is the “Black Mamba” and Rashard is the “Black Hole”.
Phoenix… No Amare = No Chance
Dallas… Hey look its Dirk Nowitzki and a first round playoff loss!
Denver… Carmelo has NY on the brain… Denver goes, at best, 2nd round
San Antonio… Age and injuries are getting the best of this TEAM.
Atlanta… Haha… Joe Johnson robbed this team for all they are worth… $120 million for Joe Johnson… and for David Blaine’s next act he will put Atlanta in a block of ice and they will remain there until Mike Bibby and ZaZa move on or shoot better then 30%.
Chicago… Derrick Rose & Carlos Boozer will put them into the playoffs and they will put up a good fight, but we don’t see them going to the finals.
Milwaukee… A strong TEAM, but not finals worthy.
Charlotte… Snoozefest, unless Jordan laces em up… nevermind.
Portland… We actually like Portland this season…maybe the dark horse that loses to the lakers.
Finally, the Los Angeles Lakers… Kobe, Gasol, Bynum, Artest, fisher/Blake, etc… If Bynum is healthy, then Lakers are just too big inside for the Heat, but If the load falls on Gasol and Odom, then certainly there is a chance that the Heat can score enough to win the series. Ultimately, the strength of having 3 great scorers like LBJ, Wade and Bosh is the speed and agility with which they attack, score, counterattack on fast breaks. The con is, the speed of play on the playoffs sloooooows down tremendously and the game becomes a defensive battle to the fullest! This is where we see a roster of 3 stars and some random characters falling short. Defensively.
We see the Lakers 3-peating.
But maybe the Heat will sign Carmelo as well.