On July 8, 2010 Lebron James’ notorious Espn television special “The Decision” had shocked the sports world as he left his hometown Cleveland and joined the Miami Heat. Lebron’s desire to win a championship was strong and that is why … Continue reading
It is almost playoff time in the NBA. For basketball fans, it is the best time of the year. You never know who will make a run, and who will become a legend in NBA history. Every team has a chance in the playoffs. But there is always a team that seems unbeatable in a seven game series. This year it is the Heat. After a bad loss to the Pacers in early February, it looked like the Heat were easily beatable. They then went on to win 27 straight games, manhandling some of the best teams in the league. How can they possibly be so good night in and night out? Here are 5 ways they beat you.
1. Three point shooting
The Heat were one of the best shooting teams in the league last year, and they have become twice as good this year. With the edition of the greatest three point shooter of all time, Ray Allen, and even better shooting from Lebron and Norris Cole, teams are forced to play tight defense on the heat. If you don’t, you kiss any chance of a win goodbye. When you do play tight D, they just let Lebron and Wade beat you to the basket.
When you watch the Heat play consistently, you notice something every game. Almost every shot the Heat take is a good look. All of the players are willing to make that extra pass to get the best look possible. It is even more impressive when you consider the especially good shooting they have. This unselfishness is priceless when it comes down to a game seven in the playoffs.
When the Heat lost to the Mavericks in the 2011 Finals, the coaching staff sat down and decided they needed to change their offense. With all the skill Miami has, they cannot afford to play like the rest of the league. The Heat incorporated a post offense for Lebron and Wade, opposed to leaving them on the perimeter, and it has paid dividends for them. Once they get going, they can just kick it out to their three point shooters. It is simple, but efficient.
The edition of Chris “Birdman” Andersen has really improved a good defense to a great defense. Lebron and Wade both are very strong forces on defense, but the Heat were lacking a strong piece to stick in the game for 15 minutes a night to help down low. Andersen has provided that, and now players are finding it even harder to get past the red hot Heat with the Bird standing in the middle.
5. Lebron James
Lebron is Lebron. There is nothing to describe the level that he is playing at right now. Teams used to play off of him and let him beat them with his shooting. Now he can actually shoot the ball. When you play up on him, he explodes to the basket and finishes with a layup or a dunk. When you play off of him, he just hits the jumper in your face. He used to be made fun of for not being able to finish in the clutch. Now it has become his trademark. He is “Jordanesc”.
With these 5 things going for them, the Heat are the best team in the league.
The NBA today is filled with many superstars. There is always controversy on who are the best all around players in the league. I am going to tell you who I think are the top ten players in the NBA … Continue reading
To be honest there is only two people in the race for the coveted regular season NBA MVP award, Lebron James and Kevin Durant. Each are having amazing seasons in their own rights, and it will be a tough decision to decide who wins. Lebron is the ultimate all around player, but Durant is the best scorer and clutch player in the league.
Lebron James plays for the Miami Heat, who are the best team in the east. Lebron is currently averaging 27.3 points, 8.1 rebounds and 7.3 assists per game and making 57% of his field goals. He also had a historic stretch this season where he averaged 30 points a game for six games on 60% shooting. This was the first time in NBA history that anyone has done this.
Kevin Durant is on the Oklahoma City Thunder, who has one of the best records in the league. He is currently averaging 28.6 points, 7.7 rebounds and 4.6 assists per game and making 51% of his field goals. Kevin is also a member of the 50-40-90 club, which means he averages 50% from the field, 40% from three and 90% from the free throw line. He is among legends in this club like Larry Bird and Steve Nash.
These both players, whoever gets the award, deserves it. Both Kevin Durant and Lebron James are deserving of the MVP award.
Every year the MVP discussion brings many different opinions for the winner of the most prestigious individual award. This award is defined as the most valuable player to his/her team in a season or the playoffs. Being the MVP means so much more than just a trophy. To receive this award one must be the best in what they do, and help their team more than anyone else in the league. All the winners that have retired are in the Hall of Fame. The seven who are not in the Hall of Fame are still active in professional basketball. These seven are Derrick Rose, LeBron James, Steve Nash, Tim Duncan, Kevin Garnett, Allen Iverson, and Dirk Nowitzki. Every single one of these men are definite Hall of Famers (with the exception of Derrick Rose because he is still young).
Every player in the NBA is outstanding at the game of basketball. Every player was the best player on their high school team, and most were the best on their college team, and some are the best on their professional team. Of the players in the conversation this year, I believe that there are four players who have a reasonable chance to win the award.
- The favorite is reigning MVP and World Champion, LeBron James. He has been on a tear leading up to All-Star weekend, and is a nightmare to face. He can score 30 points with ease every night, and shut down every player in the league. Over the off season he developed a solid mid range jump shot and a rapidly improving three point shot. The only negative is that he is on the best talent wise team in the league, and while he helps the Miami Heat a lot, they have two other all-stars in Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh. He is averaging 27.3 points per game, 6.9 rebounds per game, 8.2 assists per game, and he’s capable of a triple double every night.
- The most promising young player in the NBA is Kevin Durant. He is almost 7 feet tall, but has the ball handling skills to play a shooting guard. He has one of the prettiest releases of a three pointer in the league. Playing with Russell Westbrook makes the Oklahoma City Thunder “a highlight a second team”. He needs more muscle to his frame, but he is very mature for his age. He is averaging 29.2 points a game, 7.4 rebounds per game, and 4.4 assists per game, all above his career averages. He can score the ball from almost any spot past half court, with unlimited range, and he has a massive array of moves in the paint.
- The person who has the most significant improvement from last year to this one is Carmelo Anthony. He has brought a New York Knicks squad to a 32-18 record, and made Madison Square Garden one of the most feared places to play an away game. Carmelo is near the top of the league in scoring with 28.6 a game and is hitting the boards more efficiently grabbing 6.5 rebounds per game this season. By playing power forward, he is a matchup nightmare. If you have a power forward guard him, he will use his speed to go by his defender, but if you put a small forward on him, he will use his power to get to the rim. He has allowed players such as Steve Novak, Raymond Felton, and J.R. Smith to play better.
- The player who is the “sleeper” in this group is Tony Parker. The San Antonio Spurs never get enough attention across the country, but Tony has led them to a league leading 42-12 record coming into the All-Star break. Tim Duncan is still an important player in the NBA because Tony is such a magnificent leader. In games that fellow stars Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili have to rest, because they are aging, he leads the Spurs to victory. He is averaging 20.8 points per game, and 7.6 assists per game. If this award truly means the player most valuable to his team wins, then Tony Parker is the deserving recipient.
Any one of the players in this group of four can come away with this award, and all of them are deserving. Each player is an all-star, and are very valuable to their respective teams. LeBron is on the team with the best record in the Eastern Conference, and Carmelo and the Knicks are second in the East. Tony and his Spurs are in first in the West, while Durant and the Thunder are right behind them. Each player is giving their team victories, which is all that the fans want.
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The most grueling debate in sports. Who is better, MJ or Lebron? This should be a no-brainer, but our society today has the dignity to question if Lebron James is better than the greatest player to ever play the game: Michael Jordan. Most people that try to debate that Lebron is the best ever never really saw Michael play, including myself. Although, from seeing highlights and watching NBA classic games on NBA TV, I discovered how amazing the guy on my sneakers truly was.
Michael Jordan won six championships, five finals MVP awards (Most Valuable Player), five regular season MVP awards, and fourteen all-star game appearances. No one else has ever surpassed Jordan with this quantity or variety of awards and championships, including Lebron. Lebron James currently has one championship, one finals MVP award, three regular season MVP awards, and eight all-star game appearances. Although, Lebron is still a young player and has years left in his career, MJ’s records may be unreachable for Mr. James. Michael’s statistics are outstanding. Throughout his entire fifteen year career he averaged 30.1 points per game, which is the most in NBA history. MJ had 32,292 points in his career, which ranks third in all time points scored. I don’t believe it is fair to Lebron to compare him to Jordan who has some of the best statistics ever.
Some people believe whoever has the most championships is the best player. In some cases that may be true, but Bill Russell has eleven championships and he is not considered the best ever. The fine line of how to measure who is the best player ever is nearly impossible. The debate seems clear between MJ, Lebron, and occasionally Kobe Bryant. If we were to rank the players by championships Michael would still be on top, then Kobe, and lastly Lebron. Therefore, deciding how great a player is cannot be ranked by championships because it does not define the player themselves. Michael Jordan has a will to win greater than anyone to ever play the game and in my opinion, he still does. Although, Lebron does have a will to win and is the best player of our generation, he only has had a taste of the winning MJ accomplished.
Michael Jordan is still the best player to have set foot on the basketball court. Even though Lebron james has proven to be one of the best players ever, he hasn’t reached Jordan’s level. Michael Jordan’s numbers compared to Lebron just don’t match up yet. The numbers never lie.
Last year the NBA championship was won by the Miami Heat. This year the Heat are doing great just like last year. They are first place in their division and conference. I believe that the Heat are going to make it to the championship again and face the Oklahoma City Thunder. LeBron James always gets criticized for not having as many rings as Kobe Bryant or Michael Jordan and he deserves more rings. If LeBron plays his best basketball like he has been doing there is no reason the Heat won’t win the championship. Last years MVP award went to LeBron James and this year he is playing noticeably better. The NBA’s season is half over and the MVP trophy should just be given to LeBron because he is head and shoulders above everyone of the MVP candidates.
This season he has broken many records and opened many people’s eyes. He had 6 consecutive games with 30 plus points which is almost unheard of. James in those 6 games also, he became the 1st player in the history of the NBA to shoot at least 60% from the field and score at least 30 points. He has gotten much better from last year. Compared to last year his field goal percentage, three-point percentage, number of rebounds, assists and blocks are all up. The only stat that went down is turnovers, so he doesn’t give the ball away as much.
I believe that LeBron James is the best player that ever played in the NBA. He is the definition of the “jack of all trades”. He can play any position on the court and play it well unlike any other player. This is because of his combination of speed, size, strength, and jumping ability. He can beat you outside on the 3 point line, he can beat you on the post up and mid range shots, and he can also beat you in the paint and fastbreak. There is no other player like him that ever played or ever will. LeBron will end his career with a statement made to his critics.
As we approach the upcoming All-Star break, we look at who to vote for, for what is considered one of the most watched non championship sports matches. Of course there will be no surprises this year. Lebron James, Kobe Bryant, Dwight Howard, etc. will all get in. But after this fun filled weekend, we get into the longest stretch of the year for the players and front offices in this coveted sport. The two months before the start of the playoffs. It is in these two months that we find out who are the most valuable players in the NBA. If you think i have left out anyone, please comment.
10. Lamarcus Aldridge, Portland Trail Blazers
The Blazers are usually a non-playoff team before the season even starts. But due to Aldridge’s 20 points and 8 rebounds a game, they have creeped into the Western Conference playoff picture. Last year Lamarcus missed a lot of the season, and the Blazers couldn’t even get to .500. Its simple. No Aldridge, no playoffs.
9. David Lee, Golden State Warriors
It has been a tough year for big men in the NBA this year(Pau Gasol, Howard, Kevin Love), but through all the injuries, David Lee has proven yet again, that he can wreck havoc in the paint, with 20 points and 11 rebounds a game. Oh Yeah, the Warriors are 22-12 this year, better than their Laker neighbors .
8. Tony Parker, San Antonio Spurs
I have always admired the Spurs for their hard work and dedication to playing good defense and winning games, but it never occurred to me until this year that Parker is the reason that works. Sure he is not the most flashy player, but he is still passing great (7.2 dishes) and dominating (18 points a game). With Manu Ginobili turning into a role player, Parker becomes even more important for an aging Spurs team.
7. Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City Thunder
People say he shoots too much. Those people can chew on 8 assists per game for the young fellow, and a .422 shooting percentage. How do you think Durant gets 29 points a game?! Certainly doesn’t get open from great passes from anybody else. Oh yea, and he is scoring more than Dwyane Wade, and Dwight Howard. OKC is poised to win a championship every year as long as Westbrook is flying through the air.
6. Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers
After 17 seasons in the league, he still leads the league in points per game, and is dishing out 5 assists a game as well. After all the big names coming to L.A(Dwight Howard, Steve Nash), Bryant still is dominating the game of basketball.
5.Carmelo Anthony, New York Knicks
Carmelo would originally have been around the 8 or 7 spot, but after a one game suspension for “trying” to tussle with Kevin Garnett, it became apparent to me how important he is for the city of New York and their beloved Knicks. The Knicks couldn’t even put up 80 against a Indiana team that was missing its superstar, Danny Granger, without Melo. Carmelo’s presence for the Knicks and how important it is can not be emphasized enough. He is the heart and soul of the Knicks, and is the best closer in the league.
4. Dwight Howard, Los Angeles Lakers
Just look at the Lakers right now. It is very simple. With Dwight you get wins, and without him is a big L on the paper. He has to deal with adversity right now, but once it is behind him and Lakers nation, the dominating Dwight we know and love will emerge once again. He also is averaging the most boards in the league per game, with all his injuries. Continue reading
On Wednesday January 16, 2013 in Oracle Arena history was made by 28 year old LeBron James for the Miami Heat. James became the youngest player to reach 20,000 points in a career and he also reached the 5,000 mark for assists. James is now one of 11 people with 20,000 points, 5,000 assists, and 5,000 rebounds. LeBron reached 5,000 rebounds last year. James is one of 38 players to pass 20,000 points including his teammate Ray Allen.
LeBron James was drafted in 2003 first overall to the Cleveland Cavaliers right out of high school. He went to St. Vincent St. Mary High School in Ohio. James was a great high school basketball player, and he won many awards. He was named Consensus 2003 National High School Player of the Year. He was also named parade High School Boys Basketball Player of the Year for the as a Junior and a Senior. LeBron James was the first 2-time winner in the 47-year history of the award. He was also named USA Today boys’ high school basketball Player of the Year junior and senior seasons. Lastly James was named Gatorade Player of the Year as a junior and senior.
This season LeBron is 5th in the ppg (points per game) averaging 26 points and 10th in assists with 6.9 per game. James’ had 20 plus points in the first 33 games of the season the second largest 20 plus points streak from the beginning of a season. LeBron James is arguably the best NBA player ever and he has not even played 10 years yet, he is only 28 years old and is getting better. Lebron James is my favorite sports player because of his determination, resilience and his skill. I believe by the end of LeBron’s career he will have broken almost all the records and will win many more championships and gold medals. I hope everyone will believe that he is as good or better than Michael Jordan. LeBron is a one of a kind player who is 6’8 and can dribble and shoot like a 6’1 point guard but, can still rebound and dunk like a 7 foot center. This is why he is the best player the NBA has and will ever have, and welcome to the 20,000 points and 5,000 assist club.