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LeBron James returns to Cleveland

Thanks-But-No-Thanks LeBron James has rattled the NBA cage again by leaving the Eastern Conference Dynasty, the Miami Heat, and the warm ocean waters of South Beach to return to Cleveland, where it all started for him nine years ago. Four years in a row the Miami Heat were in the NBA Finals, knocking at the door of an NBA title. Two NBA titles, two NBA MVPs, and two NBA Finals MVPs were not enough to keep James in Miami. The bigger story for me is this: James is signing for just two years! I’m missing something here. Continue Reading →

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On hating evil

 

As I heard folks say that they hated the Miami Heat (and some people decided to tell me about basketball who I didn’t know even followed the game), I couldn’t help but think that we could sure use this amount of “hatin” and passion on some real pressing issues. And let’s keep it real, LeBron James hasn’t laid off anybody’s parents, or caused your cousin to be locked down for 20 years, ’cause he had a little weed on him. Chris Bosh didn’t cut off unemployment benefits when people needed them most. The Heat didn’t have anything to do with the war in Iraq or Afghanistan. The Heat didn’t drop any bombs on anybody from a drone and then not even acknowledge the fact that people were killed, that they weren’t aiming at them, or call them collateral damage as if their lives meant nothing. Continue Reading →

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Heat turn it on — Finals even

SAN ANTONIO — LeBron James, after being castigated in social media circles following game one of the NBA Finals because he got hydrated and could not finish the game, helped the Miami Heat get even with San Antonio 1-1 in the best-of-seven NBA Finals. James was like a bull in a china shop in San Antonio, using his powerful, intimidating physical style driving the lane, scoring inside and out for 35 points and 10 rebounds. Miami escaped the Alamo with a battle-tested 98-96 win to even the Finals. It was the 13th straight win by the Heat following a playoff loss. The loss for the Spurs, after routing the Heat 110-95 in game one, the night the air-conditioning failed with hot, humid, muggy, 92-degree temps outside the AT&T Center, ended their eight-game NBA-record playoff streak of winning by 15 points or more. Continue Reading →

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It’s a Spurs vs. Heat rematch in NBA Finals

 

Thanks to Donald Sterling, the banned-for-life LA Clippers’ owner, these NBA Finals will be the most overshadowed Championship Series ever, even though we have a rematch of last year’s Finals when the Miami Heat beat San Antonio four games to three to repeat as NBA Champions. The Eastern Conference was a fraud this year, and because of it the Heat stand in position to win a third-straight title, barely having broken a sweat to reach their fourth-straight Finals by sweeping Charlotte 4-0, taking down Brooklyn 4-1, and beating Indiana 4-2, having to overcome only a blow in the ear. The Heat join the Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers as the only franchises to have reached the NBA Finals four years in a row. Led by LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, the Heat have delivered for Miami and are in pursuit of a three-peat. When these playoffs began, 16 teams started on a mission to win the NBA Championship. Continue Reading →

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NBA playoffs are coming

It disappoints me greatly to say that the Timberwolves (38-38) have missed the playoffs again. After nine straight years in the NBA lottery, they were a lot better this year but not close to being good enough. The Western Conference again is loaded with deep-talented teams even though the Eastern Conference has delivered the NBA Champion back to back with the Miami Heat the last two years. I believe the NBA Champion in 2014, however, will come out of the rugged Western Conference. They have five teams with 50 wins or more. Continue Reading →

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Concussion issue raises safety concerns among many contact sports

Is there a connection between playing such sports as football and brain diseases that down the road can produce fatal effects? Medical research indicates that such a connection exists, and athletes and coaches are doing their best to come to terms with the implications. Earlier this fall, Frontline’s League of Denial documentary on PBS in October showed a prominent Black doctor being “blackballed” after he performed an autopsy on a deceased former NFL player’s brain and blamed football for the player’s untimely death at age 50. The two-hour documentary also suggested that the league may have known that playing football could cause permanent brain damage but kept quiet about it. “The brain is the last frontier in medicine,” says Jack Brewer, whose Brewer Sports International group last June held a brain injuries seminar in the Twin Cities. Continue Reading →

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Lynx players, coaches, fans reflect on championship run

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monday’s Minnesota Lynx championship celebration looked more like a bon voyage send-off, especially given that every player soon will leave for off-season overseas jobs. “It’s awesome having our fans out here and be able to say good-bye to them,” said Lynx guard Monica Wright, who heads to South Korea by month’s end.  

Added Israel-bound rookie Sugar Rodgers of her first overseas assignment, “I’m going down to take care of a little business, to see my family before I head out.”

 

“It’s a long off season, and I will miss this group,” noted Maya Moore, who will play again in China. Mounds of confetti became a temporary asphalt blanket on Monday as the procession that carried the 2013 WNBA Champions Lynx moved slowly along Nicollet Avenue, with adoring fans providing escort as they made their way to their downtown Minneapolis basketball home. There, inside, a large crowd impatiently awaited the arrival of the only local pro team that boasts a championship trophy these days. Continue Reading →

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Dwight Howard goes to Houston

 

 

Los Angeles will never be the same. First, 20 years ago they lose the NFL Raiders and Rams franchises. Imagine that — no NFL teams in Los Angeles. And now this! After one season in Los Angeles playing for three head coaches, Howard, the most dominant center in the league, walked away from, yes, the Lakers. Continue Reading →

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It’s Heat vs. Spurs in NBA finals

 

 

Thursday, June 6 the  begin in Miami for the third-straight year. The Miami Heat have won the Eastern Conference and will play for the Larry O’Brien Trophy against the San Antonio Spurs. Miami was pushed to the limit a seventh and decisive game against the Indiana Pacers. The Heat dominated game seven, winning 99-74. To win the series four games to three, the Pacers, you might recall, had a one-point lead in game one with two seconds left and allowed LeBron James to catch an inbound pass and drive for a game-winning lay-up. Continue Reading →

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NBA Final Four: Spurs and Grizzlies, Heat and Pacers

 

 

When the 2013 NBA playoffs began, there were 16 teams positioned to make a run for the Larry O’Brien Trophy. Now we are down to the final four — San Antonio Spurs, Memphis Grizzlies, Miami Heat and Indiana Pacers. The Western Conference Finals saw the Spurs’ big 105-83 win over Memphis in game one, while the champion Miami Heat will start Wednesday with Indiana in the Eastern Conference. The Heat are in the Eastern Finals for the third year in a row. It just so happens that this is the third year of the decision that brought LeBron James to Miami. Continue Reading →

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