Spike Lee is apparently looking to film a spoof of his 1998 hit film “He Got Game,” and he needs Ray Allen in order to do that. Lee is reportedly doing a piece having something to do with Allen’s character Jesus Shuttlesworth, but it sounds like the project will have to wait.
According to the NY Post, Spike and his camera crew attended Thursday morning’s Miami Heat shootaround at AmericanAirlines Arena before Game 7. Allen, who is incredibly particular about his game day routine, had no interest in cooperating with the filming.
When Lee approached the Miami PR staffer, he was told Allen does not speak at shootarounds. It was unclear if the Miami publicist recognized Spike initially.
When Lee persisted, he was told Allen will be told of the request. Soon after, Lee got the bad news. Allen felt it would be too distracting before Thursday night’s monumental Game 7 against the Spurs and was sticking to his shootaround policy.
Spike has been around basketball enough to know that was a bad idea, let alone with a guy who eats the same meal, arrives at the same time, shaves his head at the same time, and practices shots from the same spot every time he has a game. And Thursday night wasn’t just a game, it was the last game of the year in which a champion was about to be crowned.
Lee, while disappointed, reportedly wished Miami head coach Erik Spoelstra good luck and went on his way. Hopefully he can catch up with Jesus at some point in the near future, because I’m interested to see what he has in the works.
As you might have expected, LeBron James was the biggest story of the night on Thursday after the Miami Heat defeated the San Antonio Spurs to win their second-straight NBA Finals. All members of the media wanted to hear from LeBron, but everyone has a breaking point.
After speaking to several reporters both on the court and in the locker room, LeBron had apparently had enough. As the folks at Busted Coverage pointed out, he told the media off at one point during the Heat’s postgame celebration.
“I don’t wanna talk to y’all no more,” LeBron said after answering some questions. “Leave me alone. Get the f— outta my face. I’ll see y’all at the podium.”
Chris Andersen, known to most NBA fans simply as “Birdman,” captured his first NBA championship with the Miami Heat on Thursday night. The long-time Denver Nugget was signed during the middle of the 2012-2013 season, and he ended up making some important contributions for the Heat down the stretch. In Game 7, he played 18 minutes of excellent defense while grabbing four rebounds.
After the game, Birdman celebrated like he knew this moment was coming. As you can see from the photo above that SB Nation passed along, he rocked the “champs” party glasses, went vertical flat-brim with the hat, and gave an epic mean mug.
What, you were expecting a smile? Come on now.
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LeBron James has suddenly proven he can win multiple championships like some of the best players to ever play in the NBA, but that hasn’t stopped the haters from constantly scrutinizing him. Because of mistakes like “The Decision” that he made early in his career, LeBron is never going to stop hearing it.
One person who would like for the criticism to change is Denver Nuggets guard Andre Iguodala. After the Miami Heat won Game 7 on Thursday night, Iguodala defended LeBron with the following tweet:
If you still hate Lebron you really need a life coach… And I'll sponsor you…
— Andre Iguodala (@andre) June 21, 2013
For me personally, LeBron has become much more difficult to hate over the past few seasons. In addition to proving he is a clutch player who can shine on the biggest stage, he has shown he is not afraid to hold himself accountable and have a little fun with the fans.
Iguodala sent multiple tweets throughout Game 7 praising LeBron, and the kind words were well-deserved. LeBron has gained the respect of players around the league with the way he has played in the playoffs the past two years. A 37-point, 12-rebound performance in Game 7 of the NBA Finals and another Finals MVP trophy will only cause that level of admiration to grow.
You knew it was only a matter of time. According to WBZ in Boston, an arrest warrant has been issued for New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez in connection with the murder of 27-year-old Odin Lloyd.
WBZ says Hernandez will be charged with obstruction of justice, and that the charge could eventually be upgraded.
WBZ says Hernandez was cooperative with police at first but stopped talking with them after hiring a law firm.
Hernandez reportedly destroyed his cell phone and the hard drive to his home security system, which likely contributed to the obstruction of justice charge.
The Boston Herald reported on Friday that Hernandez was kicked out of the Patriots’ facility in Foxboro after reporting for a workout on Thursday.
UPDATE (10:47 a.m.): As the news regarding Hernandez’s potential arrest continues to go back and forth, the Boston Globe is now reporting that no arrest warrants have been issued for anyone at this point in connection with the murder.
UPDATE (11:52 a.m.): Sources at ABC News apparently agree with the initial report from WBZ, as they have reported that the police are preparing an arrest warrant for Hernandez.
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We know how goes when you try to compare a player to Michael Jordan. The MJ defenders come out — rightfully so — and preach about His Airness’ greatness. MJ won six NBA titles, went 6-0 in the NBA Finals, and won six Finals MVP awards. That’s pretty tough to top. But after winning his second NBA championship and second NBA Finals MVP award, LeBron James is starting to earn a fair comparison to Jordan.
Let’s take a look at the stats.
LeBron James at 28: 4 MVPs, 2 NBA titles, 2 NBA Finals MVPs, 9 All-Star selections
Michael Jordan at 29: 3 MVPs, 2 NBA titles, 2 NBA Finals MVPs, 8 All-Star selections
MJ was born in February and turned 29 midway through the 1991-1992 NBA season, which was when he won his second NBA championship. That was also his eighth season in the league. MJ’s accolades following that season — his age 28 season in the NBA — included two NBA championships, two NBA Finals MVPs, three NBA MVPs, and eight All-Star games, as listed above.
LeBron was born in December and was 28 for most of the NBA season. He just won his second title, second NBA Finals MVP award, and fourth regular-season MVP award in what has been his 10th season in the league. LeBron was 18 when he entered the league and did not make the All-Star team in his rookie season, but he has made it every season since.
Not only would James have dealt with ongoing criticism for choking had the Miami Heat lost to the San Antonio Spurs on Thursday, the MVP says he also probably would have cancelled his wedding because he would have been in such a rotten mood.
LeBron was asked in his postgame press conference about his offseason plans and said he will likely give his body plenty of time to rest. He also proudly mentioned his upcoming wedding.
“I got a wedding coming up with my beautiful fiancee. It will be an unbelievable wedding now that we’ve won instead of losing. I might have called it off if we had lost,” James said. “So now it’s going to be one of the best weddings ever.”
As we previously shared with you, James is set to marry his longtime girlfriend and the mother of his two sons, Savannah Brinson, the weekend of Sept. 13-15 in San Diego. I’m guessing he would have pulled it together by then had he lost but, luckily, he doesn’t have to worry about that.
James did have one parting message for the media as he concluded his press conference.
“Please continue to motivate me. I need you guys.”
Looks like Skip Bayless will still be in business, even if LeBron made him and the rest of his detractors look like fools with his brilliant Game 7 performance.
Rapper Drake was one of many VIPs who attended Game 7 of the NBA Finals in Miami, but he found out the hard way that he is not as important as he thinks.
Drake and a few members of his entourage were denied access to the Heat locker room after the team won the championship with a 95-88 win over the San Antonio Spurs. In the video seen above, which was recorded by ESPN Radio West Palm AM 760/106.3 FM, Drake is told by a security guard that he is not allowed to enter the Heatlocker room because he is not a member of the media.
Drake pleaded with security, saying, “I am media,” but he still was pushed back anyway.
If there’s any consolation, at least Drake had some excellent seats to the game. Take a look:
“The thrill of victory and the agony of defeat.”
“Agony of defeat” is exactly what Tim Duncan embodied after Game 7 of the NBA Finals on Thursday.
Duncan missed a gimme basket and a follow-up shot with the San Antonio Spurs down 90-88 to the Miami Heat in the final minute of Game 7. It was the kind of basket that Shane Battier says Duncan makes eight out of 10 times. I say Duncan makes that shot 19 out of 20 times, yet this was the one he missed (video of the miss below).
Duncan was so frustrated with himself over the misses that he slapped the floor in frustration on the defensive end. Then, after a timeout was called, he leaned over disappointed with himself and walked to the team’s bench with his head down.
As the Spurs fell further behind and lost 95-88, Duncan remained dejected knowing what he had given away.
“Game 7. Missing a layup to tie the game. Making a bad decision down the stretch. Just unable to stop Dwyane [Wade] and LeBron [James]. Probably for me, Game 7 is always going to haunt me,” Duncan admitted after the game.
Duncan looked visibly frustrated, saddened, and wholly disappointed as he spoke to the media. He kept rubbing his head and frequently looked down when giving answers.
Duncan was so close to winning his fifth championship, but he and the Spurs let it get away. It’s going to take a long, long time for Duncan to get over that.
Video of Duncan’s miss below:
According to The Herald, Hernandez was allowed inside the building when he showed up for a workout on Thursday, but staff members were waiting for him and instructed him to leave.
Hernandez is currently being investigated in the murder case of Odin Lloyd, a friend who was found dead on Monday about a mile from the Patriots tight end’s North Attleboro, Mass., home.
The Herald also reported that Hernandez and Lloyd sat at a roped-off VIP table at Rumor nightclub in Boston last Friday. A previous report said Hernandez was with Lloyd and two others at a bar the night of the murder, and that he was driving a vehicle containing Lloyd and two others that returned without Lloyd.
Hernandez has not been arrested yet in connection with the case, but a report said one was forthcoming. Hernandez also reportedly is acting like he has something to hide; he supposedly destroyed his cell phone and home security system.
Hernandez was said to be uncooperative with police at first, but that may no longer be the case. The Patriots tight end reportedly is being represented legally by attorneys from Ropes & Gray.
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