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LeBron James Working with Hakeem Olajuwon to Develop Post Game

LeBron James was criticized for his lack of post game during the playoffs. While LeBron has shown he can play in the post (and has been ranked as a top five post player), there’s always room for improvement, especially if you’re working with one of the best post players of all time.

Just like Kobe Bryant and Dwight Howard, LeBron James has been practicing with Hakeem Olajuwon.

“I look at what he was able to do throughout his career,” James told the AP. “Unbelievable talent. Multiple champion. Just to see how he was able to dominate in the low post, for me as an individual, I just try to look at some of the things I feel I need to get better at and hit home at it. Our team becomes better if I continue to get better and that’s what it’s about.”

“I’m doing whatever it takes just to become a better basketball player,” he told ESPN.

So what we have here is some talk from LeBron. It sounds great, and working with Hakeem can never be a bad thing, but the real test will be if LeBron utilizes his new skills during games. As mentioned before, it’s not as if LeBron doesn’t have a post game, it’s that he doesn’t utilize it frequently enough. If he can start taking advantage of opponents by using it during games, the Heat will be much more difficult.

Worse Back Tattoo: Chris Bosh or Andre Kirilenko?

Sorry people, more bad tattoos.  Considering Chris Bosh and Andre Kirilenko are both big names in the NBA, we thought it would be appropriate to compare their ridiculously large back tattoos.  Which one do you think is worse?  Check them out:

Bosh’s is definitely more all over the place, but Kirilenko’s is a lot more World of Warcraft.  The strangeness and intrigue factor goes to Bosh, but the “what in God’s name am I looking at” factor definitely belongs to Kirilenko.  Personally, I think both suck.  Just be thankful artwork like this, Monta Ellis’ family tree tattoo, and A.J. McCarron’s brutal chest tattoo stay covered up most of the time.

H/T to Black Sports Online for the Bosh tattoo picture.

DeMarcus Cousins Gets ‘Misunderstood’ Tattoo Because He’s, Well, Misunderstood

When I get a tattoo, I’m going to get one that says “Cliche.” Then maybe I’d fit in with Sacramento Kings big man DeMarcus Cousins who got a new tattoo on his leg that says “Misunderstood.” DeMarcus posted a picture of his new tat on his Boogie Cousins account:

You may recall that DeMarcus’ character was questioned around draft time. The Kings also hired an assistant coach specifically to babysit him. He confirmed most of the character questions early in the season when he practically invented ways to get in trouble.

Cousins bounced in-and-out of the starting lineup before getting consistent minutes from about March to April. He’s a good player with a lot of promise, but he needs to prove to everyone that he’s mature through his actions, not his ink.

Video: Michael Beasley Fights with Fan at Dyckman Park

Minnesota Timberwolves forward Michael Beasley got into a fight with a fan during a park game Thursday night at Dyckman Park in New York. Beasley scored 21 for Team 914 in a win over Kevin Durant’s Team Nike, but the big story was his scuffle. In this video filmed by twitter user Ant_ThunderUp as shared by IamaGM.com, you can see Beasley get into it with the fan. Check out the video:

Beasley is the same guy who was sacked by the LBS Nut Bag last month for his speeding and weeding incident. Is it any surprise that someone who lacks that sort of judgment in his daily life would also go after a fan? Not at all.

Chest bump to I am a GM and Ant_ThunderUp for the video

LeBron James Defends Tim Tebow Against Merril Hoge’s Criticism

LeBron James and Tim Tebow are two of the best athletes in the world. They’re both sponsored by Nike and they’re immensely popular. James is criticized for “choking” in the playoffs and for being too self-indulgent. Tebow is criticized for being a Jesus freak. Collectively they receive more attention than most athletes, and most of is negative.

Understanding what it’s like to be picked apart, LeBron took to twitter to defend Tebow against criticism he received from ESPN NFL analyst Merril Hoge Wednesday.

“Tim Tebow will succeed in the NFL. He’s a hard worker, a student of the game, a natural born leader and most of all a WINNER! It takes time and he’ll be nice,” James wrote on twitter.

“Listened to Merril Hoge today on SportsCenter and he was just blasting Tebow. The man hasn’t even played a full season and it’s only his 2nd year in. Guys get on that TV and act like they was all WORLD when they played. How bout encouraging him and wishing him the best instead of hating!!”

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Stunner! Stan Van Gundy Is an Amazing Dribbler (Video)

Stan Van Gundy looks like the least athletic, most out of shape coach in the league. That’s probably why he doesn’t command a lot of respect in the huddle (that and his high-pitched voice). But I have a whole new respect for him after seeing him ball it up at the Orlando Magic basketball camp. The Orlando Sentinel shared the video of the former D-III basketball player showing off his skills:

 

I tell you I wouldn’t have been more shocked than if I had just seen a video of Dwight Howard and Stan Van Gundy making drunken love to each other on unicorns while simultaneously gallivanting around heaven.

Chest bump to That NBA Lottery Pick for the video

Fan Has a Crazy Detailed Kobe Bryant Tattoo on His Leg (Picture)

Can someone please explain to me why people are now coming out of the woodwork to brag about having men’s faces tattooed on their bodies?  Having an insane tattoo like this one or this one is one thing, but personally I think tattoos of men’s faces on a man’s body crosses the line.  Apparently there are plenty of people who disagree, because the picture of this Kobe Bryant fan’s leg tattoo is insanely detailed.  Check it out:

It doesn’t matter if it’s LeBron James on your leg, Brett Keisel on your forearm, or Dirk Novitzki on your ass.  This has to stop.  These may be your heroes, but it’s still a man’s face and it’s permanently attached to your body.  Think about what you’re doing.  Actually, don’t — these are the type of people that injure themselves when they think.

Chest bump to CBSSports.com’s Eye on Basketball for the picture.