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LeBron James Truly Took His Talents to the MIAmi Heat

Perhaps LeBron James would have been more prophetic (or is that pathetic?) if he had just told America he was taking his talents SOUTH. Who knew that, when Sire James went off on his Electric Company rant- “Not 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, but 7”- he was talking about wins? What was one of the biggest and most anticipated free agent signings in sports history has turned into basketball’s version of Al Capone’s vault. Just replace Geraldo with Jim Gray and a crumpled up beer can with Carlos Arroyo, and you have a match.

It has been five months since the Indecision, and I’ve been patiently waiting by the phone for ESPN to give me my hour back for watching the made-for-TV special that had as many plot twists as a Chuck Norris and Christie Brinkley infomercial. The only difference between the two is that the former caused slightly more pain and burning in my stomach. You remember it, don’t you? The King and the nebbish sitting across from each other in director’s chairs. But this plot was enough to make Cecil B. Demille smash his megaphone against the wall.

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Blake Griffin Open to Participating in Slam Dunk Contest

Though he has the misfortune of playing for the pathetic Clippers who have the worst record in the NBA at 4-17, rookie Blake Griffin is one of the most exciting players in the league. He can rebound, post up, bang inside, and he’s one heck of a dunker. He’s tea bagged fools he gets so high in the air, and he has to be considered one of the best, if not the best, dunker in the league. Whether all his power comes from the shake weight we don’t know, but we do know that the All-Star Game will be a heck of a lot more excited with him participating in it.

The good news is that unlike many other stars, Griffin says he’s willing to participate in the Slam Dunk Contest if he’s invited (duh! of course he will be). He told FanHouse via Slam Online “If they ask me to do it, I’ll do it,” Griffin said. It’s about time we’ve heard a star who is willing to participate in a fan-friendly event and absolutely stun us all. We’re still waiting on LeBron to take his shot (which probably won’t ever happen now), because there are far too many no-name guys who take part.

Griffin may be on a crap team but he’s an exciting player, and he’ll only further solidify his status as a fan’s player if he participates. If Dwight Howard also is in, this will be one for the ages.

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Cleveland Anti-LeBron James Posters and Shirts from Cavs-Heat Game

While the Cavs players left their game in El Segundo, or in reality, were simply overmatched by a much better Miami Heat team, their fans brought some high-quality hate to Quicken Loans Arena. We already touched on the outstanding urinals and chants going on throughout the arena, but we haven’t summarized the posters and shirts worn by the fans.

Look, I understand how valuable LeBron was to the Cavaliers franchise and how much he meant to the city and fan base, but this is just an unhealthy amount of hate. I’m not saying they have to forgive him much less cheer for the man, but maybe let it go an ounce. If Clevelanders dedicated this much time and effort towards their professions we’d have solved world hunger, defeated global warming, and rescued every endangerd species on the planet. Just look at some of this stuff:

ANTI-LEBRON POSTERS, SHIRTS

That is just unhealthy Cleveland, unhealthy. Let’s hope they’ve moved on (at least somewhat) just for personal growth.

Photo Credits: Gregory Shamus/Getty Images; AP Photo/David Richard

LeBron James Not Apologizing For Way Things Ended in Cleveland

LeBron James got the best of the Cavaliers, lighting them up for 38 points Thursday night in a 118-90 win in Cleveland. Though the fans brought out the hate in the form of shirts, posters, chants, and urinal cakes, James responded with his best effort of the season, which included 24 points in the third quarter alone.

While LeBron left the fans with little to cheer for and only taunts to create, he did open himself up for more criticism in a postgame interview with Craig Sager on TNT. When asked if he had a message to the fans, LeBron said he wanted them to focus on the seven great years they had in Cleveland. He ended that response by saying he had the utmost respect for the franchise and fans, but his arrogance showed when he said he wanted to “just continue the greatness for myself here in Miami and try and get better every day.” That comment didn’t bother me like it did others, but LeBron’s response to a “life vest” question could have gone better. Here was the exchange:

Sager: You can’t go back with your decision but do you regret how it ended, would you like to apologize for the way it ended?

James: I don’t want to apologize. My intention was not to hurt anyone, my intention was solely on kids during the whole process. I always say the decisions I make I live with them. There’s always ways that you can correct them, or ways that you can do them better, but at the end of the day I live with them. I’m satisfied and I’m happy right now.

I agree about living with your decisions and trying to correct them, but LeBron won’t ever get past the way he did his “Decision” show. I would think he would try and be contrite every time the subject came up, if not because of genuine remorse, but at least for positive public relations. He also could have reminded us of his regret that they never won a championship in Cleveland, though after playing a long game I forgive him for leaving that out. Still, I would think LeBron would be trying to improve his public image with every opportunity he receives. Answers like that certainly do not help.

Cleveland Puts LeBron James Bobbleheads in Urinals for Cavs-Heat

Cleveland fans went all out in their hate for LeBron James on Thursday night. They booed him during introductions, every time he touched the ball, and they chanted “a** h***” half the time as well. They came up with creative t-shirts, coreographed stunts, and my favorite was what they did with the urinals. Inside the Q, they had LeBron bobbleheads in urinals so fans could literally pee on LeBron. Check out the pics:

Coming from people who burned LeBron’s jersey I’d call the urinal replacements a mild act. Honestly, I bet Dan Gilbert (as much as he despises LeBron) would love to have James back every week. The crowd was large and involved, something that isn’t inspired by the likes of Jamario Moon and Anthony Parker.

Photo Credit: Lucas Read

Clippers Announcer Ralph Lawler Misses Spurs Game Because of Traffic

If you’re unfamiliar with Southern California traffic, let this be your introduction. Clippers television play-by-play man Ralph Lawler missed the Clippers-Spurs game on Wednesday night because he was stuck in a massive traffic jam. Apparently Lawler commutes from La Quinta to Downtown Los Angeles for games, a 135-mile, two and a half hour drive each way.

Don’t ask why anyone would make such a commute (unless you’re Kobe Bryant and taking a helicopter to games), but Lawler got screwed in the day-long huge pileup on I-10. The freeway was jammed from 7am on because of separate accidents between Cabazon and Palm Springs that resulted in two fatalities.

Lawler has been broadcasting Clippers games for 31 years, dating back to their days in San Diego. Just his luck that he didn’t make it to the arena to see the Clippers beat the Spurs 90-85. That was the first win by the Clippers over the Spurs since March 7, 2006 — a span of 18 losses. The Clips now have just four wins on the season, but they’ve come against some of the league’s best teams — the Hornets, Thunder, Spurs and Kings. I guess you need a winning percentage of at least .800 to get the Clippers’ attention.

Dan Gilbert, Cavs Hire Law Firm to Investigate Miami Heat Tampering

If Dan Gilbert expects people to believe that he’s “over” LeBron James after he was angry enough to send Cavaliers fans this letter just a few months ago, he’s even crazier than we thought.  What’s particularly convenient about the whole LeBron returning to Cleveland situation is that just one day after Gilbert told reporters he has moved on from King James, Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports is reporting something quite contradictory.

According to Wojnarowski, the Cavs have dumped “hundreds of thousands of dollars” into a well-known Midwestern law firm to investigate the notion that the Miami Heat broke NBA tampering rules when pursuing LeBron James.  Two sources with direct knowledge of the situation even told Yahoo! Sports that Gilbert will “spare no expense to uncover whatever evidence he can to take to the league office.”  If those are the actions of a man who no longer cares, I’d hate to see what Gilbert would do if he was still upset.

By league standards, the Heat obviously tampered with LeBron.  No Miami representative was allowed to speak with James about joining the Heat prior to the start of free agency on July 1.  I don’t think there’s a person in the world who thinks LeBron, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh haven’t been talking about the possibility of playing together for about two years now.  Just look at this report, which is from June 29.  Proving it?  That will be a difficult — if not impossible — task.

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