LeBron James, Miami Heat players get pedicures


LeBron James and the Miami Heat have not won back-to-back championships by simply practicing jump-shots and lifting weights. Building the best team in the NBA takes more than that. You have to care for your feet.

LeBron and company would have made Lieutenant Dan proud on Tuesday, as several Heat players took advantage of their off day by indulging in some pedicures. They apparently went to Ray Allen’s favorite spot. Ray credits taking care of his “dogs” as the reason why he has lasted 18 years in the NBA.

LeBron, Allen, Udonis Haslem and Rodger Mason all took part, each providing their own commentary with their feet pictures.

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Shane Battier’s ‘Battioke’ karaoke event was a huge hit again (Videos)

Miami-Heat-Ken-Jeong-KaraokeMiami Heat forward Shane Battier has been holding an annual karaoke event for charity over the past several years, and each year seems to be better than the last. The event is one of the most entertaining of the year and has brought us a number of Heat players and celebrities hurting our ear drums for a great cause. Monday night was no exception.

In my opinion, Battier, Greg Oden and actor Ken Jeong stole the show with their rendition of the Backstreet Boys’ “I Want it That Way.” The fact that Jeong is 5-foot-5 and was standing between a 6-foot-8 guy and a 7-footer is hilarious in itself. He barely came up to their waists.

LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Udonis Haslem — all rocking shirts that said “The Heatles” — also killed it with their performance of “Blurred Lines.” Two years ago, LeBron stole the show when he took the stage rocking a wig and sang “Super Freak.”

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LeBron James admits Heat are starting to wear down

LeBron-James-HeatThe Miami Heat have played more games than any other NBA team over the last three seasons. That’s the price they pay for winning back-to-back championships, but it could be taking its toll on the 2013-2014 edition of the team. According to LeBron James, the Heat are starting to break down both mentally and physically.

The Heat lost to the New York Knicks on Thursday and pushed the Brooklyn Nets to double overtime before coming up short again on Friday night. After the team’s most recently loss, LeBron admitted that fatigue is an issue.

“It’s a long and grueling season for all of us, not just us because we’re the champs,” James told reporters, according to Ken Berger of CBSSports.com. “We’ve played a lot of basketball in our four years together. It’s taken a lot of wear and tear on all our bodies. It’s mentally fatiguing. And you just try to find the motivation the best way you can as an individual and as a collective group.”

LeBron fouled out of a regular season game on Friday for the first time since 2008, so you know something has to be out of whack for Miami. It hasn’t helped that Dwyane Wade has been out with a knee injury and both Mario Chalmers and Shane Battier are also nursing injuries.

“We’re banged up right now,” James said. “We’re not an excuse team right now, but we’ve got three starters [out]. And even though we’ve got a lot of depth, it’s hard to make up for three starters being out, so we could all use a break for sure.”

It’s worth noting that the Heat coasted through the early part of last season before going on to win 27 straight games beginning on Feb. 3. They won 37 of 39 games to close out the regular season and played some of their best basketball in the playoffs, winning their second-straight NBA title. More uninspiring play is likely on the way, but don’t be surprised if we see a three-peat.

H/T Pro Basketball Talk

Miami Heat, Brooklyn Nets unveil nickname jerseys


As anticipated, the Brooklyn Nets and Miami Heat will be wearing jerseys with nicknames on the back of them when they face off on Jan. 10. We already showed you Ray Allen’s Jesus Shuttleworth jersey, which is sure to be a huge hit, but on Thursday some of the others were unveiled.

As you can see from the photo above that SLAM Magazine shared, LeBron James will be going with the standard “King James” while Norris Cole is apparently called “Cole Train.” Here are some of the Nets players’ jerseys:

Andrei Kirilenko is going with his name written in the Cyrillic alphabet, presumably because his “AK-47″ nickname was not approved by the league. For the most part, the nicknames are everything we expected. I’m still holding out hope that someone will wow us with something hilarious.

H/T Extra Mustard

Roy Hibbert is hearing that Andrew Bynum wants to go to Clippers or Heat

Andrew BynumThe Cleveland Cavaliers are going to have a difficult time trading Andrew Bynum before the Feb. 20 trade deadline. From the sound of it, there are very few — if any — teams in the NBA that have interest in rostering the 26-year-old center. And why would they? Bynum has a team-friendly contract, but it’s pretty clear he does not care about winning.

The Cavs have reportedly had discussions with the Los Angeles Lakers and Miami Heat about potential trades involving Bynum. However, both the Lakers and Bulls would likely waive Bynum to free salary cap space if they acquired him. According to Roy Hibbert, Bynum is interested in going elsewhere.

Hibbert, who has become quite the jokester this season, was probably just taking a shot at Bynum. I can’t imagine the Heat would want to poison their championship locker room with a turd who laughs when his team loses.

It’s also worth noting that NBA rules forbid players and coaches from discussing trades involving players who are under contract with other teams, so Hibbert is flirting with tampering. If it means mocking Bynum, it’s well worth it.

Miami Heat receive championship rings (Video)

The Miami Heat held their annual championship ring ceremony on Tuesday night before running circles around the Chicago Bulls for their first win over the 2013-2014 NBA season. The Heat raised yet another championship banner and David Stern presented them with massive diamond-filled rings for the second time in two seasons.

The jewelry looked very similar to the rings the Heat received last year at this time. Naturally, there was another Larry O’Brien Trophy added to the design with a massive diamond representing what would normally be the basketball. You can see Miami’s 2012-2013 championship rings here for comparison.

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Miami Heat get special championship jackets, jerseys from adidas

The Miami Heat were wearing special championship jackets and jerseys on NBA opening night Tuesday when they received their championship rings to commemorate the team’s third championship in franchise history. The collection includes a commemorative track jacket and swingman jersey featuring the Larry O’Brien NBA Championship Trophy.

In June, the Heat won their third championship in franchise history. Their championships have come in 2006, 2012 and 2013.

Here’s a look at the on-court track jacket worn by the players when they collected their rings:

MIami Heat championship jacket

The jacket features repeating championship logo on the front and accents in commemorative gold.

Here’s the “swingman” jersey:

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