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LeBron James, Dwyane Wade basically call Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce hypocrites

Paul Pierce Kevin GarnettKevin Garnett was not shy about expressing his displeasure with Ray Allen when Allen chose to sign with the Miami Heat over the Boston Celtics last year. Allen pursued what he felt was the best situation for his family and best chance to win, and he ended up looking pretty wise when the Heat won their second straight NBA title.

When Allen first left, KG said that he lost Allen’s phone number and hadn’t spoken to his teammate. Then when Ray checked into his first game as a member of the Heat against the Celtics, Garnett refused to give him the time of day. Now that both Garnett and Paul Pierce have accepted a trade to the Brooklyn Nets, LeBron James and Dwyane Wade think they’re hypocrites for being so hard on Allen.

“I think the first thing I thought was, ‘Wow, Ray got killed for leaving Boston, and now these guys are leaving Boston,’” LeBron told ESPN.com’s Brian Windhorst. “I think it’s OK; I didn’t mind it. But there were a couple guys who basically [expletive] on Ray for leaving, and now they’re leaving.

“That’s the nature of our business, man. I don’t know what Boston was going through at the end of the day. I know Ray had to make the best decision for him and his family and his career. Doc, KG and Paul did that as well. You can’t criticize someone who does something that’s best for their family.”

Wade agreed.

“People say things about people when they do something when they themselves would do the same thing,” he said. “It’s about putting yourself in the best situation, and at the end of the day, we all do that. You can’t really say anything about someone that does it for themselves.”

LeBron certainly knows all about leaving for a better situation, as this urinal cake reminded us. The difference — in Garnett’s mind at least — was that Boston still had a chance to make a title run with Allen last season. They nearly beat the Heat in the Eastern Conference Finals the year before, so KG and Pierce were hoping Allen would join them for one final go at it. This year, Boston had virtually no chance of winning with or without the remaining pieces of The Big Three.

There is something to be said for loyalty, but there’s also a reason contracts expire. If players want to play elsewhere, that’s their prerogative. Not every change of scenery has to be viewed as betrayal.

H/T Pro Basketball Talk

Ray Allen denies Spike Lee’s request to film him for ‘He Got Game’ parody

spike-leeSpike 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.

He still got game: Ray Allen sends Game 6 to overtime with huge 3-pointer (Video)

Where would the Miami Heat be without Ray Allen? The old man proved that at 37, he still has game.

Allen saved the Heat’s season with a clutch 3-pointer during a mad scramble with 5.2 seconds left that tied the game at 95. The San Antonio Spurs had a 5-point lead (94-89) with 22 seconds left and seemed like a lock to win the title. But LeBron James hit a three, and then the Heat fouled Kawhi Leonard. Leonard missed one of two free throws to keep it a 1-possession game.

After making the previous 3-pointer, James decided to try his hand at one again. He missed and, with Tim Duncan on the bench, Chris Bosh was able to grab the offensive board and find Allen, who stepped back into the corner for the wild three. Jesus Shuttlesworth then made the shot of the series to send the game to OT, where Miami won 103-100.

The officials reviewed the play to see if Allen was behind the line when he attempted his three, and there was no doubt:

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Lance Stephenson flops on Ray Allen (Video)

Lance Stephenson flopLance Stephenson was off to another hot start for the Indiana Pacers in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals on Tuesday, but he did get into it with Ray Allen for a blatant flop.

Stephenson hit a runner just before the first quarter of the game ended. After he made the shot, he appeared to get hit with an elbow from Allen. Stephenson reacted as if he had been hit by the elbow, which he wasn’t.

The flop by Stephenson comes at a notable time in the series; LeBron James was criticized for supposedly flopping against the Chicago Bulls, and he was quoted before the game saying that it can give a team a competitive advantage. If James endorses the art of embellishing contact, then he can’t be mad at Stephenson, can he?

Here’s a look at the flop in GIF form:

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LeBron James replicating Ray Allen’s free throw form (Video)

LeBron JamesLeBron James has improved his game so much that he really has no weakness. His defense is outstanding, his passing and rebounding is stellar like usual, he’s improved his offensive efficiency, and he’s even become a good outside shooter. But the one area James feels he needs to improve is free throw shooting.

James is a career 74.7 percent free throw shooter. His highest percentage of his career was when he shot 78 percent from the line in the 2008-2009 season. He’s never made 80 percent of his free throws for a regular or postseason, but he’s looking to change that.

“I need and I want to shoot in the 80s,” James said via the Heat’s website. “That’s my next goal, my free-throw shooting.”

James has been working with teammate Ray Allen, who is sixth all time in NBA career free-throw percentage (.8936), on improving his free throws. He’s even adopted his teammate’s routine at the line:

“I don’t know if he adopted my routine, I think he just goes to what’s comfortable for him. Looks good. He missed two free throws [last night] but he looks like he has a greater deal of confidence when he’s on the line,” Allen told the Heat’s website on Tuesday. “Just how he shoots it looks a lot more fluid. Our little free throw games, they’re definitely helping him.”

James and Allen compete against each other with shooting games at practices, and LeBron has even won their outside shooting competitions sometimes. He’s looking to make that happen with free throws, too.

He went 7-of-9 at the line on Monday doing the Allen routine. That’s not a bad number for him.

If you look at James’ career stats, you’ll notice that he has improved on his numbers almost year after year. It’s hard not to appreciate his desire to get better.

LeBron James videobombs Ray Allen with hilarious face (Video)

LeBron-James-videobombThe Miami Heat seem to be having a whole lot of fun at the moment, and why wouldn’t they be? Winning is always a good time, and the Heat have ripped off 27 straight victories. Their last loss came on Feb. 1. For those of you who aren’t keeping track, it’s March 26.

During their reign of terror throughout the NBA, the Heat have mastered the art of videobombing and photobombing. Chris Bosh is easily the most talented player on the team when it comes to interrupting interviews, but LeBron James did a fantastic job of it after Monday’s win over the Orlando Magic when he popped in on Ray Allen.

It’s all about the element of surprise, and LeBron came out of nowhere. Couple that with the Cabbage Patch kid face and I’m sure Bosh is very proud of his teammate. I don’t know what has come over me, but the Heat are almost likable at this point. I still think Dwyane Wade is a douche, but LeBron has done a great job of repairing his image with moments like this and Bosh’s antics are starting to grow on me. Needless to say, I don’t enjoy this feeling.

JJ Barea ejected for flagrant foul on Ray Allen (Video)

JJ Barea Ray AllenJJ Barea was ejected for deliberately pushing Ray Allen during the Miami Heat’s 97-81 win over the Timberwolves in Minnesota Monday.

Barea felt like Allen had bumped (or elbowed) him while backing him down beyond the 3-point line with just over eight minutes left in the game and the Heat up 76-70. He responded by pushing Allen to the ground a few seconds later, causing a scuffle between the teams.

Barea, who at 6-foot-0 is the smallest player on the floor, was charged with a flagrant 2 foul, which calls for an automatic ejection.

During an interview on NBA TV after the game, Allen called Barea’s move “bush league.”

“Yeah, I thought it was a bush-league move by Barea, just kind of leveling me like that,” Allen told NBA TV’s Brent Barry. “I don’t care who you are in the league, you’ve got to defend yourself. You play the game the right way and I try to do that in my career. He got ejected for I think due purpose.”

Barea said after the game he felt Allen overreacted to a “little bump.”

“He hit me with an elbow almost close to my neck,” Barea complained after the game, per Eye on Basketball. “That’s part of the game and then I just gave him a bump back. I’ve been playing in the NBA for seven years. I’ve been hit, I get hit harder than that every night. I don’t get up crying, wanting to fight. (Former Lakers center Andrew) Bynum almost knocked me out for the rest of my life. I didn’t get up crying. You know? It’s a little bump so it’s part of the game. Don’t be like that. That’s why the refs got all upset about it but it’s just a little bump.

“That was terrible,” he said. “I get hit harder than that every night in the NBA.”

Allen had 13 points in 26 minutes, while Barea had four points, four rebounds, and four assists in 21 minutes before his ejection.

Given his history of being on the receiving end of cheap shots (as he referenced in the quote above), you would think Barea would be above such behavior. Apparently he’s not.

Video via @beyondthebuzzer