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LeBron James says Erik Spoelstra gets disrespected by media

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Erik Spoelstra has put to rest any doubts about his status among the NBA’s coaching elite by leading the Miami Heat to another NBA Finals appearance. One of Spoelstra’s former players thinks it is about time that the coach got his due.

On Tuesday before the start of the NBA Finals, Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James said that the media was responsible for the Heat coach not getting enough respect.

“The players and coaches know how great Spo is,” said James, per Lakers Nation. “There’s a narrative [that] Spo is not great.”

Spoelstra was James’ head coach for his four seasons in Miami from 2010 to 2014. It was a fruitful partnership netting four NBA Finals appearances and two championships. But Spoelstra rarely received credit, as many claimed his success was owed entirely to having the likes of James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh on the roster.

The reality though is that Spoelstra had led the Heat to the playoffs multiple times before James even arrived. He has also now done so multiple times since James’ departure, including this year’s surprise run to the Finals.

Still, Spoelstra has never won Coach of the Year, which is voted on by the media. He and James were also the subject of media-driven controversies during their time together. Regardless, James understands the greatness of Spoelstra and the challenge that facing him in this year’s Finals will pose.

Jimmy Butler has great response to facing LeBron James in NBA Finals

Jimmy Butler

Jimmy Butler is the star player on a Miami Heat team set to face LeBron James’ Los Angeles Lakers in the NBA Finals. Facing a team with LeBron on it is not easy, and Butler knows that.

The Heat forward was asked after clinching the Eastern Conference what he thought about taking on James.

“It’s been like this for a very long time: If you want to win, you’ll have to go through a LeBron James-led team. That’s what it normally comes down to … you’re going to get the same test over and over until you pass it. And that test is LeBron James,” Butler said.

Butler is the kind of player who is fearless and not one to be intimidated. He has been working hard to get a test like this. The problem is you don’t have to just face James; you have to face Anthony Davis, who’s been great, and Danny Green, Kyle Kuzma and more.

Taking down the Lakers won’t be an easy task for Miami. But if there is anything the Heat have shown us, it’s that they should not be underestimated.

LeBron James sends social media message after Lakers reach NBA Finals

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LeBron James has a warning for whoever he ends up facing in the NBA Finals.

James posted a picture of him sitting on the court after the Lakers finished off the Denver Nuggets on Saturday night. He added a few messages in the caption that make it perfectly clear where his mind is at.

Just in case it wasn’t clear, LeBron’s mind is on winning the NBA Finals, not just getting there. It hardly matters to him that he doesn’t yet know who he’ll be facing.

James had a lot on his mind Saturday night, which is part of why he took a back seat during the celebration. He’s well aware that reaching the Finals, while a solid accomplishment, is only one step on the way to the real goal.

LeBron James was sitting on court during Lakers’ celebration

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The Los Angeles Lakers secured their spot in the NBA Finals with a win over the Denver Nuggets on Saturday night, but LeBron James made it clear after the game that his mission is far from accomplished.

While the confetti was flying and people were celebrating on the court, LeBron sat on the floor looking stone-faced.

Most people assumed that was LeBron’s way of showing that he is not satisfied with merely winning the Western Conference Finals. That’s definitely true, but he said he had a lot more than that on his mind.

James, who scored 22 points in the second half and had a triple-double, said he was thinking about the respect he has for the Nuggets and coach Mike Malone. He was also reflecting on his journey and how some of his teammates — particularly Anthony Davis — are heading to their first NBA Finals.

Here’s LeBron’s full explanation:

The comments James made about winning the West on Saturday night said it all. He has now become just the fourth player in NBA history to reach the Finals 10 times, but that is not enough. Anything less than a championship would be a disappointment, especially at this stage of his career.

Lakers fans, show everyone who runs LA with this great T-shirt. It makes a perfect gift for you or a friend. You can buy it here.

LeBron James helps send Lakers to Finals with monster triple-double

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The Los Angeles Lakers are headed back to the NBA Finals, and LeBron James had a monster game to help send them there.

James posted a triple-double in the Lakers’ 117-107 win over the Denver Nuggets in Game 5 of the Western Conference Finals on Saturday night in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

James scored 22 in the second half, including 16 in the fourth quarter, to help seal the win. He shot 15-for-25 with 16 rebounds and 10 assists. Anthony Davis added 27 for the Lakers.

James made just one three-pointer in the game, but it was a dagger with just under two minutes left.

James said after the game that merely reaching the NBA Finals was not a reason to celebrate. Rather, he wants to wait until the team achieves its bigger goal first.

“We are going to enjoy it tonight, but we understand we got bigger fish to fry. We understand there’s a bigger goal but we can’t take this for granted because this doesn’t happen every year to anybody,” James said.

James has now become the fourth player to reach the NBA Finals 10 times. His Lakers await the winner of the Eastern Conference Finals between Boston and Miami.

Lakers fans, show everyone who runs LA with this great T-shirt. It makes a perfect gift for you or a friend. You can buy it here.

LeBron James explains how Anthony Davis’ unibrow is key to their relationship

Anthony Davis

LeBron James and Anthony Davis have successfully teamed up this season and have the Los Angeles Lakers a win away from the NBA Finals. The two have nice on-court chemistry, and even have a funny indicator that is critical to their relationship.

James shared after Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals on Thursday how he uses Davis’ unibrow to gauge whether to talk with the big man.

“See how low his brow is. If his brow is really low, then you know not to talk to him,” James said, via Melissa Rohlin. “If it’s higher, then he’s accepted the fact that you’re allowed to come into his office and talk to him. Yesterday his brow was very low.”

That means Davis had an all-business attitude on Wednesday ahead of Game 4. The focus paid off with a 34-point game.

Davis is averaging nearly 29 points per game this postseason and has been especially effective against Denver. In the Lakers’ series with the Nuggets, Davis is averaging 32.3 points per game and has been the star on offense.

Davis must have been keeping his brow especially low the past two weeks. His comments after hitting the winning shot in Game 2 seemed to confirm that focus.

LeBron James shares his thoughts on Breonna Taylor charges

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LeBron James joined a chorus of athletes sharing their dissatisfaction with Wednesday’s announcement of charges related to the death of Breonna Taylor.

James shared his thoughts in the form of a few tweets on the subject.

Taylor was killed on March 13 after being caught in crossfire between three officers and Taylor’s boyfriend, Kenneth Walker.

The officers, wearing plainclothes with vests identifying them as police officers, were at Taylor’s apartment in Louisville, Kentucky to serve a knock-and-announce warrant. The warrant was issued as part of an investigation into the alleged selling of controlled drug substances involving Taylor’s ex-boyfriend.

The officers and a witness say they announced themselves before entering the home. They broke the door off its hinges in order to enter. Walker, suspecting an intruder, fired at the door. He said he heard banging at the door but did not hear police announce themselves. His shot hit Sergeant Jonathan Mattingly in the thigh. The officers responded by firing several shots. Taylor was shot five times and killed during the crossfire. Officer Brett Hankison, who was fired by the Louisville Police Department, fired 10 rounds into the apartment.

A Kentucky grand jury determined the police officers acted in self-defense and were justified in using force. The officers were not charged in Taylor’s death.

Hankison has been charged with wanton endangerment for shots that entered a home next door that had people in it.

Last week, the City of Louisville paid $12 million to Taylor’s family for the 26-year-old’s death.

The results of the grand jury’s findings led to several protests throughout the country and criticism from dissatisfied athletes like James.

Video: Jamal Murray gets flagrant foul for elbow to LeBron James’ jaw

Jamal Murray

Jamal Murray was called for a flagrant foul for an elbow to LeBron James’ jaw.

James’ Los Angeles Lakers were taking the ball out early in the third quarter of Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals on Tuesday. After inbounding the ball, James then went to screen Murray. Murray elbowed James in the jaw as he was fighting off the screen.

The officials in the game reviewed the play and gave Murray the flagrant foul.

James made one of two free throws following the flagrant foul. He missed a jumper after that but then made three baskets in a row for the Lakers.

Murray had 14 points and 10 assists through that point in the game.

Colby Covington calls LeBron James a ‘spineless coward’

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Colby Covington beat up on Tyron Woodley in their UFC fight on Saturday night, and then he kept the shots coming.

Covington defeated Woodley via 5th-round TKO at UFC Fight Night in Las Vegas to improve to 16-2 in his pro MMA career.

Covington, who proudly supports Donald Trump and regularly wears a “Make America Great Again” hat, spoke with the president after his fight. He dedicated his fight to the military and first responders. He also said he was sick of all the “woke athletes,” such as LeBron James, whom he called a “spineless coward.”

This isn’t the first time Covington has gone after James. He challenged the Los Angeles Laker when the NBA canceled its games after the Bucks decided not to play on Aug. 26.

Covington is billing himself as “The People’s Champ” and proud that he was the first UFC champion invited to the White House.

Covington against James in the octagon would make for quite a fight.

Covington isn’t the only person who has called out James lately.

LeBron James makes scary admission about MVP race

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If you’re the Denver Nuggets, you have to be concerned about the comment made by LeBron James on Friday night.

James had 15 points and 12 assists in the Los Angeles Lakers’ 126-114 win over the Nuggets in Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals. He learned earlier in the day that he finished second in the NBA MVP vote behind Giannis Antetokounmpo. The Milwaukee Bucks star got 85 first-place votes, while James received 16.

James admitted that the vote “pis-ed me off.”

Despite being upset, James also acknowledged that Antetokounmpo deserved the award.

So why is this problematic for Denver? If James is angry because he feels slighted over not winning the award, then maybe he will be even more motivated to win the series. That’s bad news for Denver.

For now, it was actually Anthony Davis who dominated. Davis had 37 points and 10 rebounds in the Lakers’ victory. If anything, this tells us that Charles Barkley’s prediction could come true.