There have been articles upon articles out there, readers, regarding the basketball superstars. Of course, when the championships are upon you everything from the latest ACL tear to dissecting the mystery of who can rise to the challenge and win it all, to the scuffles held in the stands where fan goes against fan to prove that their team is the mightiest – all of this combines to provide you with the ‘best of the best’ when it comes to the NBA season.
LeBron James is now the latest to make the headlines in this 2012 monumental journey to the trophy. In fact, he just became one of only eight players in the entire history of the NBA to earn at least three Most Valuable Player Awards. Now, as all sports enthusiasts know, James was what we would call kicked around by the media because of a very poor ‘decision’ on his part. But when it came to standing up, being a man, and proving to the world that humility is something that is rolling around underneath that Heat uniform – he did so. Very calmly and with class (yes, class) he accepted his award this weekend as if he were just a rookie who still had stars in his eyes and hope for the future.
Of course, James has that on his resume as well. He did come from Ohio – a young, no-name boy who simply wanted to be a star. And, whether anyone likes him personally or not, he showed that he had the determination and willpower to make it into the big leagues where he is now a part of a list that includes Chamberlain, Abdul-Jabbar – and literally the best talent when it comes to basketball.
This is a true James knockout season: Averaged 27 points, 7.9 rebounds, 6.2 assists and shot a career-best 53 percent from the field. And, of course, helped bring the Heat into the playoffs. When James first came to Miami, he was already the league’s two-time reigning MVP, but as with many stars who’d reached success, the newspapers and statisticians claimed that his rein was over. And then when ‘The Decision’ appeared (if you haven’t seen this horrendous TV special, you really should), James was pretty much seen as the ‘black-listed’ player who no one wanted to be friends or teammates with anymore
But, as the old saying goes, being a celebrity is all ups and downs and the public will forgive you anything the minute you put up winning numbers on the boards once again. (Don’t believe me? Look at Tiger Woods.)
Because of the skill, James now has his third MVP in his hands and the Miami Heat are definite contenders to win the whole enchilada. In fact, the game yesterday was phenomenal as James and Dwayne Wade ripped up the court and won Game 1, with James scoring 32 points and 15 rebounds at his very first ‘3-MVP’ showing. Wade struggled from the floor, but it just didn’t matter, as The Heat raced past the Pacers 95-86 to open their Eastern Conference semifinal series.
Another favorite, Chris Bosh, was down and out after scoring thirteen points. He looked in fine form, unfortunately he left late in the first half with a lower abdominal injury, with The Heat management informing fans that he was scheduled for an MRI to determine the extent of the problem. But The Heat went on to score 25 points in the fourth – with James and Wade combining for twenty-two of those. In a way it simply looked like a battle of two powerhouses against a whole team that looked like they shouldn’t be near the court in a semi-final series. James and Wade were the Goliaths in the stadium and the Pacers were simply…outpaced by the two men.
With Game 2 coming up tomorrow in Miami, the Pacers will really have to sit down and rethink how they’re going to handle Mr. Three-Time MVP, not to mention finding a way to stop he and Wade from tearing them apart.
One of the most amazing performances was when Wade and James scored twenty straight Miami points in the fourth – this is a string that looked like it would continue forever until a free throw from Joel Anthony of the Pacers arrived with a little over a minute left on the clock. But the ball was once again in James’ hand as he connected, yet again, with 31.8 seconds left.
Now…was there any ‘fun’ stuff, such as a little ribbing or ‘bringing out the mean’ by the players? Well…there was one thing I have to give the thumbs-up to. There was a bit of ’foul trouble’ that was compounded for the Pacers early in the third, when Hill ran over Mario Chalmers.
Supposedly Hill was trying to get to the Pacers’ bench area in order to call timeout, but Chalmers (sneaky little devil) got in front of Hill and literally held his ground, not wanting Hill to get around him and call for the timeout in order for the Pacers to gather themselves. Well, Hill charged and referee Scott Foster called Hill – gifting him with his fifth foul. Now Vogel argued. Of course, he argues quite a bit. In fact, Vogel was just fined $15,000 by the NBA on Saturday for comments he made last week about how he believes The Heat ‘flop’ too much in efforts to get calls from referees.
As your friendly neighborhood sports aficionado who basically loves the ‘agony of defeat’ part when it comes to sports, I say: Enough with the rules, already! I’m telling you this is why I liked cage-fighting when it first started because there were no rules (that’s changed, too). But, all in all, it’s been an interesting playoff season thus far.
I know everyone’s sitting on the edge of their seat just seeing if the Lakers can post another ‘legendary’ season; God knows, they know how to do it. But when all is said and done – when looking for the absolute perfect shot that happened in this season – no matter what the Lakers accomplish there will be one from Sunday’s game that will remain on top no matter who wins it all.
When Dwayne Wade lobbed the ball to LeBron James for an amazing two-handed slam, fans went nuts. Look it up all you YouTube lovers out there, because that is a definite picture of the power and the passion of the playoffs!
Congratulations LeBron, and bring on the next game!
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