Monday, June 13, 2011
All season long, Miami has been the target of criticism, mostly from Lebron James' announcement that he was leaving Cleveland for Miami to how the team was constructed. With the finals over, most of the media again are turning their attention to James, Dwyane Wade and the Heat rather than giving the Mavs their due. Despite the talent on the Heat, Dallas was simply the better team this series. Nowitzki played better than any other player on the court, and his supporting cast gave him all the help he needed to pull off the upset. Give Dallas the credit it has earned - the Mavericks stood toe to toe with the most hyped NBA team in the league's history and played better basketball.
Despite the way the Finals ended, the Heat have to be the favorites to win the title next season. James and Wade are both superstars, and Miami got a big boost in the finals from young guard Mario Chalmers. If Miami can add another asset or two and continue to gel as a team, there is no reason why they can't win several titles in the future. The team got two wins away from the championship this season, and one would think they will be even better next year with more experience playing together.
While the future may belong to Miami, the title this season belongs to Dallas. The Mavs erased a bitter finals defeat to the Heat in 2006 and took down the biggest NBA's most dispised team. A fitting end to a wild and exciting NBA season.
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
James' Nike ad is much more effective than Tiger Woods' video, in which the disgraced golfer tried to win back fans by using his deceased father. Many are claiming James ripped off Woods in the ad, however James' is more humorous and much longer. Nike writes the commercials, not the athletes, and James was likely doing whatever his PR team instructed him to.
While the ad does a good job of juggling both a sincere LeBron with the joking, fun-loving star we have seen in years, it fails to address why James has become so unpopular. It wasn't so much the decision James made, it was how he did it: using national TV and staging his back-stabbing of Cleveland in a Boys' and Girls' Club building. In the add LeBron asks "should I become a Villian?" and at this point, it might not be a bad idea.
Friday, October 8, 2010
Lebron James is always a must-see attraction, but even more so now that he stabbed Cleveland in the back and formed a superteam in Miami with Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh. Love him or hate him, James always puts on a show, and tonight should be no different.
Not only does this game feature the NBA's new possible dynasty, but it also features a team that Kansas City almost had. When moving from Seattle, many thought the Sonics would move to Kansas City. Instead, the Sprint Center was not built fast enough, and Oklahoma City got a talented young team with future MVP Kevin Durant. Kansas City fans can watch both the most hyped team in recent history compete with a talented young team that should have been its own. At the very least, it should be a good game.
Friday, July 9, 2010
Before you judge or say one word..............have you ever actually BEEN to Cleveland, Ohio? There is literally NOTHING pleasant or fun or even mildly interesting in that town. It is a ghetto ridden, one cigarette at a time selling, metro bus riding, don't even think about walking around after dark city that makes you want to get on the earliest plane possible to get out. Okay, now think about Miami. Sunshine, beaches, the other kind of "beaches", and a community that in the last 2 years has put more momentum behind their sports programs than any other city in the United States. Miami is FULLY dedicated to their sports teams. Local celebrities (yes, Miami actually has celebrities that LIVE there) are all rallying around the Miami Dolphins like it was their job.
I love the energy that I'm seeing in Miami that has gathered around their sports organizations like a warm fire - or wait, they don't need a warm fire in Miami - the temperature is already perfect. Miami will certainly be one of the top teams in the NBA with the addition of Lebron James, coupled together with Dwayne Wade and company, and his decision to make the move to Miami will prove to be very rewarding for everyone. Everyone, that is, except Cleveland, Ohio.
Thursday, July 8, 2010
The nation waits impatiently as Lebron James’ announcement of where he will play next season comes tonight. As fans and analysts both speculate on James’ future home, the upcoming decision by the reigning MVP has the nation in a frenzy.
For the first time in sports history, an athlete will have its own one hour special focused solely on his or her decision of whether or not to change teams. While Lebron’s inner circle has put together a TV special that will benefit the Boys and Girls club, the whole process feels a bit over the top.
The TV special, which will air on ESPN, has given the speculation of James’ future a new spin. Many analysts argue that Lebron wouldn’t have a special to announce he is staying with the Cavs, while others feel James wouldn’t disrespect the Cavs and fans in Ohio, his home state, with an elaborate celebration of his leaving town.
No matter what James’ decision will be, the special shows the power he has over the media and fans across the nation. It will be interesting to see not only where he ends up, but if the NBA’s hottest star sets a precedent for how future free agent stars announce their decisions.