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Ron Artest lauds Dallas Mavericks' title run and Mike Brown's coaching philosophy

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On paper, it appeared to Lakers forward Ron Artest that the team's Western Conference semifinals matchup against the Dallas Mavericks would prove to be just another blip toward another championship run. It turns out he was wrong.

"They blitzed us," he said Sunday while appearing on ABC 7's Sports Zone regarding the Mavericks' four-game sweep against the Lakers. "We did not expect them to play like that honestly. I thought we were going to sweep them."

On paper, it appeared to Artest that the Miami Heat would win in the NBA Finals in either five or six games, believing the likes of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh and the team's lockdown defense would prove too difficult in stopping. Instead, James disappeared most of the fourth quarters, Dirk Nowitzki continued to make difficult shots and the Mavericks displayed the type of depth Artest argued is needed to win a championship.

"If they played more team ball, they would've put more pressure," Artest said of Miami. "But Dallas had them, They had their number. Miami wasn't utilizing the whole five on the court and Dallas was hungry."

And on paper, it appears to Artest that the Lakers hiring Mike Brown will prove out to be a good hire. Though he conceding thinking that Brian Shaw would've gotten the position had the Lakers three-peated, Artest touted Brown's defensive credentials when playing for him as an assistant coach at Indiana and Brown's ability to carry the Cleveland Cavaliers to the NBA Finals and two separate Eastern Conference Finals appearances.

"I think it's a good move," Artest said. "He basically got LeBron to the championship to Cleveland and they didn't really have a great team."

It may be comforting for Laker fans to hear Artest speak glowingly about the Lakers' new coach especially since Kobe Bryant has still remained silent on the issue ("he's not obligated in his contract to come out and say anything," Artest argued). But Artest's positive outlook on Brown might be equally discomforting for Laker fans since Artest's horoscope on Dallas and Miami didn't come true.

That's why Artest's funny personality and jovial tweets have masked his internal frustration ever since the Lakers' 2011 postseason run ended. Even with organizing pickup sandball games with fans, being a victim of a prank on Jimmy Kimmel Live and promoting his new reality show, "Last Second Shot," Artest admitted he hasn't been in the best of moods.

I was salty," Artest said about watching the Mavericks-Heat matchup. "We had a chance. But I don't think we played the right way. We lost. So I didn't really care who won."

That doesn't mean Artest wants wholesale changes. He largely argued that the Lakers' quick unraveling pointed more to the heavy basketball mileage the team accumulated after three consecutive NBA Finals appearances. He touted the necessity of playing team ball, a quality he believed the Lakers lacked against Dallas. And Artest remained coy with former WNBA star Lisa Leslie when asked if the Lakers had any locker room turmoil.

"If it was, I wouldn't tell you," Artest said with a smile. "Whatever happens in the locker room, stays right in there."

Coming off a season that entailed a mixed performance in offensive and defensive consistency, Artest didn't appear overly concerned however with his own play.

"I don't worry about my athleticism," said Artest, though his failed attempt at a fast-break dunk in Game 4 provided a lasting image of the team's struggles. "Jason Kidd isn't jumping that high these days. Larry Bird wasn't jumping that high when he had All-Star status. But you got brains and can still play defense, score in the post and knock down open shots."

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Photo: Lakers forward Ron Artest goes for the steal against Mavericks power forward Dirk Nowitzki in the first half of Game 1 on Monday night at Staples Center. Credit: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times / May 2, 2011

 
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Priestess

What happened to the 'royal lashing' the princess was supposed to administer to Terry I believe you mentioned? The psp should write you a ticket AND give you a lashing for all the drivel you have been spewing for the past few weeks.

Oh and the PSP is not happy with you at all; what happened to free first class tickets? What happened to singing at the game? Now you are dissing your boy the princess and praising the Mamba?

It looks like your boyfriend G Money has bailed on you so better find another circus partner to perform with on here. Don't know if you met him but the PSP recommend BUTLER, former laker blog resident troll. You guys would get along great.

Thanks
PSP Intern

Well let's see. On the subject of players who verbally sparred against each other in the past...

DeShawn Stevenson: 1 championship vs LeBron

LeBron James: 0 championships vs DeShawn


On the subject of players belittling other players:

LeBron and Dwyane: belittled Dirk by fake coughing.

Dirk: belittled LeBron and Dwayne by outplaying them on the court

On the subject of labels that get assigned to Finals losers?

Who's soft now?

On the subject of "ball hogs":

LeBron better learn to be one. 15 shots in a MUST WIN game? Passing the ball to Chalmers or House in the 4th quarter in said game?

Kobe would have been driving to the hoop or pulling up for a contested jumper. And his team would have won or he would have gone down with both guns blazing.

When the finals is on the line, you don't pass to a guy who's a career 40% shooter. You tell him to get out of the way and get ready to hustle back on defense.

And as bad as the Lakers acquisitions (Blake & Barnes) flopped, so did Miami's. Mike Miller stunk up the joint, as did Juwan Howard and Eddie House. The rest of the scrubs they brought in weren't even good enough to play.

LTLF,

isn't odd that ball hogs win championships? :)

And there's an odd symmetry between the 2006 finals (Mavs look great early, Heat come storming back) and the 2011 finals (Heat look great early, Mavs come storming back).

hobbitmage,

>>>isn't odd that ball hogs win championships? :)

Hey, despite starting out 1 for 12, Dirk took 27 shots!

And despite starting out 4 for 4 LeBronze took 11 shots!

It's my new motto: ball hogs win championships.

I'm hoping for Kobe to take at least 25 shots a game in the playoffs next season :-)

PSP - nice dose of Troll-B-Gone to start the thread.

I also haven't heard much from Big Green whatever-his-troll-name-is or 131-I-like-to-quote-ancienct-scores-dude lately. We've also had a smattering of trolls from Utah and Phoenix and even Oklahoma City.

That's my favorite part about Dallas winning - we won't have to listen to the Miami trolls spewing some bile all summer. Cause if they do show their ugly mugs, they'll get the taunting they deserve.

Good thing there were no Dallas trolls here. I guess Dallas fans actually have a life or their own blog, unlike Celtics, Heat, Suns, and Thunder fans.

You know, I have tried to abide by the "don't feed the trolls" maxim.

But I do wonder where this so-called G Money is.

The more I think about it, the more I'm with Ron-Ron.

Mike Brown managed to get LeBron and whatever flotsam and jetsam they brought in to the finals once and to the Eastern Conference Finals two other times. Take LeBron off the squad and they were a 19 win team.

Put LeBron with another superstar and another all-star, and he's still not good enough to win a title yet (note, I say yet... I think he'll eventually settle down and win a ring or two).

Think what Mike Brown could do with the level of talent the Lakers have.


CONGRATULATIONS to the Dallas Mavericks. Their performance in these Finals reminded me of the great Finals upset in 1975 by Rick Barry and the San Francisco Warriors over the heavily favored Washington Bullets with Elvin Hayes and Wes Unseld. Given little chance of winning before the series, the Mavericks showed the world that basketball is still a team game, that they were the better team, that Dirk was the real Finals MVP, and that LeBron was not deserving of a championship.
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Unlike ESPN and Colin Cowherd, I’ve never bought into the hype that LeBron is the best player in the league much less one of the best ever in the game. To me, he has always been a one-dimensional player who relied upon his great athleticism rather than developing the signature moves that often define great players like Kobe, Dirk, or even Wade. That he lacked the killer instinct that made Michael, Kobe, Magic, and Bird so great was painfully obvious during his meltdown in the Finals.
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I picked the Mavs to dismantle the Heat in 6 games in the same fashion as they did the Lakers, with great team defense and dead-eye 3-point shooting. I was confident that they had a better superstar in Dirk than Miami had in either Wade or LeBron. I was confident that underrated Rick Carlisle would easily outcoach wet-behind-the-ears Eric Spoelstra. I was confident that the Mavs superior outside shooting would eventually turn the series. And I was confident that LeBron James would once again fold and disappear when the pressure grew intense and the NBA championship was on the line.
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SHAME on LeBron for his disgraceful post-game comments that clearly showed the lack of maturity and class needed to be a champion. Yeah, you can sit back and gloat and enjoy your hundreds of millions while we poor disapproving fans work hard all day struggling to make our meager little lives a little better. Maybe in time, you will learn the lesson that in the end, it’s not what you own that defines who you were and what you accomplished in your life but how you met the challenges faced and responded to the opportunities presented that will ultimately measure your true mettle.
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Don’t you love how Colon Cowheard and the minions of LeBron apologists are still defending their idol and saying it’s only a matter of time before LeBron breaks through and wins multiple rings? You have to wonder what makes them so sure. LeBron will turn 27-years old later this year. He will be entering his eighth year in the NBA. He has made it to the Finals twice and has just 2 wins in a total of 10 games. He is not very mature or very intelligent. And he lacks the killer instinct and ability to perform under pressure on the biggest stage. Seriously, I doubt he will even win a single ring.
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Unlike football or baseball, basketball is the one sport where you can make a good case that rings are a valid criteria for measuring a player’s greatness. But even with just 5 players, winning in basketball still requires a player who can make his teammates better and with his great play elevate his team to another level. So far, I have seen nothing to indicate to me that LeBron has the ability to do that. While he is the most physically gifted player in the league, LeBron remains a mental midget who just doesn’t get it on so many levels that he will never be able to lead a team to an NBA championship.
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LAKER-TOM


@LT,

"Don’t you love how Colon Cowheard..."

Freudian slip?

You want to improve against the pick & roll?

You want to get a shot at one of those lottery bound PGs?

Here's the deal:

Dan Gilbert is ITCHING to improve the Cavs enough to get back in the hunt. There's nothing he'd love more than to go farther in the playoffs than the Heat.

Offer Lamar Odom for Anderson Varejao,Ramon Sessions, and the #4 pick.

You'd be sacrificing Lamar's versatility for one of the best P&R defenders in the league in Varejao.

In the deal, you'd also get a better PG than Fisher or Blake, and a high enough draft pick to draft either Brandon Knight or Kemba Walker.

BADABING. Instant improvement against the pick & roll and a double dose of point guard upgrades.

Wuttup party people!!!!! DOWN GOES PRINCESS!!! DOWN GOES PRINCESS!!!

BWAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!

That was GREAT!!!! I wanted the Heat to lose so badly - like most on here - and they did!!! Princess absolutely choked. She didn't even address that particular question in the press conference afterwards but deferred to Wade - as usual HAHAHA!!!! Too funny.

Well - one thing is for sure. Her title as King James is still intact - she's still the King of NO RINGS!!! HAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!

Yeah I'm gloating LOL!! I'm gonna do it every single time anyone EVER tries to talk about how princess is so great. I'll talk about her choking when it really mattered. Her deference to every other teammate. Her lack of killer instinct. All of it. She might get her act together and win in the future. But right now she doesn't deserve to even carry Kobe's jock. She's just not worthy.


Hey frmkt!
Lakers losing is worth a :(
The Heat losing is worth a :))
According to my calculations, you can now be :)
LOL!!


WUTTUP HOBBIT!!!
How FABULOUS was that!!! Zut alors!!! Je suis tres joyeaux!!!


@SNAKE... I actually had to add his new first and last name to my spell checker. Can’t stand it when Word mistakenly highlights words correctly spelled. As for Colin, what Troy said covers it pretty well.
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LAKER-TOM

Here's a great comment by PNG:

LeBron James was just traded to the Florida Panthers. He should be wildly sucessful, since in the NHL, there are only 3 periods.

BWAHAHAHAHA!!!!

I wouldn't mind seeing Varejao become a Laker. He's a good intangible guy and Mike Brown knows how to use him best.

Go Lakers!


@JUSTA ... Next year, imagine LeChoke’s text messages to recruit players will start with the usual “Yo, Princess James here...” I told frmkt earlier that he could switch to :-) next year but I am sure he is having a hard time keeping that left parenthesis from curving the other way. The Mavs definitely took their talents to South Beach. The basketball gods have spoken. Bring on the new CBA.
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LAKER-TOM


I think we're probably going to see a lot of former Cavs, namely Mo Williams, feel vindicated and have better seasons now that they know that they weren't the reasons why Lebron failed to win a championship.

Go Lakers!

LakerTom,

about: But even with just 5 players, winning in basketball still requires a player who can make his teammates better and with his great play elevate his team to another level

please stop. This is a lie. One person can't make another person better. He
can only give him the opportunity to shine. If what you say is true, D-Wade
should have made LBJ better.

You're talking about the right thing, but you're going about it the wrong way.
Chemistry/Synergy is where the whole is greater than the sum of it's parts.
That's what you *seem* to be talking about. You also *seem* to be confusing
leadership w/ "making your teammates" better.

Kobe was a leader, but he couldn't make Smush Parker better. D-Wade was
a leader, but he couldn't make Smush better.

When you revisit Dallas beating Miami ... Dirk didn't make anybody better.
Everybody knew their role and gave it everything they had w/in their role.

Tyson Chandler didn't ask for the ball more. He said, "I'll defend the paint."
JJ Barea didn't ask for higher points. He said, "I'll distribute the ball and
carve up the defense. [ Go little man, Go! ]
Dirk told J. Terry, you gotta make your shots. J. Terry made his shots.

Dallas had great chemistry and everyone did what they were supposed to do.

Let's hope the Lakers took notes and everyone will focus on how they can
help the team instead of, "if I don't get my offensive touches I'm not going to
play defense".

When the Heat were put together, most fans -this one included - weren't expecting them to win it all but were well aware that they were going to make some "noise" and "noise" they made. As disheartening and disappointing it is to lose in the Finals or any other championship in sports, the Heat had quite an impressive season. They stumbled during the regular season, endured and won two games in the Championship series.

I think once LBJ - and it may come this Summer - realizes that winning a championship is not about promoting your "brand" in pursuit of a billion dollars but winning a championship from genuine desire to become a champion must be the primary reason; you have money and more money will come after that victory. It's obvious it's all about the money for the youngster because if it wasn't, he wouldn't have "lashed out" at his detractors by reminding them that he has more money than them and as a result, are living miserable lives. He'll grow up one day, but that day isn't today.

On the other side of the coin, the Mavericks played complete team ball. The ball movement and patience on offense was a thing of beauty. Dirk's early shooting woes reminded me of Kobe's game 7 win against the Celtics last year but Kobe made up for it by becoming a BEAST on the boards. Dirk is a genuine "scorer" and not much else but that's how the team was built around him. It was a beautiful thing to see his other teammates pick up the slack and maintain a lead while arguably the most prolific scorer in the NBA was truly struggling.

"Old School" educates the "new kids on the floor" and pull out an unsuspecting victory in the Finals. Once the Heat made it to the Finals and were matched up against the Mavericks, I for one of many fans thought this was going to the Heat. What an epic series; an improbable victory and great champions.

Lakers losing is worth a :(
The Heat losing is worth a :))
According to my calculations, you can now be :)
LOL!!


Posted by: Justanother Mambafan | June 13, 2011 at 09:39 AM

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Excellent calculation Justa but according to LBJ, after the :-)) wears off, I'll be back to :-( because I don't have as much money as he does!

Morning Lakerz crew,

how sweet was the Victory?

Seeing Dirk cry on the way to the locker - $2,000
getting a championship 2011 hat - $20.00
seeing Chris Bosh cry on the way to the locker room - PRICELESS!

I only watched this last game, and I got to tell you, props to Dalls, they outplayed and outhussled the heat, and they deserved the win..

Like I said before, once they swept us, this Mavs team didn't look back not once... we were the breaking point for the Mavs, once they run over us, no one could have stopped them!!!!

Okay, here's my best shot. My trade to end all trades. I think it's a deal that would improve all 4 teams involved (or at least get them something they want). I don't think it'll happen in a million years, but here goes:

Minnesota wants to trade off the #2 pick to get a quality veteran.

They get Lamar Odom. 6th man of the year. Versatile player who comes the closest to Magic Johnson of being able to play all 5 positions - he played lots of center in the Olympics and has been a point-forward for the Lakers.

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Cleveland wants quality players to get back into the playoff hunt. They've had a gaping hole at SF since LeBJ left.

They get Ron Artest. An excellent defender and has been better on offense when he's higher up in the pecking order. And they still get to keep their #1 pick to draft either Kyrie Irving or Derrick Williams

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(this one is a bit of a stretch - at least I don't know if this is really what they want - with Cleveland and Minnesota there have been rumors that they'd trade off a lottery pick for a quality veteran - there are no rumors out of New Orleans)

If New Orleans is going to lose Chris Paul, they'd likely want to go the Oklahoma City/Memphis rebuilding route and get some young talent and draft picks in return (and hopefully reduce total salary in the deal as well).

They get the #2 and #4 picks in this draft

(plus any number of the Lakers' second round picks they want)

plus two players OF THEIR CHOICE from Minnesota's roster, other than
Kevin Love or Ricky Rubio

And they get to dump off Ariza's long contract.

The one catch is they have to take Luke to make the salaries match. But with two lottery picks, two picks off of Minnesota's roster, and the fact that Luke's contract is shorter and less money than Arizas, it's not THAT big a burden (much smaller say than Brian Grant's giant albatross of a contract).

Before you pooh-pooh this deal from New Orleans standpoint consider what their roster could look like next season:

C - Okafor, MBenga (or Milicic)
PF - West, Landry
SF - Webster or Johnson, Derrick Williams, Luke
SG - Belinelli, Willie Green
PG - Brandon Knight, [Ridnour or Flynn]

Lots of youth and upside there, along with some experience and talent in the front court. If Brandon Knight (or Kemba Walker if they prefer) turns out to be all-that, then they'd be on the road to reboot just a few steps behind Oklahoma City and Memphis.

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And finally...

The Lakers get Anderson Varejao, Trevor Ariza, and Chris Paul.

Varejao takes up Lamar's minutes off the bench. The loss in offense will more than be made up for by Chris Paul, and the improvement in defense would be noticable.

Ariza gets his starting SF spot back. Lakers lose a bit of toughness at the position, but make up for it with better speed - needed for defending the pick and roll. Since Ariza's already familiar with Kobe's, Pau's, and Drew's games, it won't be as big a transition as bringing in a totally new player.

And of course the big upgrade is Chris Paul at point guard.

That's two new players (Paul and Varejao) to bring "never got a ring" energy, plus the motivation of the rest of the Lakers of having been swept in the second round.

And they get rid of Luke's contract, so I can finally not have to listen to half the bloggers here blame Luke for everything from Salary Cap issues to tooth decay.

Steve Blake &/or Matt Barnes may need to be included in the deal to match salaries as well, depending on which two players New Orleans wants from Minnesota.

Also note that it doesn't have to be done as one big 4-way trade. The Lakers could do Odom for Varejao and the #4 pick first, then do a 3-team trade with Minnesota and New Orleans.

It'll never happen in a million years... but I can dream, can't I?

JAMF - I can't help but express amusement over the fact that you returned from a prolonged absence on the heels of Miami losing in the NBA Finals

Wait, I messed that up... I was calculating money with Odom going to Cleveland and Artest going to Minnesota. Minny might give up the #2 pick for Odom, but probably not for Artest.

Damn. I knew it was too good to be true.

Actually... I think it still works. Odom and Artest are close enough in salary that it still all balances out.

Oh by the way, if any of the teams was close but not quite convinced, the Lakers could throw in any of Caracter, Ebanks, or the 4 second round picks as sweeteners.


The Heat's sense of entitlement keeps them from championship
by Ken Berger for CBS Sports
http://www.cbssports.com/nba/story/15227167/miamis-sense-of-entitlement-keeps-them-from-championship/rss
Great article about the Finals and “King” James. Here are some excerpts to enjoy:
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Right to the end, the Heat's dynamic duo were bogged down by silliness, a tone-deaf sense of entitlement and smugness that will have to change in dramatic ways for them to reach their goals together. James kept saying Sunday night, "I won't hold my head low," but the time had come for that -- for contrition -- and James couldn't deliver that, either.
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There was sniffle-gate, and then hours before tipoff Sunday, there was Wade mocking Jason Terry by saying there would be "no confetti falling down for them" -- a reference to Terry incorrectly remembering the details of losing to Wade's Heat team in Game 6 of the 2006 Finals in Dallas. There was James calling Game 6 a "pop quiz" -- another example of the player who has sought for eight years to be the focal point of his sport failing in the most important requirement of a superstar: self-awareness.
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And then James did it again Sunday night, lashing out instead of recoiling into the proper posture, which would have been grace in defeat. It was yet another moment in these Finals that James failed to seize, and you almost sensed that Wade -- sitting next to him for their final, awkward co-news conference of this season -- couldn't believe what he was hearing. Nobody else in the room could.
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This was James, who had scored 11 points in the fourth quarter of the first five games, coming up even smaller than he did in Game 6 -- when incomprehensively, the self-proclaimed King dragged the Heat down with a minus-24 when he was on the floor. Somehow, the player who had subjected so many teams and executives to a suck-up fest for his services last summer had been the Heat's third-leading scorer in these Finals -- behind Wade and Bosh.
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Asked if it bothered him that so many people were happy to see him fail, James somehow managed to achieve his low point in a year that began with his previous lowest of lows, "The Decision."

"Absolutely not," James said. "Because at the end of the day, all the people that were rooting for me to fail, they have to wake up tomorrow and have the same life that they had before they woke up today. They have the same personal problems they had today. I'm going to continue to live the way I want to live and continue to do the things that I want to do with me and my family and be happy with that."
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And it got worse.
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"They can get a few days, or a few months, or whatever the case may be on being happy about not only myself, but the Miami Heat not accomplishing their goal," James said. "But they have to get back to the real world at some point."

In other words: Hate away, everybody. You'll never be me.

Down the hall from those sour notes -- not to mention grapes -- there was a room full of people who would never in a million years trade places with James. There was Tyson Chandler, downing a bottle of champagne like it was the last one on Earth and saying, "Regardless of what anybody ever says about my career, they've got to say I'm a champion." This from a guy who, like James, went from high school to the NBA -- a No. 2 pick nearly a decade ago who has something James does not, something James and Wade could not manufacture.
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"I think a lot of people got caught up in the Big Three and what they can do -- and they're tough," Chandler said. "But we had to concentrate on the fact that only one guy can have the ball in his hands at once."
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As the clock wound down toward midnight and the great Hall of Famers, Nowitzki and Kidd, were celebrating, at long last, their elusive championship, the silence in the Heat locker room spoke volumes. In a side room around the corner from the double-doors, a meeting of the minds was under way among some Heat basketball officials, Nike reps, and James' agent, Leon Rose. William "World Wide Wes" Wesley, whose fingerprints were all over this Heat creation, was on his way.
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On the other side of the arena, the clock reading nine minutes past midnight now, James walked behind a phalanx of security and plopped down on the back of a golf cart. He stared blankly ahead as cameras filmed and reporters clicked cell-phone pics of the moment the season ended for the non-champions. Wade was next, sitting down next to James and resting his forehead in his left hand. Neither said a word.
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The golf cart slowly pulled away, the two stars who couldn't beat a team being ferried toward the exits on a remarkable night -- the end of a year-long journey the likes of which we've never seen. This was a ride of shame that James and Wade have taken before, but never together. Never in a moment this bitter and unfulfilling.
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The cart disappeared around a bend in the hallway, the high-pitched bleating of its horn growing quiet, until you couldn't hear it anymore. The sounds of a championship journey gone wrong vanishing into the night.
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LAKER-TOM


Do I remember either Island Priest or G. Money claiming the Lakers lost because they were too cocky?

If so,

Pot... kettle... nuff said.

MM - not true. I've posted something at least once every day for the most part. Except for when I was travelling for work and then sick in bed, I was here.

You better recognize!!


@LTLF ... Congrats on the Friedman. It’s great to see one of the best and most consistent members of the blog within the blog get due credit for his contributions. You’re our personal trade machine.
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LAKER-TOM


JAMF - OK OK. Well I hope you feel better. Well of course you do, Miami lost

I thought you guys would get a kick out of this. The Miami Herald preemptively proclaimed the Heat to be NBA champs

http://blogs.ajc.com/jeff-schultz-blog/2011/06/13/miami-herald-runs-ad-selling-heat-championship-shirts/

So Mark Cuban has said that Rings are done and that he's planning on doing something different on the championship jewelry thing.

Might I make a suggestion. Just to rub it in a certain conceited players face as much as possible...

Crowns.

>>>I wouldn't mind seeing Varejao become a Laker. He's a good intangible guy
>>>and Mike Brown knows how to use him best.

The things I was thinking (in addition to the Brown connection) is that he plays hard every night and he's not involved in a reality show that takes his attention away from the game. Both things that distinguish him from Lamar Odom.

>>>Excellent calculation Justa but according to LBJ, after the :-)) wears off, I'll
>>>be back to :-( because I don't have as much money as he does!

What LBJ doesn't know is that I'm still :-) because I don't have a gargantuan ego like him, so I don't need hundreds of millions of dollars to be happy.

So LeBJ loses again. He thinks he can defeat me because he has more money, and yet I'm happier than him right now.

poor deluded LeBJ

I lobbied for Varajeo last season on here and got creamed cuz he was out for the year with a season-ending injury...So its good to see that many on here are suddenly feelin this dude!!

I still would not want to get rid of L.O. --- Pau, possibly....

^^ would help if I spelled Varejao name right!! lol

Hobbit,

Kobe was a leader, but he couldn't make Smush Parker better. D-Wade was a leader, but he couldn't make Smush better.
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base on statistics and the way Smush played while he was a laker, i would say, he was better, way better than he was prior to becoming a laker and after he was a laker.

Whoa... did anybody realize, that the postgame analysis from ESPN with magic and the crew after the Mavs thankfully dumped the heat for the title, pointed out that LeBron has choked in the finals, bad? Or when he feels the pressure?

ONE COULD LOOK AT THIS AS A GOOD SIGN OF THINGS TO COME. MIKE BROWN HAD THE COACHING MOJO TO BRING THE CAVS TO THE FINALS WITH CRAP TALENT, WHAT COULD HE DO WITH A KOBE BRYANT THAT RESPONDS SO MUCH BETTER TO THE MOMENT THAN QUEEN LECHOKE JAMES, AND A INFINITELY BETTER ROSTER BEHIND HIM?!?!?

I'm damn excited for next year


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