Tag:LeBron James
Posted on: June 13, 2011 8:30 pm

LeBron James: Life Coach

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."

LeBron, you are absolutely 100% correct, with the exception being the NBA play-off talks around the water cooler at work was up beat because you lost, nothing about my life changed.  However, if you had won a ring this year nothing about my life would have changed either.  I wish that I were a reporter in that room, because I would have asked a follow up question- "LeBron how would the lives of your supporters have changed if you would have won?"

But if I were to respond to James as a fan my response would be this:

You're right.  If I were to work until I'm ninety, I'll never see even a fraction of what you make in a year.  No one will ever ask for my autograph, chant my name in a sports arena or buy merchandise with my picture on it.

Just as you will never have to worry about if your car brakes down how you will pay for the repairs, or whether or not your job will go over seas or just shuts down completely. I'm sure that you don't care if gas prices go up a few pennies, or hope that the Sunday newspaper has some good coupons for things that you buy.

My highs would never impress you.  Light traffic to and from work, getting two candy bars from the vending machine when I only paid for one, winning a few Bucks on a scratch off lottery ticket etc...  

No I'm like millions of people that use sports as a distraction for a few hours, I get caught up in the emotion of the game, pulling for my favorite teams/players and hope for the worst for the teams/players I dislike.  After the final buzzer, last out or time expires I go back to my life.

LeBron you winning or losing has no effect on the lives of your haters, your supporters or anyone in between lives.  So let me leave you with this, if my life didn't change by you losing, then why did you act like the fact that I hoped that you lost every game you played in effect yours? 

Category: NBA
Posted on: April 21, 2011 10:26 am

The Miami Heat can't win.

After following the Miami Heat all season I have come to the conclusion that they can't win. No I don't mean that they won't win the championship this year, looking at the teams that Miami would probably face only the Bulls could challenge them in the East. The West doesn't have anyone that would make me want to go to Vegas and plop down a boat load of money on.

No the thing that Miami will lose to is history. Let me put fourth two scenarios that may or may not happen, but wouldn't take a stretch of the imagination to see coming true.

Scenario 1- Miami wins the championship this year.

Most fans in the basketball community will yawn and say "So what, if you have LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh you have no excuse not winning it all." Others will claim the the Heat bought themselves a title and will diminish the achievement.

Another problem that could arise is the up coming labor talks and impending lock out, or as future NBA historians will call it "The Collective Bargaining Agreement to crush the Miami Heat." I believe that there are owners and GM's that are still seething over what the the big three did and want to make sure it can't happen again. I mean after all, it's one thing if the owners and GM's put together a super team, but it is another if the players dare to do it.

If Miami wins it all this year, I could see a situation that some of the owners would be willing to lose the entire 2011-12 season, just make sure that James, Wade and Bosh are another year older before they see the court again. Can't you?

Scenario 2- Miami doesn't win the championship this year.

The first thing that would happen is the anti-Heat fans would throw a party that would surpass any Marti Gras thrown in New Orleans. In fact I think that as long as the big three are together the Heat Haters will will act like the '72 Miami Dolphins and crack open the champaign every year the Heat are eliminated from the play-offs.

The next thing every sports writer, blogger, sportscaster and that guy sitting next to you at the local bar will denounce the 2010-11 Miami Heat as the biggest failures in sports history.

The owners will feel that they dodged a bullet and as I said in scenario 1 will make sure that the new CBA will hamper Miami's chances to win a title as much as they can.

Overall I feel that whether or not the Heat wins one, several, or no championships they will not win the battle against the history that will be written about them.

Posted on: November 27, 2010 10:10 am

Is it now or never for the Miami Heat?

If the Miami Heat fail to win the championship this year, the task could become even harder in years to come. There is a looming threat far bigger than the Lakers, Celtics or the apocalyptic plague that some of the country wishes upon the Heat. The biggest threat to the Heat could be what comes out of the new labor agreement.

The gulf that divides the owners and the players is extremely wide and if no progress is made when the two sides meet in February, a lock out could be unavoidable. The length of the work stoppage would be determined on how deep both sides have their heels dug in on certain issues, but the one issue I think the owners will not budge on is the hard salary cap.

Currently the NBA operates under a soft cap, so in theory there is a salary cap in place, but once you factor in all the exceptions it is rare for a team to actually operate under the cap.

Miami could be the biggest loser if a hard cap comes into existence in the NBA. With the basketball season an eighth of the way over glaring weaknesses have come to light in the Heats game, need for a point guard, lack of an inside game. I guess that’s what you get when you let players pick the teams. Without knowing what is going to come out of the new collective bargaining agreement Miami’s front office is limited on how they address these problems.

Currently Miami is paying James, Wade, Bosh and Miller 48.2 million dollars for this year alone, that is for four guys. If a hard cap comes into place that could be anywhere from three-fourths to two-thirds of your allowed salary. What is Miami going to do for a bench to support these guys?

Again without knowing what is coming out of the CBA, I know that I’m just thinking out loud about things that might not come close to happening. But you have to admit this year might be now or never for the Miami Heat.

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