Archive for the ‘2012 NBA Playoffs’ Category

It’s no Dirk Nowitzki chowing down on a hard-boiled egg at this very same club, but LeBron James rocking a LeBron James vampire shirt at LIV while singing a 2 Chainz song is a pretty perfect description of what you would expect to happen at a Miami Heat championship celebration. Live it up, man.

What an absolutely perfect end to a wonderful postseason for Chris Bosh. You always want to peak in your last game and I’m sure we can all agree Chris Bosh did that. THE BEST.

LeBron James

LeBron James opened the scoring tonight with an emphatic dunk on a fast break. It set the tone for the Miami Heat’s dominance in a championship-clinching game that was the culmination of a tumultuous journey. That journey began on July 7, 2010, when LeBron announced he was joining forces with Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh and Pat Riley to form an unstoppable juggernaut that would bring multiple NBA championships to South Beach.

As you’ll recall, the Heat hit a bump in the road in last year’s Finals when LeBron wilted under the pressure of backing up his boasts against a savvy Dallas Mavericks squad that played with the urgency of a team that knew they probably wouldn’t get another chance to win the ultimate prize. Combined with his failures in previous post-seasons, LeBron was stamped with the “choker” label and it began to seem like a real possibility that he could retire as the most talented ringless player in NBA history.

So what changed? Why did LeBron James soar towards greatness over the course of these playoffs instead of shrinking from it as he did in last year’s NBA Finals? Witnessing his recent pregame book-reading ritual and his moments of meditation throughout the playoffs, it seems as though he’s been trying — in his own way — to achieve the Bodhisattva ideal of an “awakened mind”. It’s not hard to see how many of the Zen virtues of Bodhisattva would be important to him — particularly patience, acceptance, endurance and tranquility. All of those virtues contributed to LeBron’s improved focus and the way he dealt with immense pressure this season.

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There are a few different kinds of cusses out there, available for all your swearing needs. I’m not going to go in to all of them because this is not a humor book you can buy at Spencer’s Gifts. However, the Miami Heat pulled off two notable occurrences last night — up top you have LeBron James with the classic I’m Hurt swear, down below you have Dwyane Wade with a wonderful example of an I’m So Happy swear.

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All this time we’ve been trying to determine whether or not LeBron James is truly crutch, only to find out it’s his teammate, 94-year-old Juwan Howard, who is really the crutchest player in the league. It’s not quite Scottie Pippen levels of teammate carrying, but that’s only because Juwan’s shoulders haven’t been the same since they calcified.

At the 2:42 mark, this little kid becomes a great majority of basketball fans.

Mom: Don’t you like LeBron James? There he is.

Kid: I HATE HIM! I USED TO LIKE HIM BUT I HATE HIM!

Mom: Why?

Kid: I don’t know!

Mom: You don’t know? You used to like him.

Kid: I hate him! I JUST HATE HIM!

Sounds about right.

(via SportsGrid)

As any television show that features a psychotherapist will tell you, the best way to get past something bad that happened in your life is to talk about it. Don’t keep your emotions bottled up, talk it out and all that jazz. We’ve all accidentally watched “Frasier” while waiting for a better show to start to know this is the generally agreed upon way of processing significant life events.

Thabo Sefolosha, however, doesn’t agree with any of that. He’d rather keep things to himself, if that’s OK with you. From Royce Young of Daily Thunder fame:

Question for Thabo: “Can you talk about that last pass?”

Answer: “I don’t want to talk about it too much.”

Considering how bad that pass was, this is certainly understandable. Refusing to talk about what he was thinking when he whipped that pass right past Russell Westbrook might not be the healthiest approach, but like Don Draper says, “Get out of here and move forward. This never happened. It will shock you how much it never happened.” Nothing bad has ever happened to that guy, so you know this is good advice.

That being said, I have a hunch that Thabo might have to do a little talking about this play during film studies with the team. Call me crazy, but I’m willing to bet someone’s going to have something to say about this during review.