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LeBron James has traversed the rockiest terrain of stardom and ambition: From beloved prodigy to betrayer of the place that drafted him and loved him most to uncomfortable villain to brutal failure to, now, NBA champion.
Two years. One long journey. And, in transitioning from The Decision to The Debacle to The Champion, a rewriting of the zeitgeist and the very functioning of the NBA.
The league is a different place because of what LeBron did. It is dominated by a few select teams that have clustered the top talent, it is on the verge of reclaiming the relevance lost after Michael Jordan's retirement and its fans and media are more attuned to the pitfalls and possibilities that come with its greatest stars. Including those stars' egos, talent and ability to function under the klieg lights of modern sports, where celebrity culture makes off-court happenings as pertinent to the season as what happens on it.
All of which means that, despite some differences, it is now Dwig...
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Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard is notably religious. So religious that he's claimed to have never been drunk before in his life.
Los Angeles Laker Dwight Howard (I hate the way that sounds!) swears he wasn’t drunk when he was putting us through all that trade drama last season.
I don’t know if it’s true or false that Dwight Howard had never tasted alcohol before he was traded from the Orlando Magic to the Los Angeles Lakers but I do know that’s what he claimed according to Lee Jenkins at Sports Illustrated...
After having surgery for a herniated disk six months ago, Dwight Howard made his preseason and Lakers debut Sunday night against the Sacramento Kings.Howard’s first career bucket as a member of the Lakers was this alley-oop from Pau Gasol. This is the first of many similar alley-oop play like these from Los Angeles’ two big men.
More LeBron James free agency talk? Dare I say, here we go again? James could become a free agent in 2014, and some are saying that the Lakers could be a potential suitor. James is denying the rumors, according to Michael Wallace of ESPN. “I’m here, and this is what it’s all about,” James said [...]
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Every October, while you are trying to figure out a quirky name for you fantasy football team (the name of my historically bad team is "Ochostinko"), NBA GM's are filling out their annual survey. And very often, these surveys follow the lines of conventional thought. Which makes me wonder if (a) these GMs are actually filling these things out or (b) they are just putting...
Pop quiz: What do you get when take the games best center and turn him into a bunch of role players?
If you guessed the Orlando Magic -- congratulations. You win a trip to Disney World!
Not really, but if you do happen to visit Orlando anytime soon, Mickey Mouse is probably your best option. Dwight Howard is gone.
Not that the Magic were exactly world-beaters with Howard. But...
One of the weirdest technical fouls you will ever see happened during Tuesday night’s preseason NBA game between The Miami Heat and the Charlotte Bobcats. LeBron James drove down the lane and went directly after defender, Gerald Henderson. Henderson got called for the blocking foul on LeBron James, which seemed like the right call but somehow LeBron was called for a technical...
LeBron James and Kevin Durant each received 37% of the vote last season.
I'm not one to ever put stock into the pre-season for any reason. There are lots of variables. Like, a player playing his first game with a team (a la Dwight Howard with the Lakers), and thus what does it mean? Usually nothing. Tonight had an interesting wrinkle: The Lakers played their starters down the stretch, and the Kings played all of their reserves and DeMarcus Cousins...
When he infamously deserted the Cavaliers two summers ago, LeBron James took much more to Miami's glitzy South Beach than just his talents
James robbed a Cleveland franchise of hope.
Kyrie Irving has brought it back.
After a sensational first season, the NBA's ruling rookie of the year is poised to help the Cavs take another step toward respectability - and maybe beyond...
Because the Los Angeles Lakers going 0-7 this preseason is not painful enough, here is a real reason for mild concern heading into the season opener against the Dallas Mavericks: Kobe Bryant is on the shelf.
Laker fans may not be putting a lot of stake into a winless preseason schedule that has seen their superstar starters only play one game together and the bench be an abysmal...
Shane Battier sees LeBron James as possessing many of the important qualities that you need to play at Duke.
Martell Webster scored 23 points, Chris Singleton added 17 and the Washington Wizards used a huge second half to beat the Miami Heat 101-94 on Wednesday night.
The Wizards trailed by 14 at the half but turned it on after the break to zip past the Heat, while LeBron James sat out the fourth quarter for the defending champions.
Dwyane Wade led the Heat with 23 points and Chris Bosh...