Found April 27, 2012 on
The 2012 NBA playoffs are set to kick off tomorrow and all eyes will be on the Miami Heat and their super trio of Dwayne Wade, LeBron James, and Chris Bosh after coming close to their first tile together last season.
Now considering Miami has what many feel to be the best "Big Three" in the NBA and playing in a weakened Eastern Conference playoff bracket now that Orlando has lost Dwight Howard for the season, one cannot expect nothing less than a return to the Finals and winning it all for this season's Heat squad. Other than that, the Heat's season would be viewed as a bust.
However, Wade and James differ on that statement.
Wade feels anything less than an NBA crown would make the season a failure.
"I say yes," he said. "There's only one champion. It's a failure for every other team. If you don't win a championship, you had a failed year."
James thinks otherwise.
"The season won't be a failure," James said. "You...
BEST OF MAXIM
Whether you root for LeBron James or you root against him, the recent SI piece that Lee Jenkins wrote on James is a must-read. It's an introspective look into LeBron's mindset over the last couple years coming from a position of balance, and I'd suggest you read the article in its entirety. Below are some snippets of that, with first the part that most people are talking...
For LeBron James, something changes at this time of year.
He wakes up at all hours, jolted by the recurring dream of what that championship moment may feel like. It's all-consuming, something that's difficult at times for his family and those around him to deal with.
He calls it playoff mode. And here it comes.
Still driven by last season's loss to Dallas in the NBA...
1. LeBron James (2003-Present)James is only 26 and has plenty of time to win an NBA title, but for now the two time MVP has zero championships in eight seasons. James played in the finals with the Cleveland Cavaliers and Miami Heat in 2007 and 2011.
2. Karl Malone (1985-2004)Malone unfortunately played at the same time as Michael Jordan. The Mailman lost twice to the Bulls in the...
It's all about the wording, apparently, when it comes to LeBron James. There are plenty of NBA fans and media alike who think that up to this point in his career, James has been a failure. It's true that James is under pressure and scrutiny like no other, but at least in the recent past, he has wilted under that pressure and scrutiny. Once again, his Heat enter the NBA playoffs...
BE AFRAID...BE VERY AFRAID
Back in February we introduced you to an 18-foot tall LeBron James statue built by Florida’s Primetime Amusements to amuse honor LeBron and the Miami Heat. At the time I wondered how a statue of LeBron honored the Heat, and now two months later we have our answer: because he was only the first of a team of colossal monsters.
Well, a team of three. Nobody’s smushing together...
LeBron James is able to control any game as long as he's on the court being assertive. (Robert Duyos/Sun Sentinel/MCT/Getty Images)
The NBA Playoffs have arrived and just as last year, the Miami Heat are at the forefront. They may not have the #1 seed going into the playoffs, but everyone expects this team to take the title.
Ever since Miami acquired LeBron James, the heat has...
LeBron James of the Miami Heat is about to win his third MVP. That’s right, “Not one, not two, but three (Cue the smoke and music ‘bum, bum, bum’).” With his this MVP, LeBron will solidify himself as the best player of his generation (I’m not sure this is breaking news. I mean who is better than him? The only person close to him in this generation is Dwyane Wade, and...
MIAMI LeBron James' road to redemption began Saturday by leading the Miami Heat to a 100-67 beatdown of the New York Knicks. He was as fabulous, dominating and frighteningly talented in his first game of the 2012 playoffs as he was responsible for the loss in last year's Finals collapse.
It was the performance of a maestro: LeBron had 32 points, four rebounds, three assists...
First, the awards, which seem pretty obvious this year:
MVP – LeBron James
Rookie of the Year – Kyrie Irving
Coach of the Year – Gregg Popovich
Sixth Man of the Year – James Harden
And now, here are my predictions for the playoffs:
Spurs over Jazz in five
Grizzlies over Clippers in seven
Lakers over Nuggets in six
Thunder over Mavericks...
LeBron James started thinking about what a playoff opener against the New York Knicks would mean a few days ago. Amare Stoudemire started talking about taking down the Miami Heat a few months ago.
Here they are.
One of the most hotly contested NBA postseason rivalries of a generation ago is about to be rekindled.
The second-seeded Heat open defense of their Eastern Conference...
Dwyane Wade, LeBron James and Chris Bosh can't enjoy a nice quiet moment on the bench together without fans outside of South Beach trashing them. Check out Friday's #NESNcaption caption contest of the day winners below. Samantha Lemly Do you think we will win a champ!? No we suck but shhh don't tell anyone I said that James Matt Bodington Shhh im not really as good as...
Most Valuable Player Award
What has happened to Lebron’s game this season is remarkable. He has taken his game inside the perimeter and in the paint more than he has ever done in the past (about time), often playing the lone force in the paint for the Miami Heat. Since this change, his efficiency has improved (53% shooting this year, up 5% for his career)...
Carmelo Anthony versus LeBron James may be the most exciting matchup that we’ll see all post-season. Two tremendous NBA talents go head-to-head with a lot more on the line than just winning a game or a series.
James has to try to piece together the first (of many) championships he promised when he ditched Cleveland for the sunny beaches of Miami. Not one… Not two… Not three…...
The sprint to the NBA playoffs is over and the postseason lineup is one of the most intriguing ever.
LeBron James vs. Carmelo Anthony, the young and confident Oklahoma City Thunder looking for an early knockout against the defending champion Dallas Mavericks, two Los Angeles teams shooting for one title and the venerable San Antonio Spurs looking for a second lockout-season title...
The Miami Heat appear content resting their stars in preparation for whomever they might face in the first round of the playoffs.
One of the reasons they eased up in the race for the Eastern Conference's top seed is because of a home loss to the Washington Wizards over the weekend.
The Heat, who again will likely be without LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, conclude...