While we’ve just come out from the NBA Finals Game 7, the last thirty seconds of Game 6 were definitive. They almost seemed a moment of collapse, where a once celebrated hero would be doomed to face the disdain of an entire nation, forever calling to question his abilities as a champion as underlined by his inability to finish the job.
Surely, LeBron James thought about none of that as he recovered a ball to hit the jumper that propelled the Miami Heat into an overtime victory in Game 6. He’s the type of person to create his own moments, on his own time, no matter the criticism. As the season comes to a close and ‘King James’ now rests comfortably in his throne, Nike Basketball reminds us that for now, there’s nothing we can say to LeBron – we’ll just have to settle for a message. Enjoy the instant classic above.
Take a special all-access look at Game 1 of the 2013 NBA Finals as the San Antonio Spurs defeat the Miami Heat to take a 1-0 series lead.
Dwyane Wade has departed from Jordan Brand for Li-Ning according to a source familiar with the situation, as well as Li-Ning sponsored basketball player Evan Turner, who tweeted a message welcoming D Wade to the brand.
There had been much speculation that Wade would depart from the brand after news that he would not be debuting a new signature shoe.
Wade’s landing at Li-Ning now leaves the Chinese brand with a growing roster of talented players in the NBA.
LeBron James and Chris Paul are the closest of friends, but they will be at cross purposes over the next few days. They are recruiting against each other for the services of Ray Allen.
Allen has not ruled out re-signing with the Boston Celtics, who have made him a strong monetary offer, but signs are pointing to Allen choosing between James’ Miami Heat and Paul’s Los Angeles Clippers.
On Thursday, the Heat will host Allen for a visit as they try to persuade him to accept less money and perhaps a lesser role to join their bid to repeat as champions. Friday, Allen is scheduled to visit the Clippers, who have more money to offer and a clear role as the starting shooting guard.
The Thunder, Bulls and Heat are three teams that could end up signing Derek Fisher once he clears waivers.
Oklahoma City are looking to add point guard depth behind Russell Westbrook due to the season-ending injury to Eric Maynor. Fisher has interest in joining Chicago or Heat where he would be able to compete for a title.
The Clippers, according to sources, are not likely to pursue Fisher.
Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant suffered a nasal fracture during the Western Conference’s 152-149 win over the East on Sunday night, the team announced on its website.
Bryant was bloodied by a hard foul from Miami’s Dwyane Wade and stayed in the game, but he left to be evaluated afterward. A CT scan revealed a broken nose.
He was expected to be examined and re-evaluated by ear, nose and throat specialist Dr. John Rehm on Monday when he returns to Los Angeles. He didn’t attend the postgame media session Sunday.
Jeremy Lin is more marketable than Kobe Bryant and LeBron James, according to a recent Nielsen poll.
Nielsen’s N-Score measures name and image awareness, appeal and personality attributes such as sincerity, approachability, experience and influence. Lin topped the survey with an N-Score of 102. The Black Mamba scored a 90 while LeBron James gets 84.
About 19% of the U.S. population has heard of Lin, say Nielsen, and of those 30% say they like him.
The Heat have targeted Hornets center Chris Kaman and are hoping his contact will be bought out after the March 15 trade deadline.
Heat president Pat Riley has reportedly been calling people who know Kaman to ask about him. The Hornets recently sent Kaman away from the team for seven games in an effort to trade him.
LeBron James was asked on Wednesday if he’s considering entering the 2012 Slam Dunk contest.
“I have thought about it before and a few times in the past I kind of had an ankle injury that kind of kept me out of it and a couple of times I was just like, ‘You know what, I’m going to go in here and rest my legs for this weekend and then get back to the regular season,” James said. “But, I mean, they say a lot of the greats have done it and I’ve watched it over the years.”
James promised to participate three years ago but eventually backed out.
“I don’t know, I’ll be on the fence every year about it,” James said. “It’s always a fence year for me. I know they’re getting tired of me, though, so I’m not even going to start up nothing.”
The Miami Heat, interested in any and all veteran big men who become available on the market, are in the race for two such players that could make their decisions by the end of the week.
The Heat have offered contracts to both Joel Przybilla and Kenyon Martin. Przybilla is expected to make a choice between the Chicago Bulls and Heat, according to agent Bill Duffy.
Martin is interested in several teams, with the Heat in the mix, according to agent Andy Miller.