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.
The NBA Finals are an important, symbolic time in American culture. The success of one team out of many, triumphing against an entire league awaiting your downfall, plays perfectly into the idea of a ‘champion.’ As the Finals draw close with the final two teams set to face each other, London-based artist Richard Swarbrick teamed up with ESPN to create an painting-style animation depicting the greatest moments in the history of the competition. Jordan’s flying windmill layup, Larry Bird victoriously leaping, LeBron cradling his first Larry O’Brien trophy – all of these moments are immortalized in a bold, flowing collage in vivid color. Prepare for tomorrow’s Game 1 matchup by taking a trip down memory lane above.
Paul George of the Indiana Pacers talks about his signature play in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals, his ongoing duel with LeBron James and his meteoric rise this season.
Here are highlights from the first 2 days of the USA Basketball Scrimmages held in Las Vegas, NV. For those wondering why Kobe, LeBron, or other players are in this mix is because practices were closed to media until the last 30 minutes.
Featured in this mix are Blake Griffin, Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, Carmelo Anthony, Andre Iguodala, and James Harden.
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.
Check out the Miami Heat and their fan’s as they take to the streets to celebrate their second championship in their history!
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 NBA announced their 2012 All-Star Starters on Thursday.
Blake Griffin, Andrew Bynum
For the Eastern Conference, Dwight Howard, LeBron James, Derrick Rose, Dwyane Wade and Carmelo Anthony were the leading vote-getters.
In the Western Conference, Kobe Bryant and Chris Paul are joined by Kevin Durant, Blake Griffin and Andrew Bynum.
Griffin and Bynum each will be starting in their first All-Star Game.
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.”