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Posts Tagged ‘King James.’

LeBron James catches fire for a career-high 61 points in Miami’s win over Charlotte

LeBron James (file photo)

LeBron James is capable of scoring 50-60 points any given night.

On Monday night, the Charlotte Bobcats were the victims as “King James” scored a career-high 61 points in a 124-107 win by the Miami Heat.

James’61 points is a Heat franchise record.

His career-best was a 56-point effort with Cleveland on March 20,2005.

The former Cavs’ star scored 24 points by halftime, 25 in the third quarter and 12 in the fourth quarter before leaving to a standing ovation with 1:24 left in the game.

James was on fire last night, connecting on his first eight three-point field goal attempts and shooting 22 of 33 overall from the floor.

LeBron James takes his sideshow and entourage to Miami

compiled from staff and wire reports with commentary

First of all, I never understood why LeBron James was called King James. He has never really lived up to that billing. I was in several press conferences after Cavs games and members of the media called him “King.” He never did because he is and never will be my “highness”.

Secondly, LeBron says that he couldn’t win with Mo Williams, Delonte West and Antawn Jamison. Well he, told the Cavs to go out and get Williams and West. Plus, he had a choice between Jamison and Amare Stoudemire and he picked Jamison, who he said when the trade was announced, “fits our style more”.

LeBron James (nba)

Third, it was James who criticized head coach Mike Brown for his player rotation in the playoffs by not playing J.J. Hickson, Anderson Varejao, Zydrunas Ilgauskas and Booby Gibson more. Thus, Mike Brown is on the unemployment line. And I was told by several people who cover the club more often I do, that he was also critical of former GM Danny Ferry.

Fourth, by not meeting with Michigan State coach Tom Izzo should be that LeBron had no intention of coming back. I deal with Izzo from a media standpoint on teleconferences and phone interviews, at OSU-MSU games and the Big Ten tournament and he is a very nice and decent man, human being and should not have been snubbed by the self-proclaimed King.

I feel that the only mistake that Cavs owner Dan Gilbert made was catering to LeBron James. I don’t think any one player should have a say in player personnel matters. But if he does, “man-up” and admit you criticized and helped make player selections and admit you own play was less than stellar.

Several members of the media have told me over the years that the Cavs did everything possible to please LeBron. They moved the team’s practice facility 20 minutes closer to his Akron home; his management team was able to fly and travel with the team. no other player received this treatment but him.

So, LeBron on his self-righteous ESPN 1-hour special announces that he’s going to play in Miami with Chris Bosh, Dwayne Wade to win an NBA championship.

He talked as if they’ve already have won it. Winning and talking are two different things and it takes 100 games to get the NBA’s final game, that is if every series goes to a 7th game.

James said that all three will be taking less money to win a title.

The Heat’s roster will have 11 players making at least the NBA minimum of $1 million a year.

James will have a five-year, $96 million contract as an outside free agent.

Cavs point guard Mo Williams, who has played the last two of his seven-year career in Cleveland alongside LeBron responded to the news with congratulations but then took two hours to think it through. He disagreed with how James handled the revelation on national TV, telling the entire nation and world he was leaving Cleveland.

Williams believes that the Cavaliers will be good next year and the person he feels sorry for the most in the entire situation is former head coach Mike Brown who was fired after the second round playoff elimination by the Celtics.

With James now a former Cavs player, the franchise must move forward.

The team still have options available through trades and there have been talk of re-signing Shaquille O’Neal and Zydrunas Ilgauskas to share the center position.

The Cavs still have some pieces but most of the top tier free agents have signed but Cavs owner Dan Gilbert says they had a plan all along but won’t reveal it.

One thing is for sure, Quicken Loans Arena will not have the electricity that it once did but the Cavs have to find another star player to lead the way. He is out there, they just have to find him.

Joe Tait and Jackie MacMullan selected Gowdy Award winners

compiled from staff, wire and Cleveland Cavaliers reports

Longtime Cleveland Cavaliers radio play-by-play announcer Joe Tait and veteran Boston Globe reporter Jackie MacMullan will receive the Curt Gowdy Media Awards from the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

MacMullan is the first woman to receive the honor in its 21-year history.

The Gowdy award is presented annually to members of the print and electronic media who have made a significant contribution to the game of basketball.

The awards will be presented August 12, the day before the Class of 2010 is enshrined into the hall in Springfield, Massachusetts.

Cavs Radio voice Joe Tait (Cavs photo)

Tait is in his 38th season as the voice of the Cleveland Cavaliers, starting out with the club in its 1970 expansion season. He has seen decades of losing basketball, the team’s dream season in 1976 which included the first playoff series win and the arrival of King James, two-time MVP LeBron James.

Tait, who plans to retire after next season, left the Cavs briefly for jobs in New Jersey and Chicago. He also spent time with the Cleveland Indians, 16 seasons.

MacMullan worked with Larry Bird and Magic Johnson on a book released last year, “When the Game Was Ours.”

Celtics take control of the series by crushing Cavs, 120-88

compiled from staff and wire reports

Ray Allen (nba)

Paul Pierce (nba)

Another promising season seems to be passing the Cleveland Cavaliers away. Plus, Cavs fans may have seen the last of LeBron James in a Cavs home uniform if they can’t win the next two games against Boston.

The Boston Celtics have taken a 3-2 edge in the best-of-seven series.

Ray Allen scored 25 points, Rajon Rondo scored all 16 of his points in the second half and the Celtics, whom everybody thought was too old to play with the young Cavaliers, beat King James and the Cavaliers, 120-88 in Game 5 on Tuesday night to come within one win of the Eastern Conference finals against Orlando.

Paul Pierce added 21 and Kevin Garnett 18 for Boston, who handed the Cavs their worst home playoff loss in history and can end Cleveland’s season with a win in Game 6 on Thursday night.

James, had a horrible game, scoring 15 points on 3 of 14 shooting, but refused to use his sprained elbow as an excuse for poor play.