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2011 MVP Race – LeBron James dat MVP?
Wednesday , Mar , 02 , 2011 J.N.

2011 MVP Race – LeBron James dat MVP?

Many people are claiming that this is LeBron’s MVP to lose especially the LeBron James Defense Force. Where do we start? I cannot think where to begin. I don’t even know where the middle lays. Where does it end? Is the based god real? Is this a slippery slope? Only time will tell. Why are we even arguing semantics? Whose side are you on? Many questions. Not many answers. LeBron James versus The World is shaping up to be better than Scott Pilgrim versus The World.

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Sunday , Feb , 27 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Rumor: Miami Heat want Mike Bibby and Troy Murphy?

The Heat would like to sign Mike Bibby if the Wizards give him a buyout; Washington called it unlikely but hasn’t ruled it out. The Heat will explore Troy Murphy if he gets a buyout from Golden State (one report has Boston as the front-runner) and perhaps Indiana’s T.J. Ford, but he’s a poor three-point shooter.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Superstar laden teams need shooters to win.

For instance, Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen’s Chicago Bulls squads had deep threats like B.J. Armstrong, Jud Buchelor, Craig Hodges, Steve Kerr, and John Paxson.

Kobe Bryant, winner of five championships with the Los Angeles Lakers, has played with marksmen like Derek Fisher, Rick Fox, Devean George, Ron Harper, Glen Rice, Brian Shaw, and Sasha Vujacic.

Shooters spread the floor and keep defences honest. If a defender helps or helped on Bryant, Jordan, or Pippen, these Hall of Famers find the shooter who usually nails the open look.

It’s basic basketball. It’s also winning basketball.

So expect the Miami Heat to take a run at Mike Bibby and/or Troy Murphy –if they get a buyout from the Washington Wizards and/or Golden State Warriors.

After all, the Heat has their superstars: Chris Bosh, LeBron James, and Dwyane Wade.

Bibby could run the club’s offensive sets. His greatest asset would be playing off-the-ball, spotting-up, and knocking shots when defences helped on Bosh, James, and Wade.

Remember, Bibby was a clutch performer for the Sacramento Kings, giving those championship Laker squads all they could handle in some classic playoff battles.

Murphy is a nice inside-outside four-man. He can help on the glass, while also stretching defenses with his incredible three-point range.

However, the Heat may want to sign Murphy just to thwart their prime competition in the Eastern Conference –the Boston Celtics.

Expect the Heat to be extremely active if Bibby and/or Murphy become available. Their South Beach superstars can always use additional shooters.

--Oly Sandor.

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2011 MVP Race – Kobe Bryant vs. LeBron, Wade, Rose, Nowitzki, Howard, Durant
Thursday , Feb , 24 , 2011 J.N.

2011 MVP Race – Kobe Bryant vs. LeBron, Wade, Rose, Nowitzki, Howard, Durant

The newly minted 2011 All Star game MVP worked his way to be the star of stars. 37 points, 14 rebounds, and 3 steals are great numbers. Props to Kobe. It is back to business since All Star weekend is over. Where is Kobe in the league MVP race? Remember, this isn’t the legacy award  like the All Star spots. Everyone has to put in serious work. That includes Bryant who is usually penciled in before the season started. Every great player's time fades away, too. It sucks, but that's life.

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Tuesday , Feb , 15 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Lil’ Wayne squashes beef with LeBron James and Dwyane Wade?

James was seen offering a “What’s up?” nod toward the rapper. NBC-6s Adam Kuperstein approached Lil Wayne, an AmericanAirlines Arena regular, to ask if he and James now were cool and received a response of, “Oh, yeah, yeah.”

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Peace has prevailed.

Rapper Lil’ Wayne has squashed his beef with Miami Heat superstars LeBron James and Dwyane Wade. Remember, Wayne felt slighted because James and Wade ignored him when he was sitting courtside at a recent game between the Heat and New Orleans Hornets.

Everything is ‘cool’, though. It was all a misunderstanding. No word on whether the three are expecting the Noble Peace Prize for their efforts.

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2011 MVP Race – Dwyane Wade took a back seat. Serious?
Sunday , Feb , 06 , 2011 J.N.

2011 MVP Race – Dwyane Wade took a back seat. Serious?

What is the business in Miami? They’re winning. What is the problem? LeBron James recently put in some serious work against Dwight Howard and the Orlando Magic with 51 points, 11 boards, 8 assists, and 17-25 from the field. There was nothing quiet about that. Bron dominated that ish. People were writing Wade off. Then Dwyane goes for a triple double against Charlotte (22 points, 10 assists, 12 boards). 28 points, 8 rebounds, 8 assists, 3 blocks, and a steal against the Clippers. MVP candidates do not take a back seat to anyone, but Wade did?

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Sunday , Feb , 06 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Rumor: Kendrick Perkins and Doc Rivers to Miami?

According to two league sources, Perkins has already turned down a Celtics offer that is bound by the CBA’s current restrictions — a contract extension worth slightly less than $30 million over four years, which reflects the currently mandated contract limits of a 20-percent increase and a four-year maximum. Perkins, represented by agent Arn Tellem, has opted to wait until he is an unrestricted free agent, when even in an unpredictable market he has a chance of commanding far more.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: On the one hand, Kendrick Perkins is making a business decision. On the other hand, that business decision could take him from the Boston Celtics and put him with, say, the Miami Heat.

Reports indicate the rugged five-man rejected the Celtics four-year, $30 million contract offer because it reflected the standard 20% raise as mandated by the Collective Bargaining Agreement.

Even with the league’s financial landscape bound to change with a new CBA and a potential work stoppage looming, Perkins stands to earn more as an unrestricted free agent.

Will he be making that extra paper with the Celtics, though?

Every team needs a defensive anchor, including the star-studded Heat. Perkins would clog the middle for LeBron James and Dwyane Wade, while relieving Chris Bosh of his defensive anchor duties.

However, the tipping point could be Coach Doc Rivers. Rivers and Perkins have a good relationship, which could continue down south.

Rivers has always wanted to return to Florida to be near family. In fact, he nearly quit the green-and-white after the 2010 Finals and essentially operates on a series of one year contracts.

If the Heat fails to win the 2011 championship, Coach Erik Spoelstra will be replaced, and the personable Rivers would be the top candidate for the gig. And he could use his relationship with Perkins to lure him to South Beach.

Yes, the business of basketball works in funny ways. And it could see Perkins and Rivers together with the rival Heat next season.

--Oly Sandor.

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2011 All-Star Starters Announced
Friday , Jan , 28 , 2011 Christopher Sells

2011 All-Star Starters Announced

 Your 2011 NBA All-Star Game starters, as voted by the fans and announced by the NBA are below. The game will be played in Los Angeles on February 20.

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Thursday , Jan , 20 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Rumor: Lil’ Wayne has beef with LeBron and Wade?

“Them n***** never speak to a n****,” says Lil Wayne. “They don’t chuck me the deuce or nothing. N**** spent all that money on them fucking tickets … Come holla at me. We sit right by them little bitch-ass n*****. At least come ask me why I’m not rooting for you.”

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Lil’ Wayne is the latest NBA fan to voice his displeasure with Miami Heat superstars LeBron James and Dwyane Wade.

However, the rapper’s frustration isn’t with James leaving the Cleveland Cavaliers or Wade playing teams off each other in free agency.

Lil’ Wayne didn’t appreciate being snubbed by James and Wade while sitting courtside at a Heat-Hornets game.

--Oly Sandor.

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Definition of a Franchise Player
Tuesday , Jan , 04 , 2011 J.N.

Definition of a Franchise Player

Lately, I’ve been hearing that the “Franchise Player” concept is dead in the NBA. There is no such thing as a franchise player. There are super teams instead. I’m here to tell all of you that you’re wrong – dead wrong. The way teams are built in this league calls for a franchise player. The player is usually extremely talented and skilled with an ability to get numbers.There are only 12 or so players on team. One player can make a huge difference. I’ll explain why this concept will not die.

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Sunday , Jan , 02 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

MVP Award ‘Out The Window’ for LeBron James and Dwyane Wade?

"When we decided to come together our Most Valuable Player chances kind of went out the window," James said Saturday.

"I think they classify it as an individual award. They look at it like the less help you have, the more numbers you have then the better chance for you to win that award."

James and Wade have seen their numbers decrease this season as they share the court. I don't know how you classify the MVP thing," James said. "Do you classify it as most valuable to his team, if you take that person off his team how do they play? Or is it how is he playing numbers-wise? I don't know."

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: There are two issues with the Most Valuable Player award.

First, the media votes for the winner. Face it: as a group, we have biases. Those biases, at some point, creep into the voting.

Second, LeBron James is right: the criterion for MVP isn’t clear. Is the MVP the best player on the league’s best team? Is the MVP the player with the best statistics? Or, is the MVP the player who means the most to his team?

Well, what’s the solution?

The league, through consultation with the Player’s Union, should clarify the criterion for the MVP award. After clarifying this criterion, the media and players should both get to vote for the MVP.

Finally, James is right when saying his partnership with Dwyane Wade hurts their chances at winning the game’s greatest individual honour. Both will gladly sacrifice the MVP for the championship in June.

--Oly Sandor.

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Wednesday , Dec , 29 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Bosh or Stoudemire? Did Miami Heat have a choice?

The Heat may have preferred Stoudemire's talent because the team made several attempts to trade for him at last February's deadline, according to sources. As it turned out, Bosh, James and Wade all took less money to fit under the cap, and Stoudemire did better financially, getting the maximum $100 million contract from the Knicks.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Chris Bosh or Amar’e Stoudemire?

In theory, the Miami Heat could have signed either Bosh or Stoudemire last summer. After all, both were free agents. And both had serious interest in calling South Beach home.

In reality, the Heat had no choice. They had to sign Bosh –if they wanted to keep superstar Dwayne Wade, and also lure LeBron James from the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Wade has a personal and business relationship with Bosh. The two have been friends for years; they share agent Henry Thomas.

Now Wade and Stoudemire may be friendly, but aren’t close like Wade and Bosh, who were essentially a package deal last summer.

If the Heat signed Stoudemire, they lose Wade, and the next free agent domino, James, re-signs with Cleveland or, perhaps, heads to the bright lights of New York City.

Fans can debate if Bosh or Stoudemire would’ve been the best fit for Miami. And Stoudemire’s fine play for the New York Knicks adds fuel to the fire.

The Heat’s front office, however, knew signing Stoudemire would have killed their chances of building a super team with Wade and James.

For the Heat, there was no debate. It was Bosh or broke.

--Oly Sandor.

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Sunday , Dec , 26 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Rumor: Would LeBron have picked Paul and Cleveland over Bosh, Wade and Miami?

Chris Bosh turned down a Raptors offer to trade the forward to the Cavaliers earlier this year, according to a source in Toronto. Bosh would have received a maximum contract as a result of the deal, roughly $10 million more than he received from Miami. A source says the Cavaliers also tried to acquire Chris Paul.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Last summer, the Cleveland Cavaliers were desperate, and tried everything to get franchise face and hometown hero LeBron James to sign an extension.

This included trading for Toronto Raptors post Chris Bosh and/or New Orleans Hornets point guard Chris Paul.

Both attempts failed. James and Bosh are teammates with the Miami Heat, while Paul continues to dole out dimes for the Hornets.

However, this report makes for interesting speculation. Turn back the clock to last July. Suppose Cleveland acquired Paul, tore up the remaining two years on his contract, and gave him a long-term extension for the maximum.

Bosh hits free agency, leaves dysfunctional Toronto, and partners with Dwyane Wade in Miami. (Bosh and Wade both use agent Henry Thomas. For years, Thomas had been scheming on ways to get his two superstar clients on the same team.) 

What would James have done? Re-sign with Cleveland? Or bolt to Miami?

Ohio is James’ home. And he’d be playing with CP3, his best friend in the NBA. But Miami is the NBA’s most desirable locale, and Bosh and Wade are All-Stars.

We’ll never know the answer. Cleveland failed to find James a superstar running-mate. So he found two of his own in South Beach.

--Oly Sandor.

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Tuesday , Dec , 14 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

LeBron James and Dwyane Wade like Erik Spoelstra’s reward system

A simple reward system has contributed to Miami's current eight-game winning streak. Heat coach Erik Spoelstra set parameters that reward his superstars with offensive freedom when they excel on the defensive end.

If Dwyane Wade grabs a defensive rebound, he has the green light to do whatever he wants offensively. If LeBron James makes a defensive stop, he controls his own game on the other end of the court. "Our job is to defend and then we get rewarded with what we want to do on offense," James said.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Not long ago, Erik Spoelstra was persona non grata with the Miami Heat. Today, he’s the toast of South Beach.

Spoelstra’s turnaround is because of one thing: The Deal. He has given Chris Bosh, LeBron James and Dwyane Wade complete freedom on offence provided they follow his game plan on defense.

Such an arrangement isn’t new. Years ago, Coach Larry Brown compromised his ‘Play The Right Way’ mantra by allowing Allen Iverson to shoot until his heart was content if he gave his all on defence with the Philadelphia 76ers.

Not surprisingly, Brown got more out of his superstar than any coach. Together, they advanced to the NBA Finals.

Last night Spoelstra’s Heat won their ninth straight game. After a slow start, the star studded club is fulfilling expectations.

Like Brown, Spoelstra is also looking to use ‘The Deal’ to make noise in the Eastern Conference playoffs.

--Oly Sandor.


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Saturday , Dec , 11 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Mark Cuban: ‘Miami is the best team in the league’

 Mark Cuban did enjoy the Heat's early struggles, but he may be changing his tune. During a visit to San Antonio this past weekend, Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said the Mavericks were probably the best team in the league right now. ... Surely, [Cuban] has to be pleased with the progress of the hottest team in the NBA, one that battling San Antonio for the league's best record. But are the Mavs, in Cuban's biased opinion, the best around? "Miami is the best team in the league right now," Cuban said simply.

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 HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: They’re better but not the best.

After some early struggles, the Miami Heat have found their form and won six straight games to push their record to 15-8.

There are still issues. For instance, the Heat can’t go all season with Carlos Arroyo and Mario Chalmers at point guard. It remains to be seen if Erik Dampier can provide a physical presence down low.

Most importantly, Chris Bosh, LeBron James, and Dwyane Wade need time to get comfortable with each other on both ends of the floor.

When this happens, the Heat will legitimately challenge the Boston Celtics and San Antonio Spurs as the league’s best team.

--Oly Sandor.

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Saturday , Dec , 04 , 2010 J.N.

2010-2011 Top 10 Fantasy Shooting Guards pt.2

Have you ever gotten to your birthday only to realize that you really do not want to make a big fuss out of it? We get all this attention, or lack thereof for some people, and begin to ponder about our current situations. What have we accomplished? How did we get better? How did we get worse? In the end, who gives a damn? Get out there. Beat your feet. Do it. Get it done. Just ask yourself one thing every birthday from now on, “What have I done lately?” That’s how one should approach this list with the top shooting guards. For the stat whores. Notables missing – Brandon Roy, Tyreke Evans, Ray Allen. I know. I’m shocked about those guys, too.

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Sunday , Nov , 28 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Bosh, James, Wade, and Riley to blame for Heat`s 9-8 start

It was a well-needed team meeting where everybody got an opportunity to get off what they had in their chest or what they had in their head about us figuring things out,” James said. “Right now we are a 9-8 team and we have to own up to that. Does our record speak of what team we can become? No, I don’t think so. We’re 9-8 because we’ve been playing like that and we have to figure things out, which we will.”

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Finally.

In holding a players only meeting, the Miami Heat admitted the flaws and kinks of their Three Kings system.

Right now, there’s too much sizzle, not enough steak in The MIA.

Sure Chris Bosh, LeBron James, and Dwyane Wade are superstars, but the Heat lack blue-collar muscle, a reliable point guard, and, most importantly, an identity.

Pundits have the answer: fire Coach Erick Spoelstra. Then take Pat Riley out of the executive suite and put him on the bench.

But turning South Beach into Showtime won’t fix things. Spoelstra may be the problem. There’s no guarantee Riley is the answer.

After winning the championship in 2006, the Heat imploded. `Riles` irked players with five-hour practices and demands that were simply unreasonable.

His club sputtered through a pair of disastrous seasons, ending up in Secaucus, New Jersey for the NBA draft lottery.

Back then, Riley was a short-term fix. The game had passed him by. His message wore thin and he couldn’t relate to the modern player.

The other knock against Riley is age. At 65, could he commit to coaching the Heat for the long-term? The answer: probably not.

For now, the players need space to right the ship. Instead of thinking he’s the answer on the sideline, Riley should hire a championship calibre bench boss who can relate to players.

Whoever he hires, Riley can’t undercut him. No taking notes at games. No more hanging around. And no more cryptic answers about his future. It creates an unstable environment.

Yesterday, Bosh, James, and Wade were honest about their role in the Heat’s 9-8 start. Riley should do the same.

--Oly Sandor.

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Sunday , Nov , 21 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Jonny Flynn to Michael Beasley: ‘be that Mike Beasley that I remember’

He has averaged 32.6 points a game -- the most prolific five-game stretch in team history next only to Kevin Garnett's 34.4 average in 2000 -- since he and Jonny Flynn ordered room service at a Sacramento hotel nine days ago.
 
"We were talking about AAU ball, high school, about how it used to be," Beasley said. "It was a long conversation and then there was an awkward moment for like three seconds and he (jonny Flynn) just came out and said, 'Man, you got to be that Mike Beasley that I remember growing up.' "

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Good for Jonny Flynn.

The second year point guard reminded Minnesota Timberwolves teammate Michael Beasley that he possesses the skill-set to be a superstar.

In The MIA, Beasley was mostly, well, MIA. He struggled with off-court issues. He couldn’t find his rhythm next to Dwyane Wade. And many nights he resembled a lost rookie.

Enter Minnesota.

Beasley is the undisputed first-option, and his numbers show he’s making the most of the opportunity. Gone are the distractions of South Beach. Gone is the pressure of being a second overall pick.

It’s just basketball. Like when he was growing up.

--Oly Sandor.

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Friday , Nov , 12 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Paul Pierce mocks LeBron James

"It's been a pleasure to bring my talents to south beach now on to Memphis''.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Can you say rivalry?

The Boston Celtics do not like the Miami Heat. Not one bit.

The Celtics, who were a quarter away from winning the NBA Title, are miffed the Heat was picked to win the Eastern Conference, even though The Holy Trinity had yet to play a game together.

After manhandling the Heat for the second time in two weeks, Pierce, the Celtics’ closer and leading scorer, felt obligated to talk a little viral trash. His tweet is spoofing James’ (in)famous line during The Decision. 

Fair enough. Pierce has good reason to be confident.

Kevin Garnett has turned back the clock; Rajon Rondo is the NBA’s top all-around table-setter; Ray Allen’s stroke is still silky; the bench will be productive, especially when Kendrick Perkins and Delonte West get healthy.

Garnett and Rondo, in particular, should please Pierce and worry the Heat

The Big Ticket is one of many physical Boston posts who will give Miami’s smaller frontline trouble. Also, Rondo will have his way with the underwhelming Carlos Arroyo.

A rivalry is brewing between the Celtics and Heat. Right now, it’s one way, though.

--Oly Sandor.


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Sunday , Nov , 07 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Terrence WIlliams wanted to send message with flagrant foul on LeBron

Then, after the game, Williams said the foul was a message - both to the Heat and his own team - for all the circus-like dunks and showboating from Miami’s superstar duo.

“At the end of the day I’m a New Jersey Nets basketball player and you have to put your foot down somehow in a basketball game. It’s nothing against LeBron, but at the end of the day I’m a basketball player. Falling in the stands is a little much. It wasn’t me trying hurt nobody. I’m trying to play basketball and make a basketball play.”

“I would say somebody doesn’t want to do something and you ask somebody to do it. But nobody wants to raise their hand. So I guess I raised my hand first. But whatever, I got a flagrant for it, which was a little too much.”
 

HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Terrence Williams was tired of it.
 
LeBron James and Dwyane Wade had taken over against his New Jersey Nets, celebrating open-court dunks with chest bumps and high-fives.

Enough was enough. With James racing down court for another highlight reel jam, Williams decided to shoulder the 6-8, 270 pound superstar into the stands.
 
Williams received a flagrant foul. James responded with seven consecutive points. The real excitement came after the game: Williams admitted his foul was a message to The King and his teammates.

Williams was annoyed with the Heat’s antics and was trying to appeal to the Nets’ pride. While his shoulder wasn’t an overt challenge like the Chicago Bulls' Joakim Noah, the swing still deserves credit.
 
The Nets and Heat will see each other again –several times, in fact. Williams, for one, isn’t conceding a thing.

--Oly Sandor.

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Monday , Nov , 01 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

LeBron James on The Decision: ‘I would definitely change it’

Speaking to the media from the New Jersey area, LeBron James acknowledged that he may have erred in how he handled the announcement of his free agency decision.

“If I had to go back on it, I probably would have done it a little bit differently,” James said. “But I am happy with the decision that I made.” James was then asked if he would change his approach. “I mean, I don’t know,” he said. “But I would definitely change it.”

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Hallelujah. Praise the Lord. He finally gets it.

Yesterday, LeBron James came clean, admitting his one-hour television show known as The Decision was a flawed monstrosity.

In case you’ve been living in a cave: in July, James announced on national television he was leaving his hometown Cleveland Cavaliers and signing with the Miami Heat as a free agent.

There’s nothing wrong with swapping Cleveland for Miami. And there’s nothing wrong with swapping Jamario Moon and Candace Parker’s brother for Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade.

In fact, you and I would do the exact same thing.

So it’s not what James did, but how he did it. The superstar three-man, an Ohio native, broke up with the state that raised and supported him on national television.

His free agency became a reality show spectacle. And James, rightfully, took ‘heat’ (pun intended) from fans, media, and the general public.

Of course, this was just a quasi epiphany. While James publicly conceded he would change The Decision, he had no specifics on what he’d change.

Oh well, baby steps.

--Oly Sandor.

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