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Well, this classic Dan Le Batard rant seems fitting to bring back one last time, no?

doubleclutch:

Lebron misses that shot, Twitter breaks. Wade misses it, “Ohhhh, sooo close”.
-ESPN’s Jim Rome

Pretty much, yes. 

doubleclutch:

Lebron misses that shot, Twitter breaks. Wade misses it, “Ohhhh, sooo close”.

-ESPN’s Jim Rome

Pretty much, yes. 

LeBron: 40 points, 18 boards, 9 asst., 2 blocks, & 2 steals 

D-Wade: 30 points, 9 rebounds, 6 dimes, two blocks, & one steal 

From 6:39 left in the 2nd quarter, through to 5:51 left in the game, the HEAT dynamic duo accounted for all of Miami’s field goals.  

After that high flying act was complete, Indiana’s coach, Frank Vogel, stated, “We’ll come up with a game plan. We have the talent to combat this.”.  

Coach, with all due respect, no you don’t. IMO, the only way the HEAT fail to make it to the Finals, where OKC or the Spurs do have the talent, will be if Miami beat themselves. That could still happen, of course, but if the Pacers coach had what is needed to stop the James/Wade tandem, he never should have allowed those two to take over & win Game 4 the way they did. 

That may prove to be a fatal mistake.

(Photo by Jeyhoun Allebaugh/NBAE via Getty Images)

LeBron: 40 points, 18 boards, 9 asst., 2 blocks, & 2 steals

D-Wade: 30 points, 9 rebounds, 6 dimes, two blocks, & one steal

From 6:39 left in the 2nd quarter, through to 5:51 left in the game, the HEAT dynamic duo accounted for all of Miami’s field goals.

After that high flying act was complete, Indiana’s coach, Frank Vogel, stated, “We’ll come up with a game plan. We have the talent to combat this.”.

Coach, with all due respect, no you don’t. IMO, the only way the HEAT fail to make it to the Finals, where OKC or the Spurs do have the talent, will be if Miami beat themselves. That could still happen, of course, but if the Pacers coach had what is needed to stop the James/Wade tandem, he never should have allowed those two to take over & win Game 4 the way they did.

That may prove to be a fatal mistake.

(Photo by Jeyhoun Allebaugh/NBAE via Getty Images)

gotemcoach:

Team Dillinger is so scary…
Every time I start to get nervous, I stop, and realize these cats are all socks and watches and belts.  I mean, look at these three.
Cream Cheese Soft.

Whoops.  Got ‘Em Coach.

gotemcoach:

Team Dillinger is so scary…

Every time I start to get nervous, I stop, and realize these cats are all socks and watches and belts.  I mean, look at these three.

Cream Cheese Soft.

Whoops.  Got ‘Em Coach.

gotemcoach:

Hey everybody,
I got invited to this sweet party.  It’s called the “Dawn of a Dynasty” party.  I don’t know what dynasty they’re celebrating, but it looks like it’s gonna be awesome. 
LeBron is hosting it.  He’s keeping a list of people that aren’t allowed in.  From the picture above, it looks like it’s being held in some sort of temple, but the photo below appears to have the party in some sort of gilded room.  Either way, I’m sure there’ll be crown-shaped cakes for everyone.
DJ Irie is gonna be there.  You guys know him… Plus, this dude pictured above with the mixed patterns and the corny sunglasses.  Also, these two cotton candy-soft dudes below with the bad suits. 
You know who else throws parties and has flyers like this?  Paris Hilton.  Ooh, and the kids from Jersey Shore.  LeBron’s just like them.


(brainworks/gotemcoach)

gotemcoach:

Hey everybody,

I got invited to this sweet party.  It’s called the “Dawn of a Dynasty” party.  I don’t know what dynasty they’re celebrating, but it looks like it’s gonna be awesome. 

LeBron is hosting it.  He’s keeping a list of people that aren’t allowed in.  From the picture above, it looks like it’s being held in some sort of temple, but the photo below appears to have the party in some sort of gilded room.  Either way, I’m sure there’ll be crown-shaped cakes for everyone.

DJ Irie is gonna be there.  You guys know him… Plus, this dude pictured above with the mixed patterns and the corny sunglasses.  Also, these two cotton candy-soft dudes below with the bad suits. 

You know who else throws parties and has flyers like this?  Paris Hilton.  Ooh, and the kids from Jersey Shore.  LeBron’s just like them.

(brainworks/gotemcoach)

Why are you not having fun with gotemcoach?
gotemcoach:

Mrs. Lebron Wade?
MrsLeBronWade.com is a new blog where, as the site purports, LeBron James went to Miami to marry Dwyane Wade, and then created a website to tell his love.
I can’t believe I had nothing to do with this…

(brainworks)

Why are you not having fun with gotemcoach?

gotemcoach:

Mrs. Lebron Wade?

MrsLeBronWade.com is a new blog where, as the site purports, LeBron James went to Miami to marry Dwyane Wade, and then created a website to tell his love.

I can’t believe I had nothing to do with this…

(brainworks)

Miami will be selling these.
The text along the bottom: “Say Hello To My Little Friends”   
(ww)

Miami will be selling these.

The text along the bottom: “Say Hello To My Little Friends”   

(ww)

Can we all sign off on calling these guys Run-DLC & be done with it?
On second thought, let’s insert Mike Miller in there. He’s going to be just as key as Bosh in the post-season anyway. We could make it a foursome and call them Run-DJMC.
ugghh, how many days until the season starts again?
(winston wolfe)

Can we all sign off on calling these guys Run-DLC & be done with it?

On second thought, let’s insert Mike Miller in there. He’s going to be just as key as Bosh in the post-season anyway. We could make it a foursome and call them Run-DJMC.

ugghh, how many days until the season starts again?

(winston wolfe)

The Heat is On.

I’ve heard a lot of talk about how this team has no one else and how they won’t make it out of the East and this and that and blah blah blah. I’m a Celtics fan so I don’t want this team to win. I didn’t want this to happen, but it did and now it’s time to face reality.

And the reality is that this team is going to be tough to beat, as long as they are on the same page. This isn’t just the top three free agents of 2010. This is three of the top 10 players in the NBA. Two of the top three. All still in their prime. Let me put it into words that we can all comprehend:

Imagine if the Los Angeles Lakers cloned Kobe Bryant. Then imagine that these Kobes were in their mid twenties. Not this current Kobe, I’m talking about the 81-points-in-a-game Kobe. MVP-chants-in-Boston Kobe. You have two of those Kobes, then you steal Pau Gasol. Well.. that’s Miami now.

*Gulp*

Miami Thrice they are calling it. They don’t need the fancy nickname, they just need to win titles. I’m not going to claim that they win 10 titles together. I won’t even speculate on how many they can or will win. I just know that this trio, they are bound to win.

@Suga_Shane

Greatest Trios of All-time?

DWade just said that this could be the greatest trio of all time… only time will tell but until then lets look at other great trios:

- KG, Pierce, Allen: It’s a shame these three didn’t join forces earlier in their careers.

- West, Baylor, Chamberlain: These guys never technically won a title together but those three names are amoung the greatest of all time.

- Birb, McHale, Parish:  Won 3 titles together. A total of 10 rings and 3 MVPs

- Jordan, Pippen, Grant: These three won 3 straight titles together until Jordan retired and Horace left. But it’s okay because that led us to the next great Bull’s trio.

- Magic, Kareem, Worthy: These guys won 3 titles together. Between them 14 championships and 9 MVPs.

- Jordan, Pippen, Rodman: While Rodman isn’t in the Hall of Fame, he deserves it. One of the greatest rebounders/defenders of all time. This Trio has 17 titles between them and the greatest single season record of all time.

- Russell, Havlicek, Jones: These guys won a staggering 8 championships together. A total of 29 titles between them. Sure it happened back in the day but all these guys did was win, win, win.

Where do James, Wade, and Bosh rank on this list? Currently, no where. They haven’t done anything together. Alone they have 1 ring and 2 MVPs. Not exactly amazing stats.

In my mind these guys have realized individually they will never catch MJ in stats or Legend. Their next best shot is to catch him in Championship count and this is the best way how. Look at Kobe, for example. The guys numbers don’t even touch MJ on an off night, yet he is one ring behind his Airness and already people are comparing Kobe to Jordan.

What this trio and, more specifically, LeBron accomplishes in June is going to be the best measure of their greatness.

The Unholy Trio

LeBron, Wade and Bosh. 

That sounds pretty good, right?  A lot of people are saying the Miami Heat will win the next five titles (give or take).

Well, why don’t we play a little game…

I’m going to be an imaginary GM for a second.  Let me put together a team.

First, I’m taking LeBron.  He’s a beast.  Gotta have LeBron.  Could have averaged a triple-double per game in the right system.  And I’m gonna add Dwyane Wade.  That guy can get 250 free throws in the Playoffs.  I need a guy like that on my team.

I’m not so much of a Chris Bosh guy.  He’s never done much, but acts like he has.  I don’t like that kind of player.  He was the #1 on a horrible team, and most people STILL don’t know about him.  I’m dumping him.

In his stead, I’m signing Tim Duncan.  A younger Duncan too.  Lets knock 5 years off his odometer.  So, how about that team?  LeBron, Wade and a younger Tim Duncan?  That’s a pretty great threesome.  Way better than the ‘10-‘11 Heat.

But hey, this is my fantasy, so I’m gonna keep going.  I need forwards, so why not grab Amar’e and Boozer?  They were both free agents, so it makes sense.  Oooh!  I love Carmelo.  He’s just cocky enough, and just gutsy enough for me.  I gotta have Melo.

LeBron can run the point, right?  Let’s line ‘em up:

PG - Bron

SG - Wade

SF - Melo

PF - Amar’e

C - Duncan

And, I’ve got Boozer on the bench.  Now that’s a title winner!  I’ll just fill out my roster with minimum guys.  Convince some vets to come chase a ring.

You know what?  Screw that.  I’ve come this far, why not fill out my squad with athletic guys like Shawn Marion and Richard Jefferson, and role players like Lamar Odom and Emeka Okafor?  I’m even gonna add younger versions of Allen Iverson and Stephon Marbury.

I think I can even get Larry Brown to coach them.  He’s won titles at every level.

Now that’s a goddamn team.  All those superstars?  How can they lose?  That team’s gonna win the next 50 championships, right?

Well, that was the lineup for the 2004 United States Olympic Basketball team.

And that team lost, when it counted - playing for the Gold Medal game - against a scrappy group of Argentinians, led by Manu Ginobili, Luis Scola, Fabricio Oberto, Andres Nocioni, Carlos Delfino, Pepe Sanchez, Walter Herrman and a bunch of dudes you’ve never heard of in your life.  Argentina played like a team, believed in themselves, and beat us at our own game.

Hell, that team lost to Puerto Rico.  By 20 points.  Lithuania beat us too.

If you think Miami just won a championship by signing LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh, I’m here to say, you’re wrong.

Title teams, throughout time, have had the Derek Fishers, the Robert Horrys, the Dave Cowenses, the Sam Joneses, the Dennis Johnsons, the Ron Harpers, the James Poseys, the Brian Shaws, the Cliff Levingstons, the John Paxsons, the John Salleys, the Bruce Bowens, the Manu Ginobilis. 

Maybe the Heat can get some players to accept peanuts to chase the title.  But don’t forget, as my buddy Squibb texted me, they’ll need people to accept peanuts for the next 5 years.

Championship teams need heart.  Grit.  Leaders.  And roles.  I just don’t see it yet. 

And Erik Spoelstra?  That guy’s been a head coach for 2 years.  I’m not sure I believe he’ll know how to balance those egos and minutes.  I’m certain those players don’t know how to do it.

The Los Angeles Lakers and Boston Celtics are two proud teams.  The Lakers are a bit flaky.  The Celtics are a bit old.  At this point, each needs a little inspiration to get after it.  They both have it now.

But this is about the Heat, and the pressure on Miami is higher than any team I can remember before it.  The catch is, this squad’s done nothing.  Never played a game together.  Needless to say, next season, we’ll find out what winning basketball is all about.

(photos by NBA.com/SI Vault)

(written by brainworks)

Player of the Night honors go to D-Wade of the Miami Wades. He went off for 41pts(14 in the 4th qtr.)/5 Rebs./5 Asst./3 Steals and a block for good measure.
My feeling is that Miami is going to be a major player this Summer, maybe even the Summer after that, by aggressively surrounding Wade—an assassin on both ends of the court—with three key pieces:
An All Star quality front-court player. More on this below. 
The requisite sniper off the bench who can can play off the ball along the perimeter and knock down threes, negating Wade’s constant double team dilemma 
That defensive stopper off the bench to provide support for 15-18 mins. a night on one of the opponents top offensive threats 
Now I’ve mentioned once before that Lebron has to look at the situation in South Beach with an admiring eye. All King James rumors start with the Knicks, with the Nets a close second & seemingly just as attractive for a variety of reasons. So, lets talk dollars & basketball sense. While the Big Apple is certainly alluring, & the Cavs can offer him an extra year at around $30 million more over the life of his next payday, keep in mind that FLA has no state income tax. That makes up for $10 million(at a minimum) of that $30 mill diffference, which is nice. Yet, does that coin really matter to a revenue machine like James? Maybe. Maybe not. Plus he’d be very hard pressed to find a better player to help him dominate the league over the next 5 years than D-Wade. Now, if I’m not persuasive enough, how about Marc Stein at ESPN

Heard it from someone plugged into the Team USA scene this week. From a prominent player agent. From an Eastern Conference team official, too.
Move Miami up your list.
That’s the advice I’m getting more and more. No doctorate required to understand the thinking, either: Miami’s combination of Dwyane Wade, Pat Riley, sufficient cap space to sign one max player and the bonus attraction of South Beach adds up to an offer LeBron might not be able to refuse.
Did we mention D-Wade?
The long-held assumption around the league called for Riley — forever married to the idea that you win nothing without a dominant big man — to try to sign Bosh away from Toronto to partner with D-Wade, helped along by the fact that Bosh and Wade are both represented by Chicago-based agent Henry Thomas. Yet one source close to the situation told ESPN.com on Thursday night that the theory is outdated. The source is further convinced that Bosh isn’t even looking at Miami and that Riley is definitely dreaming of a Wade-and-LeBron combo.
Michael Beasley might be the only other NBA-worthy starter besides Wade on the Heat’s roster come July — and Beasley obviously still has plenty to prove — but surely James will be tempted. Think about it.
Let’s not overstate the chance to work with Riley or the South Beach factor but instead focus solely on the opportunity to hook up with his fellow 2003 draftee and form what might be the most dynamic perimeter tag team of all-time. At worst? LeBron and Wade could sure put a modern/scary/spectacular spin on the Jordan-and-Scottie Pippen concept.
I’m starting to get the vibe that the Cavs know it, too.

Wow. Convincing right? So with my theory in place how does a 2010-2011 line up consisting of Mario Chalmers, Wade, Lebron, Beasley, & someone from the free agent pu-pu platter of centers like Jermaine O’Neal-Joel Przybilla-Channing Frye-Brad Miller-Zydrunas Ilgaukus-Brendan Haywood look? Pretty appealing right? Throw in some combination of players like Raja Bell, Roger Mason, Steve Blake, Travis Outlaw, Kyle Korver, or free agents X, Y, Z, and the days of 65% capacity at Heat games may be a thing of the past.

Player of the Night honors go to D-Wade of the Miami Wades. He went off for 41pts(14 in the 4th qtr.)/5 Rebs./5 Asst./3 Steals and a block for good measure.

My feeling is that Miami is going to be a major player this Summer, maybe even the Summer after that, by aggressively surrounding Wade—an assassin on both ends of the court—with three key pieces:

  • An All Star quality front-court player. More on this below.
  • The requisite sniper off the bench who can can play off the ball along the perimeter and knock down threes, negating Wade’s constant double team dilemma
  • That defensive stopper off the bench to provide support for 15-18 mins. a night on one of the opponents top offensive threats

Now I’ve mentioned once before that Lebron has to look at the situation in South Beach with an admiring eye. All King James rumors start with the Knicks, with the Nets a close second & seemingly just as attractive for a variety of reasons. So, lets talk dollars & basketball sense. While the Big Apple is certainly alluring, & the Cavs can offer him an extra year at around $30 million more over the life of his next payday, keep in mind that FLA has no state income tax. That makes up for $10 million(at a minimum) of that $30 mill diffference, which is nice. Yet, does that coin really matter to a revenue machine like James? Maybe. Maybe not. Plus he’d be very hard pressed to find a better player to help him dominate the league over the next 5 years than D-Wade. Now, if I’m not persuasive enough, how about Marc Stein at ESPN

Heard it from someone plugged into the Team USA scene this week. From a prominent player agent. From an Eastern Conference team official, too.

Move Miami up your list.

That’s the advice I’m getting more and more. No doctorate required to understand the thinking, either: Miami’s combination of Dwyane Wade, Pat Riley, sufficient cap space to sign one max player and the bonus attraction of South Beach adds up to an offer LeBron might not be able to refuse.

Did we mention D-Wade?

The long-held assumption around the league called for Riley — forever married to the idea that you win nothing without a dominant big man — to try to sign Bosh away from Toronto to partner with D-Wade, helped along by the fact that Bosh and Wade are both represented by Chicago-based agent Henry Thomas. Yet one source close to the situation told ESPN.com on Thursday night that the theory is outdated. The source is further convinced that Bosh isn’t even looking at Miami and that Riley is definitely dreaming of a Wade-and-LeBron combo.

Michael Beasley might be the only other NBA-worthy starter besides Wade on the Heat’s roster come July — and Beasley obviously still has plenty to prove — but surely James will be tempted. Think about it.

Let’s not overstate the chance to work with Riley or the South Beach factor but instead focus solely on the opportunity to hook up with his fellow 2003 draftee and form what might be the most dynamic perimeter tag team of all-time. At worst? LeBron and Wade could sure put a modern/scary/spectacular spin on the Jordan-and-Scottie Pippen concept.

I’m starting to get the vibe that the Cavs know it, too.

Wow. Convincing right? So with my theory in place how does a 2010-2011 line up consisting of Mario Chalmers, Wade, Lebron, Beasley, & someone from the free agent pu-pu platter of centers like Jermaine O’Neal-Joel Przybilla-Channing Frye-Brad Miller-Zydrunas Ilgaukus-Brendan Haywood look? Pretty appealing right? Throw in some combination of players like Raja Bell, Roger Mason, Steve Blake, Travis Outlaw, Kyle Korver, or free agents X, Y, Z, and the days of 65% capacity at Heat games may be a thing of the past.

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