Tag:2011 NBA Finals
Posted on: June 5, 2011 6:50 pm

Nostradamus I ain't. But I know this about LeBron

DALLAS -- I'm not big on predictions, mainly because I suck at them because sports-writing isn't about predictions. If it was, the highest honor given to sportswriters wouldn't be named for Red Smith. It would be named for Nostradamus.

That said, I have a prediction for Game 3. It's not a win-or-lose prediction, though it is something that probably will decide the game, now that I think about it.

Whether it does or not, I'm not going to predict. But I will predict this:

LeBron James will shoot close to 20 free throws tonight.

He'll do it for two reasons. One, he is aware that he has been to the foul line just six times in two NBA Finals games, "and that's not me," he says.

Two, officials are aware that James has been to the foul line just six times in two games. They are now, anyway, after James went public with his thoughts on the matter Saturday.

Which means two things. One, James will be attacking the rim with a fury tonight. He is on record as saying "I'll be in attack mode," and also that nobody -- certainly not Mavericks forward Shawn Marion, who has been guarding him for much of the NBA Finals -- can handle him one-on-one. Two, officials will be inclined to give James some calls tonight.

I'm not saying it's right.

I'm just saying it is.

Category: NBA
Posted on: May 31, 2011 8:10 pm

I'm not trying to cause problems, but LeBron ...

MIAMI -- LeBron James is the only guy with a special locker inside the Miami Heat locker room at American Airlines Arena.

That's a fact, and I know this because I toured both locker rooms -- home and away -- to mention (briefly) the differences between the two.

No news here, but the home locker room is, like, 12 times nicer than broom closet the Mavericks are using. The difference in carpet alone is staggering, something else I know not just because I walked on both -- the Heat's carpet feels like it's worth $40 a square foot, while the Mavs are walking around on the crap you find in your average elementary school -- but because I got down onto my knees and stuck my fingers into both.

Sad but true.

The Heat also have a double-wide loveseat in each stall, with mahogany closet and shelf space. The Mavs have two steel hooks in their hardwood lockers.

But again, that's not the news.

The news? LeBron! He has more locker space than Dwyane Wade!

Well, he does.

Wade, like Chris Bosh -- and like everyone else on the Heat -- has one locker. And those are nice lockers, don't get me wrong. But there's one empty locker in the entire room, and you'll never guess which player has the stall next to the empty one.

LeBron has it. And he uses it.

So really, LeBron has two lockers. Everyone else has one. I'm not sure if that's a metaphor or a harbinger, but it's something. In addition to being two lockers, I mean.

Category: NBA
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