LeBron James wins fourth NBA Finals MVP Award

Originally posted on Hoops Rumors | By Luke Adams | Last updated 10/11/20

Superstar forward LeBron James has been named the Most Valuable Player of the 2020 NBA Finals, as the Lakers clinched the 17th title in franchise history on Sunday night with a 106-93 win over Miami in Game 6.

It’s the fourth championship and the fourth Finals MVP Award for James, who previously earned the honor in 2012 and 2013 with the Heat, and again in 2016 with the Cavaliers.

Entering this series, James had been one of five players in NBA history to earn at least three Finals MVP awards. Now he’s one of just two players to earn that honor four or more times — Michael Jordan won the award six times. James is also the first player in NBA history to be named Finals MVP with three separate teams.

While Anthony Davis had a monster series for the Lakers, anchoring the defense and averaging 25.0 PPG, James led Los Angeles in points, rebounds and assists, making him the obvious choice for the MVP award.

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LeBron James on bubble: Being away from family is a ‘huge challenge’

By Blake Harper | Last updated 8/4/20

The NBA season has gone about as well as anyone could have hoped for so far, but while the bubble appears to be a success from an on-court perspective, LeBron James says that the off-the-court aspect has proven to be quite difficult due to separating players from their families and friends.

“I miss the hell out of my family,” James said. “My wife, my kids, my mother. And so on and so on. So, it’s a huge challenge.”

LeBron has three kids, Bronny, Bryce and Zhuri, with his wife Savannah. The three-time champion is a proud, dedicated father, posting photos and videos of the family spending time together. Since joining the bubble, LeBron has posted several photos on Instagram that show how much he’s missing his family during this time. 

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ESPN ranks Michael Jordan over LeBron James in greatest NBA players list

The argument is over. All discussions regarding the NBA’s greatest G.O.A.T. are to cease and desist immediately. While we’re at it, Association followers can sculpt the Mount Rushmore of the best players to ever dribble a basketball.

At least, that’s all according to ESPN.

In one of the least surprising sports developments since the coronavirus pandemic shut leagues down in March, the Worldwide Leader named Michael Jordan the greatest NBA player of all time.

Only His Airness sits above LeBron James, as the three-time champion checked in at No. 2.

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, the man with more points than any player in history, is No. 3. Bill Russell, who won a record 11 championships as a player, and Magic Johnson finish out the top five.

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By Zac Wassink | Last updated 5/13/20

LeBron James, other stars want to resume 2019-20 NBA season?

On Tuesday, ESPN NBA insider Adrian Wojnarowski reported that National Basketball Players Association regional representatives had reached out to players about their thoughts on finishing the 2019-20 season that was halted on March 11 because of the coronavirus pandemic.

That afternoon, Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports wrote some of the biggest names in the NBA are willing to play as long as they feel their safety is ensured.

Per Haynes, NBPA president and Oklahoma City Thunder guard Chris Paul spoke with LeBron James, Anthony Davis (James’ teammate with the Los Angeles Lakers), reigning NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo, three-time champion guard Stephen Curry, two-time NBA Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard, two-time NBA Finals MVP Kevin Durant, one-time NBA MVP Russell Westbrook, and Portland Trail Blazers star Damian Lillard on Monday.

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By Zac Wassink | Last updated 5/12/20

Michael Jordan’s agent says Scottie Pippen is jealous of MJ

Pippen has indicated in the past he believes that to be true, so it would only be natural for him to feel some bitterness about all the attention Jordan gets.

According to Jordan’s agent, Pippen has always been downright jealous.

David Falk, Jordan’s longtime agent, joined The Sports Junkies on 106.7 The Fan in Washington this week to discuss ESPN’s “The Last Dance” documentary series. Falk has seen the entire 10-part series, and apparently Pippen shows a jealous side in the episodes that have yet to air. Falk alluded to that.

“Pippen has a certain level of jealousy towards Michael,” Falk said, as transcribed by Chase Hughes of NBC Sports Washington. “He has said recently many times he thinks LeBron’s a better player. Now, if you’re Scottie Pippen, and Michael Jordan made your career, completely made your career; even if you think that, keep it to yourself.”

We’ll have to wait to see if Pippen made any Jordan-LeBron James comparisons in the documentary, but Pippen said several years ago that LeBron may be the greatest player ever. His opinion was that Jordan has a better legacy and is a better winner, but LeBron may be more talented.

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Originally posted on Larry Brown Sports By Steve DelVecchio | Last updated 5/1/20

Greatest of The Greatest: A top-25 ranking of LeBron, Jordan games

You might be a Jordan guy. You might be a LeBron guy. Any way you slice it, Michael Jordan and LeBron James are the best to ever play basketball. 

When ESPN drops the 10-part “The Last Dance” documentary series Sunday night [ESPN, 9 ET], it will serve as a reinforcement of Jordan’s nearly unblemished resume as basketball’s G.O.A.T. The doc will have highlights and commentary on his best games and greatest achievements of his career. It. Will. Be. Amazing.

It will also be difficult for people to watch the documentary series and not have it warp their opinions in all of the subsequent MJ vs. LeBron debates that undoubtedly will follow. Thus, to help those who aim to be objective, I’ve ranked in inverse order  the top 25 games Michael Jordan and LeBron James have played. 

There are 12 games for Jordan; 13 for LeBron. Maybe that’s because I’m a LeBron guy. Or maybe it’s because games such as thisthis and this — all of which happened in the span of 87 days — had to be left off the honorable mention.

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By Pat Heery | Last updated 4/13/20

LeBron James walks back refusal to play games in empty arenas

LeBron James is walking back his vow not to play in games held without fans in attendance amid the coronavirus outbreak. He instead opted to soften his stance amid the nationwide health crisis.

Speaking to reporters Tuesday, the Los Angeles Lakers superstar acknowledged that the safety of fans, players, team personnel and arena staff should come first before the ominous optics of playing games in empty arenas.

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Originally posted on Sportress of Blogitude By Jason Rowan | Last updated 3/10/20

LeBron James says he won’t play in empty arenas amid coronavirus outbreak

After the NBA sent a memo instructing teams to prepare to possibly play in empty arenas amid the COVID-19 (also known as the coronavirus) outbreak, Lakers superstar LeBron James said he will not play under those conditions, per USA Today’s Mark Medina:

“I ain’t playing. I ain’t got the fans in the crowd. That’s who I play for. I play for my teammates. I play for the fans. That’s what it’s all about. If I show up to an arena and there are no fans in there, I ain’t playing. They can do what they want to do.”

It remains to be seen if the coronavirus outbreak worsens in the coming days/weeks to the point where the league needs to take extreme measures. However, James insisted that playing without fans in the stands cannot be done.

“We play games without the fans?” James asked. “Nah, it’s impossible.”

With the spread of the deadly disease, the NBA has released statements at various junctures. Last Saturday, the NBA said it was working closely with the Center for Disease Control but not anticipating any schedule changes. The NBA’s statement read:

“The health and safety of our employees, teams, players and fans is paramount. We are coordinating with our teams and consulting with the CDC and infectious disease specialists on the coronavirus and continue to monitor the situation closely.”

In another statement, the league said that predraft combines and international scouting events could be impacted by the outbreak.

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Originally posted on Hoops Rumors | By Mark Suleymanov | Last updated 3/7/2

Watch: LeBron James speaks from heart in speech honoring Kobe Bryant

Only one player spoke during the pregame ceremony honoring the late Kobe Bryant, and it was LeBron James.

The current Los Angeles Lakers star had a piece of paper with his speech written down, but he put it aside and said he was going to speak from the heart instead.

James began by recognizing each of the nine people who died in Sunday’s helicopter crash. He spoke about family, what Kobe meant to him, and he tried to make the focus on Kobe a positive one.

Originally posted on Larry Brown Sports | By Larry Brown | Last updated 1/31/20

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LeBron James: WNBA’s New CBA ‘A Big Step’ For The League

LeBron James has long been a vocal supporter of the WNBA, and the Los Angeles Lakers superstar is encouraged by the league’s new collective bargaining agreement, calling it “a big step” for the league.

The WNBA on Tuesday announced a tentative agreement with the WNBPA on an eight-year CBA, which the league heralded as “groundbreaking.”

Among the agreed-upon terms are the following enhancements, as laid out by the WNBA:

– Significant Increases to Player Cash Compensation and Benefits –

– Cash Compensation Triples to More Than Half a Million Dollars for Top Players –

– Enhanced Travel Standards; Expanded Career Development Opportunities; New Child Care, Maternity and Progressive Family Planning Benefits –

– League Launches ‘WNBA Changemakers’ Partnership Platform to Enhance Player Experience and Drive Business Transformation 

When asked Wednesday about the developments, James gave his nod of approval.

“It’s a big step in their league,” James said. “I’m happy for all the women that’s part of their league, both on the floor and off, and I hope they continue their success.”

The new CBA is without question a significant achievement for the WNBA and the league’s players, and it sets up the league to make even more progress. While much work is left to be done, James is correct about it being a big step for arguably the top women’s league in professional sports.

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Originally posted on Sportress of Blogitude
By Jason Rowan  |  Last updated 1/15/20