Nearly three years ago, LeBron James was roundly criticized for his hubris in talking up not just one but several Miami Heat championships in the wake of his signing with the team, in a move that may have actually been the least tactless of all the antics that LeBron and crew gave us in the summer of 2010. After all, that’s what you’re supposed to tell your fans. You’re supposed to cop to being in it to win it. [Y! Sports Fan Shop: Buy 2013 NBA Finals merchandise ] Kix and the City , via Trey Kerby at The Basketball Jones , has come up with a pretty impressive find that walks hand in hand with that prediction. Or, foot in foot, if that would somehow be possible. Nike has created a pair of low-top sneakers for LeBron that actually say “2-Time Champion” on right heel insert and “11-12 12-13” (referring to the seasons that LeBron’s Heat would presumably take the title) on the left insert. It’s a pretty audacious and bodacious claim, what with Miami currently down 3-2 to the San Antonio Spurs prior to Tuesday’s Game 6. Via Mr. Marin at Kix in the City , take a look:
With only two games (at most) left in the NBA season, basketball fans everywhere have ramped up the intensity of their cries against flopping. These are the most important games on the league's schedule, and any attempt to gain favor by nefarious subterfuge is seen as a crime against the sport. There have been several suggestions on how to stop it, from increasing the severity of penalties to handing out technical fouls or other forms of punishment on the court. No matter the proposed fix, it's a common belief that something must be done. At least one high-profile player does not believe flopping is such a glaring issue. According to Dirk Nowitzki of the Dallas Mavericks, the NBA can never get rid of flopping entirely, because it has a place in the game. From Eddie Sefko for The Dallas Morning News (via PBT ):
A look around the league and the Web that covers it. It's also important to note that the rotation order and starting nods aren't always listed in order of importance. That's for you, dear reader, to figure out. C : SB Nation , Eye on Basketball and The Point Forward . Maybe, like Tony Parker, you're wondering how Danny Green keeps getting such wide-open looks from 3-point range this late in his record-setting NBA Finals. Mike Prada, Zach Harper and Rob Mahoney each went back over Green's shots in search of the answer. PF : TrueHoop . I dug this riff on how randomness, luck and the unforeseen have impacted, are impacting and will impact the NBA Finals, and not just because I personally have no idea what the hell's going to happen from night to night when the San Antonio Spurs and Miami Heat play (which, incidentally, is what's making this so fun). SF : HoopSpeak . With Monta Ellis reportedly (and unsurprisingly ) poised to opt out of the final year of his contract with the Milwaukee Bucks to pursue greener pastures in unrestricted free agency, let's revisit this fun thought experiment Ryan Weisert explored last week — what if, instead of being determined to "have it all," Monta just stopped shooting 3-pointers entirely?
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