LeBron James became one of the most criticized basketball players when he suddenly abandoned team Cleveland Cavaliers for Miami Heat. Until now a lot of basketball aficionados have not forgiven him for what he did. But with the new Nike commercial entitled “Rise” would these people have a change of heart for LeBron James?
You see Nike’s Rise campaign video will make people reflect on their reactions about what happened before.
Basketball fans and even those who are not know the full score of what happened to LeBron James. Surprise, pleasant or otherwise, is the best word to describe people’s reactions to his decision to quit playing for the Cleveland Cavaliers and join forces with the Miami Heat where Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh are a part of.
Lots of people have already expressed their opinions about what he did. Now it’s time to hear what the six-time NBA champion has to say—Michael Jordan. In an interview, Jordan’s statement clearly indicates his disapproval for what Lebron James did. He said, “There’s no way, with hindsight, I would’ve ever called up Larry, called up Magic and said, ‘hey, look, let’s get together and play on one team’. But that’s...things are different.
Are you a fan of the NBA team The Seattle Sonics?
Well, here’s some bad news, starting next year 2009, the Sonics will be playing home games no longer in Seattle but in Oklahoma City. Yup, your favorite team is leaving town. Together with the move, the players of the team will have a new nickname and will play under a different mascot. Almost everything will be different from now on. The name “Sonics” will be staying put in Seattle.
If you are a fan of Kobe Bryant and you feel that it is high time for him to receive an MVP award, well, your wish has been granted. As announced two days ago, Kobe Bryant is 2007-2008 Most Valuable Player. He is the fourth player from the Lakers team to receive this coveted award. Several candidates vied for the said award, but Kobe’s achievements in the game outshone them all. He came on top of Chris Paul from the New Orleans team and Kevin Garnett of the Boston Celtics.
What’s it like to be included in the basketball Hall of Fame for class 2008? Seven basketball personalities will know that. Let’s take a look at some of these people as well as their achievements in their respective careers. One is Pat Riley who is a three-time coach of the year awardee, won five NBA championships - 4 with the Los Angeles Lakers and one with Miami Heat. He also appeared in the NBA Finals nine times. All these constitute his success as a coach.
Everyone in the Laker’s Team was surprised about the trade that happened with Brian Cook and Maurice Evans a few minutes before boarding the bus going to the arena last Tuesday’s game. Despite the upheaval that happened earlier it was still a surprising win of Lakers 134 over Pacers 114 in the game that was held in the Conseco Fieldhouse.
Basketball is an American game and thus Team USA feels they rightfully own prestige in this sport, which is now played by almost every nation. Unfortunately, the team has been beaten several times in the past. In the 2002 FIBA World Championships held in Indianapolis, Team USA ranked sixth while in the 2004 Athens Olympics, the team landed on the third place. Of course, they expected to bag the gold medal.
Due to his arthroscopic knee surgery last Saturday, Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant who scored 35.4 points per game in the previous season of the NBA will not be able to play basketball in the world championship games that will run from August 19 till September 3. His surgery was just a minor one, which entailed removal of scar tissue from his right knee, but he needs 8-12 weeks to fully recover.
Heat center Shaquille O'Neal is expected to miss between two to four weeks because of his sprained right ankle, which means he could miss anywhere from six to 14 games.
Shaquille O'Neal was injured during the Heat's contest against the Indiana Pacers on Thursday. With 6:35 remaining in the game, O'Neal landed awkwardly while going for a rebound. He fell to the floor and remained down for a few minutes.
The 2005 FIBA U19 World Championship will be held in Hammamet and Tunis, Tunisia from the 15th till the 24th of July 2005. Formerly known as the FIBA Women's Junior World Championship, the 2005 FIBA U19 World Championship features 12 teams.
The USA has been placed in preliminary group A and its first round opponents will be Russia on July 15, then the USA will face Congo, Serbia & Montenegro, Puerto Rico and will close preliminary round action on July 20 against South Korea. Group B consists of Australia, Canada, China, Hungary, Spain and Tunisia.
Tunisia will host the FIBA Africa U18 Championships for Women from December 17 to 26. The event will see Angola, Nigeria, Mali, South Africa, Mozambique and Tunisia fight for a place in next year's FIBA U19 World Championships.
Tunisia coach Faycel Hammali said: "This competition will give us an idea on what the World Championships will be like. Our team will be able to challenge other African sides and will validate the work we've already achieved. My girls will have to be strong defensively and impose their style up front."
Four NBA players are suspended indefinitely following their participation in a bizarre brawl that saw some of them fighting in the stands with fans.
The suspended players are Ron Artest, Jermaine O'Neal and Stephen Jackson of the Indiana Pacers and Ben Wallace of the Detroit Pistons.
"Shocking, repulsive and inexcusable" were the three words NBA Commissioner David Stern used on Saturday to describe the Friday night incident, which occurred at Joe Louis Arena in Auburn Hills, Michigan.
However, Vince Carter of the Toronto Raptors said it's one thing to boo players and another thing to throw stuff at them...
The Los Angeles Lakers had their first win this season as they defeated the winless Hawks 106-90 Sunday night that lost their three games by a total of 67 points.