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Food for Thought 5-22-2012

Photo courtesy of zimbio.com. LeBron James (pictured above) put on a remarkable performance in Game 4. Sadly, it is ring or nothing for the King this year.

By Josh Kramer

40 points.  18 rebounds.  9 assists.  That was LeBron James stat line on Sunday.  Recognition was given for a good 24 hour period.  Come Game 5 (tonight), the remarkable performance will be a mere memory.  People are still far from satisfied with the King.  In taking his talents to Miami back on July 8, 2010, James chose a different life.  A life where the criticism never ends.  Where the expectations grow at an infinite rate.  A life where the word “satisfaction” does not exist.  And of course a life where returning home is more of a chore than a celebration.

You all are quite familiar with the story.  Not  1, not 2, not 3, not 4, not 5, not 6, not 7.  It is a quote on the same level of the classic Allen Iverson “We talking about practice” rant of ten years ago.  This season, LBJ put up arguably the greatest season of his already amazing career, helping him earn his third MVP Award in the past four years.  The amazing thing is nobody seems to care.  All anyone cares about are his missed free throws at the end of Game 2 against the Pacers.  Or the fact that he dished the ball to superstar teammate Dwyane Wade for the final shot in Game 2.

Watching LeBron play this season and during the early going of the playoffs has been a treat.  The guy is doing once in a lifetime type of things on both ends of the floor.  Sadly, the expectations are so high on the King, if he does not bring home a ring, it will all be nothing.  His remarkable 2011/2012 season will be thought of as a failure.  Will the Heat cut down the nets?  I am honestly not sure.  A lot hinges on when Bosh comes back and if he is at 100%.  Haslem did his best impersonation of the injured Chris Bosh on Sunday.  When push comes to shove though, Haslem is not nearly the caliber of player that Chris Bosh is.  Plus, OKC or San Antonio would be stiff competition if Miami were fortunate enough to get by Indiana and then the winner of the Boston/Philadelphia series.

I am by no means a LeBron James fan (I am not a hater either).  I never have been.  But I am a fan of the game of basketball.  The way James fills up the stat sheet on a nightly basis deserves some praise.  What he did on Sunday was truly remarkable.  Sadly, if the Heat lose Game 5, it will all be forgotten.  Despite many saying Dwyane Wade is the leader of the Miami Heat, it is LeBron James who carries the team and the city on his shoulders.  It is LeBron James who took the brunt of the criticism when Miami came up empty-handed in 2011.  And it will be LeBron James who shoulders the majority of the criticism no matter how well he plays if the Heat do not capture a ring in June.  I guess that is the life of a King.  Things are great when you are winning.  Things are horrible when you are losing.  The life of a King is bittersweet. Continue reading

The King is learning

Photo courtesy of zimbio.com. Despite his very muscular physique, LeBron James (pictured above) has never been known for his toughness.

By Josh Kramer

It was once said, “All the world is a laboratory to the inquiring mind.” Learning is a major part of a society.  One should strive to learn something new each and every day.  It is a prerequisite towards success in life.  This applies to all people.  Even those that are referred to as the “King.”

I am of course referring to none other than the most tantalizing figure in sports, LeBron James.  Sure “Tebow Mania” and “Linsanity” are big draws, but neither can sustain the media craze the way that LBJ can.  Well it appears LeBron James has learned a valuable lesson.  People love heroics.  People also love courage.  Courage is looked at as a major positive no matter who you talk to. Sure LeBron still will have to get the monkey of his back come June in showing late game heroics at NBA Finals time, but he is currently demonstrating toughness.  James will play through the pain of a dislocated ring finger on his non-shooting hand.

LeBron was quoted as saying, “I’ll be ready. I hate using injuries as an excuse. If I’m in uniform, then I should be good to go. The only recovery for it, the doctors told me, was rest. And I think we all know I’m having none of that (courtesy of ESPN.com)” Continue reading

NBA Mid-Season Awards

Photo courtesy of zimbio.com. Chris Paul (pictured above) has made "Lob City" possible and turned the Clippers into a contender. He is also Wesley Kaminsky's pick for the MVP thus far.

By Wesley Kaminsky

With half of the condensed season done, the NBA world has seen everything from the Clippers becoming relevant to the legend of Jeremy Lin, also known as “Linsanity.” For NBA fanatics, this season has been fantastic, as there are games on every night. With a much-needed All-Star break coming up for the players, who is making the biggest impact this season? Here are my mid-season awards.

MVP: Chris Paul, Los Angeles Clippers:

Look, the obvious choice for the MVP award this season is LeBron James, who has been simply sensational from Day 1. He’s averaging 27.6 points, 8 rebounds, and 6.8 assists per game. He’s also on the team that has the best record in basketball. Having said that, he doesn’t get my vote. Chris Paul does. Paul inherited a 32-50 Clipper team and has turned them into a contender. At 20-11, the Clippers are sitting atop the Pacific Division, with Paul averaging 19.2 points and 8.6 assists per game. He has been the catalyst all season long and is the main reason why the Clippers are for once relevant. I continue to try to make my case that on a team that features both LeBron James and Dwyane Wade, neither of them should win the MVP award. Continue reading

“Kurt Thomas and the genius behind his longevity in the NBA”

Can journeyman Kurt Thomas (pictured above) fill the void in the middle for the Bulls with Joakim Noah out for the next 8 to 10 weeks?

Our Chicago hot shot is at it again with a continuation to his recent post regarding the injured Joakim Noah.  Lets here what the man has got to say in another Runzelism.

Will Runzel is an  entrepreneur and sports guru out of Chicago.  Follow him on Twitter @willrunzel

The Bulls recently lost Joakim Noah for 8-10 weeks due to a thumb surgery. One of his key replacements will be 38 year old Kurt Thomas. Thomas is currently earning 1.8 million, but only signed a one year deal good through the 2010-2011 season. In his career he has amassed 62.1 million dollars in 17 seasons, while never averaging over 14 points a game. So far this year Thomas has appeared in five games, and scored a total of two points in 12 minutes played. Don’t let this fool you; Thomas can play. He’s not an elite big man in this league by any means, but was an integral part in helping the Milwaukee Bucks push the Atlanta Hawks to seven games in the 2010 NBA Playoffs after Andrew Bogut went down with a broken hand. The Hawks were the clear favorites especially after losing Bogut. Thomas played great defense, averaged 28 minutes per game (compared to 15 minutes per game during the regular season), nabbed nearly 8 rebounds a game, while shooting 48% from the field.

Thomas has always been an asset to teams because of his locker room presence. As much as we love the Allen Iverson’s and Derrick Rose’s for throwing their body around without regard, something has to be said for a player that can still contribute on a playoff team at 37 years old (his age last playoffs). Year after year he has quietly accepted his paycheck and contributed when called upon. Professional basketball is a rough sport. Thomas will be an asset the Bulls are in dire need of and I expect he will perform well as the first or second big man off the bench.

Few NBA players sit quietly on the bench, perform well when necessary, and are a valuable asset to any team – Kurt Thomas is one of those guys. 18 years in any business is an accomplishment, especially one that is as taxing on the body as playing in the NBA. Don’t be surprised if Kurt Thomas finds another team to pay him another quiet 2 million next season at age 39.

Stay tuned for the next edition of TheSportsKraze.

-TheSportsKraze