Statistical Test: LeBron’s Lakers, By The Numbers

LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers are a motley assemblage of who-dats and castoffs, somewhere between a Rucker Park team and a G-League roster, with one of the worst No. 2 overall draft picks ever to lace up the sneakers in an NBA arena and with a Shaqtin’ MVP quite possibly set to be the starting center. But just how bad are the Lakers, really? Well, let’s imagine a world where LeBron James is replaced by a mid-tier starting small forward. Not a G-League replacement, not a guy who couldn’t crack the roster on the 2016 76ers or anything, …

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LeBron on the Lakers—What on Kyrie’s flat Earth is he thinking?!

LeBron James is a Laker. 4 years, $154 million, take-the-money-and-run Los Angeles Tinseltown Lakers. And his supporting cast? Well, he’s just traded the Canton Charge for the South Bay Lakers, with Lonzo Ball, Lance Stephenson, JaVale McGee, and whatever other curios and relics a 35-win team in 2017-18 can drag off the bottom of the ocean off Long Beach and suit up in a Lakers uniform. Paul George re-upped with the Thunder. The Spurs would rather surrender the Alamo than trade Kawhi Leonard to Los Angeles unless it’s to the Clippers. And the Rockets are one Trevor Ariza short of …

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The Last Glory of LeBron James

Once upon a time, I used to be a boxing writer. I covered the sweet science both as a journalist, with ESPN’s old Friday Night Fights show as my beat—a great gig that got me ringside seats in Reno, where I met Teddy Atlas in one of the coolest total-fanboying moments of my life—and as a romanticist, writing historical fiction in the only sport besides maybe baseball where you can do that for a sports news publication and not be thought terribly unusual. (Unless you’re Jon Bois from SBNation. I am not Jon Bois.) And boxing was at the forefront …

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Breakfast Special: LeBron James is the GOAT. Discussion Over.

Michael Jordan‘s run as the Greatest of All Time began on June 14, 1998, when he hit The Last Shot against the Utah Jazz, retired, and officially got past the “no player can be evaluated for his place in history until he is no longer playing the game” rule of historical comparison (we do not talk about the Jordan-era Wizards. They are a figment of the NBA Dark Ages.) And calling Jordan the GOAT was not something to be taken lightly; after all, the previous nine years had seen Kareem Abdul-Jabbar reign in that capacity, and to be better than …

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Breakfast Special: The Warriors-Cavaliers Inevitability

There are two ways you can interpret the Cleveland Cavaliers’ completing their defense of their home court in Games 3 and 4, including Monday’s 111-102 win to draw the series level at two games apiece. Either the Celtics, who have been outstanding at home but utterly putrid on the road in these playoffs (they are now just 1-6 away from Boston in the postseason while they’re 9-0 at home), are headed toward a seven-game series win in which the home team wins all seven games, and therefore there is no reason to panic or even to find anything we’ve seen …

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The NBA Greatest of All Time Championship Belt

Let’s go back to 1946, the foundation of the greatest sports league in the history of competitive athletic endeavor, as the Basketball Association of America. We can argue all day about who the greatest of all time is. Was it Michael Jordan? Magic? Larry? Dr. J? Wilt? Russell? Big O? There are so many greats to choose from, but here’s one man’s view of who, on the day they retired, were the greatest of all time up to that day, going all the way back to 1946: March 22, 1950: Bob Feerick The first guy to shoot over 40 percent …

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Breakfast Special: The Western Conference Joins LeBron James

The worry in Cleveland was that LeBron James was going to take off and join the Western Conference, perhaps the Los Angeles Lakers. So owner Dan Gilbert, in a flurry of activity at the trade deadline, brought the Western Conference and the Los Angeles Lakers to Cleveland in order to play with LeBron. George Hill joins Cleveland from Sacramento, Rodney Hood comes from Utah, and Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance Jr. arrive from the Lakers, the younger Nance joining a squad his dad made some noise on back in the Michael Jordan era. What’s more, they put one heck of …

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Breakfast Special: LeBron James Stars In “L’Etat, C’est Moi”

LeBron James IS the Cleveland Cavaliers, and if anyone doubted that, the King used an overtime stage against the Minnesota Timberwolves to go right ahead and prove to the world and remind his teammates that he is the guy for whom, to steal a line from Winston Churchill, “never has so much been owed by so many to so few.” As in one. The GOAT. LeBron Raymone James. Bron had 37 points, 15 assists, 10 rebounds, a 16-of-22 shooting performance, the Cavaliers finally followed him into the valley of death to the tune of 59.1 percent shooting, 21-of-41 from three… …

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Breakfast Special: Danny Ainge Makes LeBron His…

To say that the Celtics won the Kyrie Irving-for-Isaiah Thomas and the Nets 2018 pick trade is to have a grasp on the obvious so glaring that you’re probably dressed up in a silly outfit and introducing Shaqtin’ A Fool. Thomas and LeBron James got into a scuffle after the Cavaliers’ disastrous offensive performance against the Miami Heat, where James called out his teammate’s poor (2-of-15) shooting as the Cavs… …wait, Cleveland won? What the actual…? Yep. The Cavs beat the Heat 91-89, their atrocious offense matched by a display of defense so surprising that even the Browns, looking up …

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Breakfast Special: LeBron Joins the 30,000 Point Club

LeBron James has done the inevitable, and of course he’d do it in a game that had been scheduled for national TV before the season even started. At the end of the first quarter of Cleveland’s 114-102 loss to the Spurs, LeBron hit a jump shot from the midrange, reaching the 30,000-point milestone at the youngest age out of any of the seven guys to pull off the feat in NBA history: LeBron James: Point #30,000 pic.twitter.com/y9cIvMY7ig — Kyle Kuzwob (@World_Wide_Wob) January 24, 2018 LeBron is the only player in NBA history with 30,000 points, 8,000 rebounds, and 7,500 assists, …

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