It happened Wednesday night in the Heat’s game against the Indiana Pacers. James and Chalmers had to be separated during a timeout.
*Nike is reportedly going back to the drawing board with its new LeBron 11, because the man it is named after is not happy with it.
The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday that Miami Heat star LeBron James has only worn his new shoes for two complete games this season. Sources confirmed to ESPN.com that James has had an issue with the fit of the shoe and as a result has been mostly wearing last year’s model.
On Thursday night, before the team’s game against the Chicago Bulls, James addressed the situation.
“I just want to be able to wear them,” James told ESPN.com. “It has been a frustrating process. But obviously, I know that Nike wants to do what’s best. They’re not going to put me out there in harm’s way. So we’re redefining the shoe to fit what’s best for my foot.”
Sneakerhead message boards have tracked when James has attempted to wear his new shoes and when he switches back to last year’s model, which has happened as soon as the first timeout or in between quarters.
“I could wear them, but they don’t feel as great as I want them to feel,” James said. “So we’re redefining them, and I feel like this next round is going to be perfect.”
The shoe is the lowest cut James has worn, with Nike saying at its release that the idea was for James to “feel the court.”
“The LeBron 11 is one of the most innovative Nike basketball shoes to date, and we look forward to LeBron stepping back on the court in his latest signature shoe soon,” Nike spokesman Brian Strong said in a statement.
Despite the shoe’s absence from LeBron’s feet, sales of them are up 18 percent compared to sales of James’ Nike shoe at this point last season, the Journal reported. The first colorway of the shoes hit stores in October and retail for $200.
The last time Nike had an issue with one of its basketball endorsers not wearing the shoe specifically made for them was in 2009 when James’ teammate Dwyane Wade wasn’t wearing his Converse signature shoes because he had trouble getting used to the fit. Wade eventually switched brands with the Nike umbrella from Converse to Jordan before leaving the company last year for Chinese brand Li-Ning.
*If an upside exists to the Miami Heat having to spend Thanksgiving and Christmas on the road, a schedule quirk that the reigning NBA champions are not happy about, it’s that one of those swings is through Cleveland.
Miami visits the Cavaliers on Wednesday and altered its postgame travel schedule so LeBron James could host Thanksgiving dinner at his northeast Ohio home, according to ESPN.com.
“We would have loved to have been here for the holidays, Thanksgiving and Christmas being here in Miami,” James said. “We don’t mind playing on those holidays. Wish we could have been here, but I am happy that I’m able to do something for the team for Thanksgiving.”
James has tried to address every detail, like telling the team to wear casual attire and asking Shane Battier which beer he wants with dinner. James’ wife and his chef will split the cooking duties.
“We’re not at home with our families for Thanksgiving, but it couldn’t work out any better that at least we could be in someone else’s home,” Miami’s Dwyane Wade said. “And it’s a very nice home that we’re going to, so I’ll make sure I’ll put on the right clothes and the right socks, gotta-take-your-shoes-off-at-the-door type of house.”
“I’m a great host,” James said. “It’s natural for me. I don’t mind giving guys what they want — what they deserve.”
*Wow, LeBron James and David Beckham BFF’s. Who knew?
But they are, and James’ growing interest in soccer is one of the reasons why.
As previously reported, the Miami Heat star and four-time NBA MVP’s interest in soccer has grown considerably in recent years. He even signed with Fenway Sports Management and made the acquisition of a small piece of Liverpool FC, one of the world’s most famous soccer teams, a part of that deal.
Who says there can’t be double-dippin’ in sports…They lied!
Now LeBron has his eye on possibly bringing an MLS team to Miami. He and his BFF (Beckham) are in preliminary talks now.
The AP first reported last month that Beckham decided to start an MLS expansion team in Miami. Several matters, however, must be taken care of first, including getting league approval. Beckham scouted some Miami locations last week.
*And now in Ashanti news (imagine radio announcer voice here)…
The singer has tweeted that though she is suffering from bronchitis at the moment, that has not put a damper on the pending release of a Christmas record.
Her tweet says, “Still grinding…finishing up Tweeks on the Xmas EP…still got bronchitis.” The music will likely coincide with the release of her new Lifetime holiday film, “Christmas in the City,” which premiers December 7 at 8pm.
*Miami Heat star LeBron James confirmed Monday he’s in discussions with soccer icon David Beckham to potentially bring an MLS franchise back to South Florida, reports ESPN.
James already has an ownership stake with Liverpool of the English Premier League, and he has followed the sport closely during his time off from the NBA season.
Beckham, who recently retired, had been exploring the idea of running his own MLS franchise for the past few months.
“There’s some interest in both sides,” James said Monday of his talks with Beckham, who has attended several Miami Heat games in recent seasons. “David has become a good friend of mine over the last few years, and I think it would be great for this city to have a football club for sure.”
The MLS had a franchise in South Florida from 1998-2001, but the Fusion folded after playing in Ft. Lauderdale. James insisted Monday that the discussions are preliminary and haven’t advanced past the “some open dialogues.”
“The research is still being made out, but I think it can be huge,” said James, a four-time league MVP and two-time champion. “But you never know. I think this is a great town for soccer. There are a lot of soccer players here. There is a lot of great youth soccer here.”
James said his interest in the sport has grown in the two years since he secured a business partnership with Fenway Sports Group to purchase the team in Liverpool. James spent time in England touring the team’s facilities and meeting with players after he won his first NBA championship with the Heat in 2012.
If James and Beckham reach agreement on the MLS team, it would be the latest of several business ventures James is attached to in South Florida. He already owns a sports apparel store in a suburban Miami mall, and his wife, Savannah, is set to open a juice bar near the couple’s home in Coconut Grove.
*Well, if you close one eye and quint out the other, we suppose there could be a slight resemblance.
A man claiming to be Miami Heat superstar LeBron James‘ dad will not go away; and no one seems to know why.
Stovell has filed two lawsuits trying to show the world that he is the NBA champs long-lost dad, but his second action was dismissed in September, and now he is filing an appeal with a federal court. This according to Jose Lambiet’s Gossip Extra.
He is tight-lipped on what it is he wants exactly.
“Dad” first filed in 2010, but his case was dismissed when his DNA test came back negative (he blamed this on tampering by LeBron and his mom). But he filed again earlier this year, with claims that LeBron disparaged and slandered him in a Sports Illustrated article when he talked about growing up without a dad.
Stovell was shot down again, and has now filed an appeal.
However he couldn’t be contacted at press time, and the office phone number listed for him with the D.C. Bar Association is not in service.
Is it any wonder why he won’t go away?
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According to a new study, NBA players are more likely to come from two-parent, wealthier family homes than that old notion of trying to escape from poverty.
This new bombshell goes totally against the previous presumptive narrative that most elite black athletes overcome poverty on their way to the top.
It seems LeBron James, who was born to a 16-year-old mother who raised him on her own – at least for awhile – was the exception, not the rule. At least two other examples, Michael Jordan and Chris Paul (pictured below), both exceptional players, come from two-parent, middle class homes.
Based on “news stories, social networks and public records”, Seth Stephens-Davidowitz, a Harvard-educated economist who is a quantitative analyst at Google, constructs an argument that should change the way we imagine how professional athletes break through.
“Growing up in a wealthier neighborhood is a major, positive predictor of reaching the N.B.A. for both black and white men. Is this driven by sons of N.B.A. players like the Warriors’ brilliant Stephen Curry? Nope. Take them out and the result is similar.”
“These results push back against the stereotype of a basketball player driven by an intense desire to escape poverty,” he says.
Stephens-Davidowitz says this makes the unlikely story of LeBron James as much of a social phenomenon as it is an athletic one.
In fact, Stephens-Davidowitz argues that poverty is an inhibitor to success, athletic and otherwise.
“Poor children in contemporary America,” he writes, still have substandard nutrition, holding back their development. “They have higher infant mortality rates and lower average birth weights, and recent research has found that poverty in modern America inhibits height. In basketball, the importance of every inch is enormous. I estimate that each additional inch almost doubles your chances of making the N.B.A.”
*Carmelo Anthony isn’t the only one out there with his own signature line of watches.
LeBron James is fancy with his classy, masculine line of Audemars Piguet valued at a whopping $51, 500!
The one we love him in is the 18k pink gold case of the Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph. The timepiece will blow your mind with its soft elegance yet powerful man-look. The pink gold and grey metal establish a new definition of masculinity.
Diamond accents on the chronograph pushpiece bring in a whole new since of luxury.
LeBron James Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph:
The Miami Heat superstar became one of only five players in NBA history to record a streak of at least 500 games scoring double-digit points.
The list is made up entirely by Hall of Famers who put together two separate streaks like this:
The USA Today article points out that since the start of the streak, he’s won four MVP awards, two championships, two Finals MVP awards, two Olympic gold medals and vaulted himself into the discussion of the greatest players who have ever played the game.
*Damn, this is heartbreaking, especially for us ladies. Allen Iverson is too fine to be broke AND retired, but its official.
We know, we know. You’re talking to the screen saying, “But he hasn’t played in the NBA with the Philadelphia 76ers for four years” blah, blah, blah. And he did give us a heads up a few days ago. But still, when LeBron James and others of his ilk call you “the best pound-for-pound NBA player,” how are you going to just…walk away.
Oh hell. Give us girls a minute cause we ain’t happy about this.
OK (insert collective sigh here), we’ll be alright. According to The Inquisitr, the 11-time All-Star and seven-time All-NBA selection, whose estimated wealth at one point hovered around the $200 million mark, is reportedly leaving his beloved sport relatively broke.
Beleagured by child support issues, divorce settlement entanglements, debts to jewelers and attorneys, alleged gambling, alcohol addictions, and property foreclosures, the 38-year-old ex-shooting guard has reportedly squandered the millions he made during a career that spans nearly two decades.
Well, nobody said he was smart.
You may recall Iverson almost went to jail earlier this year when he reportedly didn’t have the money to pay the court mandated $8K in child support to ex-wife Tawanna, for their five children.
Now, Iverson’s worth is said to be less than $1 million.
At a press conference on Wednesday, Iverson credited former 76ers coach Larry Brown and his former Georgetown University coach John Thompson, both at the ceremony, for turning him into a man. He also gave props to the legendary Michael Jordan for being an inspiration saying,
“I have to thank Michael Jordan for giving me the vision. Without that vision, it just wouldn’t have been possible. He made me want to play basketball,” adding, “He basically showed me the way and gave me that path.”
We’re going to miss you, A.I. We wish you (and your five kids) the best!
Sources at Lou La Vie exotic car rentals tell TMZ, the car was commissioned by Nike for LeBron’s new sneaker unveiling Sunday night — designed to match the new green LeBron shoe, for better or worse. (Kinda like the Chris Brown job back in July.)
Nike just paid to use the car for one night, so we’re told it’s going back to Lou La Vie and they’re keeping the custom wrap on it.
Normally, Lou La Vie rents their Aventadors for around $4,000 per day — but the LeBron wrap will cost you another $3k.
Lucky you. Now you can quickly shoot your wad in high style.
They’ll definitely see you coming.
In simplest terms, let that serve as the teaser for what’s going to happen on Tuesday night when theMiami Heat raise their second straight championship banner and third one overall just before opening the season against the Chicago Bulls, one of their biggest rivals.
The Heat will get their rings in an elaborate pregame ceremony, one that everyone — well, almost everyone — inside the building will be watching. The Bulls plan to stay in their locker room for the festivities, and it’s somewhat logical to think they’ll be spending part of that time verbalizing some sort of sentiment about emerging and spoiling the party.
”We don’t like them and they don’t like us,” James said. ”It’s not like it’s unheard of. We all know what it is. They don’t like us, so we don’t like them.”
True, there’s plenty of dislike. Bulls center Joakim Noah’s ”Hollywood as hell” description of the Heat, uttered more than two years ago after Miami ousted Chicago in the Eastern Conference finals, remains one good example. The physicality of last year’s East semifinal series between the clubs, which Rose watched from the bench while sitting out the season, remains another.]
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*NBA champ LeBron James recently did an interview with ESPN’s Chris Broussard where he talked about making his mark among the all-time greats and his sources for inspiration.
James openly admits that Jordan is undoubtedly the greatest basketball player of all time, but he believes he has the blueprint to dethrone him.
“I don’t know what it would take for the so-called experts to say that — that’s not what I’m trying to do. My goal is to be the best of all time, and that means maximizing everything I have. And I feel if I can maximize my game, then I can be ranked as if not the greatest, then one of the greatest…. I’m not trying to catch Magic or catch Bird or catch Kobe. I’m into maximizing what I have while I have the opportunity to do it,” James shared.
On why he doesn’t have a stronger relationship with Michael Jordan, James isn’t exactly sure.
“I think it’s just being busy. Obviously, I’m busy. MJ has a lot going on. I don’t know the reasons, but it’s never been sparked. I’ve seen him at times. Of course, I’ve met him a few times. I went to his 50th-birthday party at All-Star weekend. I went to his party to show respect and pay homage to the greatest. I had a conversation with him there. Obviously, there were a lot of people there. But I don’t know.”
James also revealed that Philadelphia 76ers legend Allen Iverson was one of his favorite players as a kid.
” I watch Jordan more than anybody, for sure. But I’ll watch tapes of AI too. I don’t take anything from AI. Well, I do — his will. They say he was six feet, but AI was like 5’10½”. Do we even want to say 160? 170? Do we even want to give him that much weight? And he played like a 6’8″ 2-guard. He was one of the greatest finishers we’ve ever seen. You could never question his heart. Ever. He gave it his all. AI was like my second favorite player growing up, after MJ.”
That’s the situation the Miami Heat and especially their Big 3 find themselves in these days after two back to back NBA championships. So when it came time to take promotional pics/videos for the upcoming season, well the badassness was in full effect.
The shoot featured a shirtless James working out with chains and tires while Wade walked ominously through artificial smoke when the director imagined “There’s No Easy Way Out” blaring from the American Airlines Arena speakers.
We hope the Bulls’ center Joakim Noah doesn’t see this. You know how much he hates the “Hollywood Heat.” Watching this would probably put him in heart attack mode.
And now the badassness. And don’t laugh.