Tag:Miami Heat
Posted on: February 14, 2012 7:35 pm
Edited on: February 14, 2012 7:37 pm

LeBron James made into 18-foot foam statue

A South Florida company made this massive LeBron James statue. (Getty Images)
Posted by Ben Golliver 

Back in line, Jeremy Lin. Giant foam statues are reserved for real superstars.

HotHotHoops.com unearthed the monstrosity pictured to the right, an 18-foot tall statue of Miami Heat All-Star forward LeBron James.

The statue, made of foam and then hard-coated by South Florida company Primetime Amusements, features James cocking back to dunk the basketball with two hands, dressed in Miami's red uniforms and matching red sneakers. The statue includes every detail you could think of, including his tattoos, his beard, his headband and his receding hairline.

Primetime Amusements describes itself as "a global operator, seller and event renter of video arcade machines and simulators" in the following promotional video, which shows the statue's 4-step manufacturing process: drawing the figure, carving and sculpting the foam, hard-coating the foam with paint primer and then painting all the final details.

The company promises similar statues for Miami's two other All-Stars: guard Dwyane Wade and forward Chris Bosh. The company's president told HotHotHoops.com that plans are in the works to display the statue at All-Star Weekend in Orlando, which is now less than two weeks away. 

More pictures of the statue right here.

Here's the 18-foot statue of LeBron James promotional video via YouTube user PrimeTimeAmusements.

Category: NBA
Posted on: February 11, 2012 6:11 pm
Edited on: February 12, 2012 2:10 pm

Report: LeBron in heated exchange with heckler?

LeBron James reportedly got into it with a fan on Friday night. (Getty Images)
Posted by Ben Golliver

The unsubstantiated rumor that simply will not die has reportedly prompted a profanity-laced verbal exchange between Miami Heat All-Star forward LeBron James and a fan of the Washington Wizards.

James and the Heat defeated the Wizards, 106-89, at the Verizon Center on Friday night. As James put together 18 points, 9 assists and 2 rebounds in the victory, a fan allegedly began making loud comments about a rumored 2010 relationship between James' mother and then-Cleveland Cavaliers teammate Delonte West

Deadspin.com notes an NBCWashington.com report with details of the exchange.
LeBron just got into a verbal altercation with a fan. Spoke to the fan. Wanted to give Heat PR time to comment on the LeBron fan altercation. I’ll update you if they end up doing so, but here’s the story.

I saw a Wizards fan and LeBron in a heated conversation on the sideline during the game Friday night. I spoke to the fan and got his side. 

Fan Bob Moore made a comment to LeBron about Delonte West and LeBron’s mom… [According] to Moore, LeBron said "The only reason you talk s*** is because you know I can’t come off the court right now and beat your a**." 

Also according to Moore, LeBron continued "But if I had a free pass, I’d kick your a** right now." Moore replied "I’m right here baby. Let’s go" before security stepped in.
James' behavior runs the entire spectrum from "role model" to "insufferable," but the strong temptation here is to give him a pass. This isn't the first time James has reportedly been in this type of situation and it won't be the last. He surely feels like the reasonable, "If you disrespect my mother in public, any response is fair game" argument is in play here. Sure, he's a global brand and a "King," but he's a person, too. Defending the virtue of one's mother is an inalienable human right.

Should James be held to a higher standard of conduct than that, given his level of fame and the scrutiny that follows him wherever he goes? Sure, in an ideal world he would ignore it, brush it off, or let security handle it. The heckler wins this one because he got James to engage with him, but at least James leaves the situation knowing that he stood up for his mother.

Even so, if you're the Heat, you respectfully request that James inform you first of future fan comments so that an exchange like this doesn't wind up caught on video and posted to YouTube, where it could do some serious damage to his image if viewed out of context.
Posted on: February 9, 2012 12:12 pm
Edited on: February 9, 2012 12:27 pm

Hawks sign Erick Dampier to 10-day contract

The Hawks have signed veteran big man Erick Dampier to a 10-day contract. (Getty Images)
Posted by Ben Golliver 

The Atlanta Hawks, who lost All-Star center Al Horford to injury in January, have made a move to shore up their interior depth. It's not exactly a blockbuster.

The Hawks announced on Thursday that the team has inked veteran center Erick Dampier to a 10-day contract. The 36-year-old Dampier spent the 2010-2011 season with the Miami Heat and was unsigned during the December free agency period.
Selected 10th overall by Indiana in the 1996 NBA Draft, Dampier has played in 972 regular season games and 57 playoff contests with Indiana, Golden State, Dallas and Miami. He appeared in 51 games last season for the Heat, averaging 2.5 ppg, 3.5 rpg and 0.9 bpg (.584 FG%, .545 FT%).

He’s averaged 7.5 ppg, 7.2 rpg and 1.4 bpg over his career (.498 FG%, .626 FT%). With 6,980 career rebounds and 1,394 blocks, Dampier ranks 14th and 7th respectively on the NBA active career lists. His 2,713 offensive boards ranks 5th among active players.

Dampier will wear uniform no. 25.

Dampier joins Zaza Pachulia and Jason Collins in the middle for Atlanta and his signing brings Atlanta to a full-15 man roster.

His 10-day stretch is well-timed, as the Hawks will face the Orlando Magic, Miami Heat, Los Angeles Lakers, Phoenix Suns and Portland Trail Blazers over the next week and a half, a tough stretch. The Hawks will have the option of signing him to a second 10-day contract after the first term expires.

Atlanta is currently 17-9 on the season, good for second place in the Southeast Division and No. 5 overall in the Eastern Conference.

Posted on: February 9, 2012 1:42 am
Edited on: February 9, 2012 1:58 am

Report Card 2.9.12: Linsanity strikes again

Jeremy Lin led the Knicks to their third straight win in his second start. (Getty Images)

By Matt Moore 

Each night, Eye on Basketball brings you what you need to know about the games of the NBA. From great performances to terrible clock management the report card evaluates and eviscerates the good, the bad, and the ugly from the night that was.

Complete Linsanity He did it. Again. In NBA history, there have been four players to post 20+points and 8+ assists in their first two career starts. Jeremy Lin became the fifth Wednesday night, with 23 points, 10 assists, 4 rebounds, 1 block, 1 steal, just two turnovers and 9-14 shooting. Once again an opponent opted to go over the screen, to dare him to drive and/or pass off the pick and roll, and once again Lin destroyed a team. The dream continues. An amazing ride. Also, this happened, which is Landry Fields and Lin's new handshake, in which they open a book flip through it, put on glasses, and then slip on pocket protectors:

Orlando Magic Orlando did not stomp the Heat. But they did throw them up against the lockers, shook their lunch money out, and bloodied their clothes a bit. The Magic essentially had a two step process. Challenge the Heat at mid-range in face-up and passinsg situations defensively, and hit a metric ton of threes. It's nothing we haven't seen from Orlando before, just against a very good team. The occasional lapse to let the Heat back in it, even as good as Miami is, keeps them from an A, but a very solid performance for Orlando and a huge win.
Memphis Grizzlies The Grizzlies beat the Wolves by just five (though it was really a seven-point lead before a needless foul and so-what three), when they were without Kevin Love. Scoring just 85 points isn't going to get it done. Memphis passes with a win over a quality team with or without Love, but fails to show anything that suggest they have resolved their myriad problems.
Los Angeles Clippers The Cavaliers were without their best player in Kyrie Irving and still ran the Clippers out throughout the game. Not the comforting start to the post-Billups era you would hope for, particularly letting Ramon Sessions have his way to the tune of 24 and 13.
New Orleans Hornets What do you want to go with, here? Scoring just 67 points? 14 points in the first period, causing an awkard situation when the crowd didn't get to sit down for five-plus minutes to start the game waiting for the first bucket? Such a wide range of sad failure for the Hornets. Anthony Davis, Hornets fans. Anthony Davis.

Jeremy Lin (23 points, 10 assists, Linsanity)
Tony Parker (37 points and 8 assists, validating All-Star reserve status if selected)
Dwight Howard (25 points and 24 boards in win over Heat)
Posted on: February 8, 2012 11:54 am
Edited on: February 8, 2012 12:04 pm

Perkins slams LeBron about his tweet on Griffin

Perkins didn't mind getting dunked on, he just didn't like the reaction. (Getty Images)
Posted by Royce Young

For almost 24 hours after Blake Griffin detonated a dunk over him, Kendrick Perkins trended worldwide on Twitter. Griffin's dunk changed Perkins' reputation from the tough guy in the paint to the guy that got posterized.

No bother to him though, he says. Via Yahoo! Sports:
"If I was in the same position, in the same rotation, I’m going to jump again and again and again,” Perkins told Yahoo! Sports. “I don’t care. A lot of people are afraid of humiliation or don’t know how to handle embarrassment or would even get embarrassed. I don’t care.

“I’m the same Perk you’re going to see. I’m still going to sign autographs the same way. I ain’t going to change. The people that move out the way and stuff are the people who have insecurity problems.

“That’s my job. How will my teammates look at me if next time I just back out the way and just let him dunk when I’m supposed to be defensive-minded, a shot-blocker? That would be a coward move on me. He’d just have to dunk on me again.”

One thing that did bother Perk though? LeBron James' reaction to Griffin's dunk. Specifically, his excited tweet about it that said, "Dunk of the Year! @blakegriffin just dunked on Kendrick Perkins so hard!!! Wow! I guess I’m No. 2 now. Move over #6.” LeBron of course talking about his dunk over John Lucas III.

Said Perkins:
"You don’t see Kobe [Bryant] tweeting,” Perkins said. “You don’t see Michael Jordan tweeting. If you’re an elite player, plays like that don’t excite you. At the end of the day, the guys who are playing for the right reasons who are trying to win championships are not worrying about one play.

“They also are not tweeting about themselves talking about going down to No. 2. I just feel [James] is always looking for attention and he wants the world to like him.”

One thing to note: I think the reason you don't see Kobe or Michael Jordan tweeting is because they aren't on Twitter. Just a theory.

But Perk's sour grapes here about LeBron seems a bit petty to me. A lot of players tweeted about Griffin's dunk, including Chris Paul, Magic Johnson and Kevin Love. I do see Perk's point though in that the way LeBron's tweet was worded makes it seem like LeBron is a tad vain.

The Heat play the Thunder March 25. That game was already must-watch, but it's got another storyline with it now. I think LeBron might try to Mosgov and Lucas Perkins all that the same time.

Posted on: February 4, 2012 5:45 pm

Vegas releases LeBron James Super Bowl bets

Posted by Ben Golliver
You can bet now bet on LeBron James versus the Super Bowl. (Getty Images)

Thanks to Las Vegas, you can now place action on whether Miami Heat All-Star forward LeBron James comes up short on Super Bowl Sunday.

Just before the New England Patriots and New York Giants will be facing off in Indianapolis for Super Bowl XLVI, James and the Heat will be hosting the Toronto Raptors in Miami. And SB Nation.com notes that oddsmaking site Bovado.com has crafted wagers that pit James' performance versus the Raptors against the play of key Super Bowl participants, such as Giants quarterback Eli Manning and Patriots wide receiver Wes Welker.

Here are a few of the site's cross-sports prop bets.
What will be higher: 
Eli Manning Completions +2½ (+105)
Lebron James Points -2½ (-135)

What will be higher: 
Wes Welker Receptions Pick (-115)
Lebron James Assists Pick (-115) 
Bettors can also wager whether Heat forward Chris Bosh will score a greater number of points compared to the receiving yards tallied by Giants running back Ahmad Bradshaw.
Manning is averaging 25.3 completions per game during the 2011 NBA playoffs after averaging 22.4 completions per game during the regular season. By comparison, James is averaging 29.2 points per game this season and 29.4 points per game in his last five games.

Welker, meanwhile, averaged 7.6 receptions per game during the regular season and 6 per game during the postseason. James is averaging 7.0 assists per game during the 2011-2012 season and 6.6 assists per games in the last five games.

James is playing the seventh most minutes in the NBA -- 37.5 per game -- and hasn't played less than 30 since New Year's Day. He's been one of the NBA's most consistent performers this season, so Toronto is the major X-factor for these bets on the NBA side. Expecting a big scoring or assist night from James assumes that his services will be needed for the entire game against the 8-16 Raptors, who are 4-11 in their last 15 games. The two teams haven't faced each other this season but the Raptors managed to score just 64 points in a Wednesday loss to the Boston Celtics.

Neither one of these bets is an obvious lock from an NBA perspective. James has scored 30+ 12 times already this season so that would probably give Manning fans some pause, given that he topped 30 completions just three times this year (including the NFC championship game). But is that worth giving the 2.5? James has also reached double figures in assists just three times this season, so if you're expecting a monster night from Welker, that one seems to jump out a bit more. 

Of course, this is all for entertainment purposes only. Lose your money however you see fit. Or, don't, especially if it's not legal.
Posted on: February 2, 2012 11:45 am
Edited on: February 2, 2012 12:40 pm

LeBron James considering dunk contest. Again.

LeBron is talking dunk contest again. Don't hold your breath. (Getty Images)
By Matt Moore

Stop us if you've heard this one.  LeBron James is consdiering the dunk contest. Again. From the Palm Beach Post
“I have thought about it before and a few times in the past I kind of had an ankle injury that kind of kept me out of it and a couple of times I was just like, ‘You know what, I’m going to go in here and rest my legs for this weekend and then get back to the regular season,” James said. “But, I mean, they say a lot of the greats have done it and I’ve watched it over the years.”

“It’s always a fence year for me. I know they’re getting tired of me, though, so I’m not even going to start up nothing.”
Why, LeBron? Why must you tease us, so? James committed at the 2009 dunk contest for the 2010 edition. Then he simply slid out from the obligation. It was a killer disappointment and set up one of the least impressive dunk contests in history (oh, Gerald Wallace, such painful memories).

James won't be joining us this year, either. He seems hellbent on getting his name in the papers, and by papers I mean internet about being in the dunk contest. But that rest is too valuable. And James honestly has very little upside to participating. He'll have massive expectations being stacked up against all those players and should he lose, it's just one more thing to add to his resume of failure. How do you exceed expectations in the dunk contest? James already had the second best dunk of the decade over John Lucas III Sunday. And after watching Blake Griffin destroyed Kendrick Perkins Monday, would you want to go up against the reigning champ?

The reality is that James should have done the contest in his second year, or sometime in his first five. His wear and tear, position relative to the greats in the game, oh, yeah, and massive number of parties he hosts and attends during All-Star Weekend make it way too much to invest in. But he'll continue to tease, because he knows Michael Jordan did it. But barring a miracle, it will remain a missing piece of his legacy, even it's largely a silly exhibition. 

But, if he did do it...
Posted on: February 2, 2012 1:22 am

Report: Heat made offers to Martin, Pryzbilla

 Miami is reportedly recruiting Martin and Joel Przybilla. (Getty Images)
Posted by Royce Young

You won't believe this, but it doesn't sound like Eddy Curry was the answer inside for the Miami Heat.

According to ESPN.com, the Heat have made offers to two free agent big men to try and help build their interior depth -- Kenyon Martin and Joel Przybilla.

The Heat have offered contracts to both Joel Przybilla and Kenyon Martin, their agents told ESPN.com. Przybilla is expected to make a choice between the Chicago Bulls and Heat, according to agent Bill Duffy. Martin is interested in several teams, with the Heat in the mix, according to agent Andy Miller…

Heat president Pat Riley has been recruiting both players as the Heat look to add depth to their frontcourt.

Martin most recently was in China honoring his contract with Xinjiang, but left the team in December. Because of Chinese Basketball Association rules, Martin wouldn't be eligible to sign with the Heat for another two weeks until Xinjiang's season is over. Martin has also been recruited by the Lakers, Spurs Knicks and Hawks. He averaged 8.6 points and 6.2 rebounds in 48 games for the Nuggets last year.

Przybilla has been retired because of injury issues, but according to the report is healthy and "believes he can contribute to a contender in a limited role off the bench." Przybilla is reportedly expected to make a decision between the Heat and Bulls by the end of the week.

Przybilla played in 36 games for the Portland Trail Blazers and Charlotte Bobcats last season, averaging 1.8 points and 4.0 rebounds.

The Heat obviously are desperate for a big man to provide some post scoring, toughness and rebounding on the inside. Joel Anthony is solid, but behind him is Curry, Juwan Howard and Dexter Pittman. If Przybilla is truly healthy, having his 7-1 frame on the block would surely help LeBron and Wade.

Same goes for Martin, who added to a frontcourt of Chris Bosh and Udonis Haslem would give Miami quite the trio of power forwards. It's doubtful the Heat would look to sign both.

The Heat's roster stands at 15 so if one were to sign, a cut would have to be made. Curry is the obvious candidate as he has a non-guaranteed contract with Miami.
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