Boston Globe writer Gary Washburn was a guest on ESPN's SportsCenter Monday, where he explained the reasoning behind being the sole writer not to vote for LeBron James of the Miami Heat for league MVP. Washburn, who in this esteemed amateur bloggers opinion made the correct choice by voting for New York Knickerbockers forward Carmelo Anthony.
Washburn defended his vote by stating that Carmelo "was the most valuable player to his team. If this is a best player in the league award, LeBron wins this every year." Washburn was very serious in defending his vote. He stated that he "had no idea that the other 120 voters voted for LeBron James. When I placed my vote, I didn't poll the other voters. I thought Kevin Durant would get votes, I thought Kobe Bryant would get votes, I thought Chris Paul would get some votes.
Washburn continued by stating that it was "stunning" and that he was "flabbergasted" when he was made aware the voting totals.
Washburn finished the interview by stating that he "stands by his vote" and that we would not change it if given the opportunity.
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Miami Heat team president Pat Riley told Danny Ainge to "shut the fuck up" - through a press release ESPN reported. Ainge, who is the Boston Celtics president of basketball operations, earler in the week ripped LeBron James by stating "I think that it's almost embarrassing that LeBron would complain about officiating." Riley came to the King's defense by dropping: "Danny Ainge needs to shut the fuck up and manage his own team," but Riley released his statement through a Heat spokesman. "He was the biggest whiner going when he was playing and I know that because I coached against him." Ainge responded to Riley Friday by stating: "I would say we're both right, LeBron should quit complaining; I complained as a player and I should manage my own team. We're both right." Ainge added: "Pat Riley's right. I should manage my own team. I complained a lot to the officials. And I'm right, LeBron should be embarrassed about how he complains about the calls he gets."
Why isn't this on video? Why is the master, my coaching idol, the early 1990's Knicks coach releasing this through a Heat spokesman? Hopefully the Celtics drop to the 8th seed and open up the NBA playoffs in South Beach.
Nike unveiled a new line of superhero inspired sneakers for LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, and Kevin Durant. Following up on their Easter themed release, Nike will be releasing the ELITE Series 2.0 line for their three mega stars on April 27th. Each player is due to wear their player editions in the 2013 NBA playoffs. Here is Nike's description of the ELITE Series 2.0 line:
Superheroes possess the rare combination of unearthly abilities and impenetrable gear. Modern-day athletic superheroes LeBron James, Kobe Bryant and Kevin Durant collectively showcase an uncanny skill-set, which is now complemented by footwear boasting Kevlar® aramid, carbon fiber and articulated foam.
Below are pictures of each signature sneaker along with Nike's in-depth description.
LEBRON X PS ELITE: Unstoppable Power
Forged by time, heat and pressure, the diamond inspires LeBron James's tenth Nike signature shoe. His elite version drafts off the rare Carbonado diamond, a virtually indestructible stone said to derive from an ancient supernova, the most explosive force in the universe. The shoe’s bright citrus colorway and graphic collar lining capture James’s unstoppable power.
KOBE 8 SYSTEM ELITE: Deceptive Speed
Kobe Bryant often showcases the adept speed and precision of his on-court alter ego, the Black Mamba. The KOBE 8 SYSTEM ELITE is inspired by the lethal green pit viper snake and the x-ray vision emitted by its heat-sensing eyes. Bryant stays three steps ahead of his opponent with his keen vision. The KOBE 8 SYSTEM ELITE highlights Bryant’s power of deceptive speed with a poison green colorway and x-ray vision graphic on the collar lining.
KD V ELITE: Ultimate Control
Capturing Kevin Durant’s thunderous power of ultimate control, the new low KD V ELITE debuts in a volt colorway, illuminated by the sharp glow of lightning bolts. The design speaks to Durant's versatility, shooting accuracy and finely-tuned court vision.
The Miami Heat go for their 24th straight win Wednesday night in Cleveland. I'm sure the Cleveland fans still hold a special place in their lighters for LeBron. Should be fun... for the first quarter before the Heat are up 20 by half-time.