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LeBron's loss could be UK's loss, too

Posted on: May 14, 2010 1:19 am
Edited on: May 14, 2010 1:26 am
 

LeBron James' bad night could turn into Kentucky's worst nightmare.

Will it?

We'll see in the coming weeks and months, I guess. But there's no denying the Celtics' 94-85 win over the Cavaliers that ended James' season in the Eastern Conference semifinals late Thursday leaves the future of UK's program in an uncertain state because John Calipari will now be considered a candidate at almost any place James plays next season.

Most believe James enters free agency with four realistic options.

One is Clevelend.

One is New Jersey.

One is Chicago.

One is New York.

Two of those franchises (New Jersey and Chicago) are looking for a coach, and a third (Cleveland) will be soon. So three of the four likely destinations for James will have a new coach in place next season, which means UK fans hoping to keep Calipari for more than a year had better start lobbying for the Knicks to sign the free agent they covet most.

In that case, James would play for Mike D'Antoni.

Simple.

But if James chooses Cleveland, New Jersey or Chicago, Calipari will be a candidate to join him, and multiple sources have repeatedly told CBSSports.com that Calipari -- who is famously close with James and most of the people around James, including agent Leon Rose and basketball powerbroker William Wesley -- would not reject an offer to coach the two-time MVP in what would be the prime of his career.

Will Calipari get an offer?

That's unclear.

But if he does, sources believe he'll accept it.

"We'll see what happens," James said late Thursday night.

Yes, LeBron, I suppose we will.
Comments

Since: Mar 11, 2010
Posted on: May 20, 2010 5:55 pm
 

LeBron's loss could be UK's loss, too

=)  arent you cute. I was one of the first in line at the 96-97 pep rally, so I am not a Ky hater, I am just a Calipari hater. I can tell you this tho, Miami sucks balls in basketball, and in football now, I think you all got scared and quit coming to Louisville didnt you? Well, regardless, its good to have Charlie Strong taking out recruits from your backyard. I understand why you would make such comments, no worries. have a good day.



Since: Jan 15, 2009
Posted on: May 19, 2010 11:32 pm
 

LeBron's loss could be UK's loss, too

Found his home in Louisville.  It was the closest team he could find to get him back to KY.  He would have came back to U.K. in a heart beat if they would have offered.  Don't even think otherwise.  Yes, we did love coach P. at least I did.  I just hope he can give you guys a title before he's too old to do so.  But he's at least shown he knows how to work 1 part of himself.

I'll let you figure that one out.   YOU KNOW!!!



Since: Jan 15, 2009
Posted on: May 19, 2010 11:16 pm
 

LeBron's loss could be UK's loss, too

They have pills now for high blood pressure. You might want to go see your doctor and get some, because your jealously of the wildcats of kentucky, you know, the team with the MOST wins in college basketball is going to cause you to have a heart attack.

Wait a minute. Scratch that thought about going to get some help.  1 less deanderthal posting thier dribble on the net.  Go ahead and let that head of yours explode and do all of us a favor. 

What a LOSER.     Get a life!!


Your so pathetic you diss a city that you've probably never stepped foot in.  Our gain of course.
I just noticed your status on cbssports.com   It says A.  We all know what that stands for in your regard.



Since: Jan 15, 2009
Posted on: May 19, 2010 10:59 pm
 

LeBron's loss could be UK's loss, too

Exactly what has he done that the NCAA doesn't know about that you know?  Another jealous neanderthal that has no facts to back up his base less claims.   The only reason you hate U.K. soooooooo  much is because you are sooooooooo jealous.  Don't deny it, because that will just make you a liar along with being a idiot.

Go blog on your own teams posts.  Oh, my bad.  They don't write about your team on here.  Must explain your ranting and raving on this blog.

 Grow up and go play your Xbox



Since: Feb 19, 2008
Posted on: May 19, 2010 2:42 pm
 

LeBron's loss could be UK's loss, too

I can't see Cal getting a banner for UK with the type of players that will be coming through the program. It is too tough to get a championship with players that onlt stick around for 1 season and if lucky 2. You see most of the teams that get to the final four are the teams that have the comradarie over the course of a few seasons. Cal is a decent coach but is he really that great? I know he has had a winning environment everywhere he has been, but is it very hard to be a winner when you get the top players? No it's not and I just think that he is a better recruiter than a coach. Alot of his players are to the point they don't need that much coaching and they are close to ready for the NBA once they arrive as a freshman. I will give him props for being able to get the top players but won't for being the best coach out there. If the right situation comes along with the NBA and Lebron will be there he will jolt in a second and leave Kentucky as a afterthought.



Since: Mar 9, 2007
Posted on: May 17, 2010 6:56 pm
 

LeBron's loss could be UK's loss, too

Calipari and James would make a perfect match.  A couple of ass clowns that have never won anything that
matters.  Christ, Calipari couldn't even get a talent heavy UK team to the Final 4.  In a down year, no less.  As for
Lebron, was there any doubt that he would roll over when the chips were down? 



Since: Mar 11, 2010
Posted on: May 17, 2010 3:23 am
 

LeBron's loss could be UK's loss, too

Michael Jordan did not even get as much ink as Lebron, even after winning a championship, he even went through a 'freeze-out' where other players wouldnt even pass him the ball because of all the hype surrounding him. His second year he had a broken foot, missed the whole season, but made it back for the playoffs and scored 63 points in a single game, only to get swept by the Celtics. His third season he became the only player other than Chamberlain to score 3000 points in a season, and the first player in history to record 200 steals and 100 blocks, but, Magic still got MVP that year. His first playoffs ever were against, you guessed it, the Cleveland Cavaliers, who they beat to advance to the second round, only to lose to the Pistons and Isiah Thomas. During the 88-89 season, Jordan again, led the league in scoring, advancing to the eastern conf. finals, beating Cleveland along the way, only to lose the next series to the Pistons,. The next season Jordan led the Bulls to the eastern conf. finals again , despite pushing the series to game 7, the bulls lost a third consecutive season to the Pistons .

In the 1990-1991 season, Jordan won his second MVP award after averaging 31.5 ppg on 53.9% shooting, 6.0 rpg, and 5.5 apg for the regular season.<sup id="cite_ref-dbb_11-6" class="reference"> </sup> The Bulls finished in first place in their division for the first time in 16 years and set a franchise record with 61 wins in the regular season.<sup id="cite_ref-dbbulls_20-6" class="reference"> </sup> With Scottie Pippen developing into an All-Star, the Bulls elevated their play. The Bulls defeated the Knicks and the 76ers in the opening two rounds of the playoffs. They advanced to the Eastern Conference Finals where their rival, the Detroit Pistons, awaited them. However, this time when the Pistons employed their "Jordan Rules " defense of doubling and triple teaming Jordan, he picked them apart with passing. Finally, the Bulls beat the Detroit Pistons in a surprising sweep<sup id="cite_ref-1990-91_25-0" class="reference"> </sup> <sup id="cite_ref-26" class="reference"> </sup> . In an unusual ending to the fourth and final game, Isiah Thomas led his team off the court before the final minute had concluded . Most of the Pistons went directly to their locker room instead of shaking hands with the Bulls.

The Bulls compiled an outstanding 15-2 record during the playoffs<sup id="cite_ref-1990-91_25-1" class="reference">,</sup> , and advanced to the NBA finals for the first time in franchise history, where they beat the Los Angeles Lakers four games to one. Perhaps the best known moment of the series came in Game 2 when, attempting a dunk, Jordan avoided a potential Sam Perkins block by switching the ball from his right hand to his left in mid-air to lay the shot in .<sup id="cite_ref-28" class="reference"> </sup> The play was the last in a sequence of 13 consecutive field goals made by Jordan. In his first Finals appearance, Jordan posted per game averages of 31.2 points on 56% shooting from the field, 11.4 assists, 6.6 rebounds, 2.8 steals and 1.4 blocks.<sup id="cite_ref-29" class="reference"> </sup> Jordan won his first NBA finals MVP award by a unanimous decision, and he cried while holding the NBA Finals trophy .

So to conclude this,

This is a differenct scale of basketball, and we cannot compare the two, Chamberlain, Jabbar, Magic, Bird, yeah, even Drexler, Malone, Barkley and a handful of others, they can be at least talked about in the same category, but, bet your ass they didnt complain about who was on their team, they made the others on their team better, and gave them a name, instead of searching for a handout. As a kid, I would be glued to the television, Jordan, I never seen Jordan give up, ever, I never seen a whiny attitude, or never once thought Jordan's ego was bigger than him, or bigger than the game, he was a humble player,. And to this day, the Chicago Bulls will always be Michael Jordans team, regardless who plays there,. The thing that I want to point out the most is that, coming out of high school, no one even knew who this kid was............ If only they had known how it would all play out.


Does Lebron want a championship wrapped up with a bowtie on top? Of course, will he get it, of course.

You say in your last sentence, 'even the great(est) ones have to wait?' My reply to that is, Lebron could never be called one of the greatest he has already ruined that, he was given a silver spoon, too much Hype for me.

However, opinions are like assholes, everyone has one, and most of them stink, so....

I guess your right, it is just a waiting game,.


By the way, I got an 86-87 Fleer basketball card complete set, (with MJ's rookie card) along with several other great players, including Magic Johnson, my most cherished collection.

Lebron James rookie card is worth more than the whole set.

I apologize for writing so much, but it really strikes a chord somewhere deep inside me when I hear his name over and over, compared to the greatest, but depending on how long you have been around, you know, it was a different game then.

Thanks for reading, peace.



Since: Apr 9, 2010
Posted on: May 17, 2010 3:10 am
 

LeBron's loss could be UK's loss, too

The word that stuck out to me most was the term "over-rated." To me, this implies that a player is not nearly as good as what people say he is. The guy just won his 2nd MVP award and helped his team to the best regular season record in the NBA. I don't see how he is overrated. Can he improve? Sure. But the most overrated in sports? Give me a break.

At one point, I too thought LeBron James would stay in Cleveland, but the more I hear him say winning is the most important thing, the less I believe it. I think he will choose between the Cavs, Bulls, Nets, and Heat. He loves the Cavs, but he is gonna need some re-assurance that they will continue to add pieces to the team. The Bulls are a good bet with a fellow star in Derrick Rose and other peices in place like Noah, Luol Deng, etc. The Nets are in the running, but I don't see him going there. They have some good young players and will get John Wall, but that seems like a daunting task. The Heat are the X factor. LeBron wants to win and Dwayne Wade does too. I could see LeBron taking a pay cut to go there.

I too do not like Coach Cal. Not because of security guards, but because trouble always follows him and he is in it for the money... just like his yearly freshman pupils. I wish guys would value their education more and make a committment to the university that made a committment to them. I think college basketball should be more like college football in terms of draft eligibility. I guess I don't have a problem with LeBron trying to persuade a college coach to come coach a team he may play for since that coach has the choice to turn it down if he so chooses.




Since: Oct 12, 2006
Posted on: May 17, 2010 2:12 am
 

LeBron's loss could be UK's loss, too

He is the most Over-Rated player to ever play any sport, Pretty much up there with Eric Lindros in hockey. But to be fair to these guys, short of playing on a World Champion like Bill Russell did, would anything less than what Jordan did ever make anyone forget Jordan. Even Jordan had to wait for Magic and Bird to get their championships out of their system. The problem with LeBron James, he coincided with Jordan. 20 years or even more removed and does anyone remember Jordan ? Take Russell, he won all those championships with the Celtics, but that was the 60's. Chamberlain & Alcindor (Abdul-Jabbar) came and went afterward, The NBA didn't get Johnson & Bird until the 80's. And really for the early part of even Jordan's career, he was just another high scoring, highlight reel. Jordan even had to wait out the Pistons "Bad Boys" for a legitimate shot at a NBA world championship. Anyway, had LeBron come long after Jordan, maybe even Kobe, a more normalized view of what he should have accomplished might be in place ?

Jordan's rookie season was 1984 ? His first title was 1991 ? Even the great(est) one's have to wait ?



Since: Apr 18, 2010
Posted on: May 16, 2010 9:00 pm
 

LeBron's loss could be UK's loss, too

Lebron to bulls??: rose has ball 90% of time, how can they share?


seems the same things were said about walls and bledsoe.....last i saw they were both potential lottery picks


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