Posted on: July 6, 2010 10:50 pm

LeFavre James

We now have a winner for Greatest Ego of All Time.

There's only one choice. There will always be only one choice.

LeFavre James.

LeFavre is apparently holding a primetime news conference on ESPN on Thursday night. We'll put aside for a moment that a news organization is allowing itself to be pimped out by LeFavre.

We'll instead focus on the grand, gigantic, Jupiter-sized ego of James. This is one of the most ridiculous things ever done by a professional athlete and that's saying something.

I'm on record stating it's a good thing for James and the other free agents to make as much money as possible. But this is going too far.

James isn't in high school announcing he's going to Florida State. He's a professional athlete, a grown man, and this reeks of horrid ego and childish insecurities.

James is out of control. He will lose the support of a great many people for this and across the NBA players will laugh at him. They'll shake their heads and laugh at him.

All this for a guy who is ringless.

Good luck, LeFavre.

Should we get you some makeup for your primetime appearance?

Category: NBA
Tags: Cavaliers
Posted on: June 15, 2010 11:46 pm

Izzo did right thing

Tom Izzo is staying at Michigan State and that's a good thing. Good for the Spartans and good for Izzo.

Really good for Izzo because had he gone to Cleveland he'd have ended up fired within three to four years.

That's what happens to college coaches. There's a reason so few of them survive in the NBA. The players don't respect them. They don't listen to them. The players barely respect lifer professional NBA coaches.

The situation in Cleveland was also a trap for Izzo. If LeBron James did return -- which remains more likely than not -- anything short of a title for Izzo would have meant failure. That's what happened to former coach Mike Brown. He took the Cavaliers to the NBA Finals, was coach of the year and won almost 300 games in Cleveland. Still, he was fired.

Was Izzo going to do better than that? No.

Izzo would've made more money in Cleveland but he'd have been looking for work again just a few years later.

So Izzo did the right thing. This is one of those rare situations where everyone wins.

The move will look especially brilliant when Michigan State wins the title next year.
Category: NBA
Tags: Cavaliers
Posted on: June 2, 2009 11:46 am

The NBA loses its nerve

The league failed to fine LeBron James for blowing off the media following Cleveland's ouster from the Eastern Conference finals.

This does set an interesting precedent. Why can't a player skip a mandatory press conference in the future and if the NBA attempts to fine him, say, "You didn't fine LeBron so why fine me?"

Most players are going to see this as a double standard and they're correct. It is.

James wasn't fined because he's LeBron James. That's it. That's all.

Category: NBA
Tags: Cavaliers
Posted on: May 26, 2009 5:21 pm

Mo Williams didn't guarantee jack

ORLANDO -- All Mo Williams said was he thinks the Cavaliers can win the series. That's it. That's all. There was no guarantee.

What is Williams supposed to say? "Well, actually, I think we stink and couldn't win a pickup game against four Girl Scouts and Jose Canseco."

He's supposed to think he can win. Plus, the word guarantee was never uttered by Williams.

Williams hasn't played well in this series but he also isn't the scapegoat and I get the feeling some in the media are setting him up as the fall guy if the Cavaliers lose.

There are actually a trio of scapegoats: Williams is shooting 32.1 percent, Zydrunas Ilgauskas 38 percent and Delonte West 41 percent. LeBron James isn't getting great help from his supporting cast but it's not all on Williams.

I'll also say this for Williams. He's been a complete stand-up guy after games. He's spoken to the press after every game instead of running to hide the way some players would.

Category: NBA
Tags: Cavaliers
Posted on: May 24, 2009 6:45 pm
Edited on: May 24, 2009 7:03 pm

LeBron James hits six straight long shots

ORLANDO -- ...in practice several hours before the game. At least I think it was six straight. I lost count at one point. They were deep three pointers too about five feet or so behind the line. He's starting to make those long shots look easy.

Category: NBA
Tags: Cavaliers
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