Obviously the forgiveness factor in Cleveland for LeBron James will be many, many years from now or never. So if your in Clevland and want to have the latest ‘I hate LeBron’ gear then this t-shirt that says your a Cavaliers fan but are thankful the Dallas Mavericks beat the hated Miami Heat and James then this a must have, thanks to the creators at GV Art and Design. Nice touch of the play on words.
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The great Shaquille O’Neal retired yesterday from the NBA after 19 season and the Los Angeles Lakers have quickly recognized the significance of his tenure with their organization has released a statement saying they will retire his jersey. The Lakers plan to honor their former self-proclaimed Superman by raising his No. 34 jersey to the rafters in the Staples Center.
“We don’t have any specific timetable on this, but you can be assured we will retire Shaq’s jersey,” said Lakers spokesman John Black in an email on Wednesday. As you know, players have to wait five years to be inducted into the Hall of Fame, but we could possibly do a jersey retirement ceremony for Shaq prior to that.”
The Lakers will not purposefully hold off on O’Neal’s jersey retirement until Kobe Bryant’s jersey is retired, either.
“At this point in time I’d guess there’s a really good chance that Kobe will still be playing in five years, and by that time Shaq will be elected to the HOF and we will have retired his jersey,” Black wrote.
O’Neal enjoyed the the bulk of the success during his 19-year NBA career in the eight seasons he spent in Los Angeles from 1996-2004, winning his lone regular season MVP award in 1999-00 and three consecutive Finals MVPs from 2000-02. He retired with career averages of 23.7 points, 10.9 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 2.3 blocks per game on 58.2 percent shooting, but his numbers jumped to 27 points, 11.8 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 2.5 blocks in 514 regular season games played in L.A.
O’Neal would become the eighth player in Lakers franchise history to have his jersey retired, joining Wilt Chamberlain (No. 13), Elgin Baylor (No. 22), Gail Goodrich (No. 25), Magic Johnson (No. 32), Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (No. 33), James Worthy (No. 42) and Jerry West (No. 44). All seven are in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
O’Neal wore No. 33 in high school at Cole then continued to wear it at LSU then switched to No. 32 in Orlando to start his career, but had to change to No. 34 when arriving in L.A. because of Johnson and Abdul-Jabbar. He went back to No. 32 in Miami and Phoenix. He also wore No. 33 in Cleveland and No. 36 in Boston to finish his career.
Ex-Cleavland Cavaliers teammate Daniel Gibson is taking exception to LeBron Jamess saying he left Cleveland because, “I wanted to team up with some guys that would never die down in the moment.” Speaking on The Dugout Sports Show Podcast yesterday, Gibson said he felt it was a slam at the Cavaliers.
“The way it’s said, you can’t help but take it personal. … I don’t think great players should feel the need to say this about a team or say that about a team. I think what it all boils down to if you’re great, you go play great, be great and everybody will realize you’re great. And you wouldn’t have to let it be known that everybody else was less great. Great players shouldn’t have to do that. “So I feel like it’s kind of an admission. He might have needed some help. He might have needed to go somewhere and find someone who is a little greater so maybe he wouldn’t die down in those moments.”
Obviously the forgiveness factor in Cleveland for LeBron James will be many, many years from now or never. So if your in Clevland and want to have the latest ‘I hate LeBron’ gear then this t-shirt that says your a Cavaliers fan but are rooting for the Mavericks to beat the hated Miami Heat and James then this a must have during the NBA Finals, thanks to the creators at GV Art and Design. Has that nice touch of looking vintage with the old logos but being relevant.
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R&B singer Keyshia Cole might have ended her career over the weekend when she finally married Cleveland Cavilers guard Daniel Gibson in a secret ceremony. The couple became engaged in January 2010 and were expected to marry in France or Bora Bora later this year. However, after realising their schedules were filled up, they decided to secretly fly out to Las Vegas to marry in a private ceremony.
They announced the news via Twitter, writing: “It’s official!!!!!
Keyshia and Daniel, who met in 2009, have a 14 month-old son Daniel Hiram Gibson Jr.
Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert is sending his son Nick Gilbert to the NBA lottery this week for good luck. The 14-year-old Gilbert, who was born with Neurofibromatosis, a nerve disorder that causes tumors to grow anywhere in the body, will be on stage in New Jersey Tuesday, when the Cavaliers hope to land the No. 1 overall pick in June’s draft.
“Despite enduring brain surgery, the loss of vision in one of his eyes, four long rounds of chemotherapy and countless visits and time in doctor’s offices and hospitals, he has emerged as the happiest and most optimistic person I know,” Dan said.
Gilbert said his son has never complained about the bad card he was dealt.
“He is an example of perseverance, determination and life the way it should be lived,” Gilbert said. “Nick is my personal hero.”
The Cavaliers finished with the league’s second-worst record have the second-most pingpong ball combinations to land No. 1 overall as well as having currently have two lottery picks.
After the Miami Heat defeated the Boston Celtics last night to move onto the Eastern Conference Finals, LeBron James apologized for leaving Cleveland and talked about how the Celtics played a role in his decision.
“I knew deep down in my heart, as much as I loved my teammates back in Cleveland and as much as I loved home, I knew it couldn’t do it by myself against that team,” James said. “The way it panned out with all the friends and family and the fans back home, I apologize for the way it happened. I knew this opportunity was once in a lifetime.”
Robert “Tractor” Traylor was found dead in his apartment in Puerto Rico where he had been playing basketball for the team Bayamon Vaqueros. The team said Traylor had not been seen for a few days and so they went to his apartment, where he was found dead. Traylor, 34, is presumed to have died of a heart attack as he struggled with heart problems even having an heart operation back in 2005.
Traylor attended the University of Michigan and was one of the former Wolverine players whose ties to booster Ed Martin roiled the program. He was taken by the Dallas Mavericks as the sixth pick in the NBA draft in 1998 but was traded to the Milwaukee Bucks for Dirk Nowitzki. He played seven NBA season for the Bucks, Cleveland Cavaliers, Charlotte Hornets and New Orleans Hornets where he averaged 4.8 points and 3.7 rebounds.
Former Detroit Pistons, Sacramento Kings, Indiana Pacers, Cleveland Cavaliers, and Boston Celtics center Scott Pollard who battled Phil Jackson’s Los Angeles Lakers when they had Shaquille O’Neal, told on KHTK that he thinks Jackson is overrated:
“I just think he’s one of the most overrated coaches of our time. He’s only had the greatest players of our era on his teams. Put him in charge of the Sacramento Kings this year, and I don’t mean to offend Sacramento fans, but put him on a team with no Hall-Of-Famers on it at least no one that has established themselves as a Hall-Of-Famer already, put him as the Head Coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers right now and let’s see how he does next year with no Hall-Of-Famers on the team. That’s all I’m saying.”
Pollard went on to say that he respects Jackson’s championship rings, but he has “never taken a team that wasn’t a playoff team and turned them into a playoff team.”
He was born there. He played high school basketball there. He was drafted by his home team there. He carried his team to the best record in the association, the NBA finals, and he won two MVP awards there. However, LeBron James still claims that Cleveland is not his city, nor were the Cavaliers his team. After Thursday’s win against the Philadelphia 76ers, James corrected a reporter when he referenced Cleveland as “your city.”
“It wasn’t my city. It wasn’t my team either,” the Akron native said. “I was just a player, you know, I helped get that franchise to leaps and bounds that they haven’t seen before.”
Ex-NBA player John Amaechi, who became the first NBA player to speak publicly about being gay in 2007, addressed Los Angeles Lakers Kobe Bryant yelling an anti-gay slur at a referee in an interview. In the middle of Tuesday night’s game against the San Antonio Spurs, Bryant called referee Bennie Adams a “fucking faggot.” Amaechi said that he is surprised “that people are surprised” because Bryant used an “everyday word” that he heard. The former Cleveland Cavaliers,Utah Jazz and Orlando Magic center also weighed in on Bryant’s apology, calling his statement the typical, “I apologize if you’re offended” type of comment.
“There’s only one contemporary meaning for that,” he said. “We have to take it as unacceptable as a white person screaming the N-word at a black person. I can tell you that I’ve been called a f–got fairly routinely, and yet people seem to hold off on calling me the N-word. We’ve got to mirror that progress.”
Amaechi went on to say that he doesn’t think Kobe is “any more homophobic than the average person.” The five-time NBA champion was fined $100,000 for the slur.
Monday night’s game between the Detroit Pistons and Cleveland Cavaliers took a bizarre turn with 5:45 left in the fourth quarter. Pistons forward Charlie Villanueva tried to set a screen on Cleveland’s Ryan Hollins, but Hollins threw his shoulder into Villanueva’s chest and the two got tangled up and started to shove each other.
Villanueva started to run towards the Cavaliers locker room and appeared to challenge Hollins to a fight. According to the Detroit Free Press, Villanueva had to be held back by Auburn Hills police.
“I will kill that dude,” he reportedly said as he was escorted to his locker room. “I don’t give a fuck.”
After the game, Villanueva said that he overreacted and Hollins “said some things” that got him upset.
Former long time Cleveland Cavaliers player and current TV analyst Austin Carr used one of Shaquille O’Neal’s references when he was talking about Miami Heat forward Chris Bosh by referring to him on air a Rupaul look-alike.
The Cleveland Cavaliers fans booed when the announcer at Quicken Loans Arena called Miami Heat LeBron James name during the player introductions however James was not there. The Heat star decided to skip player introductions and didn’t step onto the court until it was time to announced the Cavaliers. The Cavaliers eventually won the game 102-90.
Alex Rodriguez should be pissed right now that back in 2001 he didn’t go gutless when he made his return to Seattle after signing with the Texas Rangers for $252 million and the crowd serenaded him with boos and threw fake money from the stands for his whole 3 game series.
Longtime Harlem Globetrotters star Meadowlark Lemon admires many current NBA stars but if the Clown Prince of Basketball were building his own NBA team, he’d start by building it around San Antonio Spurs power forward Tim Duncan and Dallas Mavericks point guard Jason Kidd.
“I’m a fan of Shaq. But Tim Duncan? That’s the man I like, says Lemon.
And Lemon believes Kidd is still the best point guard in the NBA.
“If I was going to build a team around two players, those are the two I would build it around. Jason Kidd is a pure point guard if there is such a thing. And Tim Duncan’s fundamentals? Love them.”
Despite LeBron James saying he’s comfortable with the role of NBA villain after jumping to the Miami Heat from Cleveland Cavaliers, Lemon doesn’t buy it.
“I don’t look at him as being a villain. I look at him as being a young kid who should never have left Cleveland.”
Police engaged in an hour standoff with a knife-wielding man on the floor of Staples Center, where the Cleveland Cavaliers and Los Angeles Clippers where set to play. Police tackled and apprehended the man after cornering him near the vistors bench that was carrying a knife the size of a steak knife. Some spectators for the 12:30 p.m. game had begun filing into the arena, but were evacuated once the standoff started. The players were confined to their locker rooms.
Players watched the spectacle unfold on a video monitor in a hallway outside their locker rooms. There were no reports of injuries and the game proceeded on schedule.
This Chicago Bulls fan hasn’t forgotten that his team was in the running for LeBron James and was left at the altar just like the Cleveland Cavaliers when James decided to take his talents to South Beach. For having to endure that painful July evening this Bulls fan has created this video which he has titled “The Mistake.”
Cleveland Cavaliers Daniel Gibson aka Boobie and his fiancée singer Keyshia Cole who are suppose to be married later this year in Bora Bora but where able to squeezed in time to grace the cover of the latest issue of Urban Ink Magazine. It’s no secret I’m not a fan at all of this marriage becoming official seeing as Cole can definitely find better and it that better quality happens to call San Antonio home.
Suddenly NBA’s Baron Davis went from being talked about as a fat, lazy, out shape basketball player that was stealing money from the league then all of sudden Los Angeles Clippers owner/racist Donald Sterling trades him to the Cleveland Cavaliers and now everyone has pity for Davis.
But rewind to 2008 and see the Clippers fanbase so excited for his arrival that they even wrote songs about him. Fast forward to now and I’m pretty sure that fanbase has no pity on Davis as he was nothing but a disappointment to them.
Every Thursday Sports Grind Entertainment will present you with the Mama Margie’s Major Meltdown. The recipient of this honor goes to the Los Angeles Clippers and the Los Angeles Lakers for losing to the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Clippers loss to the Cavaliers ended Cleveland’s NBA’s longest losing streak of 26 games. The two time defending NBA champions Lakers lost to the league’s worst team which they had beaten last month by 55-points.
On Thursday, we posted the story of someone creating a website titled didthecavswinlastnight.com for fans to check to see if the Cleveland Cavaliers ended their losing streak. Well the losing streak for the Cavaliers ended at 26 after beating the Los Angeles Clippers so I recommend you give the site another look.
The Cleveland Cavaliers losing streak, the longest in a single season in NBA history, came to an end with a 126-119 overtime win over the Los Angeles Clippers on Friday. Nearly two months after it started, the Cavaliers who had become a national joke, won for the first time since Dec. 18 and just the second time in 38 games, stopped their NBA record skid at 26 games They however had to go an extra five minutes to ensure they didn’t set the mark for the longest skid in pro sports history. They will have to settle with tying the NFL’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers for the worst streak among the four major sports.
Antawn Jamison lead all Cavaliers with 35 points and made the game’s biggest basket, a 3-pointer with 22 seconds left in overtime. However the Cavaliers may have gotten a favorable call at the end of regulation when J.J. Hickson blocked Clippers Baron Davis potential game-winning layup in the final second that could have been called for a possible goal tending.
Clippers forward Blake Griffin, who finished with 32 points and 13 rebounds, said after the game that he believed that was the worst case of home court advantage he’d ever seen. “There’s such a thing as home-court advantage, but that was unbelievable.”
The Cavaliers savored the win by hanging around on the floor before and celebrated as if the had won a playoff game before heading back to the locker room
Someone created a website titled didthecavswinlastnight.com for fans to check to see if the Cleveland Cavaliers ended their losing streak, which currently stands at 26 games. It’s genius for being simple and more importantly to the point.
Every Thursday Sports Grind Entertainment will present you with the Mama Margie’s Major Meltdown. The recipient of this honor goes to the Cleveland Cavaliers for their continued losing streak which now stands at NBA record worst of 26 games. The Cavaliers record setting losing streak even ties them with the NFL’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers for the longest stretch of losing in the four major American pro sports. The Cavaliers are an NBA worst 8-45 and are winless since December 18.