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Tuesday, July 17th, 2012 at 9:10 am  |  60 responses

Team USA Rallied Past Brazil Behind LeBron James


The American national hoops squad got off to a tough start against the Brazilians last night, but LeBron James (30 points) turned it up and helped lead the U.S. to victory. From the NY Times: “On Monday night, the Americans had their first true test of this steamy summer in an exhibition game against the Brazilian national team, which features three 6-foot-11 N.B.A. players. Although the United States overcame a shaky start for an 80-69 win in front of President Obama and Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., signs of weakness in the middle were apparent. The Brazilians out-rebounded the Americans by 38-30 and led by as many as 10 points in the first half. The United States had only two blocked shots, and Tyson Chandler, the team’s lone true center, had one rebound in 19 minutes. ‘I was out of position,’ Chandler said. ‘A lot of times we didn’t get bodies because we had two people rotating at the same time, so we let guys free on the glass. We’ve only been together maybe two weeks now. We’re still learning one another and we’re still learning what our defense is about.’ James led the Americans with six rebounds, but Anderson Varejao of Brazil, who plays for the Cleveland Cavaliers, had a game-high 13. [...] Varejao gave Brazil a 27-17 lead, its largest of the game, with 15.9 seconds left in the first quarter. With 3:20 left in the second quarter, the United States took a 30-29 lead after a steal and layup by Chandler. It never trailed again, but it did not lead by more than 14 points, either. Afterward, several of the United States players praised their team’s defense, although Brazil shot 50.9 percent from the floor. At the Olympics in London, the United States will expect contributions in the paint from wing players like James, Kevin Durant and Carmelo Anthony. Otherwise, there could be games that are even closer than Monday night’s.”

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  • jayrose

    So I wonder what all those that say the 2012 team is better than the dream team have to say now.

  • http://www.twitter.com/hurstysyd Hursty

    Interesting that the USA’s strongest position is the 3 spot, while it’s weakest at the 5. Whereas Spain is the total opposite (seemingly). Will know more after Spain plays Australia today.

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    Don’t expect Melo/KD/KB to shoot a combined 9-31 anytime soon.

  • pposse

    its kind of hard watching these games after getting used to the way NBA games are called. At first, I will be watching and wondering why fouls aren’t called (a happy surprise btw), but then i realized these are FIBA RULES. All in favor of FIBA rules in the NBA, say I. I!!

  • OTB

    Lebron was head and shoulders above the rest of the players on the court last night. Kobe and Paul were great on the defensive end, but Lebron is a beast. Kobe looks/plays older by the day…just kept shooting perimeter shots and not even attempting to drive, and made like 1 out of every 7 he took.

  • T-Money

    jayrose – dream team never had to face teams full of nba guys, the awe factor is long gone and now they’re just playing ball. possee – do not want. now i understand why international players struggle so much on defense when they actually ahve to move their feet to stray in front of guys instead of clutching and grabbing. that’s not defense.

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    Speaking of Fiba rules, all the talk about just how phsyical their game is compared to the NBA is BS. There were numerous times last night when petty touch fouls where called on the perimeter. Sounds like a typical NBA game to me.
    The lack of quality refereeing is what fools people into thinking that FIBA is significantly more phsyical than the NBA (similar to College Ball). When you ignore or fail to call obvious fouls on a consistent basis, it tricks the regular fan into thinking that it’s more physical than the NBA.
    Anyone who is watching Summer League knows just how physical the NBA game is.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Jahmai

    Co-sing JTaylor’s comment @ 9:44. Couldn’t have said it better.

  • http://nba.com GP23

    FIBA is basically College Basketball. Pretty much the same rules. Anyway, up next for them is Great Britain. Don’t sleep on those guys, it will be an interesting game.

  • pposse

    i dont kno man, the commentators, and most importantly my own two eyes beg to differ J Taylor. The NBA ballers still got plenty of calls because i felt that they are just athletically superior. When the superior athlete gets a step on the inferior player (brazil) its easy to see the excessive force these guys use to stop the blow by and enticing the ref to blow their whistle. The play underneath was physical, and you can see more of the NBA ballers were reaching in and swiping at the ball. It’s either a) Team USA is playing a lot more physical bc they are undermining the comptetion or b) they are playing more physical because the rules allow for them to do so. I’m going with option b, but option a might be the actual reason. In any case i felt that these past two games have been more physical than any NBA game all year.

  • http://www.twitter.com/_dfrance dfrance21

    Gotta Co-Sign JTaylor. There is a different between physical play and guys straight up getting hammered and no foul being called. It was defintely way more of the latter last night. And you can’t take Mark “I wanna be Stuart Scott so bad” Jones opinion on anything having to do with pro sports.

  • Lance

    I’m a big MJ fan! I’m a big LBJ fan! I’m not sure who would win a 7 game series between the Dream Team and Team USA 2012 but I think 2012 would at least win a game. Thne big difference between the 2 teams are their opponents. The Dream Team played and destroyed a bunch of fanboys. This year’s team is playing against NBA level type talent. They aren’t impessed or in awe of Team USA. They’re playing to win. So the games are going to be way more competitive and closer. Anyway go Team USA!!!

  • http://www.twitter.com/_dfrance dfrance21

    Is it just me, or is CP3′s deliberate style of ball handling painful to watch at times? I wish sometimes he’d just come off the pick and roll in attack mode instead of slowly trying to create a switch or passing angle.

  • thyr

    Marcelo Huertas! the name of the game for Brazil

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    dfrance, I feel you on that one. The guy just hasn’t been the same CP ever since that knee injury. It seems to happen to everyone that suffers through any knee problems/injury. Hopefully it doesn’t affect DRose’s game/aggressiveness.

  • Valkyrie

    Dfrance I’m usually a fan of his ball handling but sometimes I think he carries the ball a bit when he’s looking for a pass, then changes his mind.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    I’ve said this before, but it’s worth repeating.
    FIBA rules are designed to make the game easier for slower players and place a premium on perimeter shooting and ball movement. All of their rules and traditions, like ignoring moving screens, stopping play after made free throws, excessive charges, are designed to give an extra advantage to players who make up for a lack of athletic ability with other skills.
    In contrast, the NBA is designed to maximize the impact of raw athletic ability. NBA rules put a premium on speed, quickness and playing defense and offense a certain type of way.
    You design your game to maximize the product you have, that’s all.

  • http://redoftoothandclaw.ca/ niQ

    Brazil has a pretty strong team still. Barbosa, Nene, Splitter, Varejao all play in the NBA. And that Huertas guy has been bubbling for awhile now.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    JTaylor
    When Paul wanted to hit the jets, he hit the jets. He plays the way he plays because that’s his style, not because of any ailment. He his methodical, it’s why he has only averaged 3 turnovers a game ONCE in his entire career despite averaging between 9-11 assists a game for his entire career.
    That’s an incredible assist to turnover ratio for a guy who dominates the ball the way Paul does. No one else in the League compares, and to get those numbers he tries to control the game as much as possible.
    But his burst is back. Watch him in the open floor.

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    AllenP, he has regained most of his quickness/explosiveness back but it’s plain to see that he’s not the same CP that set the L on fire during the 07-08/08-09 seasons. How many times during the past few seasons has NO/LAC needed the guy to take over offensively and he has refused to do so?
    Would the CP of a couple years back been thoroughly outplayed by TP in the playoffs?

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Well he was hurting in the playoffs, to be honest. And when the Hornets played the Spurs in the second round a few years ago, he didn’t take over that year either, to be honest.
    Paul, in my opinion, has always been more comfortable as a table setter than a player that scores at will. Even when he put up those gaudy numbers, it was him stepping outside of his comfort zone. I think he would much rather give you 18 and 12 than 22 and 10.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Look at his numbers with the Clippers. Two more shots a game and an offense with more pick and rolls and he probably would have duplicated the 22 and 11 he put up in his best years.
    I think people assumed Paul played one way because of the stats, but the reality is he’s always played the same way.

  • http://www.reverbnation.com/tray24 T-Ray

    Man CP3 must be feeling ok the way he was picking pockets last night. Team USA as a whole played sloppy. They need to constantly push the ball because that’s where their strength lays. Too many times in the first and third quarter they walked the ball up the court.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Nick Tha Quick

    Some thoughts from the game
    - Huertas is special. And this wasn’t his best game. He’d struggle in the NBA like many great Euro guards have but outside of the NBA he is probably top 3 PG in the world.
    - It’s about damn time, Lebron just bullied any smaller defender they put on him. No settling for jumpers.
    - I didn’t see it at the time but I can see why USA basketball went with Iggy over Rudy Gay. If Rudy’s offense isn’t going, he tends to disappear. Iggy does a lot more.
    - FIBA allows egregious amounts of hand-checking and contact on the perimeter and the only way to get the call is to embelish it. If you play through it, you suffer. They only call it when the game is out of hand or starts to get chippy.
    - Been a while since we saw the CP3- Chandler connection.

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    The thing is I’m as big a CP fan as anyone on here but I’m not going to sugarcoat sh*t.
    I’ve always compared dude’s playing style/fire to Zeke but that is where the comparison stops. Despite being a great playmaker and being on a talented squad, Isiah knew when it was time to take over (scoring wise) during the playoffs, that is something that has been lacking so far in CP’s career. Even a cat like Magic, who was always thinking pass first, had a better sense of the moment and when to start looking for “his” than CP does.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    I think Paul was always a more athletically gifted John Stockton but because he wasn’t he right color, people never realized that.
    Deron has always been more in line with Isiah’s style of play, but he lacks the crazy quickness that Isiah had.
    Paul got compared to Isiah because he was small and quick. But he has been more pass first like Stockton.

  • pposse

    @AllenP, in the case of the NBA, there are no “slow” ball players. Everyone in the league are a top 200 worldwide as far as basketball players are concerned. Shouldn’t the league place a premium on ball movement and perimeter shooting? Isn’t that what basketball is all about, is that not what H.S coaches and college coaches teach their kids on a daily basis? This certain type of way to play defense in the NBA is not consistent with the way people actually play defense whether it be on the playground, in H.S or even college. The game was maximized in the 80′s and 90′s when the FIBA rules mirrored the NBA rules. Also, this goes out for everyone cosigning AllenP, if the NBA is designed to maximize raw atheltic ability, then I can totally understand why LBJ is the best baller in the league (i agree with), HOWEVER, as far as raw athletic ability goes and if this is best suited for the NBA then there should be no question that a pre ACL torn D Rose is the second best baller in the league. Easily his “raw athletic ability” have him beating CP3 as a player and or pg, its not like D Rose or a RW are 20 pts lower as far as basketball iq goes against CP. If this is the case, Russell Westbrook should be considered a better player/pg than CP too. This all sounds a little hypocritical to me.

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    I think it’s a mix of both. Even though the NBA game revolves around world-class athleticism, you still have your dead-eye shooters like Ray, Dirk, KD, KLove (just to name a few) that are great players in their own right.
    Also, LeBron would still be the best player on the planet if he played for Barcelona.

  • Valkyrie

    Non-athletic players such as Dirk, Duncan, and KLove have done and will continue to do well in the league. Athleticism alone isn’t what the league values.

  • pposse

    all three of the guys you mentioned are either 7 feet or near there. The athletic players u are referring to are all shorter than them, these guys naturally have a higher reach which benefits the individual in any sport, basketball being one of them.

  • Jerome

    Lebron should go play for Barcelona.

  • Jerome

    Any team would be in awe of the Dream Team. They had (Laetner aside) top 3 players at every position – all-time. Hands down the best team ever.

  • http://nba.com GP23

    The league values everything, whether that be athleticism, shooting, defense, passing, rebounding etc. It’s all highly respected anywhere in the world.
    Now, look at Larry Bird -
    Couldn’t run
    Couldn’t jump
    Wasn’t quick
    Could barely dunk the ball
    And yet… He is a legend, (the GOAT in some people’s eyes)
    His teammates said Larry just out-thought everybody on the court.

  • IndyB

    Co-sign GP23. Ricky Rubio is going to be a stud, and he’s not that athletic. Same with Stephen Curry if he can stay healthy. Bibby in his hey day wasn’t really athletic, just quick. Parker is quick but I wouldn’t say he’s really athletic.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    PPosse
    I think the Euro style rewards you for being slow and makes the game easier for you. The NBA punishes you for not being athletically gifted.
    Because the Euro style makes it easier to hold grab and bump, it places a premium on getting shots without having to play individually.
    But individual greatness is what fans love about the NBA. It’s why the League barred zone defense for so long.
    The NBA has always been about balancing the ideas of individual greatness and teamwork. We understand that teamwork is important, but we also understand that individual greatness is almost equally important. The League is constantly tweaking it’s rules to deal with that reality. The Euro League has gone in a different direction. That’s also why most of those Leagues are dominated by one or two rich teams who sign all the best players.

  • http://www.slamonline.com 19821982

    Fanboys? The majority of the teams in Olympic basketball are garbage compared to the top teams. Like Bobcats garbage – that’s just the way the talent is stacked, it’s not a knock as much as it is a comment about international ball. The top teams played the Dream Team as hard as they could – except at every single position 92 had stars for starters and stars for backups, and stars who barely played. Tyson is the lone center and he got 1 board. Scottie Pippin could have done a better job.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Who said the League only values athleticism?
    I said the rules are geared towards rewarding athletic players. That’s what illegal defense rules do, they reward individual brilliance at the expense of team concept. Zone defenses allow teams to overcome the individual brilliance of a player through teamwork and scheming on defense. For decades the NBA was against that idea, and even now it only allows certain types of zones. In Euro ball, they allow the exact same zones you see in the NCAA, which means lower scoring games and less dunks at the rim.
    They don’t have the same clear path fouls, which means teams regularly stop breakaway dunks by just fouling people. The NBA wants more dunks, so it establishes a stiff penalty for clear path fouls.
    The charge rules are different, the NBA doesn’t allow bumping and grinding on the perimeter to encourage more drives to the rim and exciting plays. Because that’s what it’s players do better than anyone else in the world.
    It’s not all about athletic ability, but clearly the NBA recognizes what it’s fans enjoy and what it has a surfeit of.

  • pposse

    GP23 the league now is not what it was back in the 80′s..the league in the 80′s have rules that are more similar to todays FIBA rules. I do agree with you that Larry Legend did “out think” the opposition, but that part of the game is extremely undermined and undervalued in the league today. If you make it harder to score and give a level playing field for all the ballers, then maybe you would see guys that are “out thinking” the defense etc. Nowadays, your considered smart by the way you can draw a foul call, or how you adjust from a pick and roll to a slip screen. Back in Birds days, he was considered smarter than the next baller cause he learned how to use the opposing defenders aggression against him which i considere to be completely different.

  • http://nba.com GP23

    Athletic prowess = $
    High-flying Dunks, Fast-break lay-ups, windmills, reverse lay-ups, And1s… all this stuff equates to viewer interest, which therefore amounts to higher ratings, and then the league generates more money.
    It’s as simple as that.

  • pposse

    Thats cool and i do agree that most fans do enjoy the style of ball playing that is shown right now in the NBA. BUT, this will surely come to an end. Sooner or later, most observers will realize that this is still just basketball, and the game will not evolve nor will these players. There are only so many ways to split double teams or dunk a basketball. I dont think people are understanding the rules which are all geared towards spectacular offensive plays, are also destroying the record books. These great athletes/basketball players of the past are now easily written off because a lot of guys use stats to base their arguments off of (ie: who is the best baller, who is the best pg, who is the best center etc.) I am not much of a stat guy, but don’t the stat’s say that Dwight is comparable to Shaq at this point in their careers?! Atleast with the FIBA rules now, if implemented into the NBA rule book, the stat issue should be resolved and records preserved until the truly great trancendiary players break them. This is why i am saying that there is no question that the better baller is D Rose right now as opposed to CP. There is no question his athleticism and scoring ability is more in tune to what this league is geared towards. So much so, that any bball IQ, assisting advantages that CP may have over D Rose is null and void.

  • pposse

    I think people will be just as interested if not more, if these guys genuinely do not like each other. After clawing and grabbing at someone’s arms for a whole game/ series, this will be the result and you and me as fans will like it just as much. It will give more hardcore fans stuff to debate too/heated arguments etc etc. This is all near sighted, in due time the handchecking will come back mark my words!

  • http://slamonline.com Datkid

    If the league was just geared toward athleticism and dunks shannon brown would be a top 5 pg lmao. pposse I don’t understand why, athleticism aside you think D.rose is more suited to this league? who’s stats are better w/ worse teammates? who passes better? who shoots better? who defends/gets more steals? When fully healthy D.rose hasn’t taken his team any farther than cp3 has. The only real thing D.rose has over cp3 is that mvp award and paul arguably should’ve one an mvp in 07/08. Paul’s other advantages more than make up for the fact that he’s less athletic than D.rose.

  • Cole

    I think Chris Paul and LeBron were the difference makers in the game, other than obviously LeBron. When they were down like 9 early on and Kobe and CP got subbed in, they just broutght so much defensive intensity and calmed down the offense. I’ve rarely seen Kobe defend on ball how he did last night, but he’s always capable of it.

  • pposse

    Too big too fast too strong, there is no comparison, there would only be one if hand checking was allowed so the playing field was level for CP3 lol. If you do not think that if d rose was healthy he would be starting on the Olympic team then you are just crazy. How about we do winning percentages, did you compare those stats? There was no argument on who the MVP in 2011 was, it was D Rose hands down. Mind you, he received that award in between a whole bunch of MVP’s that were won by the best player in the L. D Rose definately has the tools to be a great defender, he just plays within the system cause he is a coach’s son type. Rose’s defensive assignment is to move the pg side to side or towards the baseline, not d up one on one like cp3 does. Maybe if hand checking was legal you would really see what type of defender that d rose is and can be (a beast). This is no indictment on CP that he plays bad D, but its quite evident he can’t guard d rose. In head to head battles who OWNS who? Please stop blaming teammates on this, there are maybe 200 NBA ballers in the league right now, and I dont see anyone willing to put Carlos Boozer, NOah or Deng in the top 20, hell maybe even top 30. If you think there is that much separation between #30 to #200 in the league then go ahead and think that, but thats ridiculous. He as not advantage, and i dont know what to tell you other than if u replace d rose with any other star on any other team they will not be worse off.

  • pposse

    and what about this past year? Your acting like the Clippers are a bunch of side show freaks who can’t hoop. Wasn’t Blake Griffin on team USA? Was anyone other than D Rose considered to the USA team? Who had the better record? And yes, Rose did not play the whole season, however have you ever heard of the term “Lebron-fidence” – thats the confidence factor the whole Cav’s team had when playing with Lebron, hence the reason that sorry team was winning 60 + games. The same holds true with Rose and the confidence he brings his teammates. Either way, i got a little off topic, the only point i wanted to make is that the FIBA rules NEED to be implemented into the NBA soon! It needs to happen, or the next thing we know one of these guys (JR Smith) will attempt to do a cartwheel dunk in a half court set and the NBA game will start to precede Barnum and Baileys new circus act. The players, gm’s, you all need to understand that this is a grown mans game!

  • Valkyrie

    PPosse, you and Redd kill me with trying to convince the rest of the world that Rose is the best player on the planet. Yet again, another Rose guy is trying to turn the entire convo into a bunch of Rose essays. You really think that the things Rose has no control over (natural born athleticism and size, plus his talented teammates) make him better than a guy who does damn near everything else better than him? They are point guards; their most important duties at the position involve passing and initiating offense. CP does those things better. Rose scores more. We get it. Rose’s team also did quite well without him. CP’s teams generally aren’t good without him. No one here is hating and these opinions are objective. You’ve got to realize that.

  • pposse

    hey Valkyrie, how were the chicago bulls against the sixers inthe first round of the playoffs without rose? Please refer to the comment above. The most important duty of any bball player is to win, not shoot, pass dribble, dunk, WIN..thats what its about.

  • Valkyrie

    BTW, DRose flat out won the head to head battle last year. One game, one season. And you can’t bring up win percentages, and then discount the fact that The Bulls’ won at pretty much the same rate without him.

  • Valkyrie

    That’s one series in the playoffs. Now the regular season doesn’t count? Ok, you want to talk about playoffs, talk about CP leading the Hornets to a near upset of the Lakers. His team wasn’t nearly as talented as the Bulls.

  • Valkyrie

    The most important job of any player at any position is to win. That doesn’t mean that their ability to perfrom specific tasks at their designated position is irrelevant.

  • pposse

    lets talk playoffs then, what happened when CP was on the ‘best’ team he has ever been on? 4-0 sweep? Really? Against another top tier pg? Really? Did D Rose EVER get swept out of the playoffs?! I am being objective here, win percentage does count, and great players have an aura, kind of how like Charlie Murphy described Prince on Chappelles show; hence the reason the chicago bulls has confidence to do damage. CP NEVER beat D rose, not once in the last 4 years fam, not just last year. CP got swept, when facing another top tier pg in the game, that will never happen with D Rose.

  • Valkyrie

    You are really using their loss to the Spurs as why Rose is better? The best team in the league last season? Parker outplayed him, but the Clips didn’t have a shot even with CP playing well. I know this is hard for you to understand with the Rose myth you’ve built in your head, but one player cannot beat a great team. I’m not into predictions or hypotheticals so I won’t entertain yours, but I have no faith that switching Rose and Paul will yield the same results with Rose playing on those teams. The Bulls might have the same or better success tho. The Bulls beat the Hornets four years, as they should have being the deeper more talented team. Rose has not outplayed Paul for four years. I hope you understand the difference. He got in a battle or two, but no he has not outplayed Paul for four years.

  • pposse

    one player, albeit they have to be great, can win you one game out of a 7 game series. c’mon dog, i like CP, but are you really going to tell me that its okay for a player of his caliber (or how you want to rate him) can’t win one game out of seven against any team in the league?? and your accusing me of not being objective?

  • Valkyrie

    Ask me this after you realize how dominant the Spurs were last season. I have zero confidence that Rose and the Bulls would definitely not get swept in a four game series with the Spurs last season. I have zero confidence that if you switch Paul and Rose the results against the Spurs would be different. And yes I am being objective since Paul is neither my favorite pg, nor have I ever rooted for the Hornets or Clippers. That’s what it means to have an objective opinion.

  • pposse

    just because i root for someone does not have any effect if i am objective or not. Seeing as how D Rose handled Tony Parker in San Antonio last year in the regular season, yes i have full confidence that D Rose would have NOT gotten swept. Valk, just look at the head to head matchups with D Rose and any other elite PG. He gets up for those games, and have winning percentages against them ALL; this is not just from last year, these winning percentages pertain to his career. Other than Rondo, i would think he has the better numbers as well. I believe if d rose played with Griffin, Caron Butler etc. they would have definately won a game, and maybe even the series. There is no excuse for getting swept, the best player on that team should take the critisism. Nobody is willing to do that for CP tho, he gets way too many passes nowadays!

  • Valkyrie

    You have a biased opinion my dude. Explain this to me: According to you, when the Bulls keep winning in the regular season without Rose, it doesn’t matter because it’s just the regular season. When they lose to a lesser team in the playoffs it’s because the playoffs are so much more important. So how all of the sudden can you use one single regular season game to determine the Bulls couldn’t get swept in the playoffs by a veteren championship caliber team who were the best in the league? I love that you ride for your team, but you know you’re biased when you keep switching up your logic by whom it favors.

  • Valkyrie

    And btw, the chances of them winning the series would be close to none. Rose at his best almost got swept by Miami last season. Chris Paul has already proven he can do something with lesser talent around him. Through no fault of his own, we have yet to find that out with Rose. His playing style makes me lean against it.

  • pposse

    My earlier post said d rose gives his team confidence just like lbj did for the cavs..if your a cavs guy this is known as ‘lebron-fidence’ I don’t have a name for the confidence factor that d roses prescence has on the chi bulls, but if you have been watching chicago then this is evident. That’s why in the reg season we were still good, cause all the guys on the team knew d rose was coming back. When he tore the acl that was it, the confidence the swagger all gone, that’s what happens when you lose a superstar. And I am not using one game, I reiterate this point again..d rose has winning percentages against all top pgs in the game. You can say miami almost swept us but they didn’t and all those games came down to the fourth, that was def not the case wit clips and spurs

  • IndyB

    The Bulls have winning percentages against teams with other point guards. That does not mean he outplayed each of those team’s point guards in every head to head matchup. That’s patently false. He has a talented team. Don’t compare Lebron carrying the Cavs to Rose carrying the Bulls because Lebron with the Bulls cast might’ve taken the Spurs to 7 games in ’04.

  • http://www.slamonline.com SayWhat!

    Lebron James showed why he deserved to be the MVP of the last season and the Finals.

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