Tuesday, August 14th, 2012 at 9:10 am  |  58 responses

Pat Riley: Olympic Gold Completes LeBron’s ‘Tremendous Turnaround’

What a year it’s been for LeBron James. He won his third regular season MVP, finally captured the elusive Larry O’Brien Trophy, was named Finals MVP, and won his second Olympic gold medal. After Team USA’s victory against Spain, Miami Heat President Pat Riley was both relieved and happy for James. Riley, who has been somewhat of a father figure to LeBron, has watched James grow from an at-times confused young man into one of the best leaders, and champions, in the NBA. From the South Florida Sun Sentinel: “‘I think both Micky and I had a great sigh of relief that he got through the Olympics without getting hurt or anything happening and also winning the gold medal,’ Riley said of the thoughts of himself and Heat owner Micky Arison. ‘It just sort of completes a tremendous turnaround for him. He did it, and he did it by looking at himself in the eye, looking in the mirror, taking stock of what it was that he may not have done last year, on the court, off the court, and this year he had a perfect run. We’re happy for him. We love him to death, obviously.’”

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  • ByAnyMeansNecessary

    Best year since Jordan in 92.

  • onlytheflyest

    Lebron’s the man hate it or love it its just facts.

  • http://www.newyorkshockexchange.com Shock Exchange

    Memorizing the Shock Exchange’s “Lebron Rules … Keys to Stopping LeBron James” completed LeBron’s turnaround.

  • http://www.fullc0urtpress.com KHOLIDAY

    Shout out to Lebron. He had an incredible year! Hopefully ppl at least respect this man’s game. You dont have to love em, or like him for that matter, but you gotta respect him. He is, hands down, the best player on the planet!

  • Da-Meat-Hook

    realgm.com has an article about the 2016 Olympics considering 3-on-3 basketball as a new event. How crazy is that?!

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

    Only the second player to grab all 4 of those pieces of hardware (MVP, Finals MVP, NBA Championship, Olympic Gold Medal) in the same season (Jordan being the first). Tremendous achievement. Congratulations to him.

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

    Kind of amazing at his size and the way that he plays how durable he is. Went all the way to the Finals in 2011, did a summer basketball tour, went all the way to the Finals in 2012, then the Olympics without a significant injury or drop off in quality of play.

  • mask

    Shout out to Bosh and Wade for making LeBron seem so great, and the olympic team 2012. When your a freak of nature playing with future hall of famers all the time your gonna look damn good.

  • luv2ball

    Chris Bosh anD DWade helped a lot in the Indiana and Boston series.

  • yc

    @mask god… just give the man his dues already

    congrats. great achievment indeed!

  • Mo

    @ mask – I know, he didnt really look to great playing in Cleveland as well huh?? Fu*k outta here with that silly talk.

  • Da-Meat-Hook

    Well said, luv2ball.

    @ mask, your “playing with future hall of famers all the time making you look good” argument also applies to Kobe, MJ, Magic, Zeke, Bird, Doc, Walt, Wilt, Russell, and just about every other all-time legend. I guess they weren’t that great either, right?

  • http://Slamonline.com Kanard Green

    @mask- Um there is no way Chris Bosh is going to be a future HOFer.

  • the truth

    I’m glad y’all went in on mask cause i was about to lol


    kanard green let’s forget the future and look at the past
    career average
    - 20 ppg 9 rpg 2 apg 1 bpg on 49% from the field(mostly jumpers) and 30% from deep
    - 7 time all star
    - nba champion
    yeah he probably won’t go to the hof

  • kobe

    @mask i think you should do yourself a favor and never watch basketball again. You obviously don’t know how the greats win

  • http://www.slamonline.com Redd

    If Lebron wins it again this year, you pretty much are a pure fake NBA fan. Then even I can’t deny he’s ready to be talked about amongst the greatest. He won one, I give him full credit. But I don’t put him up as a great yet.

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    Lebron year was not even close to MJ, like real ESPN anlysts have been saying. He won a ring and a gold medal. Stop it, people. Lebron cannot hold Kobe jockstraps yet. He has one ring. Lets see him get 3 or more, then we talk.

  • http://www.slamonline.com L.E.

    AAAhhh Seed. We all know that the only one holding Kobe’s jockstrap is you.
    Nobody on slam will argue about that.
    Stop thinking, that because Kobe got five rings he is better than anybody else not having that much.
    I said it to you before. Basketball is way to complex to and a team sport, to give all the credit for five rings to just one player. You need luck to have the right coaches,teammates a good system to play…
    Kobe has been that lucky twice in his career, when he won his five titles, but we also saw, that even him couldn’t win with mediocre teams, when shaq left and Pau hadn’t arrived.

  • bike

    It wasn’t a ‘turnaround’. It was inevitable destiny.
    LeBron has the potential to be the G.O.A.T.

  • mask

    I wont give LeBron the respect he deserves b/c he didnt give Cleveland the respect they deserved. He coulda just said i want to be around hot weather, hot women, bigger market, for less money. No he didnt have the balls. We are owners of the worst losing streak EVER b/c this guy.He is vain and just wants the sweetest life he can get in the NBA. He wants all-star teammates (Bosh is def a future HOF they wouldnt have gotten through Boston w/o him). Olympic Golds (which we woulda won w/o him) and Big Markets and expensive signature shoes and all that BS that makes it that much harder to forget about him before he dies. I DONT CARE HOW GOOD HE IS AND I WONT BE THE FIRST TO SAY THIS********F-CK LeBRON!!!!!!

  • esonba

    haters gonna hate. he 27 ballin out his mind and aint got a worry in the world this upcoming season. he will be even greater in the future. im not saying that he will, but it is possible he can catch MJ and thats a true fact. I hope he does as a fan and id love to see him pass him. now before all the morons go on attack mode i said he has the possibility and the potential to. now what MJ accomplished as a career is legendary. but id love to see lj be the one to pass them all. child hood to now is already a blockbuster movie documentary. Keep Ballin LJ. Heat Nation stand up

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Oh, so I see. Him wanting the sweetest professional life is worse than Cleveland fans wanting the sweetest fan life they could have. Cool.
    You’re the owners of the worst losing streak because Gilbert tanked to get Kyrie. And he was successful. Be happy man.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Cleveland deserved respect? After they treated Zydrunas Ilgauskas with the utmost? right? f*ck outta here. no team deserves anything from any player. Especially if that player is the only reason they were even relevant. And is still the only reason they get any national attention. F*ck Cleveland, their stupid ass owner, and delusional fans. Y’all are the worst.

  • esonba

    ditto nbk. you speaketh the trutheth!!!! let them bums have it. they dont deserve nothing betta

  • http://www.slamonline.com nbk Troll

    ^ COSIGN NBK!!! F*ck Toronto TOO

  • bike

    LeBron didn’t want anything different than any other nba player. They all want the sweet life. The difference was he is the caliber of player that can get it.

  • luv2ball

    LBJ got respect from the Cleveleand front office when he asked for help and they gave him a 40 y/o Shaq, Antwan Jamison (who I love as a third option), and fake All-Star Mo Williams? But I get it, Lebron is the reason the Browns, and Indians suck. He is also the reason Terrell Prior left Ohio State early.

    I love Kobe, but truth be told, when Kobe had a team comparable to the ones LBJ had in Cleveland. Kobe’s teams did not make it to the ECF or the finals, and he didn’t win multiple MVP’s. Kobe had HOF, coach, players, and an organization that was behind him. Hell, Kobe whined when his teams were crappy. Lebron happily made Cleveland its most relavant since Ehlo, Price, Daugherty, Harper, and Nance. Lebron left in a messed up way, but “the Decision” also gave 2 million to the boys and girls club.

    The only players that I can remember that led teams as sorry as Cleveland to deep playoff runs are AI, and the year Jordan went to play baseball and Pippen had them a Hugh Hollins call away from the ECF.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Redd


  • http://www.newyorkshockexchange.com/content/view/424/37/ Shock Exchange

    luv2ball You droppin’ 110° in the shade on here Hoss – pure heat.

  • 23

    mask, oh yeah lebron didnt respect the cavs franchise at all. especially when he dragged them to the finals. or when he became their first multiple mvp winner. or when he became their all time leading scorer. and bosh def is the reason lebron beat boston. it had nothing to do with lebrons monster game in boston facing elimination… and wade really put in his part against indy right??? when he was scoring under 20ppg???? f u mask. next time your gonna watch an nba game, press mute and open your eyes. idiot.

  • 23

    mask, oh yeah lebron didnt respect the cavs franchise at all. especially when he dragged them to the finals. or when he became their first multiple mvp winner. or when he became their all time leading scorer. and bosh def is the reason lebron beat boston. it had nothing to do with lebrons monster game in boston facing elimination… and wade really put in his part against indy right??? when he was scoring under 20ppg???? f u mask. next time your gonna watch an nba game, press mute and open your eyes. idiot….

  • LA Huey

    I feel bad for “die hard” fans of sh*tty teams. Instead of doing the smart thing by withdrawing their support for a subpar product and place their energy elsewhere, they just hate everyone else that has a good thing going.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    ^Sounds like racists.

  • http://slamonline.com Kanard Green

    @MUBWAR How is Chris a HOFer? He only led his Toronto team to 1 or 2 playoff appearances I believe and when has the guy ever been on an all-NBA first, second, or even third team? He doesn’t have an MVP, no scoring titles, no defensive player of the year award or anything! And his highest point total in his career is 24.0 points per game! That does not scream HOF to me.

  • http://slamonline.com Kanard Green

    And the ONLY way he gets in because of how many rings he gets in Miami. Other than that, definately not HOF.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Chris Bosh’s HOF status completely hinders on the continued success of the Heat. If he’s the 3rd best player on a team that wins 3 or more titles, he’s probably a hall of famer. As just a player, he’s a good Power Forward but not a hall of famer by any stretch. F*cking Bernard King isn’t in the Hall. Chris Bosh ain’t getting there without multiple rings.

  • http://slamonline.com Kanard Green

    @nbk Thank you! Finally somebody agrees with me!

  • mask


  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    just tellin it how it is my dood

  • http://slamonline.com Kanard Green

    Lol and I’m glad you did bro. Chris is a good powerforward, but he just hasn’t accomplished enough in his career minus the ring of course.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Definitely. Unless the player is transcendent anyway, you can never call them a future Hall of Famer after 8 seasons. That doesn’t make any sense, if you are at all aware of what it typically takes to get inducted.

  • luv2ball

    If it took Dominique, Chris Mullin, and Reggie Miller until their second ballot to get in the HOF, Chris Bosh may, and I mean may, be a third ballot HOF’er.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    no, not at this point. Right now, he’s not a hall of famer. period.
    .Bernard King
    .Sidney Moncrief
    .Spencer Haywood
    .George McGinnis
    .Kevin Johnson
    Not in the hall of fame. All, better players than Chris Bosh. Not even close.

  • Lyona

    Pat, Don Haskins make a “tremendous turnaround” to you and the racist of Rupp.

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    I actually agree with nbk, Chris Bosh is not a HOFamer right now, and to me will never be one. Heat could win 4 straight rings with Chris Bosh averaging 15pts and 10rebounds and he is still not a Hall of Famer.

  • http://slamonline.com Kanard Green

    I agree with you The Seed and nbk. By the way nbk, where did you get that list of players that are not in the HOF? I didn’t know Kevin Johnson did not get in! He was a beast for a little guy.

  • http://www.slamonline.com nbk

    My brain?


    in 2007 he actually made the 2nd team and was snub the 2009/10 season after after averaging 24 and 11. Blake Griffin mean while is on the second team this past season posting 20 and 10.5 somehow ahead of lamarcus aldridge and melo

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  • Bernie

    Thunder up

  • http://www.slamonline.com Chinese Oppenheimer

    Kobe’s poor record against Lebron won’t change, buddy. Bosh Bron Wade > Kobe Pau Howard.

  • http://slamonline.com The Philosopher

    Shout out @nbk going in…

  • http://slamonline.com Datkid

    cosign nbk,23,and luv2ball, LBJ put his heart and soul into cleaveland… and didn’t even get decent teammates in return. there’s nothing wrong with wanting help basketball is a team sport. and if they aren’t willing to provide that help then someone else is. Cleaveland has only one person to blame for that losing streak… and that’s that horrible front office. now stop crying about it on the internet.

  • http://slamonline.com The Philosopher

    Barry Sanders…

  • Da-Meat-Hook

    I can see where both nbk and Mubwar are coming from. Chris Bosh is only 28, with probably a good 4 to 5 very productive seasons left. With 2 more rings(not unreasonable) and 3 more all-star appearances(also possible), he could potentially finish his career as a 10 time all-star with 3 rings averaging 20/9. Is he a better individual talent than KJ, Bernard, or Sydney? No way! But the HOF tends to reward players who are on teams that make history. If Miami can be that type of team, I can see Bosh sneaking in as that elite 3rd option. Again, I’m not suggesting that Bosh as a talent is a sure fire HOFer, but 3 more all-star appearances and he’d retire with more rings (1) and equal all-star appearances (10) to Reggie and Mullin (both HOFers) combined.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    nbk Troll just loves to throw shots at Toronto/Canada, LOL. Gotta respect that persistence… Still better than Baltimore though.

  • RKJ92

    Yo Fxck that troll TORONTO STAND UP!!! 416 born and raised!!!