Why LeBron Joining The Heat Is Good For Kobe & The NBA

Chris Bosh, Dwayne Wade, & LeBron James. Photo: NBA.com
Chris Bosh, Dwayne Wade, & LeBron James. Photo: NBA.com

Chris Bosh, Dwayne Wade, & LeBron James. Photo: NBA.com

It was in July that Lebron James announced he was" taking his talents to South Beach" making enemieseverywhere withhis decision.  It's a decision that he needs to live with and the only way to do it is to dominate.  Easier said than done however.

"Did you hear that Lebron James is getting his own I-Phone?  The phone will only be able to vibrate though?  Why?  Just like Lebron, it has no rings."

We all heard the joke.  Now, what will Lebron do about it?

I said he made enemies and he made them everywhere.  In Cleveland, in Chicago, in New York, In Orlando, and even in Los Angeles.  The defending champions feel disrespected.  All the attention on Lebron, Chris Bosh, and Dwayne Wade when they have not won anything yet.  However, the move is actually good for Kobe.  Why?

The Los Angeles Lakers along withthe Boston Celtics are beloved franchises..and also the most hated.  That day in July, both teams became less hated.  The Lakers were now  baby faces.  A friend of mine who hates the Lakers with a passion says he will be rooting for the Lakers when they play the Heat on Christmas day and other games.  I am not sure everyone who plays in the Lakers division feels the same way.

Kobe Bryant & The Los Angeles Lakers Celebrate. Photo: AP Photo/David J. Phillip

Kobe's arrogance is now seen as part of his game.  His love.  His determination for it.  The NBA wants to see Kobe and the Lakers knock off the Heat.  Well, aside from the South Florida area.  Last year at this time?  Lakers were hated.  Here they were bringing in thug Ron Artest and the decision did not sit well with Laker faithful.  Kobe along with Phil Jackson and GM Mitch Kupcheck said they brought Artest to handle the Celtics.  I thought it was BS but in the end, Artest was the one who put the nail in the coffin against the Suns and then stepped up in Game 7 to beat the Celtics in the NBA Finals.

Everyone was expecting a Cavs/Lakers match-up in the Finals, with the Cavs taking the 2 regular season games against the Lakers.  I knew it was not meant to be.  How?  In a regular season game against the Celtics, the Cavs had a 20+ point lead going into the 4th quarter.  They lost by 10 to an aging Celtics team that had no business winning.  They had what Lebron lacked then and that was the heart of a champion.  I got flack for that comment but guaranteed that the Cavs would not make it to the NBA Finals.  They didn't.

Lebron still has yet to show me he has heart or even a heart of a champion.  He said it flat out in Sports Illustrated that he hates the "pressure of taking the last shot" and is relieved "that Wade will be the go to guy at the end of the game."  Doesn't sound like heart to me. 

The NBA has a true team to root against right now in the Heat.  The Celtics will be their main rivals and the Lakers the pot of gold at the end of their journey if they actually can make it. 

Last season, I did not watch a single game until the NBA Finals.  I did not care.  I knew what was going to happen.  Until the Finals.  The Celtics had heart and were not going to lay down for the Lakers.  The regular season was boring to me.  This season?  Not so much.  I plan on watching the Lakers get their rings tonight.  I didn't do that last year.  Again, I did not care.

This season, I do care.  I will follow every Laker game and from time to time, check my Blackberry to see who I am rooting for against the Heat.-Dr.FB


LeBum James Needs To Take A Seat

Lebron James. File Photo
Lebron James. File Photo

Lebron James. File Photo

I am going to say it; I never liked Lebron James.  There was something about him that just rubbed me the wrong way.  Last week, he gave me a reason to not like him so I don't feel guilty for my feelings.

Let's be real here; we all knew that Lebum was not going to resign with Cleveland or else he would have done it last year when a huge offer was on the table.  This was planned since at least 2006 with Dwayne Wade, Chris Bosh, and Lebum.  They all signed deals in 2007 to be free agents in 2010 with hopes of playing somewhere together.

The NBA says they will look into player tampering and Marc Cuban, the owner of the Dallas Mavericks, is hoping David Stern takes off the kid gloves with this situation. 

Los Angeles Laker free agent Derek Fisher met with the Heat on Saturday and Lebum was there to greet him and ask him to join the darkside....at least i think that is what he asked.

My sources say Fisher has no intention of signing with the Heat, but is letting the Lakers know he has options and to stop low-balling him in contract negotiations. 

My advice to Lebum is to start laying low and let this blow over.  That being said, the Heat are going to get a LOT of coverage over the upcoming NBA season.  Expect TNT to carry a lot of games.  Expect a Christmas game between the Heat and the Cavs in Cleveland.  They are going to be the team that everyone is going to root against.   Kind of like the Dallas Cowboys in the NFL.  People may not have a favorite team but they tune in just to root against them and that means ratings.

Note to Jerry Jones.  I love the Dallas Cowboys.

So for now, Lebum, take a seat, somewhere.  Maybe on South Beach.  Maybe in your new Villa in Miami.  But for a while, please go away.  Either that, or I am going to have to talk about you and seriously, I hate talking about you more than I hate talking about Lindsay Lohan.-Dr.FB


After DUI Arrest & Releases, Charles Barkley Stays Silent

Is Charles Smiling Now?  File Photo
Is Charles Smiling Now?  File Photo

Is Charles Smiling Now? File Photo

Sir Charles Barkley was arrested new years eve in Arizona for a DUI.  If only Charles was silent then as he was now, he might not be so much lighter in the pockets.

Charles started talking to the officers about a girl was around the corner that gives the best oral sex ever.  He went on and on about it, maybe thinking the cops would be cool about it, but they were not.  They arrested him and released him a little bit later.

There even appeared footage of a woman waiting around the corner, looking like either a hooker or street walker, or both. 

After the results came back that he was drunk and twice the legal limit of Arizona state law, TNT suspended Charles for several weeks.  T-Mobile waited a little while longer, but then let Charles go from his commercial deal.  Wonder what Dwayne Wade thinks.  Well, actually he has his hands full with an ex-wife and STD claims.  But that is another story.

So what did Charles teach us? If you get drunk and the officer says you have the right to remain silent, maybe you just should.-Dr.FB