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Will the Real Lebron James Please Stand Up?

Despite Lebron James accumulating over 250,000 followers on Twitter in his first two days of having an account, one huge lesson we have learned out of this year’s NBA free agent circus is this — few people truly know the real Lebron James and the things that motivate him. This might be a worthwhile realization, as clearly the world felt as though they knew Tiger Woods while they believed his golden boy persona. But the regardless of how many articles, tweets, or ESPN interviews revolve around a celebrity athlete, it’s still best to except that the general public (and often the insiders) really know jack about these superstars as people. That being said, the free agent plot thickened substantially today with both Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh committing to the Miami Heat. With this move, the general public finally will get a glimpse of the real James — should the following situations occur.

1) Lebron signs with Cleveland — If Lebron signs with Cleveland, we’ll learn that he is a hometown boy and loyal as shit. Pardon my french. How likely is this to happen? I’d say 10%.

2) Lebron signs with the Knicks — This will tell us that Lebron is all about the money. Sure, he’d have a great new teammate in Amare Stoudemaire, but this flat-out is not his best chance to win. This says, loud and clear, “I want to be the King of New York and make zillions in endorsements.” Likelihood: 20%.

3) Lebron signs with New Jersey — This move says, “I’m receiving millions under the table from the Russian mob.” Likelihood: 5%.

4) Lebron signs with the Clippers — This move says, “I’m a dumbass.” Likelihood: 1%.

5) Lebron signs with Chicago — This is still an option that has been downplayed to some extent. This move would allow Lebron to play with the best, most dynamic point guard in the game — one that will not be taking possessions or shots away from him but will compliment him wonderfully. This move makes pretty decent sense, but I don’t think Lebron wants to live in Michael Jordan’s shadow forever. Likelihood: 24%.

6) Lebron signs with Miami — This move says loud and clear, “I want to win more than anything.” Sure, Wade and Lebron aren’t completely complimentary players, but with that much talent on the floor I think they would win a NBA championship in their first year. This move would show us that Lebron, as Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh have already shown, doesn’t care about money — in terms of his salary. This means that he is A) not greedy or B) intelligent enough to realize that by joining Wade and Bosh in Miami he’ll make zillions of dollars in endorsements anyways. He might even make more money in this scenario than if he was going to New York. Likelihood: 40%.

I know if it was me, I’d be in Miami in a heartbeat. Regardless, the world will be watching tomorrow at 9:00pm. And the world will be learning a lot more about who Lebron James really is.

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You’re the Coach….

If you were Doc Rivers, who would you start tonight in Game 7 of the NBA Finals now that Kendrick Perkins is out — Glen “Big Baby” Davis or Rasheed Wallace?

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Game 6 Review

The Lakers crushed the Celtics last night, in a shallacking that was even worse than the final score. While the Celtics played poorly, give the Lakers credit — they played by far their best game of the Finals.

Game 7 is Thursday night.

I expect the Lakers to take game 7, and for everybody to go gaga over Kobe Bryant as usual. I just don’t see the Celtics pulling this one out. I hope I’m wrong.

The one piece of optimism I have is this — Paul Pierce, Ray Allen, and Kevin Garnett must look at each other sometime before game 7 and say — “Is it really going to end like this?” These players are all approaching the end, and I think they know for sure this is their last chance to win another championship.

So what’s it going to be guys, a huge championship victory to complete your career and ride off into the sunset, or are you going to be just another notch in Kobe Bryant’s belt buckle?

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My Keys to a Celtics Win Tonight

In order……

1) Stay out of foul trouble. If the Celtics are going to win game 6, it’s going to be in a close game — and they are going to need to be able to play free.

2) Establish Paul Pierce as a scorer early. If I was Doc, I’d tell him to go out super aggressive ala game 5. If he’s scoring, he opens up opportunities for everybody else.

3) Do what you’ve been doing on Kobe Bryant — make it tough as hell for him. If he’s going to beat you, he better be making high-degree of difficulty shots.

4) Try to get an early lead — make ’em panic by putting their back up against the wall.

If the Celts can do this (a tall order), #18 will be in the books.

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