February 5, 2003 |
SORRY, IT'S hard for me to shed any tears over the recent exile from high school basketball of LeBron James, a senior at St. Vincent-St. Mary's in Akron, Ohio, and the best scholastic basketball player in the nation. The Ohio High School Athletic Association not only had the right to strip him of his amateur status, but an obligation to do so for the thousands of other high school athletes in this country. When James accepted $845 worth of retro jerseys from a clothing store, he should have known that he was forfeiting the rest of his high school career.
January 8, 2013
LeBron James scored 24 points, and the Miami Heat had a rebounding edge for a change on Sunday to beat the woeful Washington Wizards, 99-71. The host Heat, beaten on the boards by a total of 38 rebounds over the previous three games, this time enjoyed a 50-39 advantage. Udonis Haslem led them with 12 rebounds, and Chris Bosh had nine. James extended his streaks of scoring at least 20 points to 32 consecutive games this season, and 53 in a row including last year's playoff run. Elsewhere: Kemba Walker had 20 points and Ben Gordon added 18 points as the Charlotte Bobcats beat the Detroit Pistons 108-101 in overtime in Auburn Hills, Mich., for just their second win in 21 games.
May 15, 2003 |
High school basketball star Le-Bron James selected Aaron Goodwin as his agent. The decision comes a week before 13 NBA teams hope to land James in the draft lottery. Goodwin, who represents Milwaukee Bucks guard Gary Payton, was expected to be the choice. Still, the announcement ended a nearly 2-year courtship by sports agents trying to sign an 18-year-old client who soon will be worth millions. James, who starred at St. Vincent-St. Mary in Akron, Ohio, will forgo college in order to enter the NBA. Goodwin first saw James play in an AAU game 2 years ago and has been part of his inner circle for some time.
February 19, 2011 |
He leaves basketball fans gasping in awe. But will he have the same effect on moviegoers? That's the question on Hollywood execs' minds now that NBA superstar LeBron James is about to star in his first feature film. E! News says the Miami Heat megastar will play a basketball superstar (natch) in producer Brian Grazer 's Ballers . (Could there be a more awful title?) E! says it's about "a group of guys who attend adult basketball camp," whatever that means. Tyson, movie star . . . In other sports-superstar-turned-thesp news, Maxim mag says Mike Tyson 's film career is flourishing.
September 18, 2009 |
TATTLE HAS always thought there was a problem with basketball players in movies - basketball players are vertical; movie screens are horizontal. Oh, yeah, and they can't act. Yet the legends of the NBA keep trying. Remember Shaquille O'Neal in "Kazaam" or Julius Erving in "The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh"? We thought not. Aside from Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in "Airplane," can anyone recall a good movie performance by a pro hoopster? LeBron James hopes to change that. LeBron will make his feature- film debut by playing himself in the comedy "Fantasy Basketball Camp.
October 2, 2012 |
LEBRON JAMES has endorsed McDonald's, Nike and State Farm, but there's one product right now on the streets of Philadelphia carrying his name that he most certainly did not endorse - heroin. Upper Darby police said that they busted a major heroin dealer from Philadelphia on Thursday who had 140 packets of the deadly drug - all of which were stamped with the silhouette of a basketball player and the name "LeBron James. " "I don't think LeBron James would be too happy with this drug-dealer dude using his name on these street bags," said Upper Darby Police Superintendent Michael Chitwood.
July 13, 2010
OK, LET ME get this straight. The Phillies pull off a heart-stopper of a win in the 12th inning. Meanwhile, LeBron James gets the most disgusting ego massage I've seen in years, getting a one-hour special on ESPN to make a 10-second announcement. ("Oh, but it raised money for the Boys & Girls Clubs of America. " Write a check, LeBron!) And you put the egomaniac on your back cover? The one who doesn't live here, doesn't play here, who likely has few to no fans here? Putting James on your back cover is a slap in the face to the Phillies and their fans.
January 16, 2013 |
LeBron James needs 18 points to become the 38th NBA player to score 20,000 in his career. If it happens Wednesday when the Miami Heat visit the Golden State Warriors, James (28 years, 17 days) will be more than a year younger than Kobe Bryant was when he got there at 29 years, 122 days. James would be the seventh-fastest to the 20,000 club, in his 726th regular-season game. Wilt Chamberlain needed 499 games, followed by Michael Jordan (620), Oscar Robertson (671), Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (684)
June 25, 2012
Two days before the Miami Heat won an NBA championship, with LeBron James forging a triple-double to complete one of the greatest performances in league playoff history, I was sitting in a chair getting a haircut. Just to make idle chatter, my stylist, perhaps recognizing the dearth of substantive sports conversation in the summer months when the Phillies are slogging along in last place, asked me what I was going to talk about that day on my radio show. "Well," I replied, "there's always LeBron.
June 11, 2013 |
Somehow, some way, the San Antonio Spurs seem to have discovered a secret that every team in the league desperately searched for all season long. They have figured out a way to slow down LeBron James. Whether it's Kawhi Leonard's incredible wingspan, Danny Green's dogged determination, or a stash of kryptonite that Tim Duncan happened upon while taking a walk along the banks of the San Antonio River, it's working. And yet the Spurs return home for Game 3 of the NBA Finals on Tuesday night perhaps feeling lucky to have earned a split in Miami.