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AP: LeBron James Wins NBA MVP

May 4, 2009

According to the Associated Press, LeBron James, who led the Cleveland Cavaliers to a team-record 66 regular-season wins and the top overall seed in the playoffs this season, will receive the NBA’s Most Valuable Player Award this afternoon.

From the Associated Press:

The Cavaliers announced a “major” news conference for 4 p.m. at the school, but did not give the reason.

James is the first Cavaliers player to win the award. He averaged 28.4 points, 7.6 rebounds and 7.2 assists this season, his sixth as a pro. He also finished second in voting for defensive player of the year, making him perhaps the league’s most dominant two-way player since Michael Jordan.

At 24 years, 106 days on the final day of the regular season, James is the youngest player to win the award since Moses Malone (24 years, 16 days) in 1978-79. Wes Unseld was 23 when he won it in 1968-69.

James vied all season for MVP honors with the Los Angeles Lakers’ Kobe Bryant and Miami’s Dwyane Wade. The three played on the U.S. gold medalist Olympic team last summer and seemed to upstage each other nightly.

“He deserved it,” Wade said. ” I said all year, I thought LeBron was the MVP of this league. He’s a guy who every year is going to be in that conversation. … He showed it all year, especially with his team’s success.”

Focused right from the start, the 6-foot-8, 250-pound James sharpened his already formidable skills this season.

He started a career-high 81 games and set personal bests in field-goal (49) and free-throw (79) percentages as well as blocks (93). James became the second player to post five straight seasons of at least 27 points, six rebounds and six assists. The other is Oscar Robertson, whose extraordinarily versatile game is the one James’ is most often compared.

US Basketball “Redeem Team” Defeats Greece 92-69

August 14, 2008

The “Redeem Team” is certainly redeeming the face of American basketball at the 2008 Summer Olympics. The American players were excited to find out that Greece was in their pool and they backed up their talk with a 92-69 victory.

From the New York Times:

Kobe Bryant and Chris Bosh each scored 18 points to lead the United States, with Dwyane Wade adding 17 points, 6 steals and 5 assists. The United States made Greece look like just another overmatched opponent, hammering transition dunks seemingly at will and toying with them to the point where Jason Kidd attempted to throw an alley-oop off the backboard mid-way through the third quarter.

The performance rekindled memories of some of the dominant American Olympic teams of yesteryear. While the Greeks and other countries caught up to the United States in the past decade through better Olympic systems and more cohesive teams, this victory reminded the world that superior talent and athleticism can disrupt the best organizations.

Since the Athens games, the American basketball team has gone 20-1. The lone loss came to Greece in the semifinals of the 2006 world championship and forced the United States to settle for a bronze in that tournament.

There will still be a few tough challenges left for the Americans but they appear, at this moment, to be well on their way to winning gold in Beijing. Now let’s just hope they don’t get caught making any obscene team photos.

US Men’s Basketball Team Defeats Angola

August 12, 2008

The ‘Redeem Team” is now 2-0 in its quest for Olympic Gold.

Dwyane Wade had 19 points, Dwight Howard had 14 and Lebron James chipped in 12 as the Americans defeated Angola 97-76. It wasn’t an overly dominating performance, but the US got it done and will next face Greece, a team who shocked the US two years ago in the World Championships.

From the Associated Press:

LeBron James and his teammates easily shoved Angola aside. Now come the teams that can push back.

The United States improved to 4-0 against Angola, starting with the Dream Team’s Olympic debut in 1992. That romp is best remembered for Charles Barkley’s elbow to an unsuspecting Angolan player in a 116-48 victory.

Angola went down almost as easily this time.

We’ll see what happens next for the US as they have a couple of much harder opponents in the coming days with Greece and Spain. The US is looking as if they will dominate and walk away with the gold medal. But, as we have seen before, any one of the teams remaining could jump up and bite Kobe Bryant and the US team. Time will tell if they will redeem the name of US basketball this year. At this point, though, I don’t see anyone defeating this US team. Thoughts?