“At age 25, James becomes the second-youngest to win back-to-back MVPs. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was a couple of months younger when he won his back-to-back award in 1972. The others two win back-to-back are Steve Nash, Tim Duncan, Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, Moses Malone, Wilt Chamberlain, Bill Russell and Abdul-Jabbar. Only Bird, Chamberlain and Russell ever won the award three years in a row.” [Brian Windhorst on LBJ MVP]
LeBron to receive the Maurice Podoloff trophy in NYC Akron.
“They played terrific defense against the Heat, especially in Boston, and did something no Celtics team has done in the past three years — win a playoff series in fewer than six games. That gave them time to prepare for Cleveland — not that there are really any surprises left — and, more important, to rest up. They’re going to need it.” [Peter May – ESPNBoston]
“It’s tougher because we’ve got to go there,” he said. “We’ve got to grind it out, go there first. But we have to make sure we go with the mentality of attack first. That’s how it is. You’ve got to go to the fight — bring it to them and attack their fortress. Bust their wall in with a wood tree and attack at night. That’s how it is.” [Glen Davis Watching Too Many Medieval Movies]
“His matchup with Antawn Jamison could be the most important of the series. The Cavaliers acquired Jamison to stretch the floor and force power forwards such as Garnett to guard the perimeter, making more driving space for LeBron James.” [Gary Washburn – Boston.com]
“And so it is only fitting that the next step in this run would pit the Cavs against the team that started it all. While some of the details may have changed (Cleveland now has the better record, both teams have managed to win on the other’s floor, and the Cavs are the favorite), the same script is in place. The main characters remain for Boston. Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen, Rajon Rondo, and Kendrick Perkins are all starting for the Celtics, just as they were in 2008. LeBron, Delonte, Zydrunas Ilgauskas, and Anderson Varejao were a part of that 2008 Cavs team (Daniel Gibson was injured at the time), and you know they are chomping at the bit to try and exact some revenge.” [Colin Zvosec]
I always thought the idea of bulletin board material was ridiculous. Shouldn’t professionals being paid millions of dollars have enough incentive to play hard? Then again, LeBron has a history of “going off” after a fan/player/Bosh girlfriend harassed him.
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“If the Rockets get Bosh over New York because they can sign and trade for Hill, I will laugh so much that I might die.” [NoamSchiller]
“With two series ending last night, Cavs-Celtics Game 1 locked in at 8 pm now.” [Brian Windhorst]