Ballin’: LeBron on Broadway

» August 28, 2008 2:00 PM | By Brandon Hoffman

On March 5th, 2008, LeBron James scored 50 points on 16-of-30 from the field, 7-of-13 from the three-point line, and 11-of-16 from the free throw line against the New York Knicks.  James also recorded 8 rebounds and 10 assists in the contest — becoming the first player in more than 33 years to finish with 50 points, 10 assists and eight rebounds in a single game.

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11 Responses to “Ballin’: LeBron on Broadway”

  1. Tsunami Says:

    That 3 he made at the halftime buzzer was sick.

  2. Brandon Hoffman Says:

    Tsunami,

    The whole game was pretty surreal. Definitely an instant classic. And don’t think I’ve forgotten about J-DIZZLE’s blog. I’ll try and make my way over there this evening.

    ;)

  3. Tsunami Says:

    J-Dizzle aint even taking part in it. I’d rather just have the argument with you – it’d be more fun, and I might learn something.

  4. Tsunami Says:

    I think I’m just going to stop. In my quest to prove people wrong I feel vindicated when Kobe plays poorly – which is just wrong on my part. It’s nothing I have against him – I just think he’s overrated and any chance I get to say “ah-ha see, this helps prove it” it makes me enjoy negative things. It seems no matter how hard I push, how many stats I research, how many points I make – people just don’t agree, so I’m just wasting my time now.

  5. Brandon Hoffman Says:

    Tsunami,

    You’re never going to convince everyone. And that’s the problem. It’s your problem, it’s my problem, it’s anyone who argues for Kobe or LeBron’s problem. We were spoiled with MJ. Jordan was the greatest and no one disputed that fact.

    But there are some very knowledgeable people on both sides of the fence when it comes to Kobe and LeBron. Rosen thinks Kobe is the best in the game. As do more than half of ESPN’s experts. Kobe also gets the nod from the majority of his peers. Kelly Dwyer thinks LeBron is the best. So does Hollinger.

    That’s just the way it’s going to be for at least the next two or three seasons.

    But LeBron’s time is coming. And that’s just it, it’s only a matter of time. No one in their right mind can argue against that.

  6. Tsunami Says:

    If you want to know what I think of Kobe personally, I really like the fact that he has made his marriage work in spite of difficulties. I like the fact that he is close to his kids. I like the fact that he doesn’t seem fake at all – I don’t like the way he taunts crowds and wags his finger and pops his jersey – but honestly, I get REALLY emotional when I play basketball – so I’d do the same thing if I was out there. It seems immature for a guy that is a veteran – but at the end of the day, Kobe lets it all hang out – and I can respect that. I like when he imposes his will on the game. If the other team is in the penalty – he drives and draws fouls. He makes his free throws, and he comes up with lots of big defensive plays. I remember that game against the suns where Nash lost the ball and kobe went down and hit that floater.

    I used to root for Kobe so hard back in the day. I hated everything Phoenix and I always wanted the Lakers to beat them. I hated Nash because I thought he got away with so much traveling with that “hesitation” dribble and he got ALL the credit for EVERYTHING good that happened in Phoenix. Everything.

    What you have to understand is that Lebron is more than a basketball player to me. He is a symbol. While the rest of the country takes a big dump on Cleveland sports, and pretty much sports in general between NY and Chicago, they can’t touch LeBron – because he is a once in a generation player. The fact that he is genuinely a good guy, is very loyal to his family and friends, loyal to an unpopular coach and gm, and loyal to Akron are all the more reason to like him. The only way you get any respect in this business is if you are BIG (NY, LA, Boston) or if you are the best (San Antonio). Cleveland is trying to become the next San Antonio – if they can do that, LeBron will completely change the culture of Cleveland sports. We won’t HAVE to put up with bullshit from the media and from other big cities’ fan bases. We won’t smolder under the weight of a victim hood mentality. We won’t be “cursed”. And no matter what happens in the future, we can always remember when our hometown hero stood on top of the world of Sports, wearing our colors, living in our suburbs, driving our our roads, and it being good enough for him. If the King is happy, then that means we are a throne.

  7. Tsunami Says:

    Normally I don’t condone the deification of athletes. I guess I’m being a hypocrite – but every time someone is watching LeBron with the Cavalier jersey on, they are watching the Team that I grew up with. They are watching the legacy of Mark Price, Brad Daugherty, Hot Rod Williams, Larry Nance, Craig Ehlo, Terrell Brandon, Tyrone Hill, the late Bobby Phils, Chris Mills, Big Z, World B. Free, Austin Carr, Bingo Smith, and all the greats. For a moment, they are watching a struggling city thrive.

  8. Mo Sweat Says:

    I think LeBron’s got a lot of skillz and the most incredible phisical ever, but in the first years of professional career I don´t like too much, but now LeBron is better, I watch all USA games in Japan World Championship 2006 and I don´t like LeBron, he don’t know to be versus the other team’s defense, very different like the NBA defenses, he were lost.
    Now, in the Olimpic Games, LeBron was more inteligent over the court, better like a player and better knowing the game, I know, I’m from Spain, ja, ja.
    If LeBron continues this evolution, sky is the limit.

  9. Brandon Hoffman Says:

    Tsunami,

    What you wrote is basically what makes sports so great. I know this is small consolation, but whether LeBron leaves or stays in Cleveland, he’s still going to be a great basketball player. And you’ll still have the opportunity to follow his career. No player or team is bigger than the game. It was very hard for people to imagine the NBA after Jordan, and it may have taken awhile, but I think Kobe and LeBron have done a good job of carrying the torch.

    There will be a few players that emerge before Kobe and LeBron call it quits. It’s basketball evolution.

    I enjoy watching James play. Aside from the Lakers, I probably watch the Cavs more than any other team because I want to watch James evolve as a player. And you’re right, he seems to be a good guy on and off the floor.

    But even if you win a championship, the rumors of LeBron’s departure will not cease. You’ll have to deal with rumors of LeBron’s departure his entire career. It’s just the business of basketball. You mentioned Duncan and the Spurs. Duncan won championships early in his career. But people never really talked about his departure because he wasn’t/isn’t marketable and he didn’t have James’ business aspirations. Not to mention the fact that San Antonio surrounded him with a championship caliber team — which Cleveland has yet to do.

    The only way you can compete — like you said — is to start a dynasty. This season and next summer will determine if that happens. You have the superstar, you just have to build around him. Large media markets are nice, but they don’t win games — the 2005, 2006, and 2007 Lakers are proof of that.

  10. Brandon Hoffman Says:

    Tsunami,

    I hope what I wrote above didn’t come off as insensitive. Reading it now, it sounds that way. I can sympathize with Cavs fans’ fear of losing James.

    But I think you take the media’s criticism too personally.

    And remember, there is no loyalty in professional sports. I wish there was. But there isn’t. And I think it’s important to point out that LeBron has always made a point of stating that’s he’s from Akron, not Cleveland. He may be loyal to the state of Ohio. But he didn’t grow up as a Cavs or Indians fan. James grew up cheering for the Bulls and Yankees. I don’t know what that means necessarily, but I think it deserves mentioning.

    Ultimately, I think James will go with the team that gives him the best chance to maximize his brand and win. And I don’t know which of those things is most important to him yet. I don’t think anyone does. But we’ll find out when his contract is up.

  11. Brandon Hoffman Says:

    Mo Sweat,

    I thought LeBron played his best basketball in the Olympics. He’s had more impressive games in the NBA, but he was consistently excellent in all facets of the game in the Olympics.

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