Magic pull a rabbit out of Miami with a 40-9 run!?

Down by 24 points in the third quarter, the Magic went on an unbelievable 40-9 run over the next 15 minutes and stunned the Heat 99-96, the second-largest comeback in Orlando franchise history and matching the second-biggest in the NBA this season.

Jason Richardson scored 24 points for Orlando, 11 of them to kickstart the epic burst that turned a 73-49 deficit into an 89-82 lead.

”Well, that defies explanation,” Magic coach Stan Van Gundy said.

There’s only been six instances this season of a team taking a 22-point lead or more and losing. The Heat have been victimized that way twice, both times at home, the first against Utah in the season’s earliest stages.

This one seemed to cut much deeper.

”We’ve blown a lot of games where we were in full control,” Heat forward Chris Bosh said. ”And we have to do something.”

Jameer Nelson scored 12 of his 16 in the second half and Dwight Howard finished with 14 points and 18 rebounds for the Magic, who fell into the 24-point hole when LeBron James scored with 8:57 remaining in the third quarter.

Orlando outscored Miami 50-23 the rest of the way.

”To do it on the road, that was an incredible win,” Van Gundy said.

The game was significant in the standings.

Miami is now two games behind Boston — three in the loss column — for the best record in the Eastern Conference. And Orlando, which has very quietly won four straight, is now just 3 1/2 games behind Miami in the Southeast Division. The Heat go to San Antonio on Friday, while Orlando hosts Chicago.

 

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The LeBrons

The man who calls himself The King is about to get his Disney on: A 10-part digital series, humbly titled “The LeBrons,” will soon be arriving at a YouTube near you.

“I’m just really excited about this show, ‘The LeBrons,'” LeBron said in an online video announcing the show. “It goes back to the four characters who I feel like I am on a day-to-day basis. You’ve got Kid LeBron, you’ve got athlete LeBron, you’ve got business LeBron, and then you’ve got Wise, the mentor of the whole famlly.

“It’s an exciting time for me to be able to get this out to not only kids, but to everyone.”

This is more than a digital cartoon aimed at — if you believe the news release — teaching lessons about “family, teamwork, friendship, giving back to the community, staying in school, staying out of trouble, and much much more.”………..”The characters in the show will feature Nike’s Young Athletes footwear and apparel. HP and Intel will be lead technology sponsors of the series

 

NBA Thursday- “LeBron…. the Return”

Game of the Night…LeBron James returns to Cleveland

 

I've put a hex on LeBron....and it's working....(evil laugh)....ha...ha..ha..ha!!!

 

Boo!!....Boo!!!....Boo!!!.....I can do this all night LeBron!!

 

LeBron ..you think they will boo me to?

 

I ain't eatin no hotel food...I'm packing my own sandwiches

I got your back.....boo??

 

It's all good, they will pay , I might go for 60 tonight

 

Hang in there Lebron...I'll be in South Beach next season...?!

Phil Jackson stirring the pot…

One day after the Heat were trounced at home by Indiana, falling to 8-6, Jackson became the most credible voice to pick up a wooden spoon and stir the pot about Spoelstra’s future.

“Eventually if things don’t turn around, the weight is going to fall there where (without) the success they were hoping for, there will be a real drive for the players to have some kind of change,” Jackson said Tuesday, before the Lakers beat the Bulls 98-91. “It’s easier to change coaches than it would be to change teams, after they made all those player adjustments.”

Jackson was responding to a question about comments he made earlier in the day, when he told ESPN Radio in Chicago that he could envision a reprise of 2005-06, when Riley — at the behest of Shaquille O’Neal — fired Stan Van Gundy when the Heat were 11-10, took over and eventually led the Heat to their lone NBA championship.

Jackson figures LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh will sit on their hands for only so long.

“The scenario that sits kind of behind the scene,’’ Jackson told the station, “is that eventually these guys that were recruited — Bosh and James — by Pat Riley and Micky Arison, the owner, are going to come in and say, ‘We feel you (Riley) can do a better job coaching the team. We came here on the hopes that this would work,’ and whatever, I don’t know. That’s kind of my take on it — eventually if things don’t straighten out here soon, it could be the Van Gundy thing all over again.”

T.G.I.F…LeBrons love for the Buckeyes/U.S.Open Brawl

 

LeBron James didn’t change all his teams this summer…..James posted on his Twitter feed Thursday that he’s considering going to Columbus, Ohio, on Sept. 11 to see the matchup between No. 2 Ohio State, his longtime team of choice, and No. 13 Miami.

And no, the former Cleveland Cavaliers star isn’t rooting for the Hurricanes. The NBA’s two-time reigning MVP wrote, ”O-State will prevail for sure. Will be exciting!”

Miami and Ohio State both opened their season with wins Thursday night. The Hurricanes beat Florida A&M 45-0, while the Buckeyes topped Marshall 45-7.

James worked out with the Hurricanes’ basketball team twice last week. He has an invitation to join Miami for any of its football games this season, and at least two Hurricanes, Jacory Harris and Damien Berry, sent James a note on Twitter asking him to attend the home opener.

”He’s down in Dade County now,” Berry said Thursday night. ”We’re going to try to change his mind and make him a Hurricanes fan.”

 

 

 

Haterade Athlete of the Week

 

Hall of Famer Charles Barkley was the latest to call out LeBron James on Thursday, saying he wants to join the NBA superstar’s endless list of critics…The TNT analyst was responding to James’ recent Twitter post that read he was “taking mental notes of everyone taking shots at me this summer.”

“I heard about LeBron’s little tweet today that he’s remembering everybody who said anything bad about him,” Barkley said Thursday on ESPN Radio 103.3 Dallas/Fort Worth. “And he said ‘everybody.’ Well, I want him to make sure that he puts my name on that [list].”

Barkley took particular issue with the one-hour “The Decision” special on ESPN, where James announced he was going to sign with the Heat to play with friends and fellow superstars Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh.

“I thought that his little one-hour special was a punk move,” said Barkley, who earlier in the summer said James would never be Michael Jordan.

“I thought them dancing around on the stage was a punk move, and I thought he should’ve stayed in Cleveland. Him joining Dwyane Wade’s team was very disappointing to me.”

 

 

Dog Days of Summer-What do we call them?

 

..Okay it seems like everyone is trying to come up with a nickname for LeBron, D-Wade, & Bosh, technicallly you can’t call them the “Big 3” because Boston has already used that, and they won a title….Miami’s new team hasn’t won anything yet….so what should we call them…hmmm….vote below

 

 

***feel free to leave your ideas in the comment section***

It ain’t no fun if the homies can’t have none…..

Oh LeeeBron..I want to play in Miami too!

Zydrunas Ilgauskas is joining up with LeBron James in Miami to play for the Heat… Ilgauskas will accept a one-year deal, though his preference is a multi-year deal…Ilgauskas is the Cavs’ career leader in games played, blocked shots and rebounds. The 7-foot-3 Lithuanian was drafted by the club in 1996 and overcame serious foot injuries that nearly ended his career….Playing as a reserve for the first time, Ilgauskas averaged 7.4 points and 5.4 rebounds last season….. for his career, Ilgauskas has averaged 13.8 points and 7.7 rebounds, plus has played in two All-Star games….he is immensely popular in Cleveland, and expects to keep a home in the city…..hmm… I wonder if Dan Gilbert is going to rip him in an open letter???

 

David “gets” Stern

 

    

 

…..So what does David Stern have to say about the decision  LeBron James made last week…..Speaking from Las Vegas, where the league’s owners met Monday, Stern said he would have strongly advised James to tell the Cavaliers of his choice to leave for the Miami Heat much earlier than when it actually took place…. and that the two-time MVP shouldn’t have made the announcement in a made-for-TV special.

   ”Ill-conceived,” Stern said……”Our players, having negotiated for the right to be free agents at some point in their career, they are totally within their rights to seek employment with any other team,” Stern said. ”That’s something we all agreed to. That’s something we embrace. That’s our system.”….Stern said James was ”entitled” to make his move to South Florida…..but….but …wait there’s more….Stern went on to talk about Dan Gilbert and his comments….Gilbert released a sharp-tongued statement and called James’s decision ”narcissistic” and ”cowardly behavior.” Later, Gilbert told The Associated Press in a phone interview that he felt James quit on the Cavs during the playoffs the past two years, and that he ”has gotten a free pass.”….”He was completely correct in expressing his disappointment,” Stern said, adding that Gilbert’s statement and the sentiments he expressed in a follow-up interview with the AP was ”a little bit extreme.”……okay this is the best part….Those remarks weren’t free…..Commisioner Stern said he was fining the Cavaliers $100,000 for those words 

    

Dan "Mr. Plantation" Gilbert"

Jesse Jackson Speaks on LeBron

 

Rev. Jesse Jackson has a problem with Dan Gilbert’s comments about LeBron James…he makes three good solid points

 

• “If (Gilbert) believes that LeBron quit in games 2, 4, 5 and 6 of the 2010 Eastern Conference semifinals, then … why did he pursue him and offer him and additional $120 million to stay in Cleveland?”

• “When players or coaches speak disrespectfully to or about referees, they are fined. If Mr. Gilbert cannot prove that LeBron changed games by quitting, he defames his character. He should have to face a challenge by the NBA and the players association. LeBron has every right to an apology.”

• “LeBron is not a child, nor is he bound to play on Gilbert’s plantation and be demeaned. He has been a model citizen and has inspired the children of Akron, Cleveland, the State of Ohio and the United States.”

Jackson said, “These accusations endanger LeBron. His jersey is being burned in effigy, and he is being projected as a betrayer by the owner.” Overall Jackson said Gilbert’s comments were “mean, arrogant and presumptuous….LeBron is not a run-away slave