NBA Lockout: Things You Need to Know About LeBron James and Co. Before Lockout

Joye PruittSenior Analyst IJune 30, 2011

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It has been announced that there will be a lockout instilled at 12:00 am July 1, 2011.

As positive as talks were reported to go and as heated as they may have truly been, a deal could not be reached and this is the foregone conclusion. Now, we are left, as fans, suffering the Twitter sideshow that many athletes will be putting on as the lockout progresses.

From cockfighting to Spanish league participation, every avenue of a plan B has been discussed, reported and investigated. While others, such as the Miami Heat team members partake in adventures of their own.

So, what do you need to know about the ‘Hollywood as hell’ Miami squad before going into this year’s lockout?


LeBron James is Still Rich

After his infamous quotes during a postgame interview, after the Dallas Mavericks sent Miami home packing in a Game 6 rout, LeBron James has seemed to fully embrace his bad guy decorum. That was until he used an exit interview to officially recant his statements and make it seem as if the media blew things out of proportion.

No one blew anything out of proportion.

Sometimes people sugarcoat their true feelings by surrounding the words they really want to say with words of humility and care. James, if his quotes are paraphrased, said that he was still rich and those who rooted against him were still living their pathetic little lives. I would be more against the statements he made if they were not true.

LeBron, even after Dwight Howard teased him about his disappearing hairline on Twitter, remains one of the most coveted athletes in the league. He will remain that way until it looks like he has no spark left in him. I give about 10 years or so before his bones begin to catch up with his ego. LeBron has most recently been named the new ambassador for Audemars Piguet watches and living large behind the scenes of a U2 concert with Bono and his fiancée Savannah.

The life.


Don't Be Fooled By The T-Mobile Commercials

Dwyane Wade is still sitting back watching people swarm around the disappointment that Miami Heat presented in the light of the NBA Finals. But, he does not have much to worry about because he has already proven himself in the 2006 Finals and was even named the only player to actually perform like he wanted to win in this year’s Finals rematch against the Dallas Mavericks.

Yet, there is something else Wade wants you to know.

Do not let the T-Mobile commercials fool you. He sends his hackers a message, first in the form of a PSA. Then, Wade breaks out of character and goes ‘street’ on those who choose to hack his twitter page.


Chris Bosh Is Still a Third Wheel

There is nothing Chris Bosh can do short of Miami trading either LeBron James or Dwyane Wade to not be considered the third wheel. He is the third most talented player on the team and no amount of offseason workouts will give him an edge on his number one and two threats on the squad.

Sometimes the franchise tries to market him as just as great of an asset as James or Wade, but that seems to prime the runway for his exit, not making the case for his stay.

There is always another team. With the new CBA speculated to include a hard cap, he may just get that opportunity.


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