If it seems like Lebron has won every award lately it’s because he has. He finished the year strong today by being named the 2013 Associated Press male athlete of the year. James received 31 of 96 votes cast in a poll of news organizations, beating Peyton Manning (20) and Jimmie Johnson (7). “I’m chasing something and it’s bigger than me as a basketball player,” James told the AP. “I believe my calling is much higher than being a basketball player. I can inspire people. Youth is huge to me. If I can get kids to look at me as a role model, as a leader, a superhero … those things mean so much, and that’s what I think I was built for. I was put here for this lovely game of basketball, but I don’t think this is the biggest role that I’m going to have.” Lebron joins Michael Jordan and Larry Bird as the only NBA players to win the award. Hit the jump.
The Knicks are bad. And when they are bad, they are really, really bad. I have lost track of how many times we have been blown out this season already, but yesterday the team added another milestone that they do not want to be associated with. The 29 point loss to the Thunder was the biggest loss by a home team EVER on Christmas day. Now Carmelo did not play which would of made a difference, but not really sure how much. Things were so bad at one point that the camera flashed to the Knicks bench and all you see is Melo with his head back looking completely knocked out lol. Guess he just couldn’t take the pain of seeing another beatdown. We need Melo back healthy ASAP. Hit the jump for the pic.
I don’t even know what to say. Some fans are fanatics and there is no way around it. This Knicks fan who’s twitter handle is @Cooperstar3 decided his Christmas gift to himself would be a neck tattoo showing love for JR Smith. JR retweeted it with a simple “Whoop”. Problem is what happens if JR ever leaves the Knicks, or more importantly you get older and realize that tattoo was probably not the best idea. Here’s to no regrets. Hit the jump for the pics.
Yesterday for the NBA Christmas games, Pacers center Roy Hibbert and Blazers C.J. McCollum took over the twitter handle @ESPNNBA and ESPN did a story about it on their website. A funny thing happened in that story however. Even though they wanted Hibbert to take over their twitter for the day, it appears they don’t realize who Hibbert is!! The picture they used for the cover story had McCollum correct, but had a picture of Pacers back up center Ian Mahimni, who is not well known at all, especially compared to Hibbert. Not sure how they could make an error like that when the story was about their own media! Roy was not too happy about it either after he noticed and he tweeted a pic of it with the hashtag #hurt. Hit the jump to see.
Players on the Rockets are even happier today that Dwight Howard came to Houston in the off season. Dwight was a luxury Santa to his teammates giving them expensive watches for Christmas. Some players got Rolex while some got Audemars. Either way it is a win, especially when you are not the one coming out of pocket. Everything has been good in Houston for Dwight so far, I am sure this will help keep things happy for a while. Hit the jump for the pics.
Who wears a shirt like this to a kids toy store? Lol. Chad was doing some last minute gift shopping late Christmas Eve at a Toys R Us in Florida when he was spotted with the shirt. It says “Carpe That Fucking Diem”, which translates to “Seize The Fucking Day”. Problem is any little kids in the store would only see the word “FUCKING” in big bold letters because the rest is in latin. Not that it would be any better if they could understand the message. Tmz reached out to him about it and Chad said, “I should’ve went in with no shirt”. Hit the jump for the pics.
It was a crazy Christmas day for NBA fans. Whether your team won or lost, there were so many incredible plays that just left you saying “Daaaaaaammmmnnn”!! Hit the jump to see Lebron, Durant, Dwight Howard and more.
Slowly but surely, the Western conference is getting a new rivalry. It sounds crazy to use the word rivalry with the Clippers and Warriors given their terrible history in the NBA, but times have changed. These two teams are now part of a small group that can legitimately win the conference, and with success come enemies. The past couple games between these two have been very chippy and physical and last night was no difference. After a couple small scuffles broke out, including one when the game was over, Clippers star Blake Griffin said the Warriors are “Cowardly” for the way they played that led to him being ejected. Hit the jump for more of what he said and the video.
As a Knicks fan it hurts my heart to see what happened to our team yesterday at the hands of the Thunder, but it has pretty much been happening all season. It hurt worse to see my boy Amar’e get disrespected at the rim by Reggie Jackson, but the dunk was mean! Hit the jump.
Floyd has been lighting Instagram up the past few days with funny pics related to Manny Pacquiao. But now he is stepping it up and going at any boxer who could potentially wind up in the ring with him. We all know he has a fight scheduled for May, but has not picked an opponent yet. Judging by his Instagram account today, it could be down to 3 fighters, and he is already giving us an image of how those fights could look like. The sweepstakes is now open for who will wind up in the ring with Pretty Boy Floyd. Hit the jump.