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Through out the NBA playoffs there were rumblings that Miami Heat guard Dwayne Wade was suffering from a knee injury, however there was never an official announcement. Well today it was announced that Wade will undergo arthroscopic knee surgery and will be sidelined for 6-8 weeks and will have to miss the 2012 summer Olympics.

Have to give Wade some credit for pushing through with such an injury, know it has to be satisfying that it was all worth it having an NBA championship to show for it.

Bright side, at least Wade doesn’t have to answer questions all summer long about Olympians being paid and can sit back and enjoy the summer off with his family.

Related: Wade Says Olympians Should Be Paid

H/T To RealGM.com and Tim Reynolds

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ESPN sat down with LeBron James after winning his first NBA title and broke up the conversation in 3 parts. In my opinion in this interview he comes off humble, understanding that he can’t as narcissistic as he has before. From the earned not given  t-shirt, I thought he did himself good with this interview for those giving him a fair shot to earn his way back into their good graces. For those who don’t like him, and look for any reason to discredit him, the interview will do nothing.

If you haven’t seen the interview, check out the video below of the full interview.

While many think Cleveland fans have yet to move on from LeBron and his decision, I’d say people won’t stop mentioning Cleveland when they talk about LeBron. However, in the video below hometown favorites rap artist Machine Gun Kelly and Cleveland Brown Josh Cribbs converse about LeBron and how they could never see themselves abandoning Cleveland as their home.

Cribbs also goes to allude that LeBron was on the ‘wrong path’ when he chose to go to Miami. I wonder if he feels the same now that LeBron has won his first title?

The only thing I would question about this video, Cribbs and LeBron are still friends, from time to time you’ll see a picture of them together pop up. With Cribbs making such remarks, just comes off a little as pandering to your current fan base.

Win you play on a team that many laud as a dream team of sorts, it’s only right that some role players get some shine with their own endorsement deals, and commercials.

Add Shane Battier to that list of popular by association. Battier has a shoe endorsement deal through the 2nd largest apparel company in China Peak. With that came his own commercial, that until the Heat won the championship a few days ago I had never seen. And considering I’m a man of the people, I’m here to share it with you.

<p><a href=”http://vimeo.com/43735520″>”X’s and O’s” – Shane Battier – Peak International NBA Commercial</a> from <a href=”http://vimeo.com/nickolasduarte”>Nickolas Duarte</a> on <a href=”http://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>

Only problem I have with this commercial, I doubt Shane can jump ‘that’ high. I mean if you wanted to make it realistic, then you could’ve had him taking a charge, but out jumping somebody…nah. Then again he did out jump Kevin Durant in game 2 of the NBA Finals.

New LeBron James Nike Commercial

It didn’t take long for Nike to release a commercial in celebration of LeBron winning his first NBA title. Here it is.

Big ups to Jose3030

Seattle themed miami heat logo

For those who don’t know by now, the Oklahoma City Thunder used to be the Seattle SuperSonics and after failing to come to an agreement on the building of a new arena with city government, ownership decided to move the team.

While I understand the hurt Seattle fans feel for not having their team any longer, from experiencing losing the Browns to Baltimore. However, just like I said about Cleveland Fans, this is corny, it’s lame, and its fair weather at its highest point.

If you’re mad about your former squad being in the finals fine, cool. However, stop with the logos, and shirts and everything else that is extra. Root for the Miami Heat all you want to beat the team that left you high and dry, but don’t be bitter and wack with it. There’s no reason for funky props to show your support.

You come off as the jealous ex, that still isn’t over it, still pining over the details that caused the split, instead of moving forward and looking for someone new.

At some point we have to let these things go, and if you’re not gonna let it go, at least go cry in the car, not on the stage.

 

Being a fan of a sports team can be compared to a marriage, for better or worse your team is your team, good bad, win, lose or draw. So as Cleveland fans love their Cavaliers, is it necessary to root for a team, come up with cornball names and logos to show your support?

Many fans I know are openly rooting for the Oklahoma City Thunder to beat the Heat, primarily LeBron. And while I completely understand the angst Cleveland fan feels towards LeBron, can’t you just root against him without adopting another team? I mean, isn’t is kind of corny that your calling yourself a ‘Thunderlier’?

I understand and have come to terms that fans will never let go of the TV special ‘The Decision’ and how disrespected they feel by LeBron. And that’s fine, root against LeBron all day, every day, but aren’t you cheating on your team when you attempt to mesh your fandom with that of another team?

What happened to just rooting for player x or team x to lose? It just seems a little jaded, and bitter that once your team is out of it, that you completely jump on the bandwagon of another. Living in Cleveland, and visiting other cities around the country, I’ll always laud Cleveland fans as some of the best fans ever. Knowledgeable, passionate, and most importantly LOYAL.

Perhaps Cleveland fans are that starved for a championship, that hungry to finally be acknowledged for the heartache they’ve endured, and that’s why they do it.

But I will say this, the pictures of these logos, has got to stop, they’re corny, lame and make you look fair weather. You can root against LeBron without it.

 

 

When LeBron James went down to Miami I don’t think he ever could’ve envisioned it being this way. Having to work just as hard as he did in Cleveland, him having to carry another team with two superstars; granted one has a known injury, and the other has analyst spreading the word of him not being 100%. In game 6 he had an all time career night and many gave him no credit. 45 point 15 rebounds 5 assists, the only person to out do him was Wilt Chamberlain who had gone for 50 points, 15 rebounds and 6 assists in the ’64 Finals against the Celtics. However, did he ever imagine having more pressure and responsibility placed upon him after leaving Cleveland? Has the thought, ‘if it was going to be like this I should’ve stayed in Cleveland’ crossed his mind?

Just look at the situation he’s placed himself in, no matter what he does, unless he performs in the manner people want him to in the 4th quarter, it’s never going to be enough.

In Game 6, win or go home situation, elimination game for his team he showed up from Jump Street and balled out, yet people are saying that wasn’t a clutch performance. Are you crazy? Or to take a line from Major Payne, deaf, blind or just plain dumb? Not that I’m a LeBron fan, but let’s be fair, what he did on June 7, 2012 was an incredible all time great moment. And he did it with essentially no help from Dwayne Wade (one of these days people will call him out for his lackluster play these playoffs) but I digress. LeBron was in a zone that hasn’t been seen from him before. However all everybody did was attempt to discredit what he accomplished. So does he ever contemplate what it would’ve been like had he stayed in Cleveland? Given the organization a better chance at recruiting players by committing long term. Yea, we all like to think that celebrities and athletes don’t have human emotions, but they do. I wonder if you had the chance to ask LeBron that one question would answer honestly.

Yes he did this to himself, but for as fair as America is, we’re down right brutal in the way we want people climb back into our good graces. Fair or unfair unless LeBron beats the Celtics with one had behind his back, crosses over Kevin Durant with 30 seconds or less on the clock and make a free throw line jumper to clinch a championship victory for his team, he’ll be hard pressed to dig himself out of the hole he’s created. In two short years LeBron has gone from The King, the Chosen one, to 1990 Ice Cube, the basketball player you love to hate.

The Celtics have had plenty of injuries, so it’s kind of strange to see that the Heat have three additions to their lineup.

Hopefully we don’t see the officials have the same impact they did in game 1 and 2. Let’s see how the Celtics respond to the hole they’ve placed themselves in down 2 games to none and if they get distracted by the officials are calling the game or if they get more calls since the game is now in Boston.

Did you miss the last episode of Smooth Shots, no problem we got you right here. We went heavy on the NBA Playoff conversation. We discussed the Spurs putting on a basketball clinic on the Thunder. Which match up would you prefer to see out of the four teams left. As well as discussing the future of the Boston Celtics. Click the picture to be taken directly to the podcast and you can subscribe to the podcast.

Smooth Shots Ep40 NBA Playoffs Talk 05/29 by JbSmooth84 | Blog Talk Radio.

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