Close Article Return to stream X
NBA

Miami Heat’s LeBron James Predicted History Four Months Before The Mask

Miami Heat

Issac Baldizon-Getty Images

They say that you should never say never, but I can almost guarantee that no one in the AmericanAirlines Arena ever thought that LeBron James would be making history against the team owned by one of his biggest cheap shot critics (Michael Jordan). Particularly on a night where Dwyane Wade missed his 16th game, the Miami Heat started down by nine and the world was looking forward to Tuesday night’s game against Dwight Howard and the Houston Rockets.

But you give the man a broken nose and a bag full of superhero masks, and he can’t be stopped. As a matter of fact, just give him a psychic’s hat and a crystal ball, and James could have told you exactly what ESPN’s Tom Haberstroh reported almost four months ago:

“I had [almost] 40 now with 18 shots, I mean … If you give me 37 shots in a game, I’d put up 60,” James explained when speaking on Rudy Gay‘s 11-for-37 field goal game. “Easy.”

Reporters laughed back in November, then praised him when he managed to get 33 shots and one-upped his prediction at the start of March. Interestingly enough, James made it look just as easy as Carmelo Anthony’s 23-of-35 shooting for 62 points — both against the league’s No. 6 defense of the Charlotte Bobcats.

That’s something that critics thought James could never do. His shot wasn’t pure enough (so he shot 67 percent). He would be too busy trying to get his teammates involved (so he had five assists). And he couldn’t go right enough to dunk his way to 60 (so he didn’t dunk once).

LeBron James

Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports

The critics might have been correct, but they discounted the fact that at all he needed to do was get hot to hit all of the benchmarks.

James’ 25 points in the third quarter topped his previous career-high of 24, while also surpassing the team’s franchise record. His 22 field goals also worked in tandem to crush both marks as the Bobcats sagged off and gave him a cushion. This led to him tying his own personal record of eight 3-pointers on 8-of-10 shooting, including the near 30-foot heat check that finally encouraged Miami fans to chant M-V-P for first time this season.

However, the most telling part was watching Wade urge LeBron on from the bench as his franchise record of 55 dropped, followed by Glen Rice’s 19-year mark of 56. It was like the official stamp on D-Wade’s passing of the torch — and hopefully too much love and fanfare to be overlooked by James this summer.

But first things first, somebody needs to tell Kevin Durant that the MVP race isn’t quite over yet.

Richard Nurse is a columnist for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @blackirishpr or add him to your network on Google.

Your Favorites
 
 
Close Article Return to stream X
NBA Videos

Dwyane Wade's Kid Can Ball

Lately we've seen so many second generation basketball stars developing before our very eyes. In the last few weeks, we've seen video of Jason Williams' son, LeBron James' two kids and now Dwyane Wade's son, Zaire, tearing up the basketball court.

Comment 0 Comments
 
 
Close Article Return to stream X
NBA Videos

Dwyane Wade Makes Brooklyn Nets Look Foolish

You gotta give the Brooklyn Nets credit: Despite looking incredibly foolish at times in front of their home crowd, they competed against the Miami Heat on Tuesday night and only lost by four points. That said, you wouldn't know it from this epic clip of Dwyane Wade dribbling circles around multiple Nets and ultimately hitting a stellar fadeaway jumper.

Comment 0 Comments
 
 
Close Article Return to stream X
NBA Videos

Gerald Green Throws Down Monstrous Slam On Nets

Gerald Green hasn't been the most consistent player throughout the early stages of his young career, but there's no denying his overwhelming athleticism. Against the floundering Brooklyn Nets this evening, Green showcased some of those said abilities by emphatically throwing down a monstrous dunk, and he caught some major air in the process. If he's ever able to learn how to do it night-in and night out, Green is going to be an All-Star one day.

Comment 0 Comments
 
 
Close Article Return to stream X
NBA Videos

Harden, Wade Ice Game For Their Team in Final Min

Two of the best shooting (if not the two best) guards in the game both put their clutch gene on display last night. Within a few minutes of each other, Dwyane Wade and then James Harden both hit step-back jumpers in the final minute of the 4th quarter that iced the game for their team.

Comment 0 Comments