Category Archives: NBA

Weekly Sports Podcast Recap: Davin Bellamy’s Arrest, Ray Rice’s Suspension, Tony Dungy, Steve Spurrier and so Much More!


Daniel Palmer (@dpalm66 on the Tweets) is joined by Jason Smith (@JasonIsASmith), Andrew Hall (@DudeYouCrazy) and briefly Chad Floyd (@Chad_Floyd) to discuss the week’s biggest and worstest sports stories.  The NFL’s less-than-harsh penalty on Ray Rice, Tony Dungy’s comments on Michael Sam, Jose Canseco vs. Mark McGwire, Marshawn Lynch’s hold out and Georgia’s off-the-field troubles are all discussed.

 

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DudeYouPodcast: The Weekly Sports Hangover


Daniel Palmer (@Dpalm66 on Twitter), Chad Floyd (@Chad_Floyd) and Andrew Hall (@DudeYouCrazy) gather to discuss ketchup and the week’s biggest sports stories.  Obviously, LeBron James, his letter and the Cleveland Cavaliers are discussed.  The ending of the World Cup is brought up as is the Major League Baseball All Star Game.

 

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LeBron Memes Break The Internet


You know what I hate most about summer TV? Reruns.

For the past couple of weeks, I was unable to escape the rerun marathon of LeBron’s personal favorite show, “The Decision”. Whether it was on my SportsCenter, the radio, or my social media timelines, I was constantly reminded that LeBron was making a decision. Again.

However, today LeBron made his decision to head back to Cleveland after originally leaving them for his hot mistress, Miami. As neither a Cavs nor a Heat fan, I wasn’t that phased by LeBron’s decision. Twitter, on other hand, had a whole different story and has made these past couple of weeks worth it for me.

 

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I can’t.

The Original Text of LeBron’s “I’m Coming Home” Announcement


As Daniel Palmer has pointed out and as you might have heard, TheBron James is heading back to Cleveland.  He made the announcement through a long, occasionally awkward written announcement through Lee Jenkins of Sports Illustrated. The full published version can be read here.  But below is the transcript from LeBron’s first draft.

 

Before anyone ever cared where I would play basketball, I was a kid from Northeast Ohio. It’s where I walked. It’s where I ran. It’s where I cried. It’s where I bled. It’s where I didn’t win championships. It holds a special place in my heart. People there have seen me grow up. They’ve seen me leave. I sometimes feel like I’m their son. Sometimes they burn my jerseys. Their passion can be overwhelming. But it drives me. I want to give them hope when I can. I want to inspire them when I can. And when I can’t, I want to win championships in Miami. At least that’s what I thought. My relationship with Northeast Ohio is bigger than basketball. I didn’t realize that four years ago. I do now.

Remember when I was sitting up there at the Boys & Girls Club in 2010? Of course you do. I am the King and I was holding court. I was thinking, Party in the city where the heat is on all night at the beach till the break of dawn. This is really tough. I could feel it. I was leaving something I had spent a long time creating. If I had to do it all over again, I’d obviously do things differently, but I’d still have left. Miami, for me, has been almost like college for other kids. There were keggers over at Alonzo’s house, late night video games with Bosh and even a few toga parties with Richie Incognito and those crazy Dolphins. These past four years helped raise me into who I am. I became a better player and a better man. I learned from a franchise that had been where I wanted to go. I will always think of Miami as my second home. Without the experiences I had there, I wouldn’t be able to do what I’m doing today.

I went to Miami because of D-Wade and CB. We made sacrifices to keep UD. But I’m leaving because of Mario Chalmers. I loved becoming a big bro to Rio. I believed we could do something magical if we came together. And that’s exactly what we did! The hardest thing to leave is what I built with those guys. I’ve talked to some of them and will talk to others. Nothing will ever change what we accomplished. History as they say, is history. Except when the NCAA is involved. We are brothers for life.  I also want to thank Micky Arison and Pat Riley for giving me an amazing four years. If it had been amazing-er it could have been five.

I’m writing doing this essay because I want an opportunity to explain myself uninterrupted. I don’t want anyone thinking: He and Erik Spoelstra didn’t get along. … He and Riles didn’t get along. … The Heat couldn’t put the right team together. That’s absolutely not true. Except for the part about Spoelstra. And the part about Pat Riley. And the thing with the crappy roster.

I’m not having a press conference or a party. After this, it’s time to get to work. After I go to the World Cup.

When I left Cleveland, I was on a mission. I was seeking championships, and we won two. But Miami already knew that feeling. Our city hasn’t had that feeling in a long, long, long time. My goal is still to smash open Cleveland’s Championship Chastity Belt win as many titles as possible, no question. But what’s most important for me is bringing one trophy back to Northeast Ohio.

I always believed that I’d return to Cleveland and finish my career there. I just didn’t know when. Except I knew it would be at the end, like I said. After the season, free agency wasn’t even a thought. But I have two boys and my wife, Savannah, is pregnant with a girl. I started thinking about what it would be like to raise my family in my hometown. I looked at other teams, but I wasn’t going to leave Miami for anywhere except Cleveland. And possibly the Lakers if they could have gotten me, Melo, K-Love and Allen Iverson out of retirement. The more time passed, the more it felt right. This is what makes me happy.

To make the move I needed the support of my wife and my mom, who can be very tough. The letter from that dickless dick Dan Gilbert, the booing of the Cleveland fans, the jerseys being burned — seeing all that was hard for them. My emotions were more mixed. It was easy to say, “OK, I don’t want to deal with these people ever again.” But then you think about the other side. What if I were a kid who looked up to an athlete, and that athlete made me want to do better in my own life, and then he left? How would I react? I would have followed him like I followed Bosh to join D-Wade. I definitely wouldn’t have burned his jersey, because that could be a collector’s item some day and I’m about my business. I’ve met with Dan, face-to-face, man-to-man. We’ve talked it out. Everybody makes mistakes. I’ve made mistakes as well. Who am I to hold a grudge? I’m LeBron “King” James.

I’m not promising a championship. I’m not promising two. Not three. Not four. Not five. Not six. Not seven. Not eight. I know how hard that is to deliver. We’re not ready right now. No way. Of course, I want to win next year, but I’m realistic. It will be a long process, much longer than it was in 2010. My patience will get tested. I know that. I’m going into a situation with a young team and a new coach. I will be the old head. Possibly the bald head. But I get a thrill out of bringing a group together and helping them reach a place they didn’t know they could go. I see myself as a mentor now and I’m excited to lead some of these talented young guys. I think I can help Kyrie Irving become one of the best point guards in our league. If he doesn’t, I know I can help get him traded. I think I can help elevate Tristan Thompson and Dion Waiters. If I can’t, I sure as hell can get them out of Cleveland. And I can’t wait to reunite with Anderson Varejao, one of my favorite teammates. As for Andrew Wiggins? Screw that guy. He was never the next me. I’m the next me.

But this is not about the roster or the organization. It’s about me. I feel my calling here goes above basketball. I want to play with Johnny Manziel and the Cleveland Browns organization as well. I have a responsibility to lead, in more ways than one, and I take that very seriously. My presence can make a difference in Miami, but I think it can mean more where I’m from. I want kids in Northeast Ohio, like the hundreds of Akron third-graders I sponsor through my foundation, to realize that there’s no better place to grow up. Maybe some of them will come home after college and start a family or open a business. That would make me smile. Especially if I buy their business for cheap and sell it for too much to other investors. Our community, which has struggled so much, needs all the talent it can get. And I am literally all the talent. All the talent in the world.

In Northeast Ohio, nothing is given. Everything is earned. You work for what you have.

I’m ready to accept the challenge. I’m coming home. Yo, Manziel roll me up one of them bills, brah.

LeBron James: Going Home


SI broke it. Fallout to come from EVERYWHERE. Join us on the Weekly Sports Hangover tomorrow at Noon Eastern to watch us break it down, as only we can.

 

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Full story here: http://www.si.com/nba/2014/07/11/lebron-james-cleveland-cavaliers

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