People not from Cleveland often ask us natives during the rare instances when one of our sports teams is in a championship, “are you nervous?”Read more
Watching the NBA playoffs one cannot but be upset at the rampant inequality that the league tolerates. LeBron James constitutes less than 10 percent of the number of players on the Cleveland Cavaliers, but scores about 40 percent of the team’s points. Think what this does to the self-esteem of the other players. Think how it distorts the distribution of the team’s total payroll. Something must be done to end this inequality, to bring equality to basketball.Read more
In the wake of his scintillating 2-for-22 shooting exhibition on the White House basketball court — complete with an air ball, a steady barrage of bricks, and a layup that didn’t so much as draw iron — President Obama is now reportedly trying to enlist the National Basketball Association to help peddle Obamacare. What possible connection is there between the NBA and a government takeover of American medicine? Your guess is as good as the next person’s.Read more
Today at a White House event celebrating the NBA national champions the Miami Heat, President Barack Obama praised stars on the basketball team for taking "their roles as fathers seriously."Read more
Pat Riley, the president of the Miami Heat, skipped the team's meeting with Barack Obama at the White House today. Chuck Todd reports on Twitter:
Tomorrow, President Barack Obama will welcome the Miami Heat to the White House. Star player LeBron James, a donor to Obama's presidential campaign, is expected to attend.Read more
A loyal reader writes in:
Fred Barnes is one of the most astute commentators on Washington policy and politics there is. He is also knowledgeable about sports. But like anyone else, he can sometimes get things wrong—and, sadly, he did with his post “LeBron Leads the U.S. Basketball to Gold.”Read more
President Obama, an avid basketball player and fan, called the head coach of the NBA championship team Miami Heat to say congratulations and to invite the squad to the White House. Obama called Heat coach Erik Spoelstra yesterday from Air Force One.Read more
LeBron James, who choked away the NBA championship with another dismal fourth-quarter performance on Sunday, is the most despised athlete in America, possibly the world. No, make that the solar system. I, like most basketball fans I know, rejoiced when the Dallas Mavericks beat the Heat last Sunday. It was the triumph of the team over a gaggle of hired guns, the triumph of a bunch of selfless unknowns over a galaxy of selfish superstars.Read more
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