Pic: T-Shirt Indicates Late Arriving Miami Heat Fan

A photo before Game 1 of the Heat-Boston playoff series:

Pregnant Miami Heat Fan

Oh, and there were some empty seats before Game Two last night:

Miami Heat Empty Courtside Seats Covered With T-Shirts

Miami Heat Empty Courtside Seats Covered With T-Shirts


Nice to see Sammy Sosa scoring courtside.

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Video: Pat Riley Is Dancing For Your Amusement

You heard me.

Pat Riley Dances

DISCLAIMER: Before you click through to the video, no, you can’t have those :53 seconds of your life back. Read more…

LeBron Plays Entourage With Bachelor Mansion

I lived in Miami in 2008 and quickly learned there’s really only two areas you want to live if you’re anywhere near downtown: South Beach or Coconut Grove.

LeBron James Commute

(James’ commute is 15 minutes - with South Beach a postgame bridge away)

Both are centers of activity in more ways than one but Coconut Grove is certainly more family friendly, hence LeBron James putting down stakes in the latter with a recent $9 million manse acquisition.

Lebron James Mansion

(Full rundown of the neighborhood)

James’ tri-level, 12,000 square-foot estate was built in 2010 on a 20,000 square-foot lot. The abode has Biscayne Bay views from every room and boasts a concrete dock which can fit up to two 60-foot yachts.

Lebron James Mansion

(Photo credit: Obeo.com)

The house was originally listed at $12 milllion but James - apparently - snapped it up for $3 million less.

LeBron James Mansion

James sidekick baby mama Savannah Brinson would most likely be delighted with the decision to stay away from South Beach, but since she’s wintering with the kids in Akron(!) I have a feeling Maverick Carter & Co. are all set to reenact Entourage. Read more…

Think LeBron Bump Not Deliberate? Think Again

Much has been made about LeBron James bumping Miami Heat coach Eric Spoelstra last night during the Heat’s 106-95 loss at Dallas.

LeBron Bumps Into Miami Coach Video

The video is somewhat compelling, especially given James’ arm flourish at the end - which may have punctuated a deliberate non-verbal message. Or not.

Perhaps even more compelling though is that James did almost exactly the same thing in 2007.

While playing for Cleveland that year, James was also walking to the bench during a timeout when he appeared to initiate a shoulder-to-shoulder collision with then-Cavaliers Coach Mike Brown.

But in that case, there was an overheard angle to the video. An angle that appears to show James turning into Brown before the two collided. Read more…

Cavs Beat Writer Bolting To ESPN To Cover Heat?

Multiple sources have confirmed to me in the past week that ESPN has designs on hiring Cleveland Cavaliers beat reporter Brian Windhorst away from the CLEVELAND PLAIN DEALER to cover the Miami Heat this season for ESPN.com.

Brian Windhorst

Windhorst, who has covered the Cavs sinces 2003, has not been available for comment in the past week, though he did file a story for the Plain Dealer yesterday and has yet to announce a change of address publicly. Sources tell me that a deal between Windhorst and ESPN has not yet been finalized.

Windhorst already has ties to Bristol. Since 2006, he’s contributed to ESPN.com and ESPN2’s First Take television show on a part-time basis. He also reportedly has a home in Jupiter, Florida - a relatively short drive from Miami.

Late last week ESPN was also in the process of hiring another well-known, Miami-based NBA reporter to cover the Heat for ESPN.com. Read more…

Social Security Number Required To Cover LeBron

Here’s one of the forms the Miami Heat is requiring media members to fill out if they want to cover the team during training camp:

Miami Heat Credential Form

The form requires a social security number, driver’s license number, date of birth, and other sensitive personal info.

Miami Heat: no internet access inside training camp gym

(Sorry gang, no web access inside the gym either)

So why does the Heat need that information from a media member? Read more…

OSU Refused LeBron ‘Full Police Escort’ Demand

Earlier this week Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor virtually guaranteed that LeBron James would be booed if he attended today’s Ohio State-Miami football game in Columbus by telling Buckeye fans not to boo “my mentor.”

LeBron wanted full police escort at Ohio State-Miami game

(Meanwhile, Jeremy Shockey was granted big fat alumni guy escort)

Before the game Saturday, ESPN college football reporter Bruce Feldman noted on his Twitter account that, “OSU security guy said LeBron wanted a full police escort today..’He’ll probably get one guy… He made his decision.‘” Read more…

Terrelle Pryor Tells OSU Fans Not To Boo LeBron

Doug Lesmerises of the CLEVELAND PLAIN DEALER reports that Terrelle Pryor has other things on his mind as the Buckeyes prepare for the Univ. of Miami on Saturday in Columbus.

LeBron James wearing Yankees cap

(Pryor on his “mentor”: “He’s a Buckeye. He’s a Buckeye.”)

Lesmerises reports that the OSU quarterback believes LeBron Jamesplans to attend” the Hurricanes-Ohio State game. That fact has Pryor so worried about the behavior of Buckeye fans - in response to LeBron - that he sent a message to the OSU faithful through the media: Read more…

This’ll Cheer Up Cavalier Fans! .. okay .. maybe not

Last Friday John Mayer played the Cleveland-area Blossom Music Center. For the encore, he hit the stage wearing a Cleveland Cavaliers jersey.

John Mayer promises to wear Cavaliers jersey to West Palm Beach/Miami show

Mayer said while wearing the jersey, “Our last show of this tour (September 11 in Miami) I’m going to come out on stage wearing this in Miami.

Cool! One small detail though. The show isn’t in Miami. Read more…

LeBron Interview: ‘We hated Cleveland growing up’

The LeBron James self-immolation parade continues this week as he’s back with more third person, revisionist wisdom in an interview with GQ magazine.

LeBron James

(Pinata endorsement part of the plan?)

Here’s some samples of the remarks James recently made to GQ writer J.R. Moehringer:

“It’s not far, but it is far. And Clevelanders, because they were the bigger-city kids when we were growing up, looked down on us.… So we didn’t actually like Cleveland. We hated Cleveland growing up. There’s a lot of people in Cleveland we still hate to this day.”

Despite those comments, James also curiously claimed to Moehringer that he’d consider one day returning to the Cavs:

“If there was an opportunity for me to return and those fans welcome me back, that’d be a great story.”

Somehow I think that story though won’t be authored by current Cavs owner Dan Gilbert. James, once again speaking in third person: Read more…