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    BOSTON -- LeBron James and the Miami Heat were showered with chants of "Overrated!" They sure looked that way in their debut as a team formed to win a championship.
    The Celtics showed off their togetherness against the Heat and won the battle of the Big Threes,



    The old Big Three of the Boston Celtics, playing under the franchise's 17 title banners, beat the new Big Three of James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh 88-80 on Tuesday night.

    The Heat, though, knew it would take time to jell.

    "It's a feel-out process," James said. "When you have so many options, it's something I'm not accustomed to, having that many threats out on the court at the same time."

    Celtics coach Doc Rivers is convinced the Heat will progress into a title contender.

    "They're going to be great," he said.

    Not yet, though. Wade and Bosh weren't even all that good on opening night.

    Wade was limited to 13 points on 4-of-16 shooting and Bosh added eight points and eight rebounds. The trio combined for 15 of the Heat's 17 turnovers -- eight by James, six by Wade and one by Bosh. And Miami was outscored 16-9 in the first quarter.

    "This is one of 82," said Wade, whose preseason action was limited to the first three minutes because of a strained right hamstring. "Sorry if everyone thought we were going to go 82-0. It just ain't happening."

    James announced his intention to leave Cleveland for Miami, revealing "The Decision" on national television 110 days before the opener.

    Tuesday's decision went to the Celtics behind 20 points from Ray Allen, 19 from Paul Pierce and 10 points and 10 rebounds from Kevin Garnett. Rajon Rondo had 17 assists, two more than Miami had as a team.

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    Miami: L. James 31 Pts, 4 Reb, 3 Ast, 1 Stl, 2 Blk

    Boston: P. Pierce 19 Pts, 9 Reb, 3 Ast, 1 Stl
     
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    Kobe Bryant's 27, Steve Blake's 3 help Lakers edge Yao Ming, Rockets












    [​IMG] LOS ANGELES - OCTOBER 26: The jersey of Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers hangs in the locker room before the start of the new season and game.


    If you take out each team's "Big Three" - the Celtics supporting cast outscored the Heat's supporting cast by 11 points. They also had a big edge in assists... thanks to Rajon Rondo, who picked up 17 assists for the Celtics Tuesday.
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    LOS ANGELES -- Kobe Bryant scored 27 points, newcomer Steve Blake hit the go-ahead 3-pointer with 18.8 seconds left, and the Los Angeles Lakers opened defense of their back-to-back NBA titles with a 112-110 victory over the Houston Rockets on Tuesday night.
    Pau Gasol had 29 points and 11 rebounds for the Lakers, who hung the golden banner celebrating their 16th NBA championship and handed out their impossibly gaudy rings in a heartfelt pregame ceremony.
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    • The Lakers came back from an 11-point halftime deficit, outscoring the Rockets 61-48 in the second half. It's their third straight season-opening win and their eighth win in their last nine games vs. Houston. The Lakers are now 41-22 in season openers, good for an all-time best .651 win percentage.
    • Kobe Bryant scored 27 points and had seven assists, slightly below his 27.7 career scoring average in season openers.
    • Yao Ming scored nine points, grabbed 11 rebounds and blocked two shots in his first game since April 15, 2009.
    • Phil Jackson is now one win away from becoming the fifth coach with at least 1,100 career wins.
    -- ESPN Stats & Information



    The champs then fell behind by 15 points before rallying for a fourth-quarter lead behind a 3-point barrage by Shannon Brown, who scored 14 of his 16 points in a 6 1/2-minute span.
    The clubs traded the lead four times in the final minute, but Houston's Luis Scola missed a difficult scoop shot with 3 seconds left. After officials used a lengthy video review to award possession of the loose ball to Houston with 2.4 seconds to play, Aaron Brooks' layup attempt at the buzzer was blocked by Lamar Odom.
    Kevin Martin scored 26 points and Brooks had 18 of his 24 in the first half of Houston's eighth loss in its last nine regular-season meetings with the Lakers.
    Yao Ming had nine points and 11 rebounds before fouling out with 6:30 left in his first NBA game since the 2009 playoffs, also against the Lakers. The Chinese center missed last season after surgery on his left foot.
    The Lakers didn't make the celebration easy in their first real game at Staples Center since that gut-wrenching, come-from-behind victory in Game 7 of the NBA finals four months ago. Los Angeles trailed by 11 points late in the third quarter before a 21-4 run featuring 12 consecutive points.
    But the details of the opener paled in comparison to the pregame festivities for the nine remaining Lakers. The Lakers' rings are ostentatious masterpieces of excess, featuring 16 oversized diamonds for each Lakers title, a three-dimensional rendering of each player's face, and even a small piece of the leather from a basketball used in Game 7 of the NBA finals.

    More on the Lakers

    [​IMG] For more news, notes and analysis of the Lakers, check out the Land O' Lakers blog from the Kamenetzky Brothers. Blog



    In contrast, the ring ceremony was small and heartwarming. NBA commissioner David Stern and Lakers executive Jeanie Buss stood at center court waiting for coach Phil Jackson, who accepted his 11th ring and said a few kind words before introducing forward Luke Walton, who introduced Odom, who introduced Ron Artest -- all the way to Derek Fisher introducing Bryant to thunderous applause.
    "This is what we play for," Jackson said.
     
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    I think Wade might be realizing that he just gave his team away.
    Lebron is a beast.. the fastest, strongest big guard anybody has ever seen..
    he's like a more complete dominique Wilkins.. and anybody on a team with
    Lebron is just the help. Until Lebron decides to take less of the spotlight
    and get his big strong self down on the block where he belongs,
    his teams will always be The Lebron Show.. He should be averaging
    about 20 points, 15 boards, 3 blocks and 7 or 8 assists..
    If he were to do that with this lineup, his team would have a
    legitimate chance of winning it all. But he already walked away from the
    team with the best record in the league.. how often do you see that
    happen?

    What I really liked was seeing Shaq out there doing it again.. The media
    has sort of blacked him out for the last couple of years but Shaq still demands
    attention on the court. He's still a big body with a ton of experience and
    and fist full of championship rings..

    Shaq went 3 for 7 from the field and 3 for 8 from the line.. getting to the line that
    many times is a good sign. only paul pierce got as many shots from the line.
    he got the start and had 9 points, 7 boards in 18 minutes.. and only had 1 turnover..
    Thats pretty good for an old man.. compare that with Garnett's 10 points and 10 boards and 7..
    yes.. 7 turnovers.. in 36 minutes.. and it looks even better.. I think Shaq is going to have a good
    season..
     
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    Exactly skuderjaymes!

    I will forever go on record and say that I do not hate LeBron; I am not hating on the Heat or anything like that. In fact the truth is I am not even a fan of the game anymore; I am more like one of those ESPN Analysts who do not get paid for their analysis, just as most of us are.

    Anyways, yes I watched at least the last quarter of last night's game and as I piece everything together, the Miami Heat, at least for the time being, are another 'LeBron-owned' team. I have reason to feel that now it is LeBron who owns the team, leads the team, has the say, calls the shots; you get the picture. I am not saying that is right or wrong; I am just saying it appears that way.

    Last, I spent all summer thinking this squad over and do you realize that by the time they become really good many of the current players on the roster may not be there? Mike Miller is good, but I think he'll be gone by like Year 3. Eddie House, Haslem and Arroyo are good but I can see them gone by like the second or third year(s), and J. Howard, Zydrunas and Jerry Stackhouse are near the end of their careers and could be gone soon as well. Point is, this is a championship team in the making and they will not get "super"-good until coaching changes, the veterans are gone, and new, dominant, game-changing faces start to show up.

    Remember when Shaq and Kobe first joined the Lakers? They did not start winning championships right away; they had to drop Walter Campbell, make coaching changes (bringing Phil in), Rick Fox and Robert Horry came in the picture, then they started 3-peating and becoming dominant. I have no doubt in my mind the Heat will do well this year, but 2 things: (1) LeBron runs the team and (2) I just do not see how that current roster, with only 2-3 months of being together, could right away be predicted to win 70 games and a ring at the end of Season 1 (oh yeah - Don't forget about how the lockout will impact this championship run as well because there will be a lockout!). Last note I was just thinking - exactly how good is Bosh and what difference alone does he make with this team?

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    You know I just seen the new LeBron commercial...well first, view it and tell me what you think. I will reserve my comments but will say I could stand out from the majority opinion.

     
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    I think they can win a title right off just like Boston did with there big three in Ray / Paul and Garnett
    but once again James had to carry the load Bosh and Wade need to show up every game and produce

    Looking at L.James Nike Commercial , not sure what to make of it , (What should i do) hit me that he asked!

    gonna take anotherlook at that commercial
     
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    the old one was removed by nike.. here it is again.

     
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    Kwabena,

    I think it's good PR for him. I think his fan base.. his black fan base is alright
    with his decision.. they just want to see him play. But he just messed with a
    lot of white folks' money.. and that is what will keep the media pressure on him.
    You can't mess with their money. Like Jordan, he took a relatively worthless
    franchise and made it incredibly valueable.. but because of the slave plantation
    system they have in place in pro sports he wasn't offered a partnership.. a piece
    of the team.. he was offered a tiny fraction of the money that he generates for
    that team.. for that city.. for that state.. and as a result, he bounced.. he has
    no loyalty to his "owners". question: Would you rather live in Miami or
    Cleveland? What young man would choose to live in Cleveland Ohio? It's a small
    market.. it's not nearly as exciting as Miami.. and that's really what it came
    down to. Wade and Bosh will be gone as soon as their contracts are up.. or
    sooner.. Miami will be Lebron's team.. and by the end of his career folks will
    forget that he was ever in Cleveland. ​
     
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    I don't know Rich.. Allen and Garnett were the quintessential team player-
    types.. Their egos are not quite as big as Wade and Lebron.. they don't
    lick their lips and primp in front of the mirror quite as much.. these guys
    are all business.. and remember also, that the player that makes it all work in
    Boston is Rajon Rondo.. 17 assists in game one.. more than the entire
    Miami team.. and let's also not forget that the key to the whole thing is that
    they have one of the top coaches in the NBA. Doc Rivers is a phenomenal
    coach.. and the key to the whole thing. Lebron couldn't win in Cleveland
    because Mike Brown was a buster.. he didn't know what he was doing.. and
    you could see it clearly whenever he had to make a decision.. which wasn't
    often since he was afraid of Lebron. When was the last time a nobody coach
    won and NBA championship? It doesn't matter how talented your team is,
    you will come into contact with a team that is as talented.. and who wins will
    be determined by who has the most successful strategy. Basketball is chess,
    not checkers.. you can't win a 7 game series against an elite team just by
    improvising.. there has got to be a concrete strategy in place for the entire
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    Well first since you mentioned it, i'm gonna preface this by saying it is interesting to me how LeBron's former agent is now Kevin Durant's current agent, so that explains the business-end of both players.

    Personally I hold LeBron to a higher standard because he accepted and swallowed all the hype he received, and when it comes time for him to meet the expectations he can't do it and everyone makes excuses for him. Now I do realize he is human, but for someone who wants to be up there with MJ and Oscar and Bill Russell, his career thus far is nowhere near that. Did Kevin Durant swallow the hype? No. For example, he said I want my teammates on the Sports Illustrated cover with me, allows his coaches to teach him the game, and only serves to get better. Ever since LeBron stepped into the NBA, he has been the coach, leader, and main voice of the franchise. As good as Kobe was back then, he was and is not the voice of the Laker's franchise, let alone the coach on the bench. LeBron and his fans at that need to take a lesson from Kevin Durant - humble yourself and allow your coaches to teach you and let your teammates share the hype.

    Another thing - I highly disagree with comparing the Heat to the Celtics, and Skuderjaymes made the case for me. Paul Pierce is not the coach, face, and everything of the team; Doc Rivers did not go from team photographer to championship coach via learning from a guy like Pat Riley. Doc Rivers is an all-business coach and that year the Celtics won they had size and defense. We enter this season questioning if the Heat can play defense. Plus as skuder said and i'll re-mention it briefly - Ray Allen and KG are role players who just happen to play their roles very, very well. We knew KG's defensive background from his T-wolve days; there was no hype about that and Ray Allen has always been a sharp-shooter. Then again as I continue to say about the Celtic's squad, it's ridiculous how people keep giving credit to the Big-3 alone and not give credit to PJ Brown and his defense, Kendrick Perkins and his defense, and Eddie House n' James Posey for their bench production not to mention Rondo handling the ball.

    The Heat will get there, but just not so soon. I am dying to hear how with superstar talent alone this team will live up to the hype and be crowned Champions in June...
     
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