Oh now feel it coming back again; like a rolling thunder chasing the wind. Forces pulling from the center of the earth again. I can feel it. -Live
The Magic began the game last night by mocking LeBron’s former Cavaliers’ team pre-game antics of snapping photos before tip-off. Like a wise man once said, “Action speak louder than words.” Like Paul McCartney once said, “You better listen what the man says.” LeBron James listened to what the man said. His actions spoke louder than his words. Louder than a bomb! Public Enemy style. LeBron was a regular Teddy Roosevelt last night. He spoke softly and carried a big stick. He carried a big a stick and whacked it all upside the Magic’s heads. Whacked it to the tune of 51 big points. Whacked it to the tune of 11 big boards. Whacked it to the tune of eight big assists. Yowza! Whacked the Magic upside their heads and led the Heat to a 104-100 win over the Magic. The King is dead. Long live the King!
This off season, Magic GM Otis Smith said of LeBron, “I thought he was, I guess, more of a competitor.” Who’s a competitor now Otis? Huh? Huh? Lebron James. That’s who! Hey Otis, there have been only 11 instances in the entire history of the NBA where a player reached the same levels in on game that LeBron done reached in last night’s game. You ain’t one of ‘em. Wilt is (4x). Elgin is (2x). Kareem is (2x). Richie Guerin and Michael are. Michael and LeBron are the only cats who did it in the last 39 years. 39 years! That’s a long time.
You know what has been a long time? Huh? Do ya? It’s been a long time since somebody scored fifty. A long time since somebody got that nifty. Folks have been awful thrifty. Andre Miller had a 52-point game just over a year ago. For those of you keeping score at home, there were 1263 regular-season NBA games played between the 50-point nights by Miller and James. For those of you keeping score at home, that’s the second-longest stretch of games in NBA history without a 50-point performance by an individual player. For those of you keeping score at home, he longest gap was the 1338 games between Karl Malone’s 56-point game on April 7, 1998 and Clifford Robinson’s 50-point output on Jan. 16, 2000.
So what does it all mean? It means LebRon is back, Jack! Back in the back of a Cadillac. Number one with a bullet, he’s a power pack. LeBron is back and he single-handedly destroyed the Magic. LeBron is back and reminding us why his merry band of misfits in Cleveland had the best record in basketball last year. LeBron is back and he is starting to worry some folks. Some Boston Celtics folks. Some Los Angeles Lakers folks. Some San Antonio Spurs folks. Folks like that there. Folks with aspirations. Like my main man Al Capone always says, “When you got an all-out prizefight, you wait until the fight is over, one guy is left standing. That’s how you know who won.” Don’t be surprised if LeBron is that guy.
Peace out homies. Six two and even!