Tweet of the Day: LeBron James’ Buckeye Locker Gets Hostile Feedback

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The new renovated $19 million Ohio State Buckeyes basketball facility features a guest locker for an athlete that never even took a class at in Columbus.

LeBron James’ no. 6 locker stands out among the current OSU athletes.


No. 6 LeBron James, a locker that will likely go unused.

James sent out a tweet thanking the university and its athletics staff for the recognition.

Why did he get a locker? Ohio State basketball coach Thad Matta explains.

We always want to pay our respects to him for what he did for us in ’07 in terms of we were the first LeBron school. And obviously we get tremendous product from him, and I know he’s very proud of what he does for us.”

He’s referring to Ohio State athletics being the first school to get endorsed by LeBron’s athletic apparel and shoe line from Nike. Which is, in part, the reason for the locker.

It’s all about recruiting. Showcase the name of an athlete that never played in Columbus and give recruits his brand of shoes and warmups.

Many fans, however, have taken to the internet to express their displeasure with this move. Their feelings are somewhat understandable. Considering that James went straight from high school in Akron, Ohio to the NBA, and later [in their eyes] turned his back on his home state when he chose to leave the Cleveland Cavaliers for the Miami Heat in 2010.

The move makes sense from a recruiting perspective, even if it seems a bit underhanded. Use any and every advantage possible to lure top high school athletes to your school.

The future recruiting classes of OSU basketball athletes will be the measure by which we will ultimately know if this has had any actual effect.  


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Tweet of the Day: Andre Iguodala Has A Fitness Crush?

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This is probably some made-up terminology, but if people can have celebrity crushes, man crushes and lady crushes, why not a fitness crush?

NBA players are generally considered finely tuned athletes. Their sport, being cardio-centric, demands that they be in really great shape, especially those considered to be the best.

Reigning league MVP and Miami Heat superstar LeBron James is 6’9″ and upwards of 260-270 pounds of muscle, with an extremely low 5.2-percent body fat. He is widely regarded as the world’s best basketball player and his versatility makes him one of its greatest athletes.

As far as fitness goes, that must make Golden State Warriors swingman Andre Iguodala a rare specimen.

He, like LeBron, is also among the most versatile athletes in the NBA. At 6’6″ and 207 pounds, he touts an amazing 4-percent body fat. He doesn’t eat junk food, doesn’t like the taste of alcohol (thus avoiding drunkenness) and spends his free time in the gym doing weight training. By all accounts, he is a fitness fanatic.

Just today, he posted a picture and a video of his beach speed training on Instagram.

That considered, if he is wowed by someone else’s workout regimen, it really says something about the quality of their work ethic and their physique.

Enter newfound fitness crush.

A beast indeed. Check out some of her fitness routines.

She is clearly a supreme example of health and fitness. It is no wonder that an elite athlete like Iguodala would be fascinated with her Instagram posts.


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Evening News: 2K Sports releases first trailer for NBA 2K14; Babbitt to play overseas

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Great news for gamers: 2K Sports has released its first official trailer for NBA 2K14. As anticipated, it looks awesome.

Don’t just take my word for it, have a look for yourself!

With LeBron James gracing a video game cover for the first time in his career, it’s fair to expect big things from the new installment of 2K.

The video, which is highly LeBron-centric at the start, also cameos Dwight Howard sporting a Rockets uniform, Monta Ellis electrifying Dallas, and (most importantly) Kent Bazemore ebulliently celebrating an Andre Iguodala alley-oop.

Needless to say, we should all be excited.


Now, onto another development from the NBA…


Babbitt signs with team in Russia

Chris Haynes of reports that former Blazers first round pick Luke Babbitt will be playing in Europe next season.

Babbitt has agreed to a one-year deal with the Russian club BC Nizhny Novgorod. 

The deal does not contain an NBA out clause, meaning Babbitt is committed to playing the entirety of next season in Russia.

Babbitt’s agent, Bill Duffy, believes playing in Europe is the right move for Babbitt at this point in his career:

“My take is Luke needs to play 30 minutes a game and play a more expanded role. We’ve had recent success with both Danny Green (of the San Antonio Spurs) and Patrick Beverley (of the Houston Rockets) getting an opportunity to develop their games in Europe and returning to the NBA. The NBA is a league of opportunity. We feel strongly this is the best move for Luke at this time.”

Babbitt was selected by the Minnesota Timberwolves with the 16th overall pick in the 2010 NBA Draft. He was quickly traded to Portland, where he has developed into a three point specialist of sorts.

Portland made Babbitt an unrestricted free agent after the team declined to exercise the fourth year of his rookie contract.

At only 24, Babbitt still has a chance to return to the NBA in the future. His 6’9″ frame and career 37.2% shooting percentage from the perimeter make him a skilled stretch forward.

Last season Babbitt averaged 3.9 points and 2.2 rebounds in 11.8 minutes per game for Portland.

Five Things to Watch: Cleveland Cavaliers


 DanGilbertPresser100515-300x189In 2011, when the Cleveland Cavaliers were awarded the first overall pick at the NBA’s draft lottery, Nick Gilbert – the son of Cavs owner Dan Gilbert – exclaimed on national television, “What’s not to like?!”

Two years after using that first pick on Kyrie Irving, the Cavaliers were once again awarded the top overall pick at the this year’s draft lottery.  On that night this past May, ESPN’s Heather Cox repeated Nick Gilbert’s question back to him.

“What’s not to like?” she said.

“Being in the lottery,” he responded. 

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Tweet of the Day: LeBron praises Scottie Pippen

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One of the rarest, yet most exciting, occurrences in sports happens when a great player compliments another.

That happened today when LeBron James complimented the game of former Bulls great Scottie Pippen.

The Miami Heat star makes a good point, Pippen may actually deserve more credit than he’s received being Michael Jordan’s longtime sidekick.

In 17 NBA seasons, Pippen averaged 16.1 ppg, 6.4 rpg, 5.2 apg, and 2.0 spg. And besides consistent numbers, he also has a long list of career accomplishments many could only dream of having.


Pippen is a six-time NBA champion, seven-time All-Star, seven-time All-NBA team appearances and still holds the record for most playoff steals with 395.

Definitely a nice tribute from James, but maybe there’s a purpose to his unexpected tweet.

Back in May, King James and Pippen were at the center of a media frenzy over a comment apparently made by the former Bull.

Alonzo Mourning, a former Charlotte Hornets’ and Miami Heat big man, told a crowd of listeners that Pippen said LeBron “would’ve kicked MJ’s ass” in a 1-on-1 game.

Although very controversial, Pippen hasn’t commented on Mourning’s claim and it was eventually swept under the rug.

Perhaps James was repaying the favor to Pippen.

Either way, there’s no denying the ability of Pippen and the power of him, Jordan and Dennis Rodman all on the court together.


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