The Cavaliers were perilously close to losing Game One of their first-round series against the Detroit Pistons last night at home. But their three stars — LeBron James, Kyrie Irving, and Kevin Love — all came up with big games. Love, who averaged just 16 points during the regular season, had 28 points and 13 rebounds. James had a double double himself, with 22 points and 11 assists. And Irving lead the team in scoring with 31 points.
With the news that Lebron James will star in a movie called "Ballers" with comedian Kevin Hart, here's a look at some great shots of the four-time MVP, 2012 <italics>Sports Illustrated</italics> Sportsman of the Year, and back-to-back Finals MVP, from his days as a mischievous little boy to now.
James was magical in his rookie season, racking up 25 points, nine assists, six rebounds and four steals in his first NBA game. He averaged more than 20 points per game and took home Rookie of the Year Honors in 2003-04.
Fans and experts alike wonder how good LeBron could have been as a pro football player, given his size and strength. He was an All-State wide receiver in high school, and even Packers president Mark Murphy has compared his skills to Jerry Rice's.
LeBron entered the 2010 offseason as the most sought-after free agent on the market. After contemplating a future in New York, New Jersey, Chicago, Miami or a return to Cleveland, James chose to take his talents to South Beach where he could play with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh.
James joins Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade at a Miami performing arts center to celebrate Bosh's 28th birthday in March 2012. No word on whether this newly formed band performed any songs for the audience.
LeBron enjoys a cigar after winning his second consecutive NBA championship and Finals MVP.
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Rare Photos of LeBron James
Kinsler's heady play
In yesterday's 4–5 loss to the Houston Astros, Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler did something very clever. With Colby Rasmus on first and Tyler White hitting, Kinsler intentional missed a pop up, then threw to second base to get the faster Rasmus out and put White on base instead. The infield fly rule did not apply, as there was no batter on second base. So Kinsler merely made the smart choice of stranding the slower runner.