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Category Archives: Lebron James

LeBron Speaks Up

I really hesitate to step forward. I’m not the meddler many say. I simply lobby for what’s best for my team. I complimented Luke Walton for good coaching late this season. I tried to protect him. Ignore those who say I’d already ordered my lieutenants to undercut him. Magic Johnson wanted him out anyway. Luke […]

Also posted in Brandon Ingram, Cleveland, Jeanie Buss, Kawhi Leonard, Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson, Lonzo Ball, Los Angeles Lakers, Luke Walton

The Doncic Addiction

In recent years I’d heard the loudening chants: there’s a basketball prodigy in Europe named Luka Doncic and in 2018 he’s going to descend on the NBA and immediately become a “transformational” player. Okay, I thought, let me check him out. I watched highlight tapes and read scouting reports, and concluded his average speed and […]

Also posted in Basketball, Basketball and Football, Dallas, Dallas Mavericks, De'Aaron Fox, Luka Doncic, Marvin Bagley

Jerry West Watches the Lakers

At the Lakers third game this season, against the Spurs, I turned in my courtside seat, pulled out my mini-binoculars and spotted Jerry West standing in a luxury box. I hustled upstairs, twice used a counterfeit pass to trick security guards, and reached the hallowed door on which I knocked. A starlet opened up, and […]

Also posted in Basketball, DeMar DeRozan, Gregg Popovich, Jerry West, Josh Hart, LaMarcus Aldridge, Los Angeles Clippers, Los Angeles Lakers, San Antonio, Wilt Chamberlain

LeBron James Assesses the Lakers

(Correspondent LeBron James files the first Lakers dispatch of the 2018-2019 season.) Talk to analytical scientists all you want. I’ll instead offer meat and potatoes to clarify why I’m concerned about my Lakers after the first two games this season. We hit a higher field goal percentage and modestly more baskets than either the Portland […]

Also posted in Basketball, Brandon Ingram, Karl-Anthony Towns, Kawhi Leonard, Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson, Kyle Kuzma, Lonzo Ball, Los Angeles Lakers

Melania Defends LeBron James

Soaring through the heavens in mighty Air Force One, President Donald Trump grabs his tweeter and writes, “LeBron James was just interviewed by the dumbest man on television, Don Lemon. He made LeBron look smart, which isn’t easy to do. I like Mike!” Two minutes later, grim and squeezing her pink tweeter, Melania Trump rushes […]

Also posted in Basketball, CNN, Donald Trump, Education, Fox News, Marriage, Melania Trump

LeBron’s European Vacation

Despite trying to relax in and around a coastal castle magically backed by snowy Alpine peaks, LeBron James is tense during his European vacation. Every time he surfs he falls right off and is swallowed by massive waves. Efforts to hang glide invariably snap the cord connected to the speedboat and LeBron’s again deposited in […]

Also posted in Anthony Davis, Basketball, Basketball and Football, Kawhi Leonard, Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson, Los Angeles Lakers, Magic Johnson

Summertime Love for Sacramento Kings

I like living in Lubbock year round and rooting for my alma mater Texas Tech Red Raiders in football and basketball but recently surrendered to my fifth wife, Melanie, who’s from Sacramento and during the seven months I’ve known her has been pestering me to buy a second home here so we can watch her […]

Also posted in Basketball, Basketball and Football, De'Aaron Fox, George Thomas Clark, Los Angeles Lakers, Sacramento, Sacramento Kings

LeBron Updates Free Agency

Please ignore reports I screamed like an unanesthetized dental patient upon learning that stellar forward Paul George, presumed to be bound for the glorious Los Angeles Lakers, instead signed to stay a few years on the arid plain of Oklahoma City. I confess I did shout in pain but the source was physical rather than […]

Also posted in Basketball, Basketball and Football, Brandon Ingram, Cleveland, Julius Randle, Kawhi Leonard, Kevin Durant, Kyle Kuzma, Lonzo Ball, Los Angeles Lakers, Paul George, Philadelphia

LeBron Analyzes Draft

Please don’t ask what I plan to do because at the moment I only know I’m going to make a few comments about the NBA draft, the most essential being: thank god for basketball and my flat screen TV on which I behold the huge image of seven-one muscleman DeAndre Ayton. If this numero uno […]

Also posted in Basketball, Chris Broussard, Collin Sexton, DeAndre Ayton, Luka Doncic, Marvin Bagley, Trae Young

LeBron and Gilbert at the Summit

About four o’clock this dark morning five armored SUVs enter an Akron estate, a man in the first vehicle using an electronic device to open the wrought iron gate, and speed to the entrance of a mansion boasting more than thirty thousand square feet. At least ten camouflaged commandos emerge from somewhere and aim automatic […]

Also posted in Basketball, Basketball and Football, Chris Paul, Dan Gilbert, Golden State Warriors, James Harden, Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving

LeBron Hires Hypnotist

Siefried, the world’s preeminent hypnotist, proudly steps into the Cavaliers locker room after game three and says, “Where is LeBron? I’ve come to accept his congratulations.” “I’m right here, you charlatan,” says the star, stepping close and looking down. “I beg your pardon. Can you not count?” “I count fine. We just lost by eight […]

Also posted in Basketball, Cleveland, Draymond Green, Golden State Warriors, Kevin Durant, Kevin Love, Stephen Curry, Tyronn Lue

Steph Curry Rescues LeBron

After game two Dan Gilbert marches into the locker room of his Cleveland Cavaliers and tugs the back of LeBron James’ jersey. “Hey, we gotta talk.” “I’ll give you five minutes when we get back to Cleveland.” “You’ll talk now or I’ll suspend you the rest of this series.” “Sure, we’re down two-oh and I’m […]

Also posted in Basketball, Cleveland, Dan Gilbert, Golden State Warriors, Stephen Curry

LeBron Declares: Referees Robbed Us

Following game one of the NBA finals, it’s unfortunate fans can’t celebrate my masterful fifty-one points to lead the Cleveland Cavaliers to an upset over the formidable Golden State Warriors. Instead, we’re talking about obtuse referees who turned a great game into a farce. Late in the fourth quarter, I cleanly stripped the ball from […]

Also posted in Basketball, Basketball and Football, Cleveland, George Thomas Clark, Golden State Warriors, Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry

LeBron Previews NBA Finals

I’m thankful to be drowsy en route to dreamland where I can forget my body’s thirty-three-years old and tired from playing more minutes than anyone in the league and twice carrying us to playoff victories in game seven, and that almost everyone’s saying the Warriors are too good no matter what LeBron does, they’ve got […]

Also posted in Basketball, Basketball and Football, Boston Celtics, Cleveland, Dennis Rodman, George Thomas Clark, Golden State Warriors, Jose Abeto Zaide, Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson, Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippin, Stephen Curry

Gilbert Demands Examination of LeBron

In a lather, Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert calls and tells me to get online and click the link he just sent. I do so and listen as he says, “Who the hell’s that little dude standing next to Joel Embid after the game? Looks like he’s smiling up at his hero. And check out poor […]

Also posted in Basketball, Basketball and Football, Ben Simmons, Cleveland, Dan Gilbert, George Thomas Clark, Joel Embid, Philadelphia

Cavaliers Reshape the World

Quietly I enter Dan Gilbert’s office and ease into a corner to watch him stare at a massive wall map of the United States. Every few seconds he tightens arms locked across his chest and juts his jaw at various targets – NBA cities across the land. LeBron James and general manager Koby Altman stand […]

Also posted in Basketball, Basketball and Football, Cleveland, Dan Gilbert, Koby Altman, Kyrie Irving

Manila Bulletin Posts “LeBron’s Championship Dreams”

Manila Bulletin Columnist Jose Abeto Zaide, former Philippine ambassador to Germany and France, has again posted one of my stories in his column, this time “LeBron’s Championship Dreams.” Click here to read on Manila Bulletin “Basketball and Football” on Amazon.com “Basketball and Football” on Apple, Barnes & Nobles, Kobo, and Wherever Books Are Sold

Also posted in Basketball, Basketball and Football, George Thomas Clark, Jose Abeto Zaide

LeBron’s Championship Dreams

Am I dreaming? I hope so and we aren’t really getting bushwhacked by Oklahoma City and surrendering forty-three points in the first quarter to trail by nineteen. Despite shooting well we’re down sixteen at halftime and twenty after three quarters and let the gathering Thunder hit fifty-eight percent while they hang a hundred forty-eight on […]

Also posted in Basketball, Basketball and Football, Bill Russell, Dan Gilbert, Donald Sterling, George Thomas Clark, Kareem Abdul Jabbar, Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, Magic Johnson, Stephen Curry

5-Star Review for “Basketball and Football”

I would like to thank Lance Smith, the Sports Book Guy, one of the top reviewers of sports books in the nation, for his kind words about my most recent book, “Basketball and Football.” Sports Book Guy Lance Smith January 20, 2018 “With one of the simplest titles for a sports book, ‘Basketball and Football’ […]

Also posted in Basketball, Basketball and Football, Football, George Thomas Clark, Kobe Bryant, O.J. Simpson

Balls in Lithuania

I surrender. No longer can I pretend I’m uninterested in the Big Baller Ball Family. In fact, I sense I’m going to write about them whenever I get the urge. I don’t care father LaVar, aside from Donald Trump, is the most obnoxious man in the nation. It doesn’t matter he gets more publicity than […]

Also posted in Basketball, Ben Simmons, De'Aaron Fox, Donald Trump, LaMelo Ball, LaVar Ball, LiAngelo Ball, Lithuania, Lonzo Ball

“Basketball and Football” is Published

In a rousing trip through the worlds of Basketball and Football, George Thomas Clark explores the professional basketball league in Mexico, the Herculean talents of Wilt Chamberlain, the difficulties and humor of attempting to play basketball in middle age, and observes that coaching at Caltech can be more painful than studying all night for a […]

Also posted in Basketball, Basketball and Football, Bill Walsh, Donald Rogers, Football, George Thomas Clark, John Wooden, Kevin Durant, Kobe Bryant, Kristaps Porzingis, Kyrie Irving, O.J. Simpson, Stephen Curry, Wilt Chamberlain

Point Guard Mania

This story is part of the collection “Basketball and Football” Damn it, Kyrie Irving, I’d planned to focus my comments on rookie point guards but now you and your advisors have upset everyone by announcing you want to leave Cleveland so you can be king of a franchise. Please note you began your career as […]

Also posted in Basketball, Cleveland, De'Aaron Fox, Dennis Smith, Kyrie Irving, Lonzo Ball, Los Angeles Lakers, Markelle Fultz, Sacramento Kings

The General Manager

This story is in the collection “Basketball and Football”

Also posted in Basketball, Carmelo Anthony, Dwyane Wade, Kevin Love, Paul George

How to Win Next Year

This story is in the collection “Basketball and Football”

Also posted in Basketball, Bill O'Reilly, Draymond Green, John Havlicek, Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson, Kyrie Irving, Red Auerbach, Sam Jones, Stephen Curry

Game Four Diary

This story is in the collection “Basketball and Football”

Also posted in Basketball, Kevin Love, Kyrie Irving, Tristan Thompson, Tyronn Lue

Mr. Clutch

This story is in the collection “Basketball and Football”

Also posted in Basketball, Bill Russell, Jerry West, Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, Wilt Chamberlain

The Warrior

This story is in the collection “Basketball and Football”

Also posted in Basketball, Dan Gilbert, Draymond Green, Karl-Anthony Towns, Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson, Paul George, Stephen Curry

Diabolical Game Two

This story is in the collection “Basketball and Football”

Also posted in Basketball, Dan Gilbert, Draymond Green, Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson, Stephen Curry, Titanic, Tyronn Lue

Ominous Game One

This story is in the collection “Basketball and Football”

Also posted in Basketball, Cleveland, Dan Gilbert, Golden State Warriors, Karl-Anthony Towns, Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson

The Underdog

This story is in the collection “Basketball and Football”

Also posted in Basketball, Bill Russell, Cleveland, Dan Gilbert, Jerry West, Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, Oakland, Stephen Curry, Wilt Chamberlain

Fall of Pop

warriors bomb spurs lebron fires popovich

Also posted in Basketball, Cleveland, Gregg Popovich, Poetry - GTC, San Antonio

Wilt Calls LeBron

This story is in the collection “Basketball and Football”

Also posted in Basketball, Bill Russell, Elgin Baylor, Jerry West, John Havlicek, Kevin Love, Kyrie Irving, Wilt Chamberlain

At the Summit

This story is in the collection “Basketball and Football”

Also posted in Basketball, Cleveland, Golden State Warriors, Kyrie Irving, Stephen Curry, Tristan Thompson

Curing Dan Gilbert

This story is in the collection “Basketball and Football”

Also posted in Basketball, Chris Bosh, Cleveland, Dan Gilbert, Detroit, Drugs, Dwyane Wade, Elvis Presley, Manu Ginobelli, Mental Health, Michael Jackson, Tim Duncan

Alcohol v. Pot

I was a happy tourist at the pinnacle of Washington’s Monument when I became woozy and awakened an indeterminate time later in a dungeon. God, kidnapped by terrorists, I thought but reconsidered when several white males, attired in green surgical gowns, marched in and one said, “Experimentation will begin when the chief returns.” “Who’s he […]

Also posted in Alcohol, Barack Obama, Basketball, Drugs, Kevin Durant, Marijuana

LeBron Released

This story is in the collection “Basketball and Football”

Also posted in Basketball, Cleveland, Miami Heat, San Antonio, Tim Duncan

Pray for Heat

Sunbathers and other celebrities believe Miami Heat certain to beat Indiana Pacers in series tied at two. I say lunch pail Pacers have five of eight best players, hobbled Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh aren’t second and third after LeBron James, and big Pacers Roy Hibbert, David West, and Paul George outrebounded all Heat in […]

Also posted in Basketball, Indiana, Miami, Miami Heat, Short Pieces - GTC

Internal James

in crunch throw king james ball don’t really want but gotta dribble hard in place rather not drive now maybe i’ll shoot from timbuktu or you do something

Also posted in Basketball, Cleveland, Miami, Miami Heat, Poetry - GTC

Hires Basketball Guru

This story is in the collection “Basketball and Football”

Also posted in Andrew Bynum, Basketball, Dirk Nowitzki, Dwight Howard, Miami, Pat Riley, Psychology, Ray Allen

Dallas Does James

This story is in the collection “Basketball and Football”

Also posted in Basketball, Dallas, Dallas Mavericks, Dirk Nowitzki, Dwyane Wade, Jason Kidd, Miami, Miami Heat, Pat Riley

LeBron Visits Beloved Cleveland

This story is in the collection “Basketball and Football”

Also posted in Basketball, Cleveland, Miami

Clippers Carve Kings during Thanksgiving Feast

On Thanksgiving night I made my first visit to Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles since New Year’s Day when the defending-champion Lakers hosted an aroused and hot-shooting group of young Sacramento Kings who would’ve prevailed if Kobe Bryant, with customary flair, hadn’t swished a three-point jumper a millisecond before the final horn. The capacity […]

Also posted in Basketball, Blake Griffin, Demarcus Cousins, Eric Gordon, Gavin Maloof, Joe Maloof, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Los Angeles Clippers, Los Angeles Lakers, Michael Jordan, Oscar Robertson, Sacramento, Sacramento Kings, Tyreke Evans

Time to Pay College Athletes

This story is in the collection “Basketball and Football”

Also posted in Basketball, Football, Golf, Heisman Trophy, Media, Michael Jackson, Movies, Music, NCAA, Newspapers, Racism, Radio, Reggie Bush, Shirley Temple, Stevie Wonder, Tiger Woods, USC

Cruising in My First Car

I wish I’d been more on the ball and returned to somehow punish the scoundrel who sold me my first car. The deed occurred on an ominous weeknight when my stepfather drove me east of Sacramento to a fine suburban home where a slender dorky old man at least forty-five opened the door and said, […]

Also posted in Alcohol, Babe Ruth, Baseball, Basketball, Cars & Driving, Civil War - American, Elvis Presley, Football, George Thomas Clark, Grambling University, Grapevine, Highway 99, Jim Cleamons, Kentucky, Los Angeles, Louisiana, Luke Witte, Mississippi, New York City, Niagara Falls, Notre Dame, Ohio, Ohio State University, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Racism, Roberto Clemente, Sacramento, Siege of Vicksburg, Tennessee, Texas, Travel, Ulysses S. Grant, Vanderbilt University, Western Kentucky University, Woody Hayes

Dan Gilbert Condemns

This story is in the collection “Basketball and Football”

Also posted in Basketball, Cleveland, Dan Gilbert, Miami

The Battle for LeBron James

This story is in the collection “Basketball and Football”

Also posted in Basketball, Blake Griffin, Chicago, Cleveland, Gavin Maloof, Joe Maloof, Los Angeles, New York City, Sacramento, Tyreke Evans