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LeBron James: Lord of the League 2012-13

Posted by MeanDovine on June 21st, 2013

Congratulations, LeBron James!!!

G    FG%   3PT%  FT%  RBS  STL  BLK   AST   PTS *

23  49.1    37.5     77   8.4   1.8   .80      6.6     25.9 

You are the 2012-13, LORD OF THE LEAGUE!

According to Elias, LeBron James, now a two-time NBA champion, is just the third player in NBA history to win the regular-season MVP and Finals MVP in the same season multiple times. Only Michael Jordan and Larry Bird have accomplished the feat. He also tied the NBA record for most points in an NBA Finals Game 7 win with 37 points which tied Tom Heinsohn’s mark.

Miami won its third NBA championship in franchise history Thursday night, defeating the San Antonio Spurs 95-88 in Game 7 of the finals.

Seemingly dared to shoot from the perimeter for much of the night, James knocked down five 3-pointers to lead the Heat to its second straight title, grabbing 12 rebounds in capturing his second straight Finals MVP award.

It was a pleasure watching LeBron overcome his demons by “mastering the jump shot” in leading the Heat over the Spurs. As this year’s recipient of the Lord of the League award (his second overall), LeBron has now solidified his place atop the honorary but fictitious Pantheon of NBA Greats. By capturing his second Finals MVP, as well as the Lord of the League title, LeBron has secured his place as one of the best two-way players to ever play NBA basketball.

The Lord of the League series began at the outset of the 05-06 playoffs as Best Damn Guard. Based on the science of string harmonics, 5-tool statistical analytics, and player rankings based on player efficiency analytics, etc., the model is predicated on a first of its kind predictive analytics paradigm ten years in the making. The model is based on the hypothesis/premise that the NBA’s best all-around player will not only prove himself to be so, but he will ultimately lead his team, year-over-year, to the NBA Championship.

The Best Damn Guard motif was originally based on the hypothesis that Dwyane Wade was the best all-around guard in the NBA; therefore, the Miami Heat would become 2005-06 NBA Champions, which they did – proving the first-ever predictive model in the social space had validity. Since 2005-06, the metric has helped me to correctly predict the eventual NBA Champion nine (9) years running. It has also helped predict Super Bowl champions and MLB champs!

LeBron will now reign atop the Lord of the League Big Board until another player unseats him during the 2013-14 playoffs, unless of course he successfully defends his crown.

Having studied the NBA’s game and player paradigm for nearly three decades, dating back to NBA summer league play at Chicago State University in 1979-81 ahead of former Detroit Pistons great Isiah Lord Thomas III storied career as an NBA Hall of Fame standout — I am emboldened by the continued success of the Lord of the League predictive analytics model. As a first-of-its-kind sports science paradigm, it is equal parts analytics, harmonics, math, empiricism, faith, humility, instinct, and trust — trust in the work being put in and trust in the data being churned out game-by-game.

Photo: Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE/Getty Images

* Postseason Stats

LORD OF THE LEAGUE © 2013.  All Rights Reserved.

HEAT TO REPEAT

Posted by MeanDovine on June 5th, 2013

Updated: June 5, 2013, 3:50 PM PT

Ball in …

As some of you know, I’ve spent 20-plus years in the entertainment business, toiling under the number-one guiding principal behind protecting the studio/network bottom line, i.e., “always maintain control, leaving nothing to chance.” Thus, we have the advent of the sound stage; to protect against outside influences, as well as productions being shot predominantly in Southern California, due to the region’s lack of annual precipitation and rainfall.

How’s that for specious rationale, if not pabulum?

Now …

As a matter of full disclosure allow me to introduce my contrarian side.

I do not believe the power outage that hit Super Bowl XLVII was accidental or coincidental. And although I have no inside information to suggest otherwise, I rely on the principal of controlling one’s product, and thus, one’s bottom line as my only evidence. The blowout that was developing would have cost the NFL untold millions in viewers and monies had Baltimore not been corralled, thereby allowing the young 49ers to regroup. In my mind, pulling the power plug served this purpose, and the end result speaks for itself.

That said …

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Jackson, Howard to Unite?

Posted by MeanDovine on April 18th, 2013

With Jackson itchin’, will Howard be switchin’?

Updated April 22, 2013 at 10:57 am.

Ball in …

From the stranger than fiction files, ESPN is reporting that 11-time coaching champion Phil Jackson is ready to end his retirement and return to work, likely in a front office capacity. Though unexpected in its timing, the announcement is predictable.

According to reports, Jackson is “itching” to return to work, this after a long respite from the Los Angeles Lakers’ bench following the 2010-11 season. However, sources also stress that “there is no specific opportunity in play yet for Jackson.”

Jackson, of course, resisted coaching overtures from the Brooklyn Nets earlier in the year, allegedly confiding in a longtime friend in January that he “had no intention of ever coaching again.”

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