The Conference Call East: April 14, 2008
Posted Apr 22 2008 11:43AM
NBA.com editors Darren Misener, Martin Sumners, Jim Reilly and Patrick Mulrenin will be keeping you updated on all the best news and content from around the 30 team sites in the Conference Call Blog.
Our own Rob Peterson has his ideas about the Race For the MVP (I might even agree with most of them), but the good people in Cleveland beg to differ.LeBron James hasn't let up on the acceleration pedal since a day in early November where he dropped 45 points, seven boards and seven dimes on the Knicks. As Cavs.com reports, if you look at just the straight numbers, James has had his best season in an already-brilliant career. He is among the league leaders in almost every major category -- including scoring average, where he leads the NBA at 30. ppg. With two games left in the regular season, James is tops in field goals made and in total points.
Peppering the league’s top ten, James ranks second overall in triple-doubles, third in free throws attempted, third in minutes per game (40.4) fourth in free throws made, seventh in assists and tenth in steals (1.84). This year, he's scored over 40 points five times and gone for 50 twice. LeBron has turned in back-to-back triple-doubles -- on consecutive days -- on two separate occasions. James has led the club in scoring 63 times, assists 61 times, rebounding 15 times, steals 34 times and blocked shots, 23 times.
Some of my good friends over at Cavs.com go even further with this theme for Bron Bron, detailing nine other reasons that he should be considered for the league's highest regular-season honor. Whatever you may think of each player’s qualifications, let me ask you one question: When the playoffs roll around, which player are you most scared for your team to play (those of you in or around the District of Columbia beware)?
Bill Russell, K.C. Jones, John Havlicek, JoJo White, M.L. Carr and Danny Ainge took part in the festivities at Fenway Park for Opening Day, bringing championship rings out to the 2007 World Champion Boston Red Sox on April 8, 2008.
Bill Simmons Must be Crushed
The Bucks reached not into the media world, but into the Pistons organization to find their new General Manager.
Never Too Early
Keith Langlois over at Pistons.com examines life in the front office after Hammond's departure, and what Joe Dumars might be looking for in the draft
Hall of a Player
The Knicks pay tribute to Patrick Ewing, who has been selected for induction into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in early September.
Speaking of the Knicks, Larry Bird sends his best wishes to Donnie Walsh on his new gig in new York.
In a different view all together, you can read what Raptors.com blogger Mike Ulmer was watching all day on Sunday.
Gary Sussman on Nets.com takes the time not to bash the Nets current season, but to reflect on how it's been a while since New jersey had a seat in the lottery.
The Bobcats have entered into an unprecedented deal for both their TV and arena naming rights.
His Hungry Heart
Not everyone has this hungry a heart. Bulls.com has a nice feature on Andrés Nocioni and the only way he knows how to play the game: all out.