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King James or King Flop?
By Homer D. Sayson, PhilBoxing.com, 12 Jun 2011
THE BURDEN of unmet expectations is eating up LeBron James, holding him down like the weight of unconfessed sin.
A member of the fabled draft class of 2003, LeBron, then a high schooler, left his quiet Akron, Ohio hometown Read full story
Mavs shoot lights out, take 3-2 NBA Finals series lead
By Homer D. Sayson, PhilBoxing.com, 11 Jun 2011
IN THE past four games of these NBA Finals, Dallas needed it's lone superstar to come up big and somehow equalize Miami's Big Three.
So far, Dirk Nowitzki has never failed to supply his team's multifarious needs, including Read full story
Big Dirk shines; ties the NBA Finals at 2-2
By Homer D. Sayson, PhilBoxing.com, 09 Jun 2011
USING Game 4 of the 2011 NBA Finals as a canvas, Dirk Nowitzki painted another playoffs masterpiece Tuesday night at the American Airlines Center in Dallas.
The Big German drilled 10 of his 21 points in the fourth quarter a Read full story
Pinoys rooting for Miami's Fil-Am Coach
By Eddie Alinea, PhilBoxing.com, 29 May 2011
Miami Heat Filipino-American coach Erik Spoelstra may not realize it, but many from this basketball-loving nation of his mother’s birth are praying for his team’s victory in their best-of-seven NBA tit Read full story
A dynasty in the making?
By Homer D. Sayson, PhilBoxing.com, 28 May 2011
TEAMWORK, relentless defense, and the lion's heart that beats rapidly inside the chest of MVP Derrick Rose were the cornerstones of Chicago's' regular season success and deep postseason run.
But in the Eastern Conference Fin Read full story
Erik Spoelstra endures early season doubts to take Heat to the NBA Finals
By Dennis 'dSource' Guillermo, Examiner.com, 28 May 2011
When the Miami Heat acquired All-Star forwards LeBron James and Chris Bosh, in what was this past off-season's most talked about blockbuster free agent signings, whispers arou Read full story
Mavericks punch NBA Finals ticket
By Homer D. Sayson, PhilBoxing.com, 27 May 2011
IT WAS deja vu all over again.
The Oklahoma City Thunder, so full of talent yet so painfully inexperienced, imploded again in the homestretch. The only difference is that, this time, they didn't just lose a game. They l Read full story
Miami moves a game closer to the NBA Finals
By Homer D. Sayson, PhilBoxing.com, 26 May 2011
In the waning moments of a closely-fought Game 4, All-Star Derrick Rose had three opportunities to put the Chicago Bulls on his back and tie the Eastern Conference finals at 2-2 Tuesday night at the American Airlines Arena in Mia Read full story
Mike Brown wins Lakers jackpot
By Nicholai R. Roska, PhilBoxing.com, 26 May 2011
WE HAVE a winner. In the sweepstakes that is the Lakers coaching search, Mike Brown owns the lucky ticket.
ESPN broke the news late Wednesday that the Los Angeles Lakers will name Brown the 22nd head coa Read full story
It's not a controlled fire, it's an all-out Heat
By Homer D. Sayson, PhilBoxing.com, 24 May 2011
TRAILING narrowly at 78-74 with still 6:34 left to play in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals Sunday night, the Chicago Bulls appeared in good shape to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat.
But just 1 minute and 22 Read full story
This man of stature deserves his statue
By Nicholai R. Roska, PhilBoxing.com, 24 May 2011
LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Lakers, dethroned and swept out of this year's NBA playoffs, appears to have a lot of fight left in them. Sadly, though, this fight is just against each other.
The ongoing brouhaha betwe Read full story
Mavs take 2-1 series lead in West Finals
By Homer D. Sayson, PhilBoxing.com, 23 May 2011
After a late-game scare, when their 23-point lead was cut down to 6, the Dallas Mavericks clung to a 93-87 win over rthe Oklahoma City Thunder to take Game 3 of the Western Conference finals.
Saturday night's thriller at the Oklaho Read full story
Knock, Knock: What's in the backpack?
By Nicholai R. Roska, PhilBoxing.com, 22 May 2011
Kevin Durant and his backpack are as inseparable as hamburger and French fries.
The 6-foot-9, 230-pound Oklahoma City Thunder forward is lighting up the ongoing Western Conference finals with a two-game combined total of 6 Read full story
King James reigns over thorny Rose
By Homer D. Sayson, PhilBoxing.com, 20 May 2011
GAME 2 of the Eastern Conference finals Wednesday night at the United Center in Chicago wasn't a pretty sight to see, one in which you'd probably enjoy better with your eyes closed.
The match was slow and plodding, marred by a jam Read full story
UNSTOPPABLE AS A WOMAN'S TEARS
By Homer D. Sayson, PhilBoxing.com, 19 May 2011
DIRK Nowitzki is on fire.
But don't worry, the 9-time All-Star from Wurzburg, Germany is in no peril. He merely lit up for 48 points to lead the Mavericks past the Oklahoma City Thunder, 121-112, in Game 1 of the Wester Read full story
More like Average Duo than Big Two
By Homer D. Sayson, PhilBoxing.com, 18 May 2011
DWYANE Wade and Lebron James form part of Miami's dreaded three-headed monster that includes Chris Bosh. But Sunday night at the United Center, the Heat's Big Two was just an average pair who did little as the Chicago Bulls run Read full story
ALL QUIET ON THE LAKERS FRONT
By Nicholai R. Roska, PhilBoxing.com, 18 May 2011
LOS ANGELES. The only major thing to report about the Lakers is that there is nothing to report.
Coach Phil Jackson is off to retirement, counting both his blessings and his money. The Zen Master plans to split his time between fishing in Montana and visiting LA, where four of his five chil Read full story
Oh what fun it is to wtach these Mavs
By Homer D. Sayson, PhilBoxing.com, 15 May 2011
He doesn't have the rock star appeal of a Kobe Bryant. And he doesn't play for the Los Angeles Lakers, a glitzy franchise jaded with 17 NBA championships.
But I like Dirk Nowitzki just the way he is. A Dallas Maverick.
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The search for LA's next icon
By Nicholai R. Roska, PhilBoxing.com, 15 May 2011
LOS ANGELES -- It's not "American Idol." And it ain't "America's Got Talent."
But it's a search, nonetheless. One that will go far and wide looking for the next bench superstar. Killer vocals are not required. Ditto with dancin Read full story
BULLS GORE HAWKS, THE HEAT IS ON
By Homer D. Sayson, PhilBoxing.com, 14 May 2011
UP 3-2 in their Eastern Conference semifinals, the Chicago Bulls invaded Philips Arena Thursday night expecting bitter resistance from the pesky 5th-seeded Atlanta Hawks.
It was a false alarm.
Game 6 was over as soon as Read full story