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February 18, 2014 | By Mick Swasko, @swasko and RedEye
LeBron James is just being LeBron James in the March issue of GQ. The magazine has made available some  advanced quotes from James' extended interview , and they're on par with what you'd expect. "Winning is my drug," he tells interviewer  Jeanne Marie Laskas. "My drive to be the greatest basketball player is very high. " As expected, he isn't shy to share how good he is. "Like, I could average thirty-five points a game if I really wanted to," he told the magazine.
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March 6, 2014 | By Bryan Crawford and For RedEye
When LeBron James took the court wearing a black mask to protect his broken nose, the Internet nearly exploded. It looked so badass that before the game was over, there were already photoshopped images of LBJ as Zorro and Batman floating around. Unfortunately - or fortunately. if the hype surrounding the mask annoyed you - it was a one-shot deal for "The King" as the NBA forced him to ditch the black mask for something a little more see-through. And how did LeBron respond? He dropped a career- and franchise-high 61 points on Charlotte in only his third game wearing a mask.
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October 29, 2013 | By Courtney Griffin and RedEye
31,000 fans can't be wrong. Ranker.com, a site that provides crowdsourced rankings for opinion-based questions, has placed Michael Jordan at the top of its “Top 10 NBA Players of All Time” list. More than 31,000 voters took part in ranking the NBA greats, putting a new wrinkle in the discussion comparing LeBron James to the six-time NBA champ and five-time MVP. James, who has won two NBA championships with Miami, was ranked No. 13. James recently said in an interview with ESPN the Magazine's Chris Broussard that Michael Jordan was his favorite basketball player, with...
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February 28, 2014 | RedEye staff report
If you watched the Miami Heat battle the New York Knicks Thursday night, you probably saw the Heat's LeBron James sporting a Batman-like mask. And then you probably immediately wondered, "What the???" The mask, made of black-carbon fiber, is intended to protect James' nose, which he broke during a Feb. 20 game against the Oklahoma City Thunder, according to ESPN . "[The mask] went with the uniform," James told ESPN . "I knew we were wearing throwback uniforms. I was able to get a carbon-fiber one, which is actually lighter than the one I had been wearing in practice.
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February 28, 2014 | RedEye staff report
If you watched the Miami Heat battle the New York Knicks Thursday night, you probably saw the Heat's LeBron James sporting a Batman-like mask. And then you probably immediately wondered, "What the???" The mask, made of black-carbon fiber, is intended to protect James' nose, which he broke during a Feb. 20 game against the Oklahoma City Thunder, according to ESPN . "[The mask] went with the uniform," James told ESPN . "I knew we were wearing throwback uniforms. I was able to get a carbon-fiber one, which is actually lighter than the one I had been wearing in practice.
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February 20, 2013 | By Jack M Silverstein and For RedEye
It's bad luck that we'll never get to see Michael Jordan play against LeBron James in their primes. With MJ turning 50 earlier this week, we got to relive Jordan's greatest hits on every platform imaginable. And hey, the Miami Heat are in town Thursday. No better time to take a harder look at the career comparison of James and Jordan. The idea that LeBron could one day be considered greater than MJ seems insane, but when Phil Jackson, Charles Barkley and Isiah Thomas say it, there's got to be some truth there, right?
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March 27, 2013 | RedEye
The Bulls did it. They actually ended Miami's 27-game winning streak. Taking a page out of the Bears' book and using intense physical play, the Bulls downed the Heat on Wednesday at the United Center. How'd they pull this off, despite not having Derrick Rose, Joakim Noah, Rip Hamilton or Marco Belinelli? Here's how. 1. Channeling CM Punk Twice in the first half, Kirk Hinrich stepped in front of LeBron James on the fast break to prevent him from dunking highlight reel-style.
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March 19, 2012
Leave your answers in the comment section. You might score an invite to appear in RedEye. 1. LeBron James injured the ring finger on his left hand. Explain the significance. 2. Surrendering the tying goal in stoppage time of an Olympic soccer qualifier is like … 3. The Hawks' last five regular-season games are against division rivals. What's that mean? 4. Whom is this quote about: “He has one of those unique, strong bodies, and is such an explosive guy”?
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April 11, 2012
Whether you're fighting off an Easter candy coma or just wish you didn't have to wear a winter coat in April, this should cheer you up: It's playoff season! The Blackhawks begin their chase for the Stanley Cup on Thursday, and the Bulls begin their quest for the NBA title in a few weeks. So which is more exciting: the NBA playoffs or the Stanley Cup playoffs?   NBA The NBA playoffs mean the Bulls, Derrick Rose and the forces of Good vs. the Heat, LeBron James and the forces of Evil.
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February 26, 2013 | Stephen Markley
Someone has to say this: Michael Jordan, the greatest basketball ever, fears LeBron James. And LeBron James, his closest rival for that distinction, is definitely gunning for him. All the evidence one needs was the small media skirmish Jordan stirred up when he said he'd take Kobe Bryant over LeBron because “five beats one,” referring to the number of championship rings adorning their respective hands. He went on to point out that LeBron was indeed many years younger and may yet get five, but the unspoken subtext was, “Six.” That's Jordan's count, and following the...
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February 18, 2014 | By Mick Swasko, @swasko and RedEye
LeBron James is just being LeBron James in the March issue of GQ. The magazine has made available some  advanced quotes from James' extended interview , and they're on par with what you'd expect. "Winning is my drug," he tells interviewer  Jeanne Marie Laskas. "My drive to be the greatest basketball player is very high. " As expected, he isn't shy to share how good he is. "Like, I could average thirty-five points a game if I really wanted to," he told the magazine.
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January 9, 2014 | By Courtney Linehan, @courtneylinehan
The battle for Illinois returns to Chicago this weekend. Northwestern hosts Illinois in men's basketball on Sunday in a rivalry that has grown in intensity. RedEye caught up with several Chicago-area natives on the Wildcats and Illini to talk basketball, bobsledding and "The Mighty Ducks. " What makes your school Chicago's Big Ten team? Dave Sobolewski, Northwestern junior guard: Being able to get to Chicago with a short car or train ride, Northwestern truly has the world's greatest city at its fingertips.
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December 5, 2013 | By Chris Sosa, @redeyesportschi
Bulls. Heat. Do we wish Derrick Rose and Dwyane Wade were playing? Absolutely. But that doesn't mean Chicago fans want to burn Miami any less. Follow us all game for updates. Fourth quarter Joakim Noah's finger pistols make an appearance. Now you know it's special occasion.  ... And now Joakim is workingthe crowd after another basket. Don't ever tell him this game doesn't mean more than others. Still no Heat starters in the game, halfway through the fourth quarter.
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October 29, 2013 | By Courtney Griffin and RedEye
31,000 fans can't be wrong. Ranker.com, a site that provides crowdsourced rankings for opinion-based questions, has placed Michael Jordan at the top of its “Top 10 NBA Players of All Time” list. More than 31,000 voters took part in ranking the NBA greats, putting a new wrinkle in the discussion comparing LeBron James to the six-time NBA champ and five-time MVP. James, who has won two NBA championships with Miami, was ranked No. 13. James recently said in an interview with ESPN the Magazine's Chris Broussard that Michael Jordan was his...
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June 16, 2013 | By Evan F. Moore and For RedEye
The two teams duking it out in the NBA Finals offer a stark contrast. The Miami Heat are a product of the NBA's new normal. I like to call it the "Super Friends Era" - a bunch of star players who were already friends and decided to play together. The San Antonio Spurs are a throwback to old-school basketball. They are a team that consists of European stars and American players who played college basketball for at least three years. Their current core of star players has won four NBA championships.
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June 9, 2013 | By Evan F. Moore and For RedEye
Why isn't it enough for fans to enjoy watching athletes based only on their skills and accomplishments? Why do we need to know about a player's personal life? Why do we need athletes to be nice people? Those questions lead me to the most polarizing sports figure today: LeBron James. Why do fans hate him so much? By reading Twitter and Facebook, many believe James is a spoiled, arrogant, self-centered crybaby who gets all the calls he wants. The angst LeBron conjures has me thinking about another superstar who continues to sell sneakers years after he retired:...
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May 5, 2013 | By Bryan Crawford and For RedEye
Once again, it's on. The Bulls and Miami will square off in the playoffs for the second time in three years, renewing an intense rivalry these teams have shared since the 2010-11 season, when LeBron James and Chris Bosh joined Dwyane Wade on South Beach. These teams have made it clear they don't like each other. The Bulls recently snapped the Heat's 27-game winning streak; afterward, "King" James complained about how physical the Bulls were. This series won't be the same without Derrick Rose suiting up, much to the dismay of Bulls fans who want nothing more than to knock the defending NBA champions...
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July 30, 2012 | By Jack M Silverstein and For RedEye
For a meaningful comparison of the Dream Team and Redeem Team II, do an image search of "LeBron Michael Redd hug. " You'll find a picture of an ecstatic LeBron James hugging Michael Redd as the final seconds of the 2008 gold medal game at the Beijing Olympics tick away. Then enter "Dream Team medal stand" and you'll see Nike men Michael Jordan and Charles Barkley, gold medals around their necks, American flags draped over the Reebok logo on their warm-ups. Not exactly Tommie Smith and John Carlos.
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May 14, 2013 | By Jack M Silverstein and For RedEye
When Joakim Noah was ejected during Game 2 of the Heat series in Miami, he was greeted by the middle finger of a now-infamous Heat fan, a woman identified as Filomena Tobias, whose colorful back story was widely circulated afterward. However, few people commented on the statement given by Tobias' daughter Victoria Racanati, who told the Sun-Sentinel in Fort Lauderdale that her mother is a Heat season ticket holder who attends every game. A crazy Heat fan who flips off players? That won't surprise Bulls fan and seven-year Miami resident Robbie Karver, 29, who gave RedEye the breakdown on the three kinds of Heat...
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May 13, 2013 | By Chris Sosa, @redeyesportschi and For RedEye
The Bulls were in an almost-must-win situation against Miami on Monday at the United Center. Win, and they turn it into a best-of-three series. Lose, and they're practically sunk with Game 5 on Wednesday in Miami. Well, it was the second scenario that unfolded, as the Heat won 88-65. Even though they couldn't reclaim momentum from the Heat, the Bulls got good news Monday when Joakim Noah was voted onto the NBA's All-Defensive first team. The center is Chicago's first All-Defensive first-team selection since Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen in 1997-98.
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