This is for the city of New York. This is for those who love the word “contraction” and hate those unfamiliar with its meaning. This is for all those who still have a bitter taste in their mouth because of “The Decision.” This is for those who simply do not like LeBron James. This is for those who despise Phil Knight, Nike and myself for having a vice grip on the Jordan Crawford footage from last summer. But more importantly, this is for the people of Cleveland.
The last time Akron’s pride and joy was on the same floor as the New York Knicks – December 17, to be exact – he hung an almost effortless triple double on them with 32 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists. Coming off a Christmas Day drive by of the defending champion Lakers, it would be easy to expect the Heat to get caught in a trap game and let one slip by to the Knicks at home. That didn’t happen thanks to Dwayne Wade’s 40 points, but the majority of the free world stood and clapped in unison as Amar’e Stoudamire caught ‘Bron on the wrong side of a poster. It wasn’t the most jaw-dropping dunk in the world, but that’s beyond the point for most watchers.
And since we’re on the topic, here’s another time when LeBron got the best of Amar’e – in their past
lives uniforms. To Stoudamire’s credit, he didn’t jump. He was just caught in the cross fire.