Someone asked me how my blog and newspaper column came to be titled "Bleachers Brew". It's like this, it's an amalgam of sorts of two things: The bleachers area in the stadium/arena where I used to sit when I would watch baseball, football, and basketball games and Miles Davis' great jazz album Bitches Brew. That's how it got culled together. I originally planned on calling it "The View from the Big Chair" that is a nod to Tears For Fear's second album, Songs from the Big Chair. So there.

Friday, November 21, 2008

You bring the watermelon. You got it, King! You bring the hotdog. You got it, King!

A friend from adidas asked me why I figured this early for LeBron James to win the NBA's MVP Award (

And here's what I said:

The man is on a mission. He led the Cavaliers to the Finals two years ago and they fell real short to a deep San Antonio team. Bron has not forgotten that pain including his failed stints with USA Basketball.

In Beijing, he led the Redeem Team. He may have been second in scoring (15.5 ppg) to D-Wade but he was tops in minutes played (24.8 mpg), steals (19), and blocks (8). He was third in rebounds with 5.3 rpg.

If Kobe Bryant was this team's Michael Jordan, James was Magic Johnson and Charles Barkley all rolled into one.

And now, the King is ready to bring it to the NBA. Despite their sorry loss to Detroit, the Cavs are at 9-3 and are fifth in league scoring at 100.3 and they figure to get better in an increasingly better Eastern Conference (as of this writing the East has 9 teams that are .500 or better while the West have 7).

James in his 11 games so far is averaging 29.9 ppg, 7apg, and 8rpg in 37.4 mpg. The season has a long ways to go so we'll see how the King holds up, but he may lead the Cavaliers to the Promised Land but he can't do it on his own. This team is one starter away from crumbling. They might want to get some help for the long haul in the way Detroit picked up Allen Iverson. Mo Williams will help but they need more than that. What they need is some solid frontcourt scoring.

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