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Should LeBron James honor Z?
An NBA player attending a friend and former teammate's jersey retirement ceremony isn't often news, but it sure would be if LeBron James -- as he hopes -- were to join the Cleveland Cavaliers in celebrating Zydrunas Ilgauskas this weekend. James, who spent eight seasons as Z's teammate (seven in Cleveland, one with the Miami Heat), calls the Cavs' career games played and rebounding leader "a dear friend" and hopes his presence wouldn't distract from the big man's No. 11 being raised to the rafters. But James' history with Northern Ohio needs little explanation â?¦
Masked LeBron drops 31
Even when things go wrong for LeBron James, he manages to turn them to his advantage. The Heat star broke his nose during a Feb. 20 win against the Thunder, forcing him to wear a mask in order to protect his face. Instead of a clear Rip Hamilton-esque cover, however, he went with a carbon-fiber piece of armor that made him look, frankly, kind of awesome. Honestly, if we had something that looked that cool, we might end up wearing it just about everywhere, so we wouldn't blame LeBron in the slightest if he decided he needed to keep it around for a while.
pollcenter:category=5077+maskedlebrondrops31Focus on Sport/Getty ImagesOzzie Smith wants America to get MLB's opening day off from work.
Major League Baseball's Opening Day: It causes scores of people to "get sick," which of course means skip work/school to go see their favorite team take the diamond on the first day of the season. But lying shouldn't be a part of it, says Hall of Famer Ozzie Smith. The dazzling ex-shortstop is campaigning to make it a federal holiday, and is attempting to collect 100,000 signatures in 30 days, which would prompt a review by the Obama administration.
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Heat hammer Thunder in OKC
It's one game, it's one game, it's one game. But when opposite-conference teams play just twice during a long NBA season, it's hard not to read at least a little something into major matchups. Which brings us to Thursday, when the Miami Heat traveled to Oklahoma City, and slammed the Thunder 103-81.
The top individual battle, too, was intriguing, with LeBron James (33 points on 22 shots) getting the better of sudden MVP favorite Kevin Durant (28 points on 22 shots) -- all despite leaving with 5:50 left after getting smacked in the face while dunking on Serge Ibaka. The Heat's performance was so overwhelming, it overshadowed the return of Russell Westbrook, out since Christmas with a knee injury (Westbrook scored 16 points in 24 minutes, but had four turnovers to just two assists). Let's not forget, though, that a Westbrook-less Thunder smashed Miami 112-95 in South Florida less than a month ago.