CJ McCollum Says He’d Pick LeBron James as 2020 NBA MVP on ‘The Boardoom’

PORTLAND, OREGON - DECEMBER 06: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers greets CJ McCollum #3 of the Portland Trail Blazers before the game at Moda Center on December 06, 2019 in Portland, Oregon. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images)

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Portland Trail Blazers guard CJ McCollum said he’d select Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James to win the Most Valuable Player Award of the 2019-20 NBA season.

McCollum discussed his MVP choice on The Boardroom with ESPN’s Jay Williams:

James was attempting to chase down the Milwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo, the award’s reigning winner, in what had become a two-player race for this year’s top individual honor before the campaign was delayed indefinitely because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Antetokounmpo was the front-runner for most of the season, but James was surging. He tallied a combined 65 points, 17 assists and 16 rebounds in victories over the Bucks and Los Angeles Clippers, the league’s other top title contenders, in back-to-back games just

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Trae Young Ranks LeBron James over Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant in All-Time Top 5

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The next generation has spoken.

Atlanta Hawks point guard Trae Young, who is 21 years old, was asked on Twitter to rank his top five NBA players of all time, and LeBron James came in at No. 1:

For reference, James’ NBA debut on Oct. 29, 2003, came when Young was just five years old.

Young’s admiration for James is evident in his game. The 2018 fifth overall pick mimicked a King James celebration after sinking a game-winner last year:

However, Young placing James at No. 1 shouldn’t necessarily be taken as a slight toward the other four players on the list.

After Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant died alongside his 13-year-old daughter Gianna and seven other people on Jan. 26, Young was one of countless people in and around the league to show his deep respect for the five-time NBA champion:

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The 10 Most Promising Young NBA Players

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Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, G, Oklahoma City Thunder

While Gilgeous-Alexander may not have the top gear of some positional peers, he gets wherever he wants through masterful manipulation of opposing defenders. His arsenal is full of herky-jerky dribble moves, and his understanding of how and when to change speeds goes well beyond his 21 years of age.

He’s more of an adequate spacer than a good one (career 35.5 percent from three on low volume), and he still hasn’t assumed complete control of an offense. That’s enough to deny him a top-10 spot, but his poise and potential are too rich to let him go unmentioned.


Jonathan Isaac, F, Orlando Magic

Isaac looks like the creation of a defensive-minded coach with access to a basketball laboratory. The modern game is all about versatility, and he’s the ultimate Swiss Army knife on defense. Only Giannis Antetokounmpo owns a better defensive box plus/minus, and before Isaac lost the remainder o

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LeBron Made His Choice, And He Chose LeBron

LeBron Made His Choice, And He Chose LeBron

For whatever his faults may be (not being on your favorite team, hubris, brazenly studying the room without trying to hide it, etc.), LeBron James has consistently been a voice of progressive reason, but he has also been relentlessly acquisitive. Thus, no one ought to be nearly so surprised, shocked, or offended that he wanted to protect any personal financial impact from the NBA’s China Syndrome. After all, he may want to own a franchise someday, and besides, all the other principals were trying to protect their own as well.

This is in direct opposition to the Chinese government, which has held, currently hold and will continue to hold all the cards here. In a room full of gamblers, China is the house.

(To those who want a strident defense of the interests of the Hong Kong protestors here, please take it as implied. Geopolitics aren’t nearly so complicated if you view the world’s issues as matters of right or wrong based on even the most elemental moral and ethical base.)

Enter money and power, though, and it all goes to hell, because while the species can do the moral and ethical thing, it always seem to prefer the cash and the big chair because, well, it’s easier. In this case, the NBA wants access to China’s population and the money and influence that reasonably should flow from same, but to get it, the league has been forced to acknowledge that the Chinese supply includes Chinese demands. That’s how Daryl Morey got caught in a trap nobody foresaw—expressing mild indignation about the plight of pro-Democracy protesto

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LeBron James files ‘Taco Tuesday’ trademark

LeBron James files ‘Taco Tuesday’ trademark

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LeBron James files ‘Taco Tuesday’ trademark

Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James, who’s made this summer all about “Taco Tuesday” on Instagram, is trying to formally trademark the phrase.


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LeBron James has made “Taco Tuesday” his own this summer, posting Instagram stories with family and friends and shouting the words at the top of his lungs. Pretty soon, the phrase may actually be his. 

LBJ Trademarks, LLC — one of James’ companies — filed to trademark “Taco Tuesday” with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Aug. 15, records show

The filing says the trademark will pertain to downloadable audio/visual works; advertising and marketing services provided by means of indirect methods of marketing communications, namely, social media; podcast services; and online entertainment services, namely, providing a website featuring non-downloadable videos, and social media posts in the field of sports, entertainment, current events and popular culture. 

James has been touting Taco Tuesday via his Instagram stories for months, with it taking off this summer. Newly acquired Los Angeles Lakers teammate Anthony Davis also made it for one of the dinners. 

Recent trademark attempts in the sports world have included Tom Brady vying for “Tom Terrific,” which was denied by the USPTO because it could be confused with MLB Hall of Famer Tom Seaver’s nickname. 

Ohio State University is attempting to trademark the word “the” in cases the article is placed in front of “Ohio State University.” 


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All the King’s Records: Projecting LeBron’s Career All-Star and All-NBA Honors

All the King’s Records: Projecting LeBron’s Career All-Star and All-NBA Honors
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Already near the top of the all-time leaderboards in numerous categories, LeBron James has passed some of the game’s greatest players, and even more legends are about to be bumped down the rankings. Here’s where the series stands:

Part I: James’ total regular-season and postseason minutes

Part II: James’ total blocks, steals and rebounds

Part III: James’ total assists and turnovers

Part IV: James’ advanced stats, including PER, win shares, VORP and box plus/minus

Part V: James’ total three-pointers and free throws

Part VI: James’ total points and field goals made

In Part VII of All the King’s Records, we look at where James could finish his career in total All-Star games and All-NBA teams.


Career All-Star Game Projections

When predicting James’ stats and awards both for this season and beyond, I’ve based his numbers on 71 games played per season, as that’s the average number of games he’s played over the past five years. That allows him to miss 11 contests per year for injury or rest.

His final career projections for all stats and awards came under the assumption he’ll play five more years, meaning a retirement at age 39 following 21 total seasons.

James currently sits in a four-way tie for third in career All-Star games, joining Tim Duncan, Shaquille O’Neal and Kevin Garnett with 15 total trips. James didn’t get named an All-Star as a rookie in 2003-04—that remains his lone year without an All-Star nod—but he had the fourth-most votes among all East guards. The Cavs were just 20-33 at the break, but James’ 20.4 points, 5.8 assists and 5.7 rebounds at the time were All-Star worthy. Despite not making the team, James did agree to play in the Rising Stars game, where he led all rookies with 33 points.

If James does play five more seasons, he’ll need to be named an All-Star every year to break Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s all-time record of 19 appearances. Kobe Bryant is the only other player ahead of James, with 18 selections in his 20 total seasons. The ever-popular Bryant was voted a starter in the 1998 All-Star Game despite coming off the bench for the Los Angeles Lakers at the time, and he likely would have tied Abdul-Jabbar with 19 had the 1999 All-Star Game not been cancelled due to the lockout-shortened season.

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The only time Abdul-Jabbar missed the All-Star Game was during the 1977-78 season, when he was sidelined for 20 games after he broke his hand punching an opposing player two minutes into the season opener. Abdul-Jabbar was fined a then-record $5,000 of his estimated $600,000 salary.

As long as the league doesn’t have another lockout and James doesn’t throw any punches, he’ll have an advantage over the only two players he’s still chasing.

From a productivity standpoint, James doesn’t appear to be slowing down.

The 34-year-old forward averaged 27.4 points, 8.5 rebounds, 8.3 assists and 1.3 steals in 35.2 minutes per game last season, the 15th straight season he’s averaged at least 25.3 points. As long as he’s on the court, James will likely put up All-Star-worthy numbers over the next five years.

Even if his production pl

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