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Apparently it’s over and I’m sorry
Apparently it’s over and I’m sorry

It’s sad when the NBA season comes to an end. The final buzzer always leaves me a little misty, so you can imagine my unhappiness when the 2010-2011 NBA campaign came to a halt Wednesday night in Miami.

The season did end…right? Based on the celebration by LeBron James after the Heat downed the Boston Celtics last night, it must have!

James led the Heat on a remarkable 16-0 run to finish off the game, and the SECOND ROUND series Wednesday. After huffing and puffing and profiling for the cameras during the final minute, James fell to his knees at the buzzer and celebrated with Wade the rest of his teammates like he was in Times Square for New Year’s Eve. It was excessive, unnecessary and egotistical. It was like The Decision – Part 2.

I’m not a LeBron James hater. He is an unbelievable basketball talent. What he can do is amazing. What I don’t like is how he handles himself off the court. Last night just added to the royal pain-in- the-A persona that is “King James”.

I have heard many times today “you can’t tell people how to celebrate”. True, but hopefully, you don’t have to. I like the saying “act like you’ve been there before” much better.

The celebration by James was over the top and showed very little sportsmanship. I understand the Celtics had knocked James out of the playoffs in 2008 and 2010 and were the Beast of the East before Danny Ainge ruined his team with the Kendrick Perkins/Jeff Greene trade deadline deal, but it was a second-round win. It’s like going nuts over a wildcard playoff victory in the NFL or MLB. LeBron, you aren’t in college and you didn’t just win your way into the Final Four!

All this could be dismissed as youthful exuberance, remember King James is only 26 and has displayed THE DECISION making skills of an adolescent in the past, but the postgame press conference was James at his worst.

LeBron decided Wednesday night was the right night to apologize to the Cavaliers and their fans for how he handled things in leaving Cleveland for South Beach. Apparently he needed a win over Boston before he could say he was sorry.

“I knew I had to go through Boston at some point. I went through a lot signing to be here and the way it
panned out. I apologize for the way it happened, but I knew that this opportunity was once in a lifetime.”
– LeBron James

The apology seems hollow and disingenuous. Even worse is the timing. It’s easy to apologize when things are going your way. The proper time was to say something before the start of the season or upon his return to Cleveland. Last night’s mea culpa was more about “look at me” than “forgive me”. It was an ends justifies the means statement. ”I’m sorry I left in such poor fashion, but I beat the Celtics so it must be ok.” None of this should really be a surprise, remember this is the same guy that pulled a disappearing act on reporters after his early exit from the 2009 playoffs.

Would James have apologized if the Celtics beat Miami? Would the time still have been right? We’ll never know. Maybe more apologies are coming, the Heat still have the possibility of winning another series or two (I’ve been assured the season did not actually end Wednesday night). Personally I’m hoping the mic goes silent again. The apology didn’t fit the King and hopefully neither will the ring.

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The Zone 8/21/2015 – Hour 1

The Seahawks won in San Diego Saturday night but it wasn’t a thing of beauty, Seen…Heard…Said, we begin our high school football previews, and The Big Old Dumb Game of the Day

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The Zone 8/28/2015 – Part 1

Big today with the M’s firing GM Jack Zduriencik after seven seasons. Should the M’s keep the core in place and try again next year or should the blow the whole thing up? We take your calls and texts on the question. Gregg Bell from the News Tribune of Tacoma joins us to talk Seahawks preseason and look ahead to the Charger game in San Diego on Saturday. The Big Old Dumb Game of the Day.

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The Zone 8/27/2015 – Part 1

We lost an NBA icon today with passing of former 76ers center Darryl Dawkins (RIP Chocolate Thunder), Doug & Mark reminisce about Dawkins’ famous dunks and his awesome personality. Mark got a chance to speak with Seahawks linebacker Kevin Pierre-Louis yesterday at the VMAC and they discussed playing at the CLink for the first time, the upcoming preseason game and more. We follow that up with Mark’s interview with new Hawks cornerback Cary Williams and the guys talk about Cary playing against WWU in college, being a member of the Legion of Boom and more. The Big, Old, Dumb Game of the Day.

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The Zone 8/25/2015 – Part 1

Doug tells us 3 is a magic number with three headlines today… the M’s play the A’s tonight and White Rock resident Chuck Booth will be there as part of his season-long tour of seeing an MLB game every day and hitting every stadium. Chuck joins us to tell us about his travels across Major League Baseball. Former Husky & now USC coach Steve Sarkisian publically apologized for his alcohol-fueled antics over the weekend (Don’t mix meds & alcohol kids!). Madden 16 was released today and Doug gets us up to date on the latest with the popular video game. Seattle Seahawks safety Dion Bailey comes on to discuss fall camp, potentially starting at strong safety, his Madden rating and more. The Big Old Dumb Game of the Day.

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The Zone 8/25/2015 – Part 2

Former Seahawk beat writer for TNT & current San Diego Charger beat writer for ESPN.com Eric Williams joins the show to discuss the Seahawks-Chargers preseason game this weekend, the state of the Chargers, breakout players and more. Trivia Tuesday courtesy of sponsor Westside Pizza. Another round of Good Question! Topics include: Bologna, fall and favorite movies.