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LeBron James Unlucky To Miss Out on MVP Award

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James Harden was announced the Most Valuable Player of the 2017-18 NBA season. When he won the award, he was obviously shocked and didn’t have any speech prepared. Even the most established betting sites, Unibet being the perfect case, where it was LeBron who was the favorite to capture the award. Harden was the star for the Houston Rockets who won the Southwest Division title. He won 86 votes compared to LeBron James’ 15. But did he really have a better season than James?

James dragged the Cleveland Cavaliers to the NBA Finals on his own. Harden with the incredibly talented Chris Paul got to the Western Conference Finals but ended up losing to the champions Golden State Warriors. Harden has a much better team around him and James played in a less prestigious team.

James achieved 33 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds for his tenth triple-double in NBA Finals. Iconic Magic Johnson now ranks second with eight Finals triple-doubles.

Also for the fifth time in NBA Finals, James had a triple-double with 30-plus points, which is more than anybody else in NBA history. James achieved his 110th playoff game with 30 or more points, which means he surpassed Michael Jordan, who had 109, giving him the most of all time.

Statistically, it is difficult to make an argument against James, who has been on top. He has averaged more rebounds, blocks and steals than James Harden. He has also done this while shooting a better 3 point percentage and field goal. This has proven crucial, as the Cavaliers would have not achieved the playoffs if it weren’t for James’s influence. On the other hand, Houston Rockets are a fine team with or without Harden.

James also has a higher field goal percentage and value over a replacement player than Harden Does. The Cavaliers had a very poor January, which saw them win six and lose eight. But at this time, they were unsuccessfully trying to bring Isaiah Thomas into the team. As soon as this experiment was put to a halt, the Cavaliers started winning again, and you guessed it, James was the key player.

James and Harden both had an incredible season and are both rightly regarded as greats. But LeBron James is an icon and has now broken records that were once held by Michael Jordan and Stephen Curry who played for the Chicago Bulls when they were the best of all time. Let’s not forget that LeBron did this whilst in an inferior team to James Harden.

Harden has had an incredible season, but some phenomenal players would have still achieved the finals without him. Therefore, because of the huge influence James has had on his lesser team, breaking records and clearly missed by his team when they tried to incorporate another player, it is fair to say LeBron Jones is a more valuable player, and it can be argued should have won the MVP award.

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Looking For A Few Great Voices!

From time to time we have open chairs at Basketball Insiders for writers looking to gain experience, grow their brand and to be part of an aggressive up-tempo content team.

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Looking For A Few Great Voices!

From time to time we have open chairs at Basketball Insiders for writers looking to gain experience, grow their brand and to be part of an aggressive up-tempo content team.

We are considering adding up to four new voices in 2018, and what we are looking for is very specific.

Here are the criteria:
– A body of professional work that reflects an understanding of the NBA and basketball.
– Must live within 30 minutes of an NBA team other than in New York & LA; we are full in those markets.
– Must be willing to write two to three times per week on various topics as assigned.
– Must write in AP style and meet assigned deadlines.
– Be willing to appear in Podcasts and Video projects as needed and scheduled.
– Have a strong understanding of social media and its role in audience development.
– Be willing to work in a demanding virtual team environment.

Some things to know and consider:
– We are not hiring full-time people. If you are seeking a full-time gig, this is not that.
– This will be a low or non-compensation role initially. We need to understand your value and fit.
– We have a long track record of creating opportunities for those that excel in our program.
– This will be a lengthy interview and evaluation process. We take this very seriously, so should you.
– If you are not committed to being great, this is not the right situation for you.

If you are interested, please follow these specific instructions, Drop us an e-mail with:

Your Name:

The NBA Market You Live Near:

And Why We Should Consider You:

We do not need your resume, but a few links to work you have done under the above information would be helpful. E-mail that to


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The Most Expensive NBA Tickets Ever Sold

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The universal language of sport has united fans from all around the globe. With the power to make you both fall to your feet from devastation as well as leap out of your seat and jump for joy, the sporting world has undoubtedly become the world’s most popular form of entertainment. With millions of fans watching these historic faceoffs, some just want the best experience possible – to be right up close and personal with their heros.

What would you buy with $133 000? Would you opt for a luxurious car or apartment? Some might even splurge on a fancy dinner after a little shopping spree. For the most dedicated fans, they paid that price for a ticket to the 2017 NBA finals. A historic performance was witnessed where the Golden State Warriors became the first NBA team ever to go undefeated for 14 games in a row postseason, breaking their own 12-0 win streak record. For both sides, the energy was insane within the stadium as fans watched the first NBA game in history where the same two teams met for a third year in a row.

In 2010, the Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers battled it out at the first full 7 game NBA finals since 2005. With almost 30 million fans, the game was so highly anticipated that tickets hit a whopping $115 900 to watch the action in person. Still not bad compared to the 2017 finals though…right?

The NBA league has stolen the hearts of many fans and will only continue to grow internationally. Statistics shows that the craze for this sport has increased amongst young girls and boys over the last decade. Patrick Baumann shares some insight, stating that “if you look around the world and see the statistics of the world’s most popular sport in the age group 14-18, its basketball across all gender.”

Basketball isn’t the only game whose prices can inflate, check out the rest of this infographic to learn something new about all your favourite teams. With the 2018 World Cup finals right around the corner, perhaps you’ll purchase your own golden ticket. But of course, with the buzzing world of social media, it’s become easier than ever to enjoy the game from the comfort of your own home without that hefty price tag.

The World Cup 2018 in Russia is set to be the most watched event on the globe and it’s not hard to see why as it will feature some of the best players on the planet such as Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar Jr. All 3 players will be hoping to win their first World Cup, while there is a new generation of young starlets who will be hoping for the same. We have taken a look at some of the most promising young players on Football Weeks that are set to feature for their countries in Russia.

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Basketball 101 At The 2018 Professional Basketball Combine

Basketball Insiders is excited to be a part of the 2018 Professional Basketball Combine’s first ever Basketball 101 program, led by Basketball Insiders’ publisher Steve Kyler. The program is an in-depth experience into the world of professional basketball.

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Basketball Insiders is excited to be a part of the 2018 Professional Basketball Combine’s first ever Basketball 101 program, led by Basketball Insiders’ publisher Steve Kyler.

What Is It?

The Basketball 101 program that’s part of the Professional Basketball Combine is a multi-day program that starts on May 20th and runs through May 23rd. It is one-part classroom experience and one-part in-the-gym experience.

The idea is to bring in people who are working professionally in basketball to one place to help attendees understand the jobs and the paths people working in the business have taken.

During the classroom sessions, attendees will hear from people working in the Media, the agent world and for NBA teams both as scouts and executives. These will be panel-format discussions where experts share their story, answer questions and help attendees understand how to begin their journey towards a job in basketball.

The classroom session is designed to be small and allow attendees to not only hear from professionals but have a chance to meet and network with them.

The classroom session will also feature a look at the NBA Salary cap system with some of the brightest salary cap minds in the business.

The classroom session will also feature a resume review and professional coaching on how to get noticed in the interview process.

The on-court sessions will give attendees access to the actual Combine workouts, meetings and coaching sessions to experience how it all works.

There will be opportunities for player interviews for those interested in the media track, chances to meet and talk with the coaches running the workouts for those interested in the coaching track, and exercises for those interested in the scouting and executive track.

Who Attends The Professional Basketball Combine

The Professional Basketball Combine or PBC is a secondary NBA draft combine for NBA draft-eligible players designed to give them an opportunity to showcase their talents in hopes of being selected to play professional basketball. Each player who attends the PBC has the opportunity to participate in combine testing, compete in private workouts and scrimmages, and interview for NBA executives, G-League personnel and overseas opportunities.

Many of the players who attend the PBC are right on the fringe of making the NBA Combine. With more and more college level players opting to “test the waters” more and more draft level players get left out of that process making the PBC an even better opportunity.

The PBC invites NBA teams to IMG to see players work out in a similar format as the NBA’s event and gives players a chance for exposure to scouts and executives.

The final list of players is fluid, as players that get invited to the NBA event typically do not attend. Once the NBA sets their roster, then the PBC finalizes their roster.

The PBC is in its second year, after featuring 16 NBA teams and 23 draft prospects last year. Many of the inaugural PBC alums went on to play NBA Summer League, be on NBA training camp rosters and signed two-way contracts with NBA teams. The inaugural PBC roster featured G-League Rookie of the Year and Chicago Bulls two-way player Antonio Blakeney.

The final roster for this year’s event will get set after the NBA invites for Chicago go out but will feature 24 draft-eligible players.

Who Is It Geared Towards

The program is designed for people wanting to explore working in basketball. This is an in-depth experience designed to help attendees understand what’s real in basketball and how to begin their journey as well as network with real people.

The Basketball 101 program is not a fan experience event, it is a professional development experience designed for people wanting to learn more about the business of basketball.

How Much Does it Cost?

The program is at the IMG Academy campus in Bradenton Florida. Attendees will have to cover their own transportation to and from IMG at their own expense.

The program has two price points:

The Basics – this includes access to all of the program components, including the social experiences such as the 101 pick-up basketball game. The cost for the Basics package is $495 USD.

The Experience – includes access to all of the program components, plus lodging and meals on-campus at IMG. The Experience package has attendees within walking distance to everything happening during the program and costs $995 USD.

All fees are payable in advance and non-refundable. The last day to register is May 15th.

What if I Don’t Want To Work In Basketball

While the program is built for people looking to understand working in basketball, it doesn’t mean people wanting to understand basketball more thoroughly cannot attend. There is a screening process all attendees go through to make sure the program is right for them, and more importantly, they are right for the program.

This is a limited space event, and not all interested attendees will get the chance to take part.

What Do I Do Next?

If this program sounds interesting to you, please drop an e-mail to

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