LeBron James’ career-best 61-point performance Monday night caught the attention of the sports world. But not everyone was lauding the effort.
Count Hall of Famer Dominique Wilkins among the not-so-impressed by James performance in the Miami Heat’s win over the Charlotte Bobcats.
In a series of tweets, Wilkins pointed out that James did it against a sorry team.
“No denying he put on a shooting display. He was hot. Let’s not forget, he was playing the Bobcats. A sub 500 team w a match up nightmare.” one of his tweets read.
It should be noted that Wilkins scored 57 points twice, both against teams that would make the playoffs with losing records. The point is, the really good teams usually don’t let anyone go off against them.
■ TWO-SPORT STAR? — The Milwaukee Bucks haven’t had a lot to be proud of this NBA season. But one of the few bright spots has been rookie guard Giannis Antetokounmpo.
Not only can Antetokounmpo, who is averaging 7.2 points and 4.6 rebounds, run the floor, but the Greece native also is adept with a soccer ball. He showed off his skills at a recent Milwaukee Wave indoor soccer game by kicking a ball from the center spot at midfield into a small opening in the goal to win a scooter. It took him three tries, but he nailed it on the final attempt.
The Bucks, one of the NBA’s worst teams, should consider loaning Antetokounmpo to the Wave, who open play in the Major Indoor Soccer League playoffs this weekend.
■ REALLY GOOD CATCH — A 12-year-old Louisiana boy now holds the state record for the largest catfish caught — a whopping 114.1 pounds.
Lawson Boyte, who weighs just 100 pounds, claims he had a secret weapon to lure the big fish onto his line while fishing the Mississippi River.
“I think the thing that done it was eating Vienna sausages,” he told KNOE News.
■ FED-UP FANS — For a few fans of the New York Knicks (yes, there are still some out there), enough is enough. A protest has been planned for March 19 at Madison Square Garden to express displeasure with team owner James Dolan.
The organizers, who call themselves “KF4L,” which stands for “Knicks Fans For Life,” say they don’t expect changes from their protest.
“We understand Dolan will not sell,” the organizers said in a statement published by the New York Post. “We understand change may not come of this. We just want our voices heard. We want to remind Dolan and the NBA that our voices matter. We buy the tickets, the jerseys, the NBA League Pass subscriptions. We are frustrated. We are tired. We deserve better.”
Be careful, guys. Dolan might double your cable bill. He’s also the owner of Cablevision, the largest cable TV company in New York.
■ BROTHERLY LOVE — Miami senior pitcher Javi Salas threw a perfect game for the Hurricanes on Tuesday in their 17-0 shellacking of Villanova. Adding to the excitement was Salas’ younger brother Jorge calling the game for the school’s student radio station, WVUM.
Jorge understandably went crazy as Javi completed the perfect game. OK, so maybe he isn’t the next Vin Scully.
COMPILED BY STEVE CARP LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL