Mandy Mitchell

The Mitchell Report: LeBron, MJ and Duke baseball

Posted April 27, 2014

Thoughts on the sports world I can't share in a 5 minute sportscast. Some Triangle news. Some not.

 

What we learned this weekend

Duke baseball is legit.

The Blue Devils swept Wake Forest in Winston-Salem and have now won nine straight. Duke has clinched a spot in the ACC tournament for the first time since 2009.

The Clippers likely have a problem.

The biggest story of the weekend, by far, is the racist comments allegedly made by Clippers owner Donald Sterling. The NBA is looking into a recording posted first by TMZ.com. The Clippers players made a statement by throwing their warmup jerseys at mid-court before the start of their playoff game with Golden State. It will be really interesting to follow this story this week.

NASCAR can be some great drama.

Two guys who finished 18th and 19th at this weekend's race in Richmond are making the biggest news. Marcos Ambrose punched Casey Mears in the face during a post-race brawl in the garage. The race wasn't too shabby either, with Joey Logano using a great move to win a tight one in the final laps.

LeBron "wasn't" looking at MJ during that dunk

The Heat stomped on the Bobcats in Game three of the playoff series in Charlotte. After the game, LeBron James got to answer a question about a steal and dunk in the second half. James appeared to be staring at Michael Jordan just before throwing down a massive dunk. He claims he was not.

“No, no. Don’t start that. Absolutely not, man. Absolutely not,” James said. “I was able to read McRoberts, get a steal and push the lead back up. I absolutely didn’t look at MJ, for sure.”

 

Stories you may not have heard

Jimmie Johnson did not win at Richmond, but he put together one impressive 5k performance on Sunday morning. Johnson finished the "Jimmie Johnson Foundation" 5k in about 19 minutes. That is good for any runner and especially good for someone who just spent several grueling hours in a car and traveled the night before.

Speaking of running, Patriots head coach Bill Belichick ran a half marathon Saturday in Nashville. He finished in 2 hours and 36 minutes which is a few minutes faster than my personal record in the half. I'm going to have to start training harder!

A great story in Major League Baseball on Sunday as former Charlotte pitcher, Scott Carroll, made his debut in the bigs. He had reconstructive elbow surgery and worked his way back through the minors to pitch for the White Sox. He went 7 and 1/3 innings allowing just one earned run and left the game to a standing ovation. The 29-year-old got the win over the Rays David Price.

Worth Reading

Have you seen the really fantastic .gif of the Penguins baby? Meet him in this story.
 

The story of Lacey Holsworth will melt your heart and break it at the same time. Read more about it here.

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  • 903 Free Paul Frampton 2 Apr 28, 4:29 p.m.

    MJ played in one of the biggest media markets and without salary cap restrictions. The Bulls of the 90s would never exist in today's day of the salary cap... And don't give me the "Big 3" or whatever, Bosh ended up being a soft role player and Wade is about 25% of the player he was 5 years ago. Lebron is doing what he does with basically no help and a marginal coach (definitely not in the same league as Phil)...

  • mittnfriends Apr 28, 2:54 p.m.

    Would he have stated at Jordan if he were still in his prime and playing? Think not.

    — Posted by Toddler10-21

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

    MJ was the greatest. He will always have his special place in the history of the world.

    LeBron is, as of now, the greatest basketball player of all time. And, unlike MJ, LeBron has an honorable sense of humility. Showboating comes with the territory of being an ENTERTAINER.

    MJ never saw anything like LeBron. LeBron has never seen anything like MJ, but the talent pool is greater now than it was then. It's called EVOLUTION. In the near future, someone will take LeBron's place as the greatest of all time. Get over it.

  • lewiskr45 Apr 28, 12:06 p.m.

    Who were you looking at LeBron? Even if was the Bobcats bench it was still showboating. Be... View More

    — Posted by Toddler10-21

    What's wrong with showboating?? You work hard you should be able to showboat. Even if they... View More

    — Posted by Packman24

    Especially the NBA, a lot of showboating going on in that league. Considering how bad the bobcats are for a playoff team, and how they will be eliminated tonight, LeBron can showboat all he wants.

  • Packman24 Apr 28, 11:38 a.m.

    Who were you looking at LeBron? Even if was the Bobcats bench it was still showboating. Be... View More

    — Posted by Toddler10-21

    What's wrong with showboating?? You work hard you should be able to showboat. Even if they knock him down they're gone lose the series...Go Heat!

  • Toddler10-21 Apr 28, 9:57 a.m.

    Would he have stated at Jordan if he were still in his prime and playing? Think not.

  • carleerules123 Apr 28, 7:35 a.m.

    What an awesome story on Lacey Holworth & you are absolutely right - heart warming & heart breaking! Thank you for sharing that link.

  • 903 Free Paul Frampton 2 Apr 28, 7:28 a.m.

    He was staring at Jordan with a stare that said "you are a da to finish 7th and give up a lottery pick just to get swept by me"...

  • Toddler10-21 Apr 28, 6:17 a.m.

    Who were you looking at LeBron? Even if was the Bobcats bench it was still showboating. Be prepared to hit the floor a few times tonight.

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