Greg Cote: LeBron James on such a roll, wonder if he can broker peace in Middle East?


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Today: Top Heat scorers in an NBA All-Star Game:

Points Player Year (Site)
36LeBron James 2012 (Orlando)
29LeBron James2011 (Los Angeles)
28Dwyane Wade 2010 (Arlington, Texas)
24Dwyane Wade 2012 (Orlando)
20Dwyane Wade 2006 (Houston)

Note: Wade in 2010 was Heat’s only All-Star Game MVP. Other double-figure Heat scorers besides James and Wade have been Shaquille O’Neal (three times, led by 17 in 2006); Alonzo Mourning (twice, led by 15 in 2000); Chris Bosh (twice, led by 14 in 2011); and Tim Hardaway (10 in 1997).

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1. HEAT: LeBron rules! James’ record streak powers Miami into break: Heat entered All-Star Weekend on seven-game streak punctuated by win at Oklahoma City, and LeBron James topped 30 points in every game of that streak. I know we were all a little concerned three summers ago, but, Miami signing LeBron — it seems to be working out OK.

2. UM BASKETBALL: Canes No. 3 in polls, dreaming of national title: The Miami men’s basketball team has zoomed from unranked to 25th to 14th to eighth to third in a remarkable, whirlwind month unlike any other in program history. UM plays at Clemson on Sunday. The rematch at No.2 Duke is in 13 days, six hours, five minutes and 15 seconds. Not that we’re counting.

3. NBA: Miami has three starters in Sunday’s All-Star Game: East coach Erik Spoelstra of the Heat chose Chris Bosh to replace the injured Rajon Rondo, joining LeBron James and Dwyane Wade in the starting lineup. The All-Star Game is like a regular NBA game, except defense is illegal, based on scores that tend to be around 148-139. And that’s at the half.

4. MARLINS: Spring training opens amid fan anger, low expectations: Miami’s first spring game is in four days. The Marlins are back to their standard ways of low payrolls and low expectations because owner Jeffrey Loria thought last year’s high-salaried, star-studded aberration was too exciting and potentially a medical risk for fans who might have a heart condition.

5. UM BASEBALL: Clouds loom as coach Jim Morris, Canes open schedule: UM, scheduled to face Rutgers this weekend, is unranked, Morris is under pressure to end a College World Series drought, the program mourns the recent death of icon Ron Fraser, and strength coach Jimmy Goins is suspended over a PED allegation. Otherwise, all’s well with the program!


We all know that LeBron James’ nickname is “King” James.

Sorry. No longer good enough. Falls short. Does not properly reflect his omnipotence.

I’d suggest “God,” but I hear that’s already taken.

Sunday happens to be Michael Jordan’s 50th birthday, and to many he remains the greatest basketball player ever, but enough with Jordan already! Sorry, Mike, but you never had the all-around game that is in full blossom with LeBron right now.

These are heady days for Miami basketball. We have the best player, and we also have the best teams. Note the plural there.

It is deliciously arguable which Big 3 is more impressive right now:

The Heat’s LeBron/ Dwyane Wade/ Chris Bosh triumvirate — all starters in Sunday’s All-Star Game in Houston — gunning for a second consecutive NBA championship. Or the Miami Hurricane men’s big No. 3 national poll ranking, best by far in school history on the wing of an unbeaten record in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

Down here it all starts, though, with LeBron — the best, and getting better.

I honestly believe there is nothing LeBron can’t do, with the possible exceptions of brokering permanent peace in the Middle East or making Marlins fans like Jeffrey Loria.

And I’d give him half a shot with the peace thing.

• A world record was set Thursday for most desperate men crammed into the smallest area. It was 3,847 procrastinators in a local Hallmark store on Valentine’s Day.

• Miami Herald readers chose a winner in a contest to design a new Dolphins logo, the entries verifying our long-held belief that it is simply impossible to make a friendly, grinning, leaping bottlenose dolphin appear the least bit menacing.

• In other Dolphins news, nobody knows anything about what the team will do in free agency or the draft, but people keep talking as if they do. Draftniks guess Tennessee receiver Cordarrelle Patterson could be Miami’s first-round pick. He is best known for having a first name that looks like it has way more letters than are necessary.

• A year after ending a 10-season NHL postseason drought, the Panthers are off pace again with only four wins in 14 games after Saturday’s overtime loss to the Lightning. They did make the playoffs last year, right? Or did we dream it?

•  Tim Hardaway is among 12 finalists for the Basketball Hall of Fame. I like his chances, especially since Alonzo Mourning threatened to beat up anybody who doesn’t vote for him.

•  Tiger Woods confirmed he’d play both Doral and Honda this year. Tiger hasn’t won a major since 2008 but continues to draw the largest galleries — mostly gold-digging blondes hoping for a relapse.

• The buildup has begun to next Sunday’s NASCAR season-opening Daytona 500. Gentlemen of the media, start your Danica Patrick search engines!

•  Serena Williams, 31, regained tennis’ top spot for the first time in 2 1/2 years, breaking Chris Evert’s record for oldest woman at No. 1. Serena breaks her record with every day that passes. No, every second!

• The Associated Press reported UM tested its baseball players for human growth hormone. I’d say this. Given the team’s long title drought, if they are using HGH, they aren’t using enough of it.

• A friend of O.J. Simpson, Norman Pardo, is trying to sell a movie about efforts to rehabilitate Simpson’s image after his 1995 acquittal for double murder. Hmm. I’m guessing O.J.’s current 33-year prison sentence for kidnapping and armed robbery might be further hindering those efforts.

• Answer: Andy Roddick will play in the World Team Tennis league this summer. Question: You know how sometimes athletes say they’re retiring but don’t really mean it?

•  Norman Braman said he is ready to fight the Dolphins’ stadium-improvement plan. Of course he is! New nickname for Norman: The One-Man Picket Line.

• The International Olympic Committee voted to discontinue wrestling. I’ve enjoyed hearing the outrage from people who could not name an Olympic wrestler to save their life.

• The “independent” Paterno Report concluded Joe Paterno did all he could in the Jerry Sandusky sex-abuse scandal. In an unrelated story, a new Nixon Report has concluded Watergate wasn’t that big a deal.

• Giants pitcher Tim Lincecum has cut his hair short. He no longer looks like a guy who should be co-starring with Cheech in a bong ad.

• Longtime former Red Sox favorite Kevin Youkilis said this week he is “proud to be a Yankee.” Bosox fans used to chant “Yoouuuu!” The new chant will sound similar, but be slightly different.

• The Miami International Boat Show ends Monday. I thought of buying a really nice boat once, then got smart and decided instead to cultivate a friend who owned a really nice boat.

• Sentences I Never Thought I’d Write: “And in winter sports, World Cup ski-jumping events recently were won by people named Schlierenzauer and Seifriedsberger.”

• At a recent seminar in Hollywood, local residents were told how to deal with wild coyotes in their neighborhoods. The agreed-upon answer: Have a roadrunner drop an Acme anvil on them.

•  Parting thought: Rocco Mediate won in Boca Raton in his debut on the PGA’s Champions Tour made up of senior players who are older and past their prime. It’s like watching a Knicks game!

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