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NBA Report: Will You Ever See Lebron The Same Again?

Will any of us ever look at LeBron James quite the same way again? After Sunday night's Game 6 shell-of-himself meltdown against the take-no-prisoners Dallas Mavericks in the series-clincher of the NBA Finals, one has to wonder if he'll ever be viewed as the can't miss, virtually unstoppable talent he's been advertised as for much of his suddenly spotty NBA career.

Trapped somewhere between the lands of raised humility and stilled defiance, James himself tried to make sense of his stunning fate as it yet unraveled.

"The Greater Man upstairs knows when it's my time," James waxed on his Twitter page. "Right now isn't the time." James' soul-searching revelations came just moments after he admonished the media and pretty much all of Hoops Nation in a far more dastardly rant.

"All the people that were rooting me on to fail, at the end of the day they have to wake up tomorrow and have the same life they had before,” said James. “They have the same personal problems they had to today. I’m going to continue to live the way I want to live and continue to do the things that I want with me and my family and be happy with that.”

Just like that, in a span of mere minutes and with the pressure mounting all around him, James had morphed into another being. And therein lies the riddle of LeBron James and the question of what seems to plaque and hamper him most. There simply seems too much uncertainty over just who and what King James needs to be.

Now let's be clear here, James totally ran afoul of all logic and rationale when he waged his verbal attack on NBA fans at large--- and perhaps that somewhat explains why Miami forever seems to such a dwindling fan base--- but I digress.The point here is LeBron James seems to suffer from an identity crisis that too often leaves him handcuffed and scrambling to defend himself.

When night after night, you're the best and most riveting talent on the court why ever tinker with the benevolence bestowed upon you by the Sports Gods by taking your foot off the proverbial, competitive pedal?

Yeah, yeah, it sounds enticing, stupendous even, to be compared to a combination of Michael Jordan and Magic Johnson on the regular. But the bottom line is in games, big time ones like the NBA finals especially, teammates rightfully have to be able to depend on getting certain, almost guaranteed contributions from their best players.

In the first quarter, James provided as much, connecting on his first four before missing six of his final 10. And while that, in and of itself, isn't an indictment of talents, don't you wonder why James always seems to make the least use of them in the biggest of games and most critical of moments.

“LeBron is not Michael,” said NBA analyst Steve Kerr, who won three titles playing alongside Jordan as a reserve during the second of the Bulls pair of three-peats. He doesn't have an offensive game that he can rely on: no low-post game, no mid-range jump shot so when the game really gets tough he has a hard time finding easy baskets and getting himself going. That's what Michael did in his sleep so that's why there’s no comparison. If he wants to be a champion he has a lot to learn.”

Not to mention looked at in that same way ever again. -Glenn Minnis

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Earth Wind And Fire Hint Towards Duets Album At Kennedy Center Honors

Earth Wind & Fire's music has stood the test of time and it seems like more tunes might be on the way. On Sunday (Dec 8), the iconic band was officially inducted into the Kennedy Center Honors, making them the first African American group to receive the honor. The group's original members Philip Bailey, Ralph Johnson and Verdine White were in attendance at the 42nd annual event with the exception of the group's founder Maurice White, who died in 2016.

In addition to celebrating White's creation and the group's legacy, the remaining members hinted towards a new project. “We’re making a list, and checking it twice," Bailey told Billboard of a possible duets album. “And you’ll hear about it soon.” We can only imagine many artists would clamor for the opportunity. During the event, the group was treated to reworkings of their biggest hits by Cynthia Erivo, John Legend, the Jonas Brothers and Ne-Yo. The group has remained mum on the details of the album but were proud to celebrate their rich legacy and how proud White would be of the feat.

“You can’t play any Earth Wind & Fire songs without Maurice’s DNA being on it, so he’s always here and we’re always celebrating him and his vision,” Johnson told Billboard. “People are still coming together and having fun.” Since the release of their first album in 1971, the group has strongly influenced R&B, disco and soul. The biggest artists in the world have sampled the group including Jay Z, Drake, the late Mac Miller, Missy Elliot and Nas.

Next year will celebrate their 50 years in the industry with many more to go. The 42nd Kennedy Center Honors will air on CBS on Sunday, Dec. 15 at 8pm.

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Beyonce, Billy Porter, Cynthia Erivo And Eddie Murphy Snag Golden Globes 2020 Nominations

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Hosted by Ricky Gervais, the 2020 Golden Globes ceremony is set to take place at the Beverly Hilton on Sunday, January 5 and air at 8 pm EST on NBC.

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Miss Universe 2019 Zozibini Tunzi, of South Africa, is crowned onstage by Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray at the 2019 Miss Universe Pageant at Tyler Perry Studios on December 08, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia.
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Celebrated as the third South African to take home the title, Zozibini Tunzi won 2019's Miss Universe pageant on Sunday evening (Dec. 8), which took place at Tyler Perry's Atlanta-based studio. Tunzi not only represented her country on the international stage, but she also adorned a gown created by Biji - La Maison de Couture. The company states the outfit was inspired by the Xhosa cultural group through its "style pattering in sequins."

On Instagram, the 26-year-old activist shared an inspirational message for girls across the globe to keep that fuel of confidence burning inside of them despite any obstacle they may face. "Tonight a door was opened and I could not be more grateful to have been the one to have walked through it," she wrote. "May every little girl who witnessed this moment forever believe in the power of her dreams and may they see their faces reflected in mine."

Part of her platform is to eradicate her country of gender-based violence, E! News reports. Tunzi called for a series of pledges from her country's people to further support the nation's women. "It is my hope that these pledges will start, and continue a conversation around gender-based violence," she said. "We have to start the narration where right-thinking people act as role models for those who think it's okay to mistreat women."

In August, 19-year-old Uyinene Mrwetyana was raped and murdered by Luyanda Botha. The University of Cape Town student went to retrieve a package from a post office when the attack happened. According to BBC, Botha received life in prison.

 

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Tonight a door was opened and I could not be more grateful to have been the one to have walked through it. May every little girl who witnessed this moment forever believe in the power of her dreams and may they see their faces reflected in mine. I proudly state my name Zozibini Tunzi, Miss Universe 2019!

A post shared by Zozibini Tunzi (@zozitunzi) on Dec 8, 2019 at 10:25pm PST

 

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As Promised. South Africa the biggest pride was not only wearing your name across my heart but having a gown so perfectly designed by @biji_la_maison that represented my heritage on the biggest stage in the Universe. You gave me the strength and I felt and continue to feel the love from you...my beloved! Preliminaries ✅ Who’s ready for finals?🇿🇦👑🇿🇦 Ndiyabulela ngenkxaso yenu kwela qonga izolo. Ndiyayazi beninam 🇿🇦👑🇿🇦 #ProudlySouthAfrican #MissUniverse #MissSouthAfrica #xhosa

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This woman is just exceptional!!! @zozitunzi for @missuniverse 2019 We custom designed and made this Xhosa inspired gown for Zozi for the preliminary round of Miss Universe. The whole gown and outer layer of the cape is white velvet..... the inside of the cape reveals a typically Xhosa style patterning in sequins. We added some diamanté elements to the white to create a more glamorous vibe to this otherwise fairly classic design...... We just live for and love the drama❤️❤️❤️❤️

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The two runner ups were Miss Mexico and Miss Puerto Rico. Watch Tunzi's achievement below.

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