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Heat 99 — 88 Bobcats

Series: Miami 1-0

Game 1: Sunday, April 20, 2014

This game was a bit of a roller coaster; there were numerous occasions were the game was extremely tight and other times when the game looked like an all out blood bath. Charlotte took an early lead, surging off a scorching hot Al Jefferson. However, Jefferson limped off to the locker room near the end of the first quarter. His injury proved to be a turning point in the game; the Heat took advantage of his absence and the Bobcats struggled even after he returned. Miami went into the half with a 7 point lead (49-42), despite being down by as much as 9 during the second quarter. Charlotte started the second half with a surge to retake the lead, but in the end, Miami’s talent just proved too much for the inexperienced Charlotte team. Miami sealed the deal with an 18-4 run during the fourth. It was a total team effort by Miami; The Big 3 combined for 63 points and the 3 point specialist James Jones added another 12 off the bench.

Fun Facts:

  • By scoring his 27th (and final point of the game), LeBron passed Larry Bird for 8th on the NBA’s all-time career playoff scoring list.
  • Miami is an undefeated 15-0 against Charlotte since the Big 3 was formed back in 2010, the best against any opponent.
  • The Bobcats, who have existed for 10 years, are still searching for their first franchise post-season victory. Including this game, the franchise is currently 0-5 in the playoffs.

Game Leaders:

Charlotte:
PTS: (20) Kemba Walker
REB: (10) Al Jefferson
AST: (6) Kemba Walker

Miami:
PTS: (27) LeBron James
REB: (10) Chris Andersen
AST: (5) Dwyane Wade

Highlights:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oF8FeJlZC6Y

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It seems LeBron recorded this back in August 2013, but the release of the freestyle is perhaps apart of an April Fool’s joke.

After the release of the song, LeBron tweeted that’d he’d be releasing a mixtape entitled King Me, before announcing it as an April Fool’s joke a half hour later.

https://twitter.com/KingJames/status/451065069581770752 https://twitter.com/KingJames/status/451077193301364737

You fooled us, King!

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Like the old saying goes, if you can’t beat them, join them.

LeBron knows that at this point in his career, he’s unstoppable. So, LeBron is inviting all his foes to stop trying to take him down him and instead take a pay cut and join the Miami Heat in order to win infinite rings with the King.

If you don’t join LeBron, you’ll wind up dead — the phrase six feet under refers to being dead and buried. Also note that LeBron’s number since joining the Miami Heat (and his Olympics number) is 6.

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LeBron is an ambassador for the famous Audemars Piguet watch brand. Back in September 2013, AP and LeBron teamed up to release a limited edition watch, costing $51,500.

LeBron embellishes the price of the watch slightly in the rap, because 60 racks sounds better than 51 and a half racks.

It seems like LeBron recorded this freestyle back in August 2013, because the watch was released 7 months ago and he was spotted taking a trip to AP’s headquarters in Switzerland right before he docked in South of France.

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A call back to the start of both Rick Ross‘ and Jay Z’s verses on the original version of this song:

I just landed in Europe, nigga
— Ross

Hov just landed in Rome, nigga
— Jay

LeBron keeps the Europe theme going here. He enjoyed a pre-wedding vacay in St. Tropez with his wife in August last year.

Again, in order to keep up the kid-friendly nature of the freestyle, Bron replaces the N-word with “killa”.

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Like most people, King James knows that the Miami Heat is the best team in the NBA — and he’s inviting everyone to come join the winning team. Miami is known to get criticized for coasting, but Bron knows when the stakes are highest, you’d be a fool to bet against the King.

The night before this freestyle was released, the Heat had finally claimed the top seed in the East, for the first time in the 2013-2014 NBA season — it’s entirely possible this song was released on purpose after the Heat got the #1 seed in the East.

Also, LeBron’s trying to make his freestlye kid-friendly, which is why he’s replaced the F word with “roll”.

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When you’re the best basketball player in the universe, your life is pretty fucking awesome. LeBron’s got an exorbitant amount of money — he made the most money of any basketball player in 2013, racking in over $50 million. Bron’s wealth allows him to purchase the most extravagant of life’s luxuries, which he brags about here.

When this freestyle was released, Bron had two championship rings (and working on claiming his third ring). Bron and his Miami Heat won the 2012 and 2013 NBA Finals, where they defeated the OKC Thunder and San Antonio Spurs, respectively. King James also won the MVP honors in both Finals series.

The way LeBron pronounces “two ringz” is similar to the signature way 2 Chainz shouts his name. King James is known to be fan of 2 Chainz.

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Having a chip on one’s shoulder is a phrase referring to holding a grudge, or having something to prove.

Because Boots grew up poor, he holds a grudge against the world, and feels the need to prove to people that he can be successful.

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Kano is one of Ross' & Gunplay’s Carol City homies. He’s currently locked up.

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Bieber fucks up here.

First off, what’s he trying to say is that he is the one instrumental to his success — as in, he’s self made and credits only himself to where is now. Instead, he says that he’s detrimental, meaning he’s harmful to his success (which is actually quite true given Bieber’s recent troubles).

Even though Bieber may not want to admit it, Usher was definitely instrumental to JB’s success — after Scooter Braun discovered Justin on Youtube (which Bieber acknowledges), he was signed to Raymond Braun Media Group, a joint venture between Braun and Usher.

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"She thinking Phillipe's, I'm thinking Wing Stop" (Rick Ross – MC Hammer) | pending

THIS IS ONE OF MY FAV ROSS LINES, THANKS FOR DOING THIS ONE!

I LOVE YOU SO MUCH FAT MAN

"Mink coats make your woman wanna fornicate" (Drake – Lord Knows) | accepted

"I'm addicted, canary yellow diamonds" (Rick Ross – Audio Meth) | accepted

So addicted to yellow diamonds, he made a song about it.

"When he ran his mouth, me I'd rather smoke" (Rick Ross – Ashamed) | accepted

"Fuck your insinuation," (Rick Ross – 911) | accepted

I think this line refers to the fact that most Ross haters insinuate that he’s a fraud because of his CO past, so Ross is saying “fuck your insinuations of me being fake”

"And my chain it may slow me down" (A$AP Rocky – Ghetto Symphony) | accepted

^ exactly, cuz he’d probably have to do illegal things to get his chain back, which would get him even more trouble than he already is

"12 gauge, shotgun, chest full of carbon (boom-boom)" (Rick Ross – 100 Black Coffins) | accepted

what the hell does the rapper 12 gauge have anything to do with this?

Teamwork make the dreamwork are wise words, also one of Rick Ross' slogan back in 2006 who is a close personal friend of Pusha T. Ross is a confirmed guest on Pusha’s upcoming debut. http://instagram.com/p/OkbspKBvD5/

"Fuck your investigation, study my elevation" (Rick Ross – 911) | accepted

Also, “study my elevation” refers to his elevation to the top of the rap game. Ross started out as a highly-sought free agent after his hit single “Hustlin”, and has now become one of the biggest names in hip-hop. Like Ross wrote in the liner notes of the GFID booklet: