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NBA Finals: LeBron James wins fourth career MVP award

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For the fourth time in his 17-year career, LeBron James has climbed the mountaintop.

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James and the Lakers coasted to a 109-93 victory over the Heat in Game 6 to win the 2020 NBA Finals. James finished the night with 28 points, 14 rebounds and 10 assists, extending his record of career triple-doubles in the NBA Finals to 11. He averaged 29.8 points, 11.8 rebounds and 8.5 assists, shooting 59.1% from the field for the series, winning his fourth career Finals MVP award.

The win puts James in second place by himself for career Finals MVP awards, trailing only Michael Jordan, who won the award six times. Three others have won the award three times: Magic Johnson, Shaquille O’Neal and Tim Duncan.

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LeBron James stats: Lakers star does something only Larry Bird has

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He really does it all

There’s no question that LeBron James is one of the two best players in the history of the NBA. His status as an all-time great rivaled only by Michael Jordan is obvious, but it’s possible to still find ways to be amazed by him 17 seasons into his career. 

Take, for example, this stat. 

Accomplishing something only previously done by Larry Bird is impressive enough. Doing it six times? That’s ridiculous. 

The last thing I want to do is wade into the tired LeBron vs. Jordan argument, but this stat is a perfect illustration of why I prefer LeBron’s all-around dominance to Jordan’s scoring-focused greatness. The way he’s able to impact the game in so many different ways is what makes him a joy to watch. 

The stat almost seemed too good to be true when I first read it. (I believe it’s ESPN baseball writer Sam Miller who says every fun fact tells one small lie.) I thought it had to be a case—like Derek Jeter’s cumulative playoff stats—of LeBron playing more postseason games than guys who came before him. But no, the NBA playoffs have included 16 teams since 1984 (although the first round was a best-of-five until 2003). LeBron really just is that dominant. 

So, I decided to do some research of my own and adjust the numbers to include guys who aren’t triple double machines like LeBron, searching for players who have had a single postseason with 500 total points, 100 rebounds and 100 assists. The results just make LeBron’s playoff career more impressive. 

There have been only 15 players to record such a postseason: LeBron, Jordan, Kobe Bryant, Larry Bird, Stephen Curry, Dwyane Wade, Charles Barkley, Clyde Drexler, Tim Duncan, Richard Hamilton, Allen Iverson, Paul Pierce, Isiah Thomas, Russell Westbrook

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LeBron James Calls Game 4 Of NBA Finals One Of The Most Important Games Of His Career

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When LeBron James woke up from his pregame nap, he sent his teammates a text. 

It was hours before they took the floor against the Miami Heat for Game 4 of the NBA Finals and he wanted them to know how much this game meant to him.

He called it a “must-win,” a term he sparingly uses. 

“I just felt that vibe,” James said. “I felt that pressure. I felt like for me, personally, this was one of the biggest games of my career and I just wanted to relay that message to my teammates, what type of zone I was in, what type of moment it was, because I just know how great of a team that we’re playing against.”

The Lakers went on to beat the Heat, 102-96, to take a 3-1 series lead. They’re one win away from their first championship since 2010.

James said he felt compelled to send that message after the Lakers’ lackluster performance in Game 3 when Jimmy Butler danced around their stagnant defense en route to a 40-point, 13-assist and 11-rebound performance in their 115-104 loss. 

He knew the Heat was feeling confident. 

And he wanted the Lakers to be ready. 

They responded with a hard-fought, defense-first game in which there were nine lead changes, nine ties and neither team ever built a double-digit advantage. 

The Lakers pulled ahead down the stretch. 

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope made a three-pointer followed by a layup on consecutive possessions — both off of assists from James — to turn a two-point Lakers advantage to seven points, 95-88, with 2 minutes left.

Anthony Davis put the nail in the coffin with 39.5 seconds remaining after making a three-pointer to give the Lakers a nine-point lead, 100-91.

James said he didn’t hesitate to pass the ball to Caldwell-Pope with

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Dr. James Trotter, Dean And Academic President of Murdoch University Dubai

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“Innovation is not usually the product of a genius individual working in isolation, but most often results from the collective work of a talented team working in a collaborative environment.” This, says Dr. James Trotter, is how he sees leadership, which was influenced by Harvard Business School’s Professor Linda Hill and her book Collective Genius. Dr. Trotter is the Dean and Academic President of Murdoch University Dubai, a role that he’s held since 2017. He believes that the responsibility of a leader is not only enabling an environment that fosters collaboration and innovation, but also knowing when it is appropriate to do so.



a man wearing a suit and tie smiling and looking at the camera: Dr James Trotter, Dean and Academic President of Murdoch University Dubai


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Dr James Trotter, Dean and Academic President of Murdoch University Dubai

“Leadership requires the ability to adapt appropriately to the situation and needs of the organization. Different circumstances require different styles of leadership,” says Dr. Trotter. He points out how when an enterprise is in undergoing significant change, a leader should focus on communicating a clear vision of the organization’s future. He likens its importance by telling how he joined the institute. Established in 2008, Murdoch University Dubai is a branch campus of Murdoch University in Perth, offering Australian accredited university degrees such as foundation, diplomas, undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in Dubai. Prior to joining the Dubai campus, he has been with Murdoch University in Perth since 1994, and has held a variety of academic and leadership appointments, including: Deputy Dean of the School of Arts, Associate Dean Learning and Teaching of the School of Arts, and a term as Deputy President of the University Academic Council. Upon joining Murdoch Dubai, he says, “This transition period created great uncertainty and anxiety for the staff. It also had the potential to damage the university’s reputation.” Dr. Trotter decided it was his top priority

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James Snow, who entertained by dancing at 38th and College, dies at 77

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Known as ‘Dancing Man,’ James Henry Snow began his run of entertaining the public at 38th and College in 1974

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James Henry Snow picked up several nicknames as an impromptu entertainer near the intersection of 38th Street and College Avenue across more than 45 years: “Dancing Man,” “Guitar Man,” Radio Man” and simply “Radio.”

But the sidewalks are no longer brightened by Snow’s music and moves. He died earlier this week at age 77.

Seen and heard by hundreds of thousands of motorists, Snow generated enough attention to be featured in the pages of IndyStar more than once.

“You dance, and it takes stuff off your mind,” he said in 2011.

“I don’t consider myself good,” he said of his guitar talents a decade earlier, “but a lot of people think I am. I say, ‘I’m glad y’all got faith.’ “

In this 2011 photo, James Henry Snow dances next to his radio near the intersection of 38th Street and College Avenue. (Photo: Danese Kenon/IndyStar)

Snow apparently died of natural causes and his body was found Tuesday at his home after a wellness check, according to his sister, Hazel Young.

Indianapolis rock band the Born Again Floozies paid tribute Snow in a 2008 song titled “Prince of 38th Street (Freak Flag).” The song includes this tribute to Snow’s dancing: “There’s a man in our town who rides high on life with his small boombox. Yeah, he’s got the power, the prince of 38th Street, poppin’ and lockin’ nonstop.”

The band recorded a video with Snow to accompany the song, and vocalist-guitarist Joe Welch recalled that day in a Facebook post Wednesday.

“He was such a kind, generous soul,” Welch wrote. “When we played on the corner with him, people in cars gave us money. We gave it to

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