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Lebron James New Years Eve

March 24, 2012 by staff 

Lebron James New Years Eve, Well this certainly is an imposing combination, perhaps even more imposing than the Heat’s Big Three:

A Saturday’s New Year’s Eve party on South Beach that also is doubling as LeBron James’ birthday party, with the Heat forward turning 27 Friday.

According to the New York Post, James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh and their significant others will be among the 50 or so at the Shelborne Hotel, with a post-dinner Lauryn Hill concert to follow.

But it’s what follows New Year’s Eve that could limit the revelry. The Heat not only have back-to-back home games on Sunday and Monday, against the Charlotte Bobcats and Atlanta Hawks, but then leave later in the week for a weeklong coast-to-coast trip that includes a New Jersey-San Francisco flight.

“They don’t have a curfew,” James said with a smile of his teammates at Saturday’s dual celebration, “but we’ll be ready come Sunday.”

James, in fact, said he has cut back on the nightlife because of the compressed post-lockout schedule.

“I’ve already done that,” he said. “There have been times when I may have wanted to go out and have dinner and I wound up on my couch, getting off my feet, instead.”

Considering what he already has been through as a pro, James was asked before Friday night’s game against the Minnesota Timberwolves if he felt 27 going on 47.

“Man, I’ve been around. I’m a vet now, a seasoned vet, honestly, my ninth year,” he said. “I’m very humbled I’m able to be here. I’m very blessed.”

Beasley’s bane

Wade offered a somewhat measured take when asked about where former Heat teammate Michael Beasley stands amid his NBA second chance with the Timberwolves.

“Michael is an unbelievable talent,” Wade said. “He can erupt any game, any moment. The ability that he has, to use both hands around the basket, finishing, his jump shot, I mean, he has all the tools.

“I think with Michael, it’s just going to take him to continue to grow with the game, get into a winning environment and start understanding what this team needs from him. He’s a good player. He’s one of the best young talents that we have in this game. But he has the potential to be a great player, if he wants it. That’s what we always told him in Miami.”

Asked where he currently stands, Beasley, dealt by the Heat to Minnesota in July 2010, said, “I’m still the same-old Mike, you all just see me a little different than past years, every year different, a little more disliked.”

Remembering Barea

The lasting memory for the Heat of J.J. Barea will remain his breakout performance against the Heat with the Dallas Mavericks in the 2011 NBA Finals. Barea did not play Friday because of a hamstring issue.

Barea considered signing with the Heat in free agency before agreeing to a four-year, $19 million contract with Minnesota.

“He had a tremendous impact in the Finals,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. “He’s a very good basketball player that now has been rewarded for his play in this league.

“He was a game-changer, there’s no doubt about it, because of his ability to get into the paint, create opportunities on random situations, situations you couldn’t necessarily prepare for.”

Been there

Both of the Heat point guards were obtained from the Timberwolves in draft-night deals, Mario Chalmers in 2008 and Norris Cole last June. Cole actually was selected by the Chicago Bulls with the No. 28 pick in the first round, dealt to the Timberwolves and then forwarded to the Heat within minutes on draft night.

“To be honest with you,” Cole said, “my agent, he was well-informed. He just told me to be patient, because people were making moves and then when it was all said and done, it was the Heat. I knew something was going on.”

Cole came to the Heat at the cost of the first pick of the 2011 second round that the Heat had earlier obtained from the Timberwolves in the Beasley trade, cash and a 2014 second-round pick.

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