Ex-champ Charles Martin: ‘I want to be like the LeBron James of boxing’

Former heavyweight world champion Charles Martin (27-2-1, 23 KOs) delivered a TKO victory over Daniel Martz (18-7-1, 15 KOs) in the fourth-round of their heavyweight attraction.

Martin used his southpaw stance to land strong left hands early on Martz and causing his right eye to swell in round two. Martz tried to tie up Martin, and eventually had some success on offense landing several clean shots that got Martin’s attention, even if they didn’t hurt him. 

“At one point I wasn’t relaxed like I should have been,” said Martin. “He threw a good flurry on me in the second round and that woke me up. I was a little stiff, but as we got going I knew I could go through him.” 

“I definitely came to fight and I was trying to win,” said Martz. “I started to take some hard shots and they added up. He definitely hits hard.”

In round four Martin clipped Martz in the opening moments, forcing him to retreat before Martin followed up with a body shot that put his opponent on the canvas. Martz got up and continued to try to survive and hold, but a strong combination punctuated by another punishing shot put Martz on the mat again and forced referee Celestino Ruiz to halt the bout 2:03 into the round.

 “I told my team that I wanted to stop him with a body shot, so I was focused on that and happy to get it done,” said Martin. “I just want to keep learning and become a complete fighter. I want to be able to dig to the body and fight on the inside and learn everything technical that I can. I want to be like the LeBron James of boxing, in that I’m a total student of the sport.”

“He threw some good shots to the body and that’s kind of what wore me out,” said Martz. “I’ll get in the gym and get better and be back soon”

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Jay Williams on LeBron’s reaction to Magic leaving Lakers: ‘You did the same thing twice'(Video)

When former Lakers president of basketball operations Magic Johnson abruptly quit before the team’s season finale, many were surprised, including LeBron James.

“Man, get the f— out of my face,” James recently said about his initial reaction to Magic leaving on “The Shop,” which airs on HBO. “You b******ng.”

Today, former NBA player Jay Williams gave his thoughts on James’ reaction to Magic leaving the Lakers on ESPN’s First Take:

It is slightly different. Magic quit right on the spot, and the two times LeBron left Cleveland, he did it as a free agent, which means he fulfilled his contract. So, it was his right to leave the Cavaliers. Just like it is Magic’s right to quit his job with the Lakers, but I find what Magic did to be a little worse because you don’t leave a job in that way, especially without telling a woman who you have a lot of respect for in Lakers owner Jeanie Buss.

Is this LeBron’s karma for the way he left Cleveland? Who knows, but in life, what goes around,  comes around.

Baron Davis believes Kobe Bryant could have led the Lakers to the playoffs

The Los Angeles will most likely miss the playoffs this season, which is a shocker. When they signed LeBron James in the offseason, the thought was that Los Angeles would at least make the playoffs, but then, things started to go wrong.

James would miss 17 games with a groin injury. Lonzo Ball went down with an ankle injury, and finally, Kyle Kuzma(ankle) and Brandon Ingram(deep vein thrombosis) have had injuries as well.

On top of injuries, the Anthony Davis trade talks seem to hurt this team, but most people want to blame James. However, according to former NBA player Baron Davis, it’s not all on LeBron.

“You can’t just put all the blame on LeBron,” Davis told TMZ Sports. “I think the Lakers got disconnected from what they was trying to do,  what their mission was, and the trades and all that sh**. That sh** don’t bode well for nobody, dog. It’s tough to play for somebody and give your heart and soul to somebody, and your name on the trading block, so when you’re young, it’s hard to bounce back from that sh**.”

Davis does believe that a 34-year-old Kobe Bryant could have led this team to the playoffs, but he does think James could have as well if the Lakers were able to stay healthy.

“LeBron could have got it done, too, but you have to factor in injuries… “It’s hypothetical, but of course, Kobe could do it, it’s f*cking Kobe Bryant.”

The 2012-13 Lakers did have Dwight Howard, Steve Nash, and Pau Gasol. While those guys were not at their best, you could argue that Kobe Bryant had a lot more help than LeBron. Also, like the 2018-19 Lakers, the 2012-13 team had injuries issues as well. Nash played in 50 games that season, while Gasol played only 49 games. Howard had a solid season, but he was struggling to come back from a back injury, and Bryant would eventually go down with a ruptured Achilles tendon.

Unfortunately for Lakers fans, Kobe could not have saved the Lakers this season. He barely got the 2012-13 team to the playoffs. In the end, this is all wishful thinking for Laker fans.

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Metta World Peace on LeBron: ‘He’s about to be in midseason form soon’

While the Los Angeles Lakers have gotten off to a slow start, 4-6 after 10 games, LeBron James, 33, is still playing at a very high level. The 14-time All-Star is averaging 26.8 ppg, 7.6 rpg, 7.7 apg.

Those numbers are good, yet former Laker Metta World Peace expects James to be even better as the season progresses.

“You got a preseason form, a midseason form, then you have playoff form,” World Peace told TMZ Sports. “And, he’s in beginning-of-the-season form. He’s about to be in midseason form soon.”

James will get his, but will the others being able to step up their play moving forward? That will be something to pay attention to as the season moves on, especially with the young talent on this roster that the Lakers are counting on to get better.

There have been some rumblings about Lakers head coach Luke Walton and his future with the team, but if the Lakers do continue to struggle, the blame should not go on Walton. This team is young and learning how to play winning basketball, and in the end, Magic Johnson and Rob Pelinka constructed this roster, so if things go wrong, Walton should not be the one to take the fall in Los Angeles.

 

Jalen Rose on LeBron: ‘He knows that this is a building year’

When LeBron James joined the Lakers this summer, we all knew that Los Angeles was not built to win a title this season. The Lakers have a superstar in James, a few guys who have star potential, and a decent cast of veterans.

According to ESPN NBA analyst Jalen Rose, James knows that the 2018-19 season is about growing the team for the future.

“He knows that this is a building year,” Rose told TMZ Sports. “It’s just not going to be something he’s used to because he’s made the Finals the last eight or nine years.

“They about to blow this one up. They got a lot of rookies, and they got a lot of guys on rookie contracts, and they got a lot of vets on one-year deals.”

Rose believes the Lakers presently have two guys that could definitely have success with James moving forward.

“If you’re on your rookie contract, you’re auditioning to see who can fit best with LeBron,” Rose said. “Right now it looks like(Kyle)Kuzma and (Josh)Hart, but stay tuned.

While PG Lonzo Ball had a solid rookie season, Rose is not sure if he fits with James:

“I love Lonzo. He got game. But, they’re taking the ball out of his hands,” Rose said. “I’m rooting for him. I’m rooting for (Brandon) Ingram as well.”

I think the Lakers will have a hard time making the playoffs this season. For Los Angeles, it’s about getting another star to team with LeBron James, which could happen in the offseason.

Regarding Ball, James has been at his best when he had a point guard that can shoot. Ball does not necessarily fit that description, so you wonder what his future could be in Los Angeles after this season.

In the end, the Lakers are a work in progress.

Why LeBron and the Lakers will miss the playoffs this season

I know they have a lot of games left, and I hate to be a prisoner of the moment, but barring any trades, the 2018-19 Los Angeles Lakers will miss the playoffs in the Western Conference, and LeBron James will miss the playoffs for the first time since his second year in the league.

Here’s why:

When LeBron James went to Miami in 2010, he had two stars with him in Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh. Ultimately, James would win two championships with the Heat. When James returned to Cleveland four years later, he had a star waiting for him in Kyrie Irving, and then Cleveland acquired another star in Kevin Love, which helped LeBron win a championship with the Cavaliers.

With the Lakers, it’s just LeBron, and a few guys we hope can be stars. Brandon Ingram, Kyle Kuzma,  Josh Hart, and Lonzo Ball all have talent, but at this point, the jury is still out on whether they will be stars. Los Angeles brought in veterans like Rajon Rondo, Lance Stephenson, and JaVale McGee. These guys have been in winning situations, but at this point in their careers, they are not difference makers.

Furthermore, James had his most success when he had point guards who could shoot. Mo Williams in Cleveland(first time), Mario Chalmers in Miami, and Kyrie Irving in Cleveland(LeBron’s return to Cleveland). He does not have that in Los Angeles. Rondo and Ball are not great shooters. Therefore, that could have a negative impact on the LeBron and the Lakers.

Finally, the Lakers are in the Western Conference. The following eight teams in the West are better than the Lakers in no particular order: Warriors, Rockets, Jazz, Thunder, Pelicans, Blazers, Nuggets, and Spurs. And if Minnesota can keep Jimmy Butler happy, the Timberwolves are better as well.

At 33 and soon to be 34,  how many great years does LeBron have left? Who knows, but this year could be a waste of one of those years.

In the end, it took 47 wins to make the playoffs as the 8th seed in the Western Conference last season. Barring any trades, can the Lakers win 47 games or more? You be the judge…

Doc Rivers on LeBron: ‘He’s far more Magic than Michael'(VIDEO)

Ever since LeBron James entered the league in 2003, he has been compared to Michael Jordan, but in reality, if you watch LeBron’s game, it’s a lot closer to another NBA legend, Magic Johnson.  To me, James is a more athletic version of Magic.

Throughout his career, James always seemed more comfortable facilitating than scoring, and according to Clippers head coach Doc Rivers, James has always been more Magic than Michael.

Rivers discussed LeBron and Magic today on ESPN’s First Take as LeBron prepares to make his Lakers’ debut tonight on the road against the Blazers.

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Stephen A. Smith believes LeBron James will win the MVP this season(VIDEO)

We waited all summer for LeBron James to make his regular season debut with the Lakers. Well, come Thursday night the wait will be over. James will make his Lakers’ debut on the road against the Blazers.

James, 33, is a four-time MVP winner, and according to ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith, James will win another MVP award this season.

I don’t think James will win the MVP this season. I just don’t think the Lakers will be good enough. The MVP usually goes to the best player on the best team, unless you do something extra special like what OKC’s Russell Westbrook did when he averaged a triple-double in the 2016-17 season.

I don’t see James doing anything extra special this season. Therefore, he will not win the MVP award in the 2018-19 NBA season.