The NBA season has only just started, but in the last month or so the Los Angeles Lakers have come a long, long way by all accounts. And there was no better way to see that than by facing the Portland Trail Blazers, a team had beaten them comprehensively on the opening night of the season. Unlike the Kobe Bryant days, especially the ones toward the end of his career, a big night by their star man did not hurt the team at all. Instead, LeBron James’ 44 points (which came with nine assists and ten rebounds as he nearly grabbed a triple-double) led them to a 126-117 win over the Trail Blazers. James’ three-point shooting was particularly worth noting as he five out of six from back there. After the first quarter, they won each of the remaining quarters as they eventually pulled away from the visitors and improved to an 8-6 record that might have been unthinkable given the woeful start to the season they made. As for James individually, it was by far his most prolific performance since joining the Lakers, and it appears he now has his feet under him. The 44 points scored helped take him past Wilt Chamberlain and into fifth place on the all-time NBA scoring list, so it was a good night for both him and the team as a whole.
One of the funniest stories of the year might just be what happened after it was announced that Le’Veon Bell would not be reporting to play with the Pittsburgh Steelers this year. While some have already moved to criticize the move, it did look to be all about fun as various Steelers sought to take the left over stuff from Bell’s locker for themselves. Linebacker Bud Dupree was the man that scored the biggest, getting two pairs of cleats. This is an interesting way for the whole narrative to change, as it had all been about business prior. Surely Bell won’t return there next year, will he?
And finally, it looks like Usain Bolt’s dream of playing soccer at the professional level could be dead in the water. The Jamaican Olympic Gold Medalist has officially given himself a two week deadline to decide whether he will continue chasing the dream or quit entirely. Currently he is a free agent having failed to agree to a deal with Australian team Central Coast Mariners. He claims to have offers from a lot of clubs, but whether those clubs are up to the level he wants to be is a major question being asked. We’ll know pretty soon if we will ever see him as a soccer pro or not.