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11 Events That Happened The Last Time LeBron James Missed The Finals

Time flies.


It is once again that time of the year. It is the NBA finals. Guess what? It's the fourth time the finals include the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors. But along with that, it is LeBron James' eighth NBA finals appearance. The last time he was not in the finals was 2010. It can be crazy to know that one of the greatest players of all time has appeared in the finals eight straight times. But what has happened the last time James missed the finals?

1. The devastating earthquake in Haiti

A 7.0 magnitude earthquake hit the country.

2. The BP oil spill

3. Ohio State beat Oregon in the Rose Bowl

The score was 26-17.

4. Matt Smith began his run as the Doctor in "Doctor Who"

He is the eleventh incarnation of the character.

5. San Fransisco Giants won the World Series

They beat the Texas Rangers four games to one.

6. Duke won March Madness

7. The Winter Olympics in Vancouver

8. Obamacare was passed

Also known as the Affordable Care Act.

9. To add on, Obama was still in his first term

10. The New Orleans Saints won Super Bowl XLIV

They beat the Indianapolis Colts 31-17.

11. The 2010 NBA Finals: Los Angeles Lakers versus Boston Celtics

The Lakers would beat the Celtics in a seven game finals 4-3.

And that was what happened the last time LeBron James missed the NBA Finals.

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Mid-Major College Basketball Team Stuns NCAA Tournament Favorite, Top Overall Seed Virginia

It’s the most hyped up, exciting time of the year for sports fans. That’s right, it’s the 2018 NCAA Tournament. This weekend, a handful of power conference and smaller conference college basketball teams took the basketball courts in eager anticipation for a chance to survive and advance toward winning a national championship. However, for top seeded teams, it is also the one opportunity for small, mid-major conference teams to make a name for themselves on national television and become villains to those filling out their brackets.

This has been the case so far. Already, two 13 seeded NCAA men’s basketball teams, the University of Buffalo Bulls and the Marshall Thundering Herd, did damage to every college basketball/sports fans’ brackets, respectively pulling off wins over Arizona and Wichita State, respectively. March madness is alive and well.

But just when the tournament couldn’t get any more wild and crazy, it did last night. The top seeded Virginia Cavaliers, coached by Tony Bennett (not to be confused with the legendary singer), traveled to Charlotte, North Carolina to take on the America East conference tournament champions the University of Maryland-Baltimore County Retrievers. A lot of people counted on Virginia to not only win that game, but to advance to the National Championship and ultimately win it. UMBC punched their ticket to the Big Dance by hitting a game-winning jump shot in the America East tournament final against Vermont. Nobody thought they had a chance.

But the players on UMBC truly believed in themselves and their coach, Ryan Odom. The Cavaliers, best known for their excellent play on defense, found themselves surprisingly tied at 21 at the half. Once the second half began, the game got out of reach. The Retrievers played at a faster pace, with more energy, and kept knocking down two-point and three-point jump shots, while giving the Cavaliers a taste of their own medicine: Virginia was held to 54 points the ENTIRE game! In blowing out Virginia 74-54, UMBC became the first ever 16 seed in the tournament to win against a number one seed. Brackets now are totally busted.

UMBC’s road to the tournament was a strange one. They lost to UAlbany by 44 points earlier in the season, and they clinched a spot in the tournament thanks to a game-winning three point shot over the heavily favored top seed, the Vermont Catamounts. And yet, the team had very high levels of confidence, and didn’t feel phased by the underdog label placed on them. The Retrievers did end up losing to Kansas State in the next round, but their performance against Virginia will be remembered as one of the greatest upsets in college basketball and sports history. Once again, the Retrievers, like the other underdog teams who won, proved that the NCAA tournament is the wildest, craziest, up in the air nationally televised sports event ever. Look for them again next season.

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Their Season May Be Over, But Their Spirit Will Endure Forever

The brotherhood and bond of this team will never be broken.


Despair has flooded the city of Lexington. Tears have fallen and couches have been burnt. Basketball season for Kentucky has officially ended, sooner than most people wished for.

For me, this team was unlike any other. Since I can remember, UK has always had a plethora of incredible players come through and leave their mark on the school and the city, but this year's team was different from the rest.

To start out with, a lot of the times the starting players are consisted of mostly freshman. This year, the diversity in age for the team was unusual, to say the least.

First, take a look at Reid Travis. He was a transfer graduate student from Stanford and this was his last year playing college ball. Players that are recruited to play at UK are usually seniors in high school, so having Reid being a senior in college and transfer here from another school is rare for Kentucky basketball.

Then we have PJ Washington. Washington is a sophomore and played for Kentucky his freshman year as well. Since he did not go into the NBA draft after his freshmen season, he continued playing for Kentucky and improved greatly over the course of this season.

This goes for Nick Richards as well. With not going into the NBA, he continued playing for Kentucky his sophomore year. What made Richards an overall better basketball player this season was the competition and fight he had to bring, not only for games but for practice as well.

Richards had to fight harder than usual for playing time this season with Reid Travis being on the team now. But even though Travis may have taken some of those minutes away from Richards, that is what made him into such a better player this year.

The brotherhood on this team is indescribable. A lot of the credit must go to the Kentucky Basketball program and the coaches who teach these young men not only about basketball but about being a good person. The bond these players have made with one another just this year is incredible and it is something that will never be broken.

From social media posts, interviews and how they interacted on and off the court people can easily see how much love these men have for each other and the sport. You don't have to be a fan of Kentucky basketball to love the spirit of this team.

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