Despite what Charles Barkley might have said once upon a time, athletes are absolutely role models. It's not a job offer to be declined as one would decline an invitation to a party. There is no RSVP required and attendance is mandatory.
Five bold predictions for the rest of the NBA season, because anything is still possible.
That's right, I have yet another 365 days to become the baddest chick this side of Westchester. To help, I created a list of what I hope to accomplish in the 305 come the New Year. Consider them my very own Miamilutions.
It's a rare opportunity to get one-on-one time with a revered basketball player, let alone when said athlete is three-time NBA champ Dwayne Wade. But earlier this month in Miami, that's exactly where a group of journalists found themselves.
Almost every stat was, at some point, new. Stats are now a part of the mainstream conversation, not relegated to the deep corners of the Internet. That data gives us a better idea -- and more groups are racing to collect it.
While Knicks tickets remain the most expensive in the NBA, prices have dropped 16 percent since the start of the season. The Nets, with their 6-14 start, are down even further, with a price drop of 21 percent since the season began.
What's next isn't always what's best and while the past may seem like a simpler time with nonreplicable stars and feats, don't ignore what may happen 100 times this NBA season. LeBron.
What stood out was the new energy in the Barclays Center this year. A tenaciousness that was missing last year. When this Nets team is focused like they were Friday, every night will be a street fight.
You briefly think about Jarrin Randall and Ben Coupet Jr., as you stand in the aisle and look down at the vibrating sea of red.
A few other fantasy tips: Stay away from running backs Trent Richardson and Chris Johnson, and definitely stay away from Kansas City wide receiver Dwayne Bowe. Start wide receivers Denarius Moore and Darrius Heyward-Bey, Bengals running back Giovani Bernard and quarterback Terrelle Pryor. Moore has a great rapport with Pryor, Heyward-Bey should get a ton of targets against Houston, Bernard is expected to see double-digit touches, and Pryor is becoming a top-12 play every week.
As far as cities go, Los Angeles has produced the most current players with 19, and New York City comes in second with 16. More than half of the players produced in the state of New York come from New York City.
I used to think San Francisco was heaven-on-earth -- the natural beauty, weather, mentality and politics, but now I feel with all my heart and mind the best city in America is Miami. And I'm not alone.
A fête fit for a queen and her princess in tow, the shower was held at Miami's boutique EPIC hotel and the elaborate floral arrangements decadent candies and Parisian themed motifs transported guests upon arrival.
You're not likely to find too many retired NBA players hanging out in the dusty playa at the Burning Man gathering. But you can definitely count on seeing -- and hearing -- the former Miami Heat center Rony Seikaly there.
It was a heck of a journey to the Larry O'Brien trophy, but we endured. However, once we earned our second consecutive championship, the after effects -- to me -- earn mixed reviews.
Ultimately, Anthony can choose to opt out of his mega-contract next summer and, in turn, allow the Knicks to start the entire process of building a legitimate contender over again.