Mitch Perry Report 5.21.12 - The return of King James

Hoops, protests in Chicago and more …

As Tampa police prepare for the RNC in late August, reportedly some members of the upper brass are in Chicago for the NATO summit monitoring the actions between police and protesters. We'll post more on this later, but the upshot is 45 people were arrested there yesterday, and there was one violent confrontation between police and activists that of course is making national news everywhere this morning.

It was much mellower in these parts over the weekend. While an estimated 500 people partied in Clearwater on Saturday night to commemorate 100 days until the convention hits Tampa (while simultaneously Jane's Addiction was rocking Ruth Eckerd Hall), yours truly was, among other things, watching a lot of pro basketball.

There's no question that LeBron James has been a marked man since he left Cleveland nearly two years ago to bring his talents to South Beach and the Miami Heat. And there's no question that because of the obnoxiousness of the whole "Dream Team" alliance of King James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, lots of folks were happy last year when the Heat lost in the finals, and we're no doubt cheering the fact that Miami's squad was down 2-1 to Indiana going into yesterday's playoff game against the Pacers.

And that's when James and Wade, who was receiving some of the worst media attention in his life for his poor play (as well as getting into on-court argument with his coach), turned it on, particularly in the 3rd quarter yesterday. The pair's electrifying performance included Wade scoring 22 of his 30 points in the second half, and James putting on a clinic all game long, with 40 points, 18 rebounds and 9 assists.

Can the Heat win it all this year? Lots of NBA "experts" insist they won't, but the determination those men had yesterday makes me think they might pull it off. But I'm rooting for Oklahoma City…

Okay, on to politics. We were talking about the RNC, weren't we? Did you know that Ron Paul's legions of supporters are busy putting together a big festival in honor of Paul in Tampa on the weekend before the RNC? Well they are.

Yesterday Nancy Pelosi and House Speaker John Boehner on ABC's This Week, where they agreed on one thing (and one thing only) regarding dealing with the debt ceiling limit.

And while you were out living life, a new Republican has entered the Senate race, but he's hardly a game-changer.

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