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Arenas Explains His Options

LeBron James hugged girlfriend Savannah Brinson after the Cavs beat the Pistons on June 2. Brinson gave birth to their second son yesterday.
LeBron James hugged girlfriend Savannah Brinson after the Cavs beat the Pistons on June 2. Brinson gave birth to their second son yesterday. (By Joshua Gunter -- The Plain Dealer Via Associated Press)

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By Michael Lee
Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, June 15, 2007

CLEVELAND, June 14 -- In the latest installment of his popular blog on NBA.com, Wizards point guard Gilbert Arenas comments on his decision to opt out of his contract next summer. Arenas explained: "It will be a six-year deal instead of a four-year deal and instead of starting at 12.5 or 13 million, I'll be starting at 14 or 15 million and I'll be a max player. This has nothing to do with me leaving or trying to look for other teams. I have to do it: 1. To get more years and 2. To increase my pay." Arenas also said that he is writing a book and contemplating a reality television series.

Baby for James

LeBron James became a father for the second time early Thursday as his longtime girlfriend, Savannah Brinson, gave birth to the couple's second son, Bryce Maximus James. Bryce was born about 20 hours before Game 4 of the NBA Finals tipped off, leaving James a sleep-deprived participant for the elimination game against the San Antonio Spurs.

"I didn't get the sleep that I wanted to get, but that's no excuse," James said before the game. "Win, lose or draw, this is a special day for my family to have another James in the family."

James said he wanted to give his son the first name Maximus, because it was the name of the main character in his favorite movie, "Gladiator," but he was overruled by Brinson. "She didn't like it," James said, shrugging his shoulders. "I had no choice since I named the first one."

James and Brinson had another child, LeBron James Jr., in October 2004. Brinson was due to give birth on Sunday and James said before the series against San Antonio began that he wouldn't miss any games for the birth of his second child, but he was at the hospital when Bryce was born at 12:51 a.m. "Right now, they look like two small, small forwards," James said of his sons. "Like Tayshaun Prince."

Not a Dynasty

Although the Spurs have won their fourth title in nine years, reserve forward Robert Horry wasn't ready to use the "D" word in reference to this team, saying the Spurs weren't a dynasty, but "a team that's had some very good luck." Horry defined a dynasty as a team that wins "at least half of the titles in a 10-year span."

Just before Horry won his seventh title in the past 14 seasons, he was asked if he was a one-man dynasty. Horry laughed and said, "One man cannot be a dynasty."

Horry won back-to-back championships in Houston (1994, 1995) with Hakeem Olajuwon , three consecutive championships as a member of the Los Angeles Lakers with Shaquille O'Neal and two with Tim Duncan (2005, 2007). "It's been very magical," Horry said. "Twenty years from now, somebody is going to say, 'Who were the five best big men ever? Shaq, Dream and Duncan are going to be in there. I've had the pleasure of playing with those guys. It's been phenomenal. And I can say, 'These guys wouldn't have won championships without me.' I'm going to tell that lie."


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