LeBron James kisses The Larry O'Brien NBA championship trophy and the Russell MVP award:LeBron James had won his championship at 27 years old on Thursday night, just as Michael Jordan had won his first championship at 27. James didn't have three years at North Carolina under Dean Smith, nor did he have a childhood as traditional – perhaps even functional – as Jordan's. When James had a chance to frame his championship chase into the context of those before him, including M.J., James resisted. "It was a journey for myself," he said. "I don't want to compare it to any other player. Everything that went with me being a high school prodigy when I was 16 and on the cover of Sports Illustrated to being drafted and having to be the face of a franchise; everything that came with it. I had to deal with it, and I had to learn through it. "No one had [gone] through that journey, so I had to learn on my own. Everything that came with it, I had to basically figure it out on my own." And then, James would say: "I'm a champion, and I did it the right way. I didn't shortcut anything." The words of Cleveland owner Dan Gilbert still were on his mind, almost a flinching out of James for the next wave of criticism that perhaps he feared would be thrust his way. Over and over, wherever his thoughts would go in the aftermath of this spectacular NBA Finals performance of 28.6 points, 10.2 rebounds and 7.2 assists, James punctuated his sentences with, "I'm a champion now." For him, it is the kicker to every answer now, and that Finals failure a season ago makes it harder for people to completely dismiss James and the Heat as the big, bad bully who ganged up on everyone else. James needed Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, but they needed him a lot more for a championship. As it turned out, Wade wasn't a co-chair on this partnership, but a sidekick. In this NBA, no one wins a title without a superstar, and All-Stars in the supporting cast. That's been true for the Los Angeles Lakers and Boston Celtics and Dallas Mavericks in these past several years, and that was true for the Heat, too. NBA championship team paid for winning the championship According to the Wages of Win Journal, the payout for a championship win is a little trickier to calculate. Player salaries are all paid out in the regular season and bonuses are paid to each team during the post-season. The winning team of the NBA Finals takes home $1.77M split amongst all the players and coaching staff. WOW did the math and found that, assuming the winner sweeps every series and plays only 16 games, they get only $9,342 (versus around $50k in the regular season on average) if it was split across the players alone.
Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux buy a $22 million home together in Bel-Air Los Angeles:Actress Jennifer Aniston and her boyfriend Justin Theroux, an actor who also wrote the blockbuster films Tropic Thunder and Iron Man 2, are set to jointly purchase a home for roughly $22 million in Los Angeles's Bel-Air neighborhood, according to a person familiar with the matter. The 8,500-square-foot home, which is listed for $24.9 million, is owned by Robert Maguire, who founded real-estate company Maguire Properties Inc. Mr. Maguire first put the A. Designed by Los Angeles architect A. Quincy Jones in 2008, but has taken it on and off several times since then. Last year, he re-listed the property for $29 million before reducing it. The four-bedroom, seven-bathroom midcentury home has floor-to-ceiling glass windows and ocean views. It's situated on 3 acres and includes a separate guest house, pool, and a vineyard. The property sits on more than three acres of land and has views of both the city and the Pacific Ocean. It also has an open floor plan with glass walls, a pool, vineyards and a guest house. Aniston, 42, and Theroux, a 40-year-old actor who also co-wrote the screenplays for "Iron Man 2," "Tropic Thunder" and the new "Rock of Ages" film, have been dating since at least May of 2011 and co-starred in the movie "Wanderlust," which was released in October. The two moved in together after Aniston sold her Bevely Hills home for $36 million in July and then rented a two-bedroom house in the Hollywood Hills. It was reported then that they were looking for a home to buy together.
Mark Wahlberg rented Central Park West condo goes from $7M to $16.5M in four years:Welcome to unit 26C at 15 Central Park West, arguably the best inium project known to man. The 2,761 square-foot three-bedroom on the 26th floor just sold for $16.5 million. Mark Wahlberg lived there. ARod almost just rented it. And it was sold in six weeks to a glamorous woman from Monaco. That's not the half of it. There are so many bold-faced names involved with this unit, we wonder if any apartment in this building doesn't have a celebrity attached to it. Already home to Denzel Washington and Sting, the building continues to break its own records. The square-foot price for this apartment comes to $5,976, the most expensive yet for a mid-level floor. Rented by actor Mark Wahlberg for $32,000 in 2009, the home was owned by real estate super-lawyer Warren Estis. It sold after six weeks on the market by Ken Deutsch, who started his own Madison Ave. boutique brokerage two years ago. Yankee slugger and real estate lover Alex Rodriguez even bid on the place, as a rental. ARod was allegedly paying about $35,000 for an apartment on an upper floor in the building when he vacated the apartment because the owner wished to sell the unit. For 26C, he offered $37,000 for the first year and $39,000 for the second. But new owners both wanted a little more, around $40,000. ARod decided not go up the few grand to stay in the building, and looked to purchase an apartment elsewhere. (Neither Rodriguez nor his agent Adam Modlin could be reached for comment, but the Daily News learned the price of the rental was not a factor. The slugger decided it was time to buy.) The current tenant, who was already renting from the new owner, will pay 38,000 for the first year and 40,000 for the second year.