King James vs the King of Clay for the right to the last spot in the final four.
The King of Clay (Rafael Nadal):
Born on Majorca, a Spanish island. Yeah, you weren’t
Career singles record: 348-79
Currently ranked Number 1 in the world (has held the spot since 8/18/08)
Has won 4 straight French Opens (one of two men to complete that feat)
Has also won at the Australian Open and Wimbledon
Won a gold medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics
Nadal’s rivalry with Roger Federer may be the graetest rivalry in history. Nadal has defeated Federer 13 of 19 times
He is still only 22 years old!!!
King (LeBron) James:
Three-time Mr. Ohio in high school. At 18, he was selected first overall by the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Before his professional debut, he signed a $90 million shoe contract with Nike. $90 million! Before he even played a game!
2004 Rookie of the Year. Averaged 21 points, 6 assists, and 5 boards.
5-time All Star, 2-time All Star Game MVP, 4-time All NBA
2004 ESPY for Best Breakthrough Athlete, 2008 NBA Scoring Champ (averaged 30 points per game)
One of his most memorable performances came against the Pistons in the ‘07 Eastern Conference Finals. He finished the game with 48 points, and scored 29 of the Cavs last 30 points in a double OT win.
International achievements: Gold in Beijing in ‘08, Bronze in Athens in ‘04. FIBA World Champion in ‘06, FIBA Americas Champion in ‘07
Youngest NBAer to: win Rookie of the Year, record a triple double, score 40, score 50, average 30 points per game in a season, win All-Star MVP, score 1000, 2000, 3000, 4000, 5000, 6000, 7000, 8000, 9000, 10000, 11000, and 12000 pts
My lack of information did not cause Rafael Nadal to lose this matchup. LeBron is just that good. King James faces Michael Phelps for the right to move on to the championship. Bracket below.