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In the NBA, it always comes back to Michael Jordan. When LeBron James left Cleveland for Miami four years ago, people could not help but invoke Jordan. When Chicago stumbled against the Pistons year after year, Jordan did not bolt for a better situation. He did not bail when things got difficult.Of course, it was a silly, lazy way to look at things. It ignored all sorts of different contextual information — particularly the style of roster building that had gained popularity in the league, the constrictions of the NBA’s salary cap and luxury tax and the complete failure of Cleveland management to put him in a position to succeed.However, in one way, James has always been like Mike: He seemed determined to write his own story. Jordan won three championships, and then walked away from basketball to try his hand at baseball. After nearly two years in the Chicago White Sox minor-league system, he came back to the Bulls, and won three more titles. (Let’s not discuss his sojourn in Washington.) It was a unique path, befitting a player whose talents and will transcended what we had seen before.Now, James has done the same. (Photo: Mark Duncan/The Associated Press)

In the NBA, it always comes back to Michael Jordan. When LeBron James left Cleveland for Miami four years ago, people could not help but invoke Jordan. When Chicago stumbled against the Pistons year after year, Jordan did not bolt for a better situation. He did not bail when things got difficult.

Of course, it was a silly, lazy way to look at things. It ignored all sorts of different contextual information — particularly the style of roster building that had gained popularity in the league, the constrictions of the NBA’s salary cap and luxury tax and the complete failure of Cleveland management to put him in a position to succeed.

However, in one way, James has always been like Mike: He seemed determined to write his own story. Jordan won three championships, and then walked away from basketball to try his hand at baseball. After nearly two years in the Chicago White Sox minor-league system, he came back to the Bulls, and won three more titles. (Let’s not discuss his sojourn in Washington.) It was a unique path, befitting a player whose talents and will transcended what we had seen before.

Now, James has done the same. (Photo: Mark Duncan/The Associated Press)

Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker, the winningest trio in NBA post-season history, shared hugs.Players wrapped themselves in flags from around world, a reminder that the San Antonio Spurs look far beyond the border to build champions, as confetti fell from above.Painfully denied 12 months ago by the Miami Heat, this victory party was worth the wait.“It makes last year OK,” Duncan said.The Spurs finished off a dominant run to their fifth NBA championship Sunday night, ending the Heat’s two-year title reign with a 104-87 victory that wrapped up the series in five games. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker, the winningest trio in NBA post-season history, shared hugs.

Players wrapped themselves in flags from around world, a reminder that the San Antonio Spurs look far beyond the border to build champions, as confetti fell from above.

Painfully denied 12 months ago by the Miami Heat, this victory party was worth the wait.

“It makes last year OK,” Duncan said.

The Spurs finished off a dominant run to their fifth NBA championship Sunday night, ending the Heat’s two-year title reign with a 104-87 victory that wrapped up the series in five games. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

This happened: NBA players wore jerseys with sleeves for yesterday’s games. Here are the Chicago Bulls, Brooklyn Nets, Miami Heat and Los Angeles Lakers’ Christmas Day looks. (Photos: Seth Wenig/The Associated Press, Chris Carlson/The Associated Press)

Everything you need to know about the NBA season: Can anyone stop LeBron James and the Heat? Who will win the Andrew Wiggins tank-a-thon? Is our long national Dwightmare over? We tackle these questions and more in the National Post’s NBA preview. (Photo: Alex Brandon/The Associated Press)

Everything you need to know about the NBA season: Can anyone stop LeBron James and the Heat? Who will win the Andrew Wiggins tank-a-thon? Is our long national Dwightmare over? We tackle these questions and more in the National Post’s NBA preview. (Photo: Alex Brandon/The Associated Press)

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How a Manitoba woman allegedly duped an NBA star and his 17-year-old love interest in extortion scheme 
On the Internet, nobody knows you are a Manitoban.
This is among the hard truths recently learned by an National Basketball Association star whose reputation was nearly ruined by a police raid on his house in a child pornography investigation, but who has now emerged as the victim of a staggeringly complex online extortion scheme perpetrated by a woman from a tiny town near the north end of Lake Winnipeg.
There are “numerous” other victims of the impersonation scam, colloquially known as “catfishing,” in which a person poses online as a love interest, says a lawyer briefed on the continuing cross-border police investigation. More charges are expected soon in Colorado.
Shelly Lynn Chartier, 29, of Easterville, Man., is free on bail, but will return to court Oct. 22 to face charges of possessing and transmitting child pornography, personation, extortion and uttering threats.
Her alleged victim is Chris Andersen, 35, known as Birdman, a luridly tattooed and mohawked centre, who once served a two-year suspension for violating the NBA’s drug policy and recently won the NBA championships with the Miami Heat, having played for the Denver Nuggets.
“I want my name back,” he said, according to his lawyer, Mark Bryant. The last two years have been “absolutely harrowing.” (Photo: AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

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How a Manitoba woman allegedly duped an NBA star and his 17-year-old love interest in extortion scheme 

On the Internet, nobody knows you are a Manitoban.

This is among the hard truths recently learned by an National Basketball Association star whose reputation was nearly ruined by a police raid on his house in a child pornography investigation, but who has now emerged as the victim of a staggeringly complex online extortion scheme perpetrated by a woman from a tiny town near the north end of Lake Winnipeg.

There are “numerous” other victims of the impersonation scam, colloquially known as “catfishing,” in which a person poses online as a love interest, says a lawyer briefed on the continuing cross-border police investigation. More charges are expected soon in Colorado.

Shelly Lynn Chartier, 29, of Easterville, Man., is free on bail, but will return to court Oct. 22 to face charges of possessing and transmitting child pornography, personation, extortion and uttering threats.

Her alleged victim is Chris Andersen, 35, known as Birdman, a luridly tattooed and mohawked centre, who once served a two-year suspension for violating the NBA’s drug policy and recently won the NBA championships with the Miami Heat, having played for the Denver Nuggets.

“I want my name back,” he said, according to his lawyer, Mark Bryant. The last two years have been “absolutely harrowing.” (Photo: AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Victory in Game 7 brought more than another crown for LeBron James and the Miami Heat. It validated the team and its leader, forever cementing their place among the NBA’s greats.

For the vanquished San Antonio Spurs, it simply compounded the misery of a championship that got away.

James led the Heat to their second straight title, scoring 37 points and grabbing 12 rebounds in a 95-88 victory Thursday night in a tense game that was tight until Miami pulled away in the final minute.

Victory in Game 7 brought more than another crown for LeBron James and the Miami Heat. It validated the team and its leader, forever cementing their place among the NBA’s greats.

For the vanquished San Antonio Spurs, it simply compounded the misery of a championship that got away.

James led the Heat to their second straight title, scoring 37 points and grabbing 12 rebounds in a 95-88 victory Thursday night in a tense game that was tight until Miami pulled away in the final minute.

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The Miami Heat were so hot last night, Justin Bieber’s sunglasses ended up being SEARED ONTO HIS FACE. Because that’s the only reason why he would be wearing sunglasses inside, OBVIOUSLY. (Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

The Miami Heat were so hot last night, Justin Bieber’s sunglasses ended up being SEARED ONTO HIS FACE. Because that’s the only reason why he would be wearing sunglasses inside, OBVIOUSLY. (Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

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NBA Playoffs Fashion is the best Fashion. There’s a lot to look at.

What is LeBron wearing.

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NBA Playoffs Fashion is the best Fashion. There’s a lot to look at.

What is LeBron wearing.

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How do you celebrate your team’s 27 game winning streak? Videobomb your teammates during their post-game interview, obviously. At least if you are LeBron James.
The Miami Heat star decided to videobomb Ray Allen’s moment in the spotlight … and it was well worth it. Click to watch the video.

How do you celebrate your team’s 27 game winning streak? Videobomb your teammates during their post-game interview, obviously. At least if you are LeBron James.

The Miami Heat star decided to videobomb Ray Allen’s moment in the spotlight … and it was well worth it. Click to watch the video.

LeBron James had 29 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists, and the Miami Heat tied a franchise record with their 14th straight victory, rallying to beat the New York Knicks 99-93 on Sunday. (Photo: Nick Laham/Getty Images)

LeBron James had 29 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists, and the Miami Heat tied a franchise record with their 14th straight victory, rallying to beat the New York Knicks 99-93 on Sunday. (Photo: Nick Laham/Getty Images)