Miami Heat Players Hit By Multi-Million-Dollar Real Estate Scam

Miami Heat Players Hit By Multi-Million-Dollar Real Estate ScamAccording to Kathy Lynn Gray of the Columbus Dispatch, Mike Miller and other Miami Heat players were among those victimized in a multi-million-dollar real-estate scam. Regina Garcia Cano of the Associated Press reported that the other players were James Jones and Rashard Lewis.

‘Questionable documents’

Haider Zafar allegedly conned Miller, Jones and Lewis—along with numerous other Florida residents—out of $8 million by using “questionable documents” to solicit funds for Pakistani real-estate ventures. These revelations were made public after international investment attorney Andrew Fine served as a witness in federal court last Thursday.

‘Off-court distractions’

Patwinder Sidhu, one of the main victims in this case, was allegedly taken for more than $10 million during a two-year period. There are 135 charges being pursued against Zafar for his actions, as he allegedly attempted to convince investors that his uncle was the defense minister in Pakistan. If investors purchased land, Zafar said they would be able to sell it back to the government at a higher price.

Hopefully, this issue will be cleared up in time for the start of the 2013-14 campaign, as the Heat are going for a rare three-peat and do not need off-court distractions getting in the way.

Are you a Miami Heat fan? Have you also been a victim of a similar scam? Feel free to share your thoughts and opinions with us!

Source: Alex Kay | Bleacher Report

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LeBron James Ending Career With Team USA?

LeBron James Ending Career With Team USATwo Olympic gold medals and a bronze are likely going to be enough for LeBron James, who is reportedly finished with Team USA and his international basketball career.

‘Doubtful to participate’

The news comes from Yahoo! Sports’ Marc J. Spears:

James, 28, will not play for USA Basketball during the 2013 world championships in Spain and is doubtful to participate in the 2016 Olympicsin Brazil, a source close to the Miami Heat forward told Yahoo! Sports on Wednesday. USA Basketball executive director Jerry Colangelo also confirmed to Yahoo! Sports he doesn’t expect James to play next summer—and doesn’t plan to ask him.

James has already accomplished plenty with Team USA, winning two Olympic gold medals (2008, 2012), one Olympic bronze (2004), and a bronze medal at the FIBA World Championships (2006).

‘Relax and recuperate’

Not only that, but he’s going to be 29 years old by next summer’s FIBA Basketball World Cup in Spain and 31 before the Rio Olympics in 2016. That doesn’t exactly make LeBron ancient, but when you consider the mileage he has already put on his body, it’s not surprising that he wants a little more free time during the NBA offseason.

As Spears notes, James’ most recent summer included trips across the world, commercial shoots, prep basketball camps and wedding planning. LeBron is a busy man, and as he gets older, he will need some time to relax and recuperate.

Do you think LeBron James would be willing to come back after a couple of years if Team USA requested him to? Will his presence or absence make a lot of difference?

Source: Tim Keeney | Bleacher Report

Image: NY Daily News