LeBron James and the Miami Heat won their 2nd NBA Championship last night, back to back I might add and have made the NBA Finals in all 3 of his year’s in Miami. LeBron has a lot of fans and he has a lot of people who want to see him not win, to see him fail. He is a great player and anybody who says otherwise has an agenda, PERIOD.
Now he has done things that were pretty stupid no doubt. “The Decision”, the hype show he and fellow teammates Chris Bosh and Dwayne Wade had, choosing to go to Miami in the first place all pretty bad choices. I say choosing to play in Miami because it has no real heritage among the NBA landscape. New York, Boston, LA, Chicago, these are die-hard fans of the sport and support even the worse teams their respective cities have fielded in the past. Miami before James and Bosh were drawing maybe 10,000 people a game. Now it’s just a “cool’ thing to do. Go watch the Heat then head to a nightclub or whatever. Had James chosen a city with a well established fan base such as Chicago I believe he would not have received half the criticism and scrutiny he has. Ultimately that’s neither here nor there, he choose Miami and the criticism has come.
Do I like his flopping or crying for a foul on every possession? No I don’t but it’s the whole league doing it not just him. Yes it’s very irritating and something the league most definitely has to crack the whip on.
The media outlets criticize his game a lot. He doesn’t have Micheal’s “killer instinct”, he’s far too passive, and on and on. What we are seeing is a humble kid who likes to get his teammates involved and let them shine too. He has been this way since his high school days. Is that so bad in the selfish world we live in?
We are seeing GREATNESS people. A different kind of greatness than Michael Jordan or Kobe Bryant. This young man could put up a triple double EVERY single night if he was so inclined to do so. He’s not. He could score 45 a game if he wanted to. He doesn’t. We just watched LeBron James a 6’9” Power Forward guard Tony Parker a slick and skilled 6’1” point guard and shut him down. That’s the greatness of LeBron James. Do you think Kobe or Michael could guard and shut down a top Power Forward ? Not a chance. LeBron can guard any player on the court with the exception of a Center. Who else throughout NBA/ABA history can you say that about? Nobody.
So while you want to diss his game you really can’t. He can score at will, he can defend anyone, he can pass like Magic Johnson, and he can close out games. Give the guy his props and let him live and enjoy his amazing talents.
Thanks for reading, Kevin