LeBron Versus The World

I get it, for some people they will never be able to look at LeBron James and get past “The Decision”. It was a colossal mistake, an historic blunder, but it is your mistake if stops you from appreciating how great this guy is. The level of hate directed at LeBron makes no sense and it is time to simply sit back and enjoy what we are seeing.

DId you know that LeBron is the only non-Celtic in history to appear in five-straight NBA Finals? That’s a pretty amazing stat, but let’s talk about Sunday’s game. Consider the Cavaliers’ roster. It was built around a “Big Three” of LeBron, Kevin Love, and Kyrie Irving. Only LeBron is left standing at this point with the other two out for the season. This has forced Cleveland to adopt a somewhat unusual game plan. The ball gets inbounded to LeBron and he then figures it out. Last night wasn’t pretty, but he did it in a big way- 39 points, 16 rebounds, 11 assists and only three turnovers in 50 minutes of court time (50 minutes!) And don’t forget how good LeBron’s defense is.

Yes, the haters are right that even an average game from Curry sends this series back to Cleveland with the Cavs down 0-2, but that shouldn’t diminish what LeBron is doing. This is one of the greatest basketball players in history as an actual underdog. He will most likely fail. Golden State has way more talent and they are smartly trying to beat up LeBron as much as possible. But even if LeBron fails, this is glorious to watch. One man trying to will hit team to a championship. It’s the kind of story sports fans usually flock to. They just need to get past the hate.

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  • blmeanie  On June 13, 2015 at 6:18 am

    I respect his game, not his style on the court though. Way too much bullying, I’m stronger than everybody, how dare you touch me glares.

    It may be that I can’t embrace too many players in this isolation and pick and roll era we are in. I’ve never seen Lebron come off a screen away from the ball, receive a pass and just hit the open J. Every time he touches the ball in a non fast break touch, he has to either muscle his way in or fake drive to shoot the jumper.

    Imagine how effective his overall game would be if he actually had legs and energy late in season, late in games because they figured out he didn’t need to expend 100% on every drive, every touch.

    • nysportsfanatic  On June 13, 2015 at 12:28 pm

      The two things which drive me nuts in todays game is the way everyone is always whining about fouls and players who stand an watch their shots instead of looking to get a rebound.

      I think the legs point is a great one and it will ultimately be Cleveland’s downfall. They looked spent on Thursday.

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