one thing I really wonder about. Do people still think Kobe and Durant the last too rounds were too passive and quit as well against Dallas? Are they that lucky or that good? Something to consider I think.
There's enough going on I suppose that we don't need to get into you "remembering what great playoff basketball looked like". Yah, no great playoff basketball going on in the last 10 years at all.
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I just looked back at the list of MVPs and Scoring Leaders in NBA history...I'm pretty confident that Lebron may be the first of either to not score more than 25 in a Finals through 10 Finals games played. Damn sure he's the only one who has won both and not scored more than 25 in 10 Finals games.
Lebron isn't all that different than his first few years in the league. He is pure athleticism. His shot has gotten a little better, but isn't Kobe consistent. He doesn't have a turn around, or any real post moves outside of backing his guy down.
You can call this hate or whatever you want, but it's the truth.
You know... I hate Phil Jackson with a passion, but this is the same thing that happened with the Lakers pre-Phil... these big drama queen players need somebody that can reign them in and show them how to be great. God, I hate to admit that about Phil.... who knows... he did say he was going to retire... maybe he meant to say... he was going to retire in Miami :) lol.... short of that, Lebron's legacy is not going to be anywhere near Michael's ...he is a total punk and I do dislike him, but much of the problem is what I believe Barkley has said... Lebron isn't a killer... Kobe Jordan... they were killers... some players are built differently, hell Lebron really plays a completely different position and the guy had a triple double in game 5 I believe....most players would be getting congratulated for that, but when people were incorrectly comparing him to Jordan, you aren't going to see it, they aren't comparable for a lot of reasons. Lebron probably goes down as the greatest SF of all time, total schmuck, but Jordan was and is a huge d#ck by most people's account and I believe Kobe was a rapist (personal opinion)... personal feelings about these guys really shouldn't factor in (even though I was happy he lost), the bottom line really is that Lebron really isn't the type of player that can easily put up 40/50 in a playoff game... he does so much more the way magic used to and really that would be a more apt comparison.
Two ways to look at this year... 1) he choked and it forever tarnishes his greatness status or 2) he was just so great that he got teams not ready to win it all to the finals earlier in his career than other stars like Jordan who had to learn to first overcome Detroit. Personally, I think it boils down to what I said above... he needs a coach and a team philosophy because he is not a killer who can just take over a game, that just isn't him.
James is the equivalent of a guy who failed his fitness test (the running portion) in my police academy by :02, and subsequently was forced to repeat the entire academy.
So close, but refusing to push it just that little bit to succeed.
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