Lebron James doesnt have, “Not one..not two..not three..four..five..six..seven” critics out there he has got millions. Many out there including myself are particularly hard on Miami Heat guard LeBron James.
Maybe it’s the fact that he calls himself a so called “King” without any rings. Or that he left the hometown Cleveland Cavailiers in the most embarrasing way possible. Maybe it’s that he calls himself the “Chosen One”, but when the fourth quarter comes he becomes the “Frozen One.”
Whatver it may be, Lebron James has many many critics, that all want they want to see him do is win a championship. Something that he hasn’t been able to accomplish in two tries. This season the Miami Heat are facing the Oklahoma City Thunder in yet another shot for LeBron James at the NBA’s ultimate goal….a championship.
But with everything going seemingly LeBron’s way, will it silence the critics if he wins the NBA Finals and finally a championship. Well for a lack of a better phrase, HELL NO!
Though it may seem nit-picky and just trying to abuse James, silencing this critic is something that is not going to happen this year.
First you have to look at two injuries practically punched the ticket of James and the Miami Heat into the NBA Finals. Dwight Howard of the Orland Magic went out with a back-injury just before the playoffs started. The Magic played the Pacers in the first round of the playoffs. No disrespect to the Pacers, but the Magic are a totally different team with Howard down low. And there is no doubt in my mind that the Magic would of won that series, setting up a Florida showdown in the second round of the NBA Playoffs.
The Heat struggle against the Orlando Magic and Dwight Howard. In the four games played throughout the regular season, the Heat were 2-2 against the Magic. With the Heat really not having an established big man, Dwight Howard much like in the regular season when he averaged 19 points and 17 rebounds against the Heat, would of dominated. LeBron durinng the regular season only averaged 18 points per game against the Magic.
But if the Heat did move on past the Magic, another obstacle would of stood in their way if not for in injury. Which brings up my second point, the injury to Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose.
When Rose when down with an injury, it was almost certain that the Heat were destined for the Finals. The Bulls were the Heat’s biggest kryptonite this season and if not for Rose’s injury, could of de-railed LeBron’s hopes of winning a championship. And though the Cetlics in the Eastern Conference Finals pushed the Heat to seven games, the Heat would of had to play in the Bulls in Chicago for a seventh game, in which everybody expected that series would of went. The Bulls are pretty much unstoppable at home and don’t count on LeBron making any clutch shots against the Bulls D.
Thirdly, clutch is something that you are born with, not manufactured throughout a career. Just ask Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, Michael Jordan or Kobe Byrant. LeBron does not have that clutch gene and seemingly never will in my mind. James is by the far the mentally weakest superstar ever to play the game.
So even if LeBron does some how win the NBA Championship against the Oklahoma City Thunder, he is still going to have critics because he does not produce in the clutch moments.
Lastly, I dont think LeBron silences his critics because he voluntarily went to another superstar’s team to win a championship. Larry Bird, Magic Johnson, Kobe Byrant, and Michael Jordan have all won championship by themselves with their own teams and have said that they would of never thought about joining another superstar (like LeBron with Dwayne Wade) to win a championship.
Sorry LeBron, I think you are a great athlete and one of the best players in the game of basketball. But when it comes down to it, you’ll never silence this critic until you win as many championships as you said you would.
But it’s never that easy is it?