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Miami Heat's LeBron James had the most to lose this year.
It wasn’t going to be Dwyane Wade, he stayed with his team and had already won a championship. It could have been Chris Bosh, but he just doesn’t seem to enjoy the spotlight as much. Not to mention, people found out pretty quickly that Bosh wasn’t as much of a prime-time player as advertised.
No, it had to be LeBron. He put a target on his back the second he decided to publicly announce his future plans on live TV. He made it worse when his team decided to hold a victory celebration before the season even started. Even if you didn’t think a trio of all-stars was worthy of being the best team in the NBA, you still wanted to beat them more than anyone else.
So when all the other teams had fallen, only one remained, and that team stood between LeBron and silence from all the haters. Four wins and he could finally rest easy, he would have his championship that he burned so many bridges for. It might all seem worth it. But when the dust settled, the Dallas Mavericks were victorious and LeBron had lost more than just the series.
Respect was probably the most important. Even if you didn’t like him, you had to respect him if you respect the game of basketball. He can play and there’s no doubt about that. But in six games he severely tarnished his legacy. This generation’s biggest basketball debate, “LBJ vs. MJ” finally has an answer.
I was always on the fence about that one, because I felt their skill set was comparable but LeBron’s physical presence might have put him into number one on the all-time list. I’m no longer on the fence. In fact, I fell face first on to Jordan’s side. Funny enough, that clip of the movie Bad Teacher shown a thousand times during the NBA playoffs - It’s the only argument I need, Sean! - is now outdated, because we’d just laugh that kid out of school.
Jordan would have never sat back and watched his team crumble like that. Jordan was always one of those guys that you could just see the competitive spirit in his eye, you knew he wasn’t going to let his team lose.
We also learned James isn’t good at responding to criticism. The athletes that we think of as the big names in sports will shut up the media when faced with scrutiny. If Tom Brady had a bad game, and was bashed by reporters, you know he’d come out next Sunday and play like his life depended on it. You just don’t see that spark from LeBron. I kept expecting him to come out and score 50 after all the criticism, I was honestly sad it didn’t happen.
Just looking at this season, you have to consider LeBron the biggest loser, but the Heat aren’t done yet. I’ll be shocked if they’re not right back in the finals next year, and LeBron will get another chance to cement his place in basketball history.
But how many chances should he get?
lebron is far from old. he still has a lot more years to contend for a title. however, if he truly went to the heat because it was the best chance of him winning a tittle, i think that planned is flawed logic. if he had stayed with the cavs, talent wouldve been attracted to him and most likely they still wouldve made it to the finals. he had as much of a chance winning a tittle with the cavs than he did with the heat. heat = 3 star players no bench. cavs = 1 star, deep bench. imo, he dug himself in this deep whole of criticism, so he should complain - thats what makes him a loser. just stick to a team, and be patient. you're a very talented athlete, you will win many championships when the time comes.
How many chances should he get?? He should get as many as he and his team earns. The facts is that he led his team to within 2 games of the championship. This was the same team (led by Wade, who the media and delusional fans would have us beleive somehow carried Lebron through the season and playoffs) that had not been out of the 1st round if the playoffs for 5 years perior to him getting there. He tarnished his legacy?? Since when did we settle someone's legacy when his career is only 1/2 complete. did you consider Dirk's legacy written when he consistently flamed out early in the playoffs?? Writers write, haters hate, and players play. My money is on Lebron winning multiple championships and when that happens no stupid spin or slight will work. Lebron James wasn't the biggest loser this year, he just wasn't the winner.
You are just hating on Miami..its funny when the heat lose a game everyone is quick to point out that they don't have big man at the center position they don't have a bench to support the Big 3 even Skip Bayless didn't think they can compete with the likes of Boston and Chicago in the East because they where 0-6 ooh Miami bet the Lakers but coz they won the past two finals its okay for them to lose....
Then when the post season started 76ers get beat 5-1 they say there are a young team but okc thunder made it to the Western Conference finals and i'm sure they are a young team...
.then came Boston the team the heat where 0-3 that same team that wiped washed the Knicks only to lose 5-1 to the heat ooh Boston is an old team yeah right now they are old coz Miami won...
Then came the Bulls with the MVP D-Rose and the Coach of the year after game 1 its over Miami cant win then next thing you its 5-1 Miami win then they say D-Rose needs help it was more like 3 vs 1 he had no chance...
Ooh should i remind you this is the team with the worst bench in the league with no big man at center and cant win against the big teams this is absurd now how did they make it to the finals....
Fine Miami lost to a better team in the finals then you get someone posting up an article like this Com'On Son WTF for a team with all the flaws that the so called sports analyst had pointed out don't count because they made it to the final. i think you are the type to complain because they are favorites to win the NBA Championship next year
"This generation’s biggest basketball debate, “LBJ vs. MJ” finally has an answer."
Since when did this become the biggest debate over this generation, when did it become a debate period? Ever since Scottie's statement? Please don't take Pippens comments as if everyone's thoughts were in line with his. You see how that eventually played out. The debate has been who's better between him and #24.
I would agree with that but i also feel we are a loser as well i feel we have had poor management from RC in the re signing with RJ and Matty who now we can't get rid off because of the contracts they didn't deserved i feel bad for TImmy that we have no chance to win according to Tony Please peter holt do the right thing and get rid of RC he is running this team into the ground He can't draft anyone good I.E dujuan " i live at whataberger" blair how did that bust of a draft turn out Ler danny ferry take over before its too late