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Let’s face it, Lebron thought rings would come easy.
In 2007, he exploded against the Pistons and found himself in the NBA Finals against the Spurs. He knew he had no supporting cast as he lost to the Spurs 4-0. Getting to the Finals that year was the worse thing that ever happened to him. I believe he really thought, “if I could get that far with no supporting cast, just think how far I would get if Cleveland got me help. ”
Well guess what? Cleveland did get him help!
While it’s easy to sit back now after the Cavs have been eliminated in each of the three years since their title run and say they never got him help, you must think about this: Cleveland put together a team that was good enough to win 66 and 62 games the last two seasons– a league-best both years. Then, suddenly, they crap out in the play-offs and it’s everyone’s fault but Lebron’s. We used to blame the best player for losing, but now we cover for him.
I seem to remember the Celtics putting together a great team around Paul Peirce in 2008. That team won 66 games– the same as Lebron’s team in 2009. That Celtic team looked awful at times in the playoffs, as did Lebron’s teams of 2009 and 2010. In 2008, when the Celtics looked like they wouldn’t get past round two (by the way, against Cleveland) Paul Pierce turned into the best player on the planet and refused to let his team lose. He also went on to win the Finals MVP that year.
This past season the Celtics were done; they had only won 50 games and had no chance facing Cleveland in round 2, especially with Lebron and company having home court advantage. Some experts picked Cleveland in 5. Then the Celtic defense made Lebron look like a D-League player at times. It was so bad we heard excuses ranging from his sore elbow to his mother having affairs with teammates. Hate to bring that up about his mom, but that’s how ugly it got on the floor for Lebron. The Celtics won in 6, including a Game 5 win in Cleveland by 32 points. He was so awful in that game that if his mother suited up for that game it may have been closer.
Now all of a sudden, he has no chance to win in Cleveland because of their roster? Give me a break ,Lebron, you took the easy way out. Instead of teaming up with D-Wade and Bosh, why don’t you do what Kobe did last summer and work on a post up game?
I watched you time after time try to drive on a Celtics defense that had three or four guys waiting for you in the paint. I’ve seen you turn it over or force bad jump shots in a way that was awful for the league MVP. At 6’8″, I can’t believe you didn’t try posting up once the entire series. Man, Lebron, it’s simple: Post up Pierce– you have the size advantage over him or any other small forward in the league. Back him down! Shoot over the top of him, or wait for the double team to come and find the open man. It could be your greatest strength, but for some reason you won’t do it, or won’t practice it. Could it be that maybe you’re not good enough for that yet?
The truth is, Lebron James hasn’t improved his game much since the 2007 Finals. Has anyone seen anything new from him since then? A jump hook, a turn around?? Besides maybe getting bigger and stronger, what’s different in his game?? What has he learned to do better? I don’t mean numbers wise, I mean a move or something. What as he added to his repertoire? Does he even have a repertoire???
Does Lebron think just because he got the Finals in 2007 he must be good enough to get there every year, but he needs some help? I think he does believe that. Look, I’m no fool…I know Cleveland didn’t have the greatest team of all-time, or even the decade for that matter. But let’s be real, he had enough talent around him to beat Orlando last year and an older Celtics team this year. He didn’t get it done. Plain and simple, he didn’t get back to the Finals and that’s on him. Not Jamison or Williams…it’s on the KING!!
So, instead of going back home this summer and thinking of nothing but the gym and a new move or a new shot, he paraded around deciding where to go. Lebron ended up being the HELP Dwayne Wade needed to win his 2nd ring. Wade had a decent team once, and he rose to the occasion and made Shaq his helper and he won that ring. Now he has Lebron and Bosh as his helpers for the next three years or more.
As a Celtics fan, Lebron beating the Celtics never worried me.I knew that wasn’t happening as long as our big three were here, even at age 40!!! What worries me is now D-Wade has a good SUPPORTING cast!! Lebron is not going out in the world and making his own legacy. As far as I’m concerned, his legacy ended in Cleveland. Seven seasons, one empty trip to the finals. Very Good Player!! Good addition for Miami along with Bosh. A few more pieces and D-Wade has a good shot at another title.
One final note, did anyone see how well and hard D-Wade played against Boston in the playoffs?
If Cleveland had Wade instead of Lebron, don’t you think they would have been far more difficult to defeat?