What LeBron James has done from the end of April up to this point has been nothing short of legen……..WAIT FOR IT……..dary.
Ok I really didn’t need to go Barney Stinson from ‘How I Met Your Mother’ on here but lets get one thing straight right now, LeBron James is the undisputed best player in the league. I mean think about this….there have been 3 instances in this year’s playoffs where the Miami Heat have trailed in a series at some point. And how has the King responded……..
Game 4 vs. Indiana Pacers: With the Miami Heat down 2-1 and sinking faster than the titanic, LeBron James responds with a stat line of 40 pts, 18 rebs and 9 assist and revigorating a previously struggling Dwayne Wade to close out the Pacers in the 2nd half which tilted the series and ultimately became Indiana’s undoing.
Game 6 vs. Boston Celtics: With the Heat down 3-2 and facing elimination and possible nationwide dissection, redicule and speculation, LeBron single handily saved this team with a 45 point 15 rebs and 5 assist performance that some people would say was beyond Jordanesque.
And of course last night Game 2 vs. Oklahoma City Thunder with the Miami Heat backs against the wall and facing a 2-0 deficit going back to Miami, LeBron while getting help from his co-stars Dwayne Wade and a healthier Chris Bosh contributed 32 points and scored 6 late points to seal a key win and withstand a late OKC charge.
What are we to make of all this?
My theory is that LeBron James has grown up before our very eyes. With The NBA Finals officially a best of 5 and alot of basketball to be played, I don’t want to start shooting out predictions nor bring out the cocky Heat fan in me. But beyond all the Heat fandom and everything what we are witnessing is a player doing something that should be appreciated beyond comprehension.
In the 23 years of watching NBA basketball I have never seen a superstar have to carry as much responsibility on both sides of the ball like LeBron James has been asked to do his entire 9 year career. Is it an excuse? Of course not. He has a job to do. But it’s just ashame people will continue the same narrative with LeBron James and will not tilt their opinions on him until he collects 3 more wins this series.
Then again, who’s to say the critics won’t still be in droves after he’s finally won a title.