The promise of breaking the 33 winning streak by the Los Angeles Lakers slowly faded as the clock ticks farther away. Just six games away before basketball eternity and the cold-blooded Chicago Bulls refused to follow the script.
The Miami Heat will have to take 27 as it is – the second longest winning streak in basketball history. Lebron James, wanted to do more, he wanted to prove his greatness. Tying the 33-game win streak or winning a game more could have been special. He could have been a step higher than Kobe Bryant or even Michael Jordan. However, fate has its way of saying it’s not yet his time.
Beyond Jordan and Kobe’s immortality, Lebron still has titles, MVPs and records to break.
At 28 and his prime, Lebron is already sure of his greatness. But the basketball gods has their way of saying one step and one mountain at a time.
Without Derrick Rose, the Bulls knew they have to play a perfect game. If Lebron is going to win number 28 then he will have to work extra hard for it. The greatest player in the planet’s historic pursuit will have to undergo a vicious physicality. That was their message from the time the ball hit the court – No easy baskets and no hesitation. Kirk Hinrich grabbed Lebron and brought him to the ground, so did Taj Gibson collaring his shoulder before putting him down. Lebron retaliated by lowering his shoulder and pushing Carlos Boozer’s tight screen, that automatically earned him a flagrant foul. This was brutality at its best. However, beyond the pushing, the shoves and the semi take downs, one thing was crystal clear – It would take a total team effort to bring Lebron James down.
The cold Chicago night enveloped the United Center as Miami’s winning streak is now part of history. Somehow, somewhere they will find themselves in that same situation in the near future. But for now reality has slowly sink in…
Championships will always matter not winning streaks.
And for Lebron, immortality has to wait.