If you are given a chance to build a prototype basketball player. You would like to have Michael Jordan’s athleticism, Julius Erving’s creativity and Magic Johnson’s passing skills. That’s basically what Lebron James is, only a notch better- with a Karl Malone’s body. He can score, he can run, he can facilitate and he can defend all positions, he is just close to perfect. He is an anomaly to basketball, no one ever doubted his greatness, but somehow you always got to question “What’s the catch?” It’s like finding the perfect partner. She’s beautiful, she cooks, she’s good in bed, and at first you are happy and contented. Then, doubts will start to seeped in. You will then wonder why she was single for the longest time, and why did he chose you… That’s Lebron, beyond that physique and talents, there will always be doubts.
Game four NBA finals 2016
The Golden State Warriors are slowly pulling away in the fourth quarter. Lebron finished with 25 points, 13 rebounds, nine assists, three blocks and two steals. It was the typical “Lebron” night that got him almost a triple-double performance. However, when the team needed him, he went into a hypnotic state, contented to be a facilitator rather than attacking to the basket. Kevin Love rushed a corner 3, then Kyrie made a costly turn over the next few possessions. The Alpha dog was nowhere to be found and the team was in chaos. Somehow, it all comes back 6 years ago when Lebron on a competitive game against the Celtics in the playoffs, simply gave up.
There was no specific Lebron choke out moments, but he just literally gave up. He had a bad game, but for the best basketball player in the planet and NBA’s MVP at that time, he didn’t end up with guns blazing and go down swinging. His team needed him to step up. He is unstoppable, he can post up, and he can drive anytime he wants to the basket with little to none competition but he choose to be passive. Michael Jordan, Larry Bird and Kobe Bryant will shoot the lights out of that game even with a few bullets left. Somehow everything from that point people started doubting him.
After that disastrous 2010 playoffs, James explored free-agency and on July 8, he announced his decision on live TV. Everyone was watching as Lebron announced that he is taking his talents to South Beach. It was heartbreaking not only for the people of Cleveland but for people like me who believe that he could really make it in Cleveland (given the right set of role players). The “decision” scene was like breaking up with your special someone on live television. It was dumb and unexpected.
Michael Jordan fought Reggie Miller and Clyde Drexler day in and day out. It was unimaginable for Michael to even join them. And there goes Lebron joining forces with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh. In basketball and even in life when two competitive best players play against each other they always test who is arguably the best. Two alpha dogs should settle the score right then and there. Joining forces instead of competing against each other is mind boggling.
It wasn’t really personal. Lebron for 7 years was always the bridesmaid never the bride, with all his greatness he was still the king without a throne. He started to doubt about winning a championship, and so he needed to get that monkey out of his back. 2 NBA Championships came, Lebron decided to go back to Cleveland and make amends. The 52 year title drought of Cleveland from any major sports league was enough reason to embrace him with open arms. The prodigal son came back and took them right back into the NBA finals last season. The undermanned Cavs fought the Warriors to six grueling games. And one thing I noticed about Lebron…
He played the best version of himself when push comes to shove.
With such natural gifts, it was not really about the journey but his ability. When you think about his career, you can’t think about his 2 championships in Miami, but more on the “what ifs”. He could have won more championships, he could have lead any team to a championship if he wills it.
Lebron scored the last 18 points of the final quarter. In the 4 minute mark, James lobbed a pass to Tristan Thompson scoring in two consecutive times then blocked a Stephen Curry layup. After a magnificent game five win with James scoring 41 Pts, grabbing 16 Rebs, 7 Assists, 3 Steals and 3 Blocks. It was a continuation of Lebron’s domination in game 6. Down 3 games to one, the sense of urgency has finally came. Beyond the chaos, criticism and doubts. Lebron fought back and stepping the gas pedal on.
Winning a title for Cleveland is more than championships, its immortality. If he wins this championship this would be his ultimate legacy. Against the defending champions who made historic wins throughout the season, against all the people who doubted him and against everyone who questioned his leadership.
MVP, MVP, MVP! As the crowd cheered Lebron on his free throw after Draymond Green fouled him.
41 Pts, 8 Rebs, 11 Asts, 4 Stls and 3 Blocks and again survive another day as the Cavaliers extend the series to one game. 33 teams tried to comeback from a 3-1 deficit, 2 teams made it to game 7 and no one came out a champion.
One game, with a lot at stake.
Finally Lebron has the chance to rewrite the story of his career.