LeBron James: What Do Critics Want from the Miami Heat Superstar?

Matt Shetler@@buccos12Correspondent IMay 24, 2012

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LeBron James and the Miami Heat currently sit nine wins away from an NBA championship, but if LBJ captures that ring this season, will it be enough to silence the critics?

One way or another King James is going to get criticized for either not hitting game-winning shots or not winning a championship.

But which would the critics rather have?

As sad as it may seem, the critics seem to want the game-winners more. For far too long now, all we hear about is how LeBron chokes in the clutch and how he can't handle pressure-filled situations. No matter how much he dominates the competition, people want to see LeBron hit shots that matter.

While that's not a truly accurate assessment of LBJ's game, that's what his critics like to bring up time and time again.

He has to be the closer, and once he begins to consistently knock down shots at the buzzer, that will be one less thing the critics have to harp on.

What happens if the Heat win the title and somehow do it without LeBron playing very well?

Someone will find a way to criticize him for riding Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh to a championship.

I can just hear it now, "LeBron didn't do anything to win a title. He still chokes in the fourth quarter."

That's a big reason why I think playing well in the clutch is what critics want to see the most.

Believe me, if James wins a championship, people will still find a way to criticize his fourth-quarter performances.

Judging by his efforts in Games 4 and 5 of the Heat's playoff series against the Indiana Pacers, in which he dominated by scoring 40 and 30 points, respectively, James appears ready to silence those critics. He appears more than willing to put the team on his back and carry it through entire games.

We still need to see how he performs with the game on the line, but I have a feeling that he's more than up for the challenge.

The championship may not come this year, but it will come eventually.

If LeBron wins that title—and does so by hitting a game-winner—his critics will have nothing left to talk about.