To be fair, he sort of put the pressure on himself with the now infamous "Decision," and boasting that the Heat would win “not five, not six, not seven” championships, as if it were easy to win that many.
But let’s cut the guy some slack here. "The Decision” was made partially to serve his ego, but also to raise money for the Boys and Girls Club. That is an admirable cause if I say so myself.
When he was talking about how many championships the Big Three were going to win together, it was during a big coming out party with smoke and lighting reminiscent of a WWE event. It was a public relations event planned, not by James, but by the Miami Heat organization.
Was it over the top? Yes. Should James have said that? Maybe he shouldn’t have. But he was catering to a huge crowd in Miami. What was he supposed to say? We’re just going to try to win one?
All of that has amounted to the mountain of pressure that sits squarely on his shoulders. He folded like an accordion during the NBA Finals last season and the mountain only got bigger.
But it is unfair to place blame on the shoulders of just one man. In order for James to possibly hush his throngs of critics, he must win an NBA championship, win the title in a clutch manner and win the Most Valuable Player award for the series. He also must never miss a shot in the fourth quarter.
That’s a whole lot to ask for. If he doesn’t accomplish this, people will forget about his ridiculous stat lines, similar to the one he had last night in Game 1: James scored 30 points, grabbed nine rebounds dished out four assists and recorded four steals.
Say what you want, but that is not ordinary.
When you are the self-proclaimed king, there will be pressure to go along with it, but the amount that James has to deal with is unfair.
Years from now fans will sit back and appreciate the fact that we are watching one of the best basketball players ever during his prime, and then they may possibly appreciate it.