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LeBron James tackles a fan with joy after the man hit a half-court shot for $75k.
The natural side of LeBron James is starting to shine, as displayed in the excited-older-brother tackle on a Miami fan who nailed a half-court heave for $75k.
The pressures of judgment have slipped off as the championship ring slipped on.
He just may be the greatest all-around player of all-time. His talent comes with charisma and character. And if you haven't yet, it's time to forgive his method of leaving Cleveland and enjoy the show.
Enjoy watching a guy who will go down as one of the greatest to ever play.
But while James might be the closest to perfection, he's still missing one piece: clutch buckets.
The ability to win games in the final seconds, or even final minutes, is one of the most valued traits in determining the game's greats.
There is no way to get in the gym and work on this. There's no offseason routine to be done or film to study.
The opportunities to shift the narrative of his last-moment success will come in the postseason, a place James should own for the next decade.
This is not to say James hasn't been one of the better players within the NBA's "clutch" statistical parameters. But James is still not defined as one of the great closers in the game's history.
He could be.
When those moments come, there is a simple solution: do not let those last-second shots be jumpers.
Get to the basket. Grab the ball in the post, attack the rim, and be versatile and unpredictable.
With the ball at the basket, if he continues to develop his post game, he is going to be successful far more than he is going to be stopped.
If James continues to win, hitting clutch shots along the way, he will be mentioned alongside Jordan as the game's greatest player.
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