Cavaliers Lose To The Magic In Game One: LeBron Wimps Out!

Victor BoydContributor IMay 21, 2009

CLEVELAND - MAY 20:  LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers leaves the court after an injury at the end of the game against the Orlando Magic in Game One of the Eastern Conference Finals during the 2009 Playoffs at Quicken Loans Arena on May 20, 2009 in Cleveland, Ohio. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Tonight, as I watched the Magic BEAT the Cavaliers in the opening game of the Eastern Conference Finals, I realized that LeBron James IS NOT in Micheal Jordan's league.

With 14.7 seconds left and the Cav's down one, LeBron was at the top of the key with the ball in his hands. He dribbled down the lane and underneath the basket and passed the ball off, allowing one of his teammates to take an ill-fated three point shot.

Now ask yourself, what would Mike, Kobe, Magic, or Bird have done in that situation?

Regardless of how many points he scored, big time players take the big time shots, period. And LeBron deferred.

I believe LeBron is a very good player and a great showman, he is a very classy young man, and I love the way he handles himself. But he is a product of the NBA/media hype machine, and no matter how many points he scores or rebounds he gets, it will not mean a thing if he does not got a ring.

And now that I think about it, Micheal Jordan was the last great player to hit a last second shot to win a big game in Cleveland. Watching this made me realize that the NBA should wait until AFTER the playoffs to award the MVP award, because a real MVP would have taken that shot.