LeBron James has often been criticized for passing the ball late in games, but as Lionel Messi showed at the 2014 FIFA World Cup on Tuesday, passing can be the right decision.
Messi's pass set up his teammate for the game-winning goal late in extra time, and because of the goal, Argentina defeated Switzerland in the round of 16. Messi is arguably the best scorer in the world, but he saw that his teammate had a better look than he did, so he passed the ball.
James heard about Messi's late-match pass and expressed his admiration for the superstar's decision on Twitter:
Heard Messi made the game winning pass! That's my type of play/er. Win, loss, draw u make the right play to help your team be successful— LeBron James (@KingJames) July 1, 2014
Critics don't like it when superstars "run" from the big moment by passing, but sometimes, passing is the right move. As long as the teammate does his part, passing can lead to great results.
Messi's pass showed the world what James already knew: Passing in the clutch can lead to a victory.