It would have been a disgrace for the NBA had LeBron James not won his second consecutive MVP this season. The player who set historic overall stats, and lead his team to the best regular season record: He's a shoe-in. But apart from the trophy and car, how much is the award worth?
Mere moments after the final buzzer sounded in game five of the Cavs-Celtics series, the talk about the King having played his "last game in Cleveland" began in earnest.
Sure, it's too early to write off the Cavs, and it's never wise to pay too much attention to the 'hot topic de jour', but what was expected to be a relatively easy series for LeBron & Co. has become an uphill struggle from here on out.
Following Boston's game two blowout, the focus went immediately to the health of James' elbow. Even before the commentators had finished churning out their stream of authoritative medical diagnoses, Number 23 proceeded to confound the 'experts' with his brilliant game three performance.
After taking a close one in game four, Boston followed it with another 120-88 blowout—now known as "The LeBacle" and the worst Cleveland playoff loss in franchise history—and the talk was again all about the royal elbow.
It would be unfair if we only focused on what LeBron and the Cavs didn't do during game five, because on the other side of the equation, lies a Celtic team that played a great basketball game.
Not to be compared to the team of 2008, which shut down Kobe & Co., but the Celtics are again committed to the defensive end, and now it seems as if the Big Three has turned into Rondo plus three.
LeBron James is arguably the best player in basketball, however he's on the verge of having his second straight post-season cut short.
During his post-game interview, James clearly stated his need for more assistance from his teammates. Really now? And this from Mr. "We're a no excuse team." What sort of help could his teammates afford of his 3-for-14 shooting performance, that wouldn't have been offensive interference?
When will the excuses stop?
- "His supporting cast isn't good enough."
- "He is fighting through an elbow injury."
- And my favorite--"Jordan only won his first championship in his 7th year."
The game's defining superstars: Magic, Bird, Jordan, and Kobe all earned their championship trophies, with that said, if it's really the time for LeBron James to win his own, let him earn it, don't pave a path that isn't there.
LeBron's latest performance could ultimately have been his last in the city of Cleveland. With New York, Brooklyn, and Chicago all licking their fingers, waiting for their chance to claim LeBron, the King must remember to focus on the task at hand.
Every superstar that has come through the NBA holds a legacy, however the difference between mortal and immortal status is the crowning achievement that is only decided in June.
This is the final note, no matter where LeBron ends up this summer, LeBron's last peg relies on his next display. Through his first seven glorious years in the NBA, the King has already left memories that can last a lifetime. His legacy, one that is not yet defined, will hold his most royal moment to date. Question is: Is he saving his most majestic performance for last?