LeBron James' Disappearing Act May Cost the Heat

Stacey MicklesCorrespondent IIJune 8, 2011

DALLAS, TX - JUNE 07: Jason Terry #31 of the Dallas Mavericks and his teammates react to their 86-83 win as LeBron James #6 of the Miami Heat walks off the court in Game Four of the 2011 NBA Finals at American Airlines Center on June 7, 2011 in Dallas, Texas. 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 Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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I wouldn’t say I’m not going to jump on the "bash LeBron James" bandwagon because, quite frankly, I’ve been leading the charge.

James showed again last night why he shouldn’t be compared to Michael Jordan. As with the Boston Celtics series last year, he has disappeared. Apparently, after the Miami Heat’s opening victory, he has decided to take the rest of the series off.

Although he might make an appearance tomorrow night, this is a guy who is supposed to be a Michael Jordan clone, but do you think MJ would have taken off a game or two? Um... NO!

MJ wouldn’t have just scored eight points, even with a broken leg; that’s what made him great. At some point, he would have taken over the game and carried his team to victory, something LeBron can’t seem to do.

But he sure can leave it up to Chris Bosh or Dewayne Wade to do it for him. If it wasn’t for either one of these guys, especially Wade, where would the Heat be? Probably down 3-1 with the Dallas Mavericks about to close them out tomorrow night.

I believe what’s getting to LeBron is the media hype. So many members of the media are ready to crown him, but he doesn’t seem to be ready for his coronation.

When a sick Dirk Nowitzki can come out in the fourth quarter and score 10 points and you only score EIGHT the whole game, what does that say about you?

And let’s get into the defensive struggles. LeBron made Jason Terry look like Kobe Bryant last night after Terry called LeBron out earlier. Do you think even Bryant would let Terry call him out like that, or for that matter let Terry show him up?

Say what you want to say about Kobe, but I have never seen him disappear in games. Either Kobe is going to score a lot or he is going to play his behind off defensively. He didn’t play well in the NBA Championship last year, but he didn’t lay down either.

A lot of people want to crown LeBron James as the next Michael Jordan when in truth, if the Heat win this series, he should be crowned the next Scottie Pippen.