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Please stop. Stop all the non sense about comparing LeBron to Michael or Larry Bird or Magic Johnson. It has been over done at this point. Can we please just face facts here?
First, LeBron James is LeBron James. Period. End of discussion.
Second, Game 4 is exactly why LeBron James left Cleveland. Wait, I thought he left because he wanted to win titles and he didn't have an adequate supporting cast.
That would be correct. He also left because he was only able to get there once and got swept, albeit by a finely tuned machine from San Antonio. He needed another superstar to carry him to that next level, not vice-versa.
LeBron James went M.I.A. in Game 4. It was pretty hard to watch to be honest. It was like watching a starting pitcher continue to get knocked around and waiting for him to get into a groove. That never happened.
He needs Dwayne Wade more than Dwayne Wade needs him. Let's get that clear. Wade has been seen more than once rallying his troops and instructing his superstar counterparts on the severity of the moment throughout each game.
Wade has been teaching James how to become a champion.
Yes, LeBron pushed this team into the NBA Finals with some clutch 4th quarter performances against the Bulls. Yes, LeBron and Chris Bosh carried the load while Wade tried to find his shooting stroke in the Chicago series.
But hey, that's the luxury of having three all-stars on your team.
The NBA Finals is a completely different plateau. Legends become legends in the Finals.
It takes a different level of physical and mental exhaustion on players and it's starting to show with LeBron. Add in the extra pressure and what seems to be a play-by-play scrutiny nationwide he has to be a little overwhelmed.