Lebron James: Is the Miami Heat Star Really That Good?

Darrell HorwitzSenior Writer IIJune 10, 2011

DALLAS, TX - JUNE 09:  LeBron James #6 of the Miami Heat stands on the court with his head down against the Dallas Mavericks in the fourth quarter of Game Five of the 2011 NBA Finals at American Airlines Center on June 9, 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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LeBron's James' disappearing act in the fourth quarter of the NBA finals makes great magicians like David Copperfield and Criss Angel envious as he vanishes every game in front of over 20,000 people and a national television audience without using any props.

When you're fourth on your team in scoring in crunch time of the championship series, it says something about your mettle. Even Udonis Haslim has outscored him 17-11 in the last twelve minutes.

Game 5 was supposed to be retribution for LeBron after playing poorly in the previous game. He talked about this being the biggest game of his life and doing whatever was necessary to win.

He didn't and Miami fell to the Dallas Mavericks 112-103.

So what happened to him Thursday night?

Maybe he's just not that good.

He's been fawned over since he was a high-schooler in Ohio, but has the player ever been as great as the hype?

Now it makes sense why he was flopping—because even he knows his game isn't that good.

It also makes sense why he went to Miami to team with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh. He's just the worker bee setting everybody up while Wade is the queen bee.

When asked in the post-game press conference if the Heat needed more offense from him, he brushed it aside saying "the offense wasn't the problem because they scored 103 points."

He blamed the defense for the loss, but if he looked in the mirror, he would see his reflection as the reason why the Heat are down 3-2 heading back to Miami.

When you're allegedly one of the greatest players of all-time, it's up to you to put the team on your back and carry them to a championship.

Not getting an assist or rebound the last six minutes of the final quarter and scoring a consolation two points with about 25 seconds left in the game is not the stuff of legend.

When the chips are on the line, the guy built like Tarzan plays like Jane.

He's averaging 18 points a game in this series. To put that in perspective, Michael Jordan's career average in six final series was 33.6, with a high of 41.0 and a low of 27.3.

So is LeBron James that good or is he a manufactured superstar?

What's his strength offensively other than incredible athletic ability?

He's a great all-around player, but his offensive game is made up of three-pointers and drives to the basket. He has no mid-range or post-up games, and you would think with eight years in the league he would by now.

What that shows is he hasn't put in the effort to work on his game and just cruises by on his freakish skill-set.

There has never been anyone like him in the history of the league, but I bet you could name countless players off the top of your head you would rather have with the ball in their hands in the closing minutes of games.

That's the thing about him. It seems like he wants to do anything but shoot. In five games, he has never attempted more than four shots in the fourth quarter.

A champion wants the ball, while LeBron can't wait to give it up to a teammate. You can say he's unselfish—I say he's scared.

That's why coming to Miami and teaming with Wade and Bosh was the perfect scenario for him. He didn't have to take that final shot anymore.

For those that say this is now LeBron's team—you're wrong. It's still Dwyane Wade's team and always will be.

He wants the ball when the game is on the line, while LeBron pulls his magic act.

Chris Bosh is also outplaying him in the finals. He was supposedly the third wheel, but he has stepped up and played well, and has changed the meaning of a phrase that was tied to the Heat.

It's still Two and a Half Men, but watching this series, we now know who the half is.