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My biggest knock on LeBron is how he plays the game. Taking himself out of the offense, heaving up far too many three-point shots for a man of his size and stature, failing to establish himself down low on smaller defenders and most of all, the constant appeals to the referee for calls.
LeBron James must have a short memory, because the guy (DeShawn Stevenson) who is supposedly shutting down his offense is the same guy who LeBron destroyed while playing for the Cavs against the Wizards a few years ago in the playoffs.
Remember the whole Superman episode with Soldier Boy getting involved? “Crank that”? Well LeBron needs to stop listening to the words of Soldier Boy because right now, his shot is just not falling. But there is a remedy for a shot that just doesn’t want to fall. Stop dropping three-point bombs and start getting to the hoop like the guided cruise missile that LeBron has been his whole career.
LeBron should get his Superman game on by driving to the lane as Heat fans and many in the online community keep pleading for him to do. The idea that he can’t blow by Stevenson, Jason Kidd, Dirk Nowitzki or anyone else guarding him is what makes his lackluster offensive performances so baffling.
Are we finally seeing the drawbacks of too many Chiefs, not enough Indians with all of Miami’s stars? I think that it is more an example of something just not clicking in the mind of James, and the more that he looks to pass to teammates, the more his chance for a championship passes as well.
That said, something isn’t clicking off the court as well, where LeBron just can’t help but give the media more and more fuel for their ever burning fire of scrutiny and criticism.
Apologizing to Cleveland when Miami was doing well in the playoffs (which is akin to telling your ex-wife you’re sorry you cheated on her when you are off dating a model in another city), telling the public that he can’t be guarded by one defender, pretending to cough before Game 5 while mocking Nowitzki and making comments like he did a few years ago that he was like Jay-Z (an all-time great) and Stevenson was like Soulja Boy (a one-hit wonder).
He just doesn’t seem to know any better, and the people around him just never seem to steer him in the right direction. He was a star before he was interested in the opposite sex, the chosen one before he was even old enough to drive. He has no education beyond a few years in high school and people wonder why he makes poor decisions a lot of the time.
All of that not with-standing, LeBron can still be the most dominate player in the NBA if he chooses to be. He has more ability and talent than possibly anyone in NBA history, but right now, he doesn’t have what it takes mentally to display this talent while the world watches.