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When LeBron James made his first NBA Finals appearance in 2007, he still did not get it.
He had his superstar-like performance in the Conference Finals against Detroit, and that was what he lived for.
No matter what he said, he did not live for the win. Many great athletes say they play to win, but deep down, there are a couple of things in their mind that come before winning.
For LeBron, statistics are too prevalent between the ears.
He might have had the ugliest, most meaningless triple-double in the history of the Finals in Game 5.
He may not know of any other way to play. Putting on a show is what LeBron does. That is the difference between him and the Dwyane Wade. Wade is a competitor first, entertainer second, while LeBron is exactly the opposite.
LeBron makes the flamboyant block from behind in the open on a fast break.
Wade comes across the lane and challenges 7'1" Tyson Chandler at the rim.
Wade's block in Game 4 was something that LeBron would have never attempted.
Still, he may finally figure it out.
LeBron is the best athlete in the NBA, and he may have a body that we will never see again in our lifetimes.
He needs to use it. Every loose ball needs to trigger something in his mind that he should dive. Every rebound should be his. Every seemingly easy shot at the rim needs to be challenged by him.
It is time for LeBron to play with the win on his mind, and Game 6 is the perfect opportunity.