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2011 NBA Finals: Criticism of LeBron James Will Continue

MIAMI, FL - JUNE 12:  LeBron James #6 of the Miami Heat answers questions after the Heat were defeated 105-95 by the Dallas Mavericks in Game Six of the 2011 NBA Finals at American Airlines Arena on June 12, 2011 in Miami, Florida. 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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Imaz ACorrespondent IIJune 13, 2011

The 2011 NBA season is over and LeBron James is still not a champion, even after taking his talents to South Beach.

As a result, it's time to welcome yet another summer and season full of James criticism.

Certainly, James failed to arrive in the NBA Finals. He was passive, he wasn't clutch, he didn't attack when he needed to. He stabbed the city of Cleveland in the heart and got nothing out of it. He didn't play like Michael Jordan would.

Those are the criticisms we will hear for the next year or even longer—until the Miami Heat win a title. 

But is that really the case?

Will a championship really silence the critics?

I've heard several analysts state the criticism will stop, but I disagree. In fact, I believe that the criticism will grow.

James has drawn unfair comparisons to NBA legends, such as Michael Jordan and Magic Johnson. Every time James shows us a fantastic, legendary performance, we rush to compare him to the greats.

However, when he loses and shies away from the light, we begin to criticize. Once James wins a championship and shows us more greatness, we will only expect him to be even greater on a more consistent basis.

If he has a single bad game, fans and analysts will rush to blame him.

It's inevitable.

We have never seen a basketball player of that size with so many different skills. If the stakes get higher, the further the fall will be.

James' Cleveland baggage will be with him until he retires. If he wins a championship in Miami, Cleveland fans will be even more bitter. 'Haters' will rush to emphasize the one terrible thing James has done in his career.

It's feasible that many will attack his ruthlessness—his failure to not bring a championship to Cleveland, but his success in bringing a championship to Miami.

Before the 2011 NBA season began, James essentially guaranteed eight NBA Championships. Only if James reaches that goal, wins either seven or eight championships, will his greatness eclipse all the bad.

That's when the criticism will truly end.

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