Perusing the cloud of blogs and forums in the aftermath of the 2011 NBA Finals could cause the uninformed to conclude that LeBron James is a horrible basketball player and an evil human being.
To say that navigating this web of over-reactionary fluff and extreme absurdities can be misleading would be a supreme understatement.
Take a step back. Look at the playoffs as a whole.
LeBron James delivered in the clutch for his team more than any other player in the NBA not named Dirk Nowitzki.
It is not surprising, then, that these are the teams that made it to the NBA Finals.
Yes, in the final series of the playoffs Nowitzki beat James in the battle of clutch delivery. Handedly. It wasn't even close.
We are so quick to point out that Wade was the best player for the Heat in the finals, but we forget that he wouldn't have been in the Finals if not for James' clutch play.
We tell our not-so-funny jokes about dollars and quarters alluding to LeBron's inability to finish a game, but we forget that this is the same pile of garbage we heaped on Dirk as recently as one year ago.
(Of course, when I say we, I mean you.)
So, let's try and keep our reactions from flying away from us.
In sports, one team wins and one team loses.
It doesn't logically follow that the winning team embodies supreme flawlessness. Nor does it follow that the losing team is absent of any positive characteristic.
No, LeBron James does not suck.
Yes, he failed. He declared this publicly after Game 6.
Once we internet sports writers find our way back down to Earth, we will realize that this brand new Miami Heat team performed exceptionally well.
Perhaps more than any other team, they are in a great position to continue the pursuit.