This article is going to get two types of responses: either the “I agree 100 percent with this article” response or the “LeBron James is way too talented to never win a championship” response. I’m not saying I think he’s untalented or overrated, but I feel James will never win an NBA championship here are three reasons why.
1. He’s Not Hungry Enough
James is supposed to be hungry for a championship but he sure doesn't show it. He acts like winning certain series are bigger than winning the championship.
One thing I hate is people that compare the Celtics that stopped James to the Pistons of the '80s and '90s that stopped Jordan. Those Pistons beat the Bulls three times, including back-to-back years in the Eastern Conference finals. The Celtics beat the Cavaliers twice in the Eastern Conference semifinals and both times James quit late in the series.
James had good reason to want to beat the Celtics, but after beating them for the first time in the postseason this year he acted like he won his first championship. He was playing against an injury-plagued, old Celtics team while he played for super-team Miami Heat.
If Jordan had to play a Celtics team like that instead of the legendary Bird teams he played against, he would have felt bad eliminating them. James then had the nerve to act like beating the Celtics was a huge deal. He clearly doesn't get the fact that the goal isn't to get revenge against the teams that embarrassed you but to finish the job and win the championship.
2. He Doesn't Have the Mindset To NOT Carry a Team
James deserves every single MVP award from 2005-2009 since he took awful Cleveland teams to five straight postseason appearances and an NBA Finals appearance. The year he left, the Cavaliers were the worst team in the league and set the NBA record for longest losing streak.
The problem is from his second year to his fifth he carried Cleveland and never had a good enough supporting cast to help him win a championship or take some of the burden of leading the team. Now in Miami—with the likes of future Hall of Famer Dwyane Wade and star big man Chris Bosh—he has to learn to rely on people.
However, no matter what he’s always going to have the mindset that he’s forced to carry his teams to the playoffs. James led the Heat in field goals attempted in both the regular and postseason even though he didn't have to. In fact, he shouldn't have, since in the 2011 NBA Finals he averaged only 17.8 points a game compared to his regular-season average of 26.7. That is the biggest decline scoring average-wise from regular season to the finals in NBA history, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
He did dish out seven assists per game in the regular season and that fell to 5.9 in the postseason, but if he got those numbers up to eight or nine, the Heat would be so much better.
3. He’s a Quitter
We all know the famous Game 5 against the Celtics in the 2010 where his Cavaliers were huge favorites against the Celtics but they still lost the series, four games to two. His Game 5 performance—which was his last game as a Cavalier in Cleveland—was famous since he was booed off the court, and in Dan Gilbert’s famous letter blasting James he specifically mentioned that game. He shot an awful 3-14, but the worst part was you could clearly see he wasn't trying.
There were plays where he just sort of stood to the side without trying to get open, or one play where instead of covering Kendrick Perkins he called over Antawn Jamison and then allowed Jamison cover him.
There’s also Game 4 of this year’s NBA Finals, where he scored a measly eight points and was criticized for not being aggressive enough. In that game, instead of playing like a star he transformed into a role player as he had nine rebounds and seven assists. He, rather incredibly, had more turnovers than field goals as he got four turnovers and three field goals.
In the four games the Heat lost, James only scored 11 points in the fourth quarter. He didn't quit in all of them, but he did in a few, including Game 4, when he scored zero points in the fourth quarter.
LeBron James is a great player and the closest we have to Michael Jordan this generation, but when his career ends he’ll go down with as the greatest NBA player to never win a ring.