LeBron James: Will LBJ Finally Play with Chip on His Shoulder Next Season?
LeBron James is always being compared to Michael Jordan because of similar athletic ability and statistics, but there is no comparison between the two players’ killer instinct. No one in NBA history had a killer instinct like Jordan, but LeBron has nothing even resembling a killer’s state of mind. Developing such a mindset is easier said than done and if James doesn’t have it by now, he’ll most likely never acquire it.
At 26 years old, LeBron has probably been playing competitive basketball for almost 20 years. He was the leader of his high school basketball team as a freshman and led them to three state titles during his four years there. James should’ve developed a killer instinct, but winning may have came so easily to him that he didn’t need one to succeed at that level.
After eight years in the NBA though, LeBron’s chance of finally becoming Jordan-like in crunch time is slim to none, but closer to none. If he still is gun shy in the closing seconds this late into his career, why would he all of a sudden turn it on in 2011? It doesn’t work like that.
His ego is too big to play with a chip on his shoulder. As Charles Barkley once said, LeBron is too nice. Translation: LeBron is too soft.
When James let Dwyane Wade have the ball in crunch time during the NBA Finals, it pretty much set LeBron’s role on the Miami Heat for the rest of his tenure there: he would be Wade’s Scottie Pippen. Play defense, throw down some flashy dunks throughout the game, but with under three minutes left on the clock, just give the ball to D-Wade and spot up in the corner. That pretty much summed up LeBron’s Finals performance.
Will he play with a chip on his shoulder this season? Not a chance.
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