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Going into last season, LeBron James was easily the most hated man in the NBA. After an epic free agency summer that saw him get offers from teams like the Cleveland Cavaliers and New York Knicks, James held a nationally televised event to announce his "Decision."
Rather than go to teams that really needed him, he opted to sign a lucrative contract with the Miami Heat, who had already signed both Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh.
To make sense out of the deal, James went to a team where all of the pressure wouldn't immediately be on him if the squad underachieved. As expected, the Heat made the NBA Finals and faced the Dallas Mavericks. It was here that what James hoped to avoid ended up happening.
Over the final three games of the series, James was noticed not to be demanding the ball in clutch situations. At a time where he should have been stepping up as a leader who could put the team on his back and carry them to victory, he simply stood in the corner and did nothing.
Once Miami was defeated on its home court in the deciding game, people were left wondering why LeBron didn't get more involved.
In the post-game press conference, the arrogant James had some choice words for his critics. Thus, not only was he someone who failed to come through for his team, but he was also pompous.
Simply put, as I mentioned in a previous article, next season is make or break for James. He needs to become the leader he was in Cleveland and not bask in the shadow of his teammates Wade and Bosh.
Even if Miami loses the NBA Finals again next season, it should at least be losing with James demanding the ball regularly.
Other than that, the only option is to win a title. If that doesn't happen, then this could prove to be a free-agency blunder.