Dear LeBron James Haters: Why You Need To Leave the Man Alone

Michael AkelsonCorrespondent IMay 15, 2010

CLEVELAND - MAY 11:  LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers looks on while playing the Boston Celtics in Game Five of the Eastern Conference Semifinals during the 2010 NBA Playoffs at Quicken Loans Arena on May 11, 2010 in Cleveland, Ohio. Boston won the game 120-88 to take a 3-2 series lead. 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 Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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Dear LeBron James Haters,

Take a deep breath and think before you talk.

LeBron James is the greatest basketball player in the world during the preseason, regular season, and PLAYOFFS.

Anybody who can't realize that needs to think about it.

Yes, LeBron was bad in Game Five of the Eastern Conference Semifinals, but isn't everybody entitled to an off-game?

When Jordan had an off-game, what happened?

Scottie Pippen was there.

When Kobe had an off-game, what happened?

Shaq was there.

When LeBron had an off-game, who was there?

Oh, that's right, nobody.

The Celtics were the better team in that series.

They had four of the series' five best players, a team full of veterans, and a starting five that has already won a title together.

What did LeBron have?

Mo Williams? Antawn Jamison?

They didn't seem to do him much justice.

In postseason basketball, it is impossible to win with one great player, especially against a great defensive team like the Boston Celtics.

And people have the audacity to say he threw Game Five?

What a joke!

He had a bad game, but when you're playing an opposing team one vs.five that can happen sometimes.

The guy wants to win, and anybody who thinks he doesn't go out there every night and give 110 percent isn't a true basketball fan.

LeBron is the NBA's reigning MVP, and most valuable player can't even describe what he's done for the Cleveland Cavaliers this season.

He has, for 48 minutes every night, taken the mediocrity of the Cleveland Cavaliers and made us feel like they were something great.

We soon found out that they were soft.

Williams was soft, Jamison was soft, and 39-year-old Shaq was as soft as I've ever seen him.

Soft, soft, soft.

That is the 2010 Cavaliers, NOT LeBron James.

In Game Six of the "Series Heard 'Round the World", Williams finally gave LeBron some help, and then what happened?

He showed his true colors when he choked and scored just two points in the second half.

You can criticize LeBron for his turnovers, but maybe that's because he's not a point guard, nor should he be forced to play one on TV.

LeBron James is the best basketball player on the planet in October, November, December, January, February, March, April, AND May.

If he ever gets a decent teammate, maybe we could see that.

Until then, lay off the guy, he's 25 and he will be a cornerstone for a dynasty in the near future.

I guarantee it.

Yours truly,



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