Look at the whole picture. He joined up a team that was viewed as UNFAIR by 90% of the people who saw what they were doing.
He allowed the Heat to get 1 FT away from losing the NBA title.
i'm not saying he's a CHUMP, but in the terms of GREAt All-Time superstars
Mj,Kobe,Larry Bird are the SURE FIRE KILLERS.
leBron is an all-time great but , i don't put him in that ranking. Many old heads won't do that either.
if you want to , be my guess.
I mean if I looked at numbers, I could say Kobe went 6-24 in a Game 6, he's not clutch. hhe's not a killer, but it's more thannumbers.
are u a different guy when the lights turn up?
the answer for LeBron is yes.
Almost like Shaq. Like, people, always say " Shaq could have had any all-star guard", but we were down 14 in a Game 7 before we went to his first title. He fouled out of Game 4, when the series could have changed for the worse, but Kobe Again, went to the rescue that time.
Wade did some things to keep the Heat in Game 6, when Lebron was not putting his IMPRINT on the game.
that's just an honest assessment
First point is irrelevant, doesn't mean a damn thing that he joined the Heat. He was a free agent, it was his choice, and he took control of that team from the 2nd season onwards. The Decision was a horrible thing to put fans through, and LeBron got all the flak he deserved, but his choice of leaving the Cavaliers and joining the Heat was his to make. He was clearly the best player on the Heat these last two years, and his focused play is the reason why they became back-to-back champions. Bird and Magic played on some of the most stacked teams in NBA history, but no one bothers to focus on that fact when gushing over their achievements. Nostalgia is blinding at times.
Okay, they got to within one free throw of losing the finals. So we should ignore the fact that he keyed that massive 4th quarter comeback and delivered in Game 7? You can't pick and choose moments like that when determining a player's abilities.
The Heat started the 4th quarter down 10, and then this is what happened:
11:44 - Mario Chalmers hits a three pointer (assist LeBron)
11:06 - LeBron finishes at the rim
10:26 - Mike Miller hits a three pointer (assist LeBron)
09:39 - LeBron catches the feed from Chalmers and finishes inside
08:59 - LeBron drives and scores inside again
07:56 - LeBron drives and finishes again
07:08 - Chris Anderson is fouled by Duncan after LeBron finds him cutting baseline (makes one of two)
06:34 - LeBron scores inside again
05:28 - LeBron splits a pair of free throws, missing the first
04:45 - LeBron scores inside again
00:20 - LeBron sticks a three pointer off the inbounds
The Heat scored 27 points in the 4th quarter. LeBron scored 16 of those himself, and 7 more of those points came as a result of playmaking from the top of the key. Thus he was responsible for 23 of 27 points in the 4th quarter keying their comeback and forcing the OT session which they went on to win. The only reason they were even in position to win that game was because of LeBron's great play down the stretch.
But I guess the lights were too bright, huh? That's why he delivered in the biggest moment of his career then put together an even better performance in Game 7. There is nothing tougher than coming back down double digits with the championship on the line and winning an NBA championship. The Lakers accomplished both in Game 7 in 2010, LeBron needed two games. Both were equally as significant, his performance in the finals 5 quarters of that series was as impressive as anything Kobe had ever done in a Finals series. You can't diminish his accomplishments just because it doesn't fit into some bizarre criteria that you've come up with.
And by the way, Wade wasn't doing much in Game 6 through 3 quarters, ultimately finishing with 14 total and not being much of a factor off ball or on the defensive end of the floor. Wade sat out with a knee issue at the end of the third and didn't check back in until there was 3:48 left on the clock. He went to the bench with the Heat down 65-75, came back with the Heat trailing only 84-87. LeBron put his imprint on that game and delivered with a dominant showing in Game 7.
There's not much more you can ask of the guy, he's done everything he needed to to. It's about time he got his due.