So here we sit at a critical juncture in Lebron Jame’s career. His 2011 NBA finals performance to date has been a disappointment to his greatest fans and even a bit of a surprise for his biggest critics. He has shown a repeated tendency to not seize the big moment, often choosing to defer to his teammate Wade when the rest of his team needed him to take control. Jared Wade, of Both Teams Played Hard, draws a parallel between the media scrutiny between Lebron James vs. Magic Johnson. The same Magic who was reviled for not having an outside shot and not being able to deliver in the key moments. Will history ultimately redeem Lebron like it did Magic?
A quick excerpt:
“Despite the triple double LeBron James notched last night in Miami’s Game 5 loss in the NBA Finals, many people are (justifiably) crucifying him for his play throughout the series. In my eyes, he played well, if not amazingly (for him) through the first three games before looking absolutely awful (for him) throughout Game 4. He just failed to assert his physical dominance and force the Mavs to stop him off the dribble in a game during which he scored only 8 points and too-willingly swung the ball around the perimeter…”