I’m so tired of Lebron James being criticized every time The Heat lose a close game. Haha.
It’s just gotten to a point of absurdity.
Lebron James was triple teamed in the final play of regulation yesterday. He had no chance to get a shot off. It was a broken play. If anyone should be taking heat, it should be Coach Spoelstra. What they were running…who knows?
Does anyone remember that Lebron hit a three to tie the game up 30 seconds prior to that play?
But ok, I guess that’s not “clutch.”
Meanwhile, there’s Kobe Bryant, who I love as a Lakers fan. He’s unafraid to take the final shot. He’s also inefficient and shoots low percentage difficult shots. All you have to do is look at the Lakers game 2 and game 4 losses against OKC to understand this. Sure, Kobe was unafraid. He was also 2/7 and 2/10 respectively in those two games in the 4th quarter. He shot the Lakers out of the game. Single-handedly. Kobe does that a lot. Haha. I love him, but let’s call it how it is.
This is all the bi-product of life after Michael Jordan. Jordan may be retired but it’s almost like these superstars are running from his shadow that the media dangles over them. He set a bar so high that it’s literally impossible to meet his accomplishments. Especially in the NBA today, where teams are lucky to keep the same stars for more than 5 years.
We’re so infatuated with boxing an entire player’s performance into the final minute of a game. Like that’s all that defines their career.
It’s not enough to win anymore. You have to win with style. I remember watching game 7 of the Lakers vs. Celtics a few years ago. Kobe Bryant shot 6/24 for that game. The Lakers won the championship. But even with the win, people will point out that Kobe Bryant struggled in the biggest game of his career. It’s probably the first thing people associate with that championship.
That’s the Jordan factor. Everyone wants to see that Jazz game 6 moment. That iconic signature moment when we realize we’ve seen a once in a lifetime athlete. That’s the thing, Jordan was a once in a lifetime athlete.
Michael Jordan’s career played out like a fairytale. And I just feel bad for the guys who have had to follow that act.