Will Winning a Championship Appease Lebron's Critics?

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How Many NBA Championships Will Lebron James Win?

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No matter what Lebron will do this year, he will not be able to satisfy his critics. He could walk on water while doing a hand stand and people would find fault with him. Someone would say his body wasn’t in a perfect 90 degree angle while doing it. I hope Lebron stays focused on the ultimate goal (winning the NBA Championship), not worry about style points, but rather do whatever it takes.

If the Miami Heat win the 2012 championship, there will be those that will pull out their measuring stick. Lebron didn’t hit enough game winning shots. He didn’t average 30 points a game in the finals. He didn’t win the Finals MVP. He couldn’t do it without Dwayne Wade. He can’t win five more championships. The list goes on and on. I know Lebron directed a lot of the attention to himself when decided to market himself as the second coming, the future of the league. And the moniker “King” along with the “Witness” T-shirts may cause people to pull out their microscopes. So much so, I’ve even found myself pouring fuel to the fire, adding negative commentary while debating with others.

At the end of the day Lebron has a chance to grab what has eluded many NBA legends such as Elgin Baylor, Charles Barkley, Reggie Miller, Patrick Ewing, and Steve Nash. Baylor and Jerry West put up gaudy stats during their time together with the Lakers. However, the duo never rose to the mountaintop together (West did win a ring shortly after Baylor’s retirement). If they need you to be a defensive stopper in a game, be that. Or, if you need to average 10 assists per game while getting a triple double, do that. Individual stats must make way for individual sacrifice for team glory. Ask any of the aforementioned players who have won a league MVP, “Would you trade it in for an NBA Championship?” I’m almost certain that they would say “Yes” even before the sentence was finished.

Enjoy the moment. You spend so much time in preparation. The grind, the injuries, pressure all disappears for a brief moment as you hoist up the Larry O’Brien trophy. There will always be the chatter about will you win five, six, or seven championships. The truth of the matter is you must win that first one. If you get there, relish the moment as you may spend the rest of your career grasping after number two.

Is Winning Either One or Two NBA Championships Enough To Solidify Lebron's Legacy

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Matthew Maktub 4 years ago from Las Vegas

I'm a critic of Lebron, mostly because I don't think he always values the game which he plays. This is as much an indictment of this era as it is him, but I am annoyed with players that put marketing and branding of themselves over winning. Lebron only needs his game to do the talking for himself to be marketed effectively. It's really not so much of him not winning a championship as it is him not performing up to his ability in big moments. If I watched and I saw a guy that absolutely battled and the other team executed better I wouldn't be so critical of him.


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mosaicman 4 years ago from Tampa Bay, Fl Author

These are all valid points. Thanks for the comment Matt.


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weestro 4 years ago from Virginia

Love him or hate him I think the NBA needs LBJ. He's an amazing player who actually plays defense and passes the ball. Voted up and interesting.


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guy6336 4 years ago

The problem with Lebron is he was given all this respect, but he has not earned it. He is a wonderful basketball player, but to compare him to Jordan, Magic, or even Kobe is crazy. He has not accomplished half of what they have completed. I am just tired of hearing about how good he is and how he is better then Jordan. Jordan would put the entire team on his back and carry them to a championship. It didn't matter who he had to go through or what he had to do. He got it done. Period. Lebron even with the help of two other superstars couldn't get it done.


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mosaicman 4 years ago from Tampa Bay, Fl Author

Weestro, I wonder if Lebron will get that burning desire that MJ did as a defender. If he becomes driven like that, he could become the premier player of the league. He's also an excellent passer.

Guy, Lebron did throw his Cavs on his back, I just don't think he had as good of role players as Mike. He was not (and still not) as good as Michael Jordan in that part of his career.

Thanks for the feedback fellas.


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weestro 4 years ago from Virginia

I guess last night didn't help his case...Take over already!


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lifeoflata 4 years ago from Tacoma Wa

The problem with lebron is that, even though he will probably win multiple titles, he doesnt come up big when the moment counts, and for someone eith his skills thats a shame


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mosaicman 4 years ago from Tampa Bay, Fl Author

I agree Lata. Over time some players learn to "flip the switch." I always gave Dirk grief. However, he turned into "beastmode" and got him a World Championship. Do you think Lebron will ever get to that point?


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lifeoflata 4 years ago from Tacoma Wa

I really dont know mosaicman, i think some players are born with it, its going to be hard because d wade is on the team and he has that killer insticnt and lebron seems to defer


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mosaicman 4 years ago from Tampa Bay, Fl Author

Good point. Unless his teammates speak up and tell Lebron they are looking for him to fill that role in crunch time, he may continue to be passive. Could it be that the pressure and the expectations are too much for him to handle? Can he be afraid of failing to be clutch if he takes on that role?


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lifeoflata 4 years ago from Tacoma Wa

I agree with you on his teamates needing to tell him to step into that role and supporting him. I think he puts the pressure on himself. Anytime you tattoo The Chosen One on your back, your asking for the pressure. I honestly believe with someone of his talent, he needs to continue to have the chance to take those shots. The old saying is "you dont learn from triumph, you learn from failing". If he learns from his failures, he will become that closer. Besides you miss 100% of shots you don't take.


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Matthew Maktub 4 years ago from Las Vegas

In my opinion it's a little deeper than him just not being able to upgrade to beast mode when he needs to, that is a part of it. The other part is the fact he has an unpolished half-court game. In playoff series when every possession is hotly contested and transition buckets do not come as easy as he is accustomed to, he doesn't effect the game the same way. His lack of a post up/midrange game hurts him a lot, it's most evident in the playoffs.


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mosaicman 4 years ago from Tampa Bay, Fl Author

Matt, more solid points. Lebron has very good court vision, plus he can finish well on the break. He's one of the fastest big men I've ever seen at getting to the rim. He has the physical body to play down low. Unfortunately, it's not pretty and it is punishing at times. Probably not in his proposed job description.


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guy6336 4 years ago

Lebron just doesn't have that, "I'll do anything to win," mentallity. He has a lot of quit in him because before things have always come easy for him due to his physical gifts. I am not saying he doesn't work hard, but to do the things people are expecting him to do he is going to have to push himself every night and on every possession whether it is practice or a game. He should be able to go in the post and dominate with his ability and speed no one should be able to stop him, but mosaicman hit the nail right on the head when he posted, "...it is punishing at times to play in the post..." I just don't think he has it in him to be as great as everyone thought he would be.


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mosaicman 4 years ago from Tampa Bay, Fl Author

Hey Guy, reading your post brought up a thought about Jordan and Kobe. Mike was the hardest worker in practice as well as games. He HATES to lose at anything. I can't say that about Lebron. Kobe has what few players in history have displayed, it's that burning desire to win a championship (and not just one). His desire rivals that of Bill Russell. After 15 or so seasons, the fire has only intensified. Once again, I can't say that about Lebron.


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mosaicman 4 years ago from Tampa Bay, Fl Author

Lebron finally did it. James along with the rest of the Miami Heat perservered through a very entertaining NBA Playoffs. Lebron was able to be what his team needed him to be. When it seemed as though they were about to be eliminated, Lebron willed himself and his teamates to victory. From the looks of the action shots taken of the sidelines as time expired, Lebron was relishing in the moment. Finally he should thank all his teamates that came up big at various times. Their performances were just as important.


MundaneMondays 4 years ago

Don't kill me, but the way the heat won ? i mean he's sick....but he flops entirely too too much and it's getting so annoying ..this guy is huge yet he fakes's being fouled so much ..all i have to say is this ..if it werent for the fouls..Lebron would still not be a champ....and for anyone who wants to know ..i voted that he would get no more ....


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mosaicman 4 years ago from Tampa Bay, Fl Author

I am a Heat fan and I'll be the first to admit there were some questionable calls. However, getting the referee's to give you the calls is an art, along with the many other deeds like the grabbing of the jersey, tapping the shooters elbow as he releases, pushing off just before you jump for a rebound, hitting a ball handler's hand/arm as you go for a steal. These things go on during a game, many of which do not get called. Time will only tell whether he gets another ring. Thanks for the drop.

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