Will Winning a Championship Appease Lebron's Critics?
How Many NBA Championships Will Lebron James Win?
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.