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LeBron has inspiring fourth, but passes late

Posted on: March 3, 2012 12:51 am
 
Posted by Royce Young



You want the LeBron James story summarized in a tidy 12-minute quarter? Take Friday's fourth quarter against the Jazz.

With Utah hammering the Heat, LeBron completely took over the game, scoring 18 points on 8-9 shooting bringing Miami within a chance of winning their 10th straight game. He was brilliant. He was spectacular. He was the best player on the floor, the best player on the planet, something straight out of a comic book. He did things only he can do and just had us all shaking our heads at his ability.

But that's not we're all talking about. We're talking about his pass to Udonis Haslem.

Was it the right basketball play? Sure it was. Open man, high percentage shooter from that spot. It's what you ask for there. But still, it feeds the beast. The beast that says LeBron isn't clutch, that LeBron doesn't want the ball late, that LeBron shrinks in the fourth quarter.

Nevermind that Kobe Bryant pulled a similar move with Derek Fisher for a game-winner against the Dallas earlier in the season. Difference is, Fisher made it. Haslem didn't. And now it's LeBron's fault.

But it is though, isn't it? There's this crazy dichotomy between making the right play and just hogging the ball and taking an off balance shot on your own. Thing is, LeBron had just done that hitting this wild shot to put Miami up three with 26 seconds left. Would you rather have had another one of those, or the open look for Haslem?

LeBron told reporters after the game, "It’s just the way I’ve always played ... When the teammate doesn’t make the shot it doesn’t matter much from a media perspective."

Could the right basketball play actually be wrong? It's all about the crunch-time debate. The statheads all say to run your offense and get a high percentage shot in those moments. The guys like Kobe, Durant and CP3 says forget that and want the weight on their shoulders. Maybe they pass in some circumstances, but it certainly isn't a habit. Can you picture Kevin Durant passing to Serge Ibaka for an 18-footer with the game on the line? I can't. Durant wants that shot.

There's a unique difference there, something we can't put our finger on. I don't think LeBron's shy or scared or afraid. I think LeBron just wants to make the right play. But sometimes, maybe it's the wrong one. It's a trend with LeBron. He's might be too perfect a player. The reason everyone made such a big stink about him passing the ball at the end of the All-Star Game was because it was part of a bigger theme. It fit the story. And then five days later, he does it again. We all want to say it's not a big deal, especially if Haslem makes the shot, but it doesn't feel that way, does it? It feels like it means something, right?

At a point, you have to be willing to live with the consequences of taking that shot. You have to be fine with answering questions of how you missed. You have to apply that same mentality that had you dominating 11 minutes and 25 seconds of a quarter and just say, "Screw it, this is my game." You have to be willing to face the music after a game and just say, "So what, I missed." That's a whole lot easier than answering questions about why you passed to Udonis Haslem.
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Since: Feb 5, 2012
Posted on: March 3, 2012 11:16 am
 

LeBron has inspiring fourth, but passes late

What people forget and what really pisses me off, because it shows how selective memory works, is that MJ passed on buzzer beaters as well. Often enough.

Steve Kerr 1997
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S2BlOTeoZVE

When it comes to the 1993 Finals MJ was barely involved in Paxson's shot
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GnAr4I3-Z48

There was another one against in the Sonics-Finals in the United Center, where Toni Kukoc passed to Kerr and more.

So if you write BS like "Can you picture passing to for an 18-footer with the game on the line? I can't. Durant wants that shot." think of the gold standard - Michael freaking Jordan -  for clutch closing passing to Steve Kerr for an 18-footer with the game on the line, even though he wants that shot.



Since: Nov 15, 2006
Posted on: March 3, 2012 8:21 am
 

LeBron has inspiring fourth, but passes late

"didnt come close to wining a title'? is that really what you said? Hey moron, getting to the nba finals constitutes "getting close"...idiot.



Since: Nov 1, 2010
Posted on: March 3, 2012 7:56 am
 

LeBron has inspiring fourth, but passes late

"You want the story summarized in a tidy 12-minute quarter? Take Friday's fourth quarter against the ." What you get? LeChoke.


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Since: Feb 28, 2012
Posted on: March 3, 2012 4:11 am
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