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What? Cavs lost game 3? Don't they have LeBron?

Posted on: May 25, 2009 10:33 am
Edited on: May 25, 2009 1:33 pm
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After Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals, I refused to watch any highlight shows, especially a certain highlights show on a certain sports network.

I figured it would be all LeBron this and all Lebron that and as a Magic fan, after a loss like that I didn't need to see more of the typical overreaction nonsense.

One glance at our message board was enough for me. One particular post that caught my eye proclaimed after "the shot" the Cavs would now win the next three games. And then there were the obligatory "We are witnesss" posts.

Garbage. All garbage.

Even our own Gregg Doyel, who usually isn't spellbound by hype, launched into hyperbole, calling Game 2 LeBron's "Michael Moment". Nevermind the fact that in came it Game 2 and merely saved the Cavs from choking away two games at home.

Jordan won series and championships with his clutch shots.

All LeBron did was ensure that this series would go at least five games.

Anybody who thought the Magic would wilt after Game 2 hasn't been paying attention. The Magic were beaten on last second shots against both the 76ers and Celtics during this postseason. Lo and behold, they didn't go in the tank.

Rather than one shot, fans and media should have taken notice that the Cavs even needed a last-second miracle to avoid falling into an 0-2 hole. Instead the focus was on coronating Lebron as usual.

Don't get me wrong, LeBron is a great player, but my (admittedly biased) opinion is that the Magic have the bigger, more athletic team.

LeBron may be the best player on the court, but the next best three all play for the Magic, Dwight Howard, Hedo Turkoglu and Rashard Lewis. Unfortunately for the Cavs, LeBron can't guard all three.

That's not to say the Cavs can't win this series. As any Magic can attest, this team is maddeningly, frustratingly inconsistent because they can get too 3-happy at times. And if they're just firing up 3s (and missing) instead of attacking, they're ripe for the taking.

But so far, so good. And thankfully, after a Game 3 victory by the Magic, I can go back to watching NBA highlights again.

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Since: May 27, 2009
Posted on: May 27, 2009 12:56 am
 

What? Cavs lost game 3? Don't they have LeBron?

Last time I checked, before MJ won his first championship he was winning scoring titles, breaking records, winning defensive player of the year honors, leading the league in steals, becoming the only player in history to record 100 steals and 100 blocks in two consecutive seasons, and crapping on the whole league while being physically abused leading a crap team that didn't grow up until the first championship season. Unfortunately, he ran into some of the greatest teams in the history of the NBA before that first chip.



Since: Mar 4, 2007
Posted on: May 26, 2009 8:39 pm
 

What? Cavs lost game 3? Don't they have LeBron?

Has anybody ever said the guy isn't great? I'm completely and utterly sick of him but I would never say he's not one of the better players ever. He has a Magic Johnson frame with a better touch and outside shot. But, man, am I sick of the powder and the "king" hype and the way he dives literally through people and...just all of it. And there are years and years and years of it to come. Oh well. Hopefully Detroit will get back to being respectable soon.




Since: Aug 14, 2006
Posted on: May 26, 2009 8:34 pm
 

What? Cavs lost game 3? Don't they have LeBron?

My main point is that the media -- and especially the worldwide leader -- overhype things to no end.

For that reason, I refused to watch espn following Game 2. I'm merely guessing -- based on their history with such things -- that it was over the top.

How LeBron compares vs. Jordan at this point is irrelevant. LeBron is a great player, no ifs, ands or buts. However, what he did in Game 2 is no great historically signficant NBA moment, especially considering the Cavs followed it up with yet another loss to the Magic.

It was a great shot, but was it all that much better than Rashard Lewis' Game 1 winner?

Anyhow, I must go now and, hopefully, "witness" another Magic win over mighty LeBron and the Cavs.



Since: Aug 17, 2006
Posted on: May 26, 2009 7:45 pm
 

What? Cavs lost game 3? Don't they have LeBron?

In reply to the age of Michael Jordan, (ahem) "His Airness". Sorry Mike. Everyone seems to forget Lebron came strait from High-School. Jordan spent 3 years in College. Where BTW he won a National Championship in 1982!! ( I think it was against Patrick Ewing too)  So pad all those stats 3 years and see where he ends up. Not that BronBron isnt good. He is. But Im still waiting! Dwight Howard may get a ring at a younger age than Lebron. Plus the whole "witness" thing, and the powder is SSOOOO Tired!! Mo Williams likes GAURANTEES!! Heres one for ya Cleveland. I GAURANTEE Lebrons career Ring-Count doesnt hold a candle to Jordans at the end of his career. 1 NCAA, and 6 NBA!! What do you guys think!?! Now lets watch some B-Ball! Go Magic!!



Since: Feb 2, 2008
Posted on: May 26, 2009 7:17 pm
 

What? Cavs lost game 3? Don't they have LeBron?

i brought up jordans age because im proving the point of the best may be yet to come for lebron as it was for jordan



Since: Sep 12, 2006
Posted on: May 26, 2009 5:48 pm
 

What? Cavs lost game 3? Don't they have LeBron?

Why do people always talk about the age that Michael won his first championship??? The reason why Jordan will always be the best player ever is because not that he won six championships but all the remarkable consistent things he did to win the rings. Michael made role players play like stars because of his skills, knowledge, and love for the game. So much that all them years people said Phil Jackson did not have to coach. Which is very true becaue I seen Jordan numerous of times in the huddles making plans as if he was the coach. Remember its not what you do... its how you do it.. And the way Mike did things no player will ever imagine.  Remember this is the same Michael Jordan who Bulls made history on a 72-10 record.... Lebron or nobody else will ever be near him...



Since: Oct 20, 2006
Posted on: May 26, 2009 3:39 pm
 

Love/Hate With Lebron

I'm a Pistons fan.  So inherently I dislike everything Ohio, Cleveland, and Lebron.  The Pistons were one pick away from having Lebron, or settling on Bosh, Wade, or Anthony.  Instead, we got Milicic.  So of course there is anger and there is hostility when Detroit fans talk about Lebron and the 2003 NBA Draft.  Lucky for us we got a title in 2004 and it helped ease our pain.  But back to Lebron, no matter how much I might dislike his team, hope they keep that "never winning an NBA title" alive, you have to respect and look in awe to what Lebron is doing.  As a 24 yr old, he is doing things that nobody in history has come close to.  Yeah, he is that good.  And there isn't a team or fan of the NBA who wouldn't want this classy guy on their team.  I would venture to guess that almost every player in the NBA would love to have Lebron as their teammate.  I agree though that until he wins a ring, let's not hang his jersey anywhere just yet.  But his skills and dominance are only matched by one active player, Kobe being the closest.



Since: Sep 1, 2006
Posted on: May 26, 2009 11:40 am
 

What? Cavs lost game 3? Don't they have LeBron?

Brian I must say this might be the best blog you ever wrote.



Since: Feb 2, 2008
Posted on: May 25, 2009 7:26 pm
 

What? Cavs lost game 3? Don't they have LeBron?

yah its true he is hyped up alot maybe even over hyped, but you may be missing the point, this guy is doing things already at 24 years of age that hasnt been done before, your right jordan won championships, but dont forget jordans reputation before that run of 6 championships (MJ didnt get his first ring til he was 28). Its fine not to get caught up in all the Lebron hype, but dont totally disregard it either


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