Tag:Lebron James
Posted on: March 7, 2011 1:00 pm
 

Will the real MVP please stand up

In light of the the antics by LeBron James in the clutch again last night and the Heat's mini-slump, I thought it appropriate to address the MVP race. So far the general feel is for Derek Rose to win the MVP award, with Lebron James as a close second and Dwight Howard a possible third. The fact that James is even in the top 5 so morbidly wrong, I don't even know where to start. First off, James's workings in the clutch have been horrid. Iso's, jumpers off of screens, pick and rolls, its all been tried for him and still no dice. An MVP is a guy you can count on to get you buckets when you need them the most and that sure as heck hasn't been James this year. Yes his stats are about the same as his MVP season, but this year he has Wade and Bosh both putting up nice numbers as well (with Wade leading by a long shot in the intangibles). Here's the lines all compared.

Lebron James:GP 61-MIN 38.4-PPG 26.2-REB-7.5-AST 7.1-FG% 49.3-SPG 1.5-BPG .6-TO 3.6
Dwayne Wade:GP 59-MIN 37.2-PPG 25.4-REB 6.7-AST 4.4-FG% 49.9-SPG 1.4-BPG .9-TO 3.3
Chris Bosh: GP 59-MIN 36.2-PPG 18.3-REB 8.2-AST 1.8-FG% 48.8-SPG .9-BPG .7-TO 1.7

Have we forgotton what MVP means? The Most Valuable Player in the league to their team. Lebron isn't even the MVP of his own team, much less the entire NBA. Wade is very close to James in all categories except for assists and that can be attributed to Lebron basically playing PG for Miami and always having the ball in his hands. Dwayne is the true heart and soul of this team and has put his ego and everything aside to let Lebron do what he does, and it hasn't worked.  So why isn't the conversation for MVP about Wade and Lebron instead of just the latter? You can't forget about Bosh either, his stats aren't eye-popping like his teammates but they are very respectable and cannot be ignored.
Now hasn't the knock against Kobe Bryant all these years and arguement against him winning the award been too many good players on his team? He can't win the MVP because Gasol, Odom, and Bynum are too good. Well where is that arguement now? Tell me how Lebron is that much more valuable to the Heat than Wade, or Bosh who improves both James and Wade when he is on the floor. How is Lebron hogging the ball in clutch situations when it clearly should be Wade shooting, stopping the offense with his over-dribbling, and constantly turning his head and getting beat on D make him more worthy than his own teammate? Much less Derek Rose, who has put the Bulls on his shoulders and carried them to the second best record in the East this year. Can anybody say that the Bulls would be just as good without Rose? The answer is a resounding NO, but you take Lebron off the Heat and replace him with a servicable forward and in my opinion the Heat are even better then they are now. There wouldn't be any confusion as to who takes the clutch shots, Bosh would be used more in the post and there would be a marked improvement in the overall team play for Miami. Even Dwight Howard who has been carrying the Magic for the last month or so and Dirk Nowitzki who has been the heart and soul of the #2 seed Mavericks are more deserving than Lebron. If he wins this year, it will be proof of a massive bias and clear favoritism on behalf of the voters and the NBA in general.

Posted on: February 28, 2011 2:55 pm
 

The Maiden Voyage

After watching most of the Knicks /Heat game yesterday, and my fit of laughter at the end game "heroics" of LeBron James had calmed down to a few mild chuckles. I just felt like sharing a few random thoughts on the subjects of both teams.

1. Chauncy Billups is proving very quickly that he has something to prove and isnt just "the other guy" that New York received from Denver. In averaging over 20 ppg and hitting yet another big shot in last nights game, he is bringing the same leadership and winning attitude to NY as he did when he came to Denver. Very underrated pickup for the Knicks.

 2.) New York is really in need of another shooter that can stretch the floor. Landry Fields is adequate and Chauncy is still an excellent long ball shooter, but it's not going to be enough if they want to compete with the big dogs in the East.

3.) Landry Fields will be the player that pushes New York from a good team to a great team. He is the glue player that every team needs to win. His hustle, hardnosed play, rebounding, defense and shooting ability are making him invaluable to Mike D'Antoni and quickly winning the favor of his teammates. He will be the key to their success.

 4.) I know I will take major flak for this one but it has to be said. Lebron James is not a player you want taking the shots in crunch time. His out of control drives to the hoop and extremely streaky jump shooting are a major achilles heel in close situations. His only ways of getting consistant scoring come by running over people and gaining a blocking call, easy layups when players just move out of his way because they don't feel like getting trampled, and a few jump shots when he is having a rare good game in that area. These strategies will be of absolute no use against teams like Boston, Orlando, Charlotte, the Thunder , Los Angeles, San Antonio and even now the Knicks. The experienced teams will take the charges, deny the driving lanes and force Lebron to take his awkward fade-away jumpers. He may get some drive and kicks to Mike Miller and James Jones , but does anybody really want them taking the last shot in an important game? The ball needs to be in the hands of Dwayne Wade when the game is on the line, period.

 5.) Dwayne Wade is proving to be the heart and soul of the team. His shooting was off against the Knicks but he made up for it by handing out 9 assists, grabbing 7 rebounds and making off with 3 steals.  His unselfishness and willingness to let James be the focal point and face of the team speaks volumes about his leadership and desire to win. However, since Lebron has failed many times over in the clutch, Wade needs to realize that is his time to step up and deliver. He is the only player on the team who has the competitive edge and overwhelming desire to win that is needed in a clutch player. He has proved that he can deliver quality shots and opportunities to win when it is needed. Wade needs to put the needs of the team over the ego of Lebron and just take over when needed. The Heat will never reach their potential if he doesn't.

 6.) Miami would much better off if they took the money that was spent on James and used it on a quality big man and point guard. Bosh and Wade work better together with James off the floor than on, and the offense is much more effective when it is allowed to move freely without Lebron overhandling and forcing shots. If they had picked up players like Brendan Haywood , Raymond Felton or explored options to fill spots were needed then I believe they would truly be an elite team instead of a pretender. However, it is a little too late now.

Posted on: February 28, 2011 2:53 pm
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