Some will call me a hater, but I call it Real Talk…by Sheldon Alexander
I find it hard to rate Miami needing 7 games to win a ring in a playoffs that have no D-Rose, no Russell Westbook, no Kobe & no Rondo. Not only are they arguably 4 of the top 10 players in the NBA, but they are all directly linked to the Big 3 era in Miami.
The last time DRose played a full season/playoffs he was the MVP of the league and the Bulls were the top seed in the Eastern Conference. Russell Westbrook is the second best player on the team Miami played in last year’s NBA Finals. Rajon Rondo is the best player on the team considered to be LeBron and Miami’s most hated rival (and the team that took them to 7 games last season) and then there’s Kobe…he’s Kobe…do I really need to say anything more?
So with all that said, needing seven games to beat Indiana? I don’t rate it, their best player (Paul George) is a borderline NBA All-Star. Now the same against an aging/banged up Spurs team? I can’t rate that either. Are the Spurs even here if Kobe/Westbrook were healthy…or if OKC doesn’t trade James Harden for nothing?!?!
Bottom line, there is NO WAY that it should be this hard for LeBron, Wade and Bosh to win a championship this year. This is only their 3rd year together, so they shouldn’t be struggling to win rings already. Where’s the dominant 15-1 Lakers (’00-’01) or 15-3 Bulls (’95-’96) playoff runs that we should be getting from this Miami Heat team? This may sound a little bit harsh, but that’s the bar when you make such a historic and monumental move in free agency. Making 3 straight NBA Finals is a great feat, but lets not get it twisted…The moment they got on that WWE type stage in Miami (and proclaimed not one, not two, not three etc) it became championship or BUST. No excuses. “Its Just Different” (#HovaVoice)
I just will never understand the rush to put LeBron into the same class as MJ, when he still has yet to catch and pass Kobe. Not to mention Tim Duncan, who should be getting more career love (especially if they win this year).
But back to LeBron for a second. He is an unbelievable talent, does everything you could possibly want someone to do on a basketball court. He’s someone who can’t be stopped by anyone…other than himself that is. And that’s the problem, down 3-2 tonight’s game 6 could go one of two ways.
Game 6 of the 2011 Finals or Game 6 of the 2012 Eastern Conference Final. In the first game, LeBron scored 21 points and watched the Mavs celebrate an NBA championship on his home court. In the other game, LeBron went for 45-15-5 destroyed the Celtics and went on to win his first ever ring. After that performance I thought I would never doubt LBJ again, that he’d figured it out. His career arc towards MJ had really begun…and yet…here we go again.
You may hear people saying things like: “He needs Wade and Bosh” or “Danny Green turned into Jesus Shuttlesworth overnight”…but to me if you’re the best player in the world and being compared to the all-time greats, nothing else matters. You’re judged by what you do when it matters most. MJ was 6-0 in the NBA Finals while LeBron has already lost twice on the big stage. The stench of averaging 17 PPG against Dallas in the Finals became very familiar when James started this year’s Finals with 18,17 and 15 point performances. You can’t score 17 PPG in the NBA Finals and still be considered to be in the class of Michael Jordan…I’m sorry, no one will ever be able to convince me otherwise.
So even IF the Heat win in game 7, I’ll still stand by the fact that if you are who they say you are Mr. James…it shouldn’t be THIS hard to win a championship.
But the test starts tonight. Anything less than an “MJ Great” or a Game 6 in Boston last year…would be uncivilized (#SirCharlesVoice)
Some might call me a hater, but I call it Real Talk.