LeBron James is the NBA’s Best Except at the End of Games
LeBron is the best basketball player on Earth. He is the “King”. So why didn’t he take the last shot in Game 4 against the Knicks? If he’s the best player then he should have gotten the ball, put his head down, drove to the rim, and forced the Knicks to foul him. Instead LeBron didn’t even touch the ball on the Heat’s last possession of the game. Dwayne Wade went to the basket before retreating to take and miss a desperation three-point shot as can be seen here:
ESPN analyst Stephen A. Smith argued that Dwayne Wade took the last shot because he is a better jump shooter and a better closer than LeBron is. In fact, LeBron was only the third option on that play. If Wade didn’t like the look then he was supposed to kick the ball back to Chris Bosh for a jumper.
Erik Spoelstra has been criticized for not choosing LeBron as the first option, but it is obvious why he picked Dwayne Wade over LeBron. He was afraid that Udonis Haslem might end up taking the last shot. Earlier this season, the Miami Heat had a chance to beat the Utah Jazz but LeBron gave the ball up to Haslem rather than trying to win the game himself. This game was played on March 2nd, 2012 and here is the last shot:
You would think that after the NBA All-Star Game, which was literally a week earlier, LeBron would never have passed the ball to Haslem. In the All-Star Game, the East was down by two points with time running out and instead of shooting the ball, LeBron tried to pass it to a teammate, which resulted in a turnover.
According to the Akron Beach Journal, LeBron said, “(Kobe Bryant) was telling me to shoot it. I seen my teammate open for a split second. I seen him open the first time and I didn’t release the ball.” Even Kobe, who was on the other team, wanted LeBron to take the final shot. But LeBron just couldn’t do it.