LeBron James is the NBA’s Best Except at the End of Games

5/8/12 in NBA   |   Jnewman482   |   135 respect

Durant is long and athletic. He certainly has improved his defensive skills since entering the NBA but he does not have the shutdown ability that LeBron has. He is only 23 years old and will likely get stronger but right now he knows as well as anyone that LeBron is the last person in the world you want to have to score against. And it doesn’t matter what position you play. LeBron is quick enough to handle point guards and strong enough to deal with centers. After all, he’s spent part of the Miami-New York series guarding the Defensive Player of The Year in Tyson Chandler.

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. 
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5/8/12   |   DeeRigga   |   5704 respect

kobe_lova wrote:
This is by definition a complete turn off. Ugh. F*** Lebron.

I agree...

5/8/12   |   kobe_lova   |   61971 respect

P.S. He is working on his end of the game failures. He himself is aware that he is disappointing at the end of games, and once he corrects that.... I will surely hate him more. Criticism, ridiculous or not, comes with the territory.

Go Knicks.

5/8/12   |   kobe_lova   |   61971 respect

DeeRigga wrote:
Oh look, another article that bashes LBJ towards the end of games on how ineffective he is.

Don't think I EVER heard this story.  Let's get one thing clear -

LeBron is the BEST ALL-AROUND PLAYER IN THE GAME TODAY. 
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Stop overanalyzing or over Skip Bayless-ing, or whatever you want to call it.  Why is it that when Kobe passes, it's a TRUST issue, but when Lebron does it its because he's NOT the one at end of games??   I would hate to see LBJ win a championship because I am a Laker fan, but I want him to, so all haters would fall off.  This is a ridiculous issue.  To talk about.  AGAIN.

This is by definition a complete turn off. Ugh. F*** Lebron.

5/8/12   |   DeeRigga   |   5704 respect

Oh look, another article that bashes LBJ towards the end of games on how ineffective he is.

Don't think I EVER heard this story.  Let's get one thing clear -

LeBron is the BEST ALL-AROUND PLAYER IN THE GAME TODAY. 
Beginning.
Middle.
END.

Stop overanalyzing or over Skip Bayless-ing, or whatever you want to call it.  Why is it that when Kobe passes, it's a TRUST issue, but when Lebron does it its because he's NOT the one at end of games??   I would hate to see LBJ win a championship because I am a Laker fan, but I want him to, so all haters would fall off.  This is a ridiculous issue.  To talk about.  AGAIN.

5/8/12   |   WhoDat12   |   2252 respect

If he shoots and misses, he cant close.
If he passes to an open teammate to take the shot, he can't close.
If  he's not even involved in the final play, he can't close.

Lebron is damned if he does and damned if he doesnt.