Friday, June 6, 2014

Bird would have played through cramps, LeBron's legacy put into question



The great players have legendary games, like Jordan's flu game, or Bird's concussion game. James' legacy could take a hit after his cramp game. Especially if the Heat lost the Finals. If they win, this won't even mater. This Finals was huge for James. He would have joined Jordan and Kobe as players who pulled off 3-peat's.

He would tie Bird for three titles. This Finals would mean a lot to James' legacy, and the game 1 loss, with the cramps in the mix, has many of us questing James. I already touch on this a bit, but James is a product of the media making him better than what he is. There is no question that James is a top 20 player of All-Time, and a likely top 10 player of All-Time. James can still reach the top 5 club, but I always question LeBron's mental toughness.


CSNNE

"LeBron’s the second-greatest player ability-wise of all time next to Jordan," says Tanguay, "but there’s no question this hurts his legacy.

"To me, the greatest effort was Michael Jordan [in 1997] against the Utah Jazz.

Leading up to Game 5 of the 1997 NBA Finals, Jordan was hit hard by the flu and many questioned whether he would even be able to play. Also battling dehydration and exhaustion, Jordan had to lean on his teammates to get off the court, but still managed to drop 38 points on the Jazz.

"LeBron’s not soft," says Minihane. "He’s a tough guy, but in this moment, he came up short in a situation where other guys wouldn’t come up short. I don’t think that’s even disputable.

"This isn’t a referendum on his greatness. His greatness is already established, but we’re trying to figure out where this guy ranks, and to me, you have to look at this.”

8 comments:

  1. Oh Shawn, you really can't question Lebron's being a top ten player alltime?! He's surely the closest thing to a one-man team since Jabbar in the seventies?

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    1. I can't call him a top 10 player just yet. He's very close, but the guy still has some poor outings, and his career isn't done. I know he'll end up being one of the best. But so many before him have been great.

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    2. But I do see in the article that James is on his way to the top 5.

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  2. No Bird wouldn't have played. You must have never played sports before. Cramps can be unbearable and I know LBJ had the worse case of them.

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    1. I didn't say Bird would have played, that's the article from CSNNE, and I don't really talk about James and the cramps. I did in another post, and I actually defend James. And Yes, I've played sports. And I know about cramps.

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  3. Jordan came out of game 4 of the 1997 finals with cramps...

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    1. It didn't cost him the Finals. But we also don't know if the game 1 loss will cost the Heat the series. If it does, the finger will be pointed at game 1 and James, just how it is in the media.

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  4. I hear you Shawn, but to me, it's really unreasonable to say that Lebron isn't top ten all time. He has dominated his era as few stars have done. He's far from my fave, but I've got to respect him.

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