Saturday , Jun , 11 , 2011 J.N.

LeBron James in 2011 NBA Finals. Too many excuses. Too much hate?

Hey. Who is tired of this? People want us to feel sorry for a guy who is making $90+ million, Nike cash, and other endorsement money? Say what? Why do they have to resort writing pieces basically implying “Hey he is not that bad.” Wow. Now people are defending him – the same people who were bashing him prior to the 2010-2011 season.  It’s too bad. So we’re just going to sweep the one hour Decision extravaganza complete with jersey photo shops under the rug?

There are stories about LeBron James time in Cleveland. Some might not be true. Some might be true. We’ll never know. Here is a sample – there was this story that Danny Ferry and crew tried to ask LeBron about his thoughts on how to improve the team and LeBron never gave input. He avoided them. That’s what I’ve heard. I do not care if it is true, but looking at the Decision and how he never said anything to Cavaliers management about that before hand, it’s not out of the question. That makes us wonder what else what happened behind the scenes.

Tough times for a guy with nothing to worry about – first it was the elbow against the Boston Celtics in the 2010 playoffs. Then the excuse transformed to former teammate Delonte West banging LeBron’s mother. Now it’s Rashard Lewis banging LeBron’s baby momma. Hey, don’t give us that shit. What’s next? The same thing happened to Pau Gasol when he started playing bad in the 2011 playoffs. Why are these rumors involving sex? It is not proven to be true unless pictures or videos make their way to the Internet for everyone to examine and break down to determine if it’s photo shopped or just fake. Shit is wild.

The Delonte West stuff is probably true though since Paul Pierce put The King on blast and Delonte is his teammate.

You know something? Forget the Decision.  The time is now to embrace “The Excuse.” It’s been awhile since we have seen anyone exposed this much at the NBA Finals – last time was 2004 NBA Finals. The King in the 4th quarter has been abysmal.

  • Game 1 – 5 points, 2-4 FG
  • Game 2 – 2 points, 0-4 FG
  • Game 3 – 2 points, 1-3 FG
  • Game 4 – NOTHING, 0-1 FG
  • Game 5 – 2 points, 1-4 FG

Scottie Pippen trolled hard with the “maybe best player ever” comment. The Chosen One hasn’t done anything since. James has been terrible for five games in a row in the fourth quarter. This is embarrassing and has quickly abolished him from comparisons to Michael Jordan, Larry Bird, and Magic Johnson forever.  What he did against the Boston Celtics and Chicago Bulls is forgotten because the Finals is where it’s at. He got called out by many and still has not done anything.

Is the scrutiny justified and excessive? It’s justified and not excessive.

Are there any other excuses? Oh wait….

This came up earlier during the regular season. It shouldn’t have come up at all. Serious? This guy is 26 years old. No injuries, no nagging injuries, no illness, and no migraines. Who says this about playing time? What’s going on? 

  • Shaquille O’Neal at 28 years old – 45.5 minutes per game in the 2000 NBA Finals
  • Kobe Bryant at the NBA Finals – 2008 (42.8 minutes per game), 2009 (43.8 minutes), 2010 (41.3 mpg)
  • His teammate, Dwyane Wade, at the 2006 NBA Finals – 43.5 minutes
  • Michael Jordan, 34 years old, at the 1997 NBA Finals – 42.7 minutes per game

Nope, this excuse is not going to work King James. Nice try. I hope he is still not thinking this way. All those guys logged tons of minutes in the regular season and playoffs leading up to the Finals especially Michael Jordan. They did not voice anything publically about it. So what is LeBron’s next excuse? We’re waiting. So the latest hot rumor is Rashard Lewis banging his baby momma eh? Wow. Interesting.

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