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On the eve game 2 of the 2012 NBA Finals between the Miami Heat and Oklahoma City Thunder, most of the viewing public and fans would like to see Lebron James finally win a title.
Conversely, there are droves of fans who would like nothing more than to see the guy fall flat on his face for a second straight season since he decided to take his talents to South Beach.
As for myself, I have nothing against James, never have. Even after his amazing performance in game 5 of the 2007 Eastern Conference Finals — whew, I still have nightmares about that one.
Lebron is an extraordinary talent. One of the most gifted players to play in the NBA of all-time. He will go down as one of the best, if not, the best to play in the league.
But, why does he get so much criticism from the press and public?
It seems to me that since his arrival into pro basketball out of high in 2003, he’s been anointed and that may have began to turn some people off. I mean, there was that infamous Hummer incident.
Then as his original team, the Cleveland Cavaliers began to emerge, his shortcomings in the playoff were magnified.
After that ECF series win in 2007, his Cavs were swept by the eventually champion San Antonio Spurs. Then two years later, his down bowed out to Orlando unexpectedly. James drew criticism for not congratulating the winners as the final buzzer sounded. He was seen immediately leaving the floor.
Then there was “The Decision”. Where the guy announced that he would be leaving his hometown Cavs for Miami. Many didn’t take too well to James announcing his plans over a one-hour ESPN special. Fans in Cleveland were upset to say the least, some even burned his jersey on camera. James has since admitted that he should have handled his decision better.
I personally hope that Lebron does eventually reach the mountain top of NBA glory — although I don’t think it will be this year — mainly because he’s put in too much work to perfect his craft.
He’s not a bulldog like Michael Jordan, or Kobe Bryant. He’s not as charismatic as say, Magic Johnson or Shaquille O’Neal. He’s Lebron, a great damn basketball player, who deserves a championship.
Game 2 of the Finals will be broadcasted live from Oklahoma City at 9:pm E.S.T. on ABC. The Thunder lead the series 1-0.
By Rashid Umar