I wish we would be as critical of our president as we are of LeBron James. LeBron gets criticism for having the wrong facial expression. Nevermind the fact that he lead BOTH teams in scoring, rebounds, and assists. And nevermind he had one of the worst supporting casts in NBA final history up against one of the best teams in NBA history. Commentators talk about how the greats find ways to get it done. Oh do they? How many of these greats were playing with a supporting cast like this? Michael Jordan had Scottie Pippen and Phil Jackson for every title he won (and Dennis Rodman for his last three). All Hall of Famers. People set impossible standards for LeBron and then knock him when he doesn’t reach those heights.
You need stars to win. Jordan had them. The first 40 NBA championship teams (1950-90) averaged 3.875 hall of famers. LeBron played 5 finals games with a group of players that will likely never even see an all star game.
LeBron had a historical series. The guys on the roster in the finals wouldn’t have even been a playoff team without him. The fact that LeBron gets these types of criticisms is testimony to his greatness. The only standard for LeBron is if he’s better than Jordan or not.
When Michael Jordan left Chicago for most of a season, he returned to an above .500 team. LeBron left Cleveland for four years. In those four years, the team finished last in the eastern conference twice, never better than tenth, and wound up with the first pick three times. LeBron comes back, and in one year, leads them to the finals. Why? Because he’s the best player in the world!
LeBron played 5 finals games with a group of players that will likely never even see an all star game. LeBron was playing a sport where there are five players on the court at a time, and where he was missing three starters. Love and Irving are both star players, and they averaged 38 points per game combined.