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Is LeBron the new Kobe?
Just kidding. For what little it's worth, it says here that James did the right thing by taking things into his own hands in the closing seconds -- rather than, say, jump in the air and throw a wild pass at Sasha Pavlovic's feet as he did on the previous possession. LBJ was a bit unlucky that a) his short shot didn't go down; b) he didn't get a foul call given that Rip Hamilton was riding him like a Harley; c) Larry Hughes missed a wide-open follow shot after, not unsurprisingly, the whole defense collapsed on LeBron and left a golden opportunity for a put-back.
Then again, my polite musing in this space on Tuesday that, during crunch time, LeBron should sometimes be less unselfish and display more of a let-me-handle-this-myself-because-I'm-our-best-player killer instinct has generally been derided by readers at a ratio of about 70/30. Par for the course, really. But hey, if I batted .300 in baseball, I'd be in the Hall of Fame. (On my bust, I would wear the old navy blue SI.com cap.)
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Who cares about LeBron - what happened to the hat???
Count me into the group that thinks LeBron James needs to be more selfish in crunch time. Who's going to drain that shot? Larry Hughes? Pavlovic? (Maybe in a year or two, though.) Z? (You can laugh now.)
(I am. . . trying. . .to . . . resist the urge. . . to comment. . . on new picture without a cap. . .must. . . resist. . . )
I think that in Game 1 Lebron made up his mind that he was going to pass before he started his drive. In one way, that's good -- "I'm going to do exactly what I want, and the defense can't stop me" -- but in another way, that's bad, because he was playing a backyard fantasy (down two, go for the three to win) rather than playing the odds -- if you're down two with under ten seconds to play and you get a chance to dunk the ball, you do it.
seriously get the hat back, you just aged 10 years in that picture. No wonder i've never recognized you on the UES
and if I could hit .300 against major league pitching I'd buy your magazine (paying only one season's salary)and only hire writers who extol my talent.
The hat must return. I thought I'd clicked on the wrong page at first.
Kobe would find the space and make the shot. So would have Jordan. LeBron's not there yet. Kobe is defined not by the number of the shots he takes, but by the percentage of those that fall. LeBron's didn't fall. He should have taken the shot in game one, he needed to knock it down in game two. Until he's willing to take that shot determining whether the Cavs win or lose, until he's able to make it, he's not Kobe or Jordan. But he's still maturing, that's not to say he won't be. Wait. He might be say, game four. Five?
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