The only people partying harder than Warrior fans last night were Jordan honks and LeBron haters. They were dousing themselves in champagne, lighting cigars, and planning parades because LeBron lost in the NBA Finals and is still sitting on three rings.
If that’s you, I strongly suggest you check yourself. Because if what you just saw over the last five games makes you think any less of LeBron, then, frankly, you’re an idiot.
So don’t come in here with that lame take that losing again in the Finals dings his legacy. Anyone who says that either doesn’t understand basketball or didn’t watch the Finals or both.
Just like I’m not interested in hearing that he’s not built for the moment. Or that he runs away from pressure. Years ago, maybe. But not anymore. Want proof? Just look at what happened to the Cavs every time he took a seat on the bench. When he left the floor, his team fell apart.
Yes, Cleveland lost. No, it’s not at all LeBron’s fault. LeBron averaged a triple double for the Finals. He’s the first player in NBA history to do that. That’s after he led last year’s Finals in points, rebounds, assists, blocks, and steals. There’s dominance and then there’s whatever the hell LeBron is doing. Because that’s a totally different level.
He guarded Kevin Durant and was guarded by Kevin Durant, Andre Iguodala, and Klay Thompson. He attacked the rack, he hit nearly 40% from three.
If you’re looking to crack him today, my question to you is: what else do you want him to do?
There’s no shame in losing to a Warriors team with Steph Curry, Kevin Durant, Draymond Green, Klay Thompson, Andre Iguodala and everyone else. As LeBron said afterwards “We left everything on the floor and it still wasn’t enough.” Of course it wasn’t.
He ran into a buzzsaw. A team that will go down in history as one of the greatest teams of all time and the fact that Cleveland should’ve won Game 3 and nearly won last night show just how good the Cavs were and how good LeBron is.
I’m not saying you have to like him. Or cheer for him. Or buy his jersey. But don’t come in with lame reasons why he’s not great. Because he is. He’s still the best player in the world.
And personally, I’ve never seen the guy play any better. Right now he’s at the height of his powers. If you can’t appreciate him, that’s on you, not on him. And it’s a shame, because he’s playing some of the best basketball the world has ever seen, but you want to focus on, well, whatever the hell it is that you want to focus on.