I have always been a fan of LeBron James’s talent and really how he handles himself. He is comfortable in his own skin more now than ever. Here is where I have some issues….He only brings his talents and abilities sometimes.He floats at times and takes quarters off, sometimes halves off. Why? Do you always want to be considered a great player, but not the GREATEST OF ALL TIME?
Why doesn’t Miami have home court?Because too many quarters were played by LeBron floating around and his beast mode was flipped on too late, or left at home for the game. Therefore, losing enough games during the 82-game schedules to relinquish home-court advantage in the playoffs.
Michael Jordan would never float like this.Jordan made the players around him better.He was a team player, a great teammate and understood the meaning of winning every game. They won 72 games in one season!They were great! But beyond that, they approached every game during the season the right way. Win-Win-Win EVERY Game!
LeBron uses the players around him to keep the game close enough so he can be the hero once Beast Mode is initiated.
I was the type of player that knew time would be limited, at least in the NBA. So I could go with reckless abandon, dive for loose balls and play hard for every second.
But then I got to thinking…I always played like that because I HAD to. I played that way in the CBA (Continental Basketball Association) every game because I was working hard to make it to the NBA. I was the No. 1 center, a CBA champion with the Quad City Thunder, and made the All-Star Game. I accomplished this because I could never float on the court. I am the first to admit, I wasn’t the most talented player by far. I accomplished what I did because I went hard all of the time. I didn’t take a quarter off, a half off, a game off. I couldn’t take a play off… I couldn’t afford it!
There is no way I would have made the highest level if I floated at all. I had to play through pain and injuries. There was no 100% for me. I didn’t even know what playing 100% healthy means. I have slight scoliosis, flat feet and my flexibility is limited. So I always played with pain, because I HAD to! I never had long-term guaranteed money, never. I could not get comfortable and sometimes I believe LeBron is too comfortable.
LeBron is the best player in the world. Why doesn’t he always act like it? I can’t fathom being sooo talented that I could just involve my teammates to keep a game close and then take over in the fourth quarter to put the nail in the coffin!
LeBron did this in Game 3. Beast mode came too late. The Spurs came out and shot unbelievably! Set records! Now no one saw that coming, and obviously neither did LeBron. I believe he thought he could come out and float for some time and then when the game came down to the wire, he could flip the switch to Beast Mode and be the big enough difference in the game and make the difference between a win and a loss.
But it was too late!
Too much energy was needed to overcome a 25-point deficit. Heck, at that point I think the Heat should have rested their players and gotten ready for the next game. It takes a lot out of a team to come back from large deficits. Playing games, having one day off to travel and then play another game at a very high level. This is the Finals. There should not be ONE play taken off.
Game 4 is a must win for Miami! The Spurs had the opportunity to play backups. The Spurs are more rested then the Heat. Even though they are a much older team, if you can play Patty Mills, Diaw, Splitter, Bonner and get good minutes like they have, they can outlast LeBron and Beast Mode!
Spurs have been using their bench all year, team management. It is about to pay off!