revgen wrote:Congrats to Lebron and his teammates. They earned it.
"It's not even close," says one Western Conference scout. "The difference between Kobe and LeBron is like [the one between] a Maserati and a Volvo."
LeBron shot 7-for-38 (18%) from outside the paint in The Finals. Didn't matter one bit
Weezy wrote:He earned his ring, no question, but I certainly don't have to praise him or like him, f*** LeBron. And as for the Heat fans coming out saying "what can you say now?", I can say what he said, about damn time. Only took you 9 years, joining a super team, a lockout shortened season, stopping the choking, and going through maybe one of the weakest East playoff brackets of all time to finally get that ring, congrats. This top 10, he's in the conversation with MJ after only 1 ring ish needs to stop though, give me an f'ing break. When I see more rings, consistent runs of absolute greatness to multiple titles like MJ, Magic, Kobe, and others, then we'll talk, seriously F today's prisoner of the moment media.
I don’t want to diminish the greatness of Tim Duncan in the early-2000s, Shaquille O’Neal at his peak or Kobe Bryant just a few years ago… but nobody since Jordan has done more things well and at critical times than James did this season.
Kareem, 1971: 27-19-3, 61% FG, Finals MVP
Kareem, 1985: 26-9-5, 61% FG, Finals MVP
Doc Brown wrote:1st Knicks - Amare hurts himself, Baron hurts himself, Shumpert hurts himself, Lin already injured. On top of that they weren't even a good team to begin with. Also Chandler had the flu for the 1st two games of the series.
2nd round Pacers - Good team, but nowhere near ready to take the next step. They pushed the Heat a little bit, but in the end they weren't that strong of a team.
3rd round Boston - Allen hurt. Bradley out. Pierce hurt. Took them to the wire, but it wasn't enough.
Finals - One of the weakest Finals in awhile. Looked like a rec league game and OKC played about as bad as you could play. There defense was atrocious and they definitely got caught in the moment and showed their age in all the games.
Not to mention, Chicago without Rose, Orlando without D12, ATL and Philly not even close to contending.
Pretty weak run through the East and the Heat struggled to beat the Celtics and were down to the Pacers.
This is what the league will become with the new CBA a bunch of weaker teams all having a chance to win, but in reality it's really watering down the league and bringing down the competitiveness and level of play.
As for Lebron, put up those stats vs. some real teams you know ones that all the greats before you, that you are magically above now, elevated their play against the better and more talented teams of the past. There is no way he puts up those numbers vs. the early Spurs of the 2000's, the Kings, Blazers, Celtics of the past. The Laker teams that won it all. No way.
The playoffs this year were a coast and a joke to be honest. East was a joke and the West was made of teams either too old (Lakers/Spurs/Mavs), too young (Denver/Utah/Clips) or too inexperienced (Memphis/OKC).
Definitely a down year compared to most........but alas, the King has won and it's the greatest thing anyone has ever seen.