posted on May, 5 2006 @ 12:52 AM
This comment comes with my normal disclaimer about how I know next-to-nothing about basketball. However....
I DO know LeBron James is the superstar of the Cleveland Cavaliers, the guy on whose shoulders that franchise puts the game when the chips are down.
He is to the Cavs what everybody's most beloved player, Kobe Bryant, is to the Lakers, and what Steve Nash is to the Suns, and Tim Duncan to the
Spurs, etc. He's the guy you DON'T let beat you when time runs out.
So somebody who DOES know basketball please explain to this ignoramus HOW, with 3 seconds left in the game, James was able to get a point-blank
inbound pass at midcourt, drive to the corner, drive the baseline past two guys, then shoot a point-blank shot before two others could converge on him
and prevent his game-saving shot.
I mean, am I ill-informed, or isn't that something which CANNOT happen? Even Jordan would not have been allowed to do THAT in 3 seconds, would he?
Nor Kobe, right? Nor Nash, right? Get off a miracle shot, with two men on him, off balance, from 25 feet away, yeah. Right? But move, in 3
seconds, from midcourt to the baseline to point-blank range and put that shot in?
Yeah, I know it took great athleticism to do what he did, but is it any kind of news that LeBron James possesses tremendous athletecism? Hell,
I know that much. And a playoff team, for heaven's sake, can't keep him from getting that shot in 3 seconds?
What am I missing? Was that not one of the most colossal, unforgivable defensive meltdowns in any playoff game ever? To my untrained eye, it looked
at least as absurd as Lorenzo Charles' being able to catch that atrociously short heave by whatever N.C. State player heaved it, and stuff it in the
basket while Olajuwon and others looked on.
No, the stakes were obviously nothing similar to the ones attendant to the Lorenzo Charles dunk, but in terms of a defensive meltdown, N.Y.G. and
y'all others who really know hoops, please tell me:
Wasn't that a ludicrous, unforgivable meltdown against the player they just COULDN'T allow to do something like that?