Booger McFarland: LeBron James is Not a Killer in The Finals
We are watching the NBA Finals and all we keep hearing about is the Big 3 of the Spurs versus the Big 3 of the Miami Heat led by LeBron James. This is supposed to be the moment when “The King” takes over. This is supposed to be the moment when the best player in the world is on center stage to shows us all what greatness looks like.
The only thing I have seen this NBA Finals from LeBron James is a failure to live up to the hype of being like Mike or having the killer instinct of the Black Mamba. We all remember the 6 rings from Michael and the 5 from Kobe, but more importantly you remember how they got them. Jordan willing his team to victory if not by scoring then by assisting Kerr or Paxson.
Kobe was just waiting to take over in the fourth quarter. When no one else wanted the ball, Kobe took the shot. Mike and Kobe may have lost some, but you can’t say they weren’t gonna go out shooting.
LeBron is being who he’s comfortable being. He’s not Jordan or Kobe mentally. He doesn’t wanna be known as a guy that is win at all cost, even if it means being selfish. LeBron would rather make a great pass than a great crossover dribble and dunk at the rim. I was once told there are those that think they can and those who think they can’t, and they are both right. James has the talent of Kobe and Jordan, but LeBron doesn’t think he can be like them in demeanor, and he’s right.
The Miami Heat may win tonight and go on to win back-to-back NBA titles but if they don’t you all will wonder why LeBron only averaged 17 points a game the first 3 games of The Finals when his team needed him. He’s not a killer mentally and he never will be. That’s just not who he is.