Ya crown’s on the ground…
The season ended Sunday night for LeBron James, three wins short of a three-peat — and it didn’t even seem that the best player on the planet came that close.
He didn’t win the title, he didn’t match Kobe Bryant and Michael Jordan with three straight championships, because in the end he got even less help from his Miami Heat teammates than he used to get when he was trying to do it all by himself with the Cleveland Cavaliers.
With their 104-87 closeout romp, the final tally of the 2014 Finals was 4-1 for the San Antonio Spurs, who won the last three games as if they were playing the Sacramento Kings.
Everyone thought this would be a long series. Nobody thought James would only get a game off the Spurs. But he had the misfortune of running up against the best team in the sport.
Going in, Tim Duncan raised a lot of eyebrows when he proclaimed that the Spurs “will do it this time.” They did, with stunning ease, as they dominated the Heat in Games 3, 4 and 5, with their bigger, better, deeper and more motivated team.
It doesn’t erase what happened last June when the Spurs left a championship on the table in Miami. They’ll always take Game 6 to their graves. But after what happened, the Spurs now have to be viewed as the most resilient team in NBA history.
After the game, Lebron, and his receding hairline, took the brunt of the blame for the Heat’s pathetic loss:
“I’m not disappointed in any of my teammates,” he said. “I wish I could have come through with a better series.”
Flip the page to watch a video of the funniest, most angry, and most profane Miami Heat hater of all time.
Image via AP