Damn. King James is the league’s Most Valuable Player…again, but that doesn’t really mean anything if this guy can’t bring home a freakin ring. The Cavaliers are out of the NBA playoffs after a Game 6 loss to the Boston Celtics:
LeBron James took charge of the biggest game of his life like BP took charge of that oil spill in the Gulf. And there’s not an expert alive who can tell you for certain how long it’s going to take to clean up the damage.
He had a stat line that ended up looking pretty good: 27 points, 19 rebounds, 10 assists. The problem is that too much of it came too late. Then there were the nine turnovers; with one more, he’d have had the kind of quadruple double no one wants.
So it is that King James learned the hardest way possible that it takes more than a cloud of chalk dust to be a superstar in the NBA. And that MVP trophy — his second in as many years — isn’t much more than a glitzy doorstop. That was for the regular season, and it’s no longer relevant. In the postseason, there’s only one way you earn your superstar stripes, and that’s by winning. In New York, Yankees fans still haven’t forgiven Dave Winfield for his 1-for-22 performance in the 1981 World Series, which the Yankees lost to the Los Angeles Dodgers. And until he redeemed himself last year, Alex Rodriguez was more remembered for his postseason failures in pinstripes than his regular-season successes.
That’s the sort of company LeBron is keeping these days. He’s the MVP who can’t win in the postseason, the superstar who fails in the biggest moment.
The judgment isn’t entirely fair. The Celtics are a great team with a great point guard, three potential Hall of Famers, and championship experience. The Cavaliers are LeBron. Michael Jordan had Scottie Pippen. James has Mo Williams.
But great players elevate everyone around them. During the season, Williams and Antawn Jamison were very good players thanks to LeBron. Against the Celtics, they weren’t. A lot of that is to Boston’s credit. But some of it is to LeBron’s discredit. It was there to be taken, and he couldn’t take it. To his credit, he didn’t blame his sore elbow for his inability to take over the series and will his team to victory. “It limited me some,” is all he would say about it. Nor would he talk about where he’ll be playing next year.
“I love the City of Cleveland, of course,” he said. But whether he loves it enough to stay there remains to be seen. LeBron said he and “his team” will decide what’s best for him to do.
“It’s all about winning for me,” he said.
Looks like this might be Lebron’s last year in Cleveland. Hopefully, next year this dude can step his game up, get a supporting cast, and truly start making it rain on them hoes.