OT NBA Finals: The Coronation of King James

Submitted by Blue boy johnson on June 21st, 2012 at 10:14 PM

Miami rolling late in the first half. LeBron should get his much deserved title and Finals MVP shortly



June 21st, 2012 at 10:33 PM ^

Is that the location of the cut is not premeditated.  Often times, a double team will come on a player and the cutter is supposed to cut right behind the double in the vacated area.

The 'random' part means it can be at any time and not necessarily in response to a double and its purpose is to make it harder to defend the player with the ball if you are concerned with where your man is at.  Since LeBron and Wade aren't necessarily complementary (both ball stoppers and offensive initiators), they need unpredictable off ball movement to deflect OKC's attention away from the ball and allow the player with the ball to work.

Read this guy's stuff: http://www.grantland.com/blog/the-triangle/post/_/id/27410/how-did-miami-adjust-to-indianas-defense

 The latter part of the article talks about the 'unplanned' improvisation that JVG is correctly referring to.


June 21st, 2012 at 10:56 PM ^

How is it different? A few lackluster seasons, financial/arena issues, it's the same exact blueprint for Seattle as other relocated teams. The only thing separating Seattle is they might have some proof the new owners only wanted to move the team rather than the suspicions that others have had


June 21st, 2012 at 11:38 PM ^

And what about fans of the Winnipeg Jets or the Quebec Nordiques? Fan support was there, but it was the weakness of the Canadian economy that hurt them. And rather than protect the teams, Bettman left them on their own. Or what about the Hartford Whalers fans being lied to by new owners. They were promised that the team would stay, only to surprise! Have the team move.

So again, nothing special about Seattle

Edit: I almost forgot to include others like the Brooklyn Dodgers, the New York Giants (baseball), or recently, the Cleveland Browns


June 22nd, 2012 at 12:32 AM ^

Feel bad for Durant? In four years, this team turned from one of the worst at 23-59 to making The Finals. He loves it in OKC and has explicitly stated that many times, and he is playing for the second youngest team in the NBA with their three best players all under 24 years old. He has a better setup for future success than Lebron when he moved to Miami.

Also, I don't know how you could say a team is "cursed" when the majority of the team just lost their FIRST finals. Lebron didn't win until his third try. This statement is wrong on so many levels. 


June 21st, 2012 at 10:27 PM ^

Thunder are extremely explosive and just keep coming.  They won't fold.  Only 10 point game at half.  Also, Mike Miller won't shoot 4-4 on threes again


June 21st, 2012 at 10:33 PM ^

The guy is a frontrunner. He hasn't earned anything. He took a shortcut and landed on a ring (assuming the Heat close this out).



June 21st, 2012 at 10:44 PM ^

Lebron said that part of the reason he left Cleveland is that he didn't want to be " the guy". He didn't want to carry the load and have the largest share of the responsibility for his team's performance. 

Explain to me how he is not a frontrunner and didn't take the easy way out?


June 21st, 2012 at 11:10 PM ^

When the going gets tough, Ill just pull together other top talents and push responsibility off to them.

There's no need to hate on those who think Lebron took a shortcut and should have taken an alternate path. Next time, lets have a real argument instead you continuously deflecting with "haters gonna hate".

OMG Shirtless

June 21st, 2012 at 11:15 PM ^

Why wouldn't you take the shortcut?  You'd have to be fucking stupid not to.  

Would you really choose to stay in Cleveland for the rest of your career if you had the option to live in a better city, work with some of your best friends, make as much if not more money, and give yourself the best chance to achieve the ultimate goal of your profession?


June 21st, 2012 at 11:26 PM ^

First, thank you for making a legit counter-argument. You make good points here.

Lebron is an unbelievable basketball talent, there is no denying that. And when you have as much talent as that, the ultimate goal of your profession is not to win a title, or multiple titles: it is to build a legacy that lasts long beyond your playing days. And a part of building that legacy mean doing things the right way: showing patience, loyalty, and respect for the game and the fanbase. 

I'm of the opinion that Lebron would have won titles regardless of where he played. If he had stayed, gone to New York, or gone to Chicago, he would have attracted more talent around him to build towards a title. Or he could have tried to convince others to come to Cleveland and play, instead of deciding far in advance that he was giving up on the cavaliers.

As for money and better city, I can't argue with you on those. 

I wanted to see Lebron win a title for Cleveland because I wanted to see the the next NBA legend, who built a team around him from nothing and in the end achieved the glory. I'm disappointed I didn't get to see this.


June 21st, 2012 at 11:40 PM ^

I agree that it's cool to watch a player spend his whole career on one team.  If I were a player, I wouldn't want to change teams often, if at all.  But to be fair, LeBron did give the Cavs seven good years.  He re-signed with them the first time he was a free agent.   He didn't bail until after he'd come up short repeatedly there.  I do think he'd have eventually won it all in Cleveland, but it might have been awhile longer.  The Cleveland front office didn't do the best job surrounding him with talent.  Michael Jordan got to play with Pippen.  Magic had Kareem and Worthy.  Bird had McHale and Parrish.  LeBron had . . . Mo Williams?  



June 21st, 2012 at 11:46 PM ^

Again, a very fair point.

When Lebron was in Cleveland, he ran the front office. Once Dan Gilbert became owner, he decided that the best way to keep Lebron happy in Cleveland was to give him whatever he wanted, when he wanted it. He spoiled him, and learned his lesson.

As for the names you presented, Pippen, McHale, and Worthy were all high draft picks acquire soon after Jordan, Magic, and Bird came on board. Kareem had been with the Lakers already. Only Parish was a legit trade, adn that was soon after Bird joined the league. The cavs had terrible luck drafting up until they took Kyrie, and got screwed over by Carlos Boozer after he renegged on a handshake deal and jumped to Utah.

It could have been done if he wanted it that way. 


June 21st, 2012 at 11:56 PM ^

True.  Those other stars definitely were fortunate to play with star teammates.  But regardless, if you're LeBron and after seven years you haven't had the chance to play with another star player, maybe you wonder if it'll ever happen.  For some guys, like Charles Barkley or Allen Iverson, it never happened and they didn't win a title.  If you've got the chance to walk into a situation where you might win a title right off the bat, it's got to be tempting.  

I thought "the Decision" was really tacky and I don't like to see Miami build a championship team just by signing a bunch of guys in one offseason, but I can't get too worked up about LeBron at this point.  At least he had to wait until his second year in Miami to get the ring.


June 22nd, 2012 at 12:16 AM ^

I figured LeBron was going to leave from the moment he started talking about how he wanted to be a "global icon." I'd basically come to terms with the fact that he'd be leaving at the earliest conceivable moment.

What pisses me off about the way he left is the goddam tire fire he left in his wake. Over and over he demanded trades that compromised the long range viability of the team for temporary roster upgrades. Cleveland overpaid (in $ and draft picks) for guys like Mo Williams, Shaq, Larry Hughes, Antawn Jamison, the corpse of Ben Wallace, all b/c LeBron demanded to win now.

You want to go, go. Don't fuck the team over on your way out.

Charlestown Chiefs

June 22nd, 2012 at 1:54 AM ^

I still laugh at all the people who get pissed off over The Decision.  Keep in mind Lebron donated all the proceeds to the Boys & Girls Club of America.  Did it piss off some people?  Sure it did.  Wouldn't you piss off some people in order to donate MILLIONS of dollars to a charity that helps kids? 


June 22nd, 2012 at 9:12 AM ^

Ok, fair point, but what the hell was that event the Heat held the next day where Lebron, Wade, and Bosh just came out, slapped hands, and promised 8 championships before thy played a game together? Where was the rest of their "team"? It doesn't piss me off that he left Cleveland, but don't act like you're a champion when you haven't won anything yet, let alone step on the court. That's why I see him as a self-serving asshole


June 22nd, 2012 at 1:07 AM ^

Who is to say what Lebron's "ultimate goal" should be?  Lebron isn't obligated to adhere to some fans' notion of greatness just because, well, they think he should.  He should use his talent in whatever manner he sees fit.  This will sound corny, but heck, it's his life.  Why should he sacrifice his happiness just to satisfy those who think he should behave in a certain way?  

Your goal in his situation might be X.  Lebron's goal might be Y.  And that's ok.

It's perfectly fine to be disappointed by his decision, but I always felt that the vitriol was ridiculously overboard.


Charlestown Chiefs

June 22nd, 2012 at 1:58 AM ^

People would have torn apart Lebron no matter where he went.  Is it really that different that he went to Miami instead of Chicago?  Would it have cheapened his title if he won it with Derrick Rose instead of Dwyane Wade? 

I don't follow basketball that much but I will give you a hockey reference.  Ray Bourque left Boston to win a Cup with the Avalanche.  Do you think his career is tarnished by having to leave Boston to win it?  I bet if he had the chance to go back in time and leave sooner for a shot to win multiple Cups he would do so in a heartbeat.  Congrats to Lebron.  This surely won't be his last title.