BeemerBoy Posted May 17, 2010 Share Posted May 17, 2010 Oh basketball gods, please let the Celtics dispose of the most overhyped player in professional sports history tonight. "Most overhyped player in pro sports history?" I'm not so sure about that. Is he promoted like crazy by the league? Sure. Is it justified? Actually, I still say yes. The guy is the real deal. Honestly, I don't think he's anymore overhyped than Wade or Kobe. The problem is that most people look at the Cavs' playoff failure and base their opinion on James off of that. Truthfully, that's a bit unfair. Strangely enough, I'm gonna defend King James here. For starters, the man is all class, even in defeat, and I tip my hat to that (and don't get me started on how he "walked out on Dwight Howard" after losing last year. He did NOTHING wrong). Now for the meat of the argument. In the last 30 years, only 8 different teams have won the NBA Championship (30 frickin' years and 8 Teams!!. Of those teams, every single one of them had a solid "number two guy" to back up their superstar, or a strong supporting cast.... 80's Celtics: Bird/take your pick 80's Lakers: Magic/take your pic 80's Pistons: Isiah/solid supporting crew all around Philly: Moses/Doc/Cheeks Chicago: MJ/Pippen San Antonio: Timmy/Parker/Ginobili Miami: Wade/closer to his prime Shaq/a group of experienced veterans hungry for a title Houston: The dream/Horry/Cassell/Thorpe 2004 Pistons: Billups/Prince/Rip/Wallace/Wallace 2000s Lakers: Kobe/Shaq/Gasol/Fisher/Kardashian/etc. 2008 Celts: KG/Allen/Truth/Rondo Cavs: Lebron James/????? An older Shaq? Mo Williams? Jamison? Anderson Varejao? Please. The fact of the matter is that Lebron can dominate a regular season, compile the stats, and feel like he has to carry this team.....which he does. Come playoff time, he's tired, and better TEAMS will always win out. It's pretty simple really, and none of it is really Bron's fault. The only way he'll win is when he's surrounded by quality talent. He doesn't necessarily need a Pippen to help carry the load, but two or three solid role players who'll let him learn how to sacrifice some numbers in preparation for the long haul of the playoffs. Even God would struggle with the team he has right now. Basically, what I'm getting at is, if/when he gets a ring, does it then, and only then, begin justify the hype? I say it shouldn't matter because of the above argument. I like Lebron. Talent, class (as of right now - we all know how Tiger turned out), personality, and a pretty strong will to win. I don't mind a league "overhyping" a player like that. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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