Couldn’t sleep this morning so I did my daily rounds on websites I find interesting, ESPN being first of course! ESPNChicago wrote a story that I found rather interesting from analyst, Charles Barkley…
Barkley feels that LeBron James is a GREAT player BUT he is also “Mr Nice Guy” and it shows on the court:
“I think Lebron James’ personality is he just defers”
How does he back his opinion up?
Barkley supports his words with examples: The Heat loss to GSW in overtime is one of them; James wasn’t credited for ANY field goal attempts in the entire 4th quarter! (Although he shot 2 free throws); Whereas his teammate Dwyane Wade (first game back from foot injury) took 7 FG attempts (only making 1)…. Barkley goes on to say, as long as Bron has Wade on the floor as an outlet, he plays the passive role and always defers:
“He went from scoring 30 points a game last week when Dwyane was out to when Dwyane came back, he stepped back a little bit, ” Barkley said. “I tell people, LeBron James is a great, great player. But I think he’s just one of those nice guys,” Well Dwyane’s back, I’m going to defer to him.” That’s all it could be to not take a shot…
“My personal opinion is he just doesn’t have an aggressive personality”
Without Wade’s presence before the GSW game, Bron had superb performances; he averaged 32.5 points, 12 assists and 7.5 rebounds.
Now do I agree with Sir Charles?
I do feel like Charles has some very valid points that anyone with basketball sense would be crazy to disagree with on a logical level. I feel King James is an exceptional player, best in the league right now, due to the fact that he has a more complete game than anyone else, but he is missing the “clutch” gene. He don’t have the
killer instinct when the game is on the line to say “give me the ball and I will put the team on my back” …. he is more about getting his teammates involved.
Although I am NOT a
Kobe fan, I think this is what sets his game above Bron’s. Kobe has that “killer” inside him; When the game is on the line, there is no doubt in anyone’s [fans, coaches, players] mind, whose hand the rock will be in. But here is my problem with LeBron critics, No matter how much he contributes throughout the game, he is never given credit for it because he didn’t “show up when it counted”. I disagree completely. YES, I feel like Bron has to learn to take over the game, he is indeed losing credibility as a threat at the end of the game, BUT everyone forgets that without his contribution, they wouldn’t be in the 4th quarter situation they are in! To discredit him completely is harsh and unfair…