So this is just a TAD late coming out! This is a 2 for 1 because I have a lot of writing I want to do and I have to cut corners somewhere. Too much NHL draft stuff going on lately, it gets too many clicks. So I’m talking NBA here. I’m talking Warriors, I’m talking LeBron, and so you will sit there, read it, and like it!!!
So the Cavs lost in 6, LeBron lost in the finals for the 4th time in 6 attempts, and ALLLLLLLL the haters come out and say he’s nothing. I could care less if someone doesn’t like a player. We all have our guys we don’t like and guys we love. And LeBron has given a lot of people some good reasons over the years to not like him. But to piss all over what he has accomplished, it’s just idiotic.
This guy literally had NOTHING to play with. Outside of a few guys long past their prime in Mike Miller and Shawn Marion, not one of his teammates has ever seen as much as an All-Star game, let alone a selection to an NBA 1st, 2nd or 3rd teams. The fact that he drug this team of nobodies, who were coached by an even bigger nobody, to 6 games in the NBA finals, 3 of the 4 loses came down to the final minute of the 4th quarter, is amazing!
It’s like people just can’t grasp that Michael Jordan had Scottie Pippen, Dennis Rodman, Toni Kukoc, and Phil Jackson. The Bulls backup point guard whether it was B.J. Armstrong, John Paxson, or Steve Kerr were all better than Matthew Dellavedova. Who was LeBron’s Scottie Pippen? Who was LeBron’s Phil Jackson? I GUESS you could try to compare Tristan Thompson to Rodman, but Rodman was one of the best defenders of his era and the greatest rebounder of all time.
But that doesn’t matter to the morons out there. They just want to get on social media and run their mouths about how he’s not actually that good. In the finals he nearly averaged a TRIPLE F’N DOUBLE!!! Do these people have ANY clue how difficult that is?!?
He’s gone to 5 straight NBA finals. He’s won 2 finals MVP’s. I love how if he lost in the conference finals rather than the NBA finals the 4 times that he’s lost, people would say “well he’s 2-0 in the finals so he’s pretty good”, yet because he’s lost 4 times in the finals it’s a detriment. Larry Bird was 3-2 in the finals, so it doesn’t matter that he got knocked out in the conference finals in 80, 82, and 88 while having home court advantage in all 3 series. No, he’s a legend because he had a winning record in the finals, right?
How many times has LeBron been the favorite in the finals and lost? Once, 2011. Once he lost when he was favored to win. How many times did MJ win as the underdog in the finals? Never. But, let’s not talk about that. I could compare him to Kobe, Michael, Magic, Bird, Erving, none of them will get through to people. Wilt Chamberlin was the most dominating center in NBA history, more so than Shaq. 2-4 in NBA finals. Couldn’t beat the Celtics, even when in 1969 the Celtics were washed up and he joined Jerry West and Elgin Baylor with Lakers.
It’s just enough already. The guy should have been the finals MVP he was so amazing, and many who know much more about basketball than I have said the exact same thing. The guy is amazing, was amazing in defeat, deal with it.
As for the champs, the big topic that came out after the finals was whether or not this was an all time great team. 67 wins, dominated at home much like the 96 Bulls and 86 Celtics did, and only lost 5 games in the playoffs. The answer: No, they aren’t.
The best comparison I can come up with for this Warriors team is the 08 Boston Celtics. That team only had a year on top, and won 66 games in the regular season. They struggled a bit more in the playoffs, losing 10 games along the way. But they also had what will be 3 hall of famers, not to mention a triple double machine at point guard in Rajon Rondo. But nobody will ever say that Celtics team is an all time great team.
And let’s not kid anyone, the Warriors had a lot of help along the way. Steph Curry never had to face a teams healthy starting point guard. Mike Conley played most of the 2nd round but his face was mangled. They get to the finals and not only did Kyrie Irving go down in game 1, but of course the Cavs didn’t have Kevin Love who could have been huge against the Warriors with his size and rebounding. They also didn’t have to play the Spurs or Clippers who would have posed major problems for the Champs.
But this isn’t to say that the Warriors can’t be great. Steph Curry is amazing, Steve Kerr proved to be an excellent head coach, and the supporting cast is great and deep with all star Klay Thompson, defensive player of the year Draymond Green, and they have what will be a great trade chip in David Lee who will bring in a piece to the puzzle who will fit their roster much better than he does.
Simply put, this team is loaded. Which, if people are so high on, then why does LeBron get shit on for losing this series with nobody?! It is such a ridiculous argument. LeBron will win more titles, and will be a top 5 player when it is all said and done. And the Warriors had a great team this season, but have a long way to go until they can be considered an all time great team. Why is this all so difficult to understand?
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