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Monday, February 27th, 2012 at 11:00 am  |  142 responses

LeBron James Regrets Not Taking Last Shot in All-Star Game


by Marcel Mutoni @marcel_mutoni

Widely considered as the best player in the game, but having never won a championship, even an otherwise meaningless contest such as the NBA All-Star Game serves as some kind of referendum on your legacy.

Welcome to LeBron James’ life.

James coughed up the rock in the dying moments last night, his turnover ensuring a last-second victory for the East All-Stars, and everyone – fans, media, and even rivals on the court – wondered why LeBron didn’t hoist up a three-point attempt to tie the game.

According to LBJ, he screwed up the game’s final possession.

From the Akron Beacon Journal:

LeBron on final seconds of All-Star game: “(Kobe) was telling me to shoot it. I seen my teammate open for a split second. I seen him open the first time and I didn’t release the ball.”

“When I tried to throw it late, that’s what usually happens and it results in a turnover. Definitely wish I could have that one back.”

Truth be told, LeBron James wasn’t the only one who made errors late in the All-Star Game. Kobe Bryant missed a critical free throw that gave the East a chance to tie things up, James’ own teammate Dwyane Wade also had a costly fourth quarter turnover. But, all anyone will remember is what seemed like an unwillingness on LeBron’s part to play the role of closer (hero, alpha male, whatever …) that drives people who care about the NBA batty.

And, unfortunately, universal perceptions won’t change until LeBron James wins a title, while taking and making big-time shots along the way. It’s not fair, but hey, that’s life.

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  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    He better. That was befuddling. But, we should also be grateful
    That he made the end worth watching. Without what he did, that 4th quarter wouldn’t have been entertaining at all.

  • CoyoteSwag

    West won right??

  • ab40

    Just retire win the mvp, lose in the conference finals. Call your friends, start the LeBron show, you can dance and sing while everyone is watching you guys beat a team that’s called the cleveland gilberts 200 times a year.

  • DerekG

    What makes it worse is that dude was 6-8 from 3 in the game! ANYBODY that is 6-8 would’ve taken that shot without even blinking and called it a heat check and you know what…his teammates would’ve been cool with him taking that shot!!! It’s clearly a mental thing for him now!

  • http://slamonline.com Brion

    Ya no one is going to talk about D. Williams miss..or Wades fumble out of bounds…or Kobes free throw. Let the Lebron clowing begin.

  • MeloMan15

    Melo was wide open…

  • bike

    Not like he had a bad night. He played a pretty big role in making the game competitive–otherwise we were looking at an epically boring contest.

  • Albie1kenobi

    On the other team in stark contrast, Kobe almost lost the game for the west when he continued to shoot tough turnaround fadeaways 2-3 times without cp3 or Durant touching the ball, while the east had all the momentum. You mean to tell me Kobe couldn’t have gotten better shots if he involved his teammates in his attack?

  • ron

    universal perceptions won’t change even he won a title

  • http://slamonline.com Brad Long

    Like everything else in his career, LeBron was amazing and entertaining as hell, until clutch time.

  • http://slamonline.com The Philosopher

    I’m STILL confused…
    What in the hell was he thinking about??
    I know that he is trying to tell us what was on his mind, but…
    Unbelieveable.
    THEN two “assassins” (Kobe, Carmelo) came up to him after the buzzer, scratching their heads in disbelief. Basically publically humiliating him.
    He’s not comfortable being as great as he is, it seems.
    King, you are GREAT! GET OVER IT!

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    I doubt a GW attempting during a meaningless game would have changed the false perception that LeBron is a “clutch” player. The only way to do that is to win a championship while being dominant in every series along the way.

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    Damn….lots of errors there. *isn’t a clutch player*

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    He had just taking a heat check a few minutes earlier from out on the right side of the court. That falling away bomb. Maybe he thought that after that bad shot he couldn’t take another one? I have no idea really.

  • LaKid

    “It’s not fair, but hey, that’s life.” – How isn’t it fair? He is supposedly the best player in the world, he just brought his team back from 20 down, and he is unwilling to take the final shot. Man up and take it. Make or miss, doesn’t matter. Taking it is what matters. Perceptions can’t change because they are correct. He shies away from the moment. If you want people to change how they see Lebron, he has to change first. (All my opinion of course)

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Wade, Melo and Williams all missed shots or made mistakes, but none of them were as puzzling as Bron not shooting.

  • Ash

    Couple of mistakes not just him but yeah he could of threw up the last shot or passed to Melo, he was open. @ The Philospher Melo was telling him I was open and Kobe was telling him he should of shot it. I do agree, he is a great, good over it..best player man in NBA

  • LeQuit

    The issue is he has no stones. Afraid to take the shot. Nothing new. He is not clutch. He is what he is. The best player in the league unless the game is on the line, then he disappears.

  • Fat Lever

    7-11 in full effect last night.

  • cru_thik305

    thank you Brion, im not the only one that actually watched the game. its like no one says anything about wade, willims,or anyone else screwing up and automatically point out lebron. if he didnt go off in the second half they wouldnt have been in the game anyway. and then all these wannabe, self-proclaimed psychologists want to say that its ” a mental thing” as to why he passed up the shot. smh, wonder what they will say next

  • kh

    It looked like Kobe was Pissed and yelling at him for not at least attempting a shot. Even players are pulling for Lebron to step up and be selfish! At some point he has to switch mindsets in order to truly become one of the greats of the game.

  • flipnoyce

    Your time will come Simba, when the moment comes and shall you become a King it will be all yours.

  • T-Money

    maybe i’m reading this wrong but doesn’t he regret the turnover and that’s what he wished he “could have back”? he’s saying that he didn’t release the ball fast enough when his teammate was open, not that he should have shot it, no?

  • LeQuit

    “Mental Thing” He had the ball in his hands at the end of the game. Time was running out. This is usually the time when clutch players put the game on their shoulders. Yes, I know he got them back in the game. So now we praise players for almost winning, for almost being clutch? Being the best player for forty minutes and then deferring the rest of the game. The reason no one is on Wade or Williams, is they aren’t the self glossed “CHOSEN ONE”.

  • T-Money

    I don’t agree with the mentality that a designated player should shoot the ball at the end no matter what. I mean, Kobe shot two airballs in the last minute (which is pretty common this year) but we’re ok with that? He thought he had something in the corner and threw a poor pass, ok. Why is that worse than forcing a bad shot over two guys just to say that you’re not shying away from the moment?

  • http://www.slamonline.com Jahmai

    I’ve been thinking about it for a while now and it remains puzzling, but either way he played great and I’m pretty sure every single fan out there that never saw LeBron play (the others too ofcourse)and even if they did see him play they sure as hell got what they paid for. Really entertaining all-star game.

  • AQWORD

    Great game. Bron was sic as phuck & Lobe aint a team player.

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    It is what it is. In this day and age, if a player doesn’t take the last second shot regardless of how many defenders are on him or how bad the shot is, he looked on as “being afraid of the moment”. What happened to passing to the open man and making the right play?
    It wasn’t a great pass but it was the correct decision. Better than forcing up a 30 footer over two defenders.

  • http://www.borntocompete.com Money$hot

    1st he should have took the three instead of making that difficult pass. But, after that what puzzles me the most why did he take the ball out and not get involved in the last offensive possesion! STOP TRYING TO FORCE THE BALL TO DWADE! TAKE THE SHOT! Lebron was obiviously feeling it in the then end of the 4th quarter. His two previous three’s where difficult shots! He should have took that difficult three over Kobe and I think everybody in the WORLD would have lived or died with it!

  • http://slamonline.com john

    It’s a f*ckin allstar game

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    I’m pretty sure Thibodeau drew up the last play.

  • http://juan.garcia@computershare.com POW

    Magic said before the game that his name would always be attached to Birds. Who’s Lebrons going to be attached to? Kobe or Durant?

  • Playah-Playah

    @T-Money Isn’t being clutch in the final second is what it is all about? When it comes down to it, no one is going to remember Lebron’s 36 points, or Durant’s 36 points. All people are talking about is how Lebron passed up on multiple chances to be the great player that he is. We’ve seen it before and we’re seeing it now. Also, we will see it again in the future. Even if the Heat wins a championship, it will Wade who will get all the credit as he is Batman and Lebron is Robin.

  • http://www.borntocompete.com Money$hot

    Bron was on fire in the 4th quarter, he should have taken the last shot no matter the difficulty level, it could not have been more difficult then one of the three’s he previously took. He derserved to have taken it and he didnt.

  • stlheatmaniac

    i luv it actually as a heat fan. this is a mid season look in the mirror for lebron. he was angry after the game and i luv dat he going to the second half wit even more to prove and a bigger chip on his shoulder after he failed again. it showed him right there that he still got work to do and that he gotta stop passing in the clutch. he needs this. great players are motivated by there failures to get better. this is just wat we need for the Heat. Lj woulda came home after the allstar break smilin chillin and maybe slackin or just not goin as hard. now he prob in the gym as i type improvin shooting off his new public failure. LJ winnin this chip dis yr and this is perfect to ignite his fire for the second half of the season. thursday i expect him to go Ham lol! I CANT WAIT!!

  • Pais

    Wow some of you guys are trying desperately to miss the simple point, no need to get offended cause someone’s suggesting you’re favorite player is ever so slightly less than perfect. He knows what’s up, it was clearly his shot to take and he passed it up (again). It’s got nothing to do with Williams, Wade and even less to do with a player on the other team (@albie1kenobi).

  • LeQuit

    please with the defense of the coward known as LeQuit. Now if this was the first time he shied away for taking the shot at the end of a game, then it could be debated. This is not the first time and he has used “my teammate was open” agruement before. It is becoming a pattern. He did it in Cleveland. He did it in Miami. And now it has gotten so bad, even the All-Star game is too much pressure for him to handle. First chance, one defender. Second chance, two defenders. Third chance, inbounding the ball. Are you kidding me? The best supposed best player in the game, not on the court, inbounding the ball? I can hear Jordan, Magic and Bird now. You take the shot, I’ll pass it in. Please. Mental case. No stone and no heart.

  • http://slamonline.com The Philosopher

    THEN, Deron Williams, in closing, instictively passed the ball to The King. Knowing that that was what he was supposed to do.
    When Williams gave up the ball, my respect level grew for him.
    He didnt take a crazy shot. He didn’t wave off The King so he could go 1 on 1.
    Respect to Deron Williams.

  • Pais

    @JTaylor – passing the ball to the opposing team is never the correct decision. If anyone can hit that shot, it’s LBJ (even on an off night, which it sure as hell was not) and even an airball would have been a better result than what actually occurred.

  • http://slamonline.com Kap

    @T-money…Kobe still shot over 50% for the game and played well with a concussion and a broken nose. That’s why he’s not being criticized.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    Can’t believe the East came back! Co-Sign Pais. Take that shot Bron!

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Nice to see Brad Long been making appearances around here lately. Haven’t talked to dood in years it seems like.

  • KING

    IT WAS JUST THE ALL STAR GAME!!!!!

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    Like I said…. it was a terrible pass to the wrong player (Melo was the better option) but it was the right decision. I guess I have a different mindset from most basketball fans, if a teammate that is capable of hitting the shot that is needed is open, you pass him the ball…it’s that simple.

  • http://slamonline.com Kap

    It was a horrible pass and decision. You don’t throw a cross court pass with 4 seconds left on the clock when the guy wasn’t really open.

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    MJ has really distorted the views and mindset of today’s player, fans and media. Every player coming up thinks it’s his God-given right to take every last second shot and a certain blame has to fall on the way the media marketed MJ. You never see all the GW assists the guy had, all you see are the GW shots (never the misses).
    There’s a reason why a guy like AI despite being one of the most overrated and inefficent superstars in history is treated like a god all based on his toughness and willingness to take every shot.

  • MUBWAR

    wow the dude put the east on his shoulders and made it a game. but all we remember is the turnover. hate on people

  • http://juan.garcia@computershare.com POW

    That’s why they went to Wade on the very last shot for a tie attempt as they needed someone who could create their own shot with out second guessing a pass. LeBron should never have the ball in the last seconds of a game. He’s a liability.

  • Joe

    JTaylor21

    LeBron has proven that he can get others involved, but at the same time has also proven that he is afraid to step up in the last minutes of the fourth quarter. Think about it, if LeBron stepped up in the 4th quarters in the finals instead of passing it off to Chalmers everytime he touched it, LBJ might have a ring right now.

  • http://slamonline.com tealish

    It’s hard to really learn anything from an All Star game, but Bron’s decision late game was really puzzling.
    If you were willing to jack up off balanced 3′s earlier (and making them), and you were the hottest player on the floor with the ball — time and space not an issue — how do you then decide that whipping a horrible pass cross court is the best decision with the game on the line?!
    And we have guys on here defending that! Not facetiously! They’re actually defending that!

  • Top$helf

    If he woulda took and made tht shot it coulda did a lot 4 his late game confidence not trying is always worse than failing

  • http://nba.com/celtics lights out

    best part of this story is that Kobe was telling him to shoot it. i’d give anything to hear the trash that Kobe talks to Wade and Bron.

  • kenbo

    Leave KOBE outta this HATERS lol

  • http://www.slamonline.com Cheryl

    Damn, y’all! It was the freakin all star game. And if you saw the same game I saw, then you know that the East was down 21 or 22 points. Give the guy credit for helping make it a watchable game. This (bashing Bron) is getting so old!

  • http://sajkfldl.com Jukai

    Judging from the comment section, I guess I’m the only one who isn’t that pissed that Lebron tried to pass to the unguarded man on the wing… what’s upsetting is the horrible pass, not the fact he did pass. Oh well.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    What Tealish said.

  • jinolin

    LJ’s lack of clutch’ness is not only evident from shooting the game winner but more importantly to his decision process late in a game. The play for Williams was drawn up by Thibs, and I am not arguing with that play, the sequence following is another story,

    1. LJ is 6-8 260 and he has make a off balance one handed pass?
    2. He missed a open Melo (statistically the best shooter with 5 ticks or less).
    3. He Missed a open Williams (granted he missed the prior shot, still he was 8 for 10 from deep if I remember correctly).
    4. He found a semi-open teammate who was at a though passing angle (completely missing option A and B (Melo and Williams)).

    Then after the final timeout, he did the same thing looked over the best statistical options in order to pass to a teammate for a fade-away corner three with 1.1 left.

    I guess Miami tried to recruit more Floridians to become fans?

    LJ’s problem is that he has never been humbled in life and you can see it every time he speaks to the media, he has that quasi alpha male thing going, kinda like 90 percent of the rappers today (anyone see puffy the night before?) MJ was the real deal he was the man, AI who is dwarfed by everyone that was out on the court last night was the man, Beans is the man, arguably the only one left today.

    LJ needs to loose all the “Look at me for first 47 minutes thing” and concentrate on the 1 minute mark, when he can do that he will be the man.

  • http://juan.garcia@computershare.com POW

    Lights out: He imitates the weather forecaster on one of Dave Chapelles old show: “Kiss the Rings biiitchhh!!!”

  • http://juan.garcia@computershare.com POW

    If you remember Magic in 84 was called “Tragic Johnson” for not knowing how to handle the last seconds of a ball game. The very next year in the Finals, with an open Kareem near the hoop, he passed him up and shot a baby sky hook to defeat the Celtics. I’m sure at that point his thought process was “f_ck the pass… I’m gonna win this mopho right here!” and the rest was history.

  • http://juan.garcia@computershare.com POW

    If you remember Magic in 84 was called “Tragic Johnson” for not knowing how to handle the last seconds of a ball game. The very next year in the Finals, with an open Kareem near the hoop, he passed him up and shot a baby sky hook to defeat the Celtics. I’m sure at that point his thought process was “f_ck the pass… I’m gonna win this mopho right here!” … the rest was history.

  • http://slamonline house

    LeBron: where becoming the scapegoat for everyone else’s failings happen.

  • robb

    like I said, this is self sabotage, it has nothing to do with his ability to play the game, this is a mental issue. Hey Lebron, you deserve to be called the best, you deserve what you have, you deserve to be fully successful. Remember that Jordan quote? “I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life and that is why I succeed”. Go for it man, just go for it.

  • Kadavour

    i think the difference on his last attempt was that he knew it would be contested, whereas on his other attempts there weren’t even hands in his face, most times the defender was guarding the drive. late pass, that is all. in this case his clutch legacy has come to bite him in the ass, he just doesn’t like taking contested jumpers.

  • manu

    Jtaylor is an idiot

    AI shoots 43% for his career and is 6’0 playin against SGs
    Kobe shoots 45% and is 6’6 playin against SGs

    AI constantly had a height disadvantage playing SG yet still managed to shoot 2% less than a guy who is 6’6 at the same position…..4 scoring titles, mvp

    Theres a reason his peers say he was pound for pound the best ever

    Read a book

  • Dungeon Family

    Ya’ll Mad at Kobe for trying to Motivate Lebron?

    Ya’ll got some serious Issues

    THEY DON’T HATE EACH OTHER

  • Cizzo

    Almost won the allstar game..almost won a title last year..almost made it to the finals his last year in Cleveland…almost decided to talk the last second shot…Almost and all spectualtion with LBJ…..as usual…

  • kap250

    If he had taken the last shot, made it and won the game people would just say it was during a meaningless all-star game with no pressure. So I don’t see what the big deal is.

  • http://slamonline.com datkid

    people might jump on me for this, but I thought it was fine that he tried to pass it, he was being double and triple teamed right? it’s not his fault williams missed an open jumper. and yes a pass to melo would’ve been ideal but wade was still in better position than lebron to take the shot. that’s just my opinion tho, I could be wrong.

  • TeeD

    I don’t particularly care for LeBron, but people should cut the guy some slack. His decision making obviously needs improvement, but he played well. If he actually has that killer instinct that others have, this will probably help him find that. Also, nice to see Kobe & Melo trying to talk some sense into this guy.

  • robb

    he wasn’t triple teamed on that play

  • Hollywood26

    I’m sorry to say it but he is a bit of a choker. Never thought it until I saw the way he rocked out yesterday. You are on such a roll your team is coming back. You get to the moment where all that hard work is gonna pay off and you pass/turn the rock over?? Really? At this point it’s gotta be mental.

  • http://slamonline.com datkid

    but robb he was double teamed right? if everyone on your team is awesome and you get double teamed you should probably pass. and I could be wrong here too, but I felt like that was a pretty good steal by blake. personally. I didn’t think that pass was telegraphed. but that’s my opinion.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    You wrong Kid. That pass was a horrendous decision. It’s like he over-thought the situation. He had enough to time to make a move at the basket and then make a pass or even two. Not just one homerun pass to the corner.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Not saying passing wasn’t the right idea, cuz it might have been considering how open other guys were, but the cross court pass with that much time left was a panic move.

  • http://yahoo marlon lawrence

    To lebron by me marlon lawrence a.k.a ” ARO ” from BELIZE, don’t worry i saw the game too but if u had help from the beginning n didn’t had to be killing up ur self by try’n to bring back the game just like last year u would n could have been my M.V.P again . . . No trip doggie your d BEST i had eva seen since MJ n wanna tell ya ur time will come. . . LBJ all d way HATERS…!

  • http://sajkfldl.com Jukai

    SLAM: where Kobe gets sh*t for shooting over the double team, and Lebron gets sh*t for not shooting over the double team.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    ^And it makes sense.

  • http://www.nesn.com/2012/02/kobe-bryant-says-hes-better-than-michael-jordan-second-to-wilt-chamberlain-as-best-nba-player-ever-v.html shutup

    lmao, people are crazy if you think trying to pass it wasnt the best basketball decision, Blake had to guard two people that last play, Wade and Howard, Lebron hesitated and made a bad pass, but chucking up a 3 wouldnt have been the smart play, I think he shoulda faked the pass to Wade and when Griffin bit he should dumped it to Dwight for the tie. Lebron passes the ball equally as well as he scores the ball, Williams shot an airball, Wade fumbled a pass out of bounds and melo chucked up a brick, but it all seems to fall on Bron’s head, smh. and I bet he blames himself for that Wade turnover too so him being upset actually shows his competitive fire is growing, he showed more emotion losing the all-star game then he did after last years finals.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    they were down 3.

  • http://sajkfldl.com Jukai

    I’m with everyone that it was a bad pass because it was an easy catch for Griffin, but I don’t think it’s an indicator of cracking under pressure.
    The Finals was Lebron cracking under pressure.
    The all-stars was Lebron seeing Carmelo two seconds too late in the corner but still thinking he could make the pass.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Why not keep his dribble alive, stretch the play and force the double teamer to make a decision about whether to stay put or scramble back to his man. He had about six seconds, he should have taken that gamble.
    A cross court pass against some of the quickest players in the world when they are locked in on defense is not a great basketball decision, particularly not when you telegraph the pass.

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    they were actually down 2.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    I thought Williams shot from too deep. That was about 26 feet. he caught it deep, and I think misjudged it. It was online, but short. Melo played hero ball, and Wade took his eye off the ball at the last second. But, it was all entertaining.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Oh my bad, I was just thinking about the last play/

  • http://www.nesn.com/2012/02/kobe-bryant-says-hes-better-than-michael-jordan-second-to-wilt-chamberlain-as-best-nba-player-ever-v.html shutup

    yeah they werent down 3, they went for 3 for the win. But thank you for the effort. @allen keeping the dribble alive would be what a selfish shooter would do, Lebron being the type of player he is looks for the best play pass or shoot and wade was open but his hesitation closed that window when Griffin bit but that left Howard all alone in the paint. If he would have followed one of the most fundamental principles of passing which is to fake then pass he would of made Griffin move then pick between the two guys he was trying to guard, and lets not overlook the fact that Howard and Wade let themselves be covered by one man.

  • http://sajkfldl.com Jukai

    Allen: Actually I think he should have passed it right away instead of dribbling to the right because I saw the guy on the wing immediately. Not blaming Bron for missing him, but I think he saw him and said “CRAP HE”S OPENED” and forced a pass when the opportunity was gone. It’s not a “ohhh he choked” thing, it’s a bad pass. Dem the ropes.

  • http://nba.com GP23

    The irony is, without LeBron’s great 4th quarter, we wouldn’t be having this “unclutch” convo today. The Bron talking points are always self-inflicted

  • http://www.t-mac.com/tmac/index unf*ckwitable

    Lebron is a certified beast but he still hasnt got that killer instict though, he needs that, if only to get the monkey off his back.

  • http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/vault/article/magazine/MAG1122425/index.htm nbk

    It was a bone-headed play by LeBron. He panicked. It really just flat out doesn’t matter in the grand scheme of things. And honestly, having Kobe and Carmelo come up to him and say, “you have to shoot that” after he didn’t may do more good then anything.

  • http://slamonline.com datkid

    it’s crazy that i agree with shutup. but yeah I get it nbk. He messed up.

  • http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/vault/article/magazine/MAG1122425/index.htm nbk

    it’s not crazy, dude has a logical basketball perspective.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    I guess I thought the dribble forces the big man farther out of position, and makes it even more difficult for Griffin to guard two people.
    I didn’t think the pass was a bad idea, to be clear. He was doubled, he did what you’re typically taught to do when doubled. BUT, when you’re LeBron James, and you’re that hot, and you’re the best player in the world, sometimes you have to be a little more selfish to make the absolute best play.
    Anyway, I think it had more to do with that crazy shot he jacked up right before that when he cleared out and settled for a fallaway three pointer on the right side. I think he didn’t want to do that again.
    What I really can’t understand is how he agrees to be the inbounder. He was the hottest player on the court, and other than Deron, the best three point shooter. Why is he inbounding?

  • MeloMan15

    bron is not a better 3point shooter than Melo

  • http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/vault/article/magazine/MAG1122425/index.htm nbk

    weird how he shoots a better % for his career….

  • http://sajkfldl.com Jukai

    Allenp: That pissed me off too. Obviously it was a drawn play, and I can see Lebron not wanting to make a stink in an all star game… but Lebron shoulda gone up to Thibs before a play was even drawn up and said “I want another chance”

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Yeah Jukai, I don’t understand how that doesn’t happen. Everybody expected it. And for him to inbound just makes the whole play less effective. oh well, we’ve go an entire half of the season to see what happnes next in this saga.

  • http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/vault/article/magazine/MAG1122425/index.htm nbk

    Thibs would have probably just laughed or benched him for Paul Pierce. He’s the coach of the Bulls. lol I would have done the same damn thing to my “enemy” – mind games baby.

  • http://www.nesn.com/2012/02/kobe-bryant-says-hes-better-than-michael-jordan-second-to-wilt-chamberlain-as-best-nba-player-ever-v.html shutup

    As for Lebron taking it out it was a sound coaching decision, hes tall and arguably the best passer on the east or at least the best passer on the floor at the time, it surprised me though, I would have preferred to see him shoot that last shot, if there was 2-3 seconds on the clock having him inbound it would have been my choice so he could step on the court and get the ball back, but the last play wasnt really that good to begin with, it looked like a a play ran by a bunch kids playing two hand touch, there was no real structure or picks set, at least from my perspective there was no first option, it was like run and get open and let Lebron decide where the ball goes.

  • Top$helf

    Lebron is a 1000 times better than me but I woulda took tht shot he brought em back so he earned the right to take the last shot

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    I find it funny and sad at the same time that a cat is getting major criticism for attempting to make the correct play during a freaking all-star game. When did playing team basketball become a bad thing?
    People keep expecting LeBron to be something he’s not. People keep expecting him to be this scoring machine without a conscience when in reality ever since he stepped into the national scene as a HS sophomore, the guy has been a pass-first player who just happens to score out of necessity. He’s not going to all of a sudden change 9 seasons into the League and people that expect him to will be sadly disappointed.

  • JR smiths!!

    Yall stop hating on my main man. Lebron got lebron all day baby. 413 for life. He better than ALL YALL. haters gon hate. 413 baby

  • YaBoy

    LeBron James – the mentally weakest superstar ever in the NBA

  • TRIMEGADON

    bottom line this man choked again even in an all star game, mr james always tries to downplay the game of basketball to us fans as not being so importand whereas he still havent done that for himself first.for god shake man listen to that ishoot kobe…take it!What you worry about ? your boyfriend being mad that you took the shot?

  • str8 from samoa

    he was scared coz of what happened in the finals last year

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    The freaks are coming out, i’m going indoors.

  • TRIMEGADON

    and melo was still open…

  • http://Www.twitter.com/StarksIsAWESOME Tony Starks

    You know what’s the crazy part it’s an all-star game no championship was won over this so wake me up in June thanx

  • dev0

    Such a classic game. Truly representative of the NBA as it is right now. Bron was so on fire in the fourth, but then he’s just so awkwardly modest at the end because the hate’s getting to him. He has to know that he has to take the shot no matter what if he’s ever going to be recognized as the undeniable best in the league. Man up, LeBron, I feel for you.

  • Robleh

    WOW! You guys are reading way too much into this. It’s an All-Star game relax.

  • http://www.borntocompete.com Money$hot

    The way Bron was shooting he should have taken the shot, Durant was coming late for the the double team, BRON HAD THE HOT HAND, obviously in retrospect its not a big deal. But, he was on fire and I just cant understand why he didnt take shot. Melo was open, but Lebron was HOT why not take the shot. I play ball, not professionally and I am no where near as good as Lebron, but if I had a team mate and he had it going I would have wanted him to take the shot.

  • http://idunkonthem.blogspot.com albie1kenobi

    I brought up the point of Kobe as a contrast of style to Lebron. I’m not saying Kobe has anything to do with Lebron’s ability to win this particular, but more as a juxtaposition to the fact that the megastar taking all the crunch time shots isn’t the best way to go either.

  • http://idunkonthem.blogspot.com albie1kenobi

    and just to be balanced, lebron had a breakaway dunk (in 3rd or 4th quarter), but decided to lay it up the last split second and missed it. if he had made the right play then, we wouldn’t be having this conversation now too.

  • http://www.nba.com VanCityBBall

    i cant believe i am actually feeling sympathy for lbj but i have always respected him even in this game

  • KoBynum716

    it’s the AllStar Game….who cares

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    Lebron has no heart, unless he is front-running with a lead or if team needs a comeback. Close game he decides to do things different. BOOK IT!

  • MikeC.

    I love piling on LeBron and dissecting his shortcomings as much as the next Heat hater, but this is ridiculous. LeBron was double teamed, which meant another player was unguarded. That other player, no matter who it was, was an All-star, which means anyone LeBron could pass to was pretty darn good. The pass was the right choice. Now a cross-court pass? Not so much. Right idea, bad execution.

  • JR smiths!!

    hE DiD HiS ThInG aIgHhT!? eNd Of dIsCuSsIoN! jErSeY bAaaaaaby!

  • trueballer4life

    Hands dw lebron is THE BEST player in the nba, my favorite player since jordan, hes gotta take THAT SHOT SHOOT THE DAME BALL, I UNDERSTAND HES A PASS 1ST PLAYER, BUT if GAMES ON THE line RISE TO THE OCCASSION! DONT DIFFER WHEN PESSURES ON THE LINE IT KILLS ME AS FAN ESPECIALLY THE LAS PLAY IN ALL-STAR GM, WADE MISSED AN EASY BUNNY IN THE END TO TAKE THE LEAD…. LEBRON I HOPE THIS WAKES U UP COME JUNE!!!

  • trueballer4life

    I KNOW JORDAN & KOBE LOVE PRESSURE THEY FEED OFF IT, SO SHOULD BRON! AN IM HUGE LBJ FAN, TRUTH IS TRUTH.., ITS LIKE HE DOESN’T WANT TO RESOPONSIBLE FOR THE LOSS…

  • trueballer4life

    NOW I SEE WHY THE CHUCKSTER RIDES U, COME HOOME!!…

  • JR smiths!!

    leBrOn Isz aLwAyS a wInNeR

  • Ldub

    seems that LBJ has a fear of failure. You get rid of that, and the shots will be taken at the end of games!

  • MBE18

    People need to leave that man alone!!!!

  • l2ising Phoenix

    I don’t like Lebron since he left cleveland, but I respect the man. Come June , the heat will be NBA champs cuz of bron bron.

  • ChristianBullen

    The thing I don’t understand is that Lebron used to be clutch in all the intense playoff series’ earlier in his Cleveland days.. back when they would play the Gilbert led Wizards, or when he hit the fallaway three on the Magic in the playoffs.. Where did he lose all the confidence, as soon as he arrived in Miami and became the villain? I don’t know. It’s confusing to watch..

  • robb

    yeah, it was only an all star game, but we’re not talking about just one game, he’s been doing that kind of stuff for sometime now: playoffs, finals, allstar game, you name it. Now I’m not criticizing , or hating on Lebron, in fact I want him to succeed, it’s really frustrating to watch a player like him not being able to get it done. Like I said, it’s has nothing to do with his ability to play the game, it’s not about his great court vision or his bb I.Q. or his tremendous physical ability, it’s about a mental barrier he’s not been able to overcome, and that, as a basketball fan, is frustrating to witness.

  • http://slamonline house

    Wow I think some of you are reading way too much into what is actually only the 2012 All Star Game, i.e., not the NBA finals. Way too many attempts at psycho-analysis. Have you ever thought that Lebron actually needs to fail more than a superstar of Jordan’s caliber ever did before things will start to fall into place enough to win championships. I swear to god, the amount of people who are Jordan fans around here need to maybe quit expecting Lebron’s path to emulate Jordan’s history in any shape or form. Dude is doing it different. Perhaps just appreciate the entertainment he allows us to see on an almost nightly basis instead of being armchair critics every night.

  • l2ising Phoenix

    Everyones a critic!

  • 502

    @ “JR smiths!!” Is your caps lock having a seizure?

  • barnabusb

    I’m not a LeBron fan, but he has taken (and made) plenty of big shots in the last few years. The aren’t championship clinching shots, but he’s hit game winners in plenty of playoff rounds.

  • Do Work

    i don’t really care that he didn’t shoot the last shot, it’s the all-star game so there’s a bunch of dudes out there that should be capable of shooting at the end. besides, it’s the all-star game, there’s nothing to be gained or lost from the outcome of the game. and once again, it’s the all-star game. nothing more to be said.

  • AQWORD

    Lobes game is attatched to MJs scrotum. AINT NOTHIN WORSE THAN A GREEDY BIT(H @ THE All Star Game!

  • Justin G.

    Wow, you guys are idiots. Jumping on a guy for not shooting and making the right play in the freaking All Star Game is just straight up hate, pure and simple. If Kobe was in the same position, shot over the double team, and missed you all would be in here b*tching about how he should have found the open man and not about how he had the stones to take the shot. Some of you were complaining that Kobe shot a couple of airballs (great defense by Wade btw) and didn’t look for his All Star teammates. Doesn’t Lebron get the same consideration? Also if you notice, on a couple of those shots Kobe took, Durant passed him the ball and everyone cleared out. Steve Kerr even mentioned how these superstars were still deferring to Kobe because they know he is the ultimate closer in this league. So Lebron saw the guy was open and passed a fraction of a second too late. If he had taken the shot and missed you would say he wasn’t clutch because he couldn’t hit the shot when it mattered and conveniently forgetting he was the reason the game even got that close to begin with. Also, if he’s looking left on his pass than how does he see the guy open on his right? You all have the benefit of the television angles and he does not. I’m not a Lebron “slurper” as some of you would say to others either but sometimes the hate on here gets so ridiculous it’s hard to read.

  • piliragnar

    This is what I call petty. Regretting not taking the last shot in some meaningless all-star game? Is he 12 years old or what?

  • http://itsahardwoodlife.blogspot.com omphalos

    I think people need to stop using the fact that it was an All-Star game as an excuse, if anything that makes it worse, he was hot in the 4th, playing fast and loose, but as soon as the game (and $25,000) were on the line he reverted to his default setting of overthinking instead of just taking the shot. The Wade fumble was different because there wasn’t a poor decision, just poor execution, we are all human. After that hot streak he went on I almost, ALMOST, got on board with him as the best player in the NBA, but he reminded me why he shouldn’t be almost immediately after.

  • Justin G.

    So, a poor decision is not apart of being human I guess?

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    Lebron choked again period in a big moment, exhibition game or not, he shoot dumb three’s before that point, so why freeze up in the MOMENT. What player seen as the best player in the NBA passes up shots to win games. People go watch MJ shooting gamewinning or tieing shots, he was about to be double team some times like Lebron last night but finds a way to shoot a shot. Lebron does not have the killer mentality and said himself he is Magic. I don’t know how he is some of yall’s favorite player, but he plays like role player in crunch time. I feel his he did not play with friends and a star that would ride him for punking out or not playing to his level, his game would change more. If Lebron played with Kobe he would be a different player right now. Lebron will be the biggest waste of talent ever if he does not win a ring in the NBA. Durant, Melo and Rose are coming for Lebron so he better man up. Also in a Cavs jersy, nobody said Lebron was clutch. He had two great clutch games, Pistons meltdown on defense where he got 25 straight points and a shot to win over Magic, but the series was over. Lebron is Dominique Wilkins right now. BOOK IT!!

  • Justin G.

    So many wrong things said in one ridiculous tirade. Yeah, people saw MJ tie or win games at the end. They also saw him pass to Steve Kerr to win, or countless times to John Paxson vs. the Lakers to close out games. His 55 point game against New York after his first retirement, it was Jordan time…oh wait, it was Bill Wennington time as he made the pass under the hoop. People laud Kobe for how great he is in the clutch, he’s a killer, he’ll go down shooting. Well, he also quit against the Suns and he also quit against the Celtics. But everyone wants to jump on Lebron instead. He didn’t say he IS Magic either, he said his personality is like that of Magic’s. It’s time for you people to realize it’s not in his nature to be like MJ or Kobe. He never has been like that where those two have had that since high school or even before. He’s not going to change his nature because some of you want him to. @nbk…I’m pretty sure when it comes down to those situations he’s not thinking about a measley (for him) $25K for the win either. He probably had that in his wallet.

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    Kobe quit on the Lakers, but people forget the Lakers quit on Kobe for two of his prime years. It took Kobe to me too long to decide to quit on a team that was going no where. Guess what management did next, we got Pau— 3 NBA FINALs. MJ did pass one time to Steve Kerr , John Paxson and Bill Wennington and they hit the shot, like they are suppose to do. Nobody talks about Kobe pass to Derek Fisher, or to Robert Horry or alley oop to Shaq against Blazers or even behind the back pass to Pau in game, where it was a 3point play to help secure Lakers Final win. MJ has some stinkers in his career too. His teammates hated him and people forget MJ played with two Hall of Famers. MJ did not do every thing by himself, so Kobe can’t either. Kobe winning two rings with soft Pau is more awesome than MJ wining with Pippen and Rodman to me. ALso Lebron is an athletic Magic, he should play point and move on with his career. Lebron stated he wanted to take pressure off himself so thats why he is in Miami. Also if Lebron wins one ring in OHIO as the undisputed leader-who turned a franchise around, its ten times better than 3 rings as a sidekick who moved to Wades team where he won them a ring and with Bosh. BOOK IT!!

  • UDamnFools

    Anyone that believes that the Cavaliers were going to win rings with the players they had supporting Lebron are first rate idiots who actually make the world of sports go around anyhow.

  • Demar

    At the end of the day we have winners and losers. Time after time lebron runs away in pressure moments he’s basically he’s Scottie pippen.

  • Vizio

    Kobe got in his head and when a guy is telling you to shoot its because he’s ready to block your shot or challenge you. Lebron chose to not chance it. Period. Kobe knew what to do to get under his skin.

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