Quantcast
Tuesday, June 12th, 2012 at 9:00 am  |  170 responses

LeBron James Promises Not Let Teammates Down Again in NBA Finals


by Marcel Mutoni @marcel_mutoni

LeBron James is a man at peace with his life and basketball career. So much so, that he’s willing to admit to the world that he played poorly in last year’s NBA Finals, and that he didn’t come through for his teammates against the Dallas Mavericks.

Given another shot at the championship and ultimate redemption, LeBron is determined not to allow what took place last year to happen again.

From the Sun-Sentinel and Miami Heat:

“I didn’t play well,” James said. “I think I said that 100 times this year. I didn’t play well. I didn’t make enough game-changing plays that I know I’m capable of making, and I felt like I let my teammates down. I don’t know. I don’t know if that’s something I haven’t said before. Just didn’t make enough plays … I’m happy and I’m humbled that I can actually be back in this position less than 12 months later, to do a better job of making more plays, more game-changing plays out on the floor on a bigger stage.”

Chris Bosh was asked after James scored a game-high 31 points to eliminate the Celtics on Saturday what he thought was accounting for James’ gargantuan postseason. “You have to credit all the times that he just thinks about what happened last year,” said Bosh. “When that moment [to get back to the Finals] comes again he had to seize it. And now we’re in that moment.”

LeBron James is on a mission this postseason, and he will likely be dominant against the OKC Thunder. But will that be enough to win it all?

If anything, it’s LeBron who will need his teammates not to let him down this time around.

  • Add a Comment
  • Share
  • RSS

Tags: , , , , , , , ,

  • http://www.huwlhopkins.com #6marjon

    miami fans better hope he guaranshees that

  • Dipper

    Heat in 6….that’s all.

  • Zabba

    He promises to double his fourth quarter’s scoring average from last year’s Finals.

  • Riggs

    cool, now its your teammates turn to let you down.

  • Purveyor of fine things

    The Thunder wont let their teammates down either.

    Game 1 Thunder victory!

  • http://www.slamonline.com spit hot fiyah

    wade needs to ball out, he has been below his standard in this years playoffs it feels like.

  • Nate C

    If the Heat lose, Lebron……Hello Brooklyn!

  • http://slam FLIGHT 9

    Thunder will win in game 1 2 & 3 & 6 period.

  • http://itsahardwoodlife.blogspot.com omphalos

    Right so I just read both of the sources quoted in this article, and nowhere does Lebron use the word “promise” to describe what he’ll do in this post-season. Seriously SLAM, stop twisting words to generate controversy and debate, I used to trust the integrity of SLAM as respecting basketball and its players, but this is just another example of SLAM spreading lies.

  • http://slam FLIGHT 9

    OKC in 6

  • jay cutler

    @omphalos

    You’re right. SLAM regularly TMZ’s headlines just to generate eyeballs on their copy-paste articles. I don’t understand why that’s necessary. The readership doesn’t need to be hoodwinked into reading a LBJ Finals article.

  • Rik Smits Mullet

    lets roll lebron.
    its your time.

  • Fat Lever

    My opinion? I think Lebron’s in a good state mentally this time around. You can have all the physical tools in the world, but if you don’t have the complementary mental part of it down, what happened in last years Finals is the perfect example. I’m rooting for him. I’ll be interested to see if/how Bosh’s game 7 performance follows him into these finals.

  • http://slamonline.com Datkid

    The question is… is he tired? I think last year fatigue played a role.

  • R32

    Nobody wants this championship more than LeBron. His focus and determination are on another level. Get em!

  • http://www.soundcloud.com/tray-5 T-Ray

    Cosign Fat and Datkid. I think he was mentally and physically drained which ultimately led to his demise in the finals. This year he seems fresh in mind and in body. I’m really hoping this guy gets it. To me he deserves it. I’m a Laker fan through and through but as a fan of the game this guy has been amazing to watch and anyone who can call themselves a fan of basketball and hate on this guy is pure ignorance. Go get em son!

  • http://slamonline.com rr

    heat in 6 i got faith in lebeon i got durant d for folding under pressure heat game 1 i just pray nobody gets hurt

  • bike

    This is his third finals. Be nice to get that monkey off his back. Expect very big things from him this time around. Very big.

  • http://juan.garcia@computershare.com PutUrMomma2Wrk

    So there may be proof that one can indeed grow a spine!

  • mask

    I think the teammates should be the ones promising him. He has a full plate on his hands. Too much for one person to eat alone. GO THUNDER!!!

  • http://slamonline.com Datkid

    Lebron hasn’t been coasting…but at the same time, as we saw in the pacers and celtics series he can go to another higher level AT WILL. He’s been somehow saving a lot of his energy for this. I’m still worried about Spoestra playing him so d@mn much but I’m much less worried than I was before.

  • Lloyd

    The way he’s been playing, I would guarantee it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=542782613 The White Charles Barkley

    After Miami sweeps OKC in four I can finally justify the $17.41 LeBron fathead hanging on my living room wall

  • Kobester

    Lebron = 2012 Champ & Finals MVP

  • baller23

    OKC in 6 games!

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    He is a liar. I gave him a blow job once and he promised to do the same but he didn’t after he saw my freakishly small di(k

  • AQWORD

    Lets do this like buddhists! 2nites da nite i get in some $hit!

  • Purveyor of fine things

    at 10:52pm tonight the thunder will have a 28pt Lead

  • DreDay

    I wouldn’t be disappointed if either of these teams took home the title.
    Going to be a hell of a series!!
    That being said, “OKC in 6.”

  • pyschoblab

    “…I didn’t make enough game-changing plays that I know I’m capable of making…” I never and remembered having read or seen Jordan made these kind of statments..there’s something about Lebron’s arrogance over his perceived athletic ability that makes him think that everything will be handed to him so easily and that all he needs to do is perform on his level when he decides it. this guy’s mental maturity and the way he chose to travel his road up to now might be a pure testament on why,possibly, Kd will get his first before him. It really pains me becoz I believed in D.wade pre-lebron so much, better than no other player since MJ and Pip.

  • http://staticseth.blogspot.com Seth

    Don’t make promises you can’t keep, LeBron.

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    The creepy part was when Jordan showed up and told Lebron to suck and then Lebron did.

  • ClydeSays

    LBJ definitely notched it up in the last two ECF games, but the Heat always play better with a comfortable lead (they concentrate on steals, then dunks, not executing in the halfcourt). If they’re going to win 4 games against the Thunder they’ll need to play decent halfcourt defense AND offense and hit their FT’s. I haven’t seen them to that for more that a quarter or two at a time…

  • Ash

    On the radio this morning Brian Windhorst stated game 7 he had to call for a timeout because lebrom was tired. I hope fatigue doesn’t get in the way of winning championship.

  • davidR

    psycholab, jordan is probably the most arrogant athlete of all time

  • http://www.soundcloud.com/tray-5 T-Ray

    Ash I think the rest from Thursday till now will help him.

  • http://kb24.com x-DrEw_MaiN-x

    Who said scoring champs and MVPs don’t win championships this will be a good finals heat in 5

  • http://slamonline.com Caboose

    Psyhoblab, thanks for posting the dumbest comment yet. You have to be very very young if you think Lebron is more arrogant than Jordan. Too young to have witnessed and understood anything going on at the height of Jordan’s career. You’re also a hater if you think that someone aknowledging an area for improvement is a form of arrogance. Either that or you don’t really know how to properly use the word. Even if Jordan wasn’t an arrogant pr#ck, who gives a F what Jordan would or wouldn’t say? Who the hell said Lebron should aspire to be anything but who and what he is? You’re just stupid.

  • pyschoblab

    @DavidR

    atleast I havent seen him make statements like this. I mean. if you’re gonna do something and you know u can do it..shut up and prove it.

    I guess that’s where all the hate is coming from. atleast the sensible ones. I really wont be surprised if OKC wins it. though I gotta admit wades pf game this year really went down bigtime. Might be of james. But that didnt happen to Pip or Horace. Nor the rest of the bulls. all of em seemed got better in time. even wennington and longley. there’s something about pure greatness/competitor that truly inspires and uplift mediocrity around him. if not castigates it. sort of like KG too.

  • l2ising Phoenix

    @physcolab, Lebron is one of the most humble players in the L, there is 0 arrogance in that statement, he was owning up to how he,himself fell short in the ’11 finals, I’ve hated lebron for what he did to cleveland, but you know what, I’m pulling for him to get his first Ring this summer, he deserves it, arrogant is one characteristic that shouldn’t be associated with him.

  • http://itsahardwoodlife.blogspot.com omphalos

    @davidR; is it arrogance when everything Jordan said about himself and his abilities are true? There’s a difference between arrogance and honesty about your abilities/achievements.

  • Fat Lever

    Psychoblab’s comment just proves Nike’s marketing campaign to anoint St. Michael has worked gloriously.

  • http://kb24.com x-DrEw_MaiN-x

    I just hate the way the NBA finals format is 2 3 2 to me it favors the lower seeded team. All you have to do is steal one on the road which is never easy but still. The league should change it to regular 2 2 1 1 1

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    it favors a longer series. it’s structured that way purely for financial reasons.

  • pyschoblab

    @caboose
    im 29 and im not from the US,therefore no insightful knowledge on who everything MJ was over the years outside of the basketball court,during his basketball career. But if you have basketball-related stuff that could use as an eg. i’ll be happy to get a link to that.

    But from an overseas standpoint, I’ll take MJ over lebron anytime,on the court,where it matters,for me. I dont want a mentally weak person who disappear during crucial moments when MJ did the exact opposite thing everytime. Atleast when you argue about me being stupid, it would not be about MJ not manning up everytime, which is really the point of my post.

  • davidR

    psycholab, the internet wasn’t around during jordans era. if it was, i really don’t think jordan would be so universally loved.
    have you read the statements he’s made about his own teammates?

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Jordan is the greatest player of all-time. Let’s make sure that is understood.
    .
    Now, people are f*cking stupid when it comes to Jordan. The guy failed. And failed a lot. Just like every other player in NBA history. People were saying the same stupid sh*t they say about LeBron, about Jordan. Except, instead of being too passive, Jordan was too selfish. You can’t say James is mentally weak, the guy is 27 years old, has been on magazine covers getting national attention since he was 15, and he’s won 3 mvp’s and is making his 3rd finals appearance. At this age in Michael Jordan’s life, he still hasn’t beat the Pistons.
    .
    Now does that mean LeBron will be Jordan’s equal at any point? not at all. But the criticism of the guy is baseless and stupid if you think he is mentally weak because he has failed in the past. he has shortcomings, specifically in the finals last season, but he did not crumble in on himself. He obviously improved. And is right back where he was last year. A mentally weak person would not put themselves in that situation multiple times or even have the ability too.

  • pyschoblab

    @ Fat lever
    y’all are basically talking about Mj on a more personal level and on what he is more of in addition to his basketball career. Fat, I wasn’t born yesterday know and certainly not that gullible and naive about Mj’s personality as u percieved me to be. That HoF speech he made gave me a clear indication on what he has become like any other old fart who’s bitter except he had no reason to. and marketing during the 80′s wasnt as stupid,shallow and viral as today is.and
    My whole point is basically. stop blabbing and man up. back up your words. his now on his 3rd finals with basically the whole team being handed to him. even dwade deferring to him now. what more do u effin have to say. u knew u didnt do well last year, why didnt you? Mj wasnt perfect but atleast despite him not being that an athletic freak as lebro, he showed what a true warrior is really about. Just do it. Accomplish it. An aging celtics team took him to 7 games with basically no bench. If your a game changer go ahead and do it. stop talking.

  • Da-Meat-Hook

    @psychoblab that really was a silly comment. Overall he hasn’t disappeared in the fourth, hence his league leading fourth quarter points. You have no basketball related fact pertaining to this post season to back up that opinion because he has carried his team throughout the entire playoffs. Lebron has been the best player by far throughout the post season. Jordan was beyond arrogant, demeaning to his teammates, referred to them as merely “supporting cast members”, yelled at them on the court, gave them dirty looks, and pretty much acted like he was a god in the league. You cannot compare the two when it comes to humility. I cannot recall Lebron acting the way Jordan did even when Lebron was in high school, and you haters would hate him ten times more if he did. People like you need a reason to hate, even if you have to manufacture a reason yourself. Who cares f he didn’t take the Kobe route, trying to clone himself into another grown man. It’s creepy.

  • http://slamonline.com Caboose

    Pychoblab, do you watch basketball? 30.8, 9.6, and 5.1. He IS doing it. He is playing. As far as shutting up, what do you want him to do? Stop answering questions in media sessions? Please tell me you aren’t slow enough to think he’s saying this in press conferences he calls on his own. People ask questions, he answers. You want him to tailor his answers to your liking so that a hater is satisfied? Haters are never satisfied. Basically, you have nothing of substance to complain about.

  • Ldub

    I think Dwade is gonna have to come to play. And play like he did in 06′. I watched a highlight video on this cat a few days ago and the things he was doing were bananas. I dont even know who he is anymore. Either its gonna need to be Batman, Robin and Nightwing (James, Bosh and Wade)…or its gonna need to be Batman, Batman and Nightwing. (wade, james and bosh). Either way…those dudes NEED to show up, and so does the Heat bench/role players. Even if the big 3 go for 70 a night…I dont think it will be enough against OKC. I am stoked about this series. I like the what Bosh said, while i was watching NBATV, yesterday. “Last year I was just happy to be there, this year I kind of know what to expect”. Im done making predictions…I just want to see a great series with the Heat ultimately becoming the 2012 Champs.

  • http://slamonline.com Caboose

    MJ was very much an athletic freak, which is why he was able to dominate being a guard early in his career. You think the whole Jumpman logo was for no reason? Did you see the dunk contests? Youtube them. Jordan may not have been Lebron’s size but he was certainly every bit as athletic before he started to age and had to rely mainly on skill and fundamentals.

  • http://www.soundcloud.com/tray-5 T-Ray

    Cosign Caboose
    I don’t think people realize how strong MJ really was. He would just bully people on the block.

  • trueballer4life

    GO GET’EM LBJ U GOT THIS! MIAMI HEAT PLAYERS STEP UP FOR THIS MAN TOO! GO HEAT!..

  • pyschoblab

    @NBK
    ” the guy is 27 years old, has been on magazine covers getting national attention since he was 15, and he’s won 3 mvp’s and is making his 3rd finals appearance. ” <- welcome to your age of spoonfeeding.this is the same NBA that gave NAsh 2 MVP's.the same that deprived other stars of thiers when they most deserve it. with LJ's his god-given physique and talent. it wouldnt be a surprise if he accomplishes all this. if he really wants it coz he done it.
    lebron failed in the past bcoz he allowed himself to. because at this point in his career, with the way the NBA is run now and the times,where everything is given before it is earned. where titles are given to people who are popular instead of deserving.

    LJ beating the pistons was more of the Pistons doing although he did played the best playoffs of his career so far during that time.i dont know if u can compare 2007 pistons with bad boys and call it even. MJ once he got there didnt allow himself to fail. he used everything as motivation and progressed naturally as a player and as a teammate and as a great player.basketwall-wise, he undertook and came about in due time.he did all of these without asking for too much like fellow olympic teammates. Nobody is perfect. But with lebron. if you continually acknowldege ur capabilities then u better show the results otherwise shut up and just keep playing. Dont keep on jacking up long range shots everytime u feel like it while ur teammates are all watching while the game is on the line and call it game-changing. you get to work on ur post game only on your 9th season? u only figure that out this long? when u havent won anything yet?

    " He obviously improved. And is right back where he was last year. A mentally weak person would not put themselves in that situation multiple times or even have the ability too." a phsycially and talent gifted person with the attitude of wanting to get good teammates like any other normal human being would find himself in that situation most of the time. But trying to do everything to win it is another different story. this finals wil tell which is more eveident still, which is more ready to get it. let'ss ee if everyoe here is goa be right about Lebron. this time.

  • Tom

    Lebron is this era’s Jerry West, a once in a generation talent who’s teams just aren’t good enough. And that is not a knock against Lebron in any way. Jerry west played what? 9 finals series? and he only won on his last attempt, he did everything he could to win, as does lebron (excluding the dallas/mia finals last year)

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    wow, there is too much stupidity and misinformation in your comment to even address. congratulations. you just wasted a lot of your own time. and mine.

  • pyschoblab

    @caboose
    i kow the arguement about Mj and his athleticsm would come aropund jsut as Iv’e seen quite often in each thread here. But im actually referring to LJ having point forward abilities while playing like present-day Dominique in Charles barkelys body. that kind of freak. all prime. Mj athleticms was o based more on how he was so good in controlling his body in mid-air. but as far as his body type. a dime a doze in todays NBA. paired with skills ad talent as good as Lj, not so much. even Kobe cant hold a candle as to that aspect.

  • Ldub

    The more I read CABOOSE write…the more I become a fan. Im like a kid at a baseball game, with my favorite players jersey and hat on. Just hoping I can get his autograph as he passes by me. Kid has talent…kudos to you. 19 right?

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    “a phsycially and talent gifted person with the attitude of wanting to get good teammates like any other normal human being would find himself in that situation most of the time.”
    .
    that is a gem. every guy who has ever played in the NBA should be in the finals then. and they should be there every year. especially when you are getting “spoonfed”
    .
    by the way, who is holding the spoon that gives any player the ability to beat others? who chooses who wins, with their magic spoon? unless, ofcourse, you think the whole league is in on this “spoon-feeding”, and every player has just agreed to let LeBron average 27-7-7 over his career (which are numbers good enough to win MVP just about every year).
    .
    the problem is with expectations. even you, who are criticizing a guy for not winning a championship. you know what you have to be, to disappoint people and gather haters when you don’t win a championship……? you have to be better than everyone else. stupid.

  • http://slamonline.com Caboose

    I’m not sure what you’re trying to say. You do realize that his combination of size and skill are a separate entity from his athleticism, right? The fact that Lebron is so skilled at that size doesn’t mean he’s more athletic than Jordan. He’s just bigger than Jordan.

  • pyschoblab

    @Nbk,Caboose

    I dont think so. I have never been a hater of lebron. but if I have to choose between him and Wade. id choose dwayne. only wade has fallen off his quickenss ad explosiveness a bit now which his game was built on. I really dont dwell too much on stats as you people here do so much. because the accolades given to each nba player each year since the millenium doenst eve make that basketball sense,too stats-centered. has too much politics in it. i guess when u try to blame poeple outside of Us about our perception blame Stern. u own the medium and the means. u manufacture that perception. us here. we watch the games directly on tv ad waht ever interview we get after that. thats all it is. I guess what im getting on the court thats where i get my analysis. if u guys would want to call it that. the only disadvantage is, im not that exposed to it that much compare to yo but as far as the worlds perception is of MJ and LJ. you have your own NBA to thank for with that. Thats not the global communitys fault. for me i look at the games. and it tells me that LJ thinks he can turn it on or off anytime. Your concern here NBK,Caboose, is who gives intelligent enough comments according to ur standards. my concern is insight, basketball-wise.Period.

  • Da-Meat-Hook

    Caboose and nbk are goin’ in today! @ Caboose, that wasn’t me calling you “idiot” and “moron” the other day, it was that troll.

  • pyschoblab

    its 3:35 am here guys. gimme a break. im trying to catch the 9am game later. im out. where’s allen p?

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    You can trust that I have watched more of every player we are talking about then you have, considering you are in a wholly different time zone, country, and don’t have nearly the access to the NBA that we do over here. If you actually added an opinion that led me to believe you watch and understand what you are watching i would acknowledge it. But you haven’t, infact, you’ve done the opposite.

  • pyschoblab

    @caboose
    lebron is with that kind of combination is an atheletic freak. compared to Jordan.Jordan does thos things imo, due largely to his work ethic and incredible will to win. it shows. Lj? is too complacent to work on his game therefore relies on his God-given gifts to much. he could do the same things Jordan did at a powerforward size. campare him to Charles. could you say charles could do the same for the most part of his career. though LJ might fall off considerably once he reaches his 30′s who knows.

  • pyschoblab

    @NBK
    For that every same reason, you use that logic to flex ur basketball superiority over me? ur readily make that conclusion in your head? I would bet you wouldnt last a 1 on 1 full qtr., half or full court game with me. respectfully. Nbk. =)

  • jose

    Lebron just needs to utilize that post game on Durant when he’s on him to wear him down. Durant’s gotten stronger since he was a rook but i mean LeBron can still over power him

  • AD

    lmao idk why you guys argue with Lebron haters.. all they do is listen to lebron haters on tv and then type those comments on this website..

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    why, because you think that? you are 29 years old, and you are ignorant enough to think you are the best basketball player in a comment section? really? you don’t know me, just like i don’t know you. no reason for you to try and puff out your chest, it doesn’t add anything. the only thing that matters here is if your opinion is logical and intelligent…regardless though, i have never played a game of basketball in my life where i “couldn’t last” – whatever that means. do you beat people up when you play basketball or something? why wouldn’t someone last? are you really fast with great endurance, you just never stop running? ehh, whatever, as far as i can tell, you being 29 years old, with the things you’ve said, you frankly either aren’t a very good basketball player, or just aren’t a very smart player. One or the other.

  • pyschoblab

    @ NBk
    ok let me start over again a bit. since i value ur opinion that much.
    last year after the finals. how may anti-lebron post did u have in here. cause I do remember a lot of u in here. beating LJ’ ass over that.

    If your saying that LJ has been trying to remain humble after the decision. u have to thank his PR personel and shrink for that. he like like all other freak athletes naturally carry that air, though i varying forms. but deep down,lets not all be a hypocrite. any guy who ca say that “he’s been spoiling a lot of people with his play” after he bails out on his teammates in a playoff series..that is something. i would not further comment. MJ however adouche he is. Still tried his best to win. You all fail to grasp that end of the stick. Between a bro not firing that bullet in an ambush and a bro grilling in my face for not catching that grenade, ill chose the latter. atleast next time,i’ll come of better ways to survive.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    In the Eastern Conference Finals, LeBron averaged 33.6 points and 11 rebounds on 52.7% shooting, making him only the third player in history to average at least 33, 11, and 50% field goal percentage in a seven-game series (Wilt and Kareem are the other two). f
    .
    And for all the talk about him being a choker, this will be his third appearance in the Finals and he has the fifth-highest playoff winning percentage (.618) among players that won an MVP in their careers.
    .
    Also, for the record, Jordan was more arrogant and less humble than LeBron (which worked out for the better, and played right into his, “i can’t be bested by anyone ever no matter what even if that means i have to fabricate reasons to kill people on the court with my imagination” attitude) An air of overwhelming confidence is the only personality trait every great player in NBA history has in common. And frankly, i don’t give a flying sh*t about how any of these guys act away from the court, it’s irrelevant to anything. no matter how great or terrible a person each player is, their reputations are made on the court.

  • pyschoblab

    @NBK
    now my comments seem to get u off. hehe relax bro. dot ask me to elaborate too much on my vocabulary. your taking my comments to literally. of course i jsut meant bball. ehough with the questions.my reply wasnt made out to be a threat. more of like a challenge. m after all you have said to me here, im really looking forward to seeing ur comments again after this series is over. and id still use this same nick. hope u remember. its cool bro. whats with my age u saying it again many times. i only told it cuz caboose said i was too young. maybe u cant take all comments here literally. or That seriously. You right there’s no way of knowing. since we’re all jsut here. but all im saying. ive been in teams. and right here ,we emulate guys like Duncan on all aspects,manu,R.allen. as far as attitude, thats what matters most. LJ its bocz of his past. and guys didnt have a problem hating LJ last year? u know wanna give him a break. I understand. But i still see the same things hes done last year jacking up shots. not going to his strengths to much. getting extended to max by an old celts team. i mean i dont know if it;s riley not teaching spo enough or just plainly the superstars ego not truly respecting..that much.

  • http://slamonline.com Caboose

    If you really believe that Lebron doesn’t work on his game you can’t know anything about basketball. Talent alone cannot and will not ever make you the best player in the league. The idea that he got to this point in his career on talent alone borders on insanity. It’s simply absurd. Even the biggest Lebron hater can at least acknowledge that the guy works hard. You want him to work hard at being Jordan, which is different than him being a lazy worker. Complacent? I just don’t think you watch enough basketball to have such strong opinions that go so far against reality. He is one of the very few players that has improved at least one area every season he’s been in the league. How is that complacent?

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    he just had the best playoff series of his career, and the most productive series of ANY player in 40 years bruh. to say you are wrong would be an understatement.
    .
    The reason Miami was taken to 7 games is because LeBron was the only good player on the Heat game in and game out (Wade was good during the second half of some games – and him and Bosh were good in game 7). I’m not sure if you know it, being 29 and all (since you don’t like me mentioning your age) with all your basketball experience (that you claim to have) you would think that would be something you’d notice, right?

  • pyschoblab

    “In the Eastern Conference Finals, LeBron averaged 33.6 points and 11 rebounds on 52.7% shooting, making him only the third player in history to average at least 33, 11, and 50% field goal percentage in a seven-game series (Wilt and Kareem are the other two).”
    - u dominate the ball, u like getting it esp. on crunch time. u better do something with it. i can say lebron has indeed improved this year. i hope it will be enough against OKC bcoz his overall team deosnt quite stack up a bit against. with that said this will be the perfect scenario for him to show if he is indeed made of that same stuff MJ was and maybe even more since you compared them earlier.again this are all personal stats. what matters most is the WIN. CHIP. Do people still remember Barkley’s stats? or Ewings. I dont eve olajuwon’s ad rRobsinsons head to head comparisons matter that much now except the youtube videos of him getting outplayed with that several shotfakes will go on forever.him geting 3 mvps?. he can with next 3 doest matter. if he doesnt will his team to win. Bosh was healthy last year. o excuse. Now? let see if anyone’s gonna use that. We are all a sum presently of what we did collectively in the past.
    “And for all the talk about him being a choker, this will be his third appearance in the Finals and he has the fifth-highest playoff winning percentage (.618) among players that won an MVP in their careers.” – This. all talk about being a choker..this will be the 3rd finals where he still hasnt won.I hope the 3rd times the charm. truly.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    LOL, losing IN THE FINALS, is not choking. What he did last year in most of that Dallas series, that was choking. Just losing, because the other team is better, is not choking. Plus, to get to the finals, you have to win more than everyone else. So, your opinion should reflect like this, “every player who doesn’t win a title, chokes” – but i’m sure it irrationally doesn’t.

  • http://slamonline.com Caboose

    Jordan was about the same age when he won his first. It took him a couple of seasons shy of a decade, but let your romantic revisions tell it and Jordan won everything right in the beginning. If Lebron doesn’t play well and the Heat lose because of it, I can understand the criticism. Right now, based on his play, the unwarranted comparing and contrasting to Jordan are useless. Wait until the guy fails before you try to make him out to be less than he is. And it’s pretty silly to try to downplay a player by saying he isn’t Jordan. Newsflash: no other player is.

  • pyschoblab

    I get you like Lebron. but all talk is cheap really. he has been given the chance last year after being there 4 yrs. ago. and what? he ahsnt learn anything? enough to know ot to disappear? and now that hes doing ok. though that shooting % may largely be in part because of him going to his supposed advantage which the post. only after 8 freaking years? what? only after consulting Olajuwon. waht akeem invented the post play?u call that wokring on ur game. he doesnt even rely on midrange game stilll. he takes too may iso 20 footers or 3′s. You are all inventing excuses for him this east finals going into the finals, he certainly didnt have that problem last year with his team.And who knows Dwade is giving him a taste of his own medicine? though that remains to be seen until series is over.

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    Phsycholab fu(k you. Waste of a human life. Fu(k off piece of $hit!

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Actually, Jordan was 28. LeBron is 27.
    .
    And save me the, “But LeBron is in his 9th season and Jordan was in his 7th” argument. Before you say that, please just ask yourself, what does college do for players? (hint: it might teach them how to win, maybe). So it’s safe to assume Jordan had a better grasp of what it meant to win a championship at the same age then LeBron.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    psychoblab, i’m done arguing this with you. your opinion is broken, and frankly, stupid.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    especially now that my troll friend is here

  • lakernation

    Lebron being the only good player on the Heat wont win them nothing against the Mighty Thunder…. HUSH WITH THAT FOOLISHNESS! KD for MVP next year.

  • tpathi1

    there is no question that if Lebron had a well known coach with an established reputation that he would have gotten to the finals and probably a couple more times..most likely atleast won the title last year for sure (cmon if your a bball fan and you don’t think that the dallas mavericks victory was a little flukish then something is wrong with you). Every great player had great coaches they played for, Lebron is the only one who doesnt…why doesn’t this get talked about at all???

  • http://www.sportsgrid.com/media/shaq-kobe-highlights/ shutup

    Wow, I just wanna point out LJ never played point-forward that was Anthony Mason. I also contest that Jordan was a better athlete than Lebron, but its a slim margin. Lastly there is no reason that admitting your faults should be seen as a weakness, Lebron has showed tremendous growth, and although I prefer Durant to Lebron, I wont be upset if either wins, it really is a great time to be a NBA fan. One more point Spo is getting better as a coach little by little and when in Clvlnd Lebron had Mike “iso” Brown running the show, Jordan had arguably the greatest coach of all-time.

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    His opinions are just fu(ked up.

  • tpathi1

    and what happened to my post about MJ??! did any of u guys ever hear about jordan’s “king of the hill” comments he made after he won his first ring. Or about how he dumped Horace Grants food tray on the plane on Horace and famously said “no food for you” because he didnt grab a rebound in a game they lost?? MJ was a G…young Kobe would constantly try and act like that but only MJ got away wit that attitude. You gotta love Chicago for that!!

  • pyschoblab

    @NBK
    And save me the, “But LeBron is in his 9th season and Jordan was in his 7th” argument. Before you say that, please just ask yourself, what does college do for players? – i didnt know i was coming into u as trying to make this arguement but ur opinion really matters to me so…

    Lj is a victim or ur own phuking marketing machinations and u try to defend him now cuz u worship his dick. So, ill let u at that..meanwhile caboose last statment made perfect sense. And thats what my sleepy brains t bee trying to say. will u see u during and after the series. hopefully, u being sucessful with ur surgery with lerbons dick attached to your forehead and his nutsucks dangling under your chin.Oe each beside your lymph nodes.

  • tpathi1

    also…i think, but am not too sure but athletic ability is mostly determined on how high you can jump off of one foot. Both MJ and LBJ can do plenty of that..but if you want to talk about weaknesses in lebrons game..then i will say this..he definately does not have the same explosion when jumping off two feet vs. one foot. There is a clear difference, and it takes him a lot of time to gather for a two foot jump. In the low post its crucial..i have seen lebron get blocked down there a couple times when big men double team him. He can’t just bully his way down there, like I would think that he could to start off this season and plenty more. @psycholab..i do question why it took Lebron so long to discover his post game..I have been waiting for it..he scores in it…so as long as he found out he can get buckets down there easier..i think he will be okay. For you to fault him for not being able to discover this sooner, like i said..where was his coach to let him know about this??!

  • pyschoblab

    Mj i beleive started with Doug collins.was he considered great? and Phil didnt start right away as a great coach, DID HE? i think he started winning chips a couple of season after when Mj and crew were starting to reach thier peak. he grew as a great coach together with the Bulls team. OMG.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    lol, at least my troll got to somebody.
    .
    pyschoblab (by the way, what the hell is a pyschoblab?) you handled that like a very mature 29 year old. kudos.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Actually, Phil Jackson won a title in his second season in Chicago. Which was his second season as a head coach in the NBA. So…..once again, you don’t know what your talking about “pyscho”

  • pyschoblab

    @tpathi1
    Self-motivation is hard to find. Kobe and Mj had it.Lebron had that every opportunity but i guess the lure of instant stardom was too much to handle for anyone, I guess.

  • tpathi1

    he grew into the best coach of all time..even if spo and the heat win 7 rings..do u foresee yourself comparing spo to jackson, riley, auerbach and the likes? i mean..maybe Spo is rubbing off on lebron…i dont think so

  • davidR

    mike brown is nowhere near phil jackons level. neither is erik spo

  • pyschoblab

    @nbk
    now your being childish.referring to my nick.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    is nick, short for nickname? I was honestly asking what the hell a pyschoblab is. or even a pyscho? you mean psycho? that’s what i assume, and the level of intellect in your comments leads me to believe you didn’t even realize you spelled it wrong

  • http://slamonline.com Caboose

    LOL Your arguments are getting worse and worse. First you have a problem with the “arrogance” of him admitting a fault. Then you had a problem with him answering questions in a damn media session. Then you make the asinine claim that he’s too complacent to improve. You then admit that he does improve his game but you just don’t like how he does it. You’re right. Stardom is too much to handle for the guy who never got arrested, doesn’t have a gambling problem, and is a three-time MVP putting up video game numbers in the NBA playoffs. You proved us all wrong. Congrats.

  • Bravo

    Shut up all of u

  • pyschoblab

    @nbk
    if ur actually serious about ur question about my nick. its just a nick. and it refers to our overall exp. of all trolls anywhere in the www. thank u.i never really tried to fully grasp that net culture. for me what u see is what u will get. im so tired ryt now though i do appreciate all ur bball isights here. all slammers.but its freaking eal in the morn and im straight off to watch the game later with no sleep. and by the way. age is just a number. im sure a lot of us can try to pretend a lot of things in here. I dont though. and im not ashamed..

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    can someone make sense of that?

  • http://www.sportsgrid.com/media/shaq-kobe-highlights/ shutup

    NO its just pyscho blabble lmao.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    bahaha

  • pyschoblab

    @caboose
    What..? that was a flurry..I remebered trying to argue only about basketball related topics in here. As if i dont know that perception aroud your parts about MJ. pleas dont ry to take me out as a Jordan slurper. atleast not personalwise. that i admit. i grew up idolizing MJ and emulating his game. he earned everything before anything was given to him. lebron ahd the benefit of going into an era where info and the schematics to greatness was all laid out for him. all he had to do was follow. the benefits promised was exponenetial. whicn Mj paved the way for.what in the world are all u trying to say that im trying to reiterate here for all the time..?that MJw as baskeball God? but LJ doesnt compare to him? u think im that naive? all i ever started with ws the post about LJ saying about his big time plays that he knew he could do. But he didnt. Why would u f*cking say that. You’re like admitting of bailing out when most people from the decision to last years finals was feeking the same kind of thing. includding people here. Lj bailed out on his vcleveland team.and sorta kind of did against dallas.wtf. y’all trying to be blind?

  • bike

    First!

  • http://www.slamonline.com/online/nba/2012/06/lebron-james-promises-not-let-teammates-down-again-in-nba-finals/ Windex

    Why did slam use that picture???

  • davidR

    pyschoblab, i dont understand why you have a problem with lebrons statement. the context reads that he knows he can do (could’ve done) better, and that he underperformed as the star of the team.
    what’s arrogant about that?

  • pyschoblab

    @nbk
    gee..u hurt my feelings. what next? u saying i have no life..i asked u a serious question back. and now u trying to make me really look stupid.and yet i get most people here to reply ever since i started that Lj-mj comparison. i wonder why.. and also most or u here would admit MJ is the GOAT. which was my main point to start with..

  • http://www.sportsgrid.com/media/shaq-kobe-highlights/ shutup

    Oh LJ is Lebron James, sorry to me there is only one LJ (Larry Johnson) and it sort of fit in the context, with him coming into the league highly marketed and relying on purely athletic ability then evolving his game to the lost post threat. NVM, I have just never heard anyone ever refer to him as LJ, its always LBJ or some such thing.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    what serious question did you ask me?

  • tpathi1

    @psychoblab …most probably won’t say this right now over here..but my opinion which will one day become a fact is that lebron james will go down as the second best baller of all time..

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    Don’t bother other nbk. This guy isn’t worth it. What a dic

  • pyschoblab

    @davidR
    not much problem really. Although to me, you gotta be honest with urself with who u truly are and who u claim to be.

  • kakaboi69

    Bron look like he makin doo-dou in dis pic.

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    Phsychoblab nobody really cares about you so STFU

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    lol @ nbk imposter talking to nbk like they’re buddies. ahahaha.

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    Well the guy is an @$$hole. He is a bigger troll than me.

  • pyschoblab

    @nbk
    why are u trying to establish worths here. are you an appraiser? of what..? )
    @shutup
    i dont talk,play by ur terms. So if I refer to Lebron as LJ im gonna do so. Unless he writes his name as Le Bron James. then yes. maybe i will.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    (<—me being the real nbk) – this dude argued with himself yesterday….i am beginning to enjoy this guy as my own little troll. or maybe he's big? either way, i have my own troll….now it's time to build him a bridge.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    pistachio, that isn’t me dood. that’s someone who slam gave my information too, so he is posting as me. which is why i keep calling him my troll.

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    Thanks. I appreciate the bridge

  • james

    Lebron looks like he is pooping in this picture from the look on his face.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    Did one of the nbk’s just call pyschoblab, pistachio? LMAO.
    I got some wood you can use for the bridge, cause that sh*t is off the wall funny right there.
    Troll 2012!

  • hicksy_4

    LEBRON JAMES IS THE GREATEST OF ALL TIME!!!!!!!!

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    For what is probably disappointing to you Lake, that was the real me.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    Kinda, I mean it was so solid. It seemed to random to be you.
    Who calls a dude named psychoblab, pistachio….? Just awesome. Thank you for that then.

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    His name is pyscho. Lol not psycho

  • Phil da Windmill

    Rogaine James needs to shut up and play hard cause my dude KD is has his head on right and is focused.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    My bad, I kept trying to spell it rightly, wrong, but my natural 4th grade grammar comprehension and spelling took over.

  • http://slamonline.com Caboose

    Did you not call him arrogant? Did you not say he should just shutup and play, even though answering questions from the media is part of the game? I don’t understand what you mean by Lebron not earning anything, as opposed to Jordan. Every generation of players learns from the last. Jordan didn’t invent the game. He watched the greats before him just like everyone else did. You’re not making any sense. What exactly did Lebron not earn? You’re talking in circles about randomness. And what does leaving Cleveland have to do with his bad performance against the Mavs. I’m confused. You have to actually put together a coherent post in order to have a real conversation.

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    Lol I did that too the first time I addressed him

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    Ya I scrolled up looking for someone named pistachio. I like that name by the way. Troll 2012 has a good ring to it

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    Yesterday I argued with another fake nbk not me. It’s very confusing I know

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    Take pistachio bruh. I know you are prolly a regular with your own name, but go go pistachio you nut

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    WTF. Random

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    So there is 2 of y’all?

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    Pretty sure 7:29 was the other fake nbk. I’m the only fake nbk around here so fu(k off

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    I’ve lost count

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    7:29 was the real nbk. Which you aren’t going to believe unless you know how i talk….sooper fun.

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    Last ten posts have been from us nbk’s. We own all

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    I’m beginning to think it’s Jukai. Who actually might have a solid purpose

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    You’ve resorted to guessing. Be careful not to hurt anyone’s feelings LOL

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    If its not Jukai I have no idea. I could guess by judging but those wouldn’t really be educated guesses so i won’t do it lol. But Jukai would do that sort of thing for a purpose.

  • http://www.sportsgrid.com/media/shaq-kobe-highlights/ shutup

    ^LMAO its like the end of Identity where the personalities are arguing, and then he says “Whores dont get a second chance” then offs her with a hand rake. OH and Pyschobooble I don’t need you to play by my rules but the B is be cause LeBron is spelt with two capital letters in it not because of his middle name, but its cool you probably don’t know who Larry Johnson is anyway. But I am pretty sure any person who knows basketball is gonna think Larry Johnson when you say LJ and not LeBron James, like I said I have never heard anyone refer to him as LJ until you did it douche, Bron, King James, LBJ, LeChokeit goes on and on The King, Videogame James, but never LJ.

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    Nice try but I’m not jukai. That guy is an ass though

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    Shutup is like the first non nbk to post since like 11 posts LOL

  • http://slamonline.com Caboose

    I’m about to boycott. All I need is one other person with a boy c#ck. Bounce on that thang til his boys pop. Let’s role play, we’ll both be the toy cops. How about a fireman? You know you really light my fire, man. I’m tryna take you to my room on the nightstand. NBK don’t make me have to use my hands.

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    Well hello fellow troll

  • http://slamonline.com Caboose

    Hey hotstuff!

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    Um… Thanks?

  • bobbyD

    Psychobabble (a portmanteau of “psychology” or “psychoanalysis” and “babble”) is a form of prose using jargon, buzzwords and highly esoteric language to give an impression of plausibility through mystification, misdirection, and obfuscation. The term implies that the speaker of psychobabble lacks the experience and understanding necessary for proper use of a given psychological term.

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    WTF @ bobbyD

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    Once again, it’t not psycho. it’s pyscho. Way to waste your time though.

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    His points are stupid and he can’t spell. Ass

  • bobbyD

    pyschoblab=basketbabble

  • http://www.slamonline.com/online/nba/2012/06/lebron-james-promises-not-let-teammates-down-again-in-nba-finals/ Windex

    I was a nbk troll yesterday

  • http://Roosterteeth.com Caboose

    For the record, this is the real Caboose, I haven’t posted once on this thread. To the troll, I don’t like to prop up my own ego here, but I feel that I deserve a better impostor than what you’ve been giving. Show me some effort man! Best of luck.

  • Phil da Windmill

    Lebron”Rogaine”James cant handle Kd

  • deadbored

    Such a good thread! that pysschoblabber guy went like insane on the internet and forgot what point he was trying to make like every 10 seconds. i was actually laughin so hard at work that people thought i was going insane, laughing at a computer and so on.

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    Hey. I’m only aloud to be nbk’s troll

  • DukeFromDeep

    LBJ for the choke….

  • pyschoblab

    im glad you all had a good time with my posts. i also had a good time watching lebron choke again in the 4th qtr. while dwade seemed to be jumpig in the joytrain too while KD showed who the King truly is. I may not have a good command of written english as its not my ative tongue though. i surely think the Japs,Koreans and now chinese dont mind it that much.i forgot what i was trying to say cuz this site kept me up late when i was suppose to be asleep. Not everyone are zombies like most of u here who pretend to do something relevant at work or his actual job position/livelihood.Why else would you guys spend so much time in here.every year its the same names i see and only one got to be a regular contributor. You call yourselves knowledgeable? Most of you are still commenting here just like me.Ridicule all you want that dont make you anywhere near being genuises. You dont know a thing about watching how a guy plays consistently and forming insights from it. You’re all stuck with using ‘superb” college education but sill left u most jobless. LBJ is not what he says he is. His game lack everything that KD showed him in game 1. Kd toyed with him and all LJ meh was able to make after every KD shot in the 4th qtr was to look at Spo helplessly not knowing what to do. i really like your baskeball insights here guys. it really shows who u really are.
    guess who will be laughing so hard since u got a good play at the nick i chose when OKC either sweeps or take this series in 5. I would really love your insights on this guy LJ or whoever he is.

  • http://slamonline.com Krishan

    With psychoblab going bats#it insane to nbk’s clones this has been quite an entertaining thread. Congrats to everyone involved.

  • pyschoblab

    @shut up
    I dont care too much bout spelling,puncs and caps in here as slam’s comments section format sucks. no notifications. u have to do everything manually in here. i do know who grandma(LJ) is. how he did that 360 double pump slam in the 90′s. I was born in the 80′s and maybe old school when it comes to this kind of bball stuff you guys do here. But atleast i know im as pure a bball fan as any outside US can get. Would have loved to have see a Spurs-Bos series as the truly desrve it. But the way OKC is playing as a team right now and KD is superb. Kd is the next coming. He is a whole differet kind of Kobe+Bird. While lebron is not really an MJ. he is more of a magic,facilitator and he needs superstars to be able to win the chip. Wade got a feeling his off to Bulls. If D12 knows better he would go sign a 2yr deal with Boston while KG and Pierce try to make room for him. They will contend. OKC right now is the team to beat for years to come. Wade is falling off. And i thinks its something mental goig on with him and something to do with Bron. clippers has 3 more years b4 going to the dance. and it might not be with thier current center.

  • pyschoblab

    @krishan
    Glad to have kept everyone insane..i mean entertained. thats y i call me that n d first place. now off I go troll in another in persona.

  • Cizzo

    Lebron need to shut the eff up He went for Mr. three Quaters is back….

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    LeBron went for 7-2-2 in the 4th last night, on 2 of 6 shooting. He wasn’t great or even good, but he didn’t choke. The loss was on Wade and Spoelstra last night. Oh and Miami’s penchant for shooting jumpers rather than attacking the basket. If you watched the game, and understand what you are watching, that was obvious.

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    OKC in 5 games. BOOK IT!!

  • http://eurosport.com Bow down to the Chosen One King James

    Bron is doing all he can,he wil keep continue doing,its all on wade and the rest of their cast,not stepping it up…smh
    wade,give bron finally some help! bron hands down best player on this planet.

Advertisement