Uneasy Lies The Head That Wears A Crown
[guest blog by M. Scott]
“I spoil a lot of people with my play. When you have a bad game here or there, you’ve had three bad games in a seven-year career, then it’s easy to point that out.”
I’m not a Cavs fans and I don’t like LeBron. And I certainly didn’t like his comments after the Celtics embarrassed him and his team on their home court Tuesday night. It really just adds to my distaste for all things Cleveland. So you’d think I’d be enjoying this. Unfortunately, I’m not.
The only thing more infuriating than Mike Brown’s illogical and seemingly random substitution decisions is reading articles and blog posts criticizing LeBron’s “commitment” or his “passion for the game” by people who just a week prior were lining up to shine his, uh, shoes. These writers and bloggers and fans have spent the past few years lauding the man, extolling the many virtues of his game, calling him the “King,” and now, when the chips are down, want to turn on him, do an about-face, and question his desire to win, his ability to come through in the clutch? As far as the sportswriters are concerned, it’s just hack journalism–just trying to stir up controversy. For the fans, though, well, that’s classic Cleveland for you: short-sighted and without class. FIY: Not a good idea to boo the man that’s made your city relevant again a few weeks before his impending free-agency. With fans like that, why would he ever want to leave for New York?
On to tonight’s game. Is there anything more annoying than some asshole with a blog telling professional sports coaches how do their jobs? I hate that, too. Anyway, what Mike Brown needs to do is:
- Don’t play Shaq. He’s slow and old and shitty. He’s clogs the lane, kills the pace, and makes it easy for the Celtics to match up.
- Go small. The Cavs are dangerous when they have some combination of LeBron, West, Hickson, Moon, Williams, Jamison on the floor. The Celtics are old. Run their asses out of the gym.
- Put LeBron on Rondo. The kid has been killing the Cavs the whole series. Last game, in the first half, LeBron checked him on at least a few possessions and was able to take away his drive. It’s usually a good idea to put your best defender on the guy that’s eating you alive.
If they do that, they should win. Assuming, of course, LeBron doesn’t walk up and down the court sulking all game.
In all seriousness, though, the relentless attacks directed at James the last day or so are maddening. Basketball is a team sport, and LeBron has received little help, or even effort, from his teammates this entire series. It’s an impossible task he’s been charged with. One player can’t be expected to carry the whole load. He’s had to do it his whole career so far, and it’s always ended with the Cavs losing. He did it all year, winning 60 plus games in the process. But the playoffs are a different story. Someone else has to step up. Someone else has to show some heart, or fire, or whatever other sports cliche you want to throw in.
The only question is: Who’s it going to be?