Great performers always find a way to dominate the stage when the time calls for it. They know when to seize the moment and explode when they have to. Jordan, Bird, Magic, and all the greats have a keen presence when it comes to the moment.
This year Lebron has deferred that moment to Dwyane Wade. Honestly I can understand why because Wade has been where Lebron is trying to go. In my opinion that is part of the problem. Wade isn't as hungry because he has already had a plate of what Lebron is trying to get. Let's face it... Lebron has done about all that a man can do in these playoffs. He's getting the team 30 points and 8 rebounds a night. He's playing out of position and guarding power forwards and sometimes centers. He's being guarded by 6 or 7 different guys every night as well. With all the cards that are stacked against him you wonder why he's exhausted and can't finish the game strongly.
That's really no excuse though. It's time for some role reversal. When you look at emerging stars like the kids down in Oklahoma City. They don't worry too much about who is doing what and when, but when the game gets close, its Kevin Durant time. Durant has been very good about not forcing it, but when its Alpha Dog time (the 4th quarter) he throws that team first shit out the window.
Lebron has to be the same way. He has too much to offer. We know there is a dog in him, because we saw it unleashed on the Pistons when he was in Cleveland. The problem is, we haven't seen that dog since he joined the Heat. To a degree I blame Lebron and the people in his corner. He should have never deferred to Dwyane Wade. In fact I think he should have gone somewhere else to play, but that is a story for another day.
The fact that Lebron is now up against a wall in a situation that could turn real ugly real fast should at least be the motivation to unleash that dog if it still lives within him. If he can't release it, it may be time for a new team or new teammates. Maybe a fresh start will allow him to rekindle the beast.
I'm not writing him off just yet. The man is still the best we have seen since Jordan, but he has a lot to learn about being the man in my opinion.
Stay Breezy ~ I'm Out!