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Friday, May 27, 2011

The Importance of Having a Mid-Range Jumper pt.3 LeBron is the Best

It seems as if we've been down this road before, haven't we?
Maybe once or twice.
Let's see if LeBron learned from his previous experiences.

The setting: Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals. 
At Stake: A chance to go to the NBA finals.
LeBron, your team is down three with about a minute to play.
What do you?

May I suggest......

1) Ride your team's momentum. Wade just made a 4 point play to cut it to three. Before that, you just made a three to cut it to 7. You have Chicago on the ropes, why not go for the tie now and break their back completely?
Trust your killer instinct.
And don't let the defense set up either, look for the three in transition. 
Have confidence in your jump shot, you've been making big threes all playoffs long. 
The first opening you get - take it....

After you tie the game (because we all know you will tie it).

2) You'll have the ball with under a minute to go.
Even though you just made two threes, know that your defender is still playing you for the drive. 
He can't stay in front of you.
But still, he can't contest your jump shot either. 
Why drive to the basket where you'll face weakside help defense? 
Why not just create space and elevate?
Trust your skill LeBron.
How about driving to your left then taking a little step back at the top of the key to create space for a mid-range jumper?
Trust me, you'll make it.

What do you think?

There was never a doubt.
Thank you LeBron for believing in your skills, rather than just relying on your talent.
I humbly say, that you have come a long way.

And of course I can't forget about the defense you played down the stretch last night either.
I merely suggested what you might want to do offensively.
Your exploits on the defensive end however, that was all you.
Of course you had to stop Derrick Rose to give yourself a chance to tie the game in transition.
And then of course you had to tip Derrick Rose's pass, leading to a steal, to set-up your go ahead basket. And then of course on the last play of the game, fittingly, you had to block Derrick Rose's last second three-point attempt to seal the series.

I know before I've mentioned your ability to dominate the game on the defensive end separates you from Kevin Durant. In reality, it's part of what separates you from everyone else in the world.
You've clearly shown that in these playoffs.

But that's only part of it.

Let me also state what else separates you from everyone else.
It's your ability to rise to the occasion in the most hostile and pressure packed environments.
It's your ability to be a closer, on both ends of the floor, and make big plays down the stretch.
It's your ability to be clutch and close out games/series.

You've clearly shown that all season, going into Cleveland, New York, and L.A.
And most impressively, you've clearly shown that in the playoffs with how you've closed out Boston and Chicago.

Let me say it loud and clear:
LeBron James is the best basketball player in the world.

I'll just finish with this.
When LeBron James first came into the NBA, he had impossible hype to live up to.
But he was one of those rare occasions in life where he was actually better than the hype.

Now, when LeBron James came into this season, he had impossible hate to overcome.
But amazingly, he has done just that.

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