Thursday, May 13, 2010
Get Off LeBron People
Every where I go, every show I watch and everyone I talk to seems to have an opinion on LeBron James. Yeah he played terrible in Game 5 on Tuesday night. I would put most of the blame on Mr. James for that loss. However, if the Cavs lose again tonight I won't blame the series on LeBron. The Cavs brought in Shaq, Antawn Jamison and Mo Williams to help LeBron out. All 3 players are former all-stars.
Jamison has struggled in this series averaging 13.2 points and 7.8 boards in this series after putting up over 19 points per in the Chicago series. Jamison has struggled mightily with the length of KG and KG is outplaying him averaging 18.2 points and 7.2 boards in only 33 minutes a game. Shaq has played decent but neither he nor Anderson Varejao can guard the perimeter.
Mo Williams has sucked. There is no other word to describe it. He's played terrible. He's a point guard who can't create and in this series can't shoot either. He's shooting 20% from 3 point range against the Celtics. The worst thing is that he cannot even come close to guarding Rajon Rondo or Ray Allen. Guard's Delonte West and Anthony Parker are average players at best.
That leaves LeBron having to do it all. I have no doubt in my mind that he will do it all tonight. I'm expecting a 40 plus point 8 assist and 8 rebound performance tonight as his Cavs face elimination. I also expect his supporting cast to not step up and I expect the Cavs to lose again. Why would they step up now? They haven't the past five games.
If LeBron loses and decides to leave Cleveland this summer for a bigger market the fans in Ohio shouldn't be mad at LeBron. They should be mad at his overpaid (Shaq-21 mill., Jamison-11.6-mill., Williams-8.8 mill., and Varejao-6.3 mill.) under performing supporting cast.
Without LeBron, Cleveland has nothing but the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The Browns stink, the Indians stink and Bone Thugs-n-Harmony peaked in the 90's. LeBron is the face of the city and the only reason anyone cares about the city on the shores of Lake Erie.