As LeBron James(notes) has moved through these playoffs, one of his most notable trademarks has been missing. No, I speak not of fourth-quarter scoring -- it's his game-opening chalk toss. While anyone who sits in the first few rows behind the scorer's table is thankful for this change, it's a little odd that LeBron would cast aside one of his most recognizable routines.
But fear not, NBA branding experts, because James is going to bring back the chalk toss next season. From Ira Winderman of the Sun-Sentinel:
Bypassing his trademark chalk toss at the beginning of games since the start of the Eastern Conference semifinals against the Boston Celtics, Miami Heat forward LeBron James said Thursday the tradition will resume next season.
"I'll get back to it, I'll get back to it," James said during a private moment, when asked about the disappearing powder, shortly after the Heat completed preparations for Thursday night's Game 5 of the NBA Finals against the Dallas Mavericks at AmericanAirlines Center.
A ritual James continued through the opening round of the playoffs against the Philadelphia 76ers, the toss has been replaced by a low-key clapping of rosin to dry his hands just before he takes the court for the opening tip
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LeBron's just not mentally tough enough, he doesn't have that killer instinct, and crumbles in big moments. That's why having Wade next to him is a blessing.
If I was a Mavs fan I would be pissed that even after Dirk wins a ring, he gets no love cause all the stories will be on Lebron and the Heat ! Ridiculous
This is true. The talk of the off-season won't be praising the Mavs. They'll be congratulated probably for a week or two then the off-season will be dominated about talk about how Lebron "choked away the series" and what will the Heat do next season.
Honestly, how can you still praise/worship this dood after what he has showed us thus far in the finals? He has been ABSOLUTELY worthless, its fking ridiculous!
Lebron reminds me very much of kobe bryant so far, plays good/well in the regular season and pre-finals playoff series (lebron obviously being the better of the two), but once the finals roll around... both lay ****ing eggs. This is absolutely ridiculous, that men of their talent/caliber are laying eggs in the biggest ****ing stage.
Which brings me to my next point.... i honestly believe that only a few are "destined" or have that "IT ability" to perform at an high level in the finals. Michael jordan was one... magic johnson.... shaq.... and now we are seeing it with dwayne wade (proving that 2006 was no aberration(sp)) Hell, dirk is even playing at an incredibly high level, and he has MORE pressure than lebron or kobe (lebron having a top 3 player on his team and another top 15), while dirk being the only top dood on hi steam (even though his team has been playing great).
Do you guys agree that some people just rise to the occassion and perform lights out, while others, no matter how talented, just falter when the pressure is on?