Re: Why does only Lebrons clutch failures reach criticism of epic proportions?
Originally Posted by oolalaa
Lebron is now the most underrated clutch the player the league has ever seen. You only have yourselves to blame, Lebron haters.
Lebron has consistently produced in the 4th quarters of games, in the regular season and playoffs! He just has. You are either ignorant or you are trolling if you can't acknowledge this.
People now act like his performances in the 4th quarter of last years finals are the norm. This is ridiculous. He had a god damn mental breakdown! It's a joke that people say he sucks 'in the clutch' because of 1 SERIES.
Yes, the finals were completely inexcusable. I think the pressure and the scrutiny finally got to him (granted, he brought much of it on by himself). But, have you already forgotten what he did to Boston and Chicago in the previous rounds?? HE CLOSED THEM OUT.
I've watched Kobe (aka ONE OF THE MOST OVERRATED CLUTCH PERFORMERS IN NBA HISTORY) over the years repeatedly turn crunch time into a shot jacking, hero ball fest. He has failed in the clutch many, many, many, many times. He has single handily shot the Lakers out of many wins. NO ONE EVER SAYS ANYTHING
And what about Carmelo?? People actually think this guy is clutch Yes, he has hit a high percentage of game winners over his career (I think he has hit something like 19/40 if remember rightly), but in terms of producing in the 4th - certainly not better than Lebron. He has lost in the 1st round of the playoffs 7 times already!! How clutch could he really be?
Lebron can get a little tight down the stretch sometimes, and I wish he would be more aggressive - he doesn't really alter his play in crunch time. He still wants to distribute and set up his teammates - this can be good and bad.
But it's become insane.
And before you call me a Lebron Homer, or even a Kobe hater.....
- I am not a big Lebron fan. I think he is mentally weak. I'm not sure how competitive and driven he is. I don't think he's a great leader (great teammate sure, but not someone who will give an inspirational half time speech or someone that his teammates look up to for guidance. If i'm wrong about this, let me know). He doesn't always respond well to massive pressure.
- I love Kobe's desire. I love his psycho competitiveness. I love that he is consumed with basketball. He is at #9 on my all time list, and will probably end up higher.
Like the OP has said - Lebron' failures are blown to epic proportions. I suppose that comes with the territory of being the most scrutinised athlete the world has ever known
HA! Yeah right. Kobe gets scrutinized just as much as Lebron, as he should be.
PEOPLE NEED TO STOP BLAMING CARLOS BOOZER FOR THIBODEAU's OFFENSIVE MISTAKES
He does need to get trade because he is not a good fit for the bulls. He is not a good fit for a guy like Derrick Rose period. The man is good and thibodeau needs to understand that he won't be effective by shooting long mid range jump shots. Pick & Roll pleaaaaaaaaaaase.
Re: Umm, Miami ain't beating the Bulls at full-strength unless they have HCA
Originally Posted by Eric Cartman
I don't trust Derrick Rose in the playoffs.
are u serious?.... Rose comes though down the stretch far more than he chokes.... Ask your Lakers about it. The heat just struggled to beat chicago at home without Deng.. James choked at the line with his team leading and it's Rose that you don't trust?....LMAo...
Re: Even though the Bulls lost, this is good news for them
Originally Posted by StateOfMind12
Rose just took a bunch of terrible shots at the end. The missed FTs was his fault though and that was inexcusable but I don't think Lebron is really in his head still. I think Rose should attack the basket when Lebron is on him because Lebron would get blown by.
That's what I mean though. Before LeBron switched onto him midway through the 4th, dude was slicing up the Heat defense like it was butter. Then when LeBron starts guarding him.. you could just see his hesitation. He stopped making aggressive drives to the basket and would just pass off the ball to Hamilton or Boozer. It was very disappointing to see. Then when he did shoot, like you said, he was just jacking long 3's.
I don't know what it is, but he plays differently when LeBron is guarding him.