I know LeBron is still very young and has been in the league for 7 seasons but at this pattern, it does seem LeBron is heading towards the names of Karl Malone, Elgin Baylor and others who are some of the greatest players but have no rings to show for their accomplishments.
Then again Cleveland seems to be one of those teams that is stuck where it is no matter how good their team is. It still surprises me that Cleveland went to the Finals a few years ago and mustered up 50 wins; Cleveland becomes the 2nd team in NBA history to have back to back 60 win seasons and not make it to the Finals.
Congrats are in order though for the Celtics who peaked at their championship form at the right time. They held Cleveland to under 90 points in each of their losses and in the end, it was a more determined Boston Celtics team that has played a lot better than their 50 wins during the regular season.
Now one question does linger..........Where is LeBron's future now?
I'm not going to sit here and say that LeBron did everything he could to help the Cavs win, but after the way the rest of the Cavs played in Game 6... come on. That was absolutely pathetic. He/they had no chance. If my Hawks are nothing more than a glorified AAU team, then the Cavs in the playoffs are nothing more than LeBron and 4+ humans containing mild traces of basketball-like substance. All that horsing around and posing before games during the regular season looks pretty silly now. And I'm a Cavs fan!
LeBron's out-of-body experience from Game 5 was more or less inexcusable (and I'm STILL looking for a palatable explanation of wtf THAT was all about) but the sheer ineptitude of Williams, Jamison, Varejao, and Shaq in Game 6 was stunning. Stunning.
p.s. - Is it time for Shaq to retire now? Even at $20mil+ per season, the money can't be THAT important to him at this juncture.
I was at Game Six, and it was certainly the loudest building that I've ever been in ... we were standing pretty much throughout the entire second half, what a great atmosphere.
Sorry, just had to bring it up ... and you can suck it, Abbott ;)
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Most (if not all) of the players mentioned play defense very well, and they also contribute heavily on the offensive side of the ball, making them more complete players, and less of a hindrance on one side.