LeBron is one of the quickest, skilled, and physically imposing players I have EVER seen. But yet, something is missing. Most LeBron fans overlook his one glaring shortcoming, his ability to close games. When you look at the Jordans, the Kobes, and now the Durants in the annals of nba history, they all have that clutch gene. Its like a special ability that you’re born with, and cannot be created in a petri dish. When you have “IT” you have “IT”, when you don’t, you don’t. But does LeBron have “IT”?
He has moments, but very few and far between. Against the Detroit Pistons in the 2007 eastern finals, in that pivotal game 5, he had “IT”. He scored the Cavs final 25 points, and 29 of the last 32, to absolutely stun the Pistons.
There have been other games, such as the game winner against the Magic in 2009. Then again their have been many more on the flipside of the spectrum. Especially in the Finals last year against the Mavericks. Why is he so heavily criticized?
Its not the fact that he’s missing the shots, or not executing the plays drawn up. The fact of the matter is, he often is passive, or plain just disappears. His supporters ask: “how does he disappear when he always has the ball in his hands?” Or they say: ” he made the right play.”
LeBron does often have the ball in his hand, and he often makes the right play. Yet, more often than not, hes not closing out close games. Why? He seems to often over think his play in the final minutes of a game.
All those skills he has, as mentioned at the outset, seem to dissipate as the clock dwindles down. Again, Why?
Because he just doesn’t seem to understand the concept of closing out tough situations, or maybe he just doesn’t have that clutch gene. Again the skillset he has possessed since his AAU days, allowed him to dominate and never have a real threat. It seemed way to easy.
Don’t get me wrong, he did put in the necessary work to get to this level. That’s why his talent is limitless. But did he face enough adversity? Maybe. However, it all comes down to one thing, he is not consistently fearless.
In game 6, of the eastern conference finals against Boston, he put on a display for the ages. Forty-five points, 15 rebounds, and 5 assists. He was superhuman, nonetheless he seemed fearless!
He carried Miami through most of the playoffs. With his stellar play in The NBA Finals, he led the Miami Heat to there second Larry O’Brien trophy. With that superhuman display, he got over his own proverbial hump: his first title
So, as time goes on, which LeBron will continue to show up? Will it be the LeBron of the 2012 NBA playoffs, or the passive disappearing act, we have seen periodically during his nine year career? I don’t know, but in due time we will find out if he either has that clutch gene, or if he is trying to concoct it in a petri dish.