My pal, 610 Sports major player voice, Nick Wright and I called it wrong on LeBron…
We both felt he was maybe the third or fourth best player to come to the NBA, behind Michael Jordan and Kobe. But the Miami Heat got jacked again in Dallas by the real "new" name of super-super-stars Dirk Nowitzki.
Starting now a household name all over the planet.
Yes, Dirk is nearing the end of his long career. But he’s stopped by to let the world know that it’s Dirk’s, NOT LEBRON’S world right now.
Nick did a few one hour "defend LeBron James" spots on 610 over the last couple weeks. It was such a hot topic I couldn’t even get in on the hot line.
I wanted to back him up.
I too felt James would show up in the end and kill it – take down Dallas. With the Mavs now up 3 games to 2 that is not likely. It looks like they have LeBron’s number. The guy just kinda leaves the scene in the fourth and final quarter.
In two straight games at Dallas, with James saying, "This is my biggest game, OF MY LIFE," the biggest name in the NBA couldn’t save his team. Yes, he was double teamed on defense but the Heat did the same to Dirk and he did whatever he wanted when it mattered.
In game two at Miami, the Heat had a 16 point fourth quarter lead with just over five minutes to go. Until LeBron and Dwayne Wade (the other Heat super star) gave it all back and lost the game.
I can say this with total confidence, MICHAEL JORDAN would never have let that happen.
At home with the Bulls in the NBA finals, no chance. So this was my first thought that James might just be, well, a bit over rated. Maybe.
In Game four at Dallas the biggest name in basketball had 8 points.
Enough said on that one, and no he wasn’t hurt. Zero points in the fourth and final quarter. Last night, James did have a weak triple double. If there is such a thing as weak it was. All while missing 11 of 19 shots. Yes, he had 17 points but went bye-bye in the fourth quarter again.
Wade was injured and a bit off his game, not much though. Dirk, well he had his usual 29 points and was all over it in the fourth quarter. Dallas 112 Miami 103.
And oh, by the way the Heat led 99-95 early in the fourth quarter.
The good news: KU’s Mario Chalmers (he had the tying 3 pointer in the KU NCAA title game in ’08) is playing great and might become a baby star in the NBA next season or NOW if the Heat can come back.
LeBron can end all this rough talk with TWO big comeback games in Miami. But I don’t see that happening.
Nick and I have holes in our pockets from being wrong on this one. Damn it.