By Marcus Thompson
Tuesday, May 22nd, 2007 at 12:33 pm in Uncategorized.
I really wish people would make up their mind. When I say people, I mean media. LeBron is getting killed for dishing the rock on that final play last night. But the same people saying he should have forced a shot in traffic instead of hitting the open man are perhaps the same people who are saying selfishness is killing basketball.
Which one is it? Should stars dominate the rock? Or should they play team ball?
You see the same thing with Kobe. When he jacks up shots, he’s a selfish ball hog. When he passes the rock, get his teammates involved, he’s being too passive, tanking the games.
Remember when Jordan was dogged for being a ball hog when he was younger. It wasn’t until he became more of a team player that he became really great.
LeBron is still young and already he sees the value of team ball. He should be celebrated, not faulted. How many young stars feel the need to take the winning shot, sans the open man in the corner? How many young stars would take the difficult shot instead of making the extra pass because they crave the title of clutch?
LeBron gets it. He understands his weakness, and the strengths of his teammates. On the road, you go for the win. At home, you go for overtime. That’s a unwritten rule in sports. The Cavs were going for the win, but LeBron knows he’s not the best 3-point shooter. What does he do? He creates a wide open look for a better 3-point shooter. Sounds like the smart play to me. If Donyell Marshall makes a gimmie of a 3-pointer, everyone else would think so, too.