All LeBron James ever wanted was some help in a big game. It seems like a fairly simple request, like asking for socks for Christmas. For LeBron, it’s been like searching for a mythical unicorn.
He’s carried teams and franchises on his back for his entire career. He initially left Cleveland because he was tired of singlehandedly carrying the franchise. He left Miami because he saw the roster getting older and increasingly dependent on him carrying the team.
In Game 7 of the NBA Finals, he finally got the help in a crucial playoff game that he desperately wanted. Kyrie Irving had 26 points including the go ahead three-pointer with just over a minute left to put the Cavs up to stay. Irving was incredible in the Finals, averaging 27 points, including crucial buckets that were the difference in the series.
Today in The Herd, Colin said that most transcending talents have great support in common.
“Like most great people, Seinfeld had Larry David. Steve Jobs had Steve Wozniak. Jordan had Pippen. Magic had Kareem and Worthy. Legends are made, virtually without exception, with great assistance from a number two. Kyrie was spectacular in this series.”
The media has made a cottage industry out of slamming LeBron’s place in the history of NBA greats, and choosing to find flaws and diminish game. His entire career he’s been head and shoulders above the rest of the league, but never good enough for the media to fully appreciate.
“He broke in with Melo, ‘Melo’s better.’ ‘You’ll never be Kobe.’ ‘D-Rose is the MVP.’ ‘Steph’s unanimously better.’ ‘James Harden will even get our second MVP vote.’
That’s what LeBron heard, as he carried cities and economies, and owners and GM’s, and old teammates, and defenses and benches. His entire career all the media has done has done, “more”, “you’re not good enough”, “that guy’s better”.
After the Cavs the most historic comeback in NBA Finals, LeBron has finally been embraced by the same media that blamed him for never doing enough, the one time he didn’t have to do it all by himself.