He’s single-handedly making people forget Amar’e Stoudemire is hurt, and that Tyson Chandler is simply a shell of himself. Oh, and remember when J.R. Smith was the man in New York? Funny how 90 points changes everything.
If this outburst means one thing, it’s that the Knicks can make a playoff run. Yes, I realize when he dropped 50 on the Heat, LeBron wasn’t guarding him - it was Battier. That’s not the point.
The Knicks, with Amar’e healthy in the postseason, will now have three great scoring options to look to. Melo is shooting efficiently and passing the ball very well, and J.R. Smith has discovered how to take the ball inside and get points, not just jack up ridiculous turnarounds that even Kobe would have difficulty making.
New York has options now. Oh, and they also have that Tyson guy defending the post at an elite level. Mix in Kenyon Martin, who’s revitalized the team with ferocious play down low, and some good contributions from Jason Kidd, Pablo Prigioni, and Chris Copeland, and this team has a chance of going far.
Am I crazy? I say no.
What Did You Expect?
As LeBron James danced on the floor of the American Airlines Arena in Miami just a few nights ago, there was a sense of disbelief that the Heat had actually won the 2012 NBA Finals. The hatred of LeBron James allowed for a misperception of the Oklahoma City Thunder as the heroes that would stop the reigning MVP cold in his tracks.
While the Thunder matched up well with the Heat, Miami had one thing OKC didn’t: experience. Whether it was having a championship on your resume, or simply the lingering taste of a Finals defeat, Miami was more than ready to cruise right by Durant and company. While Oklahoma City will undoubtedly be back to the NBA Finals, there was no way LeBron James was going to be stopped from getting his first ring.
After just one season together, Miami nearly beat the Mavericks last summer to win it all in their first year. If they did that, we’d be expecting the Heat to win #2. More so, there would never be a question of this team’s ability to win big games. Instead, we remembered what happened just a year ago and assumed because it happened once, it would happen again. Because LeBron was flustered by Dallas and he didn’t have it in him to take over a game in the Finals, he’d do it again. Because Dirk burned the Heat, Durant would too.
When the Heat’s super-team was assembled, we should have expected nothing less than a win in year 2. For three players of Bosh, James, and Wade’s talent not to figure it out after a year would have been curious. It’s because of this that I’m so dumbfounded - I don’t get why people are hanging their heads over LeBron getting his first ring. Maybe it’s because they live in Cleveland, or maybe it’s because they sat on the edge of their couch waiting to hear James’ decision on TV. If he went to your favorite team, you wouldn’t be so upset he decided to have his decision aired on national television. You’re jealous that another fan-base gets to appreciate this once-in-a-generation player.
The fact of the matter is you should have known. So stop whining over the Heat’s win, because there are not 1, not 2, not 3…in their future. Hating LeBron James is a lost cause - he’ll always make you angry because he’s the best at what he does.