Today’s game 7 will define the character of one of today’s most amazing athletes, Lebron James. Since childhood he’s been the star, he’s been touted as the next coming of Jordan, the next great athlete, he signed one of the biggest endorsement deals as soon as he was technically able to (even though the deal was ready in waiting for 3-4 years). And then he burst on the scene and took the NBA by storm. Thunderous dunks, applause from his city of dreams (Cleveland) and a near championship ride, undermanned against a tough, veteran Spurs team (coincidence? I think not).
Fast forward to today, he’s won 1 championship and got the “monkey off his back”. Yet everyone wanders whether he ran into a less talented and slightly over valued OKC team. Now he faces the very team that denied him in the past, led by a very familiar cast of players (don’t forget the Spurs have their own “big 3”). If you watched the end of game 6, you cannot convince me that he was clutch. Turnovers, missed shots, yes he hit a big 3 but it was a broken play that no one would have cared if he made or not. So in the end, Lebron ended up playing a little scared, which has been the issue in the past.
Today he has a chance to become a true KILLER. If he takes over the game from start to finish, the Heat will blow out a Spurs team that just lost a title in a matter of real time minutes. If he shows the killer instinct he HAS the ability to, there is no reason Miami doesn’t claim their 2nd straight title. If he shrinks to the side, Wade MIGHT be able to take over. If Coach Pops doesn’t remove Duncan in key defensive situations, maybe the Spurs win a close one.
So much can happen in one game and so much history can be transformed with 60 minutes of basketball. Let it not be said that he isn’t great, because Lebron is indeed a great player. But the difference between killer instinct and being a great player is ever so fine and moments like this define them. Let’s all sit back and watch the show, because regardless of what anyone says…GAME 7 IS AN AMAZING EXPERIENCE.
Prediction: NO FREAKING CLUE