If LeBron James Is Truly Great, It’s Time For Him to Step Up

May 12th, 2010 by Ashwath Krishna Leave a reply »
By now, everyone knows how Game 5 of the Celtics-Cavs went. Specifically, the Celtics blew the Cavaliers out of the Q as LeBron scored just 15 on 3-of-14 from the field, along with 0-4 from behind the arc.

We've heard all the excuses. His elbow is giving him trouble. The Boston Big Three (plus new addition Rajon Rondo, whose play in this series has been a surreal combination of Jason Kidd and John Stockton at their peaks) were too good. His supporting cast didn't do their jobs right.

You know what I say to all that?


Every year since he started carrying the Cavs into the playoffs, there's been a new excuse. 2007, the team was basically LeBron and scrubs who he somehow carried into the Finals. 2008, the Celtics were too good and too driven. 2009, they couldn't handle the Magic match-ups and his sidekicks didn't step up.

But time and excuses are running out for the Man Who Would Be King.

The Cavs went all out to get LeBron an improved set of sidekicks. First came the trade for Shaq, who despite his age is still one of the few bigs out there who can match up with Dwight Howard. Then came the trade deadlin ...

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