Just Who Is LeBron: What is He Now and What Could He Be?

May 17th, 2010 by Ashwath Krishna Leave a reply »
For a guy who (most of the time) manages to come off as a fun-loving, easygoing kind of bloke, few people manage to polarise basketball fans like LeBron James. Just yesterday, I was playing a pickup game with a couple of mates when a kid showed up wearing a Cleveland No.23 jersey and asked if he could play.

"Not if you're wearing the Queen's jersey," was one of my guys' response. In his defense, he's a die-hard Lakers fan who truly believes Magic is the G.O.A.T, that Kobe is Black Jesus and that Bynum is the next great NBA big man.

I called the kid back and we managed to have a decent game, but it got me thinking. 

What is LeBron James right now? What could he be? What will he be?

Given the failure of the Cavs in this series, it may be tempting for all and sundry to label him a pretender, all hype and a choker.

However, let's take a look at his stats. He averages a 28-7-7 in the regular season with 2 steals and 1 block per game. In the playoffs throughout his career, he averages a 29-8-7-1-1 stat line. This year, he averaged 29-9-8-2-2. Nor can we say that he completely choked in Game 6. After an insipid Game 5, ...

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