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LeBron: “I let my teammates down” in 2011 NBA finals

Jun 11, 2012, 6:59 PM EDT

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LeBron James has — either for the first time or the 100th, depending on how you dissect his words — owned up to what you, I, Erik Spoelstra, Jeff Van Gundy, and pretty much every sports fan living in a first world country already knew:

LeBron was not very good in the 2011 NBA finals against the Dallas Mavericks.

He talked about last year’s finals at media day, just more than 24 hours before the start Game 1 of the 2012 NBA finals, via Ira Winderman of the Sun Sentinel.

“I didn’t play well,” he said during Monday NBA Finals media day…. “I think I said that 100 times this year. I didn’t play well. I didn’t make enough game-changing plays that I know I’m capable of making, and I felt like I let my teammates down. I don’t know. I don’t know if that’s something I haven’t said before. Just didn’t make enough plays.

“I’m happy and I’m humbled that I can actually be back in this position less than 12 months later, to do a better job of making more plays, more game-changing plays out on the floor on a bigger stage.”

The question is not did LeBron know he played poorly. The question really is how did that prepare him for this finals, how has he absorbed what he learned and can he take the next step because of that.

As it was against Boston, LeBron is going to have to play phenomenal ball for the Heat to be in games. And it can’t just be one half of elite play, either, the Thunder are too good. LeBron and teammates will really have to bring it for 48 minutes.

We’ll see if the lessons of the past can get him there.

  1. gmsingh - Jun 12, 2012 at 7:37 AM

    It’s official–whatever the opposite of the killer instinct is LeBron has it!

  2. truthhurtstoo - Jun 12, 2012 at 7:57 AM

    How can you not like this guy haters? Glad to have him and his talent in Miami. Now, go get your ring!

  3. thetooloftools - Jun 13, 2012 at 7:05 PM

    NOTHING like you let the Cleveland Cavaliers down for your entire career. LeBron only admits things when it’s convenient for him.

  4. davidcl77 - Jun 14, 2012 at 7:16 AM

    Get over the decision?!? Why should we get over it? He will never get over it, and it’s beginning to look like he will never win a championship, so there you go. Serves his arrogant arse right.
    He was all mouth last year, thinking Wade was going to win one for him. It didn’t happen, and it ain’t this year.
    He needs to learn from Kevin, who is as humble as they come, and is better than this pompous cat.
    Not one, not two….. not seven. Wow!!! This moron thinks he’s going to win a MINIMUM of 8 championships. LOL!!!
    Okay, he’s a comedian.
    How disrespectful is it to the rest of the league to spout off, “Not one…..?” he didn’t curtail his arrogance til he had his ass kicked. Btw, it’s being kicked this year as well by a 23 year old. A young fellow to be admired for his basketball ability and personality. Something the self proclaimed “King James the Chosen One” doesn’t have.
    Get over it? I think not. I’m enjoying watching him lose.
    “All those people hating on me have to go back to their miserable lives.”
    He brought this on himself, boys. He is humbler these days, but only because he is losing. LOL!!!!!
    He cries about people disliking Jim. Wonder why? Ever see Jordan, Bird, Magic, etc, act like this?
    Hell of a ball player. Sad he hasn’t the sense to go with that.

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