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With season on line, LeBron comes up with huge performance (VIDEO)

Jun 21, 2013, 10:20 AM EDT

LeBron James has more than his share of detractors (call them haters, if you wish). With them has come some a different level of scrutiny — I can’t remember a star player who had his legacy defined and redefined so many times during his playing career. With Michael Jordan we waited until he retired (all three times). We didn’t try to define Magic Johnson’s legacy at age 28. Same with Allen Iverson or so many others. It felt like with those guys we sat back and tried to enjoy greatness as we saw it rather than pick it apart and define it over and over as we went along.

With LeBron it seems the national temperature on him changes game to game almost.

But in the biggest game of the 2013 season — Game 7 of the NBA Finals — he came up huge. All series long the Spurs had packed the paint on him, tried to lure him into shooting jump shots, shooting threes, and when he missed them he looked passive. They did that again in Game 7 and the Spurs strategy worked — LeBron was just 3-of-3 shooting in the paint. But he has spent a lot of time working on and improving his jump shot and it showed in Game 7 — he was 5-of-10 from three, 4-of-10 from the midrange. The shots fell and that let him drive and kick out to other shooters at times.

The result was a monster 37 point, 12 rebound game with strong defense at the other end. Basketball’s best player stepped up on the biggest stage and you can see that in the video above.

  1. dolphindubs - Jun 21, 2013 at 10:32 AM

    CLUTCH. That is all.

  2. hehateme2 - Jun 21, 2013 at 10:33 AM

    Simply the best…. better than all the rest…. 2X MVP CHAMP!

  3. losanginsight - Jun 21, 2013 at 11:05 AM

    Now MIA and bandwagon fans all over has a taste of what its like being a
    Los Angeles Laker fan and watching great players. This championship should be especially cherished since D Rose,Westbrook,Granger,Rondo and Kobe were all out with injuries. Make sure to hold on to this feeling as long as you can because heat and LBJ won’t win another.

  4. cmehustle - Jun 21, 2013 at 11:21 AM

    Alright Alright, hooray Lebron king of all kings. Now on to the draft already! (yeah Im such a hater, in my face, I hate you Lebron)

  5. pmx8411 - Jun 21, 2013 at 11:25 AM

    HAIL TO THE KING

  6. thenew013 - Jun 21, 2013 at 11:30 AM

    Im just glad its over. Tired of all the praise and hate for another human. He just plays basketball he doesnt walk on water. Congrats to the heat and spurs for an entertaining series. Excited for the draft and summer league…you know being a cavs fan and all.

  7. 1972wasalongtimeago - Jun 21, 2013 at 12:11 PM

    Want to have some fun? Let’s reflect on some recent posts from some of our good friends

    cantonbound13 – Jun 18, 2013 at 12:20 PM
    He’s 8-12 lifetime in the Finals & only 8-8 with the 2 all star teammates. He has shot under 50% in 75% of the games played in his career. How much more tarnished can his legacy be?

    laserw – Jun 18, 2013 at 1:46 PM
    What LeBrick James Legacy?
    He is a selfish, arrogant player who chokes in big games.
    That legacy?
    LeBrick James has almost no impact on the outcome of any game. Any player can produce the numbers he produces given the same roster around him. What is amazing is that he can’t step up! He never leads. He never personally takes over a game. He constantly whines during the game when he is called for a foul or doesn’t get one. He’s a complete gutless wuss.
    So LeBrick James has PRECISELY ONE MORE CHAMPIONSHIP than Donovan McNabb of the Philthydelphia Iggles. Big whoop.

    losanginsight – Jun 18, 2013 at 10:27 PM
    Lbjs legacy will be 1-3 in The Finals. Please,no more comparisons to MJ or Kobe. Not 3 not 4 not 5 not 6..not even 2.

    pl4tinum514 – Jun 17, 2013 at 1:52 PM
    i hope the heat lose again so that Lebron can be 1-3 in finals appearances
    a far cry from jordan’s 6-0

    cantonbound13 – Jun 17, 2013 at 1:32 PM
    You think The Chokin’ One is going to “Save You”? Don’t you realize by now that he is a “Nothing Man”? Judging by his career stats in the Finals you’ll need to find a “Better Man” to help your team. All that time you spent cheering for the A-Rod of the NBA is just a “Life Wasted”. But don’t worry, you can just follow the bandwagoners after a loss & go “In Hiding”.
    My tribute to you & your aweful choice in music

  8. packhawk04 - Jun 21, 2013 at 12:44 PM

    Lebron, wade, and battier all came up big. When james and wade were missing their jumpers, they struggled. But in the biggest game, they were huge. Heat and spurs gave us one hell of a series, heat proved they were the best!

  9. jimmymarlinsfan - Jun 21, 2013 at 1:14 PM

    Lets go Heat! Back to back!

  10. mungman69 - Jun 21, 2013 at 2:30 PM

    Who the hell does walk on water?

  11. jzone954 - Jun 21, 2013 at 3:46 PM

    Jesus

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