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Dominique Wilkins is not impressed with LeBron’s 61-point performance

Mar 4, 2014, 8:02 PM EDT

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Dominique Wilkins was an elite NBA scorer who played 15 seasons and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2006.

As someone who played the game and was able to take it over at times, his opinion holds a certain amount of weight — and Wilkins wasn’t all that impressed with the 61 points that LeBron James scored against the lowly Charlotte Bobcats on Monday night.

From Wilkins’ Twitter account:

No denying he put on a shooting display. He was hot. Let’s not forget, he was playing the Bobcats. A sub 500 team w a match up nightmare.

Where is the Defense? The Bobcats put up 107 points in a defenseless display of basketball. Offensively who was there to make Bron work on D

Why are we not talking about Al Jefferson and the MONSTER night he had 38 and 19! Yes, like I said, Bron got hot & put on a shooting clinic.

Watch the film. No close outs on D, doubles were late, rotations were slow. It was too easy to score. At 54 y/o I could drop 40 on that D

Bron is a freakish athlete, yes, no doubt. I could say I was too in my prime, but averaging 30 then against the greats like Bird, MJ, King

AND having to guard them on the other side was an all out war. You were dogged by halftime and had to pick it up & do it again the 2nd half

Let me be clear again, amazing shooting display, he was on fire and VERY efficient. My point is the Cats didn’t work him on the other end.

It isn’t just about slow rotations & poor closeouts. Who made Bron work on the other end w/ Henderson hurt and Al carrying the team?

Was this enough to now thrust Bron into MVP vote leads? We forget the body of work KD has been shouldering when Westbrook goes down?

Calm down people. Not taking anything away from a great OFFENSIVE night from one of the greatest the game has seen. He shot the lights out!

There are some valid points here, but none of them are LeBron’s fault — he didn’t put together that crap Bobcats roster, and the fact that no one on the squad could challenge him on either end of the floor frankly isn’t his concern.

Wilkins knows his stuff, so his opinion shouldn’t be easily dismissed. But the most interesting thing he said in this little rant was that Durant is still the MVP in his eyes based on his performance with Russell Westbrook out of the lineup — when LeBron turned in his magnificent performance on a night where Dwyane Wade was sidelined.

  1. dshaffer31 - Mar 5, 2014 at 8:17 AM

    What does rings have to do with his comment? How many rings do the people have sitting at home, talkin’ bout rings?

    • money2long - Mar 5, 2014 at 8:23 AM


  2. billtetley53 - Mar 5, 2014 at 8:26 AM

    I’d say it amazes me that there is a total lack of respect shown for players from the nba past, but then I read the comments here every day, and realize that this is the absolute rock bottom of any basketball knowledge, and I’m not surprised.

    When kb2408 is the voice of reason on this story, well, these must be the end times.

    • jollyjoker2 - Mar 5, 2014 at 8:12 PM

      Next people will be comparing LeBron to Jordon! LOL. I would take half the stars in the 1970’s or these guys today.

  3. cruzan80 - Mar 5, 2014 at 9:51 AM

    Wilkins is right. They gave Lebron most of those threes because he isnt a god sghooter. He got hot THAT night & the Bobcats paid for it… happens. But if they played again tonight i’m sure they wouldnt change the way they defend him. Their ranked 5th in defense this year…..their a good defensive team. Teams WANT Lebron to take those kinda shots….if he actually hits them….you tip your hat & move on.

  4. idolgenesis77 - Mar 5, 2014 at 10:03 AM

    Lowly Bobcats?

    They were in 6th place in the East, had won 4 in a row on 2 back to backs with a night off in between, and then had an unusual 6 day break where they came back to face SA, OKC, MIA and IND all in a row.

    They have a top 10 D and Big Al has been a beast this year but due to the losing culture they get presented this way in national articles.

    They are not on the same level as the top 4 teams in the NBA, but they are not bottom feeders either.

  5. unxpexted1 - Mar 5, 2014 at 10:18 AM

    Not taking anything away from Lebron or his sixty. Because sixty is very impressive no matter what. But i’ve seen Lebron be more impressive and dominate. For some reason it doesn’t feel the same when a player gets his point doing the opposite of what his skillset is. Feels more like a fluke instead of dominating. They were giving him J’s and he made them all night.

  6. joeksnuffy - Mar 5, 2014 at 10:30 AM

    It’s not about whose fault it is. Nique is saying it just wasn’t that great of a performance when compared to the greats of all time. In addition to the lack of D, Lebron played to rack up points. The game was in the bag by the end of the third. There was no need for Lebron to be in the game in the 4th. But, he ended up playing 41 minutes to pad his stat line. It was a manufactured 61.

  7. spursareold - Mar 5, 2014 at 10:54 AM

    I loved watching me some Wilkins in his prime, but I loled when he talked about guarding MJ, King, etc. ‘Nique never guarded anyone in his life.

  8. au1978 - Mar 5, 2014 at 11:41 AM

    You know what? I used to love Wilkins and MJ and Magic and Kareem and those guys and what they did for the game. But I’m sick of hearing them always talk trash about the new players. Yeah, yall were great, but you need to pass the torch and just be happy for these guys rather than finding every opportunity to criticize them.

    • jollyjoker2 - Mar 5, 2014 at 8:14 PM

      talent is a lot less now than it was. The teams now don’t have the depth like it once was in the 1980s’..Back then you had rough play and guys coming hard off the bench. Now its wave and let them go to hole.

  9. phinagain - Mar 5, 2014 at 12:07 PM

    I’m going to puke if I see one more person say he “had to team up with superstars to win.” Didn’t MJ have pippin and Rodman? Didn’t magic have Kareem and nixon? Nobody wins by themselves- ask Barkley. LeBron took the Cavs to the finals by himself, then jumped ship when they wouldn’t get the pieces around him they needed.

    Also, lol@”manufactured” 61. When was the last time LeBron was accused of padding a stat line? I him to pad that one. He was hitting everything, by the time he got to 50, why not try to break the franchise record? That’s what great competitors do, they constantly try to prove they’re the best. Wasn’t everyone beating up on him before for not being driven, or having Kobe’s “competitive fire”? Now you people are complaining that he stayed in longer than he had to just to prove he could bury them? Make up your mind!

    You know what, I can sum this up even better, since I live in Miami.

    LeBron = awesome. And he plays for Miami.

    Deal with it.

  10. ravenswhat - Mar 5, 2014 at 1:24 PM

    Damn he’s bitter.

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