After watching last night’s game of the Orlando Magic versus the Miami Heat, there is no debating it. LeBron James is the most overrated athlete of all time. Recently on the self proclaimed “World Wide Leader in Sports” the Mike and Mike show had a debate on if LeBron James, right now, was the best NBA player to never win a ring. Most of the so called experts agreed that James was in fact the best NBA player ever to never win a championship. He was placed ahead of Hall of Famers such as John Stockton, Karl Malone, Charles Barkley, Elgin Baylor, Dominique Wilkins, Patrick Ewing, George Gervin, Reggie Miller, Pete Maravich and the future Hall of Famers Allen Iverson and Steve Nash. Are you kidding me? Everyone on that list has had a better entire career that James has had to this point.
If Lebron James has a career ending injury tomorrow, I could not say that he has had a better career than anyone I listed above. And the “experts” were putting him at the top of the greatest player to never win a championship debate? They put him ahead of a guy, Elgin Baylor, who took the L.A. Lakers to 8, yes 8 finals? (Even though they lost them all, LeBron has already lost two, I hope, realy hope Elgin’s record gets broken by James and he loses 9 finals, really hope). They put him ahead of a guy, Karl Malone, that is #2 on the all time scoring list and averaged over 20 points a game for 17 straight years? Really? They put him ahead fo a guy, John Stockton who is the all time leader in assists AND steals? Wow. Ahead of Reggie Miller who had an 18 year career and is second all time in 3 point field goals made? Ahead of Charles Barkley who had a 16 year career and averaged a double-double for the last 15 years of his career? Ahead of Dominique Wilkins who had a 15 year career and averaged over 20 points for 11 straight years, oh yeah and had a pretty good overseas career while not playing in the NBA. Ahead of Patrick Ewing who had a 17 year career and averaged over 20 points a game for he first 13 years as well as averaging a double-double for 9 straight years. NO WAY LeBron has had a better career than any of them to this point.
Sure, by the time it all said and done James might have a better career than everyone listed, but right now? With numbers such as two finals loses and with James in his ninth year in the league (can you believe it has been that many already) it looks like he will have averaged over 20 points for all nine years, not NEVER averaged for a season a double-double. His numbers, right now, just don’t stack up.
Also, none of these great players shrink like LeBron does in clutch time. LeBron is missing the clutch gene as Skip Bayless has so correctly pointed out time after time. Last night in the final minutes of the game James drove into the lane, took a shot with no arc, that hit hard of the backboard, didn’t even hit rim. Looked like a third grader shot it. That’s what we call down south a “white man’s shot.’ Didn’t even hit the rim, it just hit hard off the backboard, and James just stood there with his arms out looking at the ref, complaining (like he always does) that a foul was not called, as Jameer Nelson, yes Jameer Nelson went down the floor and hit a go ahead three pointer.
In a game the other day when the heat were tied with the Pacers in overtime with only a few seconds left LeBron had the ball and motioned for Dwyane Wade to come and get the ball from him. Wade got the ball and hit the shot. But come on LeBron, if you are the greatest you want, you need that ball in your hands. Listen, I’m not saying you have to shoot it every time, Jordan passed to Paxon and Kerr in the finals for them to hit game winning shots. Jordan got the assist on the play and did not make the I’m going to motion to Steve Kerr to come take the ball from be because I’m scared to have it in my hands play. LeBron, you are good. But not as good as everyone seems to think. Glad Skip Bayless can keep some perspective. And so can I.
Overrated Hall of Fame, the O-Hoff, LeBron James, you have been nominated.