We are all Witnesses

Posted on 29. Apr, 2009 by Nolan in NBA

The Cleveland Cavaliers surprised noone when they swept the Detroit Pistons in the first round of the NBA Playoffs. King James averaged 32 points, 11.3 rebounds, 7.5 assists, 1.5 steals, and shot over 50%. Once again, noone was surprised. The man oozes drama, is a great player, and is also a great teammate. His Oscar Robertson playoff like performance thus far hasn’t caught anyone off guard, rather confirmed what everyone thought he is capable of doing. Granted, Detroit has lost it’s heart and soul over the last few years in Chauncey Billups and Ben Wallace, but the ease in which LeBron and his team of mediocre surrounding talent beat down the Pistons was beyond impressive. LeBron doesn’t have the type of talent surrounding him that Kobe, Duncan, or Garnett have. What he does better than anyone I’ve seen since Magic is make his teammates better. Magic used to say “ask not what your teammates can do for you. Ask what you can do for your teammates.” With LeBron, he’s made Mo Williams an all-star, extended Zydrunas Ilgauskas’s career, made Varejau the best energy player in the league, and allowed everyone else to thrive while the entire defensive game plan focuses on LeBron. It’s actually pretty remarkable what he’s been able to do for his teammates. Along with Shaq, he’s helped his teammates get better more than any player in the last decade. He proved the type of teammate and leader he is this sumer in Beijing, leading the Redeem Team to the gold medal. For anyone who watched “Road to Redemption”- a televison series which showed Team USA behind the scenes, they got an inside look at the kind of leader he is. He’s a vocal leader, he leads by example, and he makes an extra effort to pull teammates aside and build them up. Anyone can break a man down, but it takes a special person to build a man back up. LeBron is that type of leader. Ask coach K how he feels about LeBron and he’ll tell you that LeBron James grew more than any other player during the three years with Team USA, and that LBJ gave a speech to the group about having “no excuses,” which truly set the tone for their run in Beijing.”

Now the King tries to do something truly special. Win a Gold Medal and NBA Championship in consecutive summers. If the fist round was any indication, LeBron is truely on a mission and he’s carrying everyone around him on his back. They are on the road to a championship and it’s likely nobody can stop him.

Nolan Shulman
nolan@flagrantfouls.com

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