Friday, May 14, 2010
Letter to the Editor
WOW! Is Judge Patrick some sort of psychic? His synopsis could not have been more dead on for last night's game; similarly to the prediction he put forth prior to game 7 of the Caps/Habs series.
The bottom line is this. Lebron is Dominique Wilkins 2.0.,a slightly better version of T-Mac and Vinsanity. Great players don't disappear in a series turning game, ala Game 5 in the Rock City. Sure last night he had a triple double- almost a quadruple double, if you factor in the 9 turnovers, and I don't doubt his physical talent on the court. However, the guy is not a winner.
Talk about the roster all you want,but MJ wasn't surrounded by great talent (Pippen aside). He won with Bill Wennington, Will Purdue, that goofy ass Aussie that always got hurt body surfing, John Paxson, Steve Kerr, Tony Kucoc, and the list goes on and on and on. Great players make average players good. Great players don't pull a Houdini when the series is on the line. Great players don't let their team get outscored by 7 in the 3rd quarter of a win or go home game. Is that too much to ask of the supposed greatest player in the game?...to take over a quarter, in a tight elimination game?
Bird did it, Magic did it, Kobe's done it, MJ did it all the time. And you can forget the no talent around him argument. Even when Kobe had Shaq on his team, in nut crunching time, it was Kobe's team, Kobe's game.
Winning, Leadership, the ability to put your team on your back and carry them to victory; they all factor into the argument when placing guys into the category of "Best Ever". And until "The King" can navigate his team through a weak Eastern Conference and not get swept in the finals, he will be relegated to the list with the likes of Charles Barkley, Alex Ovechekin, Dan Marino, and even Ted Williams (hurts to say as a Sox Fan).
I just hope "The King" doesn't insult the greatest player of all time and go to Chicago and try to wear 23 in the Windy City.
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