LeBron_James_and_Expectations by huanghengdong


									LeBron James and Expectations

Mister Gregg Doyel, a polemic entrepreneur over at CBSSports dot com, is hardly known for his unbiased writing. In
fact, the main reason he makes his salary from Fox is the fact that he creates biased arguments which lead to high
traffic. That’s really about it, given that half his writing is of the “I’m drunk and want to argue” variety. The other half
doesn’t even qualify for the ethylic excuse. In other words, spewing BS and making reasonable folk flock to his website
in order to argue his often ridiculous points is the reason of his publishing existence. In his latest pseudo-article,
however, he crossed the line of reason.

“LeBron James has to average a triple-double. Something along the lines of a 25-10-10 season. I don’t much care what
the exact numbers are, as long they produce a triple-double. James has to do that this season, or he’s an
underachiever.” Oooooooh-weee! So, unless LeBron produces the finest statistical season in NBA history (adjust Oscar
Robertson’s numbers to today’s pace and see if James’ hypothetical line wouldn’t be more impressive), he’s an
underachiever. That’s some reasonable expectation, alright…

“LeBron James was given Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh. Not to mention Mike Miller and Udonis Haslem. LeBron James
was given more than any great player has ever been given.” Scottie Pippen was better than D-Wade. Dennis Rodman
was better than Chris Bosh. 1996 Toni Kukoc on a bad day was 2010 Mike Miller. And let’s not even talk about the off-
the-bench spark that Ron Harper provided, even if he didn’t play the same position as Udonis Haslem. And I won’t even
bring up Dennis Johnson, Kevin McHale, Danny Ainge and Bill Walton as a supporting cast. Or Kareem, Byron Scott,
James Worthy and Michael Cooper. I won’t talk about Bob Cousy, John Havlicek, Tom Heinsohn and Sam and KC Jones,
either. Charles Barkley, Clyde Drexler and Pip again won’t cut it, either. Neither of those sets of players can compare to
what LeBron James has in Miami right now, according to Doyel. Maybe I suffer from realititis, but I can’t see more than
one Hall of Fame-caliber player in Miami’s roster other than the gentleman sporting the #6 jersey, and that’s Dwyane
Wade. However, I’m certain you can spot at least two enshrined players in each of the teams I mentioned up there(and
if you can’t find two in the ’96 Bulls, blame the Naismith Memorial’s anti-Euro bias. Toni Kukoc was kicking ass and
taking names from 1988 and 1998). What can a writer do without a little exaggeration, anyway?

“But to whom much is given, much is expected. And LeBron James, with his career scoring average of 27.8 ppg and a
single-season high of 31.4 ppg in 2005-06, was given — or gave himself — a perimeter running mate not seen in the
NBA since, well, ever. Don’t tell me Jordan and Pippen, because Wade is better than Scottie Pippen. Only four times in
his career did Pippen average 20 ppg, and his best season was 22 ppg. Wade has exceeded that six years in a row,
with 30.2 ppg in 2009. Pippen rebounded better, but Wade creates better. And Wade scores a lot more.” Pippen was
also the most versatile defender in basketball history, an underrated passer (5.2 apg, despite spending the bulk of his
career playing with the most ball-dominant player ever) and the real MVP of the 1994 season. Wade has never come
close to being the most important player in the League over the course of 82 games. Pip led an awful Bulls team to the
brink of the 1994 Finals in an exceptionally tough league, whereas Wade and his loaded 2007 squad were swept out of
the playoffs by a listless Bulls team. Other than that, Wade is head and shoulders above Scottie Pippen.

“Already, James is the youngest player in NBA history to record a triple-double, doing it 20 days after he turned 20 in
2005. Already, James is seventh in career triple-doubles with 34, and he’s only 25 years old. Already, James has
averaged 7.9 rebounds in a season, and he has averaged 8.6 assists in a season, and he put up those numbers when
the best perimeter teammate he had was Mo Williams (career-best with LeBron: 17.8 ppg in 2009) and the best big
man he had was Zydrunas Ilgauskas (career-best with LeBron: 16.9 ppg in 2005).” Let’s just forget that LeBron came
into the league straight out of high school, so his precociousness feels more impressive than it really is. Let’s also forget
that Michael Jordan put up a 33-8-8 with Bill Cartwright and a 14ppg-scoring Scottie Pippen as his top sidekicks in 1989,
and the Bulls didn’t make it past the Eastern Conference Finals. Unless LeBron does what nobody has ever done before,
he’s a megabust.

“So what does LeBron do now that he plays alongside Dwyane Wade (30.2 ppg in 2009) and Chris Bosh (24 ppg in
2010), and also plays alongside Mike Miller (18.5 ppg in 2007, 48 percent on 3-pointers in 2010) and Udonis Haslem
(12 ppg in 2008)?

He wins an NBA title, for one thing. That’s easy.

And he averages a triple-double. That’s hard, sure, but then again, this is LeBron James we’re talking about. And to
whom much is given, well, we expect a whole lot.”

I guess we shouldn’t expect a lot from Mr. Doyel, then…

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