I’m sure there will be plenty of hot LeBron takes out there today, just like there are every other day, so we’ll try to keep this brief. Last night was the game where I realized I’m openly rooting for LeBron James to be awesome. I’ve probably been in this mode for a while, but there was just nothing to crystallize it quite like Game 6.
It’s still surreal, don’t get me wrong. When LeBron fell apart in 2011 and the Heat crumbled on national TV, it was one of the most enjoyable sports disasters of my lifetime. The Game 2 collapse? Fucking incredible.
The whole rest of the series followed that pattern, and it was amazing.
But then when it started happening in these Finals, and specifically when it was happening in the first three quarters last night, there was no fun. Nothing was cathartic about watching LeBron wobble around awkwardly and slowly disappear against the Spurs. It sucked. And I was just bummed. Because there’s so much stupid noise constantly surrounding LeBron, and by extension the NBA, and it’s all redundant, and basketball is so much better when LeBron renders all the bullshit irrelevant.
At the same time … before Game 6, a lot of people said we shouldn’t judge LeBron or his legacy on what happened last night. That was bullshit, too. He’s one of the most stupidly talented players we’ve ever seen, and this was one of the biggest games of his career. Of course we should’ve judged LeBron on what happened last night, and that’s why it was so depressing when it looked like he was cratering all over again.
Then the headband came off, LeBron turned into a superhero, and a double-digit deficit turned into a Heat win. He wasn’t totally perfect even during that stretch, and the game was insane for roughly 10,000 other reasons, but the raw power of LeBron down the stretch was unforgettable. He’s a monster. I have no idea what happens from here, but it was all a good reminder. In 2013, instead of slogging through more debates about LeBron failures, it’s a lot more fun to gawk at the success.
That Game 6 comeback? Fucking incredible.
Andrew Sharp on LeBron in today’s NBA Final Shootaround on Grantland
This. This. 1000x times this. “There’s too much stupid noise constantly surround LeBron, and by extension the NBA, and it’s all redundant, and basketball is so much better when LeBron renders all the bullshit irrelevant.”
It’s sad to me that LeBron needs to have a good game for pundits to talk about ANYTHING besides his BAD game in the news for the foreseeable future. It’s so frustrating as a fan of basketball things besides LeBron to be forced to listen to the same tired speculation over and over and over again without reprieve. Why do so many people have to make the dominant storyline about LeBron’s failure rather than SA’s (or any Heat opponent’s) successes? So frustrating.
— Kobe Bryant, discussing President Obama getting rejected on the kiss cam at today’s international exhibition against Brazil.
— Kobe Bryant, when asked how he handles criticism, in an interview with Y! Sports
The Chris Duhon travel dance is my new favorite dance.
Chris Duhon and the Chris Duhon Travel Dance
Duuuuude, the C Webb Dada’s? I remember when that’s ALL that I wore on the court. Throwback.
gif by yours truly.
NBA on NBC Theme song backstory + live performance.
MJ chillin in his dorm. BAWS.
Alright, no more Lin puns after this.
Indie girls and basketball players. Throw some coffee and maybe a tech nerd in this picture and we have my ideal photo subjects.
Kareem and Zooey
DERRICK ROSE - AAU HIGHLIGHTS
You will watch this entire video because, and I promise, you will enjoy it. Towards the end, there’s a pass that’s so serious, I couldn’t believe it was the second to last highlight. Thought you had to finish the video with that clip. Then I saw the last clip.
Important things to remember:
- These are all highlights from one game.
- This is AAU, so the kid’s in high school. Rose is probably 17 and doing this.
More Derrick Rose here.
These are seriously ill. And all from one game.