First it was him not willing to take the final shot. Years ago he got criticism for always passing on the final shot during his early years in Cleveland. I always disagreed. MJ was a great facilitator and if Bron ever wanted to be MJ lite, he'd need to do the same. If he didn't, he'd be no better than Carmelo or AI. Points aren't everything. As time went on, he developed a final shot. His biggest was easily that insane 1 second shot against the Magic in the playoffs a few years back. Sadly, that's pretty much the last time he did anything. Really, it seems that as the years go by he gets more and more complacent. Who remember his performance last year against The Celtics? He essentially gave up during that game. What's worse, is it was a home game. Everyone knew when he was being filmed storming to the locker room and ripping off his jersey, everyone knew that was the last time he'd wear that jersey in that arena. Everyone was right. Here we are on the super dream team now, 3 supposed mega stars who are all the best at their position and yet throughout the year it was proven that nobody could be trusted to take that final shot.
So Bron basically went from a team where he was needed to score 35 a game and dish out 10 assists as well as rebound 10-15 times a game for them to win, to a team loaded with talent. How did it affect him? Well, he had an outstanding year during the season. Problem is though, the playoffs hit and now instead of facing the Wizards and Cavs of the league, he's facing the Bulls and Celtics. While he may have had good games against these teams, he's yet to establish his utter dominance. The problem though is that this is Wade's team. As great as LeBron is, you can't go to a new place to join a super star who's already won a title and take over as the face of the team. Just won't work. That's a problem now during these finals. LeBron is channeling his inner Game 4 vs Celtics. He's essentially given up the last two games. He can't be trusted with the final shot, he can't figure out how to be a role player since he's never been asked to. Hell, his defense dropped last night heavily after a great game 3.
The problem here is LeBron. The reason why people wanted him to go to the Knicks or stay with the Cavs was that he'd be the alpha male there. He can't be here and he knows it. Problem though is that he just can't be a side kick. He's the top guy. He's the two time MVP. I don't blame him for his lack of effort, I just think he has no idea how to adjust. How can you expect him to. As I mentioned, this was a guy who's been criticized for everything he's done. He dumps his hometown team on live TV, he comes up short in big games, he essentially gave up and tried to get free rings by joining two other supposed mega stars. Even if he's trying his best to be Wade's Robin, it just isn't working. At some point, he needs to take over this team because as top dog he's shown he can be great, as second fiddle, he's shown he has no idea how to do that. I think if he gets that selfish attitude back the Heat should easily win, but for that to happen Wade may need to step aside and tell LeBron to be himself and take over that team. Until that happens though, LeBron will be forever confused and putting up 8/9/7 statlines.