One game? Didn't LeBron just finish putting up 31.7/7.0/6.6 over an 82-game regular season and a triple-double in his first ever playoff game? Isn't he only 13 months older than Gerald Green who some here anoint as the next coming based on garbage time minutes on a horrible team? LeBron was putting up 27.2/7.4/7.2 when he was Gerald's age.
No one is saying he's not a great player, HRB. But when we're anointing him the greatest ever to play the game, I think this stuff is fair to point out. Personally, I think it's the intangibles that separate guys. The understanding of the moment, and the ability to rise to it. Some guys always had it, and a few -- not many -- learn it. Magic is a great example of a guy who learned that.
LeBron still may go down as the greatest ever, but it was just "one game" when he had his triple-double in Game 1 also, and that didn't keep several posters from breaking out the popsicles.
If someone is handing out accolades based only on Game 1 i certainly would agree with you in regards to those people. LeBron has had performances like that on a regular basis over the second half of the season and led the entire NBA in PER over 82 contests......games like last night have been far from the norm.
Edited by HomeRunBaker, 26 April 2006 - 10:38 AM.