Daily Debate: Is LeBron James Overrated?

LeBron James experienced perhaps his best NBA game in a May 18, 2008, 97-92 loss to the eventual 2008 NBA champion Boston Celtics, when he scored 45 points, dished out 8 assists, grabbed 5 rebounds with 2 steals in a game 7 loss for the Cleveland Cavaliers.
James experienced his worst playoff performance Tuesday in Game four of the 2011 NBA Finals when he finished with 8 points, 9 rebounds, and 7 assists.
Is LeBron James overrated?  Voice your opinion on the Razz and Jazz Sports Blog Daily Debate.

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11 Responses to Daily Debate: Is LeBron James Overrated?

  1. Keyez says:

    The word I would used is scared. He’s scared to fail because of what “decision” he made by taking his talents to South Beach. In the fourth quarters of this years NBA finals, he looks timid, apprehensive, and flat out cowardly with respect to the painted area. Wade is Wade and I give him tons of respect but LeBron had to do better. Think back to that ridiculous arena party announcing the big 3’s arrival to the Heat and their premature coronation ceremony when LBJ said ” not one, not two, not three… “etc when speaking of the number of championships they will win. Just yesterday he tweeted it’s now or never and since it wasn’t then, when will it be?

    • I would use scared too, but he is overrated, because no one expected him to become a marginal player in this series after being a superstar his entire career.

      • Vee says:

        Skills-wise, i don’t think he is overrated. He is the total package…just doesn’t know how to balance them out over the course of a pressure filled series/game. It’s been the story of his career so far. One of the analysts made a great point, i can’t remember who, but he said that Lebron’s ego/priorites wouldn’t allow him to accept the right coaching/mindset to overcome those fears of the big moment. Had he stick it out in Cleveland and surround himself with the right personnel, rethink his priorities and focus on basketball he could’ve become that great player.

        Now, he is more than ever dependent on other stars to carry him and that will hinder his own ability to become great, in every sense of the word. He might win a championship(s), but how much of that will be because of him willing HIS team, or displaying how a superstar is supposed to be clutch for his team over a series…especially in the finals.

        Many also associate the words superstar with Vince Carter, and as a Nets fan i can tell you he was far from one. His showboating made him popular and his talent can carry a team in the playoffs. But, when the opponent pushed back, they start to back down. That’s what separated Jordan and Kobe from those guys. I think Wade has it, but he has been erratic and the combo of stars doesn’t help when each guy needs the ball. Dallas was exciting to watch as they played as a cohesive unit with one star shining in big moments when he is suppose to….and you know it was HIS team. That’s old school.

  2. CMR says:

    He’s not overrated. The series isnt’ over, and if he has big games and leads his team to the title, this question will be a moot point. He does however have to stop having these off games. That being said, dude had a TRIPLE DOUBLE, in the NBA finals, and it’s like he had a terrible game.

    • He is clearly overrated, unless you predicted that he would become as small as he did in the fourth quarters of NBA Finals games. Well, now, the series is over, and he didn’t have a big game, nor did he lead his team to another victory.

  3. Al says:

    Hell No! Stop acting drunk! He’s the best player on the planet. If you watched him in the 4th quarter. He’s TIRED. Look closely at his mouth. The last play in the 3rd quarter with a few seconds left. Player shot free throws with the clock stopped. Miami coach should have taken Lebron out to give him a needed blow. This would have given him 5-10 real minutes of rest. With the 3rd quarter ending, tv break and bring him back with 10 minutes left in the game. LeBron would have been fresh. He’s tired from not taking a break. Plain and simple.

    • He is clearly overrated, unless you predicted that he would become as small as he did in the fourth quarters of NBA Finals games. He can’t be tired the entire fourth quarter of seven games, that makes little sense. Plus, his shots weren’t short, he was just missing, when he wasn’t scared to shoot the ball.

  4. Al, what’s wrong with you? Stop acting drunk? For asking a question? Dude, are you serious?

  5. Keyez says:

    Opinions are fruits of thought and we are all entitled to them. With that being said, it’s important to maintain a certain level of understanding: understanding this is a sports blog that hosts a daily debate where we should all have a collective meeting of the minds and not direct our opinions at others. “acting drunk” is inappropriate and disrespectful to the blog, and all it’s participants. An opinion is always welcomed

  6. Al says:

    I’m a comedian. And anyone who knows me. Can testify that I have keen sense of humor. By no means would I disrepect or insult this blog. I’m part of it. “Stop acting drunk” was a humorous statement among friends. Not a direct attact. I comment on this blog. Because I like it. And want it to grow! Now everyone can raise their glass and toast.

  7. missprissy says:

    Ya but at the end of the day Dwayne Wade performed way better than anybody on that team. If you watch the game Lebron did nothing….he’s so overrated. However, I give credit to Dwayne Wade for being a great player, even though what they said was wrong.

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