The 2017 NBA FINALS have been a “hot-bed” of endless debate and conversation from topics of, “Who’s the GOAT”? to “Are We witnessing the Best Team in History in the Golden State Warriors”? These debates are on-going and will really never actually reach any plausible conlusion except for the “factual opinions” we ALL harbor, to some degree.
But, recently I read something interesting in the “YouTube” comment section, under a FOX Sports broadcast for “UNDISPUTED”, with Shannon Sharpe and Skip Bayless. The comment stated, that Stephen Curry was the “BIGGEST FRONT RUNNER” he’s ever seen.
For those that are confused by the term, “FRONT-RUNNER”, allow me to briefly define it for you. “FRONT-RUNNER”; An individual who only excels when they have an obvious or obligatory advantage over their opponent.
So, it therefore AMAZES me how LBJ fans try to call any other player or team a “front-runner”…LOL, STOP!
“LBJ fans” are the “fans” of the BIGGEST FRONT-RUNNER of ALL-TIME!! That’s the only thing he deserves the GOAT for! EVERY scouting report shows, during the PLAYOFFS, if you can jump on a LBJ team with ANY lead at halftime at the start of the 3rd quarter and make that run last for the majority of that quarter, any LBJ led team WILL FOLD because HE FOLDS without a LEAD or a CHEERING CROWD!!! Period.
The ONLY time I’ve seen different, was this LAST playoff game (GSW vs CAVS, game 3)…LBJ ACTUALLY attempted to play through a losing 3rd quarter. I was indeed impressed at this 1st SHOW of potential HEART.
We also ALL know (outside of LeBron fans) the ring last year was GIVEN to him BY THE LEAGUE! Case and point; Not ONLY was Draymond suspended for a game (for NO REASON) but they also EJECTED the league’s 2-TIME MVP!! WHEN HAVE YOU EVER SEEEN THAT HAPPEN IN THE NBA FINALS or ANY OTHER SPORT’S CHAMPIONSHIP game or series?!?! PLUS, Steph is PROVING (notice, he NEVER says it) he was hurt and playing on ONE LEG last year in the FINALS! So, if ANY championship is TAINTED, it was Lebron’s, last year!
It was a BRILLIANT MARKETING move for the league. They effectively boost their MARKET value by ensuring their LARGEST investment at the time, (LBJ) is in the media SPOTLIGHT as a champion, while at the same time, severing ANY OBLIGATION to do it AGAIN for him. Effectively freeing them to now DIVERT their MARKETING investments away from ONE MAN and back into the IDEA and IMAGE of basketball being a TEAM-DRIVEN SPORT!! GSW has BUILT the PERFECT IMAGE for the FUTURE of the league! BRILLIANT!!
Given all of this, its easy to understand LeBron’s penchant for “FRONT-RUNNING. See, LBJ was ANOINTED the king of the NBA, BEFORE he ever bounced an NBA ball. LEGACY’S aren’t GIVEN. You CANNOT just be GRANTED the title of Greatest Of All Time. You MUST EARN this and it can ONLY be EARNED through the BLOOD, SWEAT and TEARS of HARD WORK, WILL and the PASSION to be the BEST no matter what!
LBJ, has NEVER had to go through the FIRES of LOSING, NOT BEING THE BEST, WORKING on FREE THROWS, MID-RANGE SHOOTING, FOOT WORK, just to get better because he was always just GIFTED with GOD-GIVEN size and ability to play ANY SPORT he chose.
Greatness IS NOT something you are simpy BORN WITH. GREATNESS must be EARNED and PROVEN. LBJ has never had to WORK to prove who everyone told him he was…now Steph Curry and the GSWs have changed that.