LeBron James is the best in the world at what he does.
Point, blank, bottom line.
I’ve always been the type of man that gives credit when and where credit is due. No backing down, excuses being made, none of that shit will be fabricated or spewed. The Miami Heat outlasted the San Antonio Spurs in this seven game series, and that’s that. It was a collective effort by the Heat led by one LeBron James, and Tim Duncan — the greatest power forward in NBA history — missed two easy shots that would have made a huge difference in game 7.
Shit happens. The best fall down sometimes. Everybody falls down. The best, the worst, the middle ground motherfuckers. Nobody is perfect. Nobody stands tall without failure. Everyone fails. And just because you reach success, that doesn’t mean you won’t fail again — oh, you will. Failure is a part of life, and that’s a good thing. Without failure, nobody would accomplish a damn thing in life, because failure is a stepping stone. This is just preaching to the choir. Everything I’ve written, Tim Duncan and Co. knows about, but this is the first taste of NBA Finals defeat that Duncan and the Spurs have experienced.
A life without pain is a life without challenge and a life without challenge is a life without growth.
Any bullshit, any adversity, anything negative, that any of you reading this experiences, I want you to remember that above line.
This post is reading like anything but a sports-related post, but seeing a favorite team of mine fall in such a heartbreaking manner inspires these types of posts.
The Spurs were five seconds away from winning the Finals in game six, and they blew it. Ray Allen, of all people, hit a step back 3 after Chris Bosh collected a loose ball, to force overtime in that sixth game. The rest of the series is history. Sports are one fucked up collective pendulum of crazy ass bullshit that swings.
The Celtics loss to the Lakers on June 17, 2010 hurts more than this Spurs’ game 7 loss, but I’ll tell you folks what: June 15, 2003 — June 23, 2005 — June 17, 2008 (especially June 17, 2008) were special times. The taste of victory.
Here’s the bottom line on the 2013 Finals: LeBron James and Co. came through. He exacted vengeance on the foes that defeated him in the 2007 NBA Finals. Grand revenge. Everyone loves exacting revenge on someone who’s won against them or done them wrong — I don’t care who you are: being better than and one-upping someone who’s been a source of pain in your life at some point is a beautiful thing. Good for LeBron. Congratulations. He’s still one of my all-time favorite players despite what he’s now done to not only the Celtics but now to the Spurs.
It was not a great series by any means. Outside of game 6 and 7, the other games were complete garbage and the antithesis to the word ‘entertaining’. Game 1 was good, but who the fuck remembers game ones? Main stat of tonight’s game 7: Danny Green was 1-of-12 from the field. Uppity with it, young buck.
Ah, with that said, the Celtics’ negotiations with the Clippers are keeping me on edge.