By: LaShawn Encarnacion aka The Dark Knight of Sports
Today, the Cavaliers found out that their star point guard Kyrie Irving will be out three to four months after surgery to repair a broken knee cap. With Irving now on the IR with fellow teammate Kevin Love, that leaves LeBron James as the only solid scoring option left. There are players like J.R. Smith and Timofey Mosgov just to name a couple who could replace them and the scoring load but not likely. So James has a huge mountain to overcome if a title is to make its way to Cleveland this season.
I bring this up because there is some very important points to make.
LeBron James had his issues getting a championship with the Cavs part one. But when he took his talents to South Beach and teamed up with Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh, two years later they captures their first NBA Title, first of a back-to-back for these three players. James and the Cavs part two are in a very similar situation, its James and then no one really as a solid second option.
Paul Pierce while he was with the Boston Celtics, just could NOT get over that hump by himself and get a championship. But when Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen joined him in Boston, they worked together and soon after captured their first NBA Title for Paul Pierce. After all, EVERYONE remembers this very memorable sound byte by Garnett.
Then, we get to the greatest player in NBA history, Michael Jeffery Jordan. Jordan did not get over that elusive hump until he teamed up with Scottie Pippen and Phil Jackson. Once they found their stride, they ended up “3-peating” TWICE. Jordan went 6-0 in NBA Finals with six Finals MVP awards. But it was his teammates, players like Pippen, John Paxson, Horace Grant and Bill Cartwright in the first “3-peat” and then it was Pippen, Ron Harper, Dennis Rodman and Luc Longley who aided their leader Jordan to a second 3-peat.
So that brings us back to LeBron James and the 2015 NBA Finals. Without his key players, Irving and Love, it just may be too much for James to handle on his own. Unless J.R.Smith can find his shooter’s touch early and hold onto it, there is a chance. But someone else MUST step up for the Cavs besides James and Smith. Otherwise this will be another failed attempt to win a championship for LeBron James.
So as game two approaches on Sunday, one thing is clear, as clear as crystal. If for some reason James comes up short this season, it does NOT mean the loss is his fault. He is just ONE man and one man cannot win a championship.
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