Few athletes, if any, have been as polarizing as LeBron James. He is certainly an amazing talent but his post-season failures have some raised questions in regard to his legacy. He has yet to win a NBA title and until he does the critics will continue to tear apart his game. So will 2011 be the year he finally breaks out of his post-season slump and gets a ring?
James has been the center of attention since his high school days at Akron St. Vincent St. Mary. He was anointed as the next NBA legend before he could drive. He had high profile features in magazines like SLAM and Sports Illustrated. The expectations were basically impossible, he was named “The Chosen One” before he ever stepped foot on a NBA court.
So far LeBron has had one of the most statistically impressive careers of any player ever. However he has yet to win a ring and that is ultimately what his legacy will be based upon. If he doesn’t get one he will be lumped into the group of ring-less stars that features names like Barkley, Miller, Baylor, Ewing, and Malone. All are NBA legends but they have all had their legacies tarnished by the lack of a title. LeBron still has plenty of time to get one but if previous results are any indication of future results, it doesn’t look good.
If LeBron is going to live up to his potential and be considered of the all-time greats, he has to quit disappearing in crucial playoff series. His annual playoff disappearing acts have been well documented; but let’s look at the numbers to get a feel for how bad he has really been. Continue reading