Petersen: LeBron, Heat silence doubters for good

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  • malibea chicago, IL
    June 23, 2013 8:38 a.m.

    This comment goes to the person who said "If Manu...". But he wasn't, which means "the best team did WIN this year! If we could all have our druthers, it would be a different world I suppose. But we don't and it's not, so get real with the REAL one you do have.

  • Americanvet Ivins, UT
    June 23, 2013 8:29 a.m.

    Lebron has been talked about as the best player in the league since he first joined the NBA. He definitely makes any team better but you can't just surround him with a few minor pieces and sit back and watch as JBQ says and expect to win a championship. We only have to refer back to his years in Cleveland to see that. He had a few decent players with him back then, like Mo Williams for example and he never won a championship. That team definitely fell off the map when James left, but they still couldn't win a championship with him. I personally hate the Heat more than any other team and was really hoping the Spurs would win, but I give Lebron credit for being the best right now.

  • TerryHaimes Sturgis, MS
    June 22, 2013 7:44 p.m.

    Nothing has been settled.

  • tomo keystone heights, fl.
    June 22, 2013 4:27 p.m.

    The best team did not win this year. If Manu was even 80% of what he usually is the series would have been over in 5 games. Pops should have kept Splitter in & used Manu sparingly. Who doesn't get blocked in the NBA? Even Nate Robinson blocked " The King". As far as the Haters' LB brought it on himself w/ his preposterous not 6, not 7 comment.Frontrunners' are skin deep....

  • malibea chicago, IL
    June 21, 2013 12:05 p.m.

    I am so glad that the Heat won the championship-to primarily silence the LeBron James HATERS! It bothers me that some people hate this young man as much as they do. He is the BEST NBA basketball player at this time. I still believe that Michael Jordan is the BEST NBA professional player of all times (that I have seen) because it is still too early to really gauge LeBron; not enough times has passed YET.

    Stop hating-it makes you all look stupid and makes LeBron look even better than he might otherwise be. And he is responsible for bringing his team together-to win. The other team members contributed-thankfully! But LeBron deserves the credit (37 points) for the WIN!

  • oldschooler USA, TX
    June 21, 2013 11:30 a.m.

    Ther is no way the heat can be compared to the bad Boys Pisotns, please! We all know once the NBA makes a player a superstar due to propaganda, that player in untouchable, they do not get the call any other player would get, tha includes Michael Jordan who pushed the Russel away from him in one of the finals they played against the Jazz and won the game and the championship. Lebron is good but cannot be compared to the old school players before the media and internet reached NBA. They would not bet the 2004 Pistons champion team, imagine Lebron against Ben Wallace, no joke.

  • Wally West SLC, UT
    June 21, 2013 11:15 a.m.

    Who cares? I can do w/o the media extolling how great LeBron & Tebow allegedly are?

    George Gervin > Lebron

    Julius Erving > Lebron

  • HaHaHaHa Othello, WA
    June 21, 2013 10:57 a.m.

    James is one of the best ever, and a powerful force. However, I agree with the article, he needs a little bit of support around him. Another way to look at how good he is....Miami is really average without him. All that being said, there aren't any bigger cry-babies, and officially protected players in the NBA or its history, then LeBron James. After watching several of the Spurs drive through the key and pretty much get assaulted, without any calls being made in game 6, I gave up on watching the NBA....again. The NBA has about as much credibility as WW whatever, phoney professional wrestling has. I long for the days of Bill Russell, Larry Bird, Magic Johnson, even Jordan! Jordan was far more athletic then James is, but I will always remember his blatant push-off, to get open for the final shot against the Jazz. I could never understand how and why the best are allowed to get away with and do those kinds of things!

  • RedUtes08 West Jordan, UT
    June 21, 2013 10:49 a.m.

    The only person live on this earth was Christ. We cant expect Lebron James to do everything perfect, EVERYTIME. He will never live up to what his critics say is his potential. He will never ever be the greatest player to ever play because i think most people dont want him to, which is very understandable. I dont believe he will ever surpass Jordan's legacy and the history he made, but he deserves a lot more credit than everybody gives him. the way he can take a game and control it single handedly is something that i have never seen before. his teammates thrive off of his actions. when he plays great, his team plays great.

    Congrats to Him and the Heat team for pulling together and earning That championship. it was definitely earned and not given to them.

    Congrats to LEonard, Duncan and the spurs for hanging in there all game and not letting go until the final buzzer.

  • Tators Hyrum, UT
    June 21, 2013 10:19 a.m.

    In game 6, James turned the ball over 3 consecutive times in the last 2 minutes of regulation, that would've cost the Heat that game and thus the series... had they not got fortunate with 2 subsequent consecutive 3-pointers, both coming after offensive rebounds with under a minute to go in the game. There were periods when James really didn't look like an MVP at all and others when he did. His consistency was often not there throughout the Finals.

    In fact, had the Spurs hit that one missed free throw with under 30 seconds to go in regulation of game 6, the series would've been over, the Spurs crowned champions, and this article about James would've never been written.

    But to his credit, James did make some great plays down the stretch in yesterday's final game, and that seems to be all that most people will remember. Even his critics have to admit that overall, he is a great player with tons of ability, especially to take over a game when needed... but not always.

  • ekute Layton, UT
    June 21, 2013 9:50 a.m.

    Kareem. Russell, and Chamberlain would of put him on his butt every time he got close to the basket.

    Jordan was smaller but more athletic, had more heart and more fun to watch. He is still the best player ever.

    Magic also had more heart and with his skills, was more entertaining.

    LaBron ranks some where in the bottom half of the top 10 all time.

    btw...I would of loved to see him go up against Karl Malone, Rodman and some of the teams and players back in the days of "the bad boys".

  • JBQ Saint Louis, MO
    June 21, 2013 7:22 a.m.

    LeBron James is an overpowering performer at 6 ft 8, 250. However, he does need a slight bit of help. Wade is right up there but I don't think that Bosh played well. In game 6, he knocked down Green at the buzzer in overtime and up by 3. There should have been a foul. Allen had hit a three at the buzzer. Last night, it was Battier to hit 6 3s. Even the most dominant of kings, and he is the king, need a few spear carriers. Bill Russell was there with his eleven rings to pay homage. You can't really use him as a model to build a team like the Jazz. With Jordan and Russell, you used them as the missing link. With James, you just put him on the court and add in a few minor pieces and stand back and watch. Not even Kareem could no that. Actually, I think that Kareem could have stopped him on defense around the basket. Duncan surprisingly couldn't do it.