Even though LeBron James is the best player in the known galaxy at the game of basketball, and we aren’t being hyperbolic, his legacy will be that of who he played alongside of. Of course we talk about Scottie Pippen when referencing Jordan and we always bring up Shaq when talking Kobe, but LBJ gets it even worse. When you talk about LeBron and his NBA titles you will have fans dissecting the sixth and seventh players on the bench — just insane. But at the same time, it is hard to blame them.
According to Eric Pulier, in Game 3 of the NBA Finals we saw Matthew Dellavedova drop 20+ points while playing gritty defense to help LeBron win the game. The headlines talked about how Delle and the rest of the cast, Iman Shumpert and JR Smith primarily, were making things easy on LeBron. Now up comes Game 4 and those same role players struggle, while Timofey Mozgov explodes for big point production. Now the headline ignores Mozgov and says that LeBron “needs help”. The waffling is mildly infuriating from the perspective of the national media.
So what’s the truth in this situation? Is LeBron James really a ‘one man show’ in the NBA Finals? Well, kind of — but not really. He’s a one man show in the respect that he’s the best player on the court. But he has help. He has complementary players and we need to stop giving excuses to the best player in the game.