LeBron James of the Miami Heat is about as scrutinized an athlete as there has every been in the world. Period. I mean the guy probably can't even buy a roll of toilet paper without a hundred analysts debating about how his pick will affect his championship chances and whether the one or two ply of it represents a weak mind that will fail again late in games.
It's a sad truth and one that I have been a part of in the past due to some highly questionable 'Decisions' he has made in the past. But even I have to admit it, there has to come a point when enough is enough; and I think we have just reached it.
Recognized as the best player in the NBA, yet held without a ring for nearly a decade, James took to seeking advice from past greats on what it takes to win it all.
LeBron recently contacted Hakeem Olajuwon, Magic Johnson and Isiah Thomas to hear about their experiences winning titles, a move that some analysts and former players see as yet another sign of James' mental weakness.
"Enough is enough," said NBA analyst Reggie Miller. "Go out and actually do it on your own. What do you need more help for?"
Though it is true that James has the elite talent surrounding him, he still needs to win it all. It's hard to actually find fault with a player seeking advice from three Hall of Famers. The lack of a championship is a significant hurdle for James and as each year goes by without him hoisting a trophy, it's only fitting that he seeks consultation from those who have done it before him; to possibly correct any mistakes that may cost him a shot at this elusive milestone.
No, it's Reggie Miller who needs someone to tell him 'enough is enough. James is just trying to live up to the high standard placed upon himself by himself and others and if consulting the wisdom of those before him is the way to do it, no fault can and should be found with it.
To James' credit, where once this sort of thing might have triggered insecurities, he appears to have brushed aside the criticism of this latest action.
"It's good to have perspective from someone's else's point of view," James told Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald. "Their championship runs, their playing days in general."
Even with all the advice in the world, James isn't guaranteed a championship. No, he needs to go out there and make it happen. Whether this is the year for it or not remains to be seen; but at least one thing is for certain, he is leaving no stone unturned in his quest for his first ring.
And that's a good thing for him and the Miami Heat, despite what some people may think.
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