KSR’s good buddy Gregg Doyel popped up during the NBA Finals press conference last night and asked LeBron about “shrinking in the moment” when “superstars become superstars.” LeBron fired back with a great response:
“I think you’re concentrating on one side of the floor and all you’re looking at is the stat sheet. Honestly, I’m a two-way player and tonight D. Wade had it going offensively so we allowed him to handle the ball, we allowed him to bring us home offensively. You should watch the film again and see what I did defensively and ask me a better question tomorrow.”
Now I’m not a LeBron James fan at all but I like the way he came back at Doyel and I don’t think Gregg could’ve been any more wrong in his criticism of LeBron’s “shrinkage.” Dwyane Wade was nearly unstoppable last night in a mismatch against Jason Kidd. He’s the one who needed the ball in his hands on every possession and that’s exactly what the Heat did. Why should LeBron try to force plays just because he is supposed to be a superstar? LeBron did exactly what he needed to do to free up Wade and he made that slick pass to the wide-open Chris Bosh for the game winner. Would you have rather seen LeBron force one up over the defender there? No. You want the best available shot and that’s what LeBron set up. And, speaking of defenders, LeBron was the star for the Heat on the opposite end of the floor but that doesn’t show up in box scores. It was an all-around good game for LeBron James, even though he wasn’t doing the scoring in the fourth quarter. He didn’t need to.
We love you Gregg and we know you’re loving all of this attention you’re getting today. And, since Matt gave you a hard time on the radio show this morning, I have to do the same on here. By the looks of your t-shirt last night, I thought you of all people would’ve known a little more about shrinkage.
I can’t wait to see what you have in store for us after Game 4.