HoodooMan wrote:PS to Herm, this can't be the 90 Bulls, because our Pippen has yet to find his Jordan.
On that note, good points made this morning by Sam Amico in his NBA newsletter.
But these Cavaliers aren't the Bulls of the mid- '90s. Instead, they are more like the Bulls of the late '80s, the ones who couldn't seem to match the more physical, experienced and extremely clutch Pistons. Jordan once went through the same thing James is going through today. Interestingly enough, it's against the same franchise.
Before Jordan won six titles, he was known as The Man Who Couldn't Beat Detroit. He was the one- man show; the Pistons were the team in the truest sense. Back then, the Bulls only had one weapon who might be able to beat you at crunch time; the Pistons had several. And back then, the Pistons felt if they defended Jordan as a TEAM, and got physical with him, well, there would be little he could do to hurt them.
James needs this series. He's 22 years old and seems content to be a friend to everyone on the opposing team. He is adored by the league and fans, and well-liked by the majority of the media.
If there's one knock against him, it's that he doesn't play with enough fire, that he always seems to handle losses too well. I wrote as much in a column for ProBasketballNews.com: LeBron still in need of winning touch.
The column sounds like a harsh criticism of James, and in some regards, it is. But like Jordan in his early years, LeBron has yet to get burned.
This should be the series changes all that. If it is, I'm guessing we'll see a different LeBron James next season.