I kind of like it... the NBA is alive and well. LeBron could hang with any great player in the history of the game. It's incredible stuff. We are witnessing greatness. It stings right now, because we're on the losing end, but years from now you'll be arguing with your grandkids about how LeBron was better than the league's current star. About how you watched him reach another level... the LeBron Zone.
Down 27 tonight and they come back to win. Crazy stuff.
I hate it when the narrative becomes about one guy. That's why I hated the NBA in the '90s. There were a lot of great players on some very good teams, but the entire story that most people remember about that decade is Jordan and his Bulls.
I prefer the parity of the 2000s. If Lebron James' Heat go on a similar run to Jordan's Bulls, it will be very depressing for me, and, in my opinion, a terrible thing for the game of basketball.
Just a different perspective.
I dunno man.. the NBA has always been about superstars.
Bird vs Magic. Wilt vs Russell. Shaq's dominance. Hakeems dominance. Jordan's dominance. The NBA has (and will always be) a superstars league. You generally need a top 5 player to win a title.
Yes, those old 80s Celtics and 80s Lakers teams were more than just Bird and Magic. Those 60s Celtics teams were more than Russell. Shaq had Kobe. Jordan had Pippen. KG had Pierce. And it's still no different... Durant has Westbrook (who is incredibly in his own right). LeBron has Wade (who is having an incredibly efficient season that is being overshadowed) ...
But James is the King. No doubt. It's his league right now. On some level, I enjoy watching history happen... hate that it's at the expense of the Celtics, but let's be honest here... it's no more at the expense of the Celtics than any other bottom level playoff participant. Can't take it too personally.