Wednesday, June 06, 2012

The Logic of Mario Chalmers

So let me get this straight:

LeBron James was a choker, because he gave the last shot to Mario Chalmers in a Round 2 loss to Indiana. Giving the ball to Chalmers was a betrayal of James' superstar status, because superstars should always want to take the last shot, regardless of whether they're the guy with the best chance to make it. And so, we cued up endless yammering about LeBron being soft, and "it", whatever "it" is, being in LeBron's head, and how he would never be as great as Robert Horry, and, well, you get the idea.
All that lasted until James woke up and destroyed the Pacers over the next three games, at which point no doubt some talking heads claimed credit for "waking him up".
Dwyane Wade, on the other hand, went rogue by not giving the ball to Mario Chalmers for the last shot in a Eastern Finals loss to the Celtics. Because the play was drawn up for Chalmers, you see, and by ignoring him Wade was being selfish and immature and...err, being a superstar who wanted the last shot at crunch time, which is what the media said a star should do, and...yeah, whatever.

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