Ghosts of Failures Past Continue To Haunt LeBron James

Don't look behind you, your past is following you.

Let me start off by saying that I think the criticism of LeBron James gets overblown. Fans and media types actively seek out ways to tear the man down because of his great sin called "the Decision." I get human nature but it doesn't mean I have to like it.

On the other hand, I can respect LeBron James and his talent, but it doesn't mean I have to like him. I think too much is made of him not being clutch but there just seems to be something missing from his game that keeps him from being a cold hearted killer. I can't explain it any better than that and all of this would be made moot if LeBron and the Heat come back and win the next two games.

But until that happens, he's going to keep having to answer to things like this...

Daily Dime - ESPN
The scene is more hip, the waterfront more attractive and the trendy clubs certainly more numerous. Other than latitude, though, it feels like 2010 all over again. LeBron James had just lost a home Game 5, and he and his teammates are headed to Boston for an elimination game at the hands of the underdog and underappreciated Celtics. Just like two years ago, they don't seem the least bit surprised.

...and of course this...

While LeBron James experiment teeters on collapse, Erik Spoelstra reveals Heat's softness - Yahoo! Sports

Two years ago, he had gone to Boston for a Game 6, and the excuses for losing surrounded him everywhere. From Mike Brown to his Cavaliers supporting cast, from Kevin Garnett to Paul Pierce, circumstances declared James free of responsibility for that loss. Not this time, not this team. James can't let these Heat go down in the conference finals, because no longer is it good enough for the Heat to simply give themselves a chance to win, to declare the Celtics great, proud champions and say, hey, there's no shame in losing to them. The shame will be downright debilitating, and there has to be a part of that James that will rage against that possibility now.

Bottom line, unless he can win a title (never mind 3, 4, 5...), James is going to be haunted by his past failures, no matter how many MVP trophies he wins. And frankly, that's fine with me.

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