Originally written June 13, 2012 on Bloguin Best:
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LeBron James has been criticized his whole career for not stepping up when it really matters. That’s the price you pay when some call you the best in the world. His constant disappearing acts down the stretches of big games have now become part of his calling card. Last year’s NBA Finals was no exception. James didn’t play to the level he’s capable of and the Heat lost to the Mavericks in six games. LeBron takes a lot of the blame for that. “I didn’t play well,” James said. “I didn’t make enough game-changing plays that I know I’m capable of making, and I felt like I let my teammates down. I’m happy and I’m humbled that I can actually be back in this position, 12 months later, to do a better job of making more plays, more game-changing plays, out on the floor on a bigger stage.” James didn’t exactly get off to a great start this year. The Heat let the Thunder storm back in the second half to take Game 1 last night. While it wasn’t all on James’ shoulders last night, the fact th
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