Originally posted on The Hair of the Dog Sports Blog  |  Last updated 6/7/12

On the eve of Game Six of the Eastern Conference Finals between the Miami Heat and Boston Celtics, we turn to Green Bay Packers, Pro Bowl wide receiver, Greg Jennings for knowledge of LeBron James lack of closing abilities.

Yes. Greg Jennings.

When Jennings dropped by the Mike Heller Show on The Big 1070 in Madison, Wisconsin he was asked about LeBron not being a great closer. Here’s what Jennings had to say:

Here’s my thing, and I’m a LeBron fan. Number one, the reason why he’s not like the ultimate closer like a Kobe or a Jordan, he’s not a shooter like that. Those guys can take that jump shot and win a game. LeBron is streak shooter, that’s not his game. The thing that bothers me though is, he can do whatever he can to help his team win but at the end of the day if they don’t get it done, it really doesn’t matter. Everybody, all these critics jump out at him. I’m a Dwyane Wade fan as well, but D-Wade can do no wrong, really. He can come and show up and not play in the first half of every single game and no one ever talks about that. It’d be OK. LeBron can’t do that. And for what reason? I don’t know. Maybe it’s because Dwyane has the championship ring and LeBron doesn’t. But I think t’s one of those things that they just have to develop that killer instinct and stick with it. I think that in the last couple games, they’ve both honestly kind of shined away from contact because of their free-throw woes, if you will. And it’s one of those things where if you’re that guy, you have to be that guy whether the result is positive or negative. You can’t pass up an opportunity to take your team to the next level because you’re not clicking on all cylinders when it comes to the game. Because I can tell you right now, I’ve dropped passes, but at the end of the day — and I know that I will drop another pass throughout my career — but at the end of the day, when A-Rod [Aaron Rodgers] drops back, I want the ball. Do I know that Jordy [Nelson] and [Donald Driver] and James [Jones] and Jermichael [Finley] and all these other guys can get it done? Absolutely. But I know me, and at the end of the day I trust my skills. And whether I have 10 drops in a game, missed four free throws in the clutch, still give me the ball, coach. And I just don’t see that with those guys down the stretch. But we’ll see what comes up of those guys in Game 6, but Boston is relentless.

Couple of thoughts.

1. Jennings says LeBron isn’t a “shooter” like Kobe or Jordan. That’s true, but LeBron can take it to the rim at will. He’ll either dunk it or get fouled. Why doesn’t he do that? Could it be a fear of going to the line with the game on the line?

2. Jennings wonders why Wade gets a pass when he performs poorly and LeBron doesn’t. Two reasons. One (which Jennings mentions), Wade has a ring. He carried the ’06 Heat on his back (with some help from NBA officiating) to a title. Two, It wasn’t Wade that hosted the prime-time special, The Decision. It wasn’t Wade that said it would be easy to win not one, but four, five, six, seven championships. LeBron takes the heat (no pun intended) after losses, because he brought it all on himself. If they lose to Boston tonight, watch out!

3. Jennings compares himself to James by saying it doesn’t matter how many balls he’s dropped, in crunch time, he wants the ball. James, on the other hand, wants to get rid of the ball. We’ve seen it time and time again. Jennings is right. LeBron lacks that killer instinct.

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