Originally posted on Five Tool Tool  |  Last updated 5/21/12

March 10 2009: Los Angeles California USA: Lebron James (#23) during the 87-83 Cleveland Cavaliers victory over the Los Angeles Clippers at the Staples Center, Los Angeles, Calif. Photo via Newscom Photo via Newscom

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The UnlovedFirst things first: LeBron James is the best basketball player on the planet, and it's not even really close.Sure, there are flaws to the game. His free throw shooting is a little dicey. He's prone to turnovers. He can defer too much, especially in late and close situations, possibly due to the free throw worries. But there's no more versatile player, no one better in the open court, no one better on defense, no one more durable or athletic or talented.He doesn't play for a noxious fan base, or for a franchise that wins so often as to be intolerable. He's never been convicted of a crime, crashed a car, been the cause of romantic distractions or the laundry list of things that lesser lights and intellects have done. He's not even playing, at least so far in this NBA Playoff season, teams that are particularly lovable, or underdoggish, or elegant. He plays hard -- maybe too hard -- throughout the game. He pules for calls at a usual rate of NBA superstar, and he does not thu...
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