• LeBron requires another ring to join all-time greats

    Thu, May 30, 2013 by David Ramsey with no comments

    Recently heard from a few dozen irate LeBron James fans who were upset I had placed The King With One Ring as the 16th best player in NBA history. A few of those fans employed language that can’t be repeated in a family newspaper blog.

    No doubt, LeBron is one of the five or six most talented basketball players to ever dribble on our planet, but he has one title. He needs to add more rings to his fingers if he expects – and his fans expect – to leaps into basketball history’s top 10.

    Everything is set for the Heat to repeat. This is a weak season in the NBA, especially in the Eastern Conference. If LeBron fails to lift Miami past Indiana – and this is no sure thing – and then past the Spurs in the finals, it will be a tarnish on his legacy.

    Don’t get me wrong. This is not a forever tarnish. LeBron is young and in the middle of his finest years.

    But he requires another ring. And this is the ideal season for him to grab one.

  • LeBron magnificent, but where was the defense?

    Thu, May 23, 2013 by David Ramsey with no comments

    When I think back to Michael Jordan’s greatest shots, part of the memory is the world-class defense he had to conquer.
    When he scored at the buzzer against the Cavs to win a 1989 playoff series, Craig Ehlo was in his face, playing superlative defense. Jordan scored anyway. (It was Jordan’s second basket in the final seven seconds of that game.)
    When His Airness scored against the Jazz to win the 1998 NBA Finals, he had to push Bryon Russell out of his way. Bulls coach Phil Jackson recently called the push a “Heisman offensive move” in a tweet.
    When LeBron James scored at the buzzer in overtime Wednesday night to give the Heat a victory the Indiana Pacers in the first game of the Eastern Conference Finals, he had to do …
    What exactly? I’m not discounting LeBron’s stupendous greatness. I am wondering why the Pacers defense allowed him a free ride to the rim.
    It was one of the most bizarre endings in NBA history. Why didn’t the Pacers foul LeBron and at least force The World’s Greatest Player to win the game with two free throws.
    Why?
    I never will understand.