LeBron James is still the best basketball player on the planet, and that’s a statement I’ll stick to no matter what happens on Sunday night’s NBA Finals Game 7. LeBron James is also perhaps the most hated, vilified, and scrutinized player in the NBA today, although Draymond Green seems to be quickly climbing the ladder towards the “hated” title. But I digress.
After Game 1 of these NBA Finals, the game in which two-time reigning NBA Most Valuable Player Steph Curry shot 4-for-15 and scored just 11 points, I remember thinking to myself that if that same stat line had been put up by LeBron James, Twitter might have actually exploded that night. But for the most part, Curry, who I will openly admit (you almost have to) is one of the best shooters the game has ever seen, got a free pass. “Well, he just had an off night” seemed to be the general consensus of that evening and I wondered what the consensus would have been had it been LeBron. My guess is that the word “choke” and some expletives would have been thrown around, but maybe that’s just me.