|"He Fouled. He Fouled Me."
||[Jun. 12th, 2007|11:43 pm]
Following the conclusion of Game 3, I heard LeBron James argue with a referee about being fouled on his final shot on the final possession on what was Cleveland's best Finals effort, to date. The ABC feed picked up every word of that argument. Over and over again, LeBron repeated the words of the title of this post.
Spare me, LeBron James.
You have the balls to sit there and argue with the referee after that final shot? You're a real jerk.
Thanks, David Stern, for rising up another pimple-faced kid to pull the rug on reality for cheap bucks. I'm sure Chris Sheridan will be there tomorrow with a diatribe about how the Cleveland LeBrons got screwed.
LeBron, if you can't see that your team was allowed to hack and swat as much as humanly possible by the referees in Game 3, and you can't realize that Anderson Varejao cost you the game when he drove in the third-to-last possession instead of kicking it back to you for an open shot, and you can't see that Drew Gooden is garbage that cannot go through a loose-called game by referees without fouling out of a game or committing a flagrant foul at some point out of stupid frustration, and you can't see that San Antonio won it the hard way with 10-19 from beyond the three arc against your solid perimeter defense, including a fantastic rare 3-ball made by Tony Parker in the clutch . . . you deserve zero championships for your career.
Cleveland finally was allowed the benefit of a home court crowd, and they were allowed to literally and defensively live above and below the rim by the refs for 48 minutes, with about as many frenetic hacks, bumps, and slaps as you could fit into a kung-fu film. That was Cleveland's best defensive effort, too, this whole series, especially inside defense . . . they held Ginobili to free throws for points.
However, when the refs called this game this way, they called it with the same benefit afforded to San Antonio.
Cleveland's damned if the refs call it tight or loose.
The only way Cleveland wins this series is if the referees only call fouls for Cleveland. If that happens, then Cleveland will have won an illegitimate championship.
LeBron, if you want a championship, and you want it the right way, you will need to replace pretty much every player on your team with someone better. It is not Detroit or Chicago's mandate to blow up their teams so that you can get your sorry ass team to the Finals for the next eight years, only to watch Larry Hughes be injured and useless every time, Drew Gooden play lousy, Zydrunas Ilgauskas be slow as dirt and only useful for 16-footers and rebounds, Daniel Gibson only hit threes when he's wide open and little else, Eric Snow with absolutely no shooting ability whatsoever, Donyell Marshall be about as useful as Austin Croshere, et cetera, ad nauseum . . .
Your team stinks. They will not get better. You are playing with a bunch of 8th men.
Of all Cleveland's players, the only ones with promise for better play are guys who would still be better served as direct subs . . . Drew Gooden, Sasha Pavlovic, and Daniel Gibson. You, LeBron, need 4 new starters, minimum, to compete for the elite.
You, LeBron, are currently stuck with Larry Hughes until the end of the '09-10 season. You are stuck as long as that with Zydrunas. There is absolutely no way Z will ever opt out of his player option for that season, not with 11 million dollars to be earned for next to no help at that stage of his career. You are stuck with Drew Gooden making starting pay until 2009. You are stuck with Eric Snow making almost exactly as much as Drew Gooden, for the same time frame . . . and look how useful Snow is, already. You are stuck with Donyell Marshall making close to six million, and you are stuck with Damon Jones making about 4.5 million, for the same amount of time as Snow and Drew. Ira Newble's getting 3.5 million through next year.
There's absolutely no way Danny Ferry can fix all of this by next season.
Enjoy your final Finals game.