Long time readers of the Flaneur know that our interests extend beyond business and investing. In fact, some of our most heated debates at Flaneur HQ are sports related (for example: here and here). And in this vein there is no topic more volatile than one single athlete: LeBron James.
The Flaneur staff cannot agree on LeBron James.
The initial question began innocently enough: fast forward to the 2014 NBA Playoffs and imagine a Miami Heat versus Indiana Pacers Eastern Conference Finals. Imagine that series going to seventh and deciding game. Would you take the Pacers’ team approach with emerging stud Paul George, or would you take LeBron James taking over in the final minutes to seal the victory?
In 2013 the Heat walked away with the Game 7 blowout victory. The Heat remain immensely talented from individual offensive play – led by LeBron, DWade, and Chris Bosh, and their team defense is among the best in the Association.
But the Pacers are a different team this year. They have a top player in the league right now (Paul George), the best low-post defender in the game (Roy Hibbert), a hugely improved role player (Lance Stephenson), a scary David West, and Danny Granger coming back at some point. And don’t forget George Hill.
The question has no answer. Its all conjecture (unless, we hope, we get to see this play out again next June).
The argument fits neatly into a “team oriented offense with an excellent player in Paul George leading the charge” versus the defending champs and their “best in a generation player with a strong supporting cast supporting the superstar”. You could almost say that for the Heat to win it all again, their success will be dictated by how effectively LeBron and/or DWade play in crunch time.
And that presents a question that begs to be answered. Who is the most clutch NBA player?