Yet Colin Cowherd took the opposite angle on Thursday's episode of The Herd. For Colin, LeBron's willingness to make the right basketball play — and share the potential glory with his teammates — is a big reason why the Cavs will win the 2017 NBA title.
Colin: LeBron's unselfishness is why the Cavs are so much deeper than the Warriors
COLIN: "You do realize Deron Williams in his NBA career, 12 seasons, shoots 70 percent on wide-open 3s to win the game? That is the right basketball play. You don't hit [on] 17 in blackjack. You don't. Even if you lose the hand and the next card was a four, you made the right move. There's a way to play blackjack. You play the odds.
"The reason players in this league are willing to play for LeBron and take less — and they're usually smart players; Bogut's smart, Ray Allen's smart, Battier's smart, smart guys want to take less, Bosh is smart, Wade — because of that play last night. That's the right basketball play. LeBron's doubled and passes to an NBA veteran."
Colin: Stop saying Michael Jordan never passed
COLIN: "I do have a couple of plays of Michael Jordan's career. I know all of you LeBron haters will rise as one today and say, 'That would have never happened with Michael Jordan,' but it took us about two minutes on YouTube today to look at Michael Jordan's all-time highlights. And not just random plays, but iconic moments in Michael Jordan's career: he passes to Steve Kerr who hits a shot with five seconds left [to win a championship].
"Double-teamed, certainly capable of making that shot, he gives it to the less athletic, less spectacular Steve Kerr. Michael Jordan made the right basketball play. ... We've got another one with Michael Jordan where he finds — the Paxson jumper, you remember that?"
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Colin: Kobe never passed, and he cost the Lakers games with his selfishness
COLIN: "See, this is what happens in the world of LeBron James, is you have decided he's no good. It's confirmation bias. But last night, the Cleveland Cavaliers had no J.R. Smith, no Kevin Love, no Andrew Bogut, Kyle Korver 1-for-7, Boston at full strength at home, and it came down to this shot.
"They're great. Cleveland's fine. Cleveland's going to win the championship. For the record, a lot of you are saying, 'But Kobe Bryant would have taken that shot.' Again, it took me 30 seconds to go online and find a Kobe story. This from January 2015: 'Kobe Bryant has now missed 13 straight game-tying [or] go-ahead field goals in [the final] five seconds of the fourth or overtime. His last make is 2012.'
"Because Kobe never passed on that shot. And you tell all your buddies at the bar, 'Kobe would take that shot,' you're darn right he would. And he missed 13 straight."
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Colin: Even LeBron's opponents admit he makes the right decisions
COLIN: "The reason people take less to play with LeBron is that very play. And when you watch that play from the above camera, you see one of the best defenders at the frontcourt the Celtics have, Jae Crowder, at 6'6", 245 running at LeBron, and LeBron figures out, 'Yeah, that's probably not the best shot.'
"Here's what Isaiah Thomas of the Celtics said about LeBron and passing up a double-team to find the open player:
"'That's what LeBron does. He makes the right play. I mean, that was the right basketball play. They'll probably kill him for passing it though.'
"That was the right basketball play. It doesn't matter that it didn't go."