The Prince has a bad night

Miami Heat’s LeBron James speaks to the media after a team practice at the NBA Finals basketball series in Miami, June 1, 2011. Miami won Game 1 of the series against the Dallas Mavericks on Tuesday. REUTERS/Mike Segar (UNITED STATES – Tags: SPORT BASKETBALL)

LeBron James had a rough night last night as he pulled his typical choke job late in the game as Miami squandered a 15-point lead against the Dallas Mavericks.

-Dwyane Wade was Batman again, as he was killing Dallas with his offense all night. Yet late in the game, the Heat put the ball in LeBron’s hands, and Robin blew it. What happened? – the same BS we saw in Cleveland for years. LeBron holds the ball, waits for the clock to wind down, and then throws up a desperate three. His bricks at the end gave Dallas the critical stops they needed.

-LeBron’s goofy celebration after Dwyane Wade’s big three helped spark the Mavs. LeBron is really a goofy child. He doesn’t have Jordan’s killer instinct, and he acts like an ass on the court. He always does just enough to motivate the other team.

-LeBron wilted after his exchange with Boobie Gibson. Here’s LeBron’s dumb comment:

“I wanted to team up with some guys that would never die down in the moment,” James said. “The opportunity presented itself with this great organization and we made it happen.”

He’s implying that his Cavs teammates died in the moment, after he quit in Game 5 vs Boston, and also lost plenty of games with his idiotic “decisions” late in games? Boobie couldn’t resist and responded:

I think what it all boils down to if you’re great, you go play great, be great and everybody will realize you’re great. And you wouldn’t have to let it be known that everybody else was less great.

“Great players shouldn’t have to do that.

“So I feel like it’s kind of an admission. He might have needed some help. He might have needed to go somewhere and find someone who is a little greater so maybe he wouldn’t die down in those moments.”

Nice! LeBron just can’t be the #1 guy on a team. He doesn’t have the stones to do it. With Miami, he often gets bailed out for his stupidity by a great player like Wade, but not last night!

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Robin might get his ring by helping Batman

Miami Heat’s LeBron James (R) congratulates teammate Dwyane Wade after scoring against the Boston Celtics during the third quarter of Game 1 of their NBA Eastern Conference basketball playoff series in Miami May 1, 2011. REUTERS/Hans Deryk (UNITED STATES – Tags: SPORT BASKETBALL)

In one sense you have to give LeBron James credit. He can’t win a championship as the leader of a team, because he’s not a killer like Micheal Jordan or Kobe Bryant. So not only did he go down to Miami to be a supporting player on Dwyane Wade’s team, he’s now embracing the role of being the clear #2 on this team.

For that reason, Miami looks pretty tough right now, and the nightmare scenario for Cleveland fans might play out this year with LeBron getting his ring. The Celtics look old, Chicago doesn’t look dominant and Rose has a bad ankle, and who knows what’s going on out west. Miami might actually have a pretty easy road to a championship.

We’ll see. Hopefully Boston will get its act together tonight on game 2.

That said, LeBron is a very tough player when he can play in a supporting role to a superstar like Wade, so the Heat look very tough at the moment.

Axis of Ego – LeBron talks, dances and makes dumb predicitons in Miami spectacle

July 09, 2010 - Miami, FLORIDA, UNITED STATES - epa02243343 LeBron James (L) joins with Miami Heat Dwayne Wade (C) for a laugh as Chris Bosh (R) tries out his Spanish while they greet fans during NBA basketball team Miami Heat's 'HEAT Summer of 2010 Welcome Event' at the American Airlines arena in Miami, Florida, USA, 09 July 2010. The Miami Heat reached an agreement with LeBron James to leave the Cleveland Cavaliers, and sign with the Miami Heat.

The Axis of Ego – get used to that name. It’s one of the many nicknames you’ll be hearing about the three players who think they’ll just waltz to a bunch of NBA championships.

We now know that LeBron is great at talking about himself, talking up what he claims he will do, and then dancing around like a fool. He did all of those in a spectacle last night in Miami. He was dumb enough to imply seven NBA championships, and you could see pained looked on the faces of Dwyane Wade and Pat Riley as he made that idiotic statement. Let’s see how The Court Jester performs in crunch time.

Meanwhile, the Cavs completed a sign-and-trade with Miami to get a load of draft picks for LeBron. They will get some grief in some circles, but it was the right business move.

UPDATE: Bill Simmons has hilarious tweet about the event.

“They should have had LeBron quit 2/3rds of the way through this Heat celebration – it could have been like the Boston series.”