LeBron James, loser of the 2011 NBA Finals, took aim at NBA fans at the post-game press conference.
At the end of the day, all the people that were rooting on me to fail, at the end of the day, they have to wake up tomorrow and have the same life that they had before they woke up today. They have the same personal problems they had today, he said.
They can get a few days or a few months or whatever the case may be on being happy about not only myself, but the Miami Heat not accomplishing their goal. But they have to get back to the real world at some point, he added.
If there ever was a verbal low blow, that was it. That many NBA fans don't live the glamorous life of LeBron James is totally irrelevant to the topic at hand. To needle some of them for having dead end jobs or personal struggles, especially in this horrible economy, is just low on Lebron's part.
A relevant topic is if LeChoke James chocked in the NBA Finals. The answer is 'absolutely yes.'
Lebron tried to brush it off in the press conference. He said his poor performance in the finals wasn't a sign of choking because every game is high-pressured in the playoffs. He just couldn't perform in the finals series for some reason.
That's bogus coming from someone of his physical talent.
LeBron averaged just 17.8 ppg in the 2011 finals.
That compares to his 26.7 ppg in the 2011 regular season, 24.2 ppg in the first round of playoffs, 28.0 ppg for the second round, and 25.8 ppg for the third round.
That compares to the finals average of 26.0 ppg for Dirk Nowitzki and 18.0 ppg for Jason Terry. Historically speaking, it compares to finals numbers of 28.6 ppg for Kobe Bryant in 2010, 33.5 ppg for Michael Jordan in 1998, and 35.6 ppg for Allen Iverson's losing effort in 2001.
Yeah, LeBron choked.