Mike Nitty said:
Bruh, just like the homie you responding to said...Bron tanked that series bottom line. He didn't check out he just stopped playing to win. It would have been much harder/if not impossible for him to leave Cleveland had they won or gotten to the Finals that year.
The sudden poor play after dominating basically the first 3 games, the rumors, the left handed free-throw (when nothing was wrong,) him taking his jersey off all that sh*t was a diversion he knew he was leaving, him and his camp created drama to keep the focus off what he had already planned....Winters in Miami for the next decade...obviously it was more to it than just what I pointed out but.....
You'd have to be a fool to not pick up on it.
The truth is it would've been WAY easier for LeBron to leave if he won in Cleveland first. I'm not saying he didn't pack it in and turn into a bi*ch halfway through that series, because he obviously did. I'm saying it happened because the Celtics made adjustments and got into his head, and LeBron has proven to be as soft as it gets mentally, so he pretty much acted like a frustrated baby (as I've seen MANY weak-willed teammates do when things aren't going like they're used to).
Also, the fact that he pretty much did the same exact sh*t with the Heat in the finals proves (to me at least) that he just folds under pressure. Which is sad, but it's a far cry from purposely sabotaging your own teammates, coach, organization, etc. Why make the playoffs at all then if you're LeBron? Why play great up until that point, just to pick an arbitrary time to completely shut it off and 'sabotage' your team?
Like I said, he seems to me like a spoiled, weak-willed, coddled superstar who doesn't know how to react on the rare occasion he has to deal with real adversity. Which happens more then people think to players who are used to just cakewalking over everybody.