LOS ANGELES – Judgment comes in June for LeBron James. This never changes and never will until his arms are raised on the platform, and the commissioner is passing Pat Riley the trophy. Judgment comes in June, not January, but these fourth-quarter failures hang over James like no one else in the NBA. Sometimes, he tries to do too little. Sometimes, he tries to do too much. Almost always, it feels like a self-fulfilling prophecy.
The mocking, the taunts, came cascading down in the Staples Center on Wednesday night, and this unrelenting saga turns a two-time MVP into a punch line. Twenty-four hours earlier, James refused to shoot in a loss to the Golden State Warriors, and now it was something else against the Los Angeles Clippers. With him, it’s always something else.
All alone on the free-throw line, James watched the ball bounce around the rim and out. It hit short and dropped. It pounded the backboard and iron, and careened away. Those late-game demons had come to dance betweenRead More »from LeBron stalls again in the clutch