LeBron James is unquestionably the greatest player of this generation and there's a good argument to be made that he might well be the greatest of all time. His detractors, however, have always been quick to label him as someone who isn't clutch, as LeBron has always been someone who opts to make the right basketball play in late-game situations.
His haters always claim that the likes of Michael Jordan wouldn't have passed the ball in the clutch and that LeBron always loves to pass it off to someone as he doesn't want that pressure. On the latest episode of The Shop, LeBron was asked if he thought about the consequences of missing clutch shots.
"No. Maybe when I was younger because I cared about what everybody else thought. I don't give a f**k now." When asked about when the change happened, James added "It probably changed to me at about 25. I spent like seven years and then I went to Miami that first year and everything was about like still what everybody else thought. And then I just literally just like 'I don't give a f**k what nobody think. I'm him.' If I don't take it who going to take it?"
"You know, it's not even like taking a shot. It could be taking a shot, it could be making the right play. Like you know, I get s**t for making the right play. 4 mother******s on me. Motherf*****r wide open right here. We are a team and I trust them. Why wouldn’t I have thrown it to them? I don’t care about the results."
Strong words there from LeBron and, as he says, the game should be about making the right play and then living with the results. If you do the right thing and it doesn't work out, then you can accept the consequences of it. You need to believe in the guys you go to war with, as it is a team game, after all.
During this episode, LeBron also defended Jayson Tatum, as he compared Tatum's play against the Warriors to his own performances in the 2007 NBA Finals against the Spurs and stated that the Celtics star will bounce back from it.