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Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Lebron James’ quiets critics by Game 2 performance against Spurs

George Scione

If LeBron James was a horse, he would have been delivered to the glue factory Thursday night.

Well, at least that’s what talk radio hosts, locally and nationally, would have you believe. ...

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If LeBron James was a horse, he would have been delivered to the glue factory Thursday night.

Well, at least that’s what talk radio hosts, locally and nationally, would have you believe.

Throw in Miami Heat haters and James’ critics challenging the toughness of the NBA’s best player to create a weekend of twits on Twitter and idiots on Instagram posting pics of friends “LeBroning.”

It was a three-day craze that was just plain stupid.

Hockey players and stick-and-puck fans were throwing out different scenarios of their favorite tough guys battling through pain and playing on despite an injury – or injuries, as was the case for Patrice Bergeron during the 2012-13 Stanley Cup Finals. Remember the toughness he showed against the Chicago Blackhawks? The Bruins leader played through a broken rib, torn cartilage and muscle tissue, a separated shoulder and a punctured lung.

A popular meme circulating social networks shows LeBron being carried off the court with a cramp, and a photo of Dallas Stars forward Rich Peverley pictured below. Next to Peverley it talks of how he died, was resuscitated and then immediately asked to return to the ice.

It’s funny, yes, but certainly a bit over the top.

You won’t find the biggest supporter of James here. Not because he’s talentless, but because he’s an immature diva. Whether he’s choosing a new team, his team wins a title or he wins an individual award, it’s always about him. James is basketball’s version of baseball’s Jonny Gomes, but with actual athletic ability..

Still, all this talk of James being weak because of cramps is beyond laughable.

Leg cramps are debilitating. That was obviously the case with James in the final three minutes of Game 1. Anybody claiming that James couldn’t overcome his cramps because he wanted off the floor when the game was on the line, or because he’s not tough is a moron with a capital M.

Leg cramps affect the athletically fit and fat slobs the same way. I know from personal experience. It’s not about playing through pain. You simply cannot move. You are stuck in one place. Further movement just tightens things up even more.

Play through it? You need to run and jump and shuffle on the court to play through it. James couldn’t even walk.

So, the glue factory called – a couple days too soon, it appears.

James went off for 35 points in Game 2 on Sunday as the Heat evened things up with San Antonio. The Spurs missed their opportunity to put James down for the 2013-14 season.

It’s not like California Chrome rusting up in the championship spotlight. LeBron James still has his Triple Crown in sight.

George Scione can be reached at 594-6520 or gscione@nashuatelegraph.com. Also, follow Scione on Twitter (@Telegraph_BigG).