Take Time to Appreciate LeBron James

Do not miss out on the biggest star in basketball shining on the game's top stage.

Noah Hiles
May 29, 2018 - 10:50 am

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PITTSBURGH (93.7 The Fan) - The city of Cleveland and the NBA are two things that the average sports fans in Western Pennsylvania put little to no thought toward. With the Pirates making recent changes to their roster, Marc Andre-Fleury and a few other former Penguins looking to make history with the Vegas Golden Knights in the Stanley Cup and the numerous headlines surrounding the Steelers after their first week of OTAs, there is more than enough to talk about in the the world of Pittsburgh sports. However, I have noticed that another subject of discussion has become more and more common on the airwaves of 93.7 The Fan, which is the incredible postseason performance by LeBron James.

Since the Pipers left town in 1968 the Steel City has not had much of a reason to watch professional basketball. The Pirates, Penguins and Steelers have won a combined 13 championships during Pittsburgh’s five decade absence from the hardwood. From Clemente to McCutchen, Lemiuex to Crosby and Bradshaw to Roethlisberger, each of the three professional sports franchises in Pittsburgh have given fans a handful of all incredible athletes to cheer for. With that being said, perhaps the greatest athlete in the world is playing just 130 miles away in northeast, Ohio.

In his 15th season, James led an otherwise below average Cavs team to an 87-79 victory over the second seeded Boston Celtics in game seven of the eastern conference finals on Sunday night to secure a trip to his eighth straight NBA Finals. This postseason alone, the four-time MVP has hit two shots to win the game at the buzzer, leads all players in scoring averaging 34.0 points per game and has done so with little to no rest, playing an average of 41.3 minutes per game.

What is even more impressive is that James has done all of this with little to no help from his teammates. James averages over 20 points more a game than the Cavs second highest scorer, Kevin Love (13.9). While James has hit 54.2% of his field goals, the rest of his team has shot just over forty percent (42.7%).

When Usain Bolt races in the olympics or Serena Williams competes at Wimbledon people from all over the world tune in regardless of their overall interest in the sport that is being played because they know something special is about to take place. There are times as a fan where one has to stop and simply admire greatness. Regardless of the game or the location, there are moments, teams and in this case individuals who defy regional preferences. What James has done in the last decade without question falls into that category.

I understand that LeBron James is arguably the most famous athlete in the nation and has been recognized for a long time as one of the best basketball players in the world. However, what he is currently doing is impressive even by his standards. With that being said, make sure you do not miss out on this once in a lifetime player competing at the top of his game. Don’t let your disinterest in the NBA or your feelings toward a rival city prevent you from getting to see one of the best athletes of all-time compete on the games biggest stage. For the fourth year in a row, the Cavs will take on the defending champion, Golden State Warriors in game 1 of the NBA Finals on Thursday night; if you consider yourself a sports fan, I promise this will be worth tuning in for.