LeBron James and the Limitations of His Position

LeBron James and the Limitations of His Position

As we, rightfully, pile on LeBron James(notes) in the wake of his disappearing act in Game 4, is it possibly time to redefine the second arrangement again?

The more that I watch this guy play, and the more that I marvel over Dwyane Wade(notes) while beating my head against the wall over Kobe Bryant(notes) and his inability to play up to his standards within the Triangle Offense, I have to start wondering if it's our own expectations regarding these players' positions that might be getting in the way of us accurately analyzing LeBron.

Does that excuse James' passive nature in Game 4 and (to a lesser extent) Game 3?

Does this gloss over the play-calling that allowed for Dwyane Wade to dominate the ball in orthodox (if not altogether inefficient) screen and roll sets?

No, and it shouldn't. There are good, pragmatic reasons for James acting as he did in Game 4, but the chorus that yells at him for gliding through a Miami loss is spot on in its harmony. James screwed up, both in application on and (especially, to me) off the ball. But at some point I wonder if this is also a function of his position, and our own unreasonable criteria for the position in the wake of what Michael Jordan showed us for all those years.

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