Over the past couple years, we've heard people criticize LeBron James for pretty much everything. Leave a Cleveland team when his contract was up? Blame it on LeBron. Join with new teammates Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh in proclaiming the Heat would win multiple championships before even playing a game? Blame it on LeBron. See Carmelo Anthony and Dwight Howard hold the NBA hostage in back-to-back years as they try to play somewhere else? Blame it on LeBron.
You'd think there was no new ground for critics to attack. Reggie Miller disagrees.
Miller, who is calling the Heat's Game 2 matchup against the New York Knicks on Monday, was prompted with an anecdote about James spending time with Hakeem Olajuwon working on his post game and soaking up wisdom. For some reason, Miller thought this was a bad thing.
"What I'm saying is, you're getting ready to be a three-time MVP," Miller said. "Guys should be calling you. I don't remember Michael Jordan, when he was getting his head beat in by the Bad Boys, calling someone up and asking, 'How do I get by Detroit.' I didn't see Isiah [Thomas] call anyone when he couldn't get by the Boston Celtics. You figure it out, and you go out and do it."
Actually, Reggie, one of the first things Jordan did after losing to the Pistons was call up trainer Tim Grover and ask him to put together a weight-lifting program to make him stronger to deal with Detroit's physical play. Not only is your point nonsensical -- who doesn't ask for help when trying to get to the top? -- but it's also wrong.
"I love LeBron James," Miller said. "He doesn't need help. Guys should be calling him."
This coming from the guy who never did get over the hump and win a title. Maybe it's best for James to follow a different path.