Down by two with five seconds left, who do you want taking the last shot? The majority of basketball fans, myself included, would want Kobe Bryant or Michael Jordan taking the last shot. What I think some people don’t understand is that being a “closer” doesn’t mean you need to take the last shot, and having the closing ability is about a lot more than just that. With Kobe and Michael, you know what you’re going to get. They’re going to dribble the ball a bit, break their man down and go up for the shot 99 percent of the time. In the end, you live or die by the result. With LeBron James, it’s a lot different. Just because LeBron’s jump shot isn’t on par with Bryant or Jordan doesn’t mean he can’t or won’t win you the game in clutch situations.
LeBron is such a strong individual that he can drive to the lane and end up shooting free throws with the game on the line. Once again, myself and a lot of other fans would prefer Kobe or Jordan taking last second free throws, but LeBron can knock them down too. The thing LeBron has going for him more than Kobe or even Jordan had would be the ability to get his teammates involved. Jordan was good at doing that too, but LeBron takes it to a whole new level. At the end of a game with the ball in his hands, the defender has to be prepared for anything with LeBron. He can break you down, drive the lane, take a jump shot or get the defense to slip up and he’ll find the right guy for the shot if he chooses not to take it.
Basically, if we’re talking jump shots or last second free throws, Kobe or Jordan would be your man. If we’re talking the all-around closing ability, LeBron is on an equal playing field with Kobe and Jordan. Instead of nitpicking or continuously comparing these guys, how about we just sit back and enjoy each player for their individual skills they’ve shown during their careers.