One LeBron James’ former Miami Heat teammates thinks the Cavs’ All-Star can not be in the conversation the greatest basketball player all-time because he “quit” on the Heat in the 2011 NBA Finals.
To refresh your memory, the Heat lost the finals that year to Dirk Nowitzki’s Dallas Mavericks even after Miami held a 2-1 series lead. The Mavs rattled f three straight wins to take the championship, while LeBron averaged 17.8 points, 7.2 rebounds and 6.8 assists per game in the series.
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So who’s the former teammate that claimed LeBron quit during that series? Eddie House.
House made an appearance on Fox Sports 1’s “Undisputed” today to debate the never-ending discussion who’s the greatest basketball player ever, and he revealed that LeBron doesn’t deserve to be in the same category as someone like Michael Jordan because his performance against Dallas in 2011.
House told the show’s hosts (H/T Complex Sports),
“I can’t get over the fact he didn’t show up in Dallas,” House said. “Not only because I was on the team, but the fact he was the best player and everybody was dependent on him to show up and do what he does, and he was M.I.A. He had a bad series. Michael] Jordan never had that. People killed James Harden for having a bad series last year… but you going to say somebody who quit in the Finals, at] the end everything, when all the marbles are on the table, that he’s the greatest all time? I can’t buy it.”
You can check out the full clip in the video below.