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Gerald Wallace questions LeBron’s fight

Chuck - Red's Army July 10, 2014 Celtics News, Gerald Wallace 22 Comments

WEEI’s Ben Rohrbach uncovered an interview Gerald Wallace did with Fox Alabama where he was asked to compare LeBron James, Kobe Bryant and Michael Jordan:

Jordan never had an off night,” Wallace told myfoxal.com. “He found many ways to contribute to the team, and I’d say Kobe [Bryant] is pretty much the same. You can put Lebron in that category. I think what separates LeBron from Kobe and Michael Jordan right now is that he doesn’t have the attitude or the fight that those guys had. For me, he’s not willing to take over a game, demand a game or put the game all on his shoulders. I would like to see him get to that one day, but right now I don’t think he has that, and that’s what Michael Jordan and even Kobe has.”

Sorry Crash, but I’m going to disagree with you on this one. Criticizing LeBron’s fight may have had justification back in 2010. But anyone who witnessed James dominate Game 6 of the 2012 ECF in Boston cannot say the guy lacks fight. The man’s legacy was on the line in that game and he singlehandedly carried his team to victory.

Regarding Kobe, I’m pretty sure he had an off-night on June 17, 2008.

 

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  • wil

    crash was saying they brought their whole effort every game. Where as Lebron would seem like he is just taking what the game gives him.

    Lebron just doesnt have the same edge as Kobe or MJ or Bird has.

    Lebron is a great player but everything has been handed to him since highschool. Other guys mentioned about fought for their share.

    Thats why Lebron acts like he is entitled. He is pretty spoiled.

  • bill_nair

    I get where GW is coming from and I tend to agree. Bron just doesnt have that killer insticnt that a guy like Bird, MJ or Kobe have. Nothing wrong with that, hes already had a legendary 11 years without being that killer. Id like to see a game where Bron says F my teammates im taking 30 shots but its probably never going to happen. Without that edge though its understandable why he chose to create the supergroup.

  • http://rhymejunkie.com/ Dustin Chapman

    All this “LeBron doesn’t have the heart” stuff is old and just isn’t true, it sounds like Crash was just regurgitating what every LBJ hater has said for a decade. In a perfect world, every fan wants every superstar talent to dominate with force. We want the best guy to have the killer instinct, and if he doesn’t go at your jugular like Jordan he’s “weak” in the public eye. Everyone can’t have the same mental makeup of Jordan, Kobe or Bird.

  • LA Flake

    First of all, putting Kobe in the same category as MJ is just flat out dumb, stupid, idiotic, dumber and dumberer. Jordan was the ultimate competitor. He’s never lost in the Finals and probably would’ve gone undefeated and retired with 8 or 9 rings had he not gone off and played baseball. Kobe on the other hand was never the single most dominant force in the league and routinely got his ass handed to him by his peers. Even in the 2010 Finals, he was HORRIBLE and nearly shot his team out of the series.

    Not saying Kobe wasn’t great. It’s just so laughable whenever people try to put him in the same class as MJ. MJ was simply the best. Kobe wasn’t.

    • Lewis35

      Jordan didn’t win ish until Pippen/Grant were there to help him. It’s not fair to criticize Kobe for the same thing. Sorry truth us the truth

      • Fitzy

        When did MJ play with a dominant low post player.

      • LA Flake

        Pippen was not the difference maker. Pippen was a good player but MJ made him great, never the other way around. And Horace Grant was a good PF but come on. He wasn’t Shaq, Pau or Bynum.

        Come on, man. MJ was the most dominant force the league has ever seen. He was a 2 guard who averaged 30 a game throughout his career while shooting over 50%. Unlike Kobe’s overrated defense, MJ actually could shut down anybody. And nobody, I mean nobody was more clutch than MJ in his prime. Nobody.

        • RedsLoveChild

          MJ was the greatest combination of skill, athleticism, and competitive fire ever to exist in one player…but, having having 2 of the greatest forwards ever {Pippen was a top 50 player of all time, Rodman won 7 rebounding titles} did not hurt.

          Bynum taking out Perk in Game 6 killed any chance of winning 2010 Finals…along with LA`s superior size, sleeping on LA in Game 3, Ray`s 3-for-14 in Game 7

  • RedwasKing

    Where the Hell is Crash’s fight every game? haha

    • LA Flake

      Yeah. I don’t care what DA does for the rest of this Summer as long as he finds a team to dump him on. If Danny can find a taker for Gerald Wallace, I’d be 100% happy going into the season with all our young players.

    • Thatguy

      This. Completely.

  • Mike

    “But anyone who witnessed James dominate Game 6 of the 2012 ECF in Boston cannot say the guy lacks fight. The man’s legacy was on the line in that game and he singlehandedly carried his team to victory.”

    One game doesn’t mean he has that fight or killer instinct in him. Anyone can have that instinct for one game. KOBE, JORDAN, BIRD, ETC have/had that killer instinct within them every game, practice, etc. This is no knock on Lebron, it’s just pointing out that he lacks what they have/had.

    • adam

      And he’s going back to Cleveland….

    • dontevertreadonme

      that game made me a lebron believer. he single handily ripped the celtics heart out and stomped it into the parquet. bringing the Big 3 (KG, PP, Ray) era to a close.

  • Lee in Oregon

    Crash getting pub for something other than his contract…….kicking the king and tounging MJ & Kobe.

  • frickenWaaaltah

    The 2012 playoffs seem a lot further away than just ~two years now. The rivalry with the Celtics did give Lebron an edge…but honestly, that edge is looking pretty dull lately.

  • forever_green

    Ummm…has nothing to do with fight, LeBron has fight….maybe its because LeBron isn’t as good as Jordan or even Kobe…pretty simple

  • KGino

    Well, he doesn’t have the same killer instinct as MJ Bird or Kobe. He is mentally fragile in comparison… We’ve seen him give up on his team more than once.

    And the fact that he gets to recruit/choose his own team not once but now twice is just absurd. They need to change how the league runs

  • Bayern

    Lebron hung up his killer instinct in game 6 of last year finals. If not for Ray Allen, he would have on ring less.

  • Chief_00

    I really like the photo, nice touch

  • hooshang@autobahn.st

    Gerald is wrong about James as he always carries the whole team on his back. As a matter of fact he plays the game like a one man tennis game. He carries the ball starting from the back court all the way to the paint and only passes it one time to someone else provided that he gets it back and then shouts the basket. Do you ever see a guard carrying the ball? Or anybody else for that matter?

  • CoachAJ

    Crash…..really come on man, do something for us, get us into contention. We want the Crash that almost led the league in rebounding. Get us the Crash that could lock down guys like Bron. If I don’t see that Crash, then I certainly don’t want to hear from this Crash. Worry about yourself and your current team.