was he stressed because his wife got stuck in the bus til the game started?
of when his father-in-law was supposedly profiled?
what excuses are out there on the ready if the Dubs loses?
He's only been the best player in the playoffs this year, scored 40+ points in back-to-back Finals elimination games, won "probably the biggest game in Cavs history", recorded the most points, rebounds, assists, blocks, and steals of anyone in this year's Finals (and actually had the most points, rebounds, and assists from both teams even if you include last year's), and completely outplayed Curry who, by most accounts, had played at a level this season at a Jordan-esque level of brilliance.
Expectations of LeBron have always been high, but despite that he never stood out because most of the time he was meeting them. I know that sounds contradictory, but the amazing thing about all time greats is that they EXCEEDED incredibly high expectations.
Jordan's back-to-back-to-back (and again) titles and countless clutch moment after clutch moment. His acrobatics that made us feel like we've never seen basketball being played before.
Magic Johnson carrying his team as a rookie to win a ring and making amazing play after amazing play, defining perhaps the most memorable era of Laker history.
Every all-time great has something to say in terms of consistently beating expectations.
LeBron really never did that until last year. And that's why I think a lot of people (including myself) feel differently about him now. Despite incredibly high expectations in the past 2 playoffs, he's actually gone above and beyond.