What's Wrong with LeBron?

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It's no secret LeBron hasn't been playing like himself lately. Explanations have ranged from his girlfriend cheating on him with Rashard Lewis to fatigue from playing too many minutes to lacking Michael Jordan's killer instincts.

The simple answer -- he's choking. Literally.

Choking is a real, recognized psychological problem. It happens when you overthink an action, and it affects everyone, from a kid taking a test to a basketball superstar taking a free throw.

"Attention to the details of your performance can be detrimental if you are a highly skilled athlete who, under normal conditions, executes his or her skill without too much conscious control," said Dr. Sian Beilock in an article that ran last year in Psychology Today.

Beilock, an expert on the science of choking and author of Choke, discussed why it took A-Rod so long to reach 600 home runs.

"Superstars have the love of the fans behind them and also the huge expectations that come with their success, which can make them more self-conscious. With that heightened self-consciousness, they also pay increased attention to their own performance, which, unfortunately, results in more shots wide of the goal or more strikes when up at bat."

When the pressure gets to be too much, Beilock explains, you can no longer perform at your best.

The point is LeBron isn't being lazy. He hasn't stopped caring. He doesn't want to let people down.

He's just a 26-year-old (how many people, regardless of status, have it together in their mid twenties?) under pressure who finally reached his breaking point and choked.

It's not that he doesn't want to step up. He can't.

That doesn't mean he won't play up to his potential Sunday. It just means that for the time being, he's stuck. And no matter how much we yell at him, he has to come out of this on his own.

Let's just hope it's now.

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Crapp_07
Crapp_07

GUYS, we don't know how much pressure he's having now. Just please for a moment put yourself into his shoes. Just give him a break. He's only 26 for pete's sake. 

randrand run
randrand run

I"M GONNA PUT ON MY LITTLE SHORTS AND US KEDS AND START SHOOTING SHOTS ON THE ASPHALT COURT AT THE HIGH SCHOOLS- I MAY BE ALMOST 60-BUT I KNOW I CAN SHOOT 50% OF MY SHOTS----IF I CAN SEE THAT FAR! YA THINK I HAVE A CHANCE FOR NEXT YEAR'S TEAM------BOOOOOOO-RAHHHHHHH!

randrand run
randrand run

MIAMI-EVERYTHING YOU PAID FOR, EVEN IF NEW-THEY WON'T GIVE YOU HALF-PRICE, IF SOLD BACK BY YOU! CAN WE GET A PARTIAL REFUND ON THREE KINGS?(HEY, FOLKS-WE JUST LOST TWO ENDING HOME GAMES OF THE FINALS-LET THAT SOAK IN! THAT IS A FEAT NOBODY HAS EVER DONE-IT PUTS MIAMI IN A LOSER CLASS ALL IT'S OWN. GOD-I CAN'T WAIT FOR THE MIAMI DOLPHINS, AND WHOMEVER THE NEW COACH OF THE WEEK IS, TO WHIMPER-"WE NEED A WIN--!" BANAL AND PATHETIC-SO LET'S GEAR UP FOR NEXT YEAR'S "URBAN ETHNIC WEEK""-BRING THE HELMETS, AMMO, AND MUSTARD AND KETCHUP! YEAH MIAMI-FOOLS! CAN WE HAVE A SPECIAL "THREE KINGS PARADE" ANYWAY-AFTER ALL-WE SAVED A LOT OF MONEY CANCELING THE ORANGE BOWL PARADE, YEARS AGO. POOOOOOF-ALL GONE------

randrand run
randrand run

YOU GOT A WORTHLESS GOVERNOR;YOU GOT A FLAT-ASS BROKE TOWN (CAN'T EVEN COLLECT TAXES BECAUSE THERE IS NO INTEREST ON RETURNS AND YOUR HOUSE IS WORTH A CAN OF BEANS!); YOU PAID THE BANK ACCOUNT FOR THREE KINGS (WHO PLAYED LIKE QUEENS AGAINST THE MAVERICS(-GEEEZUS-NO FOUL LINE SHOTS OR THREE POINTERS OR BASKET KEY PENETRATION?!)); AND A SHRILL POLITICAL HACK WOMAN(DEBORAH "SELF-PROMOTING"WASSERMAN SCHULTZ ) WHO SHILLS FOR OBAMA OUT OF PALM BEACH-AND BY THE WAY---SCOTT AND OBAMA, TWO OPPOSING FORCES-NEITHER HAS A CLUE WHERE THE ECONOMY OR JOBS ARE GONNA GET BETTER.YEP-I'D SAY THE BEST SELLING THING IN TOWN, COME TOMORROW-WILL BE T-SHIRTS WITH A BURNED,DEFLATED BASKETBALLS-SAYING"SECOND PLACE-LOVE AND KISSES FROM THREE QUEENS"!) WE BE COOKED-BUT NO ONE GETS TO EAT. MIAMI-OUTPLAYED, OUTGUNNED-AND WAITING FOR THE HURRICANE TO BLOOOOOOW US AWAY!

Drake Mallard
Drake Mallard

Back in 2006, after the Heat won its first and only championship,

RIP 1988-2011 MIAMI HEAT

dream team  what a joke

We are the champions - my friends

And we'll keep on fighting - till the end -

We are the champions -

We are the champions

No time for losers

'Cause we are the champions - of the world -

what wrong with lebum?

Barbb2
Barbb2

Win or lose I am a HEAT fan.  I will follow them again next year.  As for Labron, I appreciate that he got us to the finals.  I don't know why he is doing what he is doing now, but maybe it is not in the cards for us to win the championship this year.  While this may take a toll on Labron, as a fan it doesn't take any money out of my pocket.  Some fans are taking this like they stand to lose something if the HEAT loses.  A true FAN does not make bets on a game. Personally a win gives me bragging rights.

Ernie Sandoval
Ernie Sandoval

he certainly ain't worth all that money they are paying him, that's for sure. maybe he can sign up with the marlins after the season ends. he'll fit right in with those losers.

Michael Vigil
Michael Vigil

IF the Heatles come back to beat Dallas, it will be because of DWade/Bosh/UD and in spite of LeChoke.  I wonder if LeChoke will get booed at the AAA if he starts his choking in game 6 or 7 and the Heatles are trailing due to his choking.

Nobody
Nobody

ok...or Mark Cuban could be having undisclosed deliveries entering lebrons mansion >.<

Enrique Ja-El
Enrique Ja-El

he had a fukn triple doouble game 5 wtf do u want him to do score 100 points? get over it its a team game !!!!!!!!!!

Grant Stern
Grant Stern

When examining @KingJames difficulties, give some credit to the #Mavs and their coaching staff.  They've designed a defensive game plan around frustrating LeBron's bullish drives to the hoop.   Zone defense encourages the offense to take low percentage shots - which LeBron is passing up for encouraging ball movement.  The zone also frees players to guard those passing lanes, which it encourages offense players to use.  When played correctly, it is a stifling and difficult to attack defensive scheme, and the Mavs are executing it very well late in games.

Storm_71
Storm_71

How many points will LeBron score in the forth quarter? Not 4.........not 5........not 6........not 7.

Funny how the two fools Wade and LeBron made fun Dirk being sick and then captain flop fell and "hurt" his poor little leg. I heard he had to wheelchaired to the team bus. What a big pussy. Karma's a bitch.

Michael Wind
Michael Wind

there is nothing wrong with lebron,his friends with russian mafia of miami...

bobby
bobby

who fuckin cares. LOL.. he is over paid and spoiled since he was a freshman is high school.fuck him and the heat.

LBJ ALL THE WAY...!!!
LBJ ALL THE WAY...!!!

LeBron, on Sunday, block all that other shit out of your mind. Just remember when you were younger and you were playing for the pure joy that it brought to you when you were kicking some ass on the court. Never mind all the naysayers, the media spotlight, the unbelievers, they don't matter right now. It's just you and your game, your killer instinct, your love for making buckets. I know you have it in you and you know it too, no need to think about anything else while you're on the court, just you, DWade, and the rest of your boys... There ain't no pressure, play like you did when you were a kid, having fun and rackin' up the points, that's all it is, that's all you gotta' do. We're behind you all the way to the ring, after that, you can let it all hang out... Miami loves you man, YOU CAN DO IT...!!!

BITEMEEEEEE
BITEMEEEEEE

No he won't. Are you serious? You must be a bandwagoner.

BITEMEEEEEE
BITEMEEEEEE

It was hip. And deal with it. We had to listen to Dirk's other sob story (not the sinus infection) but the cast on his little swollen finger for days. And they were kidding, Terry has been talking some shit they need to put on muzzle on that little mf.

Johnnyu
Johnnyu

Your dads a pussy..and your moms pussy is fat..I would know.

TakeMany
TakeMany

His friends? Take a seat.

Michael Hernandez
Michael Hernandez

Wade was 24 when he won.LBJ is scared he has NO COJONES  he the QUEEN  goo HEAT

Bob
Bob

Dude lebron's not gonna read ur post ! He is gonna choke under the pressure and d wade will have to carry Miami to the win while chris bosh chews on his mouth guard and does little else

Storm_71
Storm_71

Dirk has out scored Dflop and the "Chosen One" 52-51 combined in the forth quarter.

DEAL WITH IT.

Storm_71
Storm_71

That's nice glad "you would know" I can't say the ssame thing about your mom and dad. I did try and tap Queen James mom but the fucking line was too long. Dont't really care too much about his slutty girl friend.

ShutYourTwitterUp
ShutYourTwitterUp

Can't really comprehend the Bosh hate since he's been more productive than LBJ this whole series.....

LBJ ALL THE WAY...!!!
LBJ ALL THE WAY...!!!

I know Lebron's not gonna' read my post, he's not gonna' choke though, he knows this IS the game he has to take home. Wade, if he's feeling better, will work some air time.(We all know that the HEAT is "his" team, he's the leader) Bosh is hit or miss, when he's on, he's great... The bench has been doing better, look at Mario Chalmers, he's been steppin' up the last couple of games. They should start Mario instead of Bibby. They DO have to stop that jump shot action in the late 4th quarter, HIT THE PAINT MAN!!!I would hope that they are practicing like it's their last game today... They know what they're up against,God Bless 'em, take it away boys...!!

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