It seems today that a lot of people have a beef with King James passing the rock to Donyell Marshall in Game 1 for a open look from 3-pt land when the Cavs were down by 2 with about 6 seconds left. Apparently people such as Sir Charles and Magic believed the King should have gone in for a layup or potential dunk.
Look, let's be honest here. No one's ever going to be happy. If LeBron, who'd been bricking it up all night, missed the potential layup, everyone would be killing him for going down the lane with 3 Pistons converging on him when someone else was obviously open (like Marshall was). Plus, let's all remember that even if he had gotten fouled on the play, James isn't the best freethrow shooter.
If he instead passes the ball out, which is what he did, and Marshall misses the 3, which he did, then everyone accuses James of not taking the load upon himself to win the game.
So here's the truth, even though I would never pass the ball to Donyell Marshall (because he played for our Warriors, and we think he sucks) LeBron made the right move. You go for the throat on the road, you don't play to tie. That's common NBA knowledge, which Magic and Charles seem to have forgotten. Actually, Charles never knew this, because he has no championship rings.
The truth is that as a superstar, you're held to a different standard. Unless you hit the game winning shot or someone hits it for you, you'll be criticized.
We remember when Stephen Jackson missed a potential go-ahead 3 pointer in the waning moments of Game 1 of the Warriors/Jazz series. Did anyone freak out about S-Jax's decision? Did anyone say, why the hell is he shooting a wideopen 3? No, of course not. It made sense, go for the throat on the road, not the tie. Even if S-Jax had passed or driven for a potential layup, and the final end result had been a miss, no one would have cared.
It's simple. S-Jax isn't LeBron, so we don't hold him to as high a standard. That's the curse of being a superstar. When you hit the big shot, you're the hero. When you make the pass and your teammate hits the shot, you're still the hero for having the ability to get him that open look, even though the guy that hit the shot should probably be the hero. But when you miss, or your teammate misses - you get all the blame. It ain't fair, but it is what it is.