OKLAHOMA CITY, December 1, 2011—There are two fascinating stories right now in sports outside of assistant coaches on the East coast moonlighting as monsters: The NBA lockout is over, and Tim Tebow.
What do these two things have to do with each other? Well, not a lot.
The biggest star in the NBA is LeBron James. Everyone knows his story. He turned his back on his team to join the Miami Heat. James may be one of the greatest players of all time, and arguably the best player in the game today, but anybody that watched the NBA Finals saw him completely fold up in the fourth quarter.
Tim Tebow might be one of the worst quarterbacks of all time. Every throw looks like a wounded duck, he has no feel for finding an open receiver, one game this season he completed two passes and he still won the game.
Tim Tebow is the anti LeBron.
For the first three quarters of the game, Tebow is awful. Denver is too scared to let him throw the ball, so he hands it off or runs around and no one can tackle him.
And then the fourth quarter happens. Sometimes it doesn’t happen until five minutes left, but he comes alive.
Tebow has total command of the game and is unstoppable. He has led his team 95 yards to win the game. He has gotten his team into overtime to end up winning.
LeBron is the opposite. He is unstoppable for three quarters. He is a freight train coming down the court. He can do it all, he can pass, score, defend the other team’s best player. Then the fourth quarter happens and he disappears.
Say what you will about either player’s skill, but it’s evident that one player will put the team on his back and the other won’t. A lot has been said about James’ decision to leave Cleveland, but it’s clear that even though he is the best player alive, he doesn’t feel like it’s enough to do it on his own.
Will both of them stay in their current roles? There are still five more games to go in the NFL season and a complete season in the NBA. Enough time for both to change places.
Jason Black is a regular sports contributor on America’s Morning News and America’s Radio News.
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