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Couch: In This Defining Moment, LeBron Shows Us . . . That He’s Old

The whole game, you just kept wondering why. Why, LeBron, why? Or maybe when. At least, that’s what I was thinking. Why isn’t LeBron James going for it? When is he even going to attack the basket? James had a big and defining moment Thursday night, as he tried to keep from being eliminated in the first round of the playoffs for the first time in his career. It was up to him, him and only him. His co-star, Anthony Davis, was too hurt — yet again — and shouldn’t have been on the court. I couldn’t help but think what would happen if Michael Jordan were in this same spot. What new level of greatness would he reach? But in the end, James and the defending champ Los Angeles Lakers lost to the Phoenix Suns 113-100, and LeBron was canceled from the playoffs. James wasn’t even special. “I always think about, from the moment we entered the bubble (last season)  until now, today,’’ he said afterward. “It’s been draining — mentally, physically, spiritually, emotionally draining.’’ Is that why? He was tired? It would make sense. The Lakers had to play through the playoffs last year and their season ended […]

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Written by Greg Couch

Greg earned the 2007 Peter Lisagor Award as the best sports columnist in the Chicagoland area for his work with the Chicago Sun-Times, where he started as a college football writer in 1997 before becoming a general columnist in 2003. He also won a Lisagor in 2016 for his commentary in RollingStone.com and The Guardian.

Couch penned articles and columns for CNN.com/Bleacher Report, AOL Fanhouse, and The Sporting News and contributed as a writer and on-air analyst for FoxSports.com and Fox Sports 1 TV. In his journalistic roles, Couch has covered the grandest stages of tennis from Wimbledon to the Olympics, among numerous national and international sporting spectacles. He also won first place awards from the U.S. Tennis Writers Association for his event coverage and column writing on the sport in 2010.