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Couch: Is This The End For LeBron?

Just nine months ago, LeBron James had it all, really. He was the NBA champion again and also had guided the league to the place he wanted in terms of social justice activism. And that was this: All in. LeBron was the voice, face and conscience of the NBA. Its best player, too. Tonight, he’s in such a different spot. He has become a polarized figure for his strong off-court stances and, wait, what was the other thing? Oh yeah, basketball. Tonight, James is facing elimination in the first round of the playoffs for the first time in his career, as the Los Angeles Lakers trail the Phoenix Suns 3-2. Danny Ainge, outgoing Boston Celtics president, said the other day that NBA players need to “shut up and dribble.’’ Surely, he meant LeBron. At this point, I’m wondering if maybe this is the time that we shut up and watch? At least, that’s what I’m planning to do. I mean, James is one of the greatest players of all time, and now he has his back against the wall, to use a cliché. He has that off the court, too.  It looks like LeBron’s co-superstar, Anthony Davis, isn’t going to […]

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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.