LeBron James's first trip to the NBA Finals with the Miami Heat didn't go well.
The Heat fell in six games to Dallas Mavericks and Dirk Nowitzki. James didn't play well, averaging an uncharacteristically low 17.8 points a game in the series and laying an eight-point egg in the pivotal game four.
His teammate at the time Eddie House thinks he quit on the team.
“I can’t get over the fact he didn’t show up in Dallas,” House said on Undisputed. “Not only because I was on the team, but the fact he was the best player and everybody was dependent on him to show up and do what he does, and he was M.I.A. He had a bad series. No, a bad series. Jordan never had that. People killed James Harden for having a bad series last year, right. ‘Oh no, he ain’t as good as he is,’ but you going to say somebody who quit in the Finals, at the end of everything, when all the marbles are on the table, that he’s the greatest of all time? I can’t buy it. I can’t buy it for that reason right there.”
House retired after the series, so he didn't get the chance to play on the Heat teams that James led to Finals wins.
Do you agree with House that James's 2011 Finals showing prevents him from being considered as GOAT?
LeBron James' former teammate, @RealEddieHouse, says LeBron "quit" during the 2011 NBA Finals, so that's why there's no GOAT debate between James and Jordan. pic.twitter.com/URSCiEOreK— UNDISPUTED (@undisputed) February 21, 2018