Matt Terl
Sunday October 30th, 2011

Brian Scalabrine, whose most recent NBA experience was with the Chicago Bulls and who currently plays for Benetton Treviso in Italy, is clearly not the same class of professional basketball player as Miami Heat superstar LeBron James.  But a writer at believes that a comment made by Sacalabrine in an interview with constitutes a "subtle shot" a James' inability to win an NBA Championship.

You lack experience at playoff level. Derrick Rose needs to go through the bumps and bruises of the playoffs to get over the hump. If you watched the games against Miami, the Heat knew hot to get over the hump. Dwyane Wade and LeBron James both have been in the Finals and Dwyane has performed in the Finals.

The thinking is that by saying that while both Wade and James have been to the Finals, only Wade has "performed", Scalabrine is subtly criticizing James' performance. James averaged 23.7 points per game for the 2011 postseason as a whole, but only 17.8 points per game for the 2011 NBA Finals.

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