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LeBron James: The Shot That Meant Nothing

CLEVELAND - MAY 22:  LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers shoots the game winning three pointer over Hedo Turkoglu #15 of the Orlando Magic in Game Two of the Eastern Conference Finals during the 2009 Playoffs at Quicken Loans Arena on May 22, 2009 in Cleveland, Ohio. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
Mike DebelakCorrespondent IJune 1, 2009

Just like most of America, I was amazed at LeBron James' game-winning shot in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals. I thought that would be the signature moment for his career. I knew that the series was over. Then something funny happened; the Magic bounced back and won the series.

I am sure that most of America (other than those in Orlando) thought that shot would give the Cavs the momentum they needed to steamroll the Magic on their way to the NBA Finals and possibly a title.

I heard many people say that this shot would overwrite "The Shot" that MJ made against Cleveland back in the 90s. The thing about Michael's shot, is that it clinched a playoff series. In retrospect, all LeBron's shot did was keep the Cavs from being swept. If that shot didn't go in, we would have had one of the most unlikely sweeps in sports history. Missing out on the finals, or even a championship, diminishes the legacy that this shot would have had.

While this shot was great, it will now be over-hyped for years. In my opinion, this could have been one of the greatest shots of all-time, but the Cavaliers were outplayed in the end, and this shot is now just LeBron's next best highlight.

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