The other day I was just browsing the internet trying to find some interesting things to write about. I stumbled upon this website onthisday.com and found some interesting facts about June 12th and LeBron James. For those of you that don’t know me, let me fill you in on something, I can’t stand LeBron James. I will always be on the side that Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant(RIP) are both better than he will ever be. That being said, I respect LeBron’s talent and what he has done for the game of basketball and he is easily a top five player of all time. But due to me not liking him, anytime I can find something to shit on him for I’m jumping at the opportunity.
That brings me to today’s date, June 12th. In his long career LeBron has played in the NBA Finals 9 times. During those 9 appearances, he has managed to play a game on June 12th in 4 of them. Out of those four games, he has lost every one of them. That’s right, it’s almost as bad as his actual NBA Finals record(3-6). On June 12th games he is 0-4, with two of the games ending with the opposing team hoisting up the Larry O’ Brien trophy at the end of the night.
June 12th 2007, was the start of this curse. In his first finals appearance he would take on the San Antonio Spurs. It was game 3 of the series and already facing an 0-2 deficit, it was virtually a must win game. LeBron couldn’t get it done though, as the Cavs would lose 75-72 officially starting a curse that may never be broken.
The Second June 12th nightmare came back in the 2011 series against the Dallas Mavericks. Down 3-2 in the series and still searching for his first championship, LeBron and company had the home court advantage for game 6. You’d think in a must win game, the so called King would show out. Not the case, as he finished with only 21 points, 4 rebounds, and 6 assist. Now they aren’t bad numbers, but still not LeBron type numbers especially In a must win game. He also had 6 turnovers which helped Dirk and the Mavericks go on to win the game 105-95. With that win they would capture the NBA Championship and celebrate in front of LeBron on his home court.
Just a year later on June 12th 2012, LeBron had a chance to put this thing to bed before it could really take off. Going up against the Oklahoma City Thunder in game 1 of the 2012 Finals, it was a chance to get off to a strong start in the series. That wouldn’t be the case here as LeBron’s 30 points weren’t enough to get the job done and the Thunder would take the 1-0 series lead. We don’t need to talk about how the rest of the series went it’s not important to this blog…
The final June 12th nightmare so far, for LeBron came in 2017 as he was back with the Cavaliers and taking on the Golden State Warriors. Now, this game LeBron put up LeBron numbers. Good for him as he finished with 41 points, 13 rebounds, and 8 assist. That wouldn’t be enough though as the Cavs would lose 129-120. Another June 12th must win game, and LeBron fell short as the Warriors would win the series 4-1. Luckily for LeBron, it wasn’t on his home court this time so it probably hurt a little less.
It’s a damn shame this season got put on hold, as who knows maybe we would of had another LeBron nightmare later on tonight. Well, there’s always next year and I for one will be keeping an eye on this stat from here on out.
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Dates and Stats courtesy of Basketball Reference