Green Bay Packers wide receiver Greg Jennings knows his basketball, so much so that his take on why LeBron James is a somewhat of a victim might be enough to get his a spot on a studio show after his football career his done. OK, Jennings will probably be a football broadcaster first, but at least he’s showing off his versatility.
Greg Jennings joined the Mike Heller Show on The Big 1070 in Madison, Wisc. to talk some football and some NBA playoff basketball. After breaking down LeBron James’ late-game problems in the NBA Playoffs, things got somber as Jennings discussed how painful it was to fall to the Giants in the 2011 postseason.
On LeBron James not being a great “closer”:
“Here’s my thing, and I’m a LeBron fan. Number one, the reason why he’s not like the ultimate closer like a Kobe or a Jordan, he’s not a shooter like that. Those guys can take that jump shot and win a game. LeBron is streak shooter, that’s not his game. The thing that bothers me though is, he can do whatever he can to help his team win but at the end of the day if they don’t get it done, it really doesn’t matter. Everybody, all these critics jump out at him. I’m a Dwyane Wade fan as well, but D-Wade can do no wrong, really. He can come and show up and not play in the first half of every single game and no one ever talks about that. It’d be OK. LeBron can’t do that. And for what reason? I don’t know. Maybe it’s because Dwyane has the championship ring and LeBron doesn’t. But I think t’s one of those things that they just have to develop that killer instinct and stick with it. I think that in the last couple games, they’ve both honestly kind of shined away from contact because of their free-throw woes, if you will. And it’s one of those things where if you’re that guy, you have to be that guy whether the result is positive or negative. You can’t pass up an opportunity to take your team to the next level because you’re not clicking on all cylinders when it comes to the game. Because I can tell you right now, I’ve dropped passes, but at the end of the day — and I know that I will drop another pass throughout my career — but at the end of the day, when A-Rod [Aaron Rodgers] drops back, I want the ball. Do I know that Jordy [Nelson] and [Donald Driver] and James [Jones] and Jermichael [Finley] and all these other guys can get it done? Absolutely. But I know me, and at the end of the day I trust my skills. And whether I have 10 drops in a game, missed four free throws in the clutch, still give me the ball, coach. And I just don’t see that with those guys down the stretch. But we’ll see what comes up of those guys in Game 6, but Boston is relentless.”
On Green Bay’s playoff loss to the Giants:
“Quite honestly, just like winning the Super Bowl is another feeling, when you set out to accomplish a goal and you see that you have the dynamic to actually do it again, and you come up short, it’s so disappointing. There’s no words that really can express how one feels. And at that point when we lost that game, it was shocking, but you knew why. Like, we just didn’t come to play all across the board. Whether it was myself, Aaron. … All across the board, all three phases — special teams, defense, offense — we just did not perform up to par what we we’re capable of doing, and that’s why we lost the game. With that being said, it’s very disappointing, because you know we could have performed better and we didn’t. Had they beat us and we played lights out and they just played lights out even more, then that one’s easier to take. But knowing that we didn’t put our best foot and our best performance out there, that’s a hard one to swallow.”
Listen to Greg Jennings on The Big 1070 here (starts 30:00)