NBA Playoffs: The Players Under the Most Pressure to Win
Fairly or unfairly, a championship ring defines an NBA player's legacy. Charles Barkley and Magic Johnson were both NBA superstars, but they do not sit at the same dinner table. As great as John Stockton and Karl Malone were, you can't mention their names without referencing the fact that they never won a championship together. Championships are how we define greatness, which is why Michael Jordan is always placed so high on the list of immortal NBA players.
Each April, 16 teams enter the postseason with something to prove. Whether it's an eight seed that wants to show they're anything but (like the 2007 Golden State Warriors team that knocked off the top-seeded Dallas Mavericks) or an individual player looking to silence his critics (LeBron James last season), the playoffs are the ultimate stage for those wanting to make a statement.
Here's STACK's look at five stars who have the most pressure on their shoulders during the 2013 NBA playoffs.