he doesn't have work ethic because he doesn't practice in front of the camera and makes commercials about it like jordan? jeez, he made it into the nba, isn't that enough evidence for you? anyone can enter the nba because of sheer talent and athletic ability, but you need to be just as a hard worker to be a top 10 player. he's even won two mvps, and plenty of times has been performing just as well in the clutch (see playoffs 2011: bulls, 76ers, game 1 - 3 vs. the mavs) you just blow it up in proportion because of after he gave up for the rest of the finals. just because he has an inconsistent jumper (which i find to be a overrated argument) and "suspect" footwork, doesn't mean he has other means to contribute to his team.
2011 NBA Finals: LeBron James Hasn't Been as Bad As You Think in the Fourth Quarter - The Daily Fix - WSJ
bolded part to is to note that lebron has no problem scoring against very good defensive teams, it's just his teammates first conservative attitude can sometimes overcome his aggressiveness in either a good way (bosh and lebron domination of the 76ers and bulls in the low post) or a bad way (his failure to take the lead for the rest of the finals).
as for your "inconsistent" jumpshot argument, i do agree he might not be one of the best shooters for the small forward position, but he certainly is not one of the worst. he has a very well rounded out game, and that's why his game isn't as polished yet. at age of 26 he's already using a lot of offensive tools such as a posting-up, pick and roll, slashing etc. that's alot of skills to work on, and for him to have an average jumper takes a lot of time to practice all of that, which goes back to your first argument about his "lack" of work ethic. think about it. if it takes derozan about 2 - 3 years to work on his mid-range jumper and derrick rose 2 years to perfect his 3 point shooting, working with jumpshooting specialists for the whole off-season in 2010, how long do you think it took lebron to have an all-around game like that? that's probably hours and hours at the gym, working with assistants, the weight room, etc. in a span of 7 years in the nba.
however i still think dwight is the best player in the nba right now and all orlando has to do is kill for steve nash in a magic uniform, and watch him go.