Let’s be honest, now that we’ve watched the Celtics and Rockets basically choke away their chances at playing in the NBA Finals, we have to sit through yet another Warriors and Cavaliers championship. And again, if we’re keeping it real the Cavs have little to no chance at beating the sharpshooters that wait for them in Golden State. Which leaves me to my ultimate point, which is losing another Finals is the only thing that can hurt Lebron’s legacy.
Lebron James is a 3-time champion, 3-time Finals MVP, 4-Time MVP, 14-time All Star, 3-Time MVP of the All Star Game, 12-Time First Team All NBA, top 10 scorer of all time, the all time leader in playoff points, and the list goes on and on. The arguments for him being the greatest basketball player ever are alive and well. Lebron James has led his team to the NBA Finals 8 years in a row now, something like that sounds made up. You could list his accomplishments for days, because there’s tons of them, and yet people are holding on to one thing when it comes to the King, his finals losses.
Of course making it to the big dance every year for pretty much a whole decade is extremely impressive, but it means nothing if you’re losing all the time. And that is why Lebron may never be looked at as the “G.O.A.T.”. Of course you’ll have the people who come to his defense and say that he is over-matched in majority of the Finals series he’s played in but that doesn’t matter. Because his naysayers will always bring up his not so stellar record in the NBA Finals (he’s currently 3-5).
Golden State was a problem for Lebron before the Kevin Durant addition, but we saw last year that with him on their squad they’re pretty much unbeatable. This current Cavs team doesn’t have the star power nor the scoring ability that Golden State does, so its really hard to see an outcome in which they’re the ones carrying the Larry O’Brien trophy. But with all that being said, you should never count out someone as great as Lebron James, so we’ll just have to see how things play out.
Tune into the NBA Finals that begin at 9PM on May 31st on ABC.