LeBron James, NBA Champion.
By: Marcus Ferro
LeBron James: Rookie of the Year, 8x All-Star, 2x All-Star Game MVP, scoring champion, 8x All-NBA, 4x All-Defensive Team, 3x MVP and now NBA Champion and Finals MVP. It’s still weird to say, or even think about and no matter how times I say it aloud it has yet to sink in. LeBron Raymone James is an NBA Champion.
I am not sure how to feel about it. It was bound to happen; he was too good not to win at least one title. Still, I am not sure whether to feel disdain for the fact that his arrogance has been validated, or appreciate that player of his caliber, the highest caliber, was able to validate his legacy. LeBon James, the ring leader of the media circus that is the Miami Heat, the most despised player in professional sports, can now show his critics a decorated middle finger.
He is the best player on the planet, it’s not even close. The real questions about LeBron’s greatness deal with where he ranks among the all-time elites. Is he the best player of the past generation? No, that’s Kobe Bryant, who has (albeit unwillingly) passed the torch to LeBron to usher in basketball’s newest era. Is he the best small forward of all-time? No, that’s Larry Bird. The best player who has played positions 1-5? No, that’s Magic Johnson. The Jordan comparison won’t even be entertained. Could he surpass all of them? It’s well within the realm of possibility. He is as talented as any player there ever was, but the difference will be his championship pedigree when all is said and done.
No matter whom the league has belonged to in the past, or who it will belong to in the future; today, the NBA belongs to LeBron James. Although the notion may be unsettling to most, his takeover was inevitable and is likely to be long-lasting .