Lebron James. What else is there to say about the 3x NBA Champion, 3x NBA Finals MVP, 4x NBA Most Valuable Player, and former Rookie of the Year? Let’s also throw in 13x NBA Allstar, 2x AP Athlete of the Year, and 2x Sports Illustrated Sportsperson of the Year. Lebron said it best, “There isn’t anything I have left to prove.” As we witness this living legend continue to dominate basketball for fourteen-plus years, it’s hard to disagree with his statement.
James is not only the most gifted athlete of our generation but arguably in the history of sports. Now, at age 32 and with nothing left to prove, the small forward as taken on the role as point guard for the Cleveland Cavaliers. In his two games as point guard, James is averaging 31.5 points, 6 rebounds, and 13 assists a game. It is one thing to play small forward and distribute the ball, but an entirely different thing to be the point guard and it officially be your job to make sure the other four guys on the court with you are involved.
You can name drop any point guard in the league, from Steph Curry, Russell Westbrook (my favorite player), to even John Wall. James is simply better at that position because of his size, basketball IQ, and court vision. He may not have Curry’s range, Westbrook’s intensity, or Wall’s quickness, but James’ ability to see the floor puts him one step ahead of everyone.
Lebron James can play and guard all five positions. The last player to prove such a task was former Lakers point guard, Magic Johnson, in the 1980 NBA Finals against the Philadelphia 76ers when he made the switch from point guard to center. As a rookie, Magic played every position in Game 6 scoring 42 points, 15 rebounds, and 7 assist to help the Lakers win the NBA Championship. Lebron James is no different and the older he becomes, the more he continues to impress the world.
Predications and Realizations
Predication: Lebron James will win one more title before his retires.
Realization: Because Jordan changed the game so much, James will not be recognized as the NBA GOAT. However, he will be crowned as the greatest athlete to grace the sport and that itself is an outstanding accomplishment.
It’s weird to think at one point I disliked Lebron James, but now he’s one of the very few athletes I follow on social media. His dedication to his craft and consistent #striveforgreatness is the reason he’ll go down as one of the greatest to ever play the game. It will be a sad day for the NBA, and sports overall, when Lebron decides to hang up his Nikes. Until that day comes, Lebron please continue to inspire us with your greatness.
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