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LeBron James is not the greatest….yet

Now is the time for LeBron James to show what he’s made off. He as a superstar used to be down played because he had never won a championship before joining the Miami Heat. That’s over with now. Nobody doubts his talent anymore. But for some reason, he seems to have been the forgotten superstar of the league this year. You rarely heard his name come up when the discussions for league MVP were swirling. The excitement of his return to Cleveland had come and gone in the blink of an eye. You haven’t heard much about him during this season. But he now has a definitive chance to prove he is one of the greatest players of all time. He would not leave any doubt. All he has to do is win just one more championship.
He got the monkey of his back when he won back to back finals in Miami but there is a bigger mountain to climb that I’m talking about. The fact that he’s from the Cleveland area and the city of Cleveland has not had a championship in over 50 years makes it a must that he wins a championship with the Cavaliers in order to cement his legacy. It would sure make a great story.
The consensus always seems to be that Michael Jordan is the greatest basketball player to ever play the game. He won 3 straight championships, retired, and then came back to win another 3 in a row. But his supporting casts weren’t slouches either. He had hall of famer Scottie Pippen for all 6 (1991, 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 1998). Plus he had Horace Grant for the first 3 and Dennis Rodman for the second threepeat. It helps when you have multiple great players on a roster to help facilitate championships.
Now, LeBron James did have a similar situation in Miami compared to Michael Jordan, where he had Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh as part of a big three but the situation is actually quite different in Cleveland. Before rejoining Cleveland, the cavaliers had been a consistent 50 to 60 loss team. The Miami Heat, pre LeBron, had won a championship and been competitive for most of their existence. The Miami Heat big three were all familiar with each other from the Olympics and have each had playoff experience before. The Cleveland big three has a lot less experience. Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving had never played in a playoff game before this season. And just as Kevin Love was starting to heat up he suffers a season ending injury in the first round of the playoffs.
So what we now have is a team that has lost one of its superstars for the season, with not much playoff experience, in a city that hasn’t won a championship in over 5 decades. So if LeBron James were to lead the Cleveland Cavaliers to a championship this year, people can say with confidence, considering the circumstances, that he is the greatest of all time.

Eric Greenberg

Eric Greenberg

Eric Greenberg is originally from Tampa, FL. He graduated from the University of Central Florida with a double major in Finance and Economics. Eric spends his time making tons of money on fantasy football.

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