His accolades speak for themselves… 4 time MVP, 2 time NBA Champion, 2 time NBA Finals MVP, 2 time All Star Game MVP, NBA Rookie of the Year, etc. Add to that career averages of 27.2 ppg, 7.2 rpg, 6.9 apg and 1.7 spg (only Larry Bird average 20/6/6/1.5 over a career) and you have the resume of an all time great.
But the 2-4 record in the NBA Finals was something that pretty much everyone was holding against him. He can’t get it done in the big moments, he can’t carry a team to a title… it’s all been said. Now, you can only say he’s a record breaker.
- No NBA team had ever come back from a 3-1 hole in the NBA Finals. LeBron now has that achievement.
- Only 3 teams had ever won the NBA Finals from being down 2-0. LeBron now joins that group.
- Only 2 players had ever had a triple double in a Game 7 of the NBA Finals (Jerry West and James Worthy). LeBron now joins that group.
- Only Magic Johnson (8) has had at least 7 triple doubles in NBA Finals history. LeBron now joins Magic with 7.
- LeBron is the only player in NBA Finals history to lead all players in points, rebounds and assists per game. He has now done that twice (2015 and 2016).
I may be biased but to those that were hating on LeBron James for years… just sit back and watch. My favourite players of all time are Larry Bird, Magic Johnson, John Stockton and LeBron James. There’s something about the way that these guys play that is almost hypnotic, the way they are able to take over a game by getting their teammates involved, the way they control the game like a classical conductor.
LeBron James is the greatest player of this generation. That includes the likes of Kobe Bryant, Tim Duncan and Kevin Garnett. Some may have more titles and scored more points but none of them have the all round game of LeBron. That’s my opinion and I’m sticking to it.
Enjoy the celebration Cleveland, it’s been a LOOOOOOOOONG time coming!