With the Golden State Warriors’ dominant win over the Cleveland Cavaliers, questions about Lebron James’ legacy and who is the greatest player of all time have gotten far more complicated. Can a player be considered better than Michael Jordan or Kobe Bryant if they are 2-4 in the NBA Finals? Do history-making stats matter if they result in a loss?
Christian Broda says that the problem with the narrative for James’ legacy is that the rhetoric is far too extreme and absolute. His fans will give him a pass because of the lack of players available for Cleveland. His haters will place blame on him for not being more aggressive and taking over the game when his team needed him the most. However, once everyone has finished being prisoners of the moment, the fog will clear and the debate will focus on more than just his abilities. Lebron James is without a doubt the best player in the league right now. He many even be the greatest physical specimen of all time, but Lebron James is 2-4 in the finals. Michael Jordan is 6-0, Kobe Bryant is 5-2, and even the often forgotten Tim Duncan is 5-1 with a 2-1 record over James. The conversation also has to include Bill Russell, Wilt Chamberlain, and Magic Johnson among others, who all have their place in the record books. So just how high up is Lebron James on the list? It is hard to tell at the moment because while the Warriors were definitely the better team, moral victories simply do not count.