DefendED The Land: LeBron James

LeBron James is arguably one of the best players to have stepped foot on a basketball court, yet he is not deemed the “best” when compared to  greats such as Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant. We as spectators seem to forget that all the greats took loses and had off seasons/games. we tend to highlight specific parts of a career and not dig deeper like we ought to.

The thing is, you can’t compare LeBron James to one  player. He is just too versatile.

 

LeBron James
Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James, center, celebrates with teammates after Game 7 of basketball’s NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, June 19, 2016. The Cavaliers won 93-89. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

The 31-year-old Akron, OH native was drafted into the league in 2003 straight from high school where he created a buzz and got a head start with his career. James in his first season not only averaged 20pts per game, but was awarded rookie of the year (espn.go.com).

Facts do not lie.

After  Three championship titles, four league MVP’s, three finals MVP’s, two all-star MVP’s, Gold Medals and several other major awards and endorsments , LeBron is still one of the most criticized active NBA players, especially when it comes to his performance. Colin Cowherd breaks it down on this clip from The Herd

There is nothing wrong with knowing your strengths and just how great you are. LeBron never holds back when asked about being compared to other players an just how great he is.  ( Catch the shade haters ).

 

*** Another one! A great perspective by NBA writer for CBS Sports James Herbert 

During his career James has maintained an average of 27.2 PPG 6.9 APG, and 7.2 RPG during the regular season (espn.go.com). That is amazing for such a long spanning  career! LeBron James is not only a phenomenal player but he is always pushing himself and his teammates as a good leader should.

The Cleveland Cavaliers set a record by coming back and winning the series after being down 3-1 (Game 7 Recap). While the odds were greatly against them they prevailed and showed who was better when it came down to it. Everyone stepped up when it was time and that’s what made all the difference from last year’s loss to the Warriors. Having Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love also proved to be a key difference and ultimately ended the drought.

Sure, LeBron left his team during his prime to go get rings, but he came back stronger and better than ever because he knew what it felt like to win! He wanted to get that same feeling for Cleveland and within two seasons, he did just that!

After a 52 year drought in Ohio without a championship title in any major sport, LeBron and his teammates got the job done.

The Next Time you mention LeBron James or the Cleveland Cavaliers, make sure you also mention they are CHAMPIONS. They defeated the best team in the league with all the odds against them. They created history for the NBA, and LeBron DefendED “the land”.

At 31, he still has a promising career and more rings to get. If we learned nothing else, we learned never to count LeBron James out when its crunch time.

I wish LeBron  nothing but continued success.

***Disclaimer: This piece was very biased, as LeBron is my favorite player and the King!

 

 

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