The fact that he brought this rag-tag Cavs team to the NBA Finals, the discussion of where LeBron fits into the best ever needs to go down.
By Robby Sabo
“Trouble” has quickly become the commentary surrounding LeBron James and his Cleveland Cavaliers.
Trouble, due to the fact they let a 16 point lead whittle away to Steph Curry and the Golden State Warriors.
Double Trouble because of the news surrounding star point guard Kyrie Irving, that he’ll miss the remainder of the 2015 NBA Finals.
It seems to be a familiar narrative for The King – just another round later.
The sole reason LeBron’s legacy has been pushed up a notch the past month and change is due to this so-called “trouble.” He’s taken a group of rag-tag NBA players and misfits (hello J.R. Smith) to the brink of greatness.
He’s done his best Michael J. Fox impression, bringing us back to the year 2007 when he decided to make that Cavs team the worst roster to ever play in the NBA Finals.
Now, eight years later, LeBron faces an even bigger challenge.
With both Kevin Love and Irving gone, and enduring that heartbreaking Game 1 loss which saw James settle for a tough fall-away instead of more appropriately taking it strong to the hole, nobody believes these finals will go further than five.
Regardless, it doesn’t take away from this guy’s greatness.
He’s done more with less than perhaps anybody in the history of the game.
The question we tackle today is quite simple. Where does this guy fit into the 10 greatest NBA players of all-time?
It’s not an easy thing to answer. Nor is it a subject that is brought up and dismissed with a waive of a hand.
Since Michael Jordan, this conversation has created legs longer than giraffes. It’s the one area of NBA history that anybody and everybody thoroughly enjoys to debate.
The question is, has anybody been enough like Mike that we can put him over Mike?
Without further ado, here are the 10 greatest players in NBA history: