After having lost in the finals 2 of the last 3 years, LeBron James has been getting some heat. Never mind the fact that LeBron has appeared in the NBA finals for the seventh straight season now and did so while playing for the Miami Heat and the Cleveland Cavaliers, or that he just became the first player in NBA history to average a triple double throughout the entire course of the finals, or that he currently has 3 NBA championship rings to his name. Regardless of everything that he has accomplished and still will accomplish, sports fans certainly seem to be quick to tear down who is arguably the NBA’s best active player.
If LeBron would have taken his team to victory, he would have 4 NBA championship titles, putting him only 2 away from arguably the greatest athlete to ever play, Michael Jordan. But that is not stopping the haters from hating. In fact it seems that if the Cavaliers would have been eliminated earlier in the playoffs, that LeBron probably would not be getting nearly as much heat a he is currently getting. The naysayers also seem to be neglecting the fact the team that LeBron faced and nearly got swept by in the finals is a team that thanks to acquiring Kevin Durant during the offseason, was pretty much an NBA all-star team.
As time goes on fans seem to forget that even the greatest player to play the game failed to secure an NBA championship each time his team made the playoffs. In 1995, Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls were eliminated by the Orlando Magic in the second round of the playoffs. Knowing that fact doesn’t suddenly discredit Jordan of being the great player that he was. Similarly, that championship would have also been Jordan’s fourth title, just as this would have been LeBron’s fourth. But regardless, LeBron is finding himself being treated unfairly by both the fans an his team mates.
Aside from becoming the first person to average a triple-double throughout the finals, averaging over 35 points, 13 rebounds, and 10 assists, LeBron also surpassed Jordan as the all-time leading scorer in the playoffs. Even though Kevin Durant was the player to walk away with the championship and the finals MVP award, LeBron was still statistically by far the best player on the court of both teams. Aside from all that, LeBron is still holding his head high with the knowledge that he gave it his all every game and he knows that is all he can do. We certainly have not seen the last of LeBron James as whatever team he is playing for is automatically a playoff contender.