LeBron James is coming off arguably the greatest accomplishment of the career leading the Cleveland Cavaliers to their first NBA title in franchise history. He has also joined Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Tim Duncan, and Shaquille O’Neal as the only players to have won at least three NBA Finals MVP. In light of that, Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr recently told ESPN that he believes another accolade ranks up in that prestigious status for James as well.
“The toll was more emotional than anything,” Kerr said. “Over time, that stuff adds up. That’s why LeBron [James] going to the Finals six straight years is, to me, one of the great accomplishments of all time. Like, how many guys have done that? Maybe Bill Russell was the last guy. I know Michael didn’t do it because he took a couple of years off. Larry Bird, Magic [Johnson] never did it. … Six is incredible.”
This is quite an impressive feat as no other player since the likes of Bill Russell, Sam Jones, K.C. Jones and Bob Cousy have accomplished this. It just speaks to the pure dominance and game-changing talent that James possesses. He has shown the unquestioned ability to single-handedly turn around an NBA franchise while bringing them to great heights.
It’s likely that James pushes the Cavaliers to another NBA Finals appearance with him still playing at the top of his game for the foreseeable future. He could have a few more trips to the finals as long as he remains relatively healthy. In fact, James still has a chance to put together one of the most decorated careers of all-time when all is said and done.