- LeBron James said winning the 2016 championship with the Cleveland Cavaliers made him the greatest NBA player of all-time.
- James said he realised after winning the championship and helping the Cavs come back from a 3-1 deficit that he had done something “special.”
- When James moved to the Los Angeles Lakers this summer, reports said he was no longer concerned with his legacy in the NBA, and his recent comments seemed to confirm that.
LeBron James has weighed in on the NBA’s “GOAT” debate.
During an episode of ESPN’s “More Than An Athlete,” James reflected on winning the 2016 NBA Championship with the Cleveland Cavaliers, in which they overcame a 3-1 deficit against the Golden State Warriors.
James said when they won Game 7 and completed the comeback, he realised he was the greatest player ever.
“That one right there made me the greatest player of all-time,” James said. “That’s what I felt.”
James said he was “ecstatic” to end the 52-year championship drought in Cleveland, but when he had a moment to reflect, he felt he did something special.
“Everybody was just talking about how [the Warriors] were the greatest team of all-time, like, it was the greatest team ever assembled. For us to come back the way we came back in that fashion, I was, like, ‘You did something special.'”
The championship was James’ third and his third Finals MVP. He led the Cavs to the Finals the following two years, losing to the Warriors each time.
When James left the Cavs for the Los Angeles Lakers this summer, reports indicated that James felt his legacy in the league was secured. He still wants to win, of course, and he’ll try to take the Lakers to the Finals this year to make a ninth consecutive appearance. But James’ comments on the 2016 championship seem to confirm that he isn’t worried about his standing in NBA history anymore.
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