King James: 8 NBA Finals and counting …

Lebron “Raymone” James Sr. was born Dec. 30th 1984.  He is 6’8″ tall and tips the scales at 260 pounds. James hometown is Akron, Ohio where he was raised by his mother, Gloria Marie James.  Lebron played for St. Vincent-St. Mary high school before going straight to the NBA bypassing college.  Lebron was the number one pick in the first round of the 2003 NBA draft. He competed for the Cleveland Cavaliers from 2003 -2010 from his rookie season throughout the first seven years of his career before “taking his talents to South Beach.”  James then competed for the Miami Heat from 2010 through 2014.  Lebron James returned home to play for the Cleveland Cavaliers again after winning two out of four NBA Finals championships in Miami where he is playing presently.

He is a freakishly amazing athlete.  His incredible size and strength make him an absolute force in the NBA the likes of which we have never seen before. He is still an active NBA player at the time of this post and at his current pace he could shatter just about every scoring record in the NBA.  Now, with that said let’s dive into the life and NBA career of King James.

Lebron James Stats and Accolades (May 2018):

  • 3x NBA champion (2012, 2013, 2016)
  • 3x NBA finals MVP (2012, 2013, 2016)
  • 4x NBA most valuable player (2009, 2010, 2012, 2013)
  • 14x NBA All-Star (2005 – 2018)
  • 3x NBA All-Star game MVP (2006, 2008, 2018)
  • 12x All NBA first team (2006, 2008 – 2018)
  • 2x All NBA Second team (2005, 2007)
  • 5x NBA All Defensive first team (2009 – 2013)
  • NBA All-Defensive Second team (2014)
  • NBA Rookie of the year (2004)
  • NBA Scoring Champion (2008)
  • J Walter Kennedy citizenship award (2017)
  • 2x AP Athlete of the year (2013, 2016)
  • 2x Sports Illustrated Sportsperson of the year (2012, 2016)
  • USA basketball male athlete of the year (2012)
  • 2x Mr. basketball USA (2002, 2003)
  • Naismith prep player of the year (2003)
  • McDonald’s All-American Game MVP (2003)
  • 3x Ohio Mr. Basketball (2001-2003)
  • 3x USA Olympian (2x Gold medalist, 1x Bronze Medal)
  • FIBA World championship (1x Bronze Medal)
  • FIBA America’s championship (1x Gold medalist)

Lebron James led the Cleveland Cavaliers to the NBA championship over the Golden State Warriors in 2016. This ended a 52-year championship sports drought in the city of Cleveland. On May 27, 2018, Lebron James single-handedly led the Cavaliers to an 87 – 79 point victory over the Boston Celtics in a game 7 of the Eastern conference finals.  James will lead the Cavaliers into battle again in the NBA finals against the winner of the Golden State and Houston Rockets series to be played tonight.   The knock on Lebron, particularly early in his career, was his lack of ability to show up in the clutch.  The fact is Lebron James has loss more NBA finals appearances than he has one.  I would be remiss if I did not acknowledge this fact.  This is something that Michael Jordan would never have allowed! I will write another post completely dedicated to his “Airness” but I must say Michael Jordan never competed in and NBA finals series and lost.   Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls went six for six in victories of the NBA finals!

The Cavaliers lost to the San Antonio Spurs in an NBA Finals series sweep in 2007.  Lebron was playing for  Miami in 2011 when the Heat made their first NBA finals appearance featuring Lebron James as their star player. Again they lost.  In 2015, the Golden state warriors, let by Steph Curry, defeated James and the Cleveland Cavaliers in six games.

James has since had many opportunities to dispel this perception.  Do you think he has effectively done so? Comment below.

Only time will tell where Lebron ends up in the debate for the greatest of all time, but for now he is still the King and he is continuing to chase greatness.

To be continued …

 

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