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Lebron James Is Not the Best Player in the World, Until He Gets a Ring

Again and again the ‘best in the world’ debate comes around, and over and over, I say the same thing; Lebron James is not the best player in the world. Immediately, Lebron fans everywhere puff up and start giving their pitch on why I’m wrong. Here’s why you’re wrong, if indeed you do think Lebron is the best in the world at what he does.

First off let me say that, I do consider Lebron to be the most talented player in the world. The guy can do anything, shoot, pass, post up, take it to the rack, he’s got it all covered. Not since Magic Johnson, has there been a player with the ability to play nearly every position at a high level.

Unfortunately for those who argue that James is the BITW, most talented, does not equal the best.

After Lebron’s stellar performance Sunday against the Indiana Pacers, analysts everywhere are once again on the Lebron bandwagon, touting his greatness, when just a few days earlier, his team was getting embarrassed by a less talented team in the playoffs.

People just can’t seem to make up their minds, one day it’s here we go again, Lebron just can’t close; and then he has a great game, and everyone forgets about it, and he’s unquestionably the best again.

Look it’s real simple, Lebron is not the best in the world until he wins a championship. Bottom line, end of story, no further questions.

As soon as he’s sporting some gold on his finger, I will automatically change my stance. I just won’t do it until Lebron proves to me that he can get it done late, and that he can close on the grandest stage of them all. You’re not the best, if you’re not a champion.

So then you ask, who is the BITW? The answer is Kobe Bryant. He’s still undefendable at times, even after 16 years in the league, and no one in the league is as clutch as Kobe. He has the most rings of the elite players in the league, and until another elite player gets one, the title should stay with Bryant.

If you throw rings out of the equation, you can easily make an argument that Kevin Durant is the best. Historically, he’s performed better in the clutch than Lebron, and the Thunder just flat out look better than the Heat right now.

Based on their demeanors late in games, Durant seems to have the killer instinct, and Lebron just does not, in my opinion.

At the end of the day, the ball is in Lebron’s hands. The Miami Heat should win the NBA title. They have no excuses, it’s their title to lose, and until Lebron does don the gold, he will just simply be one of the best players in the world.

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