Any and every athlete, whether they are professional or an amateur, should always inspire to be the best at whatever sport he or she competes in. That is a given fact; however when Miami Heat forward LeBron James tells members of the media those exact sentiments, the laptop keys begin clicking, and stories like this are produced.
James recently told the Associated Press during an interview “I want to be the best of all-time. It’s that simple”.
The three-time NBA MVP also expressed that he believes that winning his first NBA Championship last season probably hasn’t changed his perspective in that regard, or even the mind set that some his doubters have as well. When James was asked if his perspective had changed he replied “Not really, honestly. I haven’t had much time to really think about what actually happened. At the end of the day, there’s still going to be people that say well, he’s not going to be able to win two. He’s not going to be able to do it again.”
So far in his nine-year career, James has won those three Maurice Podoloff trophies, been named an All-Star eight times, won the All-Star Game MVP award twice, been named to the All-NBA First Team six times, the second team twice, the All-Defensive team four times, won Rookie of the Year, won a scoring title, won two Olympic Gold medals and one Bronze and of course that elusive NBA Title and the Finals MVP award to go along with it.
James is just 27 and will turn 28 at toward the end of the calender year, which basically means he probably has about 10 or so seasons left in his body. At least six or so of those will be at a high level, which means he could possibly pass everyone on the all-time scoring and assists list as well. Honestly, if you combine those kinds of numbers and accomplishments with a few more NBA titles, he could actually go down as the greatest and finally earn that moniker of King James.