You hear it all the time. It’s all about the championship. For some of the players in the NBA, it is what they live and breathe for. But that doesn’t make it right. There are so many elements that go into winning a championship that it is a borderline joke that so many people think that one player’s legacy should be based off of the ring.
At some point in time, shouldn’t who the player plays with come into the situation? There are different talent levels all around the league to the point where star players are at a disadvantage to other star players. At the end of the day, what is the main difference between Lebron James with the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Miami Heat? Oh, that’s right, James has Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh now. Who would have ever thought that better players around you gives yourself a better chance to win a championship?
The way others in NBA circles talk about rings is a joke. Not only does the talent around the player determine how far the team goes, but the level of competition between the Western Conference and the Eastern Conference also determines how far a team can go, as well as who plays a certain team and what kind of match-up problem they may pose for one another. Not one player in NBA history has ever won a championship by themselves, not even the greatest of all time, Michael Jordan.
That’s the way it goes in professional sports. It’s a team sport. There are great players in the NBA who have never won a ring that are better than others who have.