World renowned superstar LeBron James is living life to the fullest right now. From getting police escorts to the Jay-Z/Justin Timberlake concert to taking lavish trips with his family through Europe: this guy is living the dream. How can he afford to live such a luxurious lifestyle you might ask? It’s because he works harder than anyone in the NBA and is more determined to win than any one of his opponents.
For many players, winning two championships to accompany two Finals MVPs would be the accomplishment of a lifetime, but not for someone who is chasing the G.O.A.T. title. For as long as LeBron plays the game, he will be compared to Michael Jordan, and in Bron-Bron’s book, that seems to be OK.
In his first seven seasons spent with the Cleveland Cavaliers, LeBron only reached the Finals once, in which he was swept by the San Antonio Spurs. However, three years and three NBA Finals later, James is a whole different animal.
In his first season with the Miami Heat, LeBron took on a very different role than he was accustomed to: the villain. With all the turmoil surrounding “The Decision,” people no longer saw him as America’s All-Star, but the jerk who left his hometown in ruins to chase a championship elsewhere. And after putting forth a mediocre effort in the 2011 Finals loss to the Dallas Mavericks, James entered the 2011-12 season as a man on a mission.
Coveting his third regular season MVP in that season, James led his Heat to the NBA Finals once again, and this time he showed up to play. Winning his first NBA title to accompany a Finals MVP, James had finally fulfilled his prophecy of being the best in the game today. And after repeating the very next season against the team he lost to in the 2004 Finals with the Cavs, LeBron’s legacy only continues to grow.
There are so many doubters out there who will say that LeBron will never eclipse Jordan’s six championships, and that may be true. But if King James could capture five, he would have to be considered as the G.O.A.T.
The truth is LeBron is only 28 years old, and both Jordan and Kobe Bryant won their last championships well into their 30s, meaning that LeBron still has at least five or six good years left in those legs of his.
Being the player that LeBron is, I expect him to three-peat this season with Miami and could even go on to four-peat dependent on if Dwyane Wade can last another season. Especially considering the work ethic of this superstar as he posted career best’s last season in shooting percentage (56.5 percent), three-point percentage (40.6 percent) and rebounds (eight per game).
It seems inevitable that LeBron will eventually win a third, fourth and fifth championship, with or without his current squad of Miami, due to his consistent work on his game.
My guess is he’ll return to Cleveland where he can reconcile his exit by bringing home a championship to the Cavalier faithful. Now I said at least five championships, but it could be six, seven or even eight… Only King James can give us that answer.