By Richard Nurse @blackirishpr on June 3, 2014
Some things in life aren’t fair: Like LeBron James being the size of Karl Malone, yet athletic enough for people to clamor for his presence in the Slam Dunk competition. Or the fact that he carried an average team (in Cleveland) to No. 1 seeds and a title appearance but is still scrutinized for not being as good as the pundits feel he should be.
Since they’ll never be satisfied, we compiled five reasons why three rings won't be enough.
After being stamped with names like King James and the Chosen One -- as a high school junior – everyone expects LeBron James to earn enough rings to at least make it five for the thumb.
Despite career averages of 28 points, seven rebounds, seven assists and a ton of accolades, LeBron James will have to continue winning titles to justify fleeing Cleveland to form the Big Three with Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade in South Beach.
“He is the greatest small forward to ever play this game,” said Mark Jackson.
“I’m going to be one of the top four to ever play this game,” LeBron James told NBA TV’s Steve Smith in February.
Quotes like this make it hard for people to accept that James could ever rest his head on the league’s Mount Rushmore without adding more hardware to his championship trophy case and MVP award collection.
“We’re competing against the Michael Jordan of our era, the Chicago Bulls of our era,” said Frank Vogel after the Miami Heat eliminated his Indiana Pacers in the Eastern Conference Finals.
Many believe that for James to truly reach Jordan status, he has to add more than one ring to his jewelry box and at least leapfrog or tie those that he’s been compared to -- MJ (six), Magic Johnson (five), Kobe Bryant (five), Larry Bird (three).
“Not one, not two, not three, not four, not five, not six, not seven…”
LeBron James was being playful with his new hometown crowd, but those words will probably haunt him forever like the most unfriendly ghost.
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