Many suggest that LeBron James has been the face of basketball for the past decade. Although this most certainly is true, there have been setbacks about this claim. With a 3-5 record in the finals, LeBron has faced some of the most widely known criticisms that are constantly ringing around his vicinity to this day: “he has a losing finals record”, “he started the super teams culture”, “he will never be able to chase the ghost of Michael Jordan”. Despite all of James’ accolades and his historic and legendary stature in the game of basketball, his finals record seems to be clogging all the credit and recognition he deserves. Ultimately, however, LeBron continues to prove critics wrong every year, as they continuously state that he is exiting his prime and is being victimized by father time. He’s put up numbers on the highest stage of basketball that no other player would even come close to achieving. LeBron became the first player in NBA history to average a triple double in the NBA Finals, and also became the leader of triple doubles in the NBA finals. Its only a matter of time that once LeBron leaves everyone will fully become aware of how dominantly he controlled the league.
All in all, LeBron James is arguably the greatest all-around player to ever play basketball. It wouldn’t even be unreasonable to hand him the MVP each year. The magnitude of impact that James has on his team is so high and irreplaceable by any other player. LeBron’s legacy, without a doubt, should never be defined by his finals record. After all he’s done for the game and the dominance he’s carried throughout most of his career, James has made accomplishments that are unrepeatable. His legacy will be everlasting, and his name will be forever cherished in the basketball world.