As Lebron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers face elimination, let’s see how he measures up in the post season against a few NBA greats…
The Cleveland Cavaliers have fallen to 3-0 against the Golden State Warriors. As they gear up for an elimination game, this isn’t Lebron’s first rodeo. The Cavs were down 3-1 last season and came back with a vengeance to win their first NBA Championship against the Warriors. This will be the King’s 7th straight NBA Finals appearance, and 8th overall. He has had a lot of post season experience at age 32 and doesn’t look to be slowing down.
So how does he measure up to a few of the NBA greats? There is so much discussion about Lebron being better than the great Michael Jordan. In my opinion former Los Angeles Lakers great Kobe Bryant is the next best thing to Jordan, if Jordan is the greatest. You’ve got to get pass the Mamba to get to the G.O.A.T. Many people debate that the current NBA is a watered down league, with not a lot of overall talent as in Jordan’s day. Many people dislike the building of “super teams”, most recently when former Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant joined the Golden State Warriors. Lebron James did it when he joined the Miami Heat alongside Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh. Was it frowned upon then, or embraced? There are so many different variables to consider when you debate who is the greatest.
But one thing you have to consider when looking at who could be the NBA’s greatest of all-time is the numbers. Rapper and entrepreneur Jay-Z once said “Men lie and women lie but, numbers don’t”. When it comes to the stats we have to take that into account. Take a look at how Lebron’s post season performance compares to Jordan, and Kobe.
|POST SEASON APPEARANCES||15 (RETIRED)||12 (ACTIVE)||13 (RETIRED)|
Statistical data source ESPN.com.