By: Brandon Stiehler, GZ Sports Report Writer
Throughout his entire career, people have never given Lebron the level of credit he deserves. No one has doubted his physical ability, but they doubted his leadership, his heart, his ability to carry a team. Even with two championships and two Finals MVPs to his name, Lebron was still criticized for teaming up with Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh. No one gave him credit for those championships. He didn’t win them like Jordan did, or like Magic did. To those who weren’t fans, they hated him and made it seem as if everything he accomplished in the league was a fraud.
And although that talk won’t be over, there is absolutely no reason for it to continue. No disrespect to Steph Curry, but what Lebron did in the 2016 NBA Finals was proof that he is still the greatest player in the game today, and that the NBA is his league. People can say what they want about last year, but Lebron put on just about the greatest Finals performance of all time. He should have been the MVP even while being on the losing side. And this year he cemented himself in with the all-time greats of the game.
Before this year, only two teams in Finals history have come back from a 3-1 series deficit to force a game 7. But Lebron and the Cavs became the third team, and won, against the league MVP and the “best team in the history of the game”. I wonder how many Dubs fans are going to come out and recant that statement….. My guess would be a lot of them.
Here are his stats for the Finals:
- 7 points per game
- 3 rebounds per game
- 9 assists per game
And if those 3 numbers aren’t enough to prove how good James was in these NBA Finals, just remember that with the season on the line and being one loss away from missing another ring, he put on a show by scoring 41 points in both Game 5 and Game 6.
This year’s NBA Finals will undoubtedly go down as one of the best ever, and LeBron’s block of Andre Iguodala in the final minutes Game 7 will go down as one of the greatest plays in Finals history. Whether you are a fan of him or not, there is no question that he came out to prove everyone wrong, and he did just that.