How Lebron James Can “Save” His Legacy

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LeBron James’s career is definitely one of a kind. The man has been to a total of 8 NBA finals, three NBA championships, 4 MVPs and 14 All-Star appearances. Furthermore, he should have another 4-5 seasons before he retires. When that time comes, he should be in the top 40 in rebounds, top 10 in assists, and possibly the highest scoring player of all time.

“The Lebron Standard”

That sounds like an all-time great career by most people’s standards, right? Yes, by MOST. LeBron James, by some, is held to what I call “The LeBron Standard”. Winning the Championship every year is an expectation, regardless of how much better the other team is. When the Golden State Warriors faced the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 2016 NBA finals, most people were choosing the Golden State Warriors in about 5 or 6 games. Furthermore, the ones that chose Cleveland, picked them to win in maybe seven. It took A Draymond Green suspension, Andrew Bogut injury, and a 40+ PPG performance by LeBron James in the 3 elimination games to beat the Warriors.

NBA Finals: Warriors Vs. Cavaliers

NAME GSW CLE GAMES
J.A.
Adande
7
Kevin
Arnovitz
7
Ian
Begley
7
Chris
Broussard
7
Bradford
Doolittle
6
Amin
Elhassan
6
Chad
Ford
7
Chris
Forsberg
7
Nick
Friedell
6
Israel
Gutierrez
7
Tom
Haberstroh
5
Baxter
Holmes
6
Cassidy
Hubbarth
6
Zach
Lowe
7
Tim
MacMahon
6
Arash
Markazi
6
Mike
Mazzeo
7
Dave
McMenamin
6
Kevin
Pelton
6
Ramona
Shelburne
7
Marc
Spears
7
Marc
Stein
6
Ethan Sherwood
Strauss
6
David
Thorpe
6
Justin
Verrier
6
Michael
Wallace
6
Calvin
Watkins
7
Michael
Wright
7
Royce
Young
6

 

But Wait!! There’s More!!

It doesn’t stop there. LeBron is going to face that same team next year in the NBA finals. This time, they will be 100% healthy, and have added who many would argue is the second best player in the world in Kevin Durant. LeBron James is going up against these warriors with the same team. However, many sports personalities would claim that anyone suggesting that this is not an even match matchup is making excuses.

It’s obvious that the Cleveland Cavaliers are nowhere near the Golden State Warriors. Don’t believe me? Well, how do you think the series would go if they removed the best player from each team? Cleveland would not win one game. In the 2017 playoffs, the Golden State Warriors went undefeated in the Western Conference. LeBron James lost one game against an inferior Eastern conference. Despite that, LeBron has to overcome insurmountable odds every year. If you are going by “The LeBron Standard”, making it to the finals and losing actually makes a case for you being overrated. Meanwhile, Jerry West is 1-9 in the finals and is the featured image on the NBA logo.

Saving His Legacy

Barring any major injury on the Golden State Warriors, LeBron will go 3-6 in the NBA finals. Unfortunately, if he stays on the Cleveland Cavaliers, these finals losses will continue. So how can he save his legacy at this point? It’s simple: the same way he saved his legacy the first time he was in Cleveland. GET OUT. His detractors want him to stay in Cleveland because they want to see him lose. Many are upset that he left Cleveland the first time and got his ring in Miami. For the first time since then, there is actually a team that I think would suit him well. Therefore, putting him in place to truly compete with the Golden State Warriors. That team is the Houston Rockets.

The Houston Rockets are a win-win situation for LeBron James. He is going to end up playing for a far better team led by James Harden and Chris Paul. For the first time in his career, he may have to significantly alter his game, but it will definitely pay off. Most importantly, joining the Houston Rockets would pretty much guarantee that he does not get another finals loss. How may you ask? Because he would have to go through the Golden State Warriors to get to the NBA finals. Once he gets through Golden State, he’s going to have to face whoever comes out of the East. And we know what LeBron has done to them for almost a decade now.