The hype around LeBron James is not a mere fan creation, rather his stats are proving it day-by-day. Along with a terrific playoff record, ‘The King’ is paving a well-built campaign for the Lakers. As he progresses towards greater achievements, comparisons with the GOAT, Michael Jordan are getting intense.
The Lakers are treading fast towards this year’s championship, all thanks to LeBron and Anthony Davis. A large section of fans is vouching for this star-studded team to make it to the top.
LeBron James is having a wonderful time in the bubble, breaking league records each day. Recently, he was named for the 16th time in an All-NBA team, surpassing the tied record with Hall of Famers Tim Duncan, Kobe Bryant, and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.
Moreover, he also became the player with most Playoff wins in the NBA alongside Derek Fisher. The list of feats will go on, but LeBron isn’t stopping anytime soon. Michael Jordan was given the pedestal as NBA’s greatest player a long time back. Now, is LeBron James closing in on that gap to become the GOAT in the league?
LeBron James looking to bag his fourth championship in 17 years
Former player and now NBA analyst, Jalen Rose, has dug deeper into this debate. He considers this championship title as the deciding factor for any such argument on the All-time GOAT. While chatting on ‘First Take’ recently, Rose makes a judgment on LeBron’s greatness in the league.
“He (LeBron) can do that really soon in the bubble. That’s a fourth championship, that’s a fourth Finals MVP. That’s another championship but with the Los Angeles Lakers, a story franchise,” Jaylen added.
“If he’s able to do that to Kobe, the people who didn’t see Michael Jordan play, they’re gonna start screaming a lot louder. And they’re going to say, ‘LeBron James is the greatest we’ve seen in the last almost 20 years and he’s the GOAT’. That’s going to start to fuel those arguments again.”
The GOAT debate may never find a conclusive answer, but LeBron is definitely adding to his big numbers out there. He is currently averaging 25.6 points, 10 rebounds, and 8.7 assists in this Playoff run. The Lakers are looking to win that title with all their force. Can they do it?