After all that's been said and done, this year's NBA Finals will go down in history as not just the ending of the Golden State Warriors' 40-year title drought, but also the championship series wherein LeBron James called himself "the best player in the world."
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Whether it was a swirl of emotions after that dreaded Game 5 loss or just him reassuring the fans of his Cleveland Cavaliers, ultimately, LeBron has once again taken all the heat for his supposed "arrogance."
"MJ (Michael Jordan), Magic (Johnson) or (Larry) Bird never said anything like that!" James' ever-ardent critics shot back on social media. Just as he was proving them wrong with his video-game averages—35.8 ppg, 13.3 rpg, 8.8 apg, good enough for being the first-ever player to lead both Finals teams in points, rebounds, and assists—the King unwittingly turned them all off again. And eventually, the Dubs winning it all was the proverbial slap in the face.
The question of who is the greatest basketball player ever has, time and again, put sports pundits and even NBA legends themselves on the hot seat. Names such as Wilt Chamberlain (100-point game, 50-ppg season, anyone?), Bill Russell (11 rings), Kareem Adbul-Jabbar (all-time leading scorer) have been thrown into the mix, but at the end of the day, we say to each his own.
Although one of the stronger candidates for the recognition apparently had his own way of addressing the long-standing debate: