LeBron James: Is NBA Star The Greatest at Leaving Teams Hanging?
Back in 2003, a young lad by the name of LeBron James entered the NBA with the Cleveland Cavaliers. He was the first pick of the 2003 NBA Draft and since then he has become an icon. Since then he has had the moniker of GOAT (Greatest of All Time) bestowed on him. However, many dispute that moniker due to his lack of win/Loss ratio in the NBA Finals. It is true; James has many accolades under his belt. Nonetheless, the lack of NBA Championships can hinder him from being a The GOAT.
Although, GOAT can take on a different meaning for LeBron James. You see, in his quest for becoming the Greatest of All Time, James has bounced around like a Spalding basketball. Therefore, you could say that LeBron is good at “Getting on Another Team”. Let us look.
His ring chasing started back in 2010. On July 1, 2010, James became a free agent. Everyone who follows the game of basketball knew he was leaving the Cleveland Cavaliers. Thus, it was just a matter of where he was going to end up. His phone would ring from the likes of the Chicago Bulls, Los Angeles Clippers, Miami Heat, New York Knicks, New Jersey Nets, and even the Cavs. It would take seven days for LeBron James to make a decision.
On July 8, 2010, in a nationally televised event, James would choose the Miami Heat. For the next five years, James would face scrutiny over the way he handled his first go-round at free agency.
The next jump came in 2014. James would again be a free agent. Although the climax would not be as dramatic it was still going to be a new team for James. Well, new in regards to the previous five season. So, on July 12, 2014, LeBron James returned to the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Meanwhile, during this chase, Lebron James has been nothing short of great. Below is a list of his accolades in the NBA.
3× champion (2012, ‘13, ‘16)
3× Finals MVP (2012, ‘13, ‘16)
4× Most Valuable Player (2009, ‘10, ‘12, ‘13)
14× All-Star (2005–‘18)
3× All-Star Game MVP (2006, ‘08, ‘18)
12× All-NBA First Team (2006, ‘08–‘18)
2× All-NBA Second Team (2005, ‘07)
5× All-Defensive First Team (2009–‘13)
All-Defensive Second Team (2014)
Rookie of the Year (2004)
Scoring Champion (2008)
Now, after the 2018 NBA Finals, many expect James to make another leap. Although LeBron James staying with the Cavs another season is a possibility. Especially since they have reached the finals. Nonetheless, many still expect that James will jump ship yet again. Suitors this time seem to be the Los Angeles Lakers, Philadelphia 76ers, and Houston Rockets. Along with the Cavaliers.
So, you see LeBron James is the GOAT. Just not in the terms that everyone is accustomed to using the moniker.
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