Everyone, it seems, is eager for someone new to lead the NBA.
Because LeBron James has been at the top of the basketball mountain for so long that everyone is tired of it. He hasn’t won an MVP since 2013 — proof that even voters want to give the award to someone else — but he’s been in the top four every year since.
The accolades are long and impressive: 8 Finals appearances, including seven in a row. 3 championships. 4-time MVP. 3-time Finals MVP. 14–time All-Star. 11-time All-NBA First Team. 5-Time All-Defensive First Team. Rookie of the Year. Scoring Champion. 2-time gold medalist.
And those are just the major accomplishments.
Only haters and insane people insist he isn’t the best player on the planet. Still. After all these years.
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