Iceberg Slim wrote:I don't agree with much of the opinions of Lebron James on this page.
Lebron James, for all the hype he was given, has exceeded the hype. Think about 2003, when the whole world knew his name before he played a preseason game in the league. How well did you think (personally) he would play in year one? Did you ever see him 20, 5, and 5? One of only three guys to do it? I didn't. I don't think anyone did. I also didn't think he would get to the finals by age 21. But he did...with Eric Snow and Larry Hughes as his best players alongside of him. 9 years later, he has 20K in points, 5K in assists, 3 MVPs, 3 all-star game MVP's, 1 finals MVP and a ring...and counting. He's been the best player in the world since 2010 and that will remain for awhile simply because no one in the game is more versatile with his size. His hype was justified. He really is that good.
As far as longevity goes in terms of athleticism, I think we have clearly underestimated the advance in medical technology. I definitely underestimated it. Look at Kobe Bryant, Ray Lewis, Derek Jeter, Tony Gonzalez...all guys who have played either 16 or 17 years in their respective sports and how productive they still are. It's more than impressive. We are now seeing the results of modern medical science and technology int he professional sports world coming forth. Lebron James at his lowest level of athleticism will be bigger, faster, and stronger than 85% of the league. With his work ethic, basketball I.Q. and passing ability, he'll play a long time in this league and be very productive.
Well, I don't know about that. Exceeding the hype? The dude was claimed to be on the level of Michael Jordan before winning a title. Possibly even before getting
to the Finals (which, btw I believe in 2007 he was 22 or 23). I don't know how you can "exceed" that hype. Titles speak for themselves, and he has 1.
His numbers are phenomenal, and his skill set is unmatched. But for me that's fairy dust unless your winning--solely because of the HYPE he got. I cannot and will not say he has exceeded it. LBJ will have to win at least 6 titles and 6 Finals MVP's to even match
the hype, let alone exceed it. Numbers are great, but they aren't the end-all be all. John Stockton & Karl Malone have some of the all-time best numbers, but they won't be in the top 10 GOAT discussion, because they have no titles. That's why Magic, Kareem & Bird are in that discussion. Titles.
You're right though. Longevity is a different issue, and he could be in the league for a while. My qualm has always been the heavy reliance on athleticism, and lack of post game and jump shot. His foot work is not nearly as good as Kobe's or Jordan's. If he lasts in the league and keeps adding to his game, and passing the way he does, sure. But he's not there yet. So it is just that -- hype.
The jury isn't closed on this one, though. He will end up being one of the NBA's GOAT, no doubt. You cant discredit his abilities & IQ. But it's about rings.
And to warrant that hype, he's got to win 6 rings & 6 Finals MVP's.