LeBron James is on the cusp of leading the Cleveland Cavaliers to their second NBA Championship in three years. James returned to Cleveland in 2014 after four seasons with the Miami Heat and winning two NBA Championships while there. Since his 2014 homecoming, the Cavaliers have won the Eastern Conference Finals three consecutive years and advanced to the NBA Finals. He led the Cavs to their only NBA Championship in 2016, the city’s first major championship since 1964, defeating the Golden State Warriors in seven games after trailing 3-1. As if he wasn’t already before this victory, winning the NBA Championship with “hometown” team truly put LeBron in elite status within the city of Cleveland and the state of Ohio.
As the 2018 Eastern Conference Finals approach, one has to wonder if James can again not only lead his team to the Finals for the fourth year in a row, but also win a second championship in in three years. Winning his fourth NBA Championship would put him elite company with the likes of Shaquille O’Neal, John Salley, and Robert Parish, all of which also won four titles over their career.
However, James and the Cavaliers still face a tough task before even reaching the NBA Finals. Their next foe is the Boston Celtics, a revamped team led by rookie Jayson Tatum, the 3rd overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft and their top pick after previously trading away the 1st overall pick. The Celtics are coming off a strong performance against the 76ers and will be running off adrenaline while the Cavs will recovering from a few days rest.
Only time will tell if James can again show why he is currently the most dominant player in the NBA. A fourth ring will only strengthen his side of the debate regarding basketball’s greatest player ever.
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