Mostly, the opinion pieces in SportsRageous has LeBron James in bad light; that he’s equally unlikeable like Ramsay Bolton in the Game of Thrones; or as arrogant as Tony Stark/Iron Man in the Avengers; or generally just a player who never gets the job done when it matters the most.
On Sunday night, LeBron James proved all “haters” wrong (including more than half the population of this site) as he delivered one of the greatest performances by any basketball player in the history of the NBA Finals.
LeBron James’ Game 7 statline: 27 points, 11 rebounds, 11 assists, 3 blocked shots
In itself, the triple-double (along with his performance in the previous two games to climb back from the 3-1 series deficit) already paints the picture of the Cavaliers superstars’ dominance against the 73-9 Warriors.
However, with a few select plays in Game 7, LeBron might just have redefined his legacy as he put the Cavs on his shoulders and led them to Cleveland’s first title in 52 years.
Broken jumpshot? There’s the three-pointer over the outstretched arms of Festus Ezeli to give the Cavaliers the 89-97 lead (Fast forward near the end of this LeBron’s Game 7 highlight reel, all videos courtesy of YouTube/Ximo Pierto):
Need a crucial defensive play? There’s the monster chasedown block against Andre Iguodala to preserve a 89-89 tie:
Need a clutch score? Here’s Kyrie Irving for the dagger three-pointer, with LeBron James just running the play from the corner and being the selfless player that he is, allowing a teammate for a chance to become the hero.
Sorry, Lebron James for doubting you. We are all witnesses. You are after all, still, the greatest player in the world.