LeBron James is one of the greatest players of all time, absolutely no one can deny that. But for all that, the King would not have left its mark on all the franchises. For example, according to a friend, he would not deserve his place in a prestigious list of the Lakers.
The place of LeBron James in the history of the league is not to be done: the King is one of the two or three best players of all time, with Michael Jordan. He won titles in all of his franchises, including the Cavaliers in 2016, following what will go down as one of the greatest Finals of all time. And that’s not all, since he is also a man of numbers.
Indeed, since his first day in the NBA, the King takes pleasure in breaking records, and in particular in scoring, an area in which he is not however known to be very dominant. Despite this, by the end of next season, he should become the all-time leading scorer, breaking the impressive record of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, a center who played in a much less competitive league.
LeBron kicked out of the Lakers pantheon?!
The impact of the King has been so strong in his career that he will undoubtedly have his jersey retired in Cleveland, in his native Ohio, but also in Miami, city of his first title. The question now is whether this will also be the case with the Lakers, the franchise with which he managed to reign over the league in 2020. For his friend Richard Jefferson the answer is clear: the King has not done enough to reign with the best Purple and Gold of all time:
LeBron hasn’t done enough in a Lakers jersey to appear on this list. Bron’s been there four years, right? Of those four years, they didn’t go to the postseason twice. One year they lost in the first round, and the next they won the title. There hasn’t been a consistent level of excellence, and that’s what it takes to make this list. Not to be awesome on one season, and tossed on the next.
Richard Jefferson’s analysis is clear: LeBron James’ move to the Lakers is not a big enough success to allow him to be in the same discussion as Kobe Bryant, Shaquille O’Neal, Magic Johnson or even Kareem Abdul- Jabbar. If we take away the title won in the bubble, in an obviously unique context, he never knew how to carry his own very high.
And with the passage of time, and a workforce that is struggling to improve, the situation may not improve immediately. In the event of further disillusionment, the King’s image would take a big hit, and he would distance himself even further from the legends of the franchise. The pressure on his shoulders will be significant at the start of the school year… If he wants to become the first player with his jersey retired in three franchises, it will be necessary to do better sportingly.
Yes, LeBron James has already won a title with the Lakers, in the circumstances that everyone knows. But for Richard Jefferson, it wouldn’t be a sufficient achievement to allow the King to integrate the pantheon of the Lakers.