Ever since the first time LeBron James had gotten traded from the Cleveland Cavaliers, things haven’t been same for the 4-time champion. No doubt he has made it into 10 NBA Finals and has succeeded in winning 4 of them but it has always been a plethora of veteran players around him that he has obtained those chips.
On the contrary the fact that he doesn’t wait for the young players to develop is a trait of LeBron which should be looked at with contempt. Whenever, LeBron goes to a team, he uses the young players to acquire star players into his team.
In Miami it was Chris Bosh, in Cleveland it was Kevin Love and finally when he reached the Lakers he brought Anthony Davis. Although many might argue that the players have come of their own will and LeBron James’ presence enticed them the opportunity to win a championship, but it cannot be denied that this has been the trend of LeBron’s career so far.
No Dynasty for the King
This is also the reason why none of the team that LeBron has been in is considered to be a dynasty. Not even his tenure with the Miami Heat! The players who were considered to be the greatest of all-time had to go through the patience in order to win championships.
Bill Russell with the Celtics in the 1960s, Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar with the Lakers in 1980s, Michael Jordan with the Chicago Bulls in the 1990s, Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal with the Lakers in 2000s. The San Antonio Spurs in the 2000s and the most recent of them all, the Golden State Warriors in the 2010s.
All of these teams have won multiple championships cementing themselves as an NBA dynasty something that LeBron James has never been a part of. These teams have won a minimum of 3 championships for their team and during that timeline, they were unstoppable by any team in the league. Teams feared facing these dynasties as they cemented their legacy by developing the players and their chemistry.
Well it can be said that no matter which team LeBron James goes to, that team is bound to be a champion. That statement can be taken into consideration but the fact that he lost to the teams who has developed their players in the right way and has gone through the grind in order to reach the title they aspired for.
Now that LeBron has aged and is likely to hit his decline, he is finding it the hard way that he is unable to rely on players like AD who remains absent and Russell Westbrook who despite trying his best isn’t the same player he once was. Carmelo Anthony is aged as well so relying on anybody is a luxury he cannot have.
If he would have waited for Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball and Julius Randle to develop properly, it might have been that they wouldn’t have won the 2020 title but they would have been in a position to win 3 titles starting from the 2021 season.
Despite so much of his accolade, LeBron did not bring team success like Michael Jordan did for the Chicago Bulls. Despite both having entered the team who has never seen a championship, by the end Jordan retired, the Bulls became big market team but the Cavaliers didn’t. So now you know who deserves to be called the Greatest of All Time.