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LeBron James played for a 66-win team. Didn’t win a title.  LeBron and his teammates proved it wasn’t a fluke the next season, winning 61 games. Didn’t win a title.  LeBron joined Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh to form a team many feared would destroy the NBA’s competitive balance. Didn’t win a title.  LeBron formed yet another super team with Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love. Didn’t win a title.  But – at least in LeBron’s eyes – that doesn’t mean those teams necessarily fell short of greatness.

LeBron, via Bleacher Report (h/t ProBasketballTalk):

If you don’t know the history of the game, man, you’ll forget how many great teams didn’t win championships. And that doesn’t mean they wasn’t great, though.

Though he’s right, most people don’t remember the teams or the great players unless the ultimate goal was achieved, winning an NBA championship.  Most people remember the Lakers winning numerous championships, they don’t really remember their opponents though they were amazing too.

As it stands LeBron is 2-4 in the finals; while we all agree that he’s the best player in the league, when it’s all said and done, if he doesn’t win more championships, his legacy will be tarnished, unable to truly stand up against the Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant supporters.

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