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The postseason hasn't been exactly kind to Lebron and his Cavaliers; they went the distance with Indiana in the first round, were blown out by Boston three times, and lost Kevin Love. Yet here they are, having just beat Boston in the TD Garden to advance to Lebron's eighth straight NBA Finals and Cleveland's fourth consecutive Finals.
We entered this season with iffy feelings about a very old Cavaliers roster highlighted by an aging Lebron James, Kevin Love, and an injured Isaiah Thomas. Even with their huge shakeup done around the trade deadline, it didn't move the needle much considering there was an arms race in West as well as the rising Boston Celtics and Philadelphia 76ers.Yet, Lebron James continued to do what he has done all fifteen years he's been in the league. He shouldered the load and dragged what can be argued the worst cast he's had in a decade to the Finals. This upcoming NBA Finals though is bound to be a blood bath for Cleveland, no matter who the Cavaliers face. The Warriors retained most of their team who dominated a better Cleveland squad last year and the Rockets have turned into an offensive juggernaut that makes the Cavs look small.
I know there will be Lebron James “homers” who will say his legacy will take another hit when or if he loses this upcoming NBA Finals. They'll bring up his current 3-5 Finals record and compare it to Michael Jordan's 6-0 record. No matter what those who say another Finals loss will hurt his legacy, Lebron's legacy has already been cemented in stone. This entire year has even further cemented his name among the best the NBA has ever seen and another Finals loss who change that.
15 seasons in, 82 games played, seven 40 point playoff games this post season, and a huge Game 7 tonight coupled with other heroic performances this post season. Players in the league or any athlete shouldn't be as good as Lebron James is at age 33. Yet, Lebron is nothing like we have ever seen before. With the NBA Finals scheduled to start Thursday, we should just enjoy the epic performances we are going to see from Lebron no matter the outcome. As Mark Jackson and many others have said, we are witnessing greatness; We as basketball fans should enjoy it while it lasts.