Years ago I wrote a lot of critical stuff about LeBron James. He has proven me wrong and today he clearly is basketball’s best player, and among the all time elite, perhaps on the way to ending his career as the best of all time. His numbers in this year’s NBA finals are astounding, averaging over 40 points and a triple-double per game, but the numbers do
|not even do him justice - his play has been even better than that.|
His Cavaliers are up two games to one against the deep and powerful Warriors, despite the current injury-riddled squad having not a single additional established, front-line player. If James can lead Cleveland to the NBA title, it will be an amazing, once-in-a-lifetime result.
The closest comparison I can think of would be
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You cannot tell me that the current supporting cast of Cavaliers can compare to Jordan’s teammates in those early years. Yet, Jordan could not get his teams even TO the finals. James is doing his best to win a title playing alongside Matthew Dellavedova, Tristan Thompson and Timofey Mozgov. Absolutely amazing.
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|All of this is making the personnel at Los Angeles Sports Talk Radio KSPN, the local ESPN outlet, very sad. You see, one of the guys who has a show is former Laker and current Laker's color commentator, Mychal Thompson, the father of Warriors' guard Klay Thompson. For a couple of years now it has been sickening to hear Thompson rave on and on about his son, who a listener would think was a combination of James, Jordan, and Abraham Lincoln. What's even worse, though, is how other hosts and commentators on the station|
These are the same guys who will not ever root for the Clippers, Los Angeles’ GOOD basketball team, or the Angels, the “other” LA baseball team, and despite their good Stanley Cup run, the Ducks of neighboring Orange County, a far better and more exciting team this season than their beloved Kings.
But the Warriors are a different story – an opponent of their Lakers that has been embraced for all the wrong reasons.
Game four is later today, and I’m rooting for Cleveland.