LeBron James and Sue Bird are two names that are very prominent in the basketball world. Both players are recently coming off titles. James won a title with the LA Lakers, and Bird won one with the Seattle Storm.
It only fits that two of the top players in their respective sports share an accomplishment.
Taking a look at LeBron James career in the NBA
It seems like yesterday that James entered the league as an 18-year-old from Akron, Ohio. Now, he’s one of the greatest players of all-time, and his career is not even over yet. The Cleveland Cavaliers selected him with the first overall pick in the 2003 NBA draft. That is when the James era started. James lived up to the hype during his rookie year, averaging 20.9 points, 5.9 assists, and 5.5 rebounds. He was named the Rookie of the Year.
He spent the first seven years of his career in Cleveland, and during that time, he made numerous All-Star teams and was named to numerous All-NBA teams. James was a superstar already when he first entered the league. He just needed the experience to become a better player. In 2009 and 2010, he won back-to-back NBA MVP awards. After his time in Cleveland, James decided to join the Miami Heat.
With the Heat, James finally won the NBA title that he desperately wanted in 2012. He went on to win his second one the next year. James also won the NBA MVP award in 2012 and 2013, and he also was awarded the Finals MVP those years. After winning two titles in Miami, he returned to Cleveland and won a title in 2016. He had three titles, three Finals MVP awards, and four NBA MVP awards, but he wanted more.
In 2018, he went out to the west coast and joined the Lakers. James helped bring the Lakers back to dominance during the 2019-20 season as they won their first title since 2010. Guess who was named Finals MVP? Lebron James. In year 17, he won his fourth title, and he still wants to win more.
Sue Bird is a WNBA legend
When you talk about the great WNBA players, Sue Bird is a name that is in that conversation. She has accomplished a lot throughout her career, and she’s developed into a leader on and off the court. Bird entered the WNBA in 2002 when the Seattle Storm selected her with the first overall pick in the draft. She quickly made an impact in her first season as she was named an All-Star and an All-WNBA First-Team selection. Bird averaged 14.4 points and six assists. Over the next few years, Bird continued to be a leader on the court for Seattle, and she helped the Storm win their first WNBA title in 2004. The next title came six years later in 2010, and Bird was then a two-time WNBA champion.
Bird has spent her entire career with the Storm, and she’s had a lot of success in the league. In 2018 she won her third title, and she recently won her fourth title with the Storm in 2020. Bird did not play in 2019 and in 2013, so she’s played in the league for 17 seasons and continues to dominate on the court.
James and Bird both won their fourth title in their 17th season
It’s certainly a coincidence to see James and Bird winning their fourth championship in their 17th season. Here you have two players that have accomplished so much during their careers, and they have won multiple times on the highest level. When their careers are over, they will both be in the Hall of Fame.
James and Bird are two great examples of leaders on the court and off, and they continue to impact different communities. There will never be another LeBron James or Sue Bird, and their games have rubbed off on so many young players. Their legacy will always live on.