LeBron James has added another impressive feat to his Hall of Fame resume after guiding the LA Lakers to an NBA title. It hasn’t been all roses for the Lakers as James has received some criticism despite earning his fourth championship. It has seen a former Golden State Warriors player take a shot at him over social media.
LeBron James guides Lakers to an NBA title
The Lakers entered the 2019-20 season with the high hopes of competing for an NBA title.
LA met those expectations behind the stellar play of LeBron James and Anthony Davis guiding the way. James put forth a remarkable 17th campaign that saw him finish second for the MVP award, including posting a career-best and league-high 10.2 assists per game. He continued that dominance through the playoff as he stepped up his performance on the grander stage.
Davis was also a significant factor on both ends of the floor that pushed the Lakers toward an NBA title. He showcased why LA traded for him as he was the perfect co-star alongside James. Davis was a dominant factor defensively while proving to be an offensive mismatch for any opponent.
All that moved the Lakers to secure their 17th NBA title, but that accomplishment came with the usual detractors voicing their disdain toward LeBron James. However, this time it saw a former Warriors’ player spew heavy criticism.
Marreese Speights takes a shot at LeBron James
LeBron James has reached the mountaintop for the fourth time in his career that has added another impressive feat to his resume.
However, not everyone has come away with a stronger admiration for his greatness. Former Warriors’ big man Marreese Speights was among those detractors after James’ latest accomplishment. Speights chose to repost a meme pointing out that three-peats used to be more celebrated than a player who won four championships in 10 trips to the NBA Finals.
Although Speights later took down the tweet and voiced that he greatly respects James, it was a clear shot at the four-time NBA Finals MVP. The post also received plenty of backlash tossed in the former veteran forward’s direction.
The bulk of the criticism thrown at Speights saw fans targeting his career as a role player not providing him enough credentials to criticize James. He was a part of the Warriors’ NBA title win in 2015 over the Cleveland Cavaliers. He played 10 years in the league for the Warriors, Cavaliers Memphis Grizzlies, Philadelphia 76ers, Orlando Magic and LA Clippers while averaging 7.9 points per contest.
Beyond that, it just further underlines the negative comments tossed in the Lakers star forward’s direction even after accomplishing a career-altering feat. If anything, it only provides more motivation for James to prove his doubters wrong and continue to add to his legacy.
Legacy remains an open book
It took LeBron James all of two seasons to guide the Lakers back to an NBA title.
James put forth nothing short of an impressive 17th campaign that further cements himself as an all-time great. The 35-year-old’s is still playing at the peak of his game as he nears closer to two decades in the league. There is no reason to believe that he won’t maintain his high level of play as he moves into the back half of his 30s.
He has an opportunity to add more NBA titles to his resume with the Lakers, especially if they can retain Anthony Davis and acquire more talent. All that will make LA the clear-cut favorite to secure the NBA championship next season. The path will be more difficult due to James having another year his belt and the league’s competition becoming stiffer, especially in the Western Conference.
Beyond that, James sustained success is a testament to his hard work and commitment to his craft in the latter stages of his career. There is a tremendous opportunity ahead for him to continue to add to his illustrious legacy that could see a few more NBA titles to his name.