LeBron James has reached the mountaintop for the fourth in his illustrious NBA career. The journey along that path has had a few notable hurdles, but James accomplished yet another legacy-defining feat in his 17th season. With that in the books, the LA Lakers star forward used this opportunity to send the perfect response to his critics.
LeBron James leads the Lakers to an NBA title
LeBron James entered the 2019-20 season with some growing outside doubt that he could guide the franchise back to an NBA title.
Much of which stemmed from his injury-plagued first year with the Lakers that saw the team fall well short of the playoffs. James, alongside Anthony Davis, blew past those lingering skepticisms by guiding LA through an impressive campaign, securing the first overall playoff seed in the Western Conference for the first time in a decade.
James and Davis also respectively put forth impressive individual seasons. The 35-year-old earned his 13th All-NBA First Team selection and finished second for the MVP award. Meanwhile, Davis received his fifth All-NBA First Team nod and finished second for the Defensive Player of the Year award.
The two continued that charge through the playoffs, pushing the Lakers to an NBA title behind a 16-5 postseason record. LA only played more than five games in a series once, which came in the NBA Finals by beating a tough Miami Heat team in six games.
James has used the moment of capturing his fourth NBA title to send the best response to his critics.
LeBron James sends the perfect response to his critics
Throughout much of his career, LeBron James has dealt with criticism directed at his shortcomings.
James has been bashed for various reasons, such as deciding to join the Miami Heat and the constant comparisons to Michael Jordan. Despite all that, the 35-year-old may have finally quieted his doubters who questioned his ability heading into his 17th season with his latest Instagram post showing him soaked in champagne celebrating winning the 2020 NBA title with the caption “Super #WashedKing”
The four-time NBA champion referenced those who believed his best days were behind him after an injury-plagued first year with the Lakers. James used that as an extra tool for motivation as he put forth an MVP-caliber campaign that saw him help guide the franchise to their 17th NBA championship.
The four-time NBA Finals MVP has not only proven that he’s still playing at an elite level but that he has much more to add to his legacy.
Legacy remains an open book
What LeBron James continues to accomplish at this point in his career is nothing short of remarkable.
James has extended his elite level of play through nearly two decades in the league. He hasn’t demonstrated any decline in his performance, but rather that his preparation both mentally and physically has helped him maintain his play. The Lakers will be in a spot to contend for an NBA title next season, especially with Anthony Davis expected to re-sign with the franchise in free agency.
LA will also continue to build a championship-caliber roster around James in the upcoming offseason to keep that title window firmly open. Beyond that, James can further cement his legacy as an all-time great with a stronger argument securing him in the GOAT conversation.
With any thought of retirement still well out of the picture, James has the chance to add a championship or two to his illustrious career. He possesses more than enough motivation to keep the ball rolling to add another impressive chapter to his legacy.