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After 17 Seasons, LeBron James Continues to Prove his Doubters Wrong

It’s truly incredible.

The height of LeBron James’ greatness is incomprehensible. His ability to maintain this level of dominance in his 17th season is unlike anything we have ever witness in sports.

Entering the league out of the 2003 NBA Draft, James’ reign of terror continues in 2020, as on Sunday night he hoisted his fourth NBA championship and yet another Finals MVP trophy. The Los Angeles Lakers are the third team he was able to lead to an NBA championship, proving once again that the entire NBA still revolves around James’ greatness.

We are all just living in his world and for nearly 20 years, James remains the ultimate chess piece that has the power to manipulate the landscape of the league. Now, with another championship set to be raised to the rafters on his watch, James will keep pushing forward, hell-bent on proving every last one of his doubters wrong.

“I think personally thinking I have something to prove fuels me,” said James. “It fueled me over this last year and a half since the injury. It fueled me because no matter what I’ve done in my career to this point, there’s still little rumblings of doubt or comparing me to the history of the game and has he done this, has he done that.

“So having that in my head, having that in my mind, saying to myself, why not still have something to prove, I think it fuels me.”

Every championship he has won throughout his illustrious career holds a different and unique story.

In Miami, he overcame the pressure of millions of doubters to capture not one, but two championships. The Kid from Akron then returned home to lead the Cleveland Cavaliers to quite possibly the most inspiring championship in the history of sports, overcoming a 3-1 deficit at the hands of one of the mightiest team ever assembled in the 73-9 Golden State Warriors. Then, in the eyes of social unrest and racial injustice spreading rampant throughout the country, amidst a global pandemic, James was able to lead the Lakers to a championship inside of the NBA bubble.

Yet, as he stepped back to reflect on all of the championships, he was able to compare each of the four separate journeys.

“I think they are all special in their own right. They all have their obstacles, things that went on throughout the course of the year, both on and off the floor.

“But one is not less than the other, because when you’re able to put yourself in this position to be able to win a championship, first thing you start to think about is how much work you’ve put in over the course of the year. How much you’ve sacrificed, how much you’ve dedicated to the game and to your craft. That’s always been the most fulfilling thing for me, besides seeing my teammates as happy as they are. Being able to know that you can put the work in, literally trust the process, live about the process and then see the results. I think not only from a basketball player, but from everybody, whatever craft, whatever workspace you’re in, to be able to put the work in and live along the process and build along the process and be able to see results, I think we all live for that moment.”

The ghost of Michael Jordan will continue to follow LeBron as his career continues to move to the finish line, but the battle has already been won a long time ago. While many continue to dwell on the past, James looks towards the future, not only on the basketball court, but off the floor as well.

He is the greatest to ever do it and at this point, it is silly to argue otherwise.

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