Say what you will about LeBron James, but he is the best basketball player on the planet and it has not been that close for a good while now. Last night the Cleveland Cavaliers took a 2 – 0 lead over the Toronto Raptors in the Eastern Conference semifinals. With a little over eight minutes to go in the third quarter, LeBron hit a three, moving him into second place for the most points scored in the NBA Playoffs history. He surpassed the great Kareem Abdul-Jabbar who had a total of 5,762 points over the course of his storied career.
The only player left towering over LeBron in terms of playoff points? You guessed it, Michael Jordan with 5,987 points. After LeBron’s 39 points last night, only 210 points separate the two. If he averages a modest 20 points a game (modest for LeBron anyway) he will only need another 10.5 games to be the all-time leader.
Can we start the talk of whether or not LeBron really is the greatest basketball player to ever play? If you want to make that argument, you’re not as wrong as you were just a few years ago. You’re still wrong, but he has made a believer out of this FAM writer. I’ll let you in on another little secret, he is only 32 years old. He still has a lot of basketball left so it is getting harder and harder to defend the case for Jordan. Barring some sort of catastrophic injury, maybe, just maybe one day we will all be able to say it with a clear conscience – LeBron really was the Chosen One.