Any team with LeBron James as its leader becomes substantially tougher to beat, and some prominent San Antonio Spurs have had mixed results over the years.
As the San Antonio Spurs know, if there’s one thing that can silence haters, it’s winning an NBA championship. After hearing for years that he could only succeed in the Eastern Conference, LeBron James took just two seasons to lead a Western Conference team to the promised land.
After leading the Los Angeles Lakers to the title this season, LeBron James now sits one ring away from the likes of Tim Duncan and Kobe Bryant with four banners to his name. Still putting up superstar numbers at age 35, it’s tough to see a world where James doesn’t at least reach five titles soon.
Like Michael Jordan was to guys like Karl Malone and Charles Barkley, LeBron is the type of talent that can single-handedly prevent entire franchises from winning titles they otherwise should’ve won. Nobody knows that better than DeMar DeRozan, who had the misfortune of having James follow him to the West once the Spurs traded for him in 2018.
As DeRozan lamented to J.J. Redick on a recent podcast episode we covered, it’s “tough to get past the m—–f—–.” The entire East knows that all too well, and if Los Angeles has its way, the West might be learning that more and more as the years go by.
Fortunately for Spurs fans, Gregg Popovich has had as much success against James as you could reasonably expect, but that luck has been fading in recent years. As LeBron looks to make up for early losses to one of his favorite opposing coaches in Popovich, here’s a look at how some prominent San Antonio Spurs have fared against the King so far.