San Antonio Spurs: What if Ray Allen misses that shot in 2013?

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LeBron James Becomes a Laughingstock

I know there are a lot of people out there who despise LeBron James. There are a lot of reasons to dislike the guy. Proclaiming himself “The King,” his corny social media, and suggesting that he is better than Michael Jordan are all legitimate reasons to dislike him. 

I have no resentment towards LeBron James. I think he is the best to ever play (debate this if you must), his philanthropic work should earn him a lot of praise, and as far as I can tell, he seems like a very good person and father. 

A 3-7 Finals record is not good for his legacy. Losing three of the four Finals with a superteam does not help. Yes, he still wins in 2012, 2016, and 2020, but that’s it. Losing to the Mavericks, Warriors, and Spurs does not help his cause as the greatest ever. In the 2013 Finals, he led the Heat in points, rebounds, assists, and steals. It doesn’t really matter. He still lost. 

I think LeBron is the best player ever in real life. If you’re on team Jordan, there’s no reason that LeBron should be anywhere but second. There are merits to both sides. If he loses in the 2013 Finals, then he’s lost to the Spurs three times. His claim in the top two, top five, and maybe even top ten are no more.

His formation of a superteam is laughed off, he slinks back to Cleveland a laughingstock and failure. He won a ring in Miami and will win another two with the Cavaliers and Lakers, but he isn’t the champion we know in our universe.