Tonight marks Game 3 for the Cleveland Cavs, a critical game for LeBron James and team. The Warriors could go up 3-0 or the series could split 2-1.
No matter what happens, there is no disputing the heart that LeBron has brought to the court this 2018 NBA Finals Season. I mean the brother has already given us one of the best memes this year.
Despite his dominance, many still question LeBron’s place among the greats. Throughout his career he has drawn constant comparison, debate and compliments as one of the greatest players of all time. But, what if there is no comparison?
What if I told you that LeBron’s predecessors and even his contemporaries can ALL be great?
Every last one of them. Wilt Chamberlain, Julius Erving, Bill Russell, Magic Johnson, Allen Iverson, Shaquille O’Neal, Kobe Bryant, and of course Michael Jordan. All great.
First off, not many athletes make it to the NBA whether drafted straight out of high school or college. The skill level it takes to dedicate your early years to basketball day in and day out then reap the reward of being a professional basketball player is enough. Why can’t we just let them all be great!
— Kobe Bryant (@kobebryant) May 28, 2018
LeBron James and Steph Curry have faced each other now 4 consecutive times. That tells you something about both of their skill level, passion, and drive for the game of basketball. As exciting as their rivalry is to watch we shouldn’t be pitting them against each other. Both of them have a high talent level that makes their story compelling.
The rest of the NBA Finals will no doubt be thrilling to watch. But as you watch think about the lessons we can glean from these brothers. It is no accident that they are consistent, dedicated, passionate, focused and driven.
So, why the need for constant comparison? These brothers clearly stand among an elite class of greats. If anything their work ethic, drive, and focus should inspire us to be great within our own realm. From this perspective, we all have G.O.A.T. potential and our success, like theirs, is only arms length away.