LeBron makes history in GOAT style

Muhamet Hadzibrahimi 

This is pure greatness: LeBron James passing Kareem Abdul-Jabbar with a fadeaway jumper that the late great Kobe Bryant would be proud of.

In a three-point loss against the Oklahoma City Thunder, the most important part of this basketball game for the Los Angeles Lakers wasn’t another disappointing loss. It was the performance of one of the greatest athletes of all-time, LeBron James.

Posting 38 points on 12 of 20 shooting, James made a hard achievement seem easy. In three quarters, Laker Nation witnessed their superstar drive through the teeth of the Thunder defense and rattle off threes as if he were a prime Stephen Curry on his way to becoming number one in total points scored in NBA regular season play.

It was a moment that NBA fans may never see again. An athlete of James’s stature doesn’t come around very often and the NBA itself will have a tough time replacing him as the face of the league.

“True Greatness. Incredibly grateful to have witnessed and been a part of your journey.” These are the words that Kevin Love, current Cleveland Cavalier and five-time all-star, tweeted after LeBron made the shot that cemented him as the scoring leader. Love was the Robin to LeBron’s Batman, when the two, alongside recently traded Kyrie Irving, won the 2016 NBA championship being down three to one against the 73-9 Golden State Warriors.

The most consistent aspect of James’ career is his ability to prove critics wrong when he is pressured. No athlete in the last two decades has been under more pressure to become the greatest player of his respected sport. Since he was drafted out of St. VincentSt. Mary High School, he has had the spotlight.

The greatest of all time debate causes tension within the NBA fan community, causing fans to overlook and dismiss the greatness that is happening in front of their eyes. The NBA showcases some of the most athletic, talented and entertaining players in all professional sports.

A lot is discussed about whether James is a better professional basketball player than Michael Jordan. It is a discussion that has followed LeBron James since he won his first championship against the Oklahoma City Thunder in the 2012 NBA Finals. Basketball critics point to Jordan’s six championships over LeBron James’ four to settle the debate, but regardless of the rings, the talent both possessed in their respective eras impacted the game as we know it today.

LeBron James was responsible for the trend of super teams, which gave players more control over their contract negotiations with general managers. The idea that the best players in the league could team up in efforts of winning a championship was a rarity before the 2011-12 Miami Heat were assembled with James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh.

The fadeaway jumper with ten seconds left in the third quarter is another legendary moment James has offered to fans. At the age of 38, the King still can sit in his throne and hope to make another lasting memory by either bringing another championship to the City of Angels or playing alongside his son, Bronny James, as the first father and son duo to play on the same NBA team.