If you love LeBron James, you obviously think he’s one of the greatest players in the history of the NBA. If you hate LeBron James, it’s probably because he’s one of the greatest players in the history of the NBA, and he routinely ruins your season by crushing your team’s hopes. Either way, regardless of how loudly you yell your case at another person, James is a once-in-a-generation athlete who has dominated his sport and league like few others, and even his most extreme haters should (and probably do) feel lucky to be watching his entire career.
And yet, even as it is a full-blown, indisputable, concrete fact that James is a living legend still in his prime, people keep debating his place among the all-time NBA greats because it is the sports argument that will never die. “Is LeBron James a Top 5 player in NBA history?” This “embrace debate” talking point has become the NBA fan’s “I Got You Babe,” as we wake each day hoping for fresh, intelligent analysis only to want to drop a toaster in our bathtubs when Skip Bayless and his peers ask the question all over again with the hopes that it makes people (*points to self*) talk about them so their ratings get a mild bump.
Case in point: Chris Broussard, he of multiple sources, joined The Herd on Tuesday to tell us how he ranks the NBA’s all-time Top 5. Hot stuff comin’, handle with caution.