How LeBron James Redefined NBA Greatness

August 27th, 2013 by Brendan Bowers Leave a reply »

LeBron James has embodied NBA greatness since first breaking into the league as a member of the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2003. 

Over the last two seasons with the Miami Heat, however, he has redefined what that standard of excellence represents.

James' basketball odyssey is captivating and unique because he was billed as the next great superstar from an early age before eventually becoming specifically that. Every step and misstep has been publicly scrutinized and processed since his 16th birthday in order to build the modern narrative describing how great James truly is.  

On his way to winning his first MVP award in 2009 with the Cavaliers, James' greatness had been unanimously defined as the most talented basketball player on the planet. 

This definition intended clear praise for James' freakish abilities and individual brilliance on the court, but was also carefully crafted to omit what he wasn't. For as great as James was prior to joining the Heat in 2010, he was not an NBA champion.

The most talented player on the planet had ...

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