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The Importance of Lebron James Winning the NBA Championship This October

Ryan Beltran

Posted on July 26, 2020 02:16

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The NBA season will soon restart on July 30 after an almost four-month hiatus, and it is time to see what Lebron will do in the upcoming restart.

Even with the long layoff and rust, the goal of a championship is still the main prize, and no excuses should be made as each team in Orlando will be playing in an even playing field regardless of the peculiar situation right now.

The stakes are still high as usual, but few in the "NBA bubble" in Orlando have as much pressure as Lebron James, who looks to obtain his fourth NBA title in his legendary career.

James has already solidified himself as one of the greatest players ever, and his individual resume deserves that type of notoriety. However, these next three months could arguably be the last great chance for James to win another championship, and the superstar must take advantage of this opportunity to add more to his historic career.

At 35 years old, James's window to further improve his legacy among the many the doubters can arguably close soon, even with his current high level of play. James has been playing at an MVP-caliber level this season, averaging 25.7 points per game, with 7.9 rebounds a game and 10.6 assists per game as well.

You cannot doubt James will decline with the impressive consistency he still plays at, even after 17 years in the game, but the "father time" cliché is something that cannot be underestimated as well. We have seen many players play well the year before and then dramatically fall off the cliff the year after.

Looking into the current championship picture for this year, the Lakers will have respectable obstacles with the Los Angeles Clippers out west and in the east the Milwaukee Bucks with Giannis Antetokounmpo, arguably the favorite for the NBA MVP award for this season.

Another thing is next year the playoff landscape could arguably be more challenging than it is now. With rising teams out west like the Los Angeles Clippers who will have another year of Kawhi Leonard and Paul George, the Dallas Mavericks with the young crafty Slovenian Luka Dončić, the electrifying Zion Williamson on the New Orleans Pelicans, and the Golden State Warriors who will have Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson back from injury next season, James cannot assume the Lakers will even make it back to the finals in the near future.  

The Eastern Conference also looks to be much better next year with the Milwaukee Bucks, a more experienced Boston Celtics, and the Brooklyn Nets who will have both Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving coming back healthy.

It will be interesting to see what will happen once the playoffs start and how James will perform. James is a legend no matter what happens for the rest of his career, but if he wants to still catch the "ghost of MJ," as he said years ago, and improve his status among his many detractors, he must play at the level we have seen in years past, which has resulted in his best achievements.

Ryan Beltran

Posted on July 26, 2020 02:16

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