Ever the strategist and the spinster, LeBron decided to personally take control of the playoff narrative in a statement he made to cleveland.com Friday, after the Cavs had just ripped the Raptors 115-94 in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference semifinals. James scored 35 points in the game, 13 in the fourth quarter.
"What else do I have to prove?" "Seriously, what else would I have [to do]?" James said. "I've won championships, I won my first one and I've won for my teammates, I came home and won. There isn't anything I have left to prove."
Well, honestly speaking, James has a lot to prove if he wants to be considered the best of all-time, which has been his goal ever since he was a man-child killing mere mortals in high school.
This is Bron’s way of taking the pressure off of himself, so he can play free and effectively as he has during these playoffs, where his Cavs squad is yet to lose a game. The King is rejuvenated both mentally and physically and seems to have flipped that switch that everyone wondered if he still had.
And with Cleveland and Golden State on a collision course to meet in the NBA Finals, the media has been putting the Michael Jordan vs LeBron James debate back into the instigative social media air, which puts the pressure back on LeBron to win his fourth title and move closer to Jordan’s six -- or even Kobe’s five rings.
While James has quickly moved up the all-time stats list and continues to build on his legacy, I’d have to side with NBA TV analyst Derek Harper and his take on Bron’s comments.
"There’s always something to prove at this level,” Harper insisted. “(LeBron) must continue to dominate and be a champion at this level. You’re going to have to prove you can beat the Golden State Warriors providing you get there."