If LeBron James were to retire at the end of this NBA season he would without a doubt be a first-ballot Hall-Of-Famer. I am far from a LeBron James fan but facts are facts and his you look at his accomplishments against other Hall-Of-Famers without championships he is above them all. Charles Barkley in my opinion is a top 15 player of all-time and he was a first-ballot Hall-Of-Famer. Sir Charles was the league MVP in 1993, he was an 11-time All-Star, he was the MVP of the All-Star game in 1991, and was first team All-NBA 5-times. Compare Charles Barkley’s accomplishments to LeBron James’ and LeBron trumps Charles. After 9 seasons LeBron James will be a 3-time league MVP, he would 6-time first team All-NBA, he is a 8-time All-Star, he has been a 2-time All-Star game MVP, he won the NBA Rookie of the Year award, 3-time first team All-Defense, and he was the scoring champ in 2008 . LeBron has just played 9 seasons in the NBA and his only 27, Charles Barkley played 16 seasons.
The biggest criticism of LeBron James is how he does not play hard in the 4th quarter. That is a fact especially in the last 5 years; including 2 appearances in the NBA Finals. I do not believe his 4th quarter disappearing acts will matter when we look back at his legacy. I have never seen Bill Russell play, my father is 55 and he hardly recalls seeing Bill Russell play, so how do we know he did not have shortcomings or major flaws in his game? We do not, all we know about Bill Russell is that he won 11 championships. LeBron will not get anywhere close to 11 championships, he might not win any, but does that matter? I do not think so because I hardly hear anyone knock Wilt Chamberlain, the most dominate player in NBA history, for only winning 2 championships because of his statistical prowess. Well, LeBron fills a stat-sheet up like none-other and when it is all said and done all we will remember is what is in the record books.
…… we may also remember the dumbest decision in NBA history; The Decision.