After a 113-87 game six and series-clinching win for the Cleveland Cavaliers, LeBron James will be heading to his sixth straight NBA Finals, his seventh overall. He will be leading a healthy Cavaliers’ roster to their second straight appearance, while the previous four were with the Miami Heat. Going 2-4 in his previous six appearances, 2-5 overall, LeBron looks to bring an NBA championship back to the city of Cleveland.
Let’s just take a second and think of how unreal this accomplishment is. Six straight seasons LeBron James has made the NBA Finals. With that feat, LeBron joins the likes of Bill Russell, Sam Jones, K.C. Jones, Satch Sanders, Tom Heinsohn, Frank Ramsey, Bob Cousy, and his teammate, the GOAT… JAMES JONES as the only players in NBA history to compete in six consecutive NBA Finals. He joins Dennis Rodman as the only players in NBA history to play in at least three NBA Finals with two different teams. And just to point out how much these six playoff runs can take a toll on a player, LeBron has played a total of 5,002 playoff minutes in that span.
After the game six victory, James was interviewed by Doris Burke and was asked about his sixth straight appearance.
“I have heard all the questions, and that right there is a stumper. Um, I am just very humbled and gracious that the man above has given me the opportunity to play the game that I love. And I get to go out here and do it every single night in front of my fans.”
“It is very emotional to be a part of something like this. This is my sixth straight. It means everything.”
As grateful as LeBron is for this opportunity, now there is no time for excuses. Yes, this is his sixth straight appearance, but this could very well be his third straight loss in the finals. With a healthy roster this season, unlike last year’s, LeBron will have no excuse for coming up short this year. Whether it’s Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder or the reigning two-time NBA MVP Steph Curry and the reigning NBA champs Golden State Warriors, LeBron needs to stay focused and play like he’s never played before. Another NBA Finals loss would only lead to more and more ridicule from basketball fans. Don’t get me wrong, it’s unbelievable what he’s done the past six seasons continually making it to the finals, but what’s the point if he keeps losing?
There is only one LeBron James. But will LeBron James be remembered as one of the greatest of all time that has proven he can win it all, or will he be remembered as one of the greatest of all time, but has always come up short?