Pistons’ legend Isiah Thomas knows a thing or two about basketball. He also knows a thing or two about greatness, which is where he placed LeBron James after the Cavaliers‘ Game 7 win over the Golden State Warriors.

“I think after this performance, being down 3-1, LeBron James, in my opinion, he’s up there with Jordan now in terms of the greatest player to ever play.”

“When I look at it, you’re looking at LeBron James, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Michael Jordan. Pick either one of those three. Those are the guys, in my opinion right now, who deserve to be in that discussion.”

To make anyone’s top 3 players of all-time is already a tremendous achievement by anyone’s standards. To make Isiah Thomas’ top 3 is a whole other level of respect.

But, whether you agree with Thomas or not, James certainly at least deserves to be in the discussion. He’s made six straight finals and won three championships in that time. He’s in the top 10 leaders for virtually every postseason statistic. And now he’s brought a championship to the hometown. It seems like everything else beyond this point is kind of just icing on the cake.

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