LeBron James once again aligned his name alongside the NBA’s GOAT Michael Jordan on Sunday after leading the Los Angeles Lakers to the 2020 NBA title.
The now four-time NBA champion was awarded the Bill Russell Finals MVP award for the fourth time in his career — adding to his already impressive hardware that also includes four regular-season MVPs. The last and only player to have ever achieved the same feat was His Airness himself.
LeBron James joins Michael Jordan as the only players in NBA History to win 4+ Finals MVPs and 4+ regular-season MVPs. pic.twitter.com/OKmx4kVFiE
— NBA History (@NBAHistory) October 12, 2020
While Lakers superstar Anthony Davis was also in strong consideration to get the recognition, there was no doubt LeBron James truly stamped his class in his 10th Finals appearance.
The King put up another performance for the ages in the series-clinching win, putting away his former team for good with 28 points, 14 rebounds and 10 assists in Game 6.
The LeBron James-Michael Jordan GOAT debate, meanwhile, will certainly be ignited once more following the Lakers megastar’s latest feat. James, of course, is still going strong at age 35 and it looks like he will have more opportunities to overtake MJ’s record in terms of MVP awards.
The only knock on James is his rather pedestrian career Finals record, which now stands at 4-6. Some pundits claim he should have more titles under his belt given the amount of Finals appearances he had.
James notably went to the Finals eight consecutive times from 2011 to 2018 as a member of the Miami Heat and Cleveland Cavaliers.
Michael Jordan, on the other hand, made it to the promised land a total of six times with the Chicago Bulls in the ’90s and came out victorious each time.
For now, James still has some catching up to do to chase Jordan’s shadow. He needs one more regular-season MVP to tie Jordan’s five and two more Finals MVPs to catch up to Mike’s six. It remains to be seen if he can repeat with the Lakers and add more to his case as the GOAT.