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2019 will be first NBA Finals without one of six legends since 1991

The 2019 NBA Finals will be the first Finals without LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, Tim Duncan, Shaquille O’Neal, Hakeem Olajuwon, or Michael Jordan since 1991, according to NBA insider Tommy Beer.

James has played in the last eight NBA Finals. Since 1991, Bryant has played in seven Finals, Shaq has played in five, Duncan has played in six, Hakeem has played in two, and Jordan played in six.

James is missing the playoffs this season for the first time since his sophomore year in the NBA, when he was with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

The groin injury James suffered on Christmas Day against the Golden State Warriors was pretty much the end for the Los Angeles Lakers’ season.

James has a Finals record of 3-6.

Bryant and O’Neal won three-straight titles with the Lakers. They lost one to the Detroit Pistons before splitting up.

Kobe won two more titles with the Lakers alongside Pau Gasol, while Shaq won one with the Miami Heat with Dwyane Wade

Duncan went to six NBA Finals during his legendary career, finishing with a record of 5-1. Olajuwon went to two straight Finals, winning both of them.

Jordan, of course, went to six NBA Finals and was 6-0.