Despite not winning the regular-season MVP in any of the past three seasons, LeBron James is widely considered to still be the best player in the NBA. In fact, with his performance this season, LeBron is garnering some serious discussion about being the best player of all time.
Many purists scoff at the notion that James could supplant Michael Jordan as the greatest basketball player of all time, but as LeBron continues to produce at an insane level deep into his career, it's becoming much more of a debate.
In advance of the Finals matchup between the Cavaliers and Warriors, Golden State All-Star Draymond Green said he doesn't care whether LeBron goes down as the best of all time, as long as it's the Warriors hosting this year's trophy.
"He can have [greatest player of all-time title], he just can't have this ring!" - @Money23Green on LeBron's legacy and the 2017 #NBAFinals pic.twitter.com/G2eO0ByZAI— Good Morning America (@GMA) May 31, 2017
"It don't really matter," Green said. "He can have that title. He just can't have this ring. ... Our goal isn't to make everyone say, 'Hey, LeBron isn't the greatest player of all time.' More power to him. Go ahead. At the end of the day, it's all subjective anyway.
"... I can care less if anyone says LeBron is the greatest of all time. The only thing I care about is they can't say LeBron is a 2017 NBA champion."
Of course this is what Draymond and the Warriors are saying now, but surely when they look back at what LeBron has been able to do over the course of his career (and against them in the Finals), they'll be singing his praises. But just expect that to happen long after they've all retired.