Last summer, Golden State hit Andre Iguodala for what looked like a wide-open, uncontested layup. LeBron James, however, had other ideas as he chased down the action. The King pinned Iguodala’s layup attempt against the glass for the signature moment of his career. After The Block, the ball swung over to Kyrie Irving, who stepped back behind the arc to knock down The Shot and break the 89-89 fourth quarter stalemate. King James made good on his promise and delivered a title to the city of Cleveland after 52 long years.
This past offseason, James admitted that he’s chasing the ghost of Michael Jordan. At these levels of greatness, only championship rings matter. Still, many iconic images feature Jordan leaning on right-hand man Scottie Pippen during the flu game. He used to drive the lane and kick the ball back out to John Paxson or bark orders to Dennis Rodman and Steve Kerr to step up.
These two generational talents, in their own ways, went well beyond the “makes his teammates better” cliche. The five following teammates are the best to ever play with The King; they all believed, fed off, and bought into LeBron’s mantra of making the right play through every possession.