After falling behind 3-1 in the 2016 NBA Finals to the defending champion Golden State Warriors, it appeared as if LeBron James was on the precipice of falling to an unhealthy 2-5 in Finals appearances. But as the King teetered on the edge of joining some historically unenviable company, something remarkable happened: The Cleveland Cavaliers came back from the dead, and won the whole thing.
As improbable as it may sound, the NBA championship now resides in the City of Cleveland. And as everyone knows, this does not happen without James donning the cape, rallying his teammates, and proceeding to lead one of the greatest comebacks the world of sports has ever seen. Honestly, it was something we never expected to happen; yet it did. Now the question remains: Can James do it again?
While the King may have finally been reunited with his crown, reaffirming his status as the greatest basketball player on the planet, there’s reason to believe he may never reach the pinnacle of the sport again. In fact, we can give you 10 reasons why James will never win another NBA championship.
10. Eastern Conference is on the rise
For the better part of a decade, the Eastern Conference has been James’s personal playground. He’s won three NBA titles, made six straight Finals appearances, and has consistently steamrolled the competition in the early rounds of the postseason. But that may not be the case for much longer. The Celtics signed Al Horford in the offseason, Dwight Howard took his talents home to Atlanta, Even the James remains firmly fixed on the throne, but other teams in the East finally appear ready to challenge for conference supremacy.
For the record, despite drafting Ben Simmons No. 1 overall, the Philadelphia 76ers are not one of those teams. We just think he’s awesome and will be a force to be reckoned with down the road. Viva La Process!