Cleveland fell behind 3-1 in the 2016 NBA Finals against the defending champion Golden State Warriors. It seemed like LeBron James‘ Finals appearance record would become an unhealthy 2-5. As the King teetered on the brink of joining some historically unenviable company, something remarkable happened: The Cleveland Cavaliers returned from the dead, winning the whole thing.
The NBA championship resided in the City of Cleveland. As everyone knows, this does not happen without James leading one of the greatest comebacks in the world of sports. Honestly, we never expected to happen — yet it did. Now the question remains: Can James do it again?
The King finally reunited with his crown, reaffirming his status as the greatest basketball player on the planet. However, some 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 and made six straight Finals appearances. As evidenced by this year’s NBA Playoffs, he consistently steamrolls the competition in the early rounds of the postseason. But that may not be the case for much longer.
The Boston Celtics are strong, and other teams are rebuilding rather quickly. James remains firmly fixed on the throne, but teams in the East finally seem ready to challenge for conference supremacy in the coming seasons.