When exactly did this over emphasis on rings when judging individual players begin?
Lebron is currently 19342 points behind Kareem at the age of 27. He averages roughly 2200 points in a full season plus or minus 1-200. If he maintains that without serious injury or strike shortened years he'd surpass Kareem 9 seasons from now, he'd be 36.
Couple other things
1. It cannot be stated enough that he is only 27, biologically speaking he is just now entering his physical prime
2. He is an incredible physical specimen and he keeps himself in peak condition, he was in incredible shape at the start of this season while many had allowed themselves to fall out of shape. This means he will age well, and he is less likely to face serious injury.
3. He already has a decent to good jump shot from short, medium, and 3 point range. He has a high basketball IQ and has shown he is capable of improving his game, as he did with his post game over the last two years. He is fully capable of changing his play style just like Jordan and Kobe did as they got older to favor the medium range jump shot/post game.
Its by no means a sure thing, as a record like that pretty much requires a near perfect career(MJ would very likely have broken Kareem's record had he not missed his second season to injury and the first two retirements), but he has a perfectly legitimate chance of passing Kareem, especially if he plays into his late 30s/early 40s.
Last edited by Hiromi; 05-04-2012 at 02:13 PM.
If LeBron James had a career-ending injury tomorrow, I wouldn't put him in the Hall of Fame. And I say this as someone who liked him during the Decision. I've always liked LeBron James. So I think the entertainment-first Skip Bayless has a decent point here, as he sometimes does.
At the same time, I think this Hall of Fame question is silly, given that James is nowhere near the end of his career. It's incredibly likely that when his career is over, he will be a cinch for the Hall.
This year? Its iffy, he'll still be a 3 time MVP(assumedly) with a very large collection of awards to his name. After next year? Forget about it, he'll have all those awards as well as being in the 20k 5k 5k club and unless I'm extremely mistaken he'd have reached it faster than the other 10 or 11 players who'd made it. So far the list of people who've made it
unless I'm forgetting someone.
Last edited by Hiromi; 05-04-2012 at 02:26 PM.
If he wins a championship this year, and especially if he gets a Finals MVP, he gets in, no question.
Seriously, have you watched the Heat at all this year? His post game has been night and day compared to his years with the Cavs. i already addressed the other part, not that it matters as it'll be a good while before his body starts slowing down assuming he doesn't just let himself go.
His post game isn't really good, but nowadays very few players have a good post game.