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LeBron over MJ? That kind of talk simply won’t fly — not yet, anyway

May 18th, 2017 at 7:38 PM
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Nobody’s perfect, not even the beloved media, so it shouldn’t be too surprising that that the 2016-17 All-NBA teams were announced Thursday and the only unanimous first-teamer was â?¦ not Cleveland’s LeBron James, the greatest player on the planet. It wasn’t even Oklahoma City’s Russell Westbrook, the first player to average a triple-double for a season since Oscar Robertson.

It was Houston’s James Harden, he of the unstoppable left-handed drive, the unruly beard-gone-wild and the unconscionably bad defense.

Oh, well. Does it even matter?

One player looms above all others in today’s NBA, and it isn’t Harden or Westbrook or Golden State’s Steph Curry, the best player on what clearly has been the best team all season.

We’ve watched LeBron James grow up in the NBA â?? and grow into perhaps its best player ever. (AP/Michael Conroy)

It is, of course, James, who is three, maybe four, games away from his seventh consecutive NBA Finals. The No. 1-seeded Celtics, blown out by the Cavaliers in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals, have roughly as good a chance of winning that series as I have of winning next year’s Boston Marathon.

But just think about that for a moment: seven straight trips to the championship round. All those extra games. All the physical demands. All the stress. All that winning.

No one since Bill Russell, five decades ago, has played for the title so many years in a row, but that isn’t the comparison we’re about to get into here.

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