Failing to a win a title with the Cavs led to his 2010’s infamous 'The Decision'. In what is perhaps the most dramatic free agency announcement of all time, LeBron James announced that he will be leaving Cleveland and taking his talents to Miami to form the first superteam of the decade with his draft classmates Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh. He had a remarkable stint with the Miami Heat, in which he went to 4 successive NBA finals, and ended up winning 2 titles.
After a spell with the Heat, LeBron opted out of his contract with Miami and announced his intention to return to the Cleveland Cavaliers. In 2016, LeBron James led the Cavs in what is perhaps the most epic comeback in sports history. Down 1-3 against Golden State Warriors, the Cavaliers won the next three games to become the first team to come back from such a deficit in NBA Finals history. LeBron James delivered on his promise and brought Cleveland its first sports title after 52 years.
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In the 2018 offseason, LeBron James opted out of his contract with Cleveland and signed with the LA Lakers. After failing to reach the playoffs in his first season in Los Angeles, LeBron James led Lakers made a deep run in the playoffs in the 2019-20 season which ultimately saw them win the NBA Finals in six games against the Miami Heat. LeBron’s fourth ring also brought him his fourth Finals MVP Award. He is the first player in the history of the league to win the Finals MVP Award with three different teams.
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At age 35, LeBron James has done just about everything in the book and his entry to the Hall of Fame is surely guaranteed. The question is, when will he slow down? 17 years in the league is bound to take a toll on anyone, but LeBron James just seems to defy the laws of Father Time and stay at the peak of the game.
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