“Best Player in the NBA”: CJ McCollum Heaps Praise on LeBron James

Published 07/17/2021, 9:30 AM EDT
BEIJING, CHINA – SEPTEMBER 04: NBA star LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers meets fans at a Nike store on September 4, 2017 in Beijing, China. (Photo by Visual China Group via Getty Images/Visual China Group via Getty Images)


After the superstars of the 80s and 90s, NBA witnessed the prowess of LeBron James. He has often made it the GOAT debate involving the legend himself, Michael Jordan. With his display of sheer dominance over the years, LeBron is still going strong in his 30s with a huge fan club to back him.

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The Lakers star recently won his fourth championship in the Orlando Bubble. His expertise, coupled with his leadership skills, brings the best out of LeBron James. Starting from successes with Miami Heat and Cleveland Cavaliers, King James is making the Lakers his home.

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CJ McCollum, Portland Trail Blazers star guard, argues that LeBron James is the best player in the league. In conversation with Channing Frye, McCollum compared the 4-time NBA champion to an expensive Chateau Margaux wine.

“He [LeBron] was great early. He was deemed the chosen one. And he’s been able to extend his career 18 years later to where he’s sharper, he’s a better jump shooter than he was when he first got into the league. He’s still able to empower his teammates, still able to make his team win. He is still the best player in the NBA.”

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Los Angeles, CA, Tuesday, December 22, 2020 – Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) celebrates with teammates after receiving their NBA Championship rings at Staples Center. (Robert Gauthier/ Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

The King has a long way to go in the NBA league

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The Chateau Margaux costs $494.12 on average, and those are big numbers for the King yet again. CJ aptly described LeBron and his legacy that still continues. His primetime with the Big 3 and later with Kyrie Irving were ferocious for his opponents. Not much has changed since then. James is becoming a mature player day by day.

This 2020-21 season was a difficult year for Bron with injuries and other issues playing out against him. He averaged 25 points this year during the regular season. However, his early exit from the postseason wasn’t metaphorical to him quitting the GOAT title. His fans believe that their superstar will make a huge comeback next season at the age of 37 years.

Well, the All-star has a long way to go, posting huge numbers and winning championships on the way. Do you agree?

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Pavni Ahuja

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Pavni Ahuja is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Housing a keen interest in sports journalism, she is pursuing an undergraduate Journalism degree from Christ University. Pavni is an ardent fan of the NBA, with prior district-level playing experience in basketball.

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