“We Use it Against Him”: Former NBA Champion Unimpressed by Criticism of Lebron James’ Finals Record

Published 10/19/2020, 10:30 AM EDT
Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James reacts after a play during the first quarter against the Miami Heat in game 4 of the 2020 NBA Finals. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports


The 2019-20 season marked LeBron James entering his 10th NBA Finals. And he marked the occasion by walking away with the fourth ring of his career, as the Los Angeles Lakers beat the Miami Heat in a six-game series.

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Oct 11, 2020; Lake Buena Vista, Florida, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) holds up the MVP trophy after game six of the 2020 NBA Finals at AdventHealth Arena. The Los Angeles Lakers won 106-93 to win the series. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Although LeBron has a 4-6 record in the Finals now, critics still focus on the losses. According to his former teammate Richard Jefferson, his 10 Finals appearances itself is a big deal and he is surprised people don’t appreciate him enough for that.

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He said, “When (we) look at Bron’s Finals record we don’t ever talk about Jordan only went to six Finals. Cause how many did Bill Russell go to? Thirteen? Eleven out of thirteen or something like that is crazy.

“Bron went to ten and we talk about it where it’s like Bron took a team there at 22 years old. He beat my Nets team with me, Jason Kidd, Vince Carter. Two Hall of Famers. Then he went on to beat the Pistons that had three Hall of Famer probably on their team. And then he looses to four Hall of Famers in Tony, Manu, Pop, and Tim Duncan.”

“But we would use it against him it’s like ‘This guy lost in the Finals.’ But it’s like why did Jordan only go to six? That’s just something that kind of triggered in my head when started thinking about ten Finals.”

Will LeBron James ever be fully appreciated?

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Like a lot of other legendary players, no, he may not get the respect he deserves. Despite all of these accomplishments, critics always look to find fault and for LeBron, it is his Finals losses. His first loss was against the Spurs, who the Cavs never stood a chance to beat. LeBron had no support on that team that was good enough to beat three Hall of Famers.

However, the 2011 Finals loss is the biggest blot on his resume. The Heat were much better than the Mavericks on paper. But LeBron’s poor performance throughout the Finals was the main reason they lost. He averaged just 17.8 points while shooting 32% from the three-point line. He was outplayed by Jason Terry and that became a huge embarrassment.

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But since then he has redeemed himself with the historic 2016 Finals win. And with the 2020 ring and Finals MVP, he reminded the world that he is still the best in the business currently.

Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) celebrates after a play against the Miami Heat during the fourth quarter in game six of the 2020 NBA Finals at AdventHealth Arena. The Los Angeles Lakers won 106-93 to win the series. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY SportsMandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

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Aaron Mathew

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Aaron Mathew is a sports analyst at EssentiallySports. A graduate in Mass Media from Xavier’s College, Aaron has been a part of EssentiallySports since May 2020 where he covers both NBA and NCAA basketball news, and has also covered NBA 2K. In the past, Aaron has worked at the Sports Desk of Mumbai Mirror.

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