LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers dispatched the Toronto Raptors on Monday. LeBron willed his way to the Eastern Conference Finals yet again, completing a sweep of the team with the best regular-season record in the conference.
There’s no doubt whether LeBron is an all-time great, although the debate rages on about whether he is THE all-time great. A sports legend in his own right, golfer Tiger Woods was asked on Tuesday as he prepared for The Players Championship what made LeBron great to him, and how he stacked up to Chicago Bulls legend Michael Jordan.
For Tiger, there was some obvious comparability in his answer: duration.
Woods said that it wasn’t just that LeBron has been great in his career, it’s that he’s been great for most of it, up to and including his age 33 season in 2017-18. James has had a lot of stories written about his workout routine and how much he spends staying in shape, and it’s paying off on the floor and in the playoffs. That’s also apparently what makes him one of the best according to Woods.
“It’s just the duration. Not just for one year or one game, not just for one spell,” said Woods. “What LeBron has done for 15 seasons now is just remarkable.”
Woods was also asked about whether he thought LeBron or Jordan was the NBA’s G.O.A.T. Tiger deftly dodged the question by saying they were great in different ways, mentioning how the playing style of the two players didn’t allow for an easy comparison.
No doubt if LeBron is able to will his team to yet another NBA Finals appearance he will start to drift to the top of the rankings for many NBA fans.