LeBron James: ‘This Is the Year’ Has Become a Reoccurring Theme

For the past three summers, the NBA's widespread fan and media base has been happy to proclaim that LeBron James is the league's best player.

The talks of "this will be the year that LeBron James surpasses Kobe Bryant" has become a recurring theme in the NBA. While those talks remain steady during the regular season, they are quickly forgotten when comparing Bryant and James' postseason success.

When asking players, coaches, and GM's who the better player is; the unanimous answer is Kobe Bryant. 

When asking experts, analysts, and writers (the media) the answer is usually LeBron James. Yes, there are some who say Kobe, but generally speaking, the media tends to favor LeBron.

Example One: (The MVP Race)

In the 2009-10 campaign, the Cleveland Cavaliers swept the regular season series against the Los Angeles Lakers. Although the second game only took place in the middle of the regular season, much of the media was ready to cast their vote.


Last time I checked, the MVP went to a player who performed at a high level through the entirety of the regular season, not just during two marquee games. But sure enough, LeBron performed. The King played at a high level through the entire season, hell, he played at a higher level than the one which saw him win the MVP the year prior.

But if two games meant so much to the MVP race, why don't we take it back a year, shall we?

For those who don't remember, during the 2008-09 season, the Los Angeles Lakers swept the Cleveland Cavaliers in the regular season match-up.

LeBron James shot a dismal 5-for-20 in Cleveland and 9-for-25 in Los Angeles.

Ready to do the math? That's a combined 14-for-45 shooting, which comes out to a not-so-sexy 31 percent. Oh yeah baby! MVP!

...and who ended up winning it? LeBron!

Don’t get me wrong, even if ...

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