Without question, LeBron James will go down as one of the greatest athletes in sports. He has made his mark in the NBA despite criticism on how he won his four NBA titles.

James is in the record books for delivering an NBA title wherever he goes. It is arguably a feat that only a few players have achieved. But a point of contention here is how James won those titles.

Most are aware of how James moved to the Miami Heat and joined hands with pals Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh to win NBA titles. He did the same in Cleveland with Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love.

In the eyes of The Basketball League president David Magley, any good player has a chance to win an NBA title without having to build a super team.

The 62-year-old former player of the Cleveland Cavaliers shared his thoughts when he appeared on the Sports For All PH podcast last Jan. 15.

“Don’t know if I love building super teams for a chance to win a championship. I mean, I think if you are the best player in the league, any team you’re on should have a chance to win a championship coz you are just that good,” Magley stated.

Magley believes that James could have established himself as one of the greatest athletes in Cleveland if he had just stayed there. He enumerated other athletes who etched their name in Cleveland sports, something that may or may not include the current Lakers star.

“If he stayed in Cleveland from day one and never goes to Miami or back to Cleveland or to LA and he wins two or three championships, he is on the godhead of Cleveland at sports,” the TBL president said.

Regardless, it was the only negative thing that Magley singled out as possibly negative about LeBron James. But overall, he considers the 17-time All-Star unbelievable players he has ever seen play the game.

“He’s still one of the best but I don’t know if he is ever going to be adored in one town the way he should be because he is just that good. That is the only negative I can say of him. What he is doing at 37 is, I mean, he is jumping higher than kids 18, 19. It’s unbelievable,” Magley quipped.

LeBron James
James previously missed several games this season due to several injuries, including an ankle injury that kept him from playing twice in October and an abdominal injury that cost him eight games. Getty Images

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