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Lebron James is indeed the best in the world

Lebron James joined Michael Jordan as the only two basketball players to win an regular-season MVP, NBA Championship, NBA Finals MVP, and Olympic gold medal in the same year.

With 2:47 remaining in Sunday’s gold medal game against international rival Spain Lebron James, wearing the red, white and blue, made a powerful run to the basket for a demoralizing slam dunk and barely one minute later he clinched the Olympic championship when he stepped back behind the arc and buried a long 3-pointer as the United States went on to win, 107-100.

James is perfectly happy with helping team U.S.A. remain at the top of the basketball world for yet another four years as they won their second-straight gold medal and 14th overall, but by putting a gold medal around his neck this year he capped off one of the most remarkable years in the sport only seen twice before.

In a span of fourth months James has won a regular-season MVP, NBA Championship, NBA Finals MVP and an Olympic gold medal. Prior to his feat Michael Jordan was the only other basketball player in history to get all four in the same year, doing it in 1992 and 1996.

Ever since he was in high school James has had the spot light, given the high expectations of being the greatest basketball player ever. For years James dominated his NBA competition but always seemed to struggle in the big moments and just came up a little bit short. While in Cleveland after they used the No. 1 overall draft pick on him in 2003, James and the Cavaliers could never break through and though he was a star on an otherwise average team with not much of a supporting cast he usually seemed to take the blame.

He crumbles when the game is on the line, he’s a choke-artist, he just does not have that winner’s mentality; these are all the types of things constantly being said about the man who dubbed “the Chosen one” at such a young age. In a way it was not fair to James. For most players being a for former Rookie of the Year, a six-time All-NBA selection, eight-time All-Star, a two-time NBA MVP and an Olympic gold medalist was enough to be considered a success but anything less than multiple NBA Championships made James a failure in the eyes of many.

Then, when he took his talents to South Beach even more haters showed up, people were furious that he exercised his right as a free agent to choose the place he wanted to play and many claimed that by joining established super stars Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh on the Miami Heat that anything he did would have been diminished because he was not the guy leading them to the success, it was a collection of three great players doing it.

His first year with the Heat James played angry, with on his shoulder, out trying to prove all of the haters wrong but once again he came up short. Not even with a loaded team with three super stars James can win a championship, how can he ever be put in the same breath as the great Michael Jordan as the greatest basketball player to ever live?

It was a major disappointment to see the Dallas Mavericks beat James in his first ever trip to the NBA finals, especially after he said at his introduction party that he, Wade, Bosh and the Heat would win “…not two, not three, not four, not five, not six, not seven…” NBA championships but in year two with the Heat he figured it out. Seemingly out of the playoffs after falling behind in their second round series with the Indiana Pacers, a much happier James no longer playing that “villain role,” saw that he had to stop being that facilitator, or that point forward who gets everybody around him involved and that he had to be the one to lead the Heat to a Larry O’Brien Trophy, and he did just that, averaging 31.7 points, 10.8 rebounds and 5.8 assists in the final 15 games, including a triple-double in the championship clinching game five victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder.

James finally did it; he won an NBA Championship and let it be noted that at 27-years-old he is a year younger than when Jordan won his first of six NBA Championships. Only time will tell whether James will surpass Jordan and go down as the greatest basketball player to ever play the game and he has plenty of years still left to let it play out but right now, there is no denying that he is the best player in the world.

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Corey Johns

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You could say Corey was born to become a sports journalist. His father won a national championship coaching college soccer. His mother is a baseball fanatic who hasn't missed seeing an Orioles game since 1983 (literally, sometimes it's annoying). His great uncle was a big-time boxing promoter and his maternal grandfather was once a department head at the Baltimore Sun. Basically, sports and journalism run through his blood. He played just about every little league sports there was when he was a kid and was a multi-sport athlete in high school; even playing in the first-ever high school sanction Rugby game in the country. Eventually he retired from sports as an undefeated Maryland state Rugby champion as a high school senior. Perhaps lack of athletic talent has more to do with the retirement, but he will tell you that it more had to do with a great desire to jump right into media. Upon his graduation from University of Maryland, Baltimore County as a triple communications major, Corey started the So Much Sports network and has continued to grow his websites and continues to work to make them premier sports media outlets.

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