NBA, Who Reigns King

NBA, Who Reigns King

In the NBA, almost nothing is guaranteed. A number one draft pick doesn’t guarantee a franchise caliber player, a great season doesn’t guarantee a trip to the finals. When it comes to basketball, the only thing that is for certain is that nobody can be the best forever.

Over the last decade no one has been better then Lebron James. Boasting arguably the largest fanbase and largest amount of criticism in league. He is almost always in the headlines and at the top of the league, but this year seems to be going a different direction. With the season almost over the Lakers are out of the playoff picture, despite bringing on “King” James over the summer. This is surprising because over the years James has done more with less. But it seems at 34 years old, and dealing with the longest injury of his career, he is slowing down.

Whether you are a fan or not, there’s no arguing he has been the best player in the league for a long time, and will go down as one of the all time greats. But it does seem that his time at the top is coming to an end. It’s something that happens to every player at a certain point.

-In the Pre-merger days, Wilt Chamberlain and Bill Russell dominated the game and brought the league into a new spotlight.

-When the 70’s rolled around Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and his patented “sky-hook” took the league by storm and took the title of best player in the league.

-In the 80’s Magic Johnson and Larry Bird Battled it out year after year in one of the greatest rivalries, on who was the most dominant force of the decade.

-At the height of their battle, a new force entered the league and changed history. In the 90’s Michael Jordan dominated in a fashion nobody had ever seen and changed the game forever.

-After Jordan’s tenure with the bulls, a young Kobe Bryant dominated the league with his scoring and brought in multiple titles to the Las Angeles Lakers.

-And after Kobe’s age started to catch up with him, Lebron was coming into his prime and putting on his own show stopping performances.

 Its hard to say who the next “King” of the NBA will be, and if their reign will last as long as LeBron’s. But my vote goes either to Steph Curry who has changed the NBA with his shooting talents, or Giannis Antetokounmpo with his freakish athleticism that has translated into the Bucks having the best record in the league this season. Only time will tell!

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